With innovative technology and ‘skin-first’ philosophy, K-beauty is winning over US consumers
“Kim, Il-sung introduced us,” Lim Ok-ryeon, 82, says laughing as she enters the home she shares with her husband Seo, In-gyu, 88. They met in 1956 in Mokpo after the Korean War forced both of them out of their hometowns; Lim from a small village near the 38th Parallel; Seo from Naju, a city in the southern province of Jeollanam do.
Three young defectors talk about their journey to the South and the challenges they face while adapting to their new life
This article appeared in the November 2015 issue of Groove Korea. Edited by Anita McKay. Story by Dave Hazzan. Photos by Steve Smith. Additional photos by Jo Turner. Illustration by Craig Stuart. Translation by Sy Park. Rath Mony Muth, 28, is from the Cambodian countryside. Ten years ago he came to Ansan, just south... Continue Reading →
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