WorldViews: South Korea


Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/18/2014

South Korea’s ferry tragedy touches on country’s suicide epidemic

The country has a suicide rate more than twice of the United States.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea, Suicide

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Japan and South Korea can’t even cooperate over peacekeeping in South Sudan

It may be the ultimate symbol of why two countries that have so much to gain from cooperation almost never do.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, South Korea

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 12/20/2013

North and South Korea exchange faxes threatening to attack each other

Three reasons this is actually pretty revealing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013

A brief and surprisingly entertaining video history of America’s wars in Asia

How the Cold War got the U.S. involved in Korea and Vietnam and why it still matters.

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Why South Korea’s media are furious with Vladimir Putin

The Russian leader went to South Korea to build closer ties. It didn’t work out so well.

By Max Fisher  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, South Korea

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Don’t think South Korea has a race problem? Check out these cigarette ads.

“This Africa” cigarette packs feature an illustration of baboons roasting tobacco.

By Max Fisher  |  10:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Controversial video of Western men harassing a Korean woman appears to have been staged

A Korean man who says he worked on the video provided video of two alternate takes of the encounter.

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Stephen Colbert explains what was really wrong with KTVU's fake Korean pilot names

"If you're going to do a racist joke, at least get the ethnicity right."

By Max Fisher  |  07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, South Korea

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Korea's Web community roiled by shocking video of Western men tormenting a local woman

Only 78 seconds long, it manages to hit on some of the country's most sensitive issues regarding. gender and race.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Asiana Airlines president bows in apology for crash, a show of Korea's very different corporate culture

Why are Korean executives willing to publicly bow but Americans aren't?

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013

A fascinating map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries

Survey tracks peoples’ willingness to live alongside neighbors of a different race.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bangladesh, France, India, Maps, pakistan, South Korea

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Anti-American countries can become pro-American. Here's how South Korea did it.

In only ten years, public opinion there went from among the world's most skeptical of the U.S. to its most approving.

By Max Fisher  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, South Korea

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Japan's no-apology diplomacy: Why a small Tokyo shrine is causing big trouble in Asia

The imperial-era shrine is infuriating Japan's neighbors, and not without reason.

By Max Fisher  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013

S. Korean official predicted N. Korea urging embassy evacuations, said attack would follow

Take the story with a grain of salt, but the danger is that Seoul might believe it.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Here's the Japanese rock song so offensive it took North Korea's focus off U.S.

"Slashing Koreans," by the far-right band Scramble, urges violence against the elderly survivors of Japanese sex slavery.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Here's video from inside the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which North Korea just closed

The center provides the South with cheap labor and the North with hard currency, but today Pyongyang made good on threats to shut it down.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013

America's B-2 bomber 'practice run' may have also been about deterring South Korea

Seoul has recently considered developing its own nuclear weapons, something that would risk isolating the country.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013

South Korea under cyber attack: Is North Korea secretly awesome at hacking?

Who pulled off the attack on Korean banks?

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Today's reads: photos of border crossings, guarded optimism on Iran

Also: Who are the world's five worst "enemies of the Internet"?

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, Iran, South Korea, Today's Reads, Vietnam

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Funny video explains what South Koreans think about the North

Youth in the South tend to be surprisingly relaxed about Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013

South Korea's struggle to find a workable approach to North Korea

Seoul doesn't want to turn a blind eye to the North's abuses, but nor does it want to make its neighbor even more hostile.

By Chico Harlan  |  06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Are South Korean-made movies about to take over Hollywood? Watch and judge for yourself

Here are the trailers for the first English-language films by some of the top Korean directors.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Video: South Korean military stages a very elaborate, official Les Miserable parody

The country might have one of the world's highest military participation rates, but its conscript-heavy force also needs to let loose occasionally.

By Max Fisher  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Can South Korea's first female president fix the developed world's worst gender gap?

The economic miracle of the 1960s and 1970s made the country one of the world's most advanced, but Korean women have been, in many ways, left behind.

By Max Fisher  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Controversy over Psy's anti-American lyrics might be based on shoddy translation

The Korean rapper's 2004 song lyrics might not have actually called for the deaths of U.S. servicemen.

By Max Fisher  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Audio: Here's the anti-American song, 'Dear American,' Psy sang in 2004

As anti-American sentiment rose in South Korea, the K-Pop star now known for Gangnam Style performed this violent song.

By Max Fisher  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, Music, South Korea

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Gangnam Nationalism: Why Psy's anti-American rap shouldn't surprise you

The K-Pop star's shocking 2002 and 2004 performances are part of a larger trend shaping Korean society, and its view of America.

By Max Fisher  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012

12-year survey: Japanese view of China and Korea hits record low

The poll follows a year of tense, sometimes quite emotional nationalist disputes with Japan's two most important neighbors.

By Max Fisher  |  09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Jill Kelley is also an honorary consul for South Korea

The Tampa socialite reportedly spent time at the British embassy as well.

By Max Fisher  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy, South Korea, United Kingdom

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Psy and Ban Ki-moon, a mutual admiration told in photos

The UN chief lavishes praise on the "Gangnam Style" rapper.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea, United Nations

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Visual music: How ‘Gangnam Style’ exploited K-pop’s secret strength and overcame its biggest weakness

K-pop has been struggling to break into the U.S. for years, so how did Psy do it?

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, Pop Culture, South Korea

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/15/2012

North Korean defectors learn quickly how to send money back home

Defectors quickly learn complex choreography of channeling money to relatives in the Stalinist state.

By Chico Harlan  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea, money transfers

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 02/06/2012

India censors Google, Facebook — but other democracies are even worse

But other democracies have asked Google to remove more content.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:35 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, India, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, U.K.

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/02/2012

South Korean indicted for re-tweeting North Korean messages

Park Jeong-geun says he re-posted messages to lampoon their government.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, South Korea, North Korea, web censorship

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 01/17/2012

South Korea clones American dog for $50K after his death

A New York-based woman paid $50,000 for a clone of her deceased pet.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:23 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, South Korea, cloning

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/09/2012

South Korean military goes crazy over a girl band (video)

A visit from a pop star girl group gave a big morale boost to the South Korean military.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, South Korea, K-pop

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Rumor of N. Korean nuclear explosion prompts brief stock panic in South

Report that nuclear explosion occurred appears false, officials say; S. Korean market nose-dives, then recovers.

By Chico Harlan  |  07:27 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011

South Korea cautiously optimistic after Kim Jong Il’s death (Audio)

Following the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il, the country’s main rival looks to the future

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong Il

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Tear gas released in Egypt, South Korea

Tear gas, a chemical weapon that stimulates nerves in the eyes to cause tears and pain, was used in Egypt and South Korea this week.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, tear gas, Egypt, South Korea, Occupy Wall Street