Hardnekkige misvattingen over Zuid-Korea zijn schadelijker dan ooit

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

North Korean monuments under the African sun

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), researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden, encountered a Stalinist-looking building in the center of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, he could not … Continue reading North Korean monuments under the African sun

Homophobia turns violent at Incheon’s first ever queer parade

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

“FAKE REFUGEES OUT”

Seoul – While the sun sets over Gyeongbokgung palace, an angry mob shouts “fake refugees out!” About 1500 people have gathered at a demonstration organized by an online organization called “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: … Continue reading “FAKE REFUGEES OUT”

“Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also with you.”

After president Trump and Chairman Kim signed the Joint Statement earlier this week, there is tension in the air. Today, I walked past Seoul’s city hall and encountered this gigantic poster covering almost the full side of the building. The text on the poster reads: “Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also … Continue reading “Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also with you.”