Campus Reporting

Yonseians, Let¡¯s Go to Iksan!
Yonseians, Let¡¯s Go to Iksan!
A MAJORITY of students easily misunderstand Nong-hwal for a volunteering program that takes place in agricultural communities. Yet, the program focuse...
The Fate of Yonsei¡¯s Student Society
YONSEI¡¯S NOVEMBER 2016 was quiet, unlike Novembers on campus during previous years. Instead of a bustling and ...
Ongoing Fights for Human Rights
2016 WAS truly an eventful yet troubling year for Yonsei University. Within the school, there were numerous in...
Bridge to Innovation
NOWADAYS, WITH the spread of smartphones, producers can easily promote their products over Social Network Serv...

World Affairs

Is South Korea Ready for Constitutional Change?
Is South Korea Ready for Constitutional Change?
ON OCTOBER 24, 2016 the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed to amend the 1987 Constitution, which restricts the elected president to serve up to five years, without being re-elected. Park¡¯s proposal included the amendment of the current Constitution to allow presidents to serve two terms, instead of one. Park¡¯s remarks have triggered controversy among the public, and even after her impeachment, the issue is still widely discussed among major political parties.The Process to Constitutional AmendmentConstitutional amendment is the process of altering or amending a constitution b
Corruption at the Heart of Politics
CLIENTELISTIC PRACTICES have been a major part of South Korean politics since the founding administration of Rhee Syng-man. In 1988, the National Assembly held a hearing of the Fifth Republic, summoning several leaders from major *chaebol** groups, including those from Samsung, Sun Kyung (SK), Lotte, Hyundai, Lucky Venus Group (LG), and Han Jin, to investigate their illegal involvement in politics. In 2016, similar *chaebol* group leaders were once again present at the National Assembly for a hearing regarding their involvement in the Choi Soon-sil gate...
A Balance Between Work and Life
FOR MANY years, workers have been struggling to find a way to balance work and personal life. Normally, when there is an imbalance between the two, workers¡¯ satisfaction and work efficiency decreases. Thus, authorities have long been looking for a way to balance work and life while improving work efficiency, and the result was the Flextime Policy. The policy encourages workers to create a flexible organizational culture where workers can manage their daily schedules for work, childcare, self-development, and so on. What is the Flextime Policy?The Flextim...
The Least Productive but Most Workaholic Nation
IN LAST October, Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old worker of a giant ad company, Dentsu, committed suicide. According to The Asahi Shimbun, she had been working more than 105 extra hours per month. This, however, is considered usual formany Japanese workers working in major companies. In response to raging public anger, the Japanese government is finallyrevising policies governingworkplace practices, and many companies in Japan are also setting limits in working overtime. An obsessive working culture also prevails in South Korea, where labor practices and...

Culture

Bleak Night: The Turbulent Stage of Life
Bleak Night: The Turbulent Stage of Life
EMOTIONAL TURBULENCE is an unavoidable part of growing up. The young people are often so vulnerable to the chaotic process of growing. The movie Bleak Night portrays such growing pains of the immature young adults with which everyone can sympathize. Ki-tae is a high school bully with two of his best friends, Dong-yun and Hee-jun, always defending him by his side. They start off as the three musketeers, with a seemingly unbreakable bond amongst them. However, Dong-yun and Hee-jun gradually grow sick of Ki-tae¡¯s violent and oppressive behavior. Ki-tae desperately tries to hold on to the friends
Youth: Exploring Deviations and Beauty of Youth
¡°YOUTH IS happy because it has the capacity to see beauty.¡±- Franz KafkaAs Franz Kafka mentioned, ¡°youth¡± is invaluable in that such phase exists only once in a lifetime. Although being young is often glorified, youth is not just filled with happiness. Failure, despair, and solitude are also natural parts of an adolescent period. The exhibition Youth offers insight into the desperate yet vibrant moments of the juvenile past. Deviations of youth Upon entrance, the dark and gloomy atmosphere that continues throughout the first floor of the exhibition may f...
One Hundred Shadows: Everyone Has Their Own Shadows
POVERTY SOMETIMES means facing many adversities, whether they are economic or social. One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jung-eun sharply depicts the harsh lives of the impoverished through two main characters, Eun-gyo and Mu-jae. Set in a slum area of Seoul, the story starts with Eun-gyo and Mu-jae having conversations. Eun-gyo and Mu-jae are both repair-shop assistants who dropped out of the school due to their financial difficulties. They often discuss their futures and what they will do once their home is demolished as part of the housing reconstruction pl...
Behemoth: Living in a World of Monsters
BEHEMOTH IS a gigantic and unbeatable monster portrayed in the Bible. It is too enormous that no one knows exactly what it looks like. Indeed, it is an unknown yet powerful monster. Although the origin and the birth of Behemoth in the Bible are unknown, the modern version of Behemoth has a clear origin: the capital. In modern society, the capital has become an undefeatable monster that makes everything possible. Behemoth is a play that depicts how this modern monster thrives in today¡¯s society. Reflection of reality: the world of monsters ¡°Do you know wh...

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Unlimited Cheers
Unlimited Cheers
Anniversaries, festivities, and celebration dates are fixed in the calendar. Family and friends gather to commemorate these festive events on these dates. However, why do we show our appreciation only on certain dates? Why do we wait until those days to express our gratitude and love? Do not wait for these moments to come, but express your compliments and good wishes whenever and wherever possible. Moments of joy and delight should not be temporary. Every day should be a celebration.
O Youth!
SPRING HAS pervaded the air – the sky is blue, the weather is warm, and birds chirp merrily. While the world is beautiful with flowers in full bloom, we ourselves are also at our blooming stages: youth. As we spend our youthful days, we face a myriad of emotions such as joy, excitement, anxiety, and frustration. What makes our youth more glorious is love. Love brings us joy and makes our heart palpitate, but sometimes impedes us from thinking straight or performing our usual activities. Through love, we not only experience euphoria and elation but ...
Baby¡¯s Breath
WE ARE all characters of our own stories. But, are we the main characters or secondary characters? Many people tend to underestimate themselves as secondary characters. They consider their looks, skills, and abilities to be average and ordinary. While others are admired and complimented all the time, these secondary characters stand in the back corner of the room. They think that they are mere extras who do not deserve to stand in the spotlight. Flowers are similar. Roses, tulips, lilies and daisies are commonly used in bouquets and arrangements. Baby¡¯s...
Sleep Soundly
A PERSON¡¯S mood, daily performance, mental function, immune system, and physical health are all affected by the lack of sleep. However, it has become common for many people to push aside sleep in this fast-moving society and to prioritize work or social life. People go to bed past midnight, sleep for just a few hours, and sometimes even pull all-nighters working assiduously straight into the morning. The importance of sleep is often downplayed. They may not be aware, but these small habits are detrimental both to their health and daily behavior. In order...