South Korea

An elderly Korean woman weeps at a press conference.

South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery

Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.

Workers clear snow in Seoul

Migrants Are Doing the Jobs South Koreans Sneer At

The system punishes undocumented workers but winks at their employers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during his New Year's speech at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 11.

It’s Time for Justice, Not Healing

The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example.

North Korean defectors prepare to release helium balloons carrying leaflets near the border in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 4, 2013.

Anti-Balloon Launching Laws Are No Threat to South Korean Democracy

Pundits behave as if only North Korea matters in Seoul’s politics.

The rooms at the Grand Hotel in Taipei are illuminated to form the word "zero" after Taiwan reported no new coronavirus cases for two consecutive days, on April 17.

East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap

Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019.

Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal

The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.

People in Seoul watch reporting on the U.S. presidential election

South Korea Matters More to the United States Than North Korea’s Nukes

The Biden administration should prioritize one of America’s most important allies.

Ethiopian soldiers and thousands of mourners attend the official state funeral of Ethiopia's late prime minister, Meles Zenawi

Our Top Weekend Reads

The real grievances behind the Ethiopian conflict, Pompeo acknowledges that the two-state solution is dead, and a look at a possible Pentagon pick.

Employees eat in a cafeteria during the coronavirus pandemic

South Korea’s Corporate Hierarchies Are Breaking Down

A new generation of familial leadership is relaxing business culture.

Chinese soldiers

Xi Jinping Doubles Down on Korean War Propaganda

China’s new nationalism is alienating its neighbors and distorting history.

A Black Lives Matter protest in Seoul

South Korea Struggles to Confront Its Own Racial Prejudices

Black Lives Matter has sparked change among a younger generation.

People watch a television news program reporting on the U.S. election with images of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 9.

For South Korea’s President, Biden’s Win Is Both Good News and Bad News

A new administration points to a resolution of some thorny bilateral disputes—but could threaten Moon Jae-in’s cherished rapprochement with the North.

People watch a news program reporting on the U.S. presidential election at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 4.

Seoul Breathes a Sigh of Relief as Trump Loss in Sight

Trump put unprecedented strain on the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

South Koreans in the Seoul Railway Station watch on screen as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries on June 30, 2019.

South Korea Has Got a Lot at Stake in Tuesday’s Vote

From talks with Kim Jong Un to the fate of the U.S. troop deployment there, Tuesday’s election could be critical to a key U.S. ally in Asia.

Members of BTS attend the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 4, 2019.

China Backs Off From Fight With K-Pop Fans

South Korea’s soft power should be a model for Beijing.

South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young (second left) walks with military officers during a visit to the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Sept. 16.

South Korea Doesn’t Need U.S. Military Babysitting

Seoul is rich enough and strong enough to deter Pyongyang by itself.

Members of the South Korean Navy

North Korea Kills, Torches South Korean Civilian in Bizarre Maritime Incident

The confusing affair could make it even harder for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue warming up to the North.

People walk through the Myeongdong shopping district.

COVID-19 Has Crushed Everybody’s Economy—Except for South Korea’s

Seoul seems to have shown the way to mitigating both the health and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.