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 was forced to have sex with up to 40 men a day. Like countless other Korean women,…

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’s biggest tiger economies and signifies that the country can no longer sit behind tariff walls and sell its goods to the world. The…

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 Korea. South Korea’s birth rate is now the lowest in the world, only…

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 outsider, a self-effacing achiever who rose from the ranks as a plodder. Ban gets more praise from officials for his bureaucratic…