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Charting North Korean Provocations. A Case of ‘The Mondays’?

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Charting South Korean Attitudes Park Geun-hye’s About Impeachment

It’s been a busy few days of reporting in South Korea. The scandal-plagued president, Park Geun-hye, was removed from office on Friday over a corruption scandal that has roiled politics and business in the country during the last six months. Last night, two days after a court’s ruling to remove her, Park finally left the presidential complex. The public overwhelmingly supported Park’s ouster, even if the disgraced leader wasn’t the...

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A Day in North Korean Airspace

While looking for some North Korean flight data, I stumbled upon this visualization of the isolated country’s national airspace. It shows hundreds of flights in and around South Korea and Japan — but only a handful traveling to or through North Korea. Fascinating.

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Mapping South Korea’s Total and Foreign Populations — by Municipal District

South Korea, my adopted home for almost two years, has about 50 million residents as of the last census, in 2015. Most of them are settled in the country’s urban areas. About 22 million residents, for example, live in Seoul, the capital in the country’s northwest corner, and its adjacent province, Gyeonggi. As an experiment to create a choropleth map with D3 and NPR’s dailygraphics rig, which drives most of...

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Charting World Alcohol Consumption: How Much Does Each Country Drink?

A few weeks ago I posted about gender gaps in alcohol consumption around the world. In some countries — South Korea, for example — men and women consume quite different amounts of booze, according to the World Health Organization. Fueled by a love for sojo, South Korea’s men are among the heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming about 78 grams per day — nearly twice as much as other men on average....

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South Korea’s (Residential) Rise: How Building Heights, Home Sizes Vary

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I never lived in a high-rise building before moving to South Korea, but now home is 35 stories above central Seoul. The view is pretty great...

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Seoul’s Steamy Summer

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I’ve been away from Seoul for much of the summer, but now that I’m back it’s impossible not to hear all the complaining — among expats...

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Is South Korea’s National Assembly More Liberal Than South Koreans?

Members of South Korea’s legislative branch, known as the National Assembly, recently took a poll to determine where they land on the ideological spectrum. The group as a whole appears to be getting more liberal, according to an analysis of the results. The poll, conducted by the Korea JoongAng Daily and the Korean Political Science Association, gave lawmakers a 15-question ideological test. The questions focused on the Korean alliance with...

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How Much Differently Do Men and Women Drink Alcohol — By Country

A few months ago, I wrote about the novelty of a McDonald’s selling beer at one of its restaurants in South Korea — a first for the fast-food giant in Asia. The story wouldn’t have been complete, of course, without the context of South Korea’s raging alcohol consumption. People who drink here do so more heavily than their counterparts in most countries around the world, especially when compared to fellow...

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