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Kakao Entertainment Asks Webtoon Artists to “Not Frustrate China”

Kakao Entertainment Asks Webtoon Artists to “Not Frustrate China”

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy has sparked after a South Korean firm entering the Chinese market asked webtoon artists and web novel writers to refrain from using expressions that may ‘frustrate’ China. Kakao Entertainment, an entertainment arm of tech giant Kakao Corp., reportedly sent out guidelines on ‘inappropriate expressions about China’ to webtoon [...]

Retailers, Food Companies on Alert over Gender Dispute

Retailers, Food Companies on Alert over Gender Dispute

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean food and retail industry is on alert following controversies surrounding misandry sparked by a company’s ad poster. Early this month, convenience store chain GS25 created a poster to promote a special give-away for all customers buying food for camping. Online forums accused the company of releasing a [...]

Kolon Announces Possible Cancellation of Korea-China Cultural Town Project

Kolon Announces Possible Cancellation of Korea-China Cultural Town Project

SEOUL, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) — A Korea-China Cultural Town planned for Gangwon Province is being placed under review following massive criticism. Officials from Gangwon Province recently announced the view of Kolon Global Corp., leading the Chinatown project, that the construction of the Korea-China Cultural Town “may not proceed”. Kolon said the project has nothing [...]

New Plans for Chinatown in Gangwon Province Hit with Massive Criticism

New Plans for Chinatown in Gangwon Province Hit with Massive Criticism

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A construction project for a Korea-China Cultural Town is being embroiled in anti-Chinese sentiment opposing China’s cultural infringement upon South Korea. A petition was posted at an online petition site run by the presidential office last month calling upon the government to stop the Chinatown construction in Gangwon Province. [...]

Sex Doll Experience Cafe Condemned by Residents in Yongin

Sex Doll Experience Cafe Condemned by Residents in Yongin

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean parents of young students are reacting nervously to the recent openings of sex doll experience shops or cafes in their neighborhoods around the country. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last June in favor of the importation of life-size sex dolls, several hundreds of new businesses have reportedly [...]

Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

SEOUL, March 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Tension between South Korea and China is escalating as the latter presents groundless claims that elements of the former’s inherent culture such as hanbok, kimchi and pansori originated in China. Against this backdrop, a new South Korean drama is under fire for featuring a string of scenes that have [...]