De vraag ‘wat is het geheim van de Zuid-Koreaanse coronavirus-aanpak?’ passeerde de laatste tijd vaak de revue. Wetenschappers, journalisten en columnisten probeerden het voorlopige succes van Zuid-Korea te verklaren, maar deden dat vaak op basis van stereotypen over Aziatische landen en onjuiste informatie over Zuid-Korea. Door Ifang Bremer. Na zes weken sinds de eerste bekende … Continue reading Hardnekkige misvattingen over Zuid-Korea zijn schadelijker dan ooit
Interview | Tycho van der Hoog on the shady world behind the façade of remarkable structures A surreal discovery: North Korea built monuments all over Southern Africa. When Tycho van der Hoog (25), a researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden, encountered a Stalinist-looking building in the center of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, he could … Continue reading North Korean monuments under the African sun
Incheon/Amsterdam – On september 8, the first ever Queer Culture Festival in Incheon was violently obstructed by anti-LGBT protesters. 300 festival visitors were surrounded by some 1000 opponents of the queer festival. For nine hours, the festival visitors were stuck between police lines without access to water, food or toilets. “From the moment we got … Continue reading Homophobia turns violent at Incheon’s first ever queer parade
Seoul – While the sun sets over Gyeongbokgung palace, an angry mob of around 1500 people shouts “fake refugees out!” The target of protest are 500 Yemeni refugees who arrived at Jeju Island earlier this month. The diverse demographics of the crowd surprised me: among the protesters were many students, families, elderly, young couples. The most … Continue reading “FAKE REFUGEES OUT”
Today, I walked past Seoul’s city hall and encountered this gigantic poster covering a large section of the building. The text on the poster reads: “Peace made by the South and North, the City of Seoul is with you/will also join”. It’s a clear sign of support for South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s North Korea … Continue reading Peace is in the air, but is it really?
“Did they photograph us, you think?” -“I don’t know… but if I so, I hope I’m smiling!” – two guys joke around while the police fences off an area around a toilet in the K-building at the Sogang campus. Someone hid a secret camera in the man’s restroom and posted photos on the Korean extreme … Continue reading #몰카: Hidden Cameras Stir Up South Korea’s Gender Debate
From Nijmegen to Seoul Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated by big cities. Coming from Nijmegen, a university town with a population of only 170.000, I always dreamed about living in a huge metropolis. But now I live in Seoul, it actually feels quite intimidating from time to time. The scale of everything … Continue reading From Nijmegen to Seoul