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In South Korea, wearing hair rollers in your bangs in public signals a major shift in how women react to the pressure to be perfect.

https://www.insider.com/wearing-hair-rollers-public-hot-gen-z-look-south-korea-2022-2

“Traditional Korean society was very rigid when it came to gender roles, and when women tried to maintain their beauty, it was always done to please others.. But young women in contemporary Korea are a lot more independent and prefer to focus on themselves. They’re not overly conscious about how they are perceived by people they don’t know.” 

Seoul will be the first city government to join the metaverse

https://qz.com/2086353/seoul-is-developing-a-metaverse-government-platform/

The South Korean city is planning to use artificial intelligence to monitor its sewers and water waste centers. An AI chatbot serves as a public concierge, fielding public questions and complaints related to everything from parking violations to covid-19 protocols. Earlier this year, Seoul rolled out plans for a public internet of things network—a series of sensors and base stations throughout the city that collect data on things like traffic, public safety, and environmental metrics and feed them into a central operations platform managed by city workers.

A viral TikTok claims that the subtitles for the Korean drama are misleading, but it’s not quite that simple

https://www.dazeddigital.com/film-tv/article/54384/1/the-botched-squid-game-subtitle-saga-explained

However, more significant parts of the script that add nuance to her character are also missed. In one scene Mi-nyeo is trying to convince another contestant to continue the games with her. The subtitles read: “I’m not a genius but I can still work it out”. However, what she actually says is “I am very smart, I just never got a chance to study,” according to youngmimayer.

“That is a huge trope in Korean media, the poor person that’s smart and clever, that’s a huge part of her character, but almost everything she says is being botched,” she adds.

K-Pop has been a good predictor/signal of less obvious cultural shifts in South Korea and Asia more broadly #semiotics

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2020/04/08/k-pop-is-changing-too

Teenagers have projected their dreams onto k-pop idols for years. But bts are not your average k-pop band. Although their output has all the trappings of the genre—slick production, perfectly choreographed dance routines, rap interludes and ever-unconfirmed rumours about band members’ relationships—they do not conform to the stereotype of the flawless, manufactured idols who are expected to serve as blank screens for fans’ projections.