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Businesses expose children to 'Squid Game' for commerce

Businesses expose children to 'Squid Game' for commerce

Kim, 42, a Seoul-based office worker, was surprised to learn that her 12-year-old daughter already knew the whole story of the Netflix original series “Squid Game,” although she did not allow her to watch the series. The daughter said she saw many scenes of the R-rated series on YouTube because she was curious about the series, which “almost everybody” talks about - not only adults but also all her friends at school. Lee, 39, another office worker in Seoul, said his six- and four-year-old children wanted to have “dalgona,” or the sugar candy, because it's from the “Squid Game.” He was surprised that his children knew the connection between the candy and the R-rated drama they were never allowed to watch, but bought them the treat anyway.

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Nuri rocket launch could prompt North Korea to test ICBM

Nuri rocket launch could prompt North Korea to test ICBM

South Korea's launch of its first-ever, locally developed space launch vehicle, Thursday, was a partial success. While South Korea vows to succeed in a second launch scheduled for next May, there are increasing concerns that the move might prompt North Korea to develop and test-fire more advanced inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), while claiming it was pursuing a “balance of power on the Korean Peninsula.”

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Groundless vaccine misinformation spreading online

Groundless vaccine misinformation spreading online

Nearly 70 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but some people still believe and spread misinformation and conspiracy theories about the vaccines, refusing to get injections. The misinformation and groundless claims are being fueled by isolated cases of severe side effects involving vaccinated people. Experts urge the government to take countermeasures against false information, which could prevent people from getting vaccinations or vaccinated people from getting booster shots.

McDonald's Korea accused of owing 50 bil. won in back pay to part-time employees

McDonald's Korea accused of owing 50 bil. won in back pay to part-time employees

McDonald's Korea allegedly owes 50 billion won in back pay to its workers. According to its part-time employee union, “Crew,” the Korean branch of the U.S.-owned and managed fast food restaurant chain has been excluding work hours when its 15,000 workers were changing into uniform that amount to 14 billion won in unpaid wages.

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Smart city alliance leader vows to help tech startups find overseas opportunities

Smart city alliance leader vows to help tech startups find overseas opportunities

TV show host and hallyu expert Park Jung-sook has returned to the public eye, this time with a new title, as the leader of a Seoul-based international association of cities and local governments seeking smart city solutions in public administration.

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Documentary on first Korean immigrants to Hawaii celebrates difference

Documentary on first Korean immigrants to Hawaii celebrates difference

On January 13, 1903, a ship with 102 Korean passengers landed on Hawaiian soil so that they could work on sugarcane plantations, marking the start of the first wave of Korean immigrants to America. Many members of these first-generation immigrants - who initially hoped to return home with money in a few years - eventually began to settle down, after toiling in plantations under the grueling heat, as they formed families and established schools and churches on the islands.

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