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Past articles by Jason:


South Korea flattened the curve. Now what?

While an increasing number of countries are tightening their borders in an effort to halt further infections, South Korea is taking a different approach. But a rise in imported cases threatens to roll back some of the country’s progress. → Read More


How balloons gave a blind South Korean artist his life back

South Korean artist Goh Hong-seok is legally blind and by his own estimate has lost around 90 percent of his vision over the years. For Goh, balloons are not only a means to creatively express himself, but it was through this medium that he found purpose. → Read More


Why some South Koreans feel more positive about Kim Jong-un

“My parents told me that he killed his brother, so I was scared of him,” says 11-year-old Chung Ye-in. “I thought he was a bad person, but after seeing him, I think he looks friendly.” → Read More


A Korean Paralympic skier says other skiers cheer him on now. It didn't used to be that way.

Yoo In-sik remembers when other skiers used to shy away from him on the chairlift because of his missing leg. “When I ski now, people cheer me on and clap for me,” he says. → Read More


North Korea's debut at Paralympics could signal improvements for citizens with disabilities

North Korea has sent two athletes to compete in Pyeongchang in what observers are calling a sign of growing acceptance of people with disabilities in a country known for shunning them. → Read More


Will automated convenience stores put South Koreans out of work?

South Korea has one of the world’s highest human-to-convenience-store ratios, but increasingly, those stores are operating without staff, instead relying on machines to allow customers to purchase goods. → Read More


Will the Year of the Dog mean more babies in South Korea?

South Korean media speculate that the country’s birthrate, one of the world’s lowest, could rise thanks to the perceived enhanced fortune during this year of the "golden dog." → Read More


South Koreans have mixed feelings about North Korean presence at winter games

The joint hockey team was popular, but the North Korean cheer squad was called "a little robotic." Either way, it's unlikely to make a huge difference in North-South relations. → Read More


Why 'Arirang' is the perfect song for a divided Korea

A South Korean violinist has long dreamed of bringing together North and South Koreans musicians for a musical reunification. He almost made it happen. → Read More


Is taekwondo the key to peace between North and South Korea?

After months of giving South Korea the cold shoulder, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the 2018 Olympics in the south. → Read More


The US military's Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul

The US military is closing its Yongsan military base in the South Korean capital. For people who grew up around the base, it was where they learned about American music, culture and food. But it's also leaving behind environmental problems. → Read More


North Korea bombards South Korea with propaganda leaflets

According to local media reports, more than 2 million of these papers have been found scattered on the streets of the capital and in provinces near the border since the end of 2015 — a volume not seen since the 1970s and '80s. → Read More


They got married in Seoul and a week later, China invaded

A US Marine met his future wife at the US Embassy in Seoul just months before the start of the Korean War. Their love story spanned seven decades. → Read More


A year after South Korea passed an anti-corruption law, some businesses say it goes too far

South Korea’s sweeping anti-graft law is meant to eliminate corruption, but some Koreans say it's cutting into the country's gift-giving tradition. → Read More


South Koreans used to brush off talk of war. Now, they're getting worried.

In South Korea, people are starting to talk with family members about what would happen if war broke out between the US and North Korea. → Read More


A North Korean refugee and cartoonist draws what life is like for those who escape

Choi Seong-gok has had a knack for drawing since he was a kid when teachers praised him for his sketches of evil American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.” → Read More


Samsung dream jobs are running out for young, overeducated South Koreans

Why are South Korea's new graduates having so much trouble finding work? Some say it's because they only want to work for big conglomerates. → Read More

South Korea's first black model

A Korean-Nigerian model faces the legacy of discrimination against "mixed blood" Koreans amid shifting demographics. → Read More


The slow pace of baseball makes it perfect for its blind fans in Korea

Three baseball fans in South Korea host a popular sports podcast. But most listeners don't know its three hosts are blind. → Read More


South Korea's obsession with fried chicken, explained

It's so popular that tens of thousands of fried chicken restaurants have sprung up around the country in the last 20 years. And the competition is fierce. → Read More