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[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/10/29 | 168 views | Permalink

The New York Times runs into North Koreans in the Big Apple, 10 Magazine has these top suggestions for going 'cruelty-free' with K-beauty brands, Korea's cultural exports see double-digit growth, and the death of a woman sparks a public debate around pet ownership.


Interested in Korea's thriving cosmetic products but also conscious about the production of your purchases? "Information surrounding company policies on animal testing with Korean beauty products can be particularly difficult to understand as details are often not provided in English or may seem inconclusive", writes 10 Magazine's Jennifer Euesden. "The good news is that the Korean National Assembly have passed a bill to end animal testing by 2018". Here are Jennifer's top 5 picks of the best cruelty-free K-beauty brands. Do you know of others? Let us know in the comment section below.


"New York Today: From North Korea to New York"

This may not come as a complete surprise, but you are not likely to run into many North Koreans in New York City. According to America's State Department, "Only 20 North Korean refugees have resettled in New York since 2001". In this article on the New York Times, Jonathan Wolfe talks to two of them: Yeonmi Park (24) and Seongmin Lee (30), both of whom have been living in Big Apple since 2015. "Have you ever seen the movie 'The Truman Show'?" Ms. Park responded when asked about what should Americans know about life in North Korea. "No one tells you the truth and you don't know what they're thinking".


"Culture-related exports log double-digit growth this year"

The Korea Herald reported this month that the country's cultural exports (and "leisure service-related goods") saw impressive growth from January to July this year. "According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, exports of the country's key 11 culture-related goods reached $1.55 billion in the January-July period, up 23.5 percent from a year earlier". Can the Korean Wave keep surging? Stay tuned...


"S. Korea's Cutest Alleged Killer's Birthday Bash Makes a Splash"

Korea's relationship with pets, especially dogs, is complicated and quickly evolving. A recent incident, however, involving white french bulldog and the death of a 53-year-old woman, has caused a debate around pet ownership and responsibility: "Outcry over people's safety being infringed on by animals in public places has been growing as more and more South Koreans own pets", writes Ji-eun Choi for Korea Expose. This particular case caught the public's eye because it involves the family of a popular K-pop star.


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