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The Rise and Fall of a Korean Success Story

Curator of a major Seoul museum, professor at an elite university and co-director of the Gwangju Biennale, the country’s premier art event, at 35, Shin Jeong-ah had risen quickly to the top of So...
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Free Trade End Game in Seoul

Washington’s demand for further talks on the draft of the Korea-US free trade agreement was the last thing on Seoul’s mind when the tough 10-month negotiations ended last April in a deal that ...
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Korea’s Boffins Establish a Kimchi Scale

Korea’s national dish kimchi has officially been around at least since the Shilla Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms, which spanned the period from the second century AD to the seventh. Some authorities say it might have been around even longer, going ba...
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Modern-Day Comfort Women Face a Hell on Earth

Lee Ok-sun was 16 years old in July 1941 when she was grabbed off a dark street, tied up by two men and thrown into a truck with five other girls.  Lee was taken to China, where she ...
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The Korea-US Trade Deal

The landmark bilateral trade agreement signed between the United States and South Korea Monday symbolizes the final end of the protected, export-led economic model that molded South Korea into one of Asia&r...
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Korea’s Baby Crisis

All across Asia, in a stunning reversal of history, birth rates are falling at a startling rate in the most-developed economies. But nowhere on earth is the birth rate falling faster than in one of the region’s most vibrant economies – South K...
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The Grey Man?

In the elite world of the South Korean foreign ministry, where school ties and political connections often pave the way to the top, Ban Ki Moon, the newly named United Nations secretary-general, is an outsi...