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Korean traditional dress colors. (at Hongik University Station)

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The Beauty-Industrial Complex in Seoul claims another piece of grist for the mill. (at Hongik University Station)

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"Everyone wants to be a model." Unfortunately, despite being an obviously false statement of etic fact, in Korea, for many practical purposes, this is actually kinda true of the emic reality of most women here as far as real social pressures and material concerns go. (at Hongik University Station)

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The real Itaewon still lives, despite “ladification.” (at Hooker Hill)

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Who let the dog out? (at Itaewon)

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Accessories. (at Itaewon)

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Itaewon, the once-notorious haunt of foreigners’ and hookers and GI’s and gay people —all the social outcastes — now gentrifying. Well, in this case, a process of ladyfication, to coin a phrase. Koorean girls meeting in groups of 4-6, sampling, consuming, and participating in foreign culture through food, watching strange foreign people be foreign, and as a respite from the ever-present gaze of social disciplining and negative sanctions against role-norm violations. Especially true for women. In this way, Itaewon is a perfect fit for Korean women as a place to consume otherness as a brief vacation from the pressures of being a woman inkorean society, all while acting out a form of feminine sophistication in the context of an imagined cosmopolitanism associated with the West in general and America specifically. Put simply, it’s why single koreangirls from middle class families have a Sex in the City fantasy-complex that makes Anerican women looks positively rustic by comparison. I don’t know what I just said, but it was SOMEthing. (at The Alley)

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"I never liked you, anyway." Shirt has a certain edginess. For Korea. (at Hongik University Station)

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Just be bumping into people here in hongdae!!! My fave Blasian dongsaeng. We always joke that we run into each other accidentally more often than on purpose. So far, true. In several years, 2-0 accidental v. On purpose. Today made the second. And guess who’s looking goood?! (at Hongik University Station)

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Because. Aqua. I remember a Korea where you just didn’t wear loud colors. You just didn’t. (at Hongik University Station)