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South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

SEOUL: When YouTuber Ddulgi uploaded a four-minute video on making dalgona coffee on the global video-sharing platform in mid-February, she did not expect it to turn into a mega-hit garnering over 3 million views in less than a month. Amid “social distancing” measures due to COVID-19, more South Koreans are turning to social media challenges […]

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Seoul: Drive-thrus are spreading across many sectors of South Korean society lately, following the success of the nation’s drive-thru coronavirus testing centers that have been praised by foreign media for their safety, efficiency and speed. Schools and pubic libraries have adopted the method in the distribution of books, while restaurants and retailers are allowing their […]

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

By Habib Toumi Riyadh: China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Wei Qing has given an outstanding example of the meaning of self-isolation at home to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Ambassador Chen Wei Qing posted a tweet saying he was staying at home in response to an invitation by Saudi Arabia’s […]

Tourism industry moves to counter COVID-19 influence

Tourism industry moves to counter COVID-19 influence

By Yang Kunyi and Song Lin Beijing: As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued a joint statement. The statement stressed that International cooperation is vital for ensuring the tourism sector to contribute effectively to the containment of […]

BTS’ new album tops record-high 91 iTunes charts

BTS’ new album tops record-high 91 iTunes charts

Seoul: K-pop super band BTS wrote iTunes chart history Saturday with its new album, “Map of the Soul: 7,” topping the iTunes album charts in 91 countries and regions, the band’s management agency said. As of Saturday morning (Korean time), “Map of the Soul: 7” landed atop the iTunes “top album” charts in 91 countries […]

One month into outbreak, people in South Korea adjust to changes

One month into outbreak, people in South Korea adjust to changes

By Lee Minji  Yonhap SEOUL: It all began on Jan. 20. South Korea reported its first case of the new coronavirus which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and can cause pneumonia-like illness. As the days went by, the number of patients began to rise, with fears over the little-known disease also spreading […]

Seeking a valuable mind in Parasite

Seeking a valuable mind in Parasite

By Pooneh Nedai Editor-in-chief of Shokaran Magazine – Iran Tehran: I watched Parasite film right at the time of thinking why I am so hopeless about people around me. I damned myself for many times after helping some types of people. In a very small portion, I tried to help people around me to find […]

‘Parasite’ gets post-Oscar boost

‘Parasite’ gets post-Oscar boost

Seoul: Lee Kyung-sook, an 84-year-old Seoul citizen, visited a multiplex theater in the posh southern district of Gangnam on Wednesday afternoon with her daughter and grandson. Wearing a mask to protect herself from the novel coronavirus, she said she was so proud of the homegrown movie “Parasite”‘s triumph in at this year’s Academy Awards. “I […]

Bong joon-ho wins Oscar

Bong joon-ho wins Oscar

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: Bong Joon-ho’s historic feats in winning Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture for his Korean-language socio-drama Parasite has given surrealistically a feel of paradise.! A tale of two families – the Kims and the Parks. They are living in worlds apart. A […]

‘Parasite’ wins four Oscar trophies including best picture

‘Parasite’ wins four Oscar trophies including best picture

Seoul: Bong Joon-ho’s sensational black comedy “Parasite” has bagged four Oscar titles, including best picture and best director, to become the first non-English language film to achieve such a feat. At the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (U.S. local time), Bong’s seventh feature film, a tale of […]

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