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Feature Article, Film Review Essay

Youthful Struggles in a Globalizing New World: Take Care of my Cat

DIRECTED BY JAE-EUN JEONG DVD, 112 MINUTES, 2001 ENGLISH SUBTITLES Reviewed by Kyong Won Yoon Recent South Korean (Korean, hereafter) films have portrayed the everyday lives of young people from diverse angles, often challenging Hollywood stereotypes that depict young people as endangered or dangerous. For the past ten years, intriguing stories of young Koreans are represented in different genres including romantic comedies,1 gangster films,2 and horror films.3 In particular,...

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Mobile Phones, Young People, and South Korean Culture

Today, almost everyone in the streets of Seoul carries a mobile phone, and many people in the subway or on the bus are speaking on it or texting. The rapid proliferation of mobile phones offers a fascinating case for understanding the contemporary culture of South Korean young people (Korea hereafter). As of 2005, ninety percent of young Koreans between the ages of fourteen and nineteen had a mobile phone and 38.2 percent of young users sent more than one thousand text messages per month.1 For y...