South Koreans Worried For North Korean Olympic Atheletes Existence After Statements Given In Interview

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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea
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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea

A North Korean soldier crossed over to South Korea after hearing about the life beyond the border.

On June 13, a North Korean soldier in his early 20s was caught crossing the MDL orMilitary Demarcation Line in Yeoncheon. The soldier, who is 175cm (5'7") in height and 52kg (114lbs) in weight, was identified to be a North Korean border patrol.

The soldier immediately raised his hands in the air and expressed his wish to surrender when spotted by the South Korean soldiers. He explained his strong wish to cross over to South Korea, and later further explained that his desires to do so grew stronger after listening to the stories by North Korean defectors aired through the South Korean loudspeaker broadcast aimed at the North.

North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea
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North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea

According to an exclusive by Joongang Ilbo, on July 16, a former defector of North Korea appeared on a North Korean propaganda media called 'Our Nation'. This individual used to go by the name of Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea and was a celebrity, starring on a show called 'South and North Korean Women' (clip below). On the North Korean propaganda show, she is now referred to as Jeon Hye Sung. When she used to go by Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea, she introduced herself as someone who used to be in the People's Forces Command in North Korea. But also spoke about the things she and many had to do while in North Korea.

Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast
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Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast

The media is a dangerous playground for those choosing to enter its grasp. As fans of K-pop, we are familiar with how manipulative the media can be in influencing an objective point of view. Scandals are rampant in the news, and truths are often perverted out of shape. The idols we love to watch are often performing an ideal public image and we barely get to see their true selves.

Even with these supposedly frivolous entertainment news, we are faced with the complexities of media construction. When international politics gets thrown into the mix, we see how the world of entertainment and the media have far more puppeteers pulling the strings than are visible onscreen.

Koreans discuss whether its better to have Korean dish names romanized or directly translated to English
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Koreans discuss whether its better to have Korean dish names romanized or directly translated to English

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics are getting near each day and Koreans are now debating whether Korean dish names are too hard for foreigners to read as many foreigners will come to the country. 

The difficulties of reading and understanding foreign food menus while exploring the world is a confusion faced by many travelers. Most countries offer English menus in their popular restaurants for tourists but some restaurants dont, simply because they would like to keep their menus original.

EXO Lay’s “Lose Control” is breaking records in South Korean music charts
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EXO Lay’s “Lose Control” is breaking records in South Korean music charts

Lays Lose Control broke records in South Korea for having the most sales by a solo artist in Gaon Charts History, and it was only his solo debut.

EXO Lays October solo debut was one for the books as the idol was named as having the most sales by a solo artist in Gaon Charts History.

The EP, titled Lose Control, was released in October 2016 and shortly went on to sell 270,000 copies. Soon, it peaked at number one on the Gaon Album Chart, and eventually ranked as the 7th Best-Selling Album of 2016.