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!
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.)
In this year’s Halloween episode Teresa and Steve talk about death. We discuss our thoughts on it and then discuss Korean burial traditions. We look at how it was done in the past and how it’s changing in modern times as well as what happens to foreigners that might die here. Also in this episode we’ve got new music from Yumi with her song ‘Because of You’. Check the Featured Artist tab on our website to find more information about her.
Steve and Teresa sit down and discuss the state of women and gender roles in Korea. We cover how Korea came to be such a strong patriarchal society and also how things are finally changing for the better. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin! with some shocking news about the Korean singer IU, and we have awesome new music from Korean band Tanemotion.
Steve and Teresa discuss the Korean concepts of Jeong (정), Han (한), and Nunchi (눈치), their meanings in Korean culture and whether or not they can really be defined in English. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin’ and we’ve got new music from Tierpark. Be sure to check our website for show notes and information on the band.
Here are the articles we discussed or referenced for the main topic.
American Soldiers Need To Leave South Korea
Why Are US Troops Still In South Korea?
Are US Troops in South Korea Still Necessary?
Why Do Koreans Complain About The US
South Korean Armed Forces Remain Under US Command
In The News
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Music for this episode was provided by Love X Stereo and the song was called We Love We Leave. You can find more information about the band on our Featured Artist page. And don’t forget to check out their video.
In this episode talk about the fractured nature of the foreigner community in South Korea and we sit down with Brian and Hyelin from Stompy Ruffers, a company out of Deagu that is looking to create American-Korean cultural fusion. Check them out at http://www.stompyruffers.com We also have new music from Language of Shapes. And if you’d like to support the show with a bit of money, check out our patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/koreaunderground
In this episode Steve and Dan clear out some of the smaller topics that we’ve been tossing around or that have been suggested by listeners, but which don’t justify a full show. Listen for new artist OopsNice and their song “Dandelion”.