With the highest rates of survival of major cancers and strokes of all developed countries, the ninth-lowest obesity rate in the world and the third-longest expectancy for a healthy life, you could be forgiven for thinking that South Korea is some sort of wellness paradise. South Korea has far and away the highest suicide rate among the 35 wealthy Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries — almost 40 Koreans fall victim to suicide every day, almost 50 percent higher than the second-ranked OECD country, Hungary. Almost 95 percent of Koreans report being stressed, a third of them chronically.
Perfect bodies, diamante-trimmed thongs, contortionist-like moves… This was the initial visual picture that my mind generated when I heard about the 7 Club in Korea — a Russian strip club. The room salons where men can go to drink soju, sing and have sexthe Russian bars, love motels, barber shops offering more than a shave, coffee girls which have the reputation for delivering more than just coffee …. It is an industry however, that unlike Amsterdam, tries to hide itself.
Originally published on Autostraddle and republished here with their permission. I was always Korean, of course. My ethnicity was written on my face in the shape of my eyes and my small flat nose.
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I want to take my sister to South Korea next spring - its been her dream to visit Asia ever since I can remember and she's turning 30 this year. When I asked her if she would go, she was a lot less enthusiastic than I imagined she would be, and explained that it's because she's overweight and doesn't want to be laughed at or made fun of. I know this is her dream; she's obsessed with K-Pop and K-Dramas.
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It was little more than a year ago that South Korean police descended on the home of Lee Jin-young in Seoularrested him and placed him in solitary confinement. Lee is a long-time activist who had already been jailed in the s for promoting democracy, but this time he was thrown in prison for different reasons. His so-called crime was running Labor Books, an online library of information on North Korea.
She translated The Vegetarianmentioned below. Kang, daughter of a well-known writer, is a star in Korea, and The Vegetarian —three connected novellas published in a single volume—is her first to be translated into English. But while scenes like that are often played for humor in American pop culture Lisa Simpson, anyone?
Korean beauty standards have become a well known feature of Korean culture. Ina global survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons found that South Korea was the only East Asian country in the top 10 countries [ clarification needed ] with the highest rate of cosmetic surgeries. Beauty standards for the eyes include aegyo-salwhich is a term used in Korea referring to the small fatty deposits underneath the eyes that are said to give a person a more youthful appearance.
I swore I would do it some day and — when I was planning a trip around the world after leaving Portland, Oregon, my home of seven years, to move back to New York City — it seemed only appropriate to kick off on a metre megaship, floating away from everything in the middle of the Pacific for two whole weeks. As I approached the security booth at the port entrance gate, a little old man with a gigantic moustache leaned forward. The entirety of the officers who were all German and the crew who were all Filipinohowever, treated me wonderfully; they were simply thrilled to have a new face in the mix. The captain himself was a gruff, grey-haired, bearded man from Hamburg.