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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 11:27
Bring back the bunnies: Lee, Yoon grapple with revolt of stronghold voters
Rabbits are a metaphor used by campaign strategists in Korea to refer to voters. There are two different kinds of rabbits - domestic and wild. Domestic rabbits - or “bunnies” - refer to traditional supporters of certain parties, such as constituents in their stronghold regions, while those who support other parties or swing voters are called wild rabbits. The rabbit metaphor ...
Politician who said no to partisan politics
Presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol is known to be a fan of the late President Roh Moo-hyun. In a news article published last March, Yoon, then prosecutor-general, likened Roh to a gifted football legend as great as Lionel Messi or Christian Ronaldo.
Why do polls show different results for presidential race?
One poll finds that ruling Democratic Party of Korea candidate Lee Jae-myung is ahead of main opposition People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol within a margin of error. Another says the opposite: Yoon is comfortably leading the presidential election race, with the gap between the two outside of the margin of error.
Court rules against Lee-Yoon TV debate
The Seoul Western District Court ruled in favor of minor People's Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo in his request to ban three TV broadcasters - namely KBS, SBS and MBC - from hosting and airing a one-on-one TV debate between two presidential candidates.
Mid-campaign break makes Sim bolder progressive standard bearer
Presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung took a five-day break in mid-January. For a presidential candidate on the campaign trail, taking a hiatus for five days without reaching out to voters seemed like something akin to a gamble - if not a detrimental move.
US scholar explains Confucianism as time-honored teachings for self-growth
Korea is one of the rare countries that includes Confucianism in the religion category, according to Stephen C. Angle, a professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. “I believe that Indonesia also officially considers Confucianism a religion. In some other countries, there are no official lists of religions, and so it just depends on how people identify,” he said i...
Veteran actor sees career breakthrough in sunset years
Despite his prolific career mostly in theatrical shows, O Yeong-su has been an obscure actor for the most part of his nearly six-decade acting career, and like many other theater actors who helplessly endure “cold and starving days” as a result of their choice to live a life by their passion, he barely made ends meet.
Korea's kimchi exports set new record
South Korea's kimchi exports last year reached a record-high of $159.9 million with a 19.2 million surplus, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
[INTERVIEW] Joseon pop's fanbase in the making
Bill Bragin, co-founder and co-director of the globalFEST world music festival held every year in New York, has witnessed some Korean folk fusion bands gaining a foothold in the United States. “I have seen audiences respond with a great deal of enthusiasm, both at festivals like Roskilde where I saw Black String as well as nightclubs in the United States like Joe's Pub, the D...
Book discloses presidential candidate's bad blood with brother
“Bye! Lee Jae-myung,” is a book written by Jang Young-ha, a former confidant of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea's (DPK) presidential candidate. The book, however, was penned after Jang became Lee's bitter enemy. Officially released on Christmas Eve of all possible dates, the politically-motivated book printed by the Jiwoo publishing house has emerged as a headache for th...