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DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

This year’s DMZ International Film Festival has been in the limelight due to its rare overlapping with the inter-Korean summit that began on Tuesday.  Opening last Thursday, the film festival has screened 142 documentaries from 39 countries. Some of the films were shot in or feature topics related to North Korea.  The week-long film fest […]

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio (SCR), an online radio station operating out of Itaewon dedicated to promoting underground electronic dance music in Korea, celebrates its second anniversary this month. “Any underground music scene needs a few key ingredients to really come together… you need good clubs, obviously, and DJs, but you also need record stores, labels, promoters, and […]

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise announcement Wednesday that he will visit Seoul soon. The announcement came at a joint press conference on day two of his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that also included the signing of a peace deal and a further commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. “I […]

Koreans opting for hotel stays over Chuseok

Koreans opting for hotel stays over Chuseok

Jin Hyon-ho, a 41-year-old father of two daughters, is currently busy surfing the internet, looking for better hotel packages for the upcoming Chuseok holiday. “After visiting my parents and parents-in-law, I plan to have a one-night stay in a hotel with my family,” said Jin, who often stays in hotels during traditional holidays. “Staycations during […]

Chuseok holiday no break for women

Chuseok holiday no break for women

Only women are forced to perform domestic labor during the Chuseok holiday, according to a survey by the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, Monday. The foundation conducted the survey of over 1,170 people on sexist customs practiced on the major holiday, which falls on Sept. 24 this year. Over 80 percent of female respondents […]

Kim welcomes Moon

Kim welcomes Moon

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a big smile at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, Tuesday.  Kim and Moon embraced and flashed wide smiles, after Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook walked out of the presidential plane at around 10:08 a.m.  The two leaders will hold formal talks from […]

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Gwangju Biennale explores border issues in scattergun approach Under the theme “Imagined Borders,” derived from Benedict Anderson’s book “Imagined Communities,” the 2018 Gwangju Biennale deals with imminent issues such as refugees, migration, cold war, divisions and the digital divide. For this year’s Gwangju Biennale, 11 curators organized seven main exhibitions with some 300 works of […]

Are Social Media a Key to Promote Peace in ASEAN countries?

Are Social Media a Key to Promote Peace in ASEAN countries?

On September 1, Mekong Dialogue Institute (MDI) hosted a regional media conference on “ASEAN Toward Regional Stability Through Social Media”. The conference, also known as ASEANCon, was held at Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) of Royal University of Phnom Penh. There were approximately 600 participants who were mostly university students, government officials, and journalists. ASEANCon successfully […]

President Abe and Xi pledge Japan and China will deepen cooperation

President Abe and Xi pledge Japan and China will deepen cooperation

The leaders of China and Japan have pledged to speed up cooperation in the latest sign that the two Asian rivals are mending ties strained by territorial and historical disputes. On the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Taiwanese protest after Japanese man kicked comfort woman statue

Taiwanese protest after Japanese man kicked comfort woman statue

Dozens of human rights activists rallied outside Japan’s de facto embassy in Taipei on Monday to call on the Japanese government to apologize after a Japanese right-winger was caught on a security camera kicking a memorial statue for “comfort women.” According to local media, members of the Tainan City Women’s Human Rights Equality Promotion Association […]

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