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Saigoneer Podcast: Korea's Presence in Saigon; the Darker Side of K-Pop

A special episode of the Saigoneer Podcast is out now!

On this week's show, Saigoneer Korean's editor stops by to chat about the presence of South Korean culture in Saigon (1:32). What draws so many Korean expats to the city, and what's up with the popularity of Cộng Cà Phê among this group?

Then (24:08), we dig in to K-pop. What do Koreans make of its massive popularity overseas, particularly in countries like Vietnam? And what sort of impact have recent tragedies involving K-pop stars had on fans?

As always, we close with Bánh Mì Banter (45:93). Happy holidays!

Listen to this episode below, or subscribe via Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple or your preferred podcast platform. If you don't know that Saigoneer Korean exists, check it out at kr.saigoneer.com!

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Here are some links related to what we discussed:

Koreans living in Saigon - P1: Little Korea (Tuoi Tre)

Suicides by K-Pop Stars Prompt Soul-Searching in South Korea (New York Times)

A Student Was Punished for Insulting BTS Online. Now the School Is in Trouble

Vietnam's First Uniqlo, Southeast Asia's 2nd-Largest, Opens in Saigon