State Department Cable Sees Echoes of Korean Politics in Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’
The dystopian series reflects a “winner-take-all” mentality and South Koreans’ economic frustrations ahead of presidential elections.
‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare
Netflix’s new Korean horror drama suggests there’s more to life than the brutal realities of neoliberal capitalism.
Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits
World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.
New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability
The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.
Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea
North Korea’s resumed activity at Yongbyon has reawakened calls for Seoul to go nuclear.
Korea Was the United States’ First Forever War
Incompetent U.S. forces did more harm than help for South Korea’s path to democracy.
Seoul Isn’t Kabul
Withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea is unlikely, but fresh thinking in Washington could lay the groundwork for a new security architecture on the peninsula.
Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.
‘One Last Monster’ Is a Loving, Messy Parable Rooted in Korean History
A charming animation turns turtle ships into giant monsters.
The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us
Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts.
Why So Many Young Men in South Korea Hate Feminism
Loss of privilege has driven an ugly turn to the hard right.
Biden Opens Sneaky New Front in Trade War Against China
To understand the administration’s new stance, look to the South Korean semiconductor firm Magnachip.
A Quiet Sentence Gives South Korea Back Its ‘Missile Sovereignty’
Seoul had bucked for decades against U.S. restrictions—but China isn’t happy.
There’s No Choice but Negotiation With North Korea
Moon Jae-in’s White House visit is a good chance to step up talks again.
South Korea Isn’t a Junior Partner for America
Biden needs to show that Washington treats the alliance seriously when Moon visits.
Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake
The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.
Moon Wants a Legacy on North Korea That Isn’t Coming
Biden’s tough attitude on Pyongyang is mixed with sympathy for his South Korean counterpart.
‘Minari’ Is About Korean American Faith as Well as Family
The U.S.-Korea relationship has always been shaped by Korean Christianity.