Campus Reporting

Collective Amnesia: Why Are We Insensitive to Safety?
Collective Amnesia: Why Are We Insensitive to Safety?
IT WAS as if the heavens were falling apart. An ominous cluster of thick rain clouds eclipsed the bright blue of the midday and covered the skies with...
Finding Peace by Fighting for Rights: A Story of Yonsei
¡°WE STRONGLY demand the following: One, a public apology and legal restitution to the victims of the Japanese ...
A Musical Refuge in Yonsei
DISCREETLY TUCKED away in a corridor on the third floor of the Student Union Building is a wooden door that my...
The #MeToo Movement: Breaker of Silence
¡°ME TOO.¡± Two simple words adjoined to become a strong unanimous voice standing against sexual harassment and ...

World Affairs

Turning Point: Reason for Hope?
Turning Point: Reason for Hope?
¡°I NEED to have some Pyeongyang naeng-myeon*.¡± The day after the 2018 inter-Korean summit, my friend expressed his desire to try one of the dishes President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had during their shared meal. Although that comment was made partly in jest, it also reflected a deeper hope of restoring relations with our northern neighbor. My friend wasn¡¯t the only one with filled with optimism. On online media and in schools across South Korea, enthusiasm and excitement buoyed by the success of the summit had many thinking about going to Europe through North Korea by tr
Contention over the Iran Nuclear Deal
¡°YOU DON¡¯T have any background in politics. You don¡¯t have any background in law. You don¡¯t have any background on international treaties. How can a tradesman, a merchant and a tower constructor make judgements about international affairs?¡± These are just some of the scathing words Iranian President Hassan Rouhani directed at U.S. President Donald Trump, ever since Trump announced to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Previously, North Korea drew the world¡¯s attention as a hotspot of insecurity, but perhaps Iran now poses a greater concern, as ramifica...
The Music Industry¡¯s Dilemma: Distribution of Profit
THE KOREAN music industry is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that has taken the world by storm with its trendy artists and glamorous idols. Yet within this industry, only the popular, well-known artists are the ones who ¡°make it,¡± able to make a living out of their music. Non-mainstream artists are often unable to survive within the brutal industry. Last year, indie artist Lee Lang went viral for auctioning off her trophy during her acceptance speech at the Korean Music Awards, saying that she needed the money to pay her rent. This is due to the fact t...
A Nation Under Fire
ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 and injuring 14 others. This tragedy adds to the list of recent high-profile mass shootings, joining the ranks of Sutherland Springs (26 killed), Las Vegas (58 killed), and Orlando (49 killed). America has been home to five of the six deadliest mass shootings of the past six years; in each case, a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle was the weapon of choice for the killer. Every successive shooting pushes gun-control groups' demands for increased regulation...

Culture

¡°MADE IN KOREA¡±
¡°MADE IN KOREA¡±
¡°INVENTOR¡± WAS ranked as the top dream job among Korean children in the late 1990s. Students were eager to create their own inventions and receive recognition by their teachers and peers. But as time goes on, the disturbing truth is that this prominent yet behind-the-scenes profession is less emphasized because more economically stable occupations such as doctorsand lawyers are encouraged by our society. To remember and thank our inventors, Korea has selected a day to acknowledge their contributions. May 14 marks the 53rd Korean Inventions Day, a day to recognize the inventions that have made
The Preservers and Presenters of Yonsei
YONSEI UNIVERSITY museum, at first glance, is just the art on the walls. It is the dimly lit artifacts of Go-Jong¡¯s sword and the Sam guk yu sa memorabilia, a National Treasure. It is the soft music that soothes visitors. But with a deeper look, Yonsei Museum is also its caretakers, the individuals that manage and support the gallery space when no one is looking. As the final article of the ¡°Museum Special¡± series, The Yonsei Annals offers insight into some of the jobs at the Yonsei University Museum. Curator: Yoon Hyun-jinThe Annals: Could you please in...
Play Dead
DAY BY DAY, we make new memories and write our stories as we move from one place to another. Among the many places where people come and go, hotels are where transitions occur the most. Some people may be on their way out after a nice rest and others may be coming in to make new memories. Yet because of the hotel cleaning services and facilities, we never get to hear the story of each and every person. When we enter the newly checked-in rooms, we are welcomed with clean sheeted beds, shiny bathrooms, and brand new furnishings. However, we remain unaware ...
Deconstructing Love and Romance in Seoul
AMONG THE skyscrapers, palaces and Korean BBQ restaurants that surround the streets of Seoul, it is impossible not to notice the abundance of couples, either holding hands, wearing eerily similar clothes, or sharing a perfectly-marketed sweet at a café. This is all part of a trend that can be found across the city, with items that are specifically designed to be shared with your significant other. Clothing stores offer matching clothing pieces, from shoes to couple rings that commemorate 100 days of a relationship. Korea¡¯s couple culture features ...

Photo

Trip Around Line Number Two
Trip Around Line Number Two
THE GREEN subway line, line number two, is a portal for those seeking solace in the city. The never-ending 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. cycle, spontaneous Skype conferences with foreign clients, and invasive air pollution constrain the modern man¡¯s desire to rest with nature. Yet, subway line number two testifies that sparkling lakes and lush forests are not scenes that are merely shown on Netflix or seen in the Kinfolk Magazine—they are, in fact, an obtainable reality. We invite our readers to come aboard on the green line to enjoy the greenest spots of Seoul.Seokchon Lake parkI was glad that I bro
Personal Color
UNIQUENESS IS a key virtue in the 21st century. Instead of conforming to a uniform standard of beauty, people customize their makeup, clothing, and hairstyle to find the most flattering choice for themselves. The dominant narrative from the past often associates a fashionista with luxury goods; however, when you slip on a luxurious garment, what becomes conspicuous is not ¡°you,¡± but what you wear. For this reason, ¡°personal color,¡± which makes you stand out without splurging or being tonish, has been on the constant rise. Personal color is the color tone...
Risk Arrogance
THE YEAR 2018 has begun with a series of fire incidents: the Miryang hospital fire, Jongno motel fire, and Hongdae conflagration are just a few to name. The news of death has been occupying almost half of ¡®TOP 10 real-time searches¡¯ in major search engines. Facing the deaths of countless others, the public responded to the reoccurring accidents with the question: ¡°again?¡± Ulrich Beck, a prominent sociologist, refers to the modern society as a ¡°risk society,¡± in which modernization provokes hazards and insecurities among people. As we are more exposed to...
Behind the Monochrome Lens
PHOTOGRAPHED BY LEE ERIC ¡°VOLUNTEER WORK?¡± asked the taxi driver. Through the rear-view mirror the taxi driver glanced at the back seat, with a ¡®I knew it¡¯ look on her face. I mumbled my answer out of confusion; the driver was more than excited to share her stories taking students after students to the area. ¡°It¡¯s a small village, with so many people living there till now. It¡¯s simply not a place suitable for living.¡± Scattered buildings caught my eye outside the taxi window, with greenery increasing as we drove by. Something was different. In fact, ever...