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S. Korea urges China to stop repatriating NK defectors at UN

South Korea urged China to stop repatriating North Korean defectors detained there in a speech at the United Nations, Monday. It said they fled from the destitute communist state “in pursuit of freedom and the right to live” and their repatriation amounts to a “grave infringement of human rights.” This was the latest in a […]

Hallyu messengers must learn etiquettes

Hallyu messengers must learn etiquettes

Editorial: The seven-member hip-hop group Block B (Blockbuster) is under fire for joking about Thailand’s tragic flooding. The band and other K-pop stars need to learn manners. Thai social networking services are abuzz with angry comments critical of one of the group member’s joking about the Bangkok floods which killed 780 and left three missing […]

Power shift to Asia: no need to panic

Power shift to Asia: no need to panic

On Feb. 15, just as Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States for a four-day visit, U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience of American workers in Milwaukee: “Manufacturing is coming back!” Coming back from China, that is. But while the Master Lock Company of Milwaukee has indeed moved some jobs back to […]

De-caffeinated courtships

De-caffeinated courtships

Arguably the most pressing long-term issue confronting millennial Korea is its declining birth rate. According to reports, South Korea today has the fastest aging population on earth. This trend has ominous ramifications. Higher taxes will be required from a dwindling workforce to support an expanding populace of doddering droolers. Insurers and pension providers will go […]

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