'Baby-face' trend puts added pressure on Korean women 2012/06/23, Source,
Illustration by Kang Na-moo
Baby-faced Lee Hye-jin, a 29-year-old office worker in Seoul with big eyes and a small, rounded face, is one of the lucky ones as far as many Koreans are concerned. On every blind date or job interview she's ever been on, Lee said one of the first things she hears is, "You are such a dongan!" The Korean word refers to someone who looks younger than his or her age. For many Korean women, being compared to popular, innocent-looking celebs like Shin Min-ah and Uee of girl group After School comes as a flattering compliment. But Lee said that the word "bagel girls", a fad term in Korea referring to these female stars, is "creepy" and "offensive towards women". It is a rough portmanteau of baby-faced and glamorous ("glamorous" in Korea often refers to a woman with large breasts and hips),...More
Welcoming Spring 2012/03/04, Source,
It's already March, and spring is in the air. Despite the cold weather, we found a way to usher in the new season.
In the morning, hikers head to the mountains.
They continue to trudge along in the snow
[Interview : Kim Gwan-sik, Village chief Saneum Village] "The site is 500 or 600 meters above sea level. You have to go another 10 kilometers or so. It takes an hour by car",...More
Internship far from satisfactory 2012/02/25, Source, Many graduates are working as interns and apply for the internship, hoping they will sharpen competence involving acquiring work experience and knowledge.
They seek to strengthen their marketability in the vocational area through the internship. However, most of them end up doing odd jobs instead of learning actual work.
Ku Seul-ki, 24, shared her experience when she worked at newspaper publishing company,...More
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