Chinese Officials Debate Why South Korea's Soap Operas Are Better

There's a lot going on in China, so it may come as a surprise that when the country's two highest governing boards met in Beijing last week, the hottest topic of discussion wasn't the recent terrorist attack that left 33 dead or the country's economy; it was a South Korean soap opera that's been sweeping the nation and … » 3/08/14 6:40pm 3/08/14 6:40pm

Plastic Surgeon Fined for Displaying Towers of Jawbones in His Office

File this under your "South Korea obsessed with plastic surgery" Google alert. A doctor who specializes in removing or shaving down women's jaws to make their faces more V-shaped has been displaying the excess pieces in his office. After photos of his jawbone towers went viral, Seoul's Gangnam District local police are… » 1/28/14 5:15pm 1/28/14 5:15pm

Korean Mean Girls Demand Top Women's Soccer Player Take Gender Test

South Korean ladies' soccer dynamo Park Eun-Seon is good at her sport. Real good. Like, man good. At least, according to a cabal of her fellow women's soccer league players, who have threatened to stop playing unless the league subjects Park to a humiliating gender test and releases the results to the public. » 11/08/13 3:10pm 11/08/13 3:10pm

South Korean Plastic Surgeons Say Smile Surgery Is Totally Necessary

Shocker of the day: plastic surgeons work hard to defend their profession. In South Korea, surgeons who perform "smile surgery" or plastic surgery that lifts the corners of the mouth (known in the United States as a "valentine anguloplasty") say that they're helping people fight gravity, especially women who want to look… » 8/28/13 12:00pm 8/28/13 12:00pm

Isn't It Time the NSA Went Into the Matchmaking Business?

Meeting people sucks. Maybe it would just be easier if the government did it for us. Before you dismiss my proposal as another big Nanny State bleeding heart poopy pants liberal Obamabot fantasy, consider what's happening in South Korea, where the lowest fertility rate among industrialized countries (1.15) has… » 8/05/13 6:00pm 8/05/13 6:00pm

South Korea Assault Video Authenticity Debated, But It Doesn't Matter

Was that South Korean viral video featuring two Western men taunting and assaulting a Korean woman staged? We don't know yet, but the question is overshadowing the noxious debate it sparked over whether she was asking for it by getting drunk with white boys in the club. » 7/16/13 10:50am 7/16/13 10:50am

I Can't Stop Looking at These South Korean Women Who've Had Plastic…

There's a full-length mirror and a scale on every single floor of the all-girls high school where Julia Lurie works. She's an American teaching English in South Korea, the country with the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery in the world. One in five women in Seoul have undergone some kind of procedure. Most… » 1/16/13 6:00pm 1/16/13 6:00pm

Japan Might Rescind Their 1993 Apology To World War II's 'Comfort Women'

Japan's current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a stern conservative and nationalist who stepped down from his post in 2007 only to re-emerge this year, might be taking back a 1993 apology that the nation issued to World War II "comfort women," thousands of female citizens who were forced into brothels across Asia to… » 12/29/12 1:30pm 12/29/12 1:30pm

Jill Kelley Loses That Honorary Diplomat Title She Kept Bragging About

Jill Kelley, the Florida recipient of threatening emails from David Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell who requested diplomatic protection from the media even though she is a voluntary social coordinator for a military base, has had her "honorary consul" title revoked by the South Korean embassy on the grounds that the… » 11/27/12 5:40pm 11/27/12 5:40pm

South Korean Activists Air Drop Condoms Into North Korea

South Korean activists sent balloon packages carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets, condoms, sanitary pads, electric torches, sweets, underwear, socks and toothpaste into North Korea today. These types of launches are not highly unusual, and are often carried out by North Korean defectors, Christian activists, and… » 11/08/12 11:55pm 11/08/12 11:55pm

Men in South Korea Aren’t Shy About Getting Oodles of Cosmetic Surgery

South Korea, which, as the country with the highest number of plastic surgeries per capita is the country Dr. Christian Troy will most likely flee to when he's caught trying to turn all of his patients into versions of his long-lost partner, is starting to become really comfortable with cosmetic surgery. So… » 10/09/12 3:40pm 10/09/12 3:40pm

Hollister Models Spread the Good Word About Board Shorts By…

It seems that Hollister is going with the dual antagonize/insult technique to attract customers to its brand new store in Yeouido, South Korea — according to reports of the store's star-crossed opening, the Hollister lifeguard model brigade was on hand to flip-off prospective patrons and, in one particularly egregious… » 9/09/12 8:00pm 9/09/12 8:00pm