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Are K-Dramas Sexist? Watchdog Finds Most Female Characters Cause Trouble While Males Are Depicted as Saviors

Are K-Dramas Sexist? Watchdog Finds Most Female Characters Cause Trouble While Males Are Depicted as Saviors

SEOUL, Mar. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Sexism is rife in Korean TV dramas, a recent report of gender equality in the media from the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education (KIGEPE) has found. The KIGEPE’s monitoring of gender equality in the media revealed six out of ten female characters in Korean drama series tend [...]

SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – SM Entertainment will hold auditions in Indonesia to scout talent for its “NCT” idol group project, the nation’s top entertainment agency said Wednesday. Company founder Lee Soo-man unveiled the plan for its first-ever talent audition in Indonesia at a South Korea-Indonesia business summit in Jakarta the previous day.  “Last [...]

S. Korean-Chinese Film Co-Production Called off amid THAAD Spat

S. Korean-Chinese Film Co-Production Called off amid THAAD Spat

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korea-Chinese film co-production project starring Korean actor Ha Jung-woo has been canceled apparently in the fallout from China’s anger over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD in South Korea, the actor’s talent agency said Wednesday.  “Ha was scheduled to film the [...]

Another Woman Indicted for Alleged False Rape Accusation Against JYJ’s Park

Another Woman Indicted for Alleged False Rape Accusation Against JYJ’s Park

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Another woman has been indicted on charges of a false sexual assault accusation against singer-actor Park Yu-chun, who was mired in a series of similar allegations last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.  The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said the 24-year-old defendant, identified only by her last name Song, is [...]

Director Hong Sang-Soo Confirms Romance with Actress Kim Min-Hee

Director Hong Sang-Soo Confirms Romance with Actress Kim Min-Hee

SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Award-winning Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo on Monday publicly admitted to being in a relationship with actress Kim Min-hee for the first time since media speculations on their relationship emerged last June.  “I don’t know if this is the right place to unveil this, but we’re in love. We truly [...]

Chinese Companies Plagiarize Korean Content as THAAD Woes Worsen

Chinese Companies Plagiarize Korean Content as THAAD Woes Worsen

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) – With China’s ban on Korean products intensifying over the THAAD conflict, plagiarism and unlicensed distribution of Korean television programs are becoming more common than usual.  According to local sources, three of China’s major video streaming websites – Tencent, Youku, and iQiyi – deleted all 2017 episodes of South Korean [...]