This news roundup explores soft power seduction strategies in China, Korea and New Zealand. 

BigBang and CL turned out to be the only South Koreans in the pool of 127 candidates of the online poll, along with U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood star actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

FPRI V-Notes (Ep. 2 - Korean Arabia)

January 16, 2016

From K-Pop to business diplomacy, this new video from the Foreign Policy Research Institute explores South Korea's growing cultural and economic investment in the Middle East. 

Soft-power sound war escalates as Seoul and Pyongyang turn up the volume on propaganda transmitted over border.[...] South and North Korea have begun a high-volume propaganda war, blasting radio broadcasts across the demilitarised zone after a landmine explosion exacerbated tensions along the border between the two countries.

Vietnam and South Korea have long shared a historical and cultural background in sinocentric Confucianism and have encountered few cultural obstacles. It is not surprising, then, that the ‘Korean wave’ — or Hallyu — in Southeast Asia is said to have started in Ho Chi Minh City, where the first Korean drama series ‘Medical Brothers’ was shown in 1998.

Korean Cultural Center announced the globally popular music phenomenon, K-POP 2015 Concert Tour in India. With the collaboration of JU Entertainment and all the Festival Organizers, Korean Cultural Center India brings you the first ever K-pop concert in India.

January 16, 2015

A special interview with former president of South Korea's Arirang TV.