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The Korea Times explores the history of epidemics in Joseon, Korea's hypercompetitive job market favours good looks, this tech company is helping to fight ageism in the workplace, and the Korean Cultural Centre in China celebrates its 10th anniversary amid trying times.

"[Joseon Images] Joseon's fatal beef"

South Korea is very conscious about the threat epidemics pose, but the concern is also historically just. "Epidemics have plagued the Korean peninsula throughout history and have had a horrendous impact on the population", writes historian Robert Neff. "But not all of these epidemics were human diseases, some were animal diseases. Arguably one of the worst was rinderpest -- a highly infectious viral disease of cattle". Catch the rest of this fascinating history on The Korea Times...


"In South Korea's hypercompetitive job market, it helps to be attractive"

South Korea is well known for its highly competitive job market, but how much of an advantage is it when you're good looking? Sending a picture with your job application is common, but there are serious concerns that they may hold more weight than they should, raising fears of open discrimination against those who are, let's say, less pleasing on the eyes. The problem is such that "some resort to dermatology or plastic surgery".


"This South Korean tech start-up hires only seniors over 55, to prove a point"

When we think of tech companies we generally think of a young, tech-savvy team running on coffee and confidence. Given how active Korea's older generation is, ageism in Korea is a growing concern, but one tech company-EverYoung-is shaking things up by only hiring over 55s: "We wanted to find a way to get these seniors to participate in economic activities", said Mr Kim Jeong-kyu, a manager at EverYoung.


"Korean Cultural Center in China builds bridges between nations and peoples"

Tensions between South Korea and China have been tense of late, but the two countries are still trying to build bridges towards a more collaborative and connected future. Recently, South Korea celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Cultural Centre in China, a one-week event designed to strengthen diplomatic relations and cultivate cross-culture appreciation. "The various traditional and modern activities the culture centre offers can help people get to know South Korea and take part in promoting Sino-South Korean friendship", said Du Jiarui, a volunteer at the centre.


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