Plastic surgery

Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]

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Gangnam Style? Plastic Surgery and Biopolitics in South Korea

by Events Editor 21 February 2014
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A new addition to the list of SOAS seminars this term: Gangnam Style?: Plastic Surgery and Biopolitics in South Korea Dr So Yeon Leem (Sociology, LSE) Date: 28 February 2014 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room G50 Abstract South Korea is a plastic surgery nation, where the biopolitics of plastic surgery […]

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Cosmetic surgery not the most common surgery

by Philip Gowman 17 December 2010
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So you thought cosmetic surgery was the most common form of surgery in Korea? Wrong. It’s piles. http://bit.ly/eI4W1L #. The Korea National Health Insurance Corp gives the statistics in the Korea Times. Keywords: General post tags: Plastic surgery

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The instant six-pack

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2010
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I heard that in Korea you can get 6-pack implants like you get breast enhancement. Can anyone confirm? Won Bin's was impressive in Ajosshi – but I’m sure his was natural. Keywords: General post tags: Plastic surgery

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Seoul fortune-tellers analyse Kim Jong-un

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2010
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Kim Jong-un "a violent character prone to display double standards": http://bit.ly/9IOf1Z # That’s the analysis on the junior Kim by fortune-tellers in South Korea who have studied his face, including the size of his forehead, the arrangement of his eyes, his cheekbone contour, and the thickness of his lips. But what if all the above […]

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The entertainment industry in the news

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2010
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Some recent articles on the spread of K-pop in 2010, and on the darker side of the industry. K-Pop Online: Korean Stars Go Global with Social Media – TIME http://bit.ly/c5oA73 #. Underage celebs suffer mistreatment, says the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (Korea Times, 27 Aug) Sexy moves provoke debate over teen idols, says […]

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Jang Dong-gun and Song Hye-kyo top plastic surgery templates

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2010
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Times change. 6 years ago Hyolee & Jeon Ji-hyun were top of the list. Now Song Hye-kyo is top Plastic Surgery Template. And guys want to look like Jang Dong-gun http://bit.ly/adsPKV # Keywords: People: Jang Dong-gun | Song Hye-kyo Other tags: Plastic surgery

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Busan, hub city?

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2007
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OK, so I didn’t make it to PIFF this year. I don’t think I’m ever likely to: time away from work is precious, and to be spent with one’s beloved. If one’s beloved isn’t in to sitting in a darkened movie theatre straining to read the subtitles for days on end (and I’m not sure […]

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Cosmetic surgery to get tax breaks

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2007

As if there wasn’t enough plastic surgery in Korea already, the Government has just made it tax deductible. According to the Chosun Ilbo: The costs of plastic surgery, cosmetic tooth reshaping, corrective laser eye surgery, and “boyak”, or traditional Korean health supplements, will be eligible for income deductions in the year-end tax adjustment from this […]

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Fourth most desired female rear belongs to a transsexual

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2004
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Sorry to be a bit tabloid, but I just had to preserve this article from the Chosun Ilbo, which illustrates the Korean obsession with plastic surgery. Visitors to a plastic surgeon’s website were asked whose bum they would most like to have. The preferred posterior profiles were owned by the following celebs, in order: Jeon […]

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