KPop Culture & Society

Explanations of some of the curious practices you might see in Korean dramas (the noble idiot, piggyback rides), or the meanings behind cultural symbols or mythical creatures.
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Pop Culture & Society
Miss Korea hopefuls walk the runway
by | August 1, 2008 | 8 Comments
Prospective Miss Koreas lined up on August 1 to participate in the 2008 Miss Korea Hanbok Fashion Show & Cultural Performance. The event, which took place in the Grand Ballroom of Seoul’s Namsan Hyatt Hotel, precedes the the 52nd Miss Korea Pageant, which kicks off on August 6. The reigning Miss Korea 2007, Lee Ji-sun,... More »

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Mad as hell over mad cow
by | May 18, 2008 | 23 Comments
Thirty thousand citizens gather for the “Candlelight Vigil Protesting U.S. Beef Imports.” Some sentiments: “I’m not anti-American. I wear Nike shoes, Adidas tees, and I eat McDonalds. But having been called a red Commie, I came out.” “I came because President Lee Myung Bak isn’t doing the right thing.” Celebrities in attendance included singer Lee... More »

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Modernizing the hanbok
by | February 2, 2008 | 63 Comments
I don’t really care about fashion much, and I don’t blog about it, but I saw various mentions on the interwebs of Canadian actress Sandra Oh‘s above tribute to the hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, which she wore to the SAG awards earlier this week. The look was deemed worthy fodder for fugging on Go... More »

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Is celebrity education really education?
by | November 5, 2007 | 33 Comments
(Singer-actor Eugene) Shortly after posting this entry about Tim’s educational background, I saw the following (edited) transcription of the “Star News report” (you can watch the video clip of the segment at that link as well), which discusses celebrities and the way in which they gain admissions to universities in Korea. It’s a topic that... More »

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Korea just got a little pornier
by | October 29, 2007 | 11 Comments
Newsen reports that Penthouse is coming to Korea. Porn lovers rejoice! Penthouse Media Group has made a contract to enter into an exclusive license with Korea’s own adult media corporation, N Tree Media. This new media enterprise between the two groups marks a first step in advancing into the large potential Asian adult entertainment market,... More »

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Just a quickie…
by | October 11, 2007 | 25 Comments
…cuz it’s funny, even if it’s in an I-feel-guilty-for-laughing sort of way. South Korea’s hosting an international condom conference this week on Jeju Island, in attendance by the world’s top condom experts (and no, that’s not a euphemism for the everyman, although it should be). Two interesting points: they’ve concluded that condom sizing matters, ergo... More »

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Happy Chuseok!
by | September 24, 2007 | 39 Comments
  Tomorrow is Chuseok, also called Hangawi, which is the Korean version of Thanksgiving and one of the largest (perhaps the largest) holidays in the Korean calendar. That means a break from work, lots of traditional food, including the customary Chuseok songpyun dduk (a type of sticky pounded-rice cake with a sweetened sesame center), family... More »