Elise Hu on Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital

Asian Review of Books | 21 December 2023 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elise Hu about her book Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. Discusses the mix of gender politics, culture of lookism, K-Pop, and cosmetic surgery that brought South Korea to dominate the cosmetics industry.

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The Rise and Fall of the East, Yasheng Huang

Rocking Our Priors | 29 August 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yasheng Huang about his book The Rise and Fall of the East: Examination, Autocracy, Stability, and Technology. Discusses why the Chinese Communist Party is so resilient, how the keju imperial examinations shaped Chinese autocracy and culture, and what South Korea tells us about growth, democratisation and culture.

The Conversations with Tyler interview is also worth listening to.

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Michael Seth on Korea at War

Asian Review of Books | 27 July 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Seth about his book Korea at War: Conflicts That Shaped the World. Discusses the Korean War, Korea’s pre- and post-war history, and how South Korea is unique in charting its own development while still, technically, in a state of war.

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South Korea’s F Word: Inside the Feminist Movement

Cover to Cover | 7 March 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hawon Jung about her book Flowers of Fire: The Inside Story of South Korea’s Feminist Movement and What It Means for Women’s Rights Worldwide. Discusses why “feminism” is such a loaded term in South Korea, the #MeToo movement, digital sex crimes, deep-rooted patriarchal gender norms, and how the women’s rights movement here connects to other movements in Asia and beyond.

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Patrick Chung on South Korea and Globalization

Peoples & Things | 18 October 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Chung about his research on the rise of shipping and manufacturing in South Korea. Argues that the US Department of Defense played a major role in globalisation and especially the industrialisation of South Korea.

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