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ASEAN-Korea Centre pursues two-way exchanges

ASEAN-Korea Centre pursues two-way exchanges

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been one of the most important partners of Korea since 1989. To boost economic, social and cultural exchanges between Korea and the ASEAN member states, the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) was founded in 2009. Kim Hae-yong, who was inaugurated as the fifth secretary-general of the AKC in April, recognizes that he took the post for the intergovernmental organization to bridge the ASEAN and Korea at a crucial point.

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[Contribution] Shortages are going away: What will this mean for Korean exports?

[Contribution] Shortages are going away: What will this mean for Korean exports?

It's been 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic heavily hit the economies of developed nations. In the U.S., the recession lasted for a mere two months, but it turned out to be the deepest one in history.

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'Squid Game:' Linguistic realities

'Squid Game:' Linguistic realities

For good reason, “Squid Game” is dominating headlines and streaming charts. It's an exquisitely made, claustrophobic thriller which brings to light the underlying economic struggles of Korean life in the 21st century, with echoes of “Battle Royale,” “The Hunger Games,” “Saw” and more. Lee Jung-jae rekindles the fabulous star power he demonstrated in 2019's “Chief of Staff,” and is supported by Gong Yoo in the first episode and then others as the story progresses. As expected with Korean dramas, however, Kim Joo-ryung and Anupam Tripathi struggle to present any nuance; their caricatures bring the occasional grimace for anyone seeking critical realism or a hint of Stanislavskian performance.

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Horace Allen's arrival in Joseon

Horace Allen's arrival in Joseon

Horace N. Allen, an American missionary, arrived in Jemulpo on Sept. 20, 1884, at age 26, aboard the English steamship Nanzing. He had come to Korea - leaving his wife and infant son in Shanghai - in search of opportunity and adventure as a doctor.

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The reality of adopting a kitten in Korea

The reality of adopting a kitten in Korea

Since our wedding, my wife and I have been thinking about getting a cat - by which I mean that I've been trying to convince my wife to let us get one. And last week, after over two years of careful consideration (pleading), we (my wife) finally decided that we were ready.

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The unrestrained expansion of 'child exports' during 1980s authoritarian period

The unrestrained expansion of 'child exports' during 1980s authoritarian period

Shortly after the assassination of Park Chung-hee in 1979, Chun Doo-hwan led a successful military coup that would see Korea's authoritarian leadership period continue until 1992. The tumultuous political change that has come to define this period also influenced the politics of intercountry adoption. Throughout Chun's rule, the number of children sent for adoption experienced dramatic annual fluctuations, as seen in the graph.

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