Youkyung Lee

For Youkyung Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

South Korea's infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

Jun 25, 2017

South Korea's infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over ...

Lotte faces backlash in South Korea over ties to Japan

Aug 20, 2015

Lotte faces backlash in South Korea over ties to Japan

When South Korean Chung Yu-suk read an article about retailer Lotte’s chocolate ads featuring a Japanese figure skating star, he was so angered he started an online group urging Koreans to boycott their country’s top retailer.Chung is one of a growing number of South ...

Sales of macadamias soar in wake of Korean Air nut rage

/ Dec 16, 2014

Sales of macadamias soar in wake of Korean Air nut rage

Nut rage imploded the career of a Korean Air Lines executive and embarrassed her family and country. Now South Korean retailers are experiencing the unexpected upside: a boom in sales of macadamias.The flavorful macadamia nut was unfamiliar to many South Koreans until Cho Hyun-ah, ...

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

/ Apr 6, 2014

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at New York’s storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake and needed ...