South Korean survival drama show “Squid Game,” which premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17, is being accused of plagiarism by some online.
Warning: Minor spoilers ahead.
Today, on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, many East and Southeast Asian families are gathering for a millennia-old holiday celebrating the harvest season. In Korea, festivities for Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, began yesterday. In China, lanterns have lit up the skies for the Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Mooncake Festival. Both have their own unique set of traditions that are observed today that trace back as early as the first century.
While similar in the sense that these holidays bring families together and celebrate love, good fortune and gratitude, a deeper dive into their origins reveal individual tales of heroism and mysterious events that highlight the countries’ rich histories.
NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers have signed a five-year partnership with Bibigo, a South Korean food company best known for its dumplings.
Why it matters: Bibigo is a brand under CJ CheilJedang, which hails itself as “Korea’s No. 1 food company.” The deal, reported to be worth over $100 million, marks the Lakers’ first-ever international partnership.
Thanks to K-pop, IT and medical research, South Korea has now been deemed the fifth most innovative economy in the world.
An innovator rises: South Korea was ranked in the top five of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021, according to a report published on Monday by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
K-pop mega group BTS will accompany South Korean President Moon Jae-in as special presidential envoys at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.
Awarding ceremony: The seven-man group was awarded the certificates on Tuesday appointing them as “Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture” in a ceremony at the Blue House, according to Korea JoongAng Daily.
‘You have to sleep with me’: Korean actress Heo Yi Jae reveals the moment she suddenly decided to retire from entertainment
South Korean actress Heo Yi-jae revealed to Way, a member of disbanded K-pop group Crayon Pop, why she left the South Korean entertainment industry.
What happened: On Way’s popular YouTube channel, Heo appeared as a guest on Sept. 10 to talk about her experience in the entertainment industry in a Korean-language video titled “The reality of a Korean actress (slapping, shameless actors).”
South Korea’s first honorary rescue dog saved 90-year-old owner by laying next to her for 40 hours in freezing rain
When an elderly woman with dementia went missing in South Korea, leading to a team of police, firefighters and volunteers to search the area, it was Baekgu the dog that saved the day. In acknowledgement of his noble deed, the 4-year-old dog has been appointed as the country’s first honorary rescue dog.
The search: Baekgu’s owner, a 90-year-old woman, was reported missing on Aug. 25, according to CNN. Security footage from a local farm showed her leaving her village with a small white dog.
It appears the culinary battle over kimchi is far from over.
When South Korea gave its iconic dish its official Chinese translation in July, it reignited a fiery social media discussion about the origin of kimchi, CNN reported.
K-pop superstar CL, former leader of popular South Korean girl group 2NE1, is making a triumphant return with her new single “Spicy.”
New flavor: The 30-year-old singer-songwriter officially released the song on Tuesday as the first single off of her upcoming debut studio album “Alpha,” along with a music video for the song, People reported.
After the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of Spam is South Korea. But how did a simple processed meat product turn into a popular luxury item in an East Asian country?
With its pale pink hue and spongy texture, Spam has been called “disgusting” and “inedible” in the U.S since the late 1930s. Hormel Foods Corporation states that their product contains just six ingredients, but the canned good has received a reputation for being “mystery meat,” prompting Hormel to create campaigns such as “Don’t Knock It ‘Til You’ve Fried It.”
South Korean broadcaster MBC has apologized for its use of “inappropriate” images and captions to represent countries in its live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony.
What happened: In its hours-long livestream that started on Thursday (local time), MBC used stereotypical or erroneous photos and captions to represent several countries as their athletes were introduced on screen. On Sunday, the network committed another “mistake” after mocking Romanian footballer Marius Marin.
Members of K-pop supergroup BTS have been appointed as South Korea’s special envoys for public diplomacy.
New role: The group was bestowed the official title of the “Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture” by President Moon Jae-in himself, spokesperson Park Kyung-mee announced Wednesday, reported South China Morning Post.