In this episode Steve and Dan explore Mukbangs, the Korean phenomenon of eating ridiculous amounts of food while people watch and pay you for it. When did they start and why are they so popular?
What’s it like having a baby in South Korea? We welcome Teresa back and talk about the whole birth experience. We discuss a little about some traditions and beliefs around childbirth, pre-natal care and then after the baby is born. How are the services, how are the hospitals, how much money does the government give you just for popping out a kid? We also talk a little bit about The Burning Sun scandal that is still ongoing. And new music by Kim Peri (김페리)!
Steve and Dan shake the dust off the microphones and try to get this show moving again. In this episode they talk about why they’ve been off the air for so long and then they do a deep dive into Korean funerals. Also, new music by Kisnue!
We welcome a new host and then dig deep into the topic of the disputed island of Dokdo and Korea’s seeming obsession with hating on Japan. New music in this episode was provided by the band Walking After U and their song Blind. Comments, tips, suggestions, or questions about the show? Find us on Facebook or Twitter @KUPodcast!
In this episode Steve and Dan discuss Korea’s affair with mail-order brides from SE Asia and the societal struggles Korea is having as a result. Dan also tickles our ear pussies with another installment of the Cunning Linguist and we’ve got great new music by Acid Party and their song The Sea Hates a Coward. Get their info on our Featured Artist page and consider liking us on Facebook or leaving us a comment on iTunes if you think we’re worth it.
In this episode Steve and Teresa discuss tips and ideas for dating a Korean. If you’re in need of ideas or things to do to surprise your Korean partner, we’ve got some things in here that might help. There’s also new music from Southway, an indie band out of Seoul, with their song Here and Now. Check out our featured artist page for more info about them. Leave us a like on facebook or a review on iTunes or Stitcher and we’ll love you extra hard.
In this episode Teresa tells us all about the culture of gift giving in Korea and some of the problems foreigners run into when they find themselves in those situations. We’ve also got new music from singer Aseul and her song Dazed, Aseul was on our show previously in episode 16 with the name Yukari. She’s got a new album out called New Pop which I recommend you give a listen to. You can find all her info on our Featured Artist page.
In this episode Steve and Teresa kick back, go off script and discus the show, life, and anything else that comes up. It’s a free-for-all in this second anniversary show. Thanks to all of you who’ve kept listening to the show and welcome to all of our new listeners! We wouldn’t be here without you. 건배! Music in this episode was provided by Love X Stereo with their new song, Beauties Die Young. Check out their new album, We Love We Leave, Pt. 2, available now on iTunes.
Here are the articles we referenced regarding rape and sexual assault in South Korea.
Ms. Mattner’s Account Differs from the Police and Hospital Records
Korea Observer Article
How Rape is Defined in Korea
Miryang Gang Rape
Rape and Sexual Assault Statistics in Korea
Wall Street Journal
Services Available in the Event of Rape or Sexual Assault
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family runs 30 relief centers for victims of sexual, domestic and school violence. There are three types ― One-stop Support Centers for victims of sexual and school violence (15), the Sun-flower Children Centers (8), and Sun-flower Women and Children Centers (7).
The one-stop centers and women’s centers offer help to victims of sexual, domestic and school violence as well as victims of sex trafficking. They have free comprehensive counseling, investigative work, medical care and legal advice and operate 24/7. No translators but might call one.
Victims should call 1899-3075 immediately after the attack and they will be connected to the center nearest their location. According to the ministry, 22,573 victims visited the centers last year, an increase from 11,134 in 2008.
Also, the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center offers help to victims in English and Korean. They provide counseling and support for victims, including medical and legal advice. The center can be reached at (02) 338-2890~2, www.sisters.or.kr or email@example.com.
Seoul Survivor Services which specializes in helping foreigners. Has a U.S.-trained advocate. firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting their Facebook page, “Seoul Survivor Services.
In Jeolla: Foreigner-friendly, on facebook@ Jeolla Safety Alliance. They want to keep foreigners “safe by passing on safety tips and keeping residents aware of crime in the region, as well as helping victims.”
The Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Services also offer counseling and aid in 11 languages. They offer telephone and in-person counseling, as well as emergency shelter services, legal counseling, connection to emergency services such as legal aid, investigation and police services, hospitals and medical treatment, and interpretation services.
The group can be contacted by calling 1577-1366 or visiting their website at www.wm1366.or.kr.
Source: Korea Herald
Descendants of the Sun
It’s a military romance. The main character, Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.
In the emergency room, Si-jin meets Dr. Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-yeon mistakenly assumes Si-jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myeong-joo (Kim Ji-won).
Descendants of the Sun is Sweeping Asia
The Five Magical Kisses on Descendants of the Sun
Music in this episode was provided by Seaweed Mustache and their song Reverberation.
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Going off a story regarding an Australian woman who was raped while on holiday in Korea, Steve and Teresa discuss rape and sexual assault in Korea. They go over how Korea defines rape, how it’s sometimes handled by the authorities (hint: not very well!), and what you should do if you find yourself in that situation. In Hallyu Doin’, Teresa discusses the hottest Korean drama right now, Descendants of the Sun. If you’d like the list of agencies and organizations that can help in the event of a rape or sexual assault, you can get it in our show notes.
New music in this show was provided by Seaweed Mustache with their song Reverberation. (The song was wrongly named during the podcast.)