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BTS, Blackpink, Squid Game, kimchi … what’s the secret of South Korea’s world-conquering culture?

From K-pop to K-beauty, via film and fashion, South Korea is punching way above its weight. The boyband BTS alone rakes in billions every year. Are there lessons for other countries?How does this sound for a leisurely day of cultural immersion? Ablutio…

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Birdsong: the dying whistled language of the Hmong people in northern Laos

Exploring the whistling traditions of the Hmong people of northern Laos, whose language straddles the boundary between music and speech, this film witnesses a collision of ancient tradition with modern urban life. With urbanisation and the advent of mo…

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