• Los Angeles and Seoul, a Tale of Two Ugly Cities

    Colin Marshall looks at the aesthetics, both perceived and real, of Seoul and Los Angeles.

    Ways of Looking at Kim Swoo-geun, Korea’s Poet of Brick, Concrete, and Much Else Besides

    Colin Marshall reviews the career of Kim Swoo-geun, the architect who located a distinctly Korean building style.

    Birthday, the First Tearjerker About the Ferry Disaster that Killed 250 High-School Students

    Colin Marshall reviews “Birthday,” the first major tearjerker about the 2014 Korean ferry tragedy.

    Stoked by a Racist Ad, a K-Pop Sex Scandal, and an Anti-Communist Massacre, Can the Korean Demand for Apology Ever Be Satiated?

    Colin Marshall explores the art of the public apology in Korea.

    Listen to the Seoul of the 1980s, Real or Imagined, with Streaming Mixes of Korean “City Pop”

    Colin Marshall on "city pop" and its proliferation on YouTube.

    Fried Chicken’s Central Role in a TV Drama, a Police Comedy, and Korean Culture Itself

    Colin Marshall on the central role of fried chicken in Korean culture and media.

    Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional, a Cultural Phenomenon Going Strong in Korea for 25 Years

    "Léon: The Professional," the film that launched director Luc Besson into an international renown, came out a quarter-century ago this year.