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 bekendeContinue reading “Hardnekkige misvattingen over Zuid-Korea zijn schadelijker dan ooit”

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 gotContinue 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 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 most eye-catching demonstrators were four men dressed in super hero costumes. A Korean journalist told me that theyContinue reading ““FAKE REFUGEES OUT””

Peace is in the air, but is it really?

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 KoreaContinue reading “Peace is in the air, but is it really?”