• 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.

    Reading Tocqueville in Korea (Part Two)

    "On my arrival in the United States, it was the religious atmosphere which first struck me," Alexis de Tocqueville writes in "Democracy in America."

    Reading Tocqueville in Korea (Part One)

    "Culture is not necessarily our destiny," wrote the high-profile Korean activist and later president of South Korea Kim Dae-jung in 1994. "Democracy is."