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Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

  The warm feelings of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in June have given way to the chill of December and the reality of a coming winter. In October and November, North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, published a series of commentaries warning that North Korea might resume testing nuclear […]

‘Kim Ji-young Born in 1982’ is best-selling Asian book in Japan

‘Kim Ji-young Born in 1982’ is best-selling Asian book in Japan

“Kim Ji-young Born in 1982,” a novel describing the life of an ordinary Korean housewife on a career break, has become the best-seller in the Asian literature category of the online shopping site Amazon Japan. The Japanese version of Korea’s popular feminism novel was published in Japan on Dec. 8. It ranked No. 1 in […]

Kimchi festival to spice up Seoul

Kimchi festival to spice up Seoul

Six thousand people will be invited to make kimchi in downtown Seoul over the weekend at the fifth Seoul Kimchi Festival. The annual festival will kick off at Seoul Plaza and nearby Mugyo-dong area on Friday through Sunday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said. People in Korea have traditionally made a large amount of kimchi before […]

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Politically, the world is more dangerous and unpredictable than it was just a couple of years ago. Seemingly overnight, following Britain’s unexpected vote on June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president in November of the same year, confidence in liberal democracy is at a […]

World Poets in the International Costa Rica Poetry Festival

World Poets in the International Costa Rica Poetry Festival

  For the past sixteen years, the International Costa Rica Poetry Festival has enhanced the presence of poetry in the country’s capital; San Jose, and other cities of the country, leading up to the ocean tortoise city of Tortuguero. Audience has interacted with the event in its main cultural sectors of Costa Rica, as well […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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