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South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

Oct 6, 2014

South Korea has serious problem with racism, U.N. envoy says

The U.N.’s top expert on racism outlined Monday “serious problems” faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse. Following a weeklong mission to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, during which requested meetings with ...

Oct 1, 2014

No images of Hong Kong protests appear in China's media

China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of ...

Sep 29, 2014

U.N. envoy to target South Korea's racism

South Korea’s efforts to rid itself of a reputation for casual racial discrimination and overbearing ethnic nationalism will come under scrutiny this week from the U.N.’s top expert on racism. Tasked with assessing racism, xenophobia and related intolerance around the world, U.N. Special Rapporteur ...

Sep 16, 2014

Nearly half of China's ultrawealthy plan to emigrate, survey shows

Nearly half of China’s superwealthy individuals are considering leaving the country, a survey said Monday, with most citing better overseas educational and employment opportunities for their children. The global survey of 2,000 high net worth individuals by Barclays Wealth found that 47 percent of ...

Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asian girls marry by age 18

Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday. The report said child marriage is pervasive in the region even though most ...

Fewer South Koreans now eating dog meat

Aug 29, 2014

Fewer South Koreans now eating dog meat

For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South ...

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Aug 17, 2014

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Pope Francis’ appeal in South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism might be a hard sell in the newly rich and hypercompetitive country. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked there to the hard work, ...