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HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/03/19 | Permalink

Discover classic and contemporary Korean literature online, US consumers buy into Korea's 'skin first' beauty culture, see the role of identity politics in Korea's current political crisis, and why does Canada love K-pop so much?

"LTI Korea digitalizes classical, contemporary Korean literature"

South Korea does an excellent job of making its culture and history widely available via digital channels. Fans of Korea's film industry might have already taken advantage of the free library of features available on YouTube, but now the country's classic and contemporary literature will also be available online through the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Some of the titles include "The Cloud Dream of the Nine", "The Classical Poetry of Korea", "Memoirs of a Korean Queen", and "Korean Fairy Tales". Bravo!

...READ ON THE KOREA HERALD

"K-beauty clicks with US consumers"

South Korea's 'skin-first' culture is making an impression on American consumers; many are being persuaded to spend more time (and money) on creating good skin-care routines and pampering themselves in the name of personal beauty and health. "While K-beauty can offer quirky treatments wrapped in cute packaging, it's the ingredients that keep US customers interested". Has Korea taught you anything new about your own skin care? Let us know in the comment section below...

...READ ON THE KOREA HERALD

"Park Geun-hye: How identity politics fuelled South Korean scandal"

"Like a patient awakened from an enforced period of suspended animation", writes Dr John Nilsson-Wright, "South Korea's body politic has been sharply brought back to life". Get clued up about what's currently happening in Korea's political arena and what the current crisis says about the state of politics in the country with this interesting commentary on the BBC. "Identity politics is at the heart of the controversy..."

...READ ON BBC

"South Korean culture's global influence can be contributed to K-pop; Canada welcomes hallyu with open arms"

Of all the countries that have warmly embraced Korea's K-pop culture, perhaps Canada is the most welcoming. "The South Korean cultural wave - otherwise known as Hallyu is on a roll since the late 90s as a deluge of Korean food, dance, movies, TV series, and even K-pop has been introduced to different regions across the globe". In this article on Korea Portal you'll hear how Canadians are loving all things K-culture. How popular is Korean culture where you live?

...READ ON KOREA PORTAL

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