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S. Korean Christians Express Discontent with Online Worship During COVID-19 Era

S. Korean Christians Express Discontent with Online Worship During COVID-19 Era

SEOUL, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Church-goers in South Korea, where religious services are typically characterized by large in-person gatherings, are growing increasingly dissatisfied with online worship, an inevitable reality at times given the government’s social distancing directives and the protracted coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey conducted by a publication operated by a Protestant [...]

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — In the past several weeks, global fans of K-pop came under a sudden burst of collective observation by the international media, with a wave of positive coverage depicting K-pop fans as agents of change amid a series of high-profile cases of political activism related to the Black Lives Matter [...]

Students File Suit for Tuition Cuts as Pandemic Disrupts Learning

Students File Suit for Tuition Cuts as Pandemic Disrupts Learning

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean university students have joined together to file a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and schools, seeking partial tuition refunds for disruptions to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Movement for Tuition Refunds, a student group formed by the National University Student Council, held [...]

Online Queer Parade Struck by Radical Feminism

Online Queer Parade Struck by Radical Feminism

SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Self-proclaimed ‘feminists’, or radical women advocacy groups, have sparked controversy after criticizing an event for sexual minorities. Dotface, a media startup, recently organized an ‘online queer parade campaign’ after this year’s queer culture festival was postponed due to the coronavirus. This year, a new sentiment of self-proclaimed ‘feminists’, apart [...]

VANK Launches Campaign to Correct Misconceptions About the Gwanggaeto Stele

VANK Launches Campaign to Correct Misconceptions About the Gwanggaeto Stele

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), a cyber diplomatic organization, has launched a campaign to correct misconceptions that could arise from the information board of the Gwanggaeto Stele installed in the city of Jian in Jilin Province, China. The Gwanggaeto Stele is a memorial stele for the tomb [...]

Vast Majority of S. Koreans Say Funding for U.S. Troops in S. Korea Should Not Increase

Vast Majority of S. Koreans Say Funding for U.S. Troops in S. Korea Should Not Increase

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent survey showed that 96.5 percent of South Koreans think the nation’s contribution to the joint defense costs for American troops in South Korea, a thorny issue that is being negotiated between South Korea and the U.S., should be reduced or maintained at a current level. The Korea [...]