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Will a new Korean president improve LGBT rights? Seems unlikely.

Will a new Korean president improve LGBT rights? Seems unlikely.

There’s just something about April in Korea. Alongside the annual cherry blossom bloomings and yellow dust warnings, the month also tends to bring threats of war from North of the border and challenges for the country’s increasingly visible LGBT population.

The Korean Queer Culture Festival is once again…

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GFRIEND, Korea's hidden camera problem and when fans cross the line

GFRIEND, Korea's hidden camera problem and when fans cross the line

“Hidden camera glasses” started trending on Korean twitter earlier when a video emerged of Yerin from GFRIEND removing the glasses of a man at their fansign after suspecting they contained a camera.  At around 40m 30s in the video you can see Yerin politely ask the fan about the glasses…

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allkpop are still as bad as ever

allkpop are still as bad as ever

Allkpop have published (barely anonymised) sensitive photographs of the alleged female victim of a violent crime. Just another day of responsible reporting from everyone’s favourite K-pop news website…

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The Barberettes and Sultan of the Disco to return to the UK

The Barberettes and Sultan of the Disco to return to the UK

Indie retro girl group The Barberettes and funk quartet Sultan of the Disco are both making the return to the UK to perform as part of KCCUK’s K-Music Showcase. The two groups will be performing at The Forge in Camden on the 22nd May while both groups take…

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Paper-dols and how K-pop (and K-pop fans) normalise impossible body ideals

Paper-dols and how K-pop (and K-pop fans) normalise impossible body ideals

Recently, Dispatch released yet another borderline horrifying article titled “As light as a feather: 9 ‘paper doll’ idols”(part of its ongoing list series “Girl Story” which focus on idols and often, specifically, their diets like this one) about several female idols and their less than 45kg bodies.

One of…

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SNL Korea fails to heed its own advice on sexual harassment at work

SNL Korea fails to heed its own advice on sexual harassment at work

The cast and crew of SNL Korea have been in hot water lately after videos emerged of some female cast members groping male guests (with the jeering support of their colleagues) as part of a bizarre pre-recording hazing ritual. And when I say “emerged” I mean it was posted…

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