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Bestselling Novelist Accused of Plagiarism

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Novelist Shin Kyung-sook is in hot water again after being accused of plagiarizing parts of her bestselling tear-jerker "Please Look After Mom".

Essayist Oh Gil-sun has filed a suit against Shin and her publisher Changbi seeking W100 million from each for plagiarism, according to legal sources (US$1=W1,120)...More

Top Shipbuilders Despair of Meeting Targets

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Korea's top three shipbuilders are suffering from a record dearth of orders and it now seems impossible for them to meet their annual targets.

With little over three months left of the year, the nation's top shipbuilders have only won just over 10 percent of their targets...More

Korean Parents Still Fork Out Huge Sums for Public Education

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Private costs for public education have fallen below two percent of GDP for the first time since 1996, but Korea still ranks third in the OECD for the amount parents have to fork over.

The costs include tuition, lunches and other expenses from kindergarten to university. The higher the proportion shouldered by parents and students, the poorer the standing of a country's education system...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fame and Hightailing Mermaids

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

Chuseok is behind us and I come bearing gifts. Humble gifts, but it is the thought that counts? The much awaited mermaid and her beau have been sighted in what is the first few filming photos from "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and you get to know a little more about co-star Sin Hye-seon. I also contemplate the gravity of pop culture through the success of "Descendants of the Sun". Lastly, there are many new dramas in our future to look out for and I check some out...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 8

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

A brief flashback fills us in on the question of how much Hae-seong knows, and also when he knew about it. It's noteworthy how just because Hae-seong is discretionary with the information he has doesn't necessarily mean that So-hye is happy with all the implications. While on the surface level it can seem rewarding to be dealing with a stand-up guy like Hae-seong, on the deeper level it can seem rather unfair if one and only one partner is making noble sacrifices...More

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