koreans koreans
Stories About

koreans

North Korean Kang Ho-Rye (second from left), 89, hugs her South Korean relative at a resort at Mount Kumgang, North Korea, in August 2018. Almost 100 South Koreans crossed the armed border to the North to meet their separated families. The U.S. bars citizens from entering North Korea, but some Korean Americans hope the Biden administration will lift the ban and let them visit again. Lee Su-Kil/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Lee Su-Kil/Pool/Getty Images

Americans Can't Visit North Korea. Some Who Have Family There Hope Biden Changes That

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1030154259/1030154260" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A South Korean woman has her head shaved in a photograph taken by Jeon Bora. Having short hair and no makeup is a common symbol of the "escape the corset" movement, which aims to reject South Korea's standards of beauty and social pressure to conform. Jeon's photographs document the women involved in this movement in stark black-and-white images. Jeon Bora hide caption

toggle caption
Jeon Bora

South Korean Women 'Escape The Corset' And Reject Their Country's Beauty Ideals

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/703749983/720800738" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Every ad in the Seoul Metro's Apujeong station is for a plastic surgery clinic. In response to a growing number of complaints from riders, the Seoul Metro announced it will ban advertisements for cosmetic surgery at its stations. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Elise Hu/NPR

In Seoul, A Plastic Surgery Capital, Residents Frown On Ads For Cosmetic Procedure

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/581765974/597863524" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript