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JTBC My ID is Gangnam Beauty

My ID is Gangnam Beauty—K Drama Review

“I’ll get some cosmetic procedures done, but I hope I don’t end up looking like a Gangnam girl.” I remember the first time I heard this from a Korean friend years ago. I was bewildered when she worried about being a...

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A Perfect Day in Hoi An for Fusion Culture

Are you tired of skyscrapers and endless traffic? Escape to Hoi An and travel back to the 18th century and a collision of cultures. Hoi An used to be a major port, heavily influenced by the visiting traders. The...

Amuro Namie: The Eternal Queen of J-Pop

I first visited Tokyo in 1997 and stayed at the home of a Japanese family. There was a girl a couple of years older than me, but we didn’t talk much during my week there. We were in that teenage stage of awkward self...

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Saimdang and The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci

As someone who enjoys historical fiction, I had the opportunity to watch Saimdang and read Belle Ami’s The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci within the last year. At first glance, the two works seemed unrelated. Saimdang is a...

A Perfect Day in Edinburgh for a Romantic Lady

Edinburgh is one of the most romantic cities in the world. I hear your doubtful indrawn breath. Even The Outlander, the popular romance about the Scottish Highlands, is not a thing in Asia—yet. Speaking of Scotland, the...

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Japanese Breakfast, Out the Bedroom and On Tour

Japanese Breakfast, the song-a-day writing project walks out the bedroom and goes on tour When people mention ‘Japanese Breakfast,’ it’s hard not to think of grilled fish, rice, miso soup, and pickles. After all...