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The myth of Park Chung-hee and Korea’s economic development The eighth volume in the 20-volume “Seo Jung-seok’s Contemporary Korean History,” which has now been published in its entirety, has a rather pugnacious subtitle: “Crediting Economic Growth to Park Chung-hee is a Dangerous Misunderstanding.” Considering that even critics of … Continue reading

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Why Does Rage Define ‘Parasite’ and Other Popular East Asian Movies?

Thessaly La Force Many thriller and horror films from Japan, China and South Korea reveal a complicated relationship between those societies and the ancient tenets of Confucianism. THE CENTRAL OBJECT in the director Bong Joon Ho’s newest film, “Parasite,” which … Continue reading

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Artist Zadie Xa on Art Night festival, sea animals and highlighting minority stories Ben Luke – Evening Standard When I walk into a yard behind Zadie Xa’s East End studio, she’s in the middle of a fascinating process. With her husband, artist Benito Mayor Vallejo, she’s just revealed some unmistakable shapes from … Continue reading

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Inside the hidden life of Kim Jong Un By Krys Lee June 14 Krys Lee is the author of the novels “Drifting House” and “How I Became a North Korean.” THE GREAT SUCCESSOR The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un By Anna Fifield PublicAffairs. 308 … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un’s Image Shift: From Nuclear Madman to Skillful Leader

SEOUL, South Korea — He ordered his uncle executed and half brother assassinated. He spent millions developing and testing a hydrogen bomb and intercontinental ballistic missiles as his people suffered severe food shortages. He exchanged threats of nuclear annihilation with … Continue reading

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Locked and Loaded for the Lord

After the Rev. Moon died in 2012, his church split apart. Two of his sons established a new congregation. Their followers are eagerly awaiting the end times. And they are armed. Story by Tom Dunkel Photos by Bryan Anselm … Continue reading

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The 1,500-Year-Old Love Story Between a Persian Prince and a Korean Princess that Could Rewrite History More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea’s shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses. It’s a little-known story that could change the way we see our history. Recently, historians took … Continue reading

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UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea December 22, 2017 In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new … Continue reading

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I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had.

By Euny Hong I admit it: I use Korean snail slime face serum. It’s purported to contain anti-aging properties. I have no opinion as to whether snails are particularly young-looking, but my experience is that their excretions do work on … Continue reading

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Security Council Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Including Bans on Natural Gas Sales, Work Authorization for Its Nationals Resolution 2375 (2017) Adopted by the Security Council at its 8042nd meeting, on 11 September 2017 The Security Council, Recalling its previous relevant resolutions, including resolution 825 (1993), resolution 1695 (2006), resolution 1718 (2006), resolution 1874 (2009), resolution 1887 … Continue reading

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