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Reframing the Korean Plastic Surgery Debate pt. 1: Debunking Western Media

Recently there has been a growing amount of interest in plastic surgery in Korea from various western media outlets. From TV documentaries to newspaper articles to various high-profile blogs, it seems like everyone wants to talk about Korean plastic surgery and why it has become so prevalent. However, to…

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Pororo the Little Penguin: South Korea’s second president?

Recently revealed to be the most searched term on Google Korea for the first half of 2013, he is one of South Korea’s largest cultural exports of the past few years. With his distinctive eyewear, round face and larger-than-life personality, he has invaded the screens of homes…

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SNSD vs SJJD: Why Girls’ Generation have so many female fans

If you were to ask a Korean what the average Girls’ Generation fan looks like, their descriptions might have quite a lot variation but they would likely have one thing in common: they would  be male. The group’s target demographic is no secret, SM founder Lee Soo-man has…

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Sad but Sexy: The Problem With Girl Group Concepts

Any pop culture is, by nature, heavily influenced by trends but few are more so than K-pop. K-pop trends are obvious, fast-moving and often oddly specific. One such trend which has become particularly prevalent recently is the ‘sad but sexy’ concept being adopted by many girl groups…

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‘The Drop Box’ and the realities of motherhood in South Korea

Pictured above: Pastor Lee Jong-rak and the ‘Baby Box’
A few weeks ago, a trailer for documentary ‘The Drop Box’ made its way around tumblr and other parts of the internet to very mixed reactions. The documentary, in the midst of negotiations for release, is about a place in…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 10th – 16th June

After lots of anticipation, the KCCUK’s K-Music festival is finally starting this week with the first ever London performance from the National Orchestra of Korea. The orchestra will be playing a wide variety of music which puts a twist on traditional Korean music. For those of us outside…

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The Troubles of Not Starring in a Korean Drama

I imagine to a huge number of avid Korean drama fans, the idea of working as a supporting actor on a K-Drama sounds fantastic. Working with beautiful, well-known stars, playing out fun and interesting storylines and having the opportunity to experience the glamorous world of drama sounds like…

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K-pop and the role of race in the Western music industry

Last week, we discussed some of the challenges that would face K-pop artists in their attempts to crossover into the American music industry. The topic of race was mentioned briefly and caused a little bit of controversy. This week we have decided to attempt to do this important issue…

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