Letter from Gangneung, the Real Capital of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Colin Marshall reports from Gangneung, the biggest city in Pyeongchang County, where much of the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held.

French Nobel Laureate J.M.G. Le Clézio’s New Novel of Korea, and the Love of Korea That Inspired It

Colin Marshall considers a new novel by J.M.G. Le Clézio, "Bitna: Under the Sky of Seoul."

How Korea’s Version of TED Talks Aims to Heal Korean Society

Korea's version of Ted Talks is called "Sebashi," and its most popular talks are all about helping Koreans find a better way to live.

Korean Cinema Looks Back at 1987, When Students Died and Democracy Was Born

Colin Marshall reflects on how Korea's "June Struggle" is depicted in Korean Cinema.

Why Has Korea Hired Gordon Ramsay to Be Its Big Brother?

Colin Marshall wonders why Gordon Ramsay has become the spokesperson for Korea's most boring beer.

Korea Has Started Using English Names — But When Will It Stop?

Colin Marshall considers why Starbucks employees in Korea — and many other people — adopt "English names" in place of their given ones.

Korea in the World and the World in Korea: Selections from the LARB Korea Blog’s Second Year

The LARB Korea Blog's second year has proven eventful not just within Korea but in the relationship between Korea and the rest of the world.