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Hyun Sook Han, adoption trailblazer who helped connect Korean adoptees and families, dies at 83

Remebering Hyun Sook Han

A Korean social worker who dedicated her life to helping build families through international adoption has died at 83.

What happened: Hyun Sook Han, affectionately known by friends and family as Mrs. Han, passed away from kidney cancer in her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 5, according to The New York Times. Her funeral was attended by a crowd of adoptees and parents whom she helped during her service to her community.

‘Squid Game’ star Park Hae-soo cast as lead in Korean adaptation of ‘Money Heist’

‘Squid Game’ star Park Hae-soo to lead Korean version of ‘Money Heist’

“Squid Game” star Park Hae-soo will take on a leading role in the South Korean version of the Spanish crime drama “Money Heist” (“La Casa de Papel”), Netflix announced on Tuesday.

Who he’s playing: Park, who won fans as Cho Sang-woo in “Squid Game,” will play Berlin in the upcoming adaptation. He is the first cast member to be announced for the series, Deadline reported.

‘We have a heavy responsibility’: BTS talks their role in fighting Asian hate

BTS expressed heartfelt emotions about their return to stage for their live concert

BTS expressed heartfelt emotions about their return to stage for their live concert as well as their sentiments on Asian hate and the challenges facing Asian artists.

“Is this really reality, or is this a dream?”: The K-pop band shared their enthusiasm for their first in-person concert after two years at a global press conference held on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, reported The Korean Herald.

BTS kicks off Los Angeles performance tour, their first in-person concerts in 2 years

South Korean mega group BTS kicked off a four-day concert at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium on Saturday.

Two years after their last in-person concert, South Korean mega group BTS kicked off a four-day concert at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium on Saturday.

The boys are back: The Saturday event marked the first time BTS, consisting of members RM, Jin, V, J-Hope, Suga, Jimin and Jungkook, held an in-person concert since their 2019 Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour.

Meet the viral TikTok star veganizing classic Korean dishes

korean vegan

In a time when identity can be divisive, Joanne Lee Molinaro has curated a space to bring people together: Korean, vegan or otherwise.

The first time I encountered Molinaro, also known as the Korean Vegan, it was through her TikTok. The app’s algorithm, always uncannily certain of the type of content I would want to watch, delivered me a video of hers. It eludes me now which one I saw first, exactly — but I remember immediately going to her profile and scrolling through dozens more.

‘Korean culture is dominating the world’: South Korean President Moon congratulates BTS on AMA win

BTS Congratulated by South Korean President

South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted a congratulatory message for BTS after they won the 2021 “Artist of the Year” award at the American Music Awards (AMAs).

Korea’s soft power: President Moon celebrated the K-pop band’s historical AMAs win by congratulating and thanking BTS on his official Twitter account on Nov. 22. 

Burberry built a gleaming mountain of mirrors in the middle of South Korea’s Jeju Island


British luxury brand Burberry has installed an eye-catching mirrored mountain structure on South Korea’s volcanic Jeju Island, the first of a planned series of global pop-ups from the fashion house. 

Shining bright: The structure, which was designed to evoke how the digital and physical worlds collide, will house an art installation and a café until Dec. 12. 

VFX company behind ‘Squid Game’ reveals the surprising amount of CGI contained in the show

Squid Game Visual Effects

Kim Hyung-rok, a computer graphics supervisor from South Korea-based Gulliver Studios, recently revealed how much of the “Squid Game” set was made up of computer-generated imagery (CGI) created by his team.

VFX: The hit Netflix show “Squid Game” drew the attention of millions of viewers, but Gulliver Studios revealed that not all is real by releasing a video of the show’s visual effects breakdown. 

BTS’ time capsule on display at National Museum of Korean Contemporary History until 2039

BTS Time Capsule

A time capsule from K-pop supergroup BTS is now on display at a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary history in Seoul.

A piece of modern history: Visitors of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History can now view the modern “relic” that the seven-member boy band presented to President Moon Jae-in during the first Youth Day event on Sept. 19, reported Korea Herald.