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So Near and Yet So Far

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By Kyle Barr
“Did you get him?” One tourist asked another, aiming his camera like a rifle. The two were members of a small group of tourists visiting the heavily armed Demilitarizated Zone that separates the two Koreas. Continue reading

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Koreans Struggle to Force Gov’t to Improve

Yellow ribbons tied to the trees and worn by the demonstrators symbolize two things: hope that some of the missing victims are still alive and solidarity with the victims' families. Photo by Taylor Ha.

By Kyle Barr
As children capered through the jets of water in Seoul’s central plaza, Jin Soo Kim did his best to yell over their delight. Continue reading

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North Korean Tells Her Story

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By Justine Josue
Diana had no idea where the bus would take her, but she knew she could never go home again. Continue reading

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‘Comfort Woman’ Deal Angers Many South Koreans

Two of the less than 50 South Korean comfort women sit silently as the crowd that engulfs them bellows for their justice.

By Taylor Ha
A crowd of 300 surrounds two wizened old women who sit outside the Japanese embassy in central Seoul. Continue reading

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Korea’s “SimCity”

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By Taylor Ha
Welcome to South Korea’s real-life SimCity: Incheon. Since 2003, it has been home to Korea’s first Free Economic Zone (FEZ), a specially designated area where companies are lightly taxed or not at all to foster business growth and urban development. Continue reading

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North Koreans Treated as Second Class

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By Cosette Nuñez
In a country where North Korean Refugees are treated as second class citizens, the Duam School embraces and educates them. Continue reading

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Korea’s Best Students Study All Day & Night

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By Kyle Barr and Taylor Ha
“What do I want to do?”
It was a confounding question for Seoul Science High School student Hanjun Lee. Continue reading

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Seoul Subways a Joy

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By Jessica Chin and Chereese Cross
The piercing screech of metal-on-metal alerts New York City subway riders that a train is arriving; nine thousand miles away in Seoul, subway riders are alerted by a joyful jingle. Continue reading

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Korean Wave Hits the West

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By Dyondra Wilson
In the past five years, Korean pop music, soap operas and movies have been spreading worldwide, reaching the shores of such distant places as New York and Mexico. Continue reading

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Studying Lifestyle of Hardship in Korea

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By Cosette Nunez
Daniel Seho Park will never forget his teacher’s words. “Seho, you have lost so much weight, you must have studied so hard.” Continue reading

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