Opinion
The House of Sharing & Korea’s Comfort Women

The House of Sharing & Korea’s Comfort Women

At this time a year ago, I was in the midst of coping with the end of my schooling years, the impending doom of adulthood creeping up on me as I hurriedly prepared for my upcoming year in South Korea. I knew very little about Korea, especially the recent history of this peninsula and its...
귀엽다 Korea: The World's (Second) Cutest Nation

귀엽다 Korea: The World’s (Second) Cutest Nation

Well aware of the cutesy aesthetic that pervades Asian pop culture (only living under a bush for a decade or two would have saved me from Hello Kitty), I was not surprised to find that animated and caricatured figures formed the basis of marketing campaigns for nearly every pre-school, clothing brand, and even toilet seat...
Lessons From a K-Pop Concert

Lessons From a K-Pop Concert

K-pop isn’t just a genre of music, it’s a way of life. I learned that at the YG Family Concert I went to on the weekend, along with plenty more of K-pop’s golden lessons. 1: Gimmicks are everything. If you want to throw a shit-hot concert you need CGI, a stage more complicated than the...
Kimchincha?

Kimchincha?

Kimchi: one of life’s great pleasures. Or, for you heathens, it’s probably considered the devil incarnate in food form. For those of you who have come into contact with South Korea for even a micro-second will know exactly what I’m talking about, as kimchi is immodestly served with every meal. Yes, every meal – even...