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The Muslim community at Kyungpook National University mostly comprises students from Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and other countries with large Muslim populations. Here some members of the community pray at the Dar ul Emaan Kyungpook Islamic Center, in Daegu, South Korea. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Muslims in South Korea want to build a mosque. Neighbors protest and send pig heads

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BTS swag is raffled off at an in-person event hosted by the Titas of BTS on March 10. Some 40 women gathered at a bar in Quezon City to celebrate the March birthdays of BTS members Suga and J-Hope. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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These BTS superfans in the Philippines show you're never too old to be a K-pop stan

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Korean band BTS appears at the daily press briefing with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, in the Brady Press Briefing of the White House in Washington, DC, May 31, 2022. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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BTS arrives at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, in Las Vegas. The popularity of K-pop has contributed to a surge in people taking Korean language courses. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Kwak Sin-ae, Bong Joon-ho, cast and crew of Parasite at the 92nd Oscars in February, 2020. Eric McCandless/Eric McCandless via Getty Images hide caption

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South Korean cast members (from left) Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon in a scene from Squid Game. The series is a globally popular South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children's games for a chance to escape severe debt. Youngkyu Park/AP hide caption

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For cash-strapped South Koreans, the class conflict in 'Squid Game' is deadly serious

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Lee Bae-yong, the first woman to officiate a Confucian ceremony in the country's long history with Confucianism, at Museong Seowon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jun Michael Park for NPR hide caption

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A woman takes a lead role in Confucian ceremonies, breaking a new path in South Korea

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