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.
Are South Korea’s Conservatives Back In the Game?
Stunning mayoral losses may bode ill for the liberals.
The Legacy of Wartime Atrocities Still Looms Over Asian Alliances
Survivors of World War II sexual enslavement seemed one step closer to reparations, but international pressure and a Korean judge intervened.
Even With Seoul Paying More, America Can’t Afford to Defend South Korea
A rich and strong nation can pay for its own military.
South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery
Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.
Migrants Are Doing the Jobs South Koreans Sneer At
The system punishes undocumented workers but winks at their employers.
It’s Time for Justice, Not Healing
The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example.
Anti-Balloon Launching Laws Are No Threat to South Korean Democracy
Pundits behave as if only North Korea matters in Seoul’s politics.
East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap
Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.