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Reporter : Park Han-sol
Thu, February 2, 2023 | 08:27
Death of young webtoon artist sparks controversy over harsh working conditions
In the wake of the death of 37-year-old webtoon illustrator Jang Sung-rak last month following an unexpected health issue, concerns have been once again mounting over webcomics artists' poor, harsh working conditions. Since 2018, Jang had served as an illustrator for the globally popular fantasy action series, “Solo Leveling.”
'Free Chol Soo Lee': How young Korean immigrant's wrongful conviction led to pan Asian American resistance movement
Born in 1952 in Seoul during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean War, Chol Soo Lee had no idea what would lay ahead of him when he was yanked away from his homeland at the mere age of 12 to be reunited with his mother in San Francisco. Growing up in the city's Chinatown as “the only Korean” kid with no English communication skills, Lee soon fell into the isolated life of a yout...
[INTERVIEW] Leandro Erlich's questioning of our perception of reality carries new meaning in pandemic
The image of the exterior of a four-story Haussmann apartment building in the middle of the Han River's Nodeul Island has turned into an unexpected playground for daring Seoul citizens. Some attempt to claw their way up the steep structure, while others enjoy their time precariously hanging off a wrought iron balcony. No, none of them have suddenly become masters at defying t...
'Baby Shark' feature film to premiere on Paramount+ next year
The mega-popular “Baby Shark” franchise, which has the world's first YouTube video to reach the 10-billion views mark, is returning with its first-ever original animated feature next year. Tentatively titled, “Baby Shark's Big Movie!” the upcoming film inspired by the hit children's song is set to premiere on U.S. streaming service Paramount+ during the 2023 holiday season.
Templestay, glimpse of millennium-old history of Korean Buddhists' road to self-cultivation
GIMCHEON, North Gyeongsang Province - In the breezy morning of July 22, just hours after chanting mantras for a 4:30 a.m. “yebul” (daily Buddhist ceremonial service), 23 university students gathered in a circle for a teatime session, or “chadam,” with Ven. Inwol at Jikji Temple in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province. In between sips of refreshing “maesil” (green plum) tea and...
VR film about poet Yun Dong-ju invited to Venice Film Festival
A virtual reality (VR) film depicting the life of Yun Dong-ju (1917-45), one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea's modern history, has been officially invited to compete in the 79th Venice International Film Festival. “Poet's Room” has been selected to compete in the festival's Venice Immersive section, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) and the Korea Cultural Herita...
Liquor industry's collaboration with entertainment sector continues
In recent months, the liquor sector has been seeking a breakthrough in terms of launching viral marketing to target younger drinkers in their 20s and 30s. Some have found the answer by forming collaborations with popular performers in the entertainment sector ― K-pop and webtoon ― with a wide following. Mokpo-based brewing company Bohae in South Jeolla Province announced Wedn...
Chinese online shopping malls hit for unauthorized use of 'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' images, piracy
Chinese online shopping malls are cashing in on the popularity of the hit Korean series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” through the unauthorized use of the show's images and sales of counterfeit goods. On Taobao, one of the biggest online shopping platforms in the country, vendors have been appropriating images from the show in order to assist in selling clothes and other item...
12 award-winning Korean authors to hold talks with overseas readers
As a string of translated Korean literary works continue to gain global recognition, online and in-person book talks joined by 12 award-winning Korean writers will travel across the world until the end of this year. Hosted by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea), the 2022 K-Literature Talks program consists of 12 dialogue sessions between best-selling Kor...
[INTERVIEW] Artist traces first sonic encounters between Western, traditional Korean music
Even the feeblest sound barely audible to the naked ear, whether emanating from human vocal cords or manmade inventions, could contain stories of cultural and political history that have been forgotten or even lost.