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New Yorker magazine fuels Vietnamese Covid 19 super spreader debate

New Yorker magazine fuels Vietnamese Covid 19 super spreader debate

By Lan Phong Head of World News, Dantri Online Newspaper, Vietnam  HANOI: The Vietnamese rich Covid 19 infected socialite who lied about her travel history to avoid quarantine which caused a large outbreak in Hanoi in March recently again aroused public outrage after her sister told the US New Yorker magazine about how her family had […]

South Korea’s Suwon, a special fusion of old and new, puts people at center of all policies

South Korea’s Suwon, a special fusion of old and new, puts people at center of all policies

By Habib Toumi SUWON: Showcasing an astonishing and harmonious fusion of old and new, Suwon rightly claims special fame as a historical landmark and the biggest city in the province of Gyeonggi. The centrally-located city where UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures and royal relics co-exist with a modern skyline asserts itself as one of its kind […]

Forward-looking Gyeonggi-do leading Korea into the future

Forward-looking Gyeonggi-do leading Korea into the future

GYEONGGI-DO: Gyeonggi-do, the province surrounding South Korea’s capital, Seoul, provides opportunities and possibilities of a better life for Koreans and for everybody else. With 13 million inhabitants, it is the most populated province of Korea and is home to more than one-fifth of the entire Korean population. The rapid increase in population is due to […]

Will COVID-19 change South Korea’s Chuseok holidays?

Will COVID-19 change South Korea’s Chuseok holidays?

SEOUL: Every autumn, Gu Mi-hoi gathers with her siblings and their families at her mother’s house to celebrate the Chuseok fall harvest holiday. They cook delicacies like “jeon” – meat, fish and vegetables dipped in flour and egg and fried – and enjoy traditional games like “yut nori” while munching on half-moon shaped “songpyeon” rice […]

With ‘Dynamite,’ BTS becomes first South Korean artist to top Billboard Hot 100

With ‘Dynamite,’ BTS becomes first South Korean artist to top Billboard Hot 100

WASHINGTON: BTS became the first South Korean artist to land at No. 1 on Billboard’s main singles chart in the United States on Monday. “BTS achieves its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as ‘Dynamite’ debuts at the summit,” Billboard reported Monday, one day before its chart will be refreshed. Previously, […]

BTS’ new single ‘Dynamite’ celebrates spirit of happiness, confidence in pandemic era

BTS’ new single ‘Dynamite’ celebrates spirit of happiness, confidence in pandemic era

SEOUL: Sometimes a small slice of comforting, feel-good entertainment, whether it be music, television or film, can go a long way in dealing with stress and fatigue, especially now more than ever amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. And that’s exactly what global K-pop sensation BTS had in mind when preparing to bring out its latest […]

South Koreans celebrate Liberation Day 75th anniversary on Dakdo islets

South Koreans celebrate Liberation Day 75th anniversary on Dakdo islets

DOKDO: Nearly 2,000 South Koreans have visited South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo, located 220 kilometers east of the Korean Peninsula, as the country celebrated the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day. According to Yonhap news agency, six boats on Thursday carried the South Korean tourists who wanted to set foot on Dokdo soil to mark […]

Coping with COVID-19 news fatigue

Coping with COVID-19 news fatigue

  By Crispin Maslog Chair of the Board, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Manila MANILA: Media fatigue from months of intense COVID-19 coverage affects vital public communication. Media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing full blast for more than half the year by July, seems to have hit a bump. There are indications that people […]

South Korea: Exotic animal cafés back in spotlight over virus risk

South Korea: Exotic animal cafés back in spotlight over virus risk

SEOUL: For a refresh, Rhee Haeri, an office worker in Seoul, used to visit a neighborhood cafe where she could pet a meerkat, a unique experience in the country. “I loved visiting such cafes and looking at rare animals,” Rhee said. But she recently has had to think twice about dropping by the exotic animal […]

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

SEOUL: From BLACKPINK and NCT 127 to GOT7, the K-pop industry as of late has seen a noticeable boost in diversity in respect to members’ nationalities and racial backgrounds. But still, the ethnic and regional makeup of international K-pop talents today is largely oriented towards East and Southeast Asia. All things considered, it wouldn’t be […]

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