The South Korean culture machine that conquered the world

From Squid Game to K-pop to kimchi, South Korea has taken the planet by storm. How did a once-impoverished country turn its fortunes around? And what has it done for South Korea's standing abroad?

'Hallyu! The Korean Wave' is on at the V&A in South Kensington until June 2023: 

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Guest: Josh Glancy, Special Correspondent, The Sunday Times.

Host: Jenny Kleeman. 

Clips: BBC News, Deutsche Welle, Oscars, ABC News, Blackpink, The White House.

Film and music excerpts:

Crash Landing on You, dir. Lee Jeong-hyo, Netflix

I Know, Seo Taiji and Boys, Genie Music

Into the New World, Girls Generation, SM Entertainment

Gangnam Style, Psy, YG Entertainment

Butter, BTS, Hybe Corporation/Big Hit Music

Boombayah, BLACKPINK, YG Entertainment

Parasite, dir. Bong Joon Ho, CJ Entertainment

Squid Game, dir. Hwang Dong-hyuk, Netflix

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