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  • The Limits of Politics and Political Science

    photo The Year of the Blue Sheep began with a note of uneasiness rather than the usual feelings of joy. The chances are high that the prevailing sense of disappointment stems from Korea’s feeble, even paralyzed, politics. The causes of...

  • [DEBATE] Fiscal Stability over Welfare Expansion

    photo The proposition that welfare can be expanded without tax hikes has naturally led to criticism that it is a pie-in-the-sky idea, given the nation’s fiscal condition. Hence, debate over the feasibility of not increasing the tax bur...

  • Father’s Tears I Saw for the First Time

    photo On February 4, I got a text message from the Korea Student Aid Foundation telling me to confirm my place in the income quintile it had calculated. I could see the exact amount of my father’s monthly income. The seven-digit figure...

  • About the Dreariness of Jongno 3-ga

    photo Dansungsa Theater in Jongno 3-ga, central Seoul, opened in 1907 as a performance hall for pansori, traditional Korean narrative song, and was turned into Korea’s first movie theater with the screening of “Fight for Justic...

  • Changes in the Quality of Life of Korea’s Middl...

    Korea is expected to soon enter into an era of $30,000 in per capita income, adding to its upward trajectory in wealth since 1990. But the middle class, the most important income strata for stable growth, has been shrinking steadily for decades. This has created a sense of urgency in the government to improve the quality of life among the economy’s main consumers and workforce suppliers.
    Indeed, there is a wide gulf between the criteria of the middle class as felt by the Korean people and those set by the OECD, with about 55 percent of the nation’s middle class believing they belong to the low-income class. Also, Korea is ranked lowest among OECD member countries when it comes to expanding the ratio of middle class by using fiscal policies designed to redistribute income.

  • North Korean Refugee Marks 60 Years in Show Busi...

    photo On February 8, the blockbuster “Ode to My Father” surpassed 13 million tickets sold, making it Korea’s second-highest grossing film of all time. The movie touchingly retells South Korea’s odyssey from territorial division and ...

  • How Did Goryeo’s Faithful Subject End Up in Jos...

    photo Munmyo is the national Confucian shrine of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), where outstanding sages of China and Korea, including Confucius himself, are honored and venerated. In the Confucian-oriented state of Joseon, Co...

  • Yukari Muraoka: “It’s a Shame That Koreans Hav...

    photo The Sool Gallery, a venue for promoting traditional Korean alcoholic drinks, opened on February 11 in Insa-dong, Seoul. The opening event was attended by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Dong-phil, who expressed...

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