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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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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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Korea Execution Is Tied to Clash Over Businesses

By CHOE SANG-HUN and DAVID E. SANGER Published: December 23, 2013 SEOUL, South Korea — The execution of the uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, had its roots in a firefight between forces loyal to Mr. Kim and those … Continue reading

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A Writer Evokes Loss on South Korea’s Path to Success LIKE so many South Korean parents at the time, Shin Kyung-sook’s mother saw education as her daughter’s best chance of escaping poverty and backbreaking work in the rice fields. So in 1978 she took her 15-year-old daughter to Seoul, … Continue reading

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A North Korean Corleone WHAT kind of deal do you make with a 20-something who just inherited not only a country, but also the mantle of one of the world’s most sophisticated crime families? When Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be 28 … Continue reading

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The Caged Bird Sings – A review of The Old Garden THE OLD GARDEN By Hwang Sok-yong Translated by Jay Oh 539 pp. Seven Stories Press. $30 One must never speak ill of nonchronological storytelling in America, where it is considered innately more serious than the other kind. But it … Continue reading

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Mr Vengeance Ian Buruma, 9 April 2006 Park Chanwook does not look like a violent man. When he isn’t wearing glasses, his soft, round face resembles that of a gentle Tang dynasty Buddha. He speaks quietly and smiles a lot, more … Continue reading

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