The Economic Effect of Political Turmoil

South Korea has recently gone through hard times in its economic policies and state regarding growth due to a myriad of factors from rising household debt to issues in Samsung. What highlights these issues even further is the current political turmoil that turns eyes away from needy economic issues.

Our Trip to a Candlelight Protest

In a manner that was both visually appealing and poignant, the trip to the candlelight protest (also known as a 촛불집회 in Korean) on January 14, 2017 was quite the experience. As a group of six teenagers, attending different schools in different grades, the demonstration seemed to bring the group together emotionally for a single cause: move against the…

Approaching the Chinese New Year, an Increase in Chinese Luggage

As China meets the Chinese New Year off-season, a grand total of 6 million people are planning to leave the country for international trips. “This New Year season, 60% of all trips planned were international trips,” C Trip, a renown Chinese travel service provider stated. “According to current estimates and plans, a maximum of 6 million…

Rising Unemployment in Korea

The long-term unemployment rate of South Korea has hit an a 14-year high. According to Statistics Korea, the number of jobseekers has surpassed the 1 million mark for the first time since 2000 (Yonhap News, 2017). Of the total number of jobseekers, around 133,000 workers have been unemployed for more than half a year, and…

Danger of Breast Implants

Many women in South Korea undergo breast-enlarging surgeries for further “beautification” of their bodies. However, the safety of breast implants was threatened on January 12, 2017, when a woman found silicone gel in her breast milk after her surgery in 2011. Although her son, who was breastfed for three months, showed no sign of harm…

Explosions in Sports

In the coming years, the Republic of Korea will be forced to face an unprecedented issue that has rarely been its concern for decades: terrorism. With the impending approach of two popular international sports events, the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017 and the PyongChang Winter Olympics in 2018, South Korea is anticipating foreign threats from its neighbor, North…

The End to Rio’s Mega Event Marathon

For the past four years, Rio has been on a marathon of mega events such as the World Cup, papal visit, UN summits, and the Olympics. On September 18, 2016 with the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Rio was finally able to run through the finish line. Though it had some political and…

Korea is No Longer Safe from Earthquakes

The Korean peninsula has been long regarded to be safe from earthquakes due to its geographic location. As being on the center of the Eurasian plate, Korea is considered to be naturally immune to earthquakes and possess low possibilities of massive earthquakes. However, the recent one in Gyeongju proved that South Korea is no longer…

The FARC and Colombia: A Failed Peace Agreement

CURRENT EVENTS Vox News Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUFQCIuVuLc A Synopsis of the FARC conflict in Colombia: Since 1964, the Colombian government has fought an intense civil war with a Marxist extremist group called the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” commonly referred to as simply the FARC. Throughout the lengthy conflict, hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced,…

Built on Sand

Built on Sand: what prevents development of laws regarding sexual assault in Korea “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet…

St. Louis stops unaffordable housing from drives teachers away

Urban areas of “concentrated poverty” face many social ailments. But due to the municipal nature of development policies and school districts, poor housing and education have emerged as uniquely city-level problems. Worse, in many cases, those two maladies interact to create a vicious cycle. Rapid gentrification, combined with other factors, hikes up housing prices, and hits many…