The country’s extensive response has been praised around the world but has led to harassment and slander, raising questions about privacy protections.
Decades after the war ended, scars left by the Japanese occupation persist for millions of Koreans and Korean-Americans, including the author Alexander Chee.
The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.
Mayor Park Won-soon vanished a day after a secretary accused him of sexual harassment, two TV stations reported. His body was later found by the police in the South Korean capital.
The reports of gunfire came two days after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, reappeared in public after three weeks of absence and rumors about his health.
After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures.
What we can learn from the countries that have had some success in containing the coronavirus.
Lee Man-hee, the founder of the Shincheonji church, which has been at the center of the outbreak in South Korea, is trying to defend his group while denying the accusations against it.
Like the family in the Oscar-winning film, many in Seoul’s so-called dirt-spoon class dwell in basements far below the rich. “Those living up there must look down on people like me like pigs.”
Most Italians are unfamiliar with epidemics, so we struggle, confused, to react. Avoiding each other is hard. But we must. At least for one more week.
The coronavirus is particularly dangerous to older people, but the Japanese authorities have maintained strict constraints on testing for it.
We need to stop what drives mass epidemics rather than just respond to individual diseases.