Plastic Surgery in Korea: To Do or Taboo?

It is no secret that Korean culture seems to hold beauty in such high regard to the point that it is common practice for young women and even men to alter their appearance in drastic ways.

It is normal for people to want to look their best, it is just…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 18th - 24th March

It’s another film-dominated week with not one but three showings of Leesong Hee-il’s latest works courtesy of the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival as well as a film which offers insight into life in a North Korean Prison Camp. If it’s not a film…

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A new Korean BBC world service? Interview with BBC for Korea

Founded in 1922 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the UK’s public service broadcasting association who main goal is to provide impartial public service broadcasting to the UK. For this and various other reasons it is held with high acclaim and seen as being one of the most trustworthy…

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Impossible ideals: The true costs of Korea's beauty standards?

Many people I talk to often become very confused when I say that I have female acquaintances who are Korean. Mainly as the first thing they ask me is how I manage to deal with their constant fussing about their appearance before laughing the matter off. But to me this…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 11th - 17th March

It’s a fairly quiet and London-centred week although a good one for film lovers with screenings of two very interesting and well-renowned films, including one as part of the British Film Institute’s annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival that looks well worth a watch. Three…

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Cute Girls Finish First: Is aegyo a form of power?

Cuteness is something valued throughout the world. For evolutionary reasons, humans are programmed to want to protect and care for cute things. Big eyes, small mouths, small noses, naivety and innocence are all traits which are universally thought to be inherently cute and they are all traits associated with those…

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UK Korean Events of the Week: 4th - 10th March

It’s another busy week of events with the opening of a new exhibition over HADA Contemporary, a Korean culture symposium happening at University of Edinburgh, film screenings in London and Liverpool, a K-pop club night, a language exchange meetup and more exhibitions continuing their run on from last…

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