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 …

Looking Back at Modern Short Stories from Korea, the Very First Collection of Korean Fiction in English

By Charles Montgomery Literature has always occupied a position of high cultural importance in Korea. The country’s history is thoroughly …

Korea’s English Fever, or English Cancer?

By Colin Marshall  A young Korean lady walks down the street, textbooks in her arms and earbuds in her ears. …

“Factory Complex”: How (But Not Why) Working Women Have it So Bad in Korea

By Colin Marshall  Last week I spent a few nights downtown at the venerable Seoul Cinema (established 1964, which more …

When Conan Came to Korea

By Colin Marshall  I first moved to Los Angeles not long after Conan O’Brien did, or more precisely, after he …

Capturing Seoul’s Street Style: Michael Hurt’s Fashion Photography

By Colin Marshall  Last month we featured the work of Seoul-based Korean-black American street photographer Michael Hurt here on the …