Gender Inequality Threatens to Make the Korean Wave a Ripple

By: Matthew Maurice In 2012, a historic milestone was reached in pop culture history. For the first time, a YouTube video reached over a billion views. While this was bound to happen eventually, most would have guessed that it would be a popular Western artist or YouTuber, or a hilariously rewatchable animal video that broke…

Who is in the Driver’s Seat Now?

By: Robert Ryu On March 5, 2018, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea dispatched an envoy led by Chung Eui-young, South Korea’s national security adviser, to North Korea. The envoy followed Kim Jong-un’s sister’s visit, Kim Yo-jong, to South Korea for her attendance at the Olympics opening ceremony. During her visit, she delivered Mr. Kim’s…

Will the World Win Gold in the 2018 Olympics

By: Alyse Samoray The 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9, 2018, with a historic moment: South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong.  Along with 500 other North Koreans, Kim Yo-jong, who has been described as a close confidant to her…

Trump’s Policy Decisions Further Isolate the U.S. from Asia

By: Cherui Chew Amidst fanfare and lavish treatment by Asian leaders, President Trump recently concluded his 12-day Asia trip. This included a stop at Da Nang city for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. The North Korean nuclear threat and U.S. trade deficit were two issue areas that Trump focused on when visiting Japan, South Korea,…

Opportunity for South Korea to break up ‘Chaebol’ system

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee Due to the political turmoil caused by the “Shaman President” scandal, the Korean economy is facing instability. The unstable situation resulted in the decreased amount of employment plan for 2017. In fact, a few top Chaebol companies announced that they would either reduce employment or not hire at all, and this impacted…