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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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Just a pretty face? The long, little known history of Korean flower boys

Image above: The cast of popular 2013 drama Flower Boy Next Door
If you are into Korean dramas or Korean pop music, you have probably heard the term ‘flower boy’ (kkotminam 꽃미남) being used to refer to delicate, slightly feminine-looking boys. In dramas the ‘flower boy’  is the cute, generous…

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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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Ask Beyond Hallyu! Announcing our new podcast

We’re currently in the process of creating a new Beyond Hallyu podcast which we should be launching in the next few weeks!

We’re working on getting lots of interesting interviews and special guest right now so hopefully we can make it a regular thing. Hopefully we will be…

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