Isabella Bird Bishop: Pioneering Female Traveler and Prototypical Westerner in Korea

By Colin Marshall  Korea scholar Matt VanVolkenburg writes one of my favorite blogs on Korean society and culture, Gusts of …

Bright Lies, Big City: Korean Authors and Seoul

By Charles Montgomery The Korean relationship with big cities, particularly Seoul, mixes love with a strong undercurrent of hate. The …

Korea, Where Book Podcasts Draw Standing-Room-Only Crowds

By Colin Marshall  If you want a seat, you’ve got to get there early — really early. Even then, plenty …

“Hell Joseon” and Korean Literature

By Charles Montgomery On the surface, all is well with Korea: It is among the top economies in the world. Seoul …

A Korean Travel Writer Reveals the Los Angeles Even Angelenos Don’t Know

By Colin Marshall  I moved from Los Angeles to Seoul in part because I prefer living as a foreigner to …

The Triumph of Han Kang and the Rise of Women’s Writing in Korea

By Charles Montgomery In my years in Korea, I never met an author humbler or nicer than Han Kang: she …

Writing About Korea, in Korean, for Koreans — as an American: an Interview with Robert J. Fouser

By Colin Marshall  Robert J. Fouser first lived in Korea in the mid-1980s, going on to become a professor at …