Korean Gender Reader, December 8-14

Jo Kwon I'm Da One(Source)

Not related to any of the stories sorry — I just love the colors, and the retro look. But see pop reviews now if you’d like to know more about his album.


Queer Shorts Shot on Smart Phones Film Festival, December 22nd (The Kimchi Queen)

Body Image, Health

Masseurs find narcissists easy prey (Korea Joongang Daily)

Pretty boys and dancing divas give South Korean cosmetics Asian appeal (Reuters)

More handsome men entering women-heavy professions in Korea (The Dong-a Ilbo)

Do Koreans and Korean Americans have different standards for if someone looks “American”? (I’m No Picasso)

The Real Bodies Manifesto: Finding Each Other (8asians)

So … did Shin Se Kyung have plastic surgery or not? (Asian Junkie)

“My, What Healthy Breasts You Have!” (said no one, ever) (Nursing Clio)

Fashion Interviews: A Shot of Soju With Monika Rofler (chincha)

Censorship, Media

SKorea’s porn fight ‘like shoveling in a blizzard’ (The Marmot’s Hole)

‘Cheongdamdong Alice’ apologizes for offensive words spotted on screen (allkpop)

Park Geun-hye Rally Photo Doctored Ahead of Election (koreaBANG)

Korean CF Types: The dance, the star power, the drama (Hangukdrama and Korean)

Facial Recognition Technology and Privacy Issues (Visual Anthropology of Japan)

Yoon Il Sang: “It’s Sad That Korean Media Tries to Find Humor by Putting Down Their Wives” (soompi)


Myeong-dong Hiking Club still pimping Korean girls to Japanese tourists, doing very little hiking (The Marmot’s Hole)

Subway stations main location for sex trade of runaway youths (The Korea Times)

Man rapes mentally handicapped kid, walks on appeal because he shows regret (The Marmot’s Hole)

“I Want to Throw Flowers”: a series that records the experiences of a survivor of sexual violence (ILDA South Korean Feminist Journal)

So, just to be clear, it’s OK for a teacher to have sex with a 12-year-old student as long as the student wants it? (The Marmot’s Hole; Waygook)

A heartfelt and concise piece on what “human trafficking” really means (Japan Subculture Research Center)

Japan’s ‘life-less’ anti-stalking laws are costing lives to be lost (The Japan Times)

Is self-defense properly recognized? (The Korea Herald)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Tharp On: Marriage (Busan Haps)

Websites Sell Burmese Brides to Chinese Bachelors (The Irrawaddy)

The Romance Issue (Mochi Magazine)

Interracial Dating 2: Black Women & Asian Men desexualized? (The Vanguard Element)

Exhibition journeys into Asian marriage customs (The Korea Herald)

Six Chinese Men in the Movies Who Loved Western Women, from Least Sexy to Most Sexy (Speaking of China)

China’s Singles’ Day Beats the US’ ‘Black Friday’ On E-Sales (chinaSMACK)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Study: Korean students excel in math and science, but lack confidence (The Hankyoreh)

Why I gave my daughters English names (BBC)

How I Learned to Love College By Rejecting the Model Minority Stereotype (Mochi Magazine)

Seoul lays out new support plans for multicultural families, foreigners (asiaone)

US Soldier – Filipina mixed kids acquire illegal immigrant status before they are born (The Marmot’s Hole)

What’s for Dinner? One mother’s adventure in maintaining a balanced diet for her Chinese-Canadian baby (bejingkids)

Disposable diapers or bare bottoms? China frets over potty training (Christian Science Monitor)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

Workplace discrimination prompts ‘whitened’ job applications (BBC)

Why are so few educated Asian women marrying? (Marginal Revolution)

S. Korea’s gender wage gap highest among OECD (MK Business News)

Women in North Korea: ‘Men can’t earn enough money so it’s our job now’ (The Guardian)

Park Geun-hye: Female Presidential Candidate (Korean Gender Cafe)

As South Korea Tackles Drinking Culture, Samsung Sets Guidelines (Korea Realtime)

Three out of four sexual harassment victims are women in their 20s and 30s and half of it occurred at the workplace (The Korea Times)

Ri Sol-ju, Conspicuous Wealth, and the “Military Wife” Type in the DPRK (SINO-NK)

‘Korea still male-dominated’ (The Korea Times)

Korean Through K-pop 101: The Bean Paste Girl (Seoulbeats)

South Korea’s Forgotten War (The Atlantic)

Is South Korea ready for “Madam President”? (Reuters)

China’s Job Market Tightens for Young Foreigners (The New York Times)

McKinsey & Company Report on the Job Market for New Korean Graduates (Korea Business Central)

LGBT, Sexuality

Venery and the sin of transgression in Joseon Korea (The Marmot’s Hole)

On Sex In The US, and How My Husband Taught Me the Word “Sao” (Speaking of China)

Women rights advocates call on China’s population planning officials to de-link household registration from compulsory fitting of IUDs (Radio Free Asia)

Queer Links from the Week (The Kimchi Queen)

Gay, transgender Korean students discriminated against at school (Asian Correspondent)


Are you Russian? An interview about Causasian female stereotypes and harassment in Korea (mapping words)

CERD (and other) updates (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

What I’ve Learned About Crises, or How My Vaguest Shadow of a Doubt Died Today… (Gord Sellar)

Cultural Assimilation (I’m No Picasso)

If You Wanna Be My 형… (Gord Sellar)

How Taiwan is better than Korea (The Marmot’s Hole)

Expat Diaries: ‘Night Vibes’ Spreads Black Culture Throughout South Korea (Ebony)

Pop Culture

Natthew and Diversity in K-pop (Seoulbeats)

The politics of Pandora: is international music really that “different”? (Mellowyel’s Collection)

Cast walks out of Great Seer shoots citing no pay (dramabeans)

Unpopular Opinion: Defending Jay Chou’s Hit on “Gangnam Style” (Seoulbeats)

NSFW Fanart: ELFs are on another level, man (McRoth’s Residence)

Worry for the Right Reasons: K-pop and Kohaku (Seoulbeats)

2012 a tough year for idol groups as singers shine (Korea Joongang Daily; Netizen Buzz)

HallyU.S.A: K-pop’s Appeal to Asian-Americans (Seoulbeats)

Q & A : ‘9 Muses of Empire’ director Hark-Joon Lee on IDFA (fuck yeah nine muses)

2012: The Year Of Scandals, Relationships, And … Americanism? (Asian Junkie)

Streaming to Be Heard: K-pop on Internet Radio (Seoulbeats)

Finding Korean literature in English (In Imminent Danger)

MBC and A Look at Korean Sitcoms (Seoulbeats)

Korean films get controversial (ampm)

K-pop’s Appeal to a Black Fan (Seoulbeats)

Psy’s Apology (in chronological order)

‘Gangnam Style’ Rapper Psy Apologizes For Lyrics About Killing Americans (Speakeasy)

Quick Thought about PSY’s Past Anti-American Lyrics (Ask a Korean!)

PSY Apologizes (The Marmot’s Hole)

The PSY scandal: singing about killing people v. constantly doing it (The Guardian)

… In Which America Learns Something Interesting about Psy (and South Korea) (Gord Sellar)

You Shouldn’t Forget about the Past, Cuz It Don’t Forget About You… (Scribblings of the Metropolitician)

Psy, slowly and painfully (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

K-Pop Fizz Fizz: Life After PSY (Spin)

Social Problems

Australian Police Apologise to Korean Assaulted in Melbourne (koreaBANG)

Do 1 in 8 Koreans have an addiction? (Asian Correspondent)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader, November 24-30

Fei Miss A I Don't Need a Man(Source)

Apologies to Psy’s die-hard fans, but I’ll be retiring the Gangnam Style section this week. After all, even my daughters are tired of it now, preferring to dance 10 times a weekend to Miss A’s I Don’t Need a Man instead…

Don’t blame me — they picked it up from their friends at kindergarten!


Holiday Gift Drive for KUMFA kids! (Tales of Wonderlost)

Body Image, Health

“One of the truly rare examples of a female nude which is not performing for the male gaze, despite being literally directly under it.” (I’m No Picasso; also see here)

“For some reason, some cultures allow family members to comment on one another’s weight as a personal greeting.” (Thick Dumpling Skin)

Who thought skinny would be a problem? (Alleyways)

North Korean Girls: South Korean Netizens Debate Their Beauty (KoreaBANG)

Doctors stand off over English names (The Korea Times)

Some foreigners regret their plastic surgery in Korea (Korea Joongang Daily)

Viewpoint: Do models need more rights? (BBC)

Censorship, Media

Netizens Report: Suzy at risk of losing “Nation’s First Love” title (Omona They Didn’t)

The Global Times’ faux concern about the ‘sex tape mistress’ is heartbreaking (Shanghaiist)


Sex Offender Detector (The Marmot’s Hole)

Watching the detectives: Korean prosecutors under scrutiny for bribery, including coerced sex (Korea Law Today)

“At a deeper level, what caused the 30-year-old guy to be attracted to a woman who was 13 years older than him?” (The Korea Times)

Soon, you will no longer be able to rape your wife (The Korea Times)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Here Comes the (Idol) Bride: Sunye, Marriage, and Fan Reactions (Seoulbeats)

Can We Get Married? (우리가 결혼할수 있을까?): New drama shows a realistic view of Korean marriage (10 Magazine)

Dating in K-pop? No, I (Am Brainwashed To) Believe Oppa Is Mine (Seoulbeats)

Lee Tae-sung reveals he has wife, son (Korea Joongang Daily)

The Romantic and Idol, We Can’t Get Enough Dating (Seoulbeats)

— Lee Seong-gyun Finds Out All about His Wife (Seoulbeats)

Are More Unconventional Chinese Men More Likely to Date/Marry Western Women? (Speaking of China)

To Pursue or Not Be Pursued, Love My Boyfriend But Don’t Want Sex, Pursuing Pleasure, and More (Radical Ramblings)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Demographic Shifts Redefine What It Means to Be Korean (The New York Times)

NYT on ‘multiculturalism’ in Korea, and CERD update (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Vietnamese woman in South Korea commits suicide with two children (Vietnam.net)

Korean Elementary School Teacher Slaps Misbehaving Student (KoreaBANG)

Linguistic imperialism and native speakers in Korea (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

The ’30 million won stereo’ (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

In China, A Macabre Trade In Ghost Brides (Forbes)

China’s lack of concern for the safety of children (Seeing Red in China)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

As South Korea Tackles Drinking Culture, Samsung Sets Guidelines (Korea Realtime)

S. Korea’s income gap by gender widest among OECD nations (Yonhap)

HIV-positive Koreans worry about being shut out of employment (The Hankyoreh)

Working women in Seoul increase 38.4% in 11 years (The Korea Herald)

Adult adoption in Japan: Family firms adopt an unusual approach to remain competitive (The Economist)

Gangnam Style

Exclusive: PSY`s Once-Passionate Protesting Past (Busan Haps)

Why PSY and Gangnam Style Demolish Cultural and Socioeconomic Barriers (TriplePundit)

How Korean culture stormed the world (South China Morning Post)

Washington, DC is Dreaming of a PSY Christmas (MTVK)

PSY to Perform in Front of U.S. President Barack Obama (Soompi)

Watch: What Comes Next for Korea After ‘Gangnam Style’? (Scene Asia)

Psy’s ‘Mission Impossible’: Getting Tom Cruise to dance ‘Gangnam Style’ (The Telegraph)

Should Psy Be TIME’s Person of the Year 2012? (TIME)

Psy and the Faceless Asian (Seoulbeats)

LGBT, Sexuality

—  Korean sex toys a hit, but can’t top Japan’s Tenga (The Tokyo Reporter)

Queer Links from the Week (The Kimchi Queen)

Reading List: Narrative Case Study: Unheard Life Story of a Senior Gay Korean Man (The Kimchi Queen)


Futurology in Korean Studies: hell in a handcart or hallyu heaven? LKL reports from the 2012 BAKS conference (London Korean Links)

Prospects for Korean as an International Language (Korea: Circles and Squares; see also New Term: “White Endorsement Monkey” and “White Defamation Monkey”)

AKF in Korea #5: Drinking with professors 101 (Angry K-pop Fan)

Pop Culture

Exploring Gender Perspectives Through Response Songs (Seoulbeats)

Japanese Actors Hope to Boost Career in Korean Soaps (The Chosun Ilbo)

Is the bubble beginning to burst? (London Korean Times)

Why it was so easy for Korea to overtake Japan in the pop culture wars (Quartz)

Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Pairs as a Marker of Success (Seoulbeats)

Book review: So Far from the Bamboo Grove (London Korean Links)

‘Red Dawn’ Spurs Anti-Asian Tweets (Scene Asia)

Confessions of a Fangirl: Let’s Talk About Smut (Seoulbeats)

Unusual Finds: Masan’s Half Wing Book Cafe (Chincha)

Dispute that Shocked K-Pop is Over (Korea Realtime)

JYJ – SM News Round Up (Omona They Didn’t)

JYJ’s agency says they “do not expect much difference” and that they made “a concession” (Asian Junkie)

— Korea’s Idol Prep Schools and the Parents Who Fund Them (Seoulbeats)

Social Problems

South Korea to stem digital addiction from age 3 (Stuff.co.nz)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader, November 17-23

(Meet me at the wall: “God damn you, pores! How I hate you so!”)


Extras needed Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 for what will be Korea’s best SF film ever! (Brutal Rice Productions; also available in Korean)

Update: Free beer and pizza provided!

Rubber Seoul, Saturday, December 1

Richard and Andrew Fiedler are Missing 리차드 피들러,앤드류 피들러 실종

Body Image, Health

Korean women outlive men by 7 years: U.N. (The Korea Herald)

Strict Dress Code of Female Employees (Human Rights Monitor)

‘Am I pretty?’ Korean teens look online for answers (The Korea Times)

Cosmetics and K-pop Idolatry (Seoulbeats)

Korean Beauty Standard (Korean Mom Lily’s Life Style)

Discovering Korean perceptions of beauty in Seoul (Beyond Hallyu)

Six out of Ten Adults Don’t Exercise in S. Korea (KBS)

Taken a-back by the lack of S/mile-legs (J-Popping)

72-year-old grandfather models women’s clothes, becomes internet sensation (Shanghaiist)

The shock of the (male) nude (BBC)

Men May Have Body Image Issues, But They Don’t Even Come Close to What Women Go Through (Jezebel)

Muscular Body Image Lures Boys Into Gym, and Obsession (The New York Times)

Pumped Up Kids: New report shows adolescents hit the gym (and the steroids) in search of muscles (Bitch)

Censorship, Media

Activist Says Porn Helps Men And is Unrelated to Sex Crimes (Korea BANG)

Confessions of Paid Political Trolls in South Korea (Global Voices)

Microsoft to suspend XBox Live service to minors from Nov 27 (The Marmot’s Hole)

Twitter user gets suspended sentence for North Korea retweets (The Hankyroeh; The New York Times; Korea Realtime)

Court rules in favor of netizen who posted video of Kim Yu-na (The Hankyroeh)

Sohee Sues for Slander (Seoulbeats)

In South Korea, student journalists can fill the gaps (Asian Correspondent)

The Problem of Introducing Korea Overseas (Korea: Circles and Squares)

Gov’t Agencies Splash Out on Celebrity Promoters (The Chosun Ilbo)

See guys, Japanese netizens are just as psychotic! (Asian Junkie)


Police reinforce teams to prevent sex crimes (The Korea Times)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Fewer international couples getting married, more getting divorced (The Hankyoreh)

Why I Married a Korean (From Korea With Love)

Kids’ Wedding Prospects Cause Parents Serious Pain (The Chosun Ilbo)

Why Lee Byun Hun is not a nice person (update: or a pervert) (I’m No Picasso)

Chinese IT Company Offers ‘Love Bonus’ To Encourage Employees To Hook Up With Each Other (The Huffington Post)

Dating Tips for Asian American Women (Radical Ramblings)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Challenging Korean and Foreign Stereotypes of English Teachers (I’m No Picasso; see also here, here, here, and here)

Former foreign English teacher spreads Korean culture in New York, invited to Korea (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Multicultural kids still got it rough: Ye Olde Chosun (The Marmot’s Hole)

A Korean Depiction of a Multicultural Family: Papa (Seoulbeats)

Where you live affecting where you go to school (Human Rights Monitor)

Adventures in Parenting Abroad Pt. 4: Please Please Please Reproduce! We’ll Give You Anything You Want! (The Three Wise Monkeys)

Number of students forecast to nearly halve by 2050 (The Korea Herald)

After a long preference for sons, it’s a girl generation (Korea Joongang Daily)

Unnatural selection: The social dilemmas arising from China’s one-child policy (Aljazeera)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

How Korea Insults Women (Scribblings of the Metropolitician)

Women lawyers ride high on World Cup (The Korea Times; The Hankyoreh)

Do you know if there’s any sort of movement in South Korea to do away with mandatory military service? (Angry K-Pop Fan)

Obstacles faced by Korean women (Korea Joongang Daily)

S. Korea’s No. 1 social problem: the second-class status of women (I’m No Picasso)

South Koreans Receive Fewer Paid Vacations, Says Survey (Korea BANG)

Book Excerpt: ‘Northern Girls’ by Sheng Keyi (Asia Society)

Women in China Leadership Fewer Than Under Mao: Chart of the Day (Bloomberg)

Gangnam Style

Anish Kapoor Goes ‘Gangnam Style’ for Ai Weiwei (Scene Asia)

“Gangnam Style” MV nominated for People’s Choice Award (MTVK)

PSY’s Performance on the AMA (Omona They Didn’t)

GLEE goes Gangnam Style (Omona They Didn’t)

Things I Thought I’d Never See: A Dude Rapping In Korean At The American Music Awards (Disgrasian)

Aaand it happened: Gangnam Style breaks Gee consecutive win record on MB (Omona They Didn’t)

Hey, Sexy Lady: Hyuna, Kpop’s Gangnam Style (Omona They Didn’t)

Psy Chats & Performs Worldwide Hit Gangnam Style On The Jonathan Ross Show 10/11/12 (Youtube)

Psy will fade and SNSD will thrive, says paper as Psy closes the American Music Awards (Asian Junkie)

LGBT, Sexuality

Damage Control, What Damage Control? (Seoulbeats)

The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition (The Huffington Post)

Korean Culture Through K-pop 102: Let’s Talk About Sex (Seoulbeats)

How Many Women are Involved in the Korean Sex Trade? (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Life in Korea: adult product stores in Korea (Travel Wire Asia)

Perceived as a Prostitute on the streets of Seoul (Mapping Worlds)

Reading List: Gay/Poet/Korea: An Interview with Gabriel Sylvian on the Poetry of Gi Hyeong-do (The Kimchi Queen)

Queer Links from the Week (The Kimchi Queen)

Hotels turning into centers for sex trade (The Korea Times)

What happens to women denied abortions? This is the first scientific study to find out (i09)


The Lady Divers of Jeju Island (Double Takes)

Pop Culture

The Guardian writes about K-pop yet again, readers are not impressed (Beyond Hallyu; The Guardian)

Blockbuster: 100 Million Go to South Korea Cinemas This Year (Korea Realtime)

Lee Hi: What will K-pop do with her? (Frank Kogan)

Will the Korean Pop Culture Boom Have Legs? (Speakeasy)

Let’s Have a Much Needed Discussion About Anti-Blackness (지쳤다)

South Korea: Bollywood’s Future Market? (The Diplomat)

Can TV Make You a K-Pop Star? (Korea Realtime)

“Hold Up! What Did You Just Sing?”: The 5 Worst K-Pop Boyfriends (The One Shots)

Gangnam Style isn’t a one-off – Major music industry report says future pop sensations will be YouTube-driven globalised acts from Asia and South America (The Independent)

Spinning the Great K-pop Wheel (Seoulbeats)

Film Festival Highlight: Eungyo – A poet looks into his glass (London Korea Links)

Review: The Taste of Money (YAM Magazine)

Nine Muses to Star in K-pop Exposé Documentary (MTVK)

Social Problems

Church? Volunteer Organization? Cult? The Nebulous World of Korean Religious Movements (The Three Wise Monkeys)

A Vicious Cycle of the Passing Down Poverty (Human Rights Monitor)

Corruption in Korea: What is the Crux of the Problem? by Tom Coyner (The Asian Law Blog)

When Tom Coyner was a Peace Corps volunteer, he found the root of Korean corruption was lying in the farming villages (Occidentalism)

Corruption Not to End Soon in Korea: Why? (The Asian Law Blog)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader, November 10-16

(Source: Retrogasm {NSFW})

Apologies for the lack of posts this week everyone, but I was in a bad car accident a few days ago, and had to be rushed into surgery. The car was a complete write-off too.

Fortunately through, the car in question was *cough* actually only a few centimeters long, left on my my bedroom floor by my daughters for me to slip on and nearly break my toe :D And I’m happy to report that my injuries are healing nicely, even if I am going to be hobbling around for next week or so!


Gangnam Style Flash Mob, COEX, Sunday November 18, 1:30-3:30pm (Seoul Convention Bureau)

KUMFA is looking for 5 volunteers to watch kids during their meeting this Sunday, November 18th, 11-3pm (Tales of Wonderlost)

Body Image, Health

What is the fascination with (Korean) Cosmetic Surgery? (I’m No Picasso)

Censorship, Media

Manufactured Girl Power: Female Empowerment in a Male-Powered Industry (Seoulbeats)

IU, Eunhyuk, and the Imaginary Korean Netizen Backlash (Seoulbeats)

Block B’s friendly trolling turns into a controversy because netizens have no friends (Asian Junkie)

Arirang produces documentary to try and show a positive message about expats in Korea (Action Against MBC Korea)

Food porn, reborn! (Scribblings of the Metropolitician)

How is Media Manipulated (I’m No Picasso)

China slams “distorted” view of copyright piracy problem (Reuters)


Ladies, Do You Find Korea to be Dangerous? (I’m No Picasso)

Man Arrested for Sexually Harassing Wonder Girls’ Sohee (Omona They Didn’t)

[Special reportage part V] The exploitation of teen runaways (The Hankyoreh)

—  An unholy home of incest (The Marmot’s Hole)

More N.Korean Defectors Turn to Crime (The Chosun Ilbo)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Gay(?) Dating in Korea Tip #3: There Will Be Coyness (The Kimchi Queen)

The town with 200 women marrying foreign men (Vietnam.net)

Vietnamese learn to become S. Koreans’ wives (Tuoitre News)

Naturalization called off for past ‘misbehavior’ (Korea Joongang Daily)

It’s Not Like on TV: “80% of Korean Men Without a Car and Home of Their Own Never Find Love” (Rocketnews24)

4 Good things and 4 Bad things about International Marriage (Korean Mom Lily’s Life Style)

How to Attract Protesters to Your Wedding (Scene Asia)

Oxytocin keeps committed men away from attractive women (io9)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Elite education not a surefire path to success (The Korea Herald)

In case you’ve forgotten, most foreign English teachers aren’t certified teachers (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

24 Seoul districts rebel on day care (Korea Joongang Daily)

Tiger mom madness: fake passports, fake schools, and even fake marriages (Korea Law Today)

Aging Japan: How can the world’s most elderly society overcome its demographic crisis? (Al Jazeera)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

Female leadership gains ground in auto industry (The Korea Herald)

GM Korea likes ladies in office (Korea Joongang Daily)

Samsung now hires more women, underprivileged (Korea Joongang Daily)

More women strive to break through glass ceiling in Korea’s financial sector (Yonhap)

Park rapped for being not feminine enough (The Korea Times)

Viewpoint: What Chinese women really need (BBC)

Gangnam Style

Žižek: Why Gangnam Destroyed Bieber (Youtube)

K-Pop Star PSY: I Would Teach President Obama ‘Gangnam Style’(Korea BANG)

Gangnam Style isn’t a one-off – Major music industry report says future pop sensations will be YouTube-driven globalised acts from Asia and South America (The Independent)

Heidi Klum And Psy Do “Gangnam Style” For The MTV EMAs (Buzzfeed)

Psy to perform and receive an award at the ‘American Music Awards’ (Allkpop)

Anish Kapoor to make Gangnam Style video (The Telegraph)

“Psy & Madonna – Gangnam Style x Give It To Me” Live Performance (Youtube)

“Gangnam Style” Drops to #5 on Billboard Hot 100, But That’s Okay… (Omona They Didn’t)

LGBT, Sexuality

If IU is 20 and in Spring, Why is Ga-In the One Blossoming? (The One Shots)

Notes on a K-pop Scandal with the ‘Korean Nation’s Little Sister’ (Asianaut)

The Myth of IU’s Innocent Image (The Mind Reels)

IU probably getting Super Junior’s Eunhyuk’s dick, company denies everything but netizens don’t care (Asian Junkie)

Female Celebrity Accidentally Tweets Intimate Photo (Korea BANG)

K-Pop darling IU may have some explaining to do (The Marmot’s Hole)

SM Entertainment declines to comment on IU-Eunhyuk scandal (Omona They Didn’t)

South Koreans Launch Condoms Into North Korea (Business Insider)

Reading List: Representation, Politics, Ethics: Rethinking Homosexuality in Contemporary Korean Cinema and Discourses (The Kimchi Queen)

Goo Hara’s pre-debut underaged sex scandal and it’s relevancy now (Omona They Didn’t)

Pop Culture

THE SEEYA: Now CCM is Just Grasping at Straws (Seoulbeats)

French TV documentary on Kpop (Omona They Didn’t)

Driving Freely Through the World: Cosmopolitanism in K-Pop (IASPM-US)

SM’s Embedded Ads: The Case For and Against Them (Seoulbeats)

“Playing with Girls’ Generation” Tokyo Concert – Fan Fashion Pictures (Tokyo Fashion)

Seoul searching: how politics plays out in South Korean cinema (The Guardian)

“9Muses of Star Empire” Documentary Teaser! (Omona They Didn’t)

Open World Entertainment CEO Jang Seok Woo admits to all charges against him (Asian Junkie)

The Black Ocean of My Seoul (Seoulbeats)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader, November 3-9 2012

(Source. See Korean Kontext for an interview of Steven Yeun back in April too)


Seoul’s Gay Men’s Chorus 2012 Concert, Saturday November 10 (The Kimchi Queen)

KUMFA is looking for 10 volunteers to watch kids during their monthly meeting this Sunday, November 11th (Tales of Wonderlost)

Body Image, Health

Fashion: Regulating the Inner/Outer in Choson Korea (The Korean Gender Cafe)

White lies: China’s intimate bleaching industry (Buy Buy China)

Censorship, Media

양키새끼들? Seriously? (I’m No Picasso)


No more “I was drunk” defense for rapes (The Marmot’s Hole)

What steps you should take if you are raped or sexually assaulted in Seoul (You are not alone)

Family of Man Killed by Spitting Student Struggle to Survive (Korea BANG)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

N. Korean defectors find freedom in South, but limited marriage options (Yonhap)

Having a Crush on a White Girl (Journey into the Well)

Ask the Yangxifu: On Married Men in China Seeking Extramarital Affairs With Western Women (Speaking of China)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Current Situations of Maternity Facilities for Unwed Mothers (KUMSN)

In S. Korea, the best education means a sacrifice for parents (The Washington Post)

After college exam, Korean students exhale (Asian Correspondent)

Interesting op-ed in the Chosun Ilbo about new MOE requirements for foreign teachers (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

Feminist Rebuts Claims Women are Over-Empowered in Korea (Korea BANG)

On 된장녀 (I’m No Picasso; update)

“Park Geun-hye and Women Leaders”: A Discussion We Need (ILDA)

Yonsei University professor to Park Geun-hye, “You may have female parts, but you’re no woman lady!” (Korea Law Today)

Is Park not a woman? (The Korea Herald)

Candidates’ women pitch sparks rancor: Femininity dispute swamps campaigns as Park touts female leadership (The Korea Herald)

Park plays the gender card to draw contrast (Korea Joongang Daily)

Presidential Candidate Park Geun-hye is ‘Married to the State’ (Korea BANG)

SKorea: Incheon University accused of kisaeng diplomacy (Asian Correspondent)

Gangnam Style

Psy’s Gangnam Style: This Isn’t Really Multiculturalism (Mabel Kwong)

Gangnam Style and Korea’s branding failures (The Marmot’s Hole)

Psy teaches Oxford students how to dance Gangnam Style (The Telegraph)

‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy: ‘I tried an elephant, monkey and kangaroo before the horse dance’ (NME)

Top 10 Global ‘Gangnam Style’ Parodies (Global Voices)

GLEE Snags “Gangnam Style” for Upcoming Setlist (MTVK)

About how badly do you think “Glee” will destroy “Gangnam Style”? (Asian Junkie)

LGBT, Sexuality

Holy crap this is actually a Korean drama? What show is this?! (Angry K-Pop Fan)

Gay Korea comes out (The Korea Times)

Welcome to Room #305: Manhwa provides good insight into a heterosexual’s reaction to meeting a queer person (The Kimchi Queen)

UPR of Republic of Korea: concerns remain on death penalty, gender equality, and military service (ILGA Asia)

Do men and women experience orgasms differently? (io9)


Honda Fit She’s, the world’s only car aimed exclusively at (Japanese) women (Sociological Images)

Pop Culture

Stoffa: ‘Cloud Atlas’ is not really racist (Iowa State Daily)

60% of Korean Actresses ‘Accosted for Sex by Bigwigs’ (The Chosun Ilbo)

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, and Some Thoughts on Culture-Specific Modes of Reading (Gord Sellar)

How K-pop is Enhanced by not Knowing Korean (or English) (Seoulbeats)

In Search of a Common Language: In Another Country, Starring Isabelle Huppert (The New York Times)

Sexual Marketing: Teen Top vs. Nu’est (Seoulbeats)

HyunA Tries to Fetishize Her Dark Skin in “Ice Cream” and it Doesn’t Sit Quite Right (McRoth’s Residence)

When Idols and Fans Clash (Seoulbeats)

Social Problems

Pakistani activist wins asylum in Korea (Asian Correspondent)

True Meaning of Welfare For the Elderly Who Are Living in Poverty (South Korea Human Rights Monitor)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader


A poster for Papa (파파; 2012), a rare Korean movie about a genuinely multicultural family. For a review, see YAM Magazine here.


Actresses! The Gwangju Vagina Monologues 2013! The Search Begins (KoreaMaria)

KUMFA is looking for three volunteers to babysit while moms are receiving barista training (Tales of Wonderlost)

Seoul’s LGBT Film Festival is Traveling [to other cities]! (The Kimchi Queen)

Women’s Self-defense Classes in Busan (Busan Haps)

2012 Manhwa Art Exhibition : The Colour of Change at Korean Cultural Centre UK (London Korea Links)

Body Image, Health

Destination: BK Plastic Surgery Museum (Travel Wire Asia)

KARA member Nicole’s serious diet regimen attracts attention (Allkpop)

Embracing My Monolids: How I Learned To Work With What I’ve Got (Mochi Magazine)

Seoul schools cracking down on students’ hair length (The Hankyoreh)

Is consumer nationalism relevant today? (The Korea Herald)

Why Barbie Stumbled in China and How She Could Re-invent Herself (Forbes)

Pic of the day: A quick vocabulary lesson in Chinese fashion buzzwords (Ministry of Tofu)

Censorship, Media

The ROK Government’s War on Porn (Idiots’ Collective)


‘5 million robbery, theft cases unreported in 2011’ (The Korea Times)

Police searching for suspect after English teacher sexually assaulted by taxi driver in Gwangju (The Marmot’s Hole)

Abusive father sentenced to prison (The Hankyoreh)

Korea’s new recreational drug problem. The “milk shot.” (Korea Law Today)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Dating Korean guy – the clash of prejudices (Loving Korean)

For better luck in life and love, some Koreans change their names (The Korea Times)

Four Lame Reasons Why Western Women Won’t Date Chinese Men (Speaking of China)

‘Asian Playboy’: You Know You Want to Be One (Radical Ramblings)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

Korean mother trying to get her kid back after English teacher husband runs away to America with child (The Marmot’s Hole)

Chinese think tank urges end to one-child policy (Asian Correspondent)

Elderly Chinese coming down with the “urbanization blues” (Want China Times)

A declining Japan loses its once-hopeful champions (The Washington Post)

Asia’s Competition for Brides (Asia Sentinel)

For Asians, School Tests Are Vital Steppingstones (The New York Times)

The politics of ageing in South Korea (My Sinchew)

Singer of mixed ethnicity founds school for multicultural children (The Hankyoreh)

Should the Adoption Tax Cut be Renewed? (Tales of Wonderlost)

Divorcing couples with children to get mandatory education (Korea Joongang Daily)

30 percent of SNU postgrads can’t study because of excessive tasks demanded by supervisors (Human Rights Monitor)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

Korean Male Union & Sexual Harassment 남성연대와 성희롱 (Korean Gender Cafe)

Opaque, top-down system leaves some expats bitter (The Korea Herald)

Koreans Don’t Want Male Nurses, Men Rejected from Nursing Schools (Human Rights Monitor)

Issue of Temporary Workers a Hot Potato Topic (Human Rights Monitor)

GM Korea commits to goal of 25% female workforce by 2015 (Korea Joongang Daily)

Samsung now hires more women, underprivileged (Korea Joongang Daily)

The Korean gender equality myth (Korea Joongang Daily)

Despite facing some inequality, women worldwide rate their well-being nearly the same as men (Deseret News)

Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style Is Now the Third Most Popular YouTube Video Ever. Here Are Numbers 1 and 2. (The Atlantic)

China, South Korea: Gangnam Style in Chinese Universities (Global Voices)

Gangnam jockeying for center of ‘hallyu’ tourism (The Korea Times)

‘Glee’ Goes ‘Gangnam Style’ (Korea Realtime)

Why PSY? (Big Hominid’s Hairy Chasms)

“Gangnam Style” creates tourism boom for Korea (Brand Republic)

Gangnam Style exposes Seoul’s folly (FT)

Riding the Korean Wave From ‘Gangnam Style’ To Global Recognition (Global Asia)

Psy’s follow up song to “Gangnam Style” postponed (Allkpop)

LGBT, Sexuality

Cops looking at Japanese websites on Korean prostitution (The Marmot’s Hole)

Imbalance of Power and Rape in the Korean Gay Community (Korean Gender Cafe)

[Special reportage- part III] Runaways’ prostitution (The Hankyoreh)

[Special reportage- part IV] Runaways live with the pain of rape (The Hankyoreh)

Gay Celebrity Tweets Halloween Party Photos, Netizens Argue (Korea BANG)

One woman’s controversial campaign to legalize prostitution in China (The Economist)

Coming out in the countryside (Seeing Red in China)

Taiwan Gay Pride Draws Thousands Pushing For Same-Sex Marriage (The Huntington Post)

The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons (The Huntington Post)


Rise of the Tiger Nation (The Wall Street Journal)

UN body recommends alternative to military service (The Hankyoreh)

Beautiful Defectors: An Exploration of South Korea’s “Now on My Way to Meet You” (Sino-NK)

One in nine defector women work in tea houses, bars (The Marmot’s Hole)

Tackling the Myth of the ‘Super-Asian’ (Scene Asia)

Is Ladies’ Paradise (of consumerism) a Man’s Creation? (Korean Gender Cafe)

Pop Culture

“No sluts allowed in dramaland?” Yoochun’s fans demand firing of his co-star (Dramabeans)

Bad Girls Do It Well: Policing Korea’s Idols, Part I (Mixtapes and Liner Notes)

TV Hosts Too Sexy For Morning Show, Netizens Disagree (Korea BANG)

Cloud Atlas under fire for casting white actors in ‘yellowface’ makeup (The Guardian)

50 Shades of Racism: Cloud Atlas Yellowface (Asianaut)

Variety As a Source of Controversy: What Gives? (Seoulbeats)

How big is Iron Man 3’s “Fu Manchu” problem? (io9)

What’s Happened to DSP Media? (Seoulbeats)

NU’EST detained because of their fans (new levels of obsession unlocked!) (Enewsworld)

K-pop and Escaping Real Life (Seoulbeats)

With Suzy as JYP’s sole breadwinner, is JYP at risk of losing their ‘Big 3’ title? – Basically a Suz (Omona They Didnt!)

Why Do You Like K-Pop? (The Atlantic Wire)

The K-pop Formula: Cute or Sexy, Pick Your Poison (Seoulbeats)

K-Pop Film Shortlisted for Amsterdam Docu Awards (The Chosun Ilbo)

Solbi reveals how she proved it wasn’t her in alleged sex tape (Allkpop)

Twitter: where idols publicize private matters (Angry K-pop Fan)

On the T-Ara Scandal: Look out, kid, they keep it all hid (Frank Kogan)

Cultural Appropriation in J-pop (J-Popping)

Big in Japan: J-Pop, by Canadians (Scene Asia)

Social Problems

Half a million disabled suffer for 12 hours a day (The Hankyoreh)

Three Teenage Girls Jump to Their Death in Busan (Busan Haps)

Experts call for overhaul of system to assist the disabled (The Hankyoreh)

South Korea: Need to show more commitment to improve its human rights record (Human Rights Monitor)

Revised rules restrict migrant workers’ rights to choose jobs (The Hankyoreh)

Hospital banned from providing free medical care to the poor (The Hankyoreh)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)

Korean Gender Reader

“X FUNS cover” by Yuko Shimizu (2005; source). For more of her work, see Visual News, her website, or her Facebook page.

Body Image, Health

Convincing Women in China They’re Too Hairy (Bloomberg)

The Dark Side of K-Culture (Randomwire)

True ‘Gangnam Style’ Fashion (The Huffington Post)

A Brief History of the Double Eyelid (Korea You’re Beautiful)

South Korean girls’ obsession with double eyelid surgery as they strive to look like ‘pretty western celebrities’ (The Daily Mail)

Seoul rises as beauty destination (The Korea Herald)

Hyori looks gorgeous for Elle, but netizens focus on her “sagging” tits (Asian Junkie)

Jessica and Yunho named the ’2012 Barbie & Ken’ (Allkpop)

Censorship, Media

COOL’s Yuri Isn’t Dead, but my Faith in Korea’s Media Is (Seoulbeats)

KOCSC calls for regulations on outfits, choreography, slang, but do nothing to address real issues (Asian Junkie)

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Pre-screening MV’s (Seoulbeats)

Joking about North Korea gets young leftists thrown in jail (The Hankyoreh)

Idols and Endorsements (Seoulbeats)


Attempted rapist pleads drunkenness in appeal, gets HEAVIER sentence (The Marmot’s Hole)

Woman’s biting off of man’s tongue deemed self-defense (The Hankyoreh; The Marmot’s Hole)

Anger as Suwon Murderer Escapes Death Penalty (Korea BANG)

Key East Entertainment manager arrested for repeated sexual assault … fucking ugh (Asian Junkie; Soompi)

Taking Advantage of Passed Out Drunk Girls, Netizens Debate (Korea BANG)

Which is on the rise? Sex crimes or media sensationalism? (The Korea Times)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Matchmaking industry swooning (The Korea Times)

Picture of the Day: Baby Festival (ROK Drop)

Japan Court Rejects Suit Challenging Outdated Remarriage Law (Japan Real Time)

The Basics on Dating Chinese Men, Our Perceptions, And Stereotypes (Speaking of China)

I’m a Feminist AND It’s Tradition in China? On Not Changing My Maiden Name (Speaking of China)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

SKorea: Principal under investigation for hitting students (Asian Correspondent)

Interview: In New Film, Korean Adoptees Search for Roots, Redefine Family Tree (Asia Society)

Korea – U.S. International Adoption Ornament is Racist and Ugly (Korean Gender Cafe)

Are You Effing Kidding Me? (Geek in Heels)

Japan’s Demographic Nightmare (The Diplomat)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

On My War Against the Window (On Becoming a Good Korean (Feminist) Wife)

Japan’s women: Can they save the country’s economy? (BBC)

Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style: how Seoul’s most exclusive neighbourhood went global (The Guardian)

Japan’s deaf ear to Gangnam Style riles South Korea (The Telegraph; Japan Today)

Psy reaches 500 million viewers in shortest time. And Japanese Youtube users suck (The Marmot’s Hole)

Can Psy start a new Korean Wave? (Asia One)

Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style” (TED)

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves (io9)

From ‘Gangnam Style’ to ‘Dartmouth Style’ (3WM)

Psy meets legendary American actress Betty White (Omona They Didn’t!)

Ai Weiwei Parodies ‘Gangnam Style,’ Confuses Pundits (Asia Society; Scene Asia)

Gangnam Style hits South Park (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Oppa earning $60K per Vegas gig (Omona They Didn’t!)

The data behind Gangnam Style: The rise and rise of PSY (The Economist)

LGBT, Sexuality

Gay-o?!: Glee and Call Me Maybe in the classroom (Alleyways)

More elderly enjoy sex (The Korea Herald)

A rise in abortions shows Chinese students need more sexual freedom, not less (Shanghaiist)

“The true sign of rough economy is not the weakness of the country’s exports industry, or the difficulty fresh college graduates face in landing a decent job, but rather when a 73 year old woman gets arrested on prostitution charges.” (The Japan Daily Press)

Reading List: Toward a Queer Korean American Diasporic History (The Kimchi Queen)

The King and the Clown’s Love Story (Seoulbeats)

Everything you wanted to know about sex in China, but were afraid to ask (Seeing Red in China)

Japan allows male-to-female transgender children to attend school as “female students” (ILDA)

If anyone ever tells you homosexuality was brought to Korea by the West… (The Kimchi Queen)

A look at prostitution among teen runaways (Gusts of Popular Feeling)


Study: female N. Korean defectors suffer depression, sexual abuse (Yahoo! Korea; The Hankyoreh)

Female athletes’ rights on radar as stars multiply (Korea Joongang Daily)

Rain Under Fire For Special Military Treatment (MTVK)

Seoul Fashion Week S/S2013 off to a Running…Fumble (Yahae!; Scene Asia)

The Story of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Geum-Soon Yoon, A Woman Farmer (The Next Women)

Pop Culture

We’re famous for not having talents, though (Frank Kogan)

The Pre-debut Touch (Seoulbeats)

More thoughts on the question of SM trainees (Angry K-pop Fan)

Counterpoint: Reasons I’d Want to be a K-Idol (Seoulbeats)

K-pop’s ‘Music Factory’ Exports Knock on America’s Door (Asianaut)

— New York-Based K-pop Academy Scandal Put on Blast by Local News (MTVK)

Social Problems

Steep increase in income inequality since 1990s (The Hankyoreh)

(Links are not necessarily endorsements)