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Why Amber’s reaction to rumours about dating girls is so refreshing

In the world of female idols where gender roles and beauty standards are constantly monitored and policed to an extent few other industries can match, Amber stands out as a unique presence. With her tomboyish image and open and friendly persona, it’s perhaps unsurprising, given both these narrow gender…

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Girl’s Day’s Hyeri, employment laws and Korean youth disenfranchisement

Image: Girl’s Day’s Hyeri reminds young workers of the minimum wage.
Tired of criticism for her attitude or singing abilities, Hyeri recently caused controversy of a different kind by doing something that was, for all intents and purposes, worthwhile. The Girl’s Day member appeared a series of…

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Keeping it real: What is authentic about Korean hip hop?

Image: Contrary to what Bobby may believe, it has nothing to do with personal hygiene (or lack thereof).

Keeping it real, representing, staying true to yourself. These phrases, long ago woven into the fabric of hip hop culture, all refer to a key dialogue hip hop is constantly having with…

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Korean government doubles cigarette prices. Will it reduce smoking?

Image: Like many male office workers, hit drama Misaeng’s Oh Sang Sik is portrayed as a heavy smoker.

Any smokers who live in or have visited Korea will have noticed that Korean cigarettes are very cheap. Or rather, Korean cigarettes were very cheap. In September, the government proposed a…

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