Wide Waistlines, Narrow Roles
"Fat" female comedians in S. Korea are often reduced to narrow roles that highlight their weight. They're even seen as an empowering counter-current to conventional ideals of femininity. But are they? Is fat comedy for female comedians a tool for empowerment? Or a reinforcement of stereotypes? The ensuing discussion is not so clear-cut as you think. Host Bruce Harrison sits down with Korea Exposé Managing Editor Haeryun Kang and CEO Se-woong Koo.
Urban Renewal in Seoul: Whose Livelihoods Take Priority?
What’s the motivation behind beautification projects in Seoul like the Cheonggyecheon Stream and the city’s new Seoullo 7017 Skypark? Bruce Harrison speaks with Korea Exposé Environment Editor Ben Jackson and Managing Editor Haeryun Kang about how these projects fit into Seoul’s sprawling urban landscape and who they impact.
So I Like to Eat Alone -- What’s the Big Deal?
BBQ is one of the most popular ways to socialize in Korea, and it embodies a rich history of communal activity in this country. So then why are BBQ restaurants now popping up in South Korea where you can cook meat and eat it alone? Korea Exposé politics editor Steven Borowiec went to out to try the solo BBQ experience for himself. He joins me on the podcast with Exposé intern Seohoi Park to talk about this trend and what it says about South Korean society.
A Painter Versus Power
On this episode from the Korea Exposé office in Seoul, South Korea, host Bruce Harrison sits down with the magazine’s managing editor Haeryun Kang and CEO Se-woong Koo. They talk about about an unresolved mystery in South Korean contemporary art. It’s the artist versus the establishment, and reputation is on the line for both sides.
Anal Sex Taboo
Host Bruce Harrison and Korea Exposé CEO and Founder Se-woong Koo talk about the taboo of anal sex in South Korea. Some conservative groups here fear homosexuality and anal sex will seriously harm society. But it appears sex, including anal, is slowly becoming less of a hush-hush topic in South Korea.
ké cast announcement!
Korea Exposé is launching a summer podcast series. It premieres July 3. Get a sneak listen here. We’ll keep you updated on how to subscribe and when.