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Asia's hot desserts now
Asian desserts are becoming noticeably more available in Korea. In my neighborhood alone, there are several stores selling Taiwanese pastries and Hong Kong drinks that were not there a few months ago. Desserts are some of my favorite small luxuries..

'People-centered growth'

By Park Yoon-bae

Hong Kong's cultural power
It has been 20 years since China regained sovereignty of Hong Kong from Britain. The world was eyeing Hong Kong on June 30, 1997, when the handover ceremony began with dignitaries from China and Britain, including then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin..

From region to religion
Korea is a republic of human networks. Koreans seem to have a natural tendency to form groups in line with their hometown, educational background and religion. If you want a significant job at any institute or company, you are strongly recommended ..

Golden age for pets
As the number of single households in Korea is increasing, peoples interest in pets or companion animals also seems to be growing too. Recent data shows that Koreas pet population has surpassed 10 million and is expected to double by 2020. The ..

Gaya history and pro-Japan scholars
President Moon Jae-in has generated a far-flung controversy by citing the need to shed light on the history of the Gaya region largely referring to the lower part of the peninsula. Moons move is proper as he aims at regional reconciliation betwee..

All-Asian match at French Open
Koreans tend to get overly competitive whenever Korea and Japan clash in sports. There is a collective mentality that we must not lose against Japan. This strong sense of rivalry with the country that once colonized Korea is reflected in the term h..

Alliance being tested
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), once a symbol of the Seoul-Washington alliance, is now becoming a seed of conflict between the allies. No doubt the U.S. missile defense system, if fully implemented, will help maintain the security ..

Meet YouTube's Asian food guru

 Helping people with dementia
As Japan regains its vitality with better economic performance and the approaching 2020 Summer Olympic Games, many Koreans, including me, travel to the neighboring country. For me, an interesting aspect of traveling to Japan is that one can detect ..

New leadership style
President Moon Jae-in appears to have made a successful debut as the nations new leader despite having no transition period. It is good to see that he has gotten off to a good start by reaching out to the people.

President's biggest asset
It has only been slightly over a week since President Moon Jae-in assumed office, but the new President has already brought some noticeable changes to Cheong Wa Daes rigid culture. Moon had lunch at the cafeteria for Cheong Wa Dae employees, whic..

Confession of an ex-Leninist
I was a Leninist when I was a collegian in the early 1990s. At least I thought so. I was an avid reader of Russian revolutionist Vladimir Lenin. I almost memorized some of his books. Strongly believing that the capitalist system should lead its way..

Voting for clean air
T.S. Eliot, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century, called April the cruellest month. It seems as if the author of The Waste Land, born in 1888, knew what April would feel like to Koreans in 2017.

Joy of small luxuries
Many Koreans are struggling with stagnant wages and soaring taxes, which have cut Koreans appetite for spending. Due to the economic slump, a rush for small luxuries is sweeping local consumers.

Korea never used to be part of China
Chinese President Xi Jinping triggered public wrath here by allegedly saying, Korea used to be a part of China during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 7. Most Koreans appear perplexed at Xis remark as it is totally senseles..

Too early to thank China
The United States and China appear to have found some common ground in their negotiations over North Korea. They are seemingly working closely together to create a much-needed momentum in handling the North Korean nuclear crisis following the summi..

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