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This podcast takes you out around the globe with me on my many adventures to talk to fascinating people with interesting stories. This is not a travel podcast though - don't be fooled! My location will play a part in the topics I will cover but the main goal is to tell the important stories I meet on my nomad adventures in order to create important sustainable social change.
I believe journalists can be a catalyst for cultural movements that can make sustainable social change and build stronger communities.

ROOTLESS PODCAST Katrine Lyngso

    • Society & Culture

This podcast takes you out around the globe with me on my many adventures to talk to fascinating people with interesting stories. This is not a travel podcast though - don't be fooled! My location will play a part in the topics I will cover but the main goal is to tell the important stories I meet on my nomad adventures in order to create important sustainable social change.
I believe journalists can be a catalyst for cultural movements that can make sustainable social change and build stronger communities.

    Seoul 5 - How to talk about feminism in Korea with Brian

    Seoul 5 - How to talk about feminism in Korea with Brian

    Some of the first words Brian said to me was "as a feminist, I feel like we have a lot we could talk about". So it's no surprise our initial podcast recording lasted over three hours, hence why you're now listening to part 2.

    Brian and I discussed feminism in Korea and the stigma, history and movements surrounding "the F word". Brian compares Korea to a start-up with its mere 70 years of developing a modern democratic society that is still trying to shake traditional values and ways.

    The Feminist film Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 has been further sparking the debate since it's release in October. The movie follows Kim Ji-young as she grows up in a patriarchal household and into adulthood where she faces deep-rooted gender discrimination. The movie has been celebrated by feminists internationally but also criticised for presenting distorted negative views and sexist generalisations against men.

    The young entrepreneur gave me his take on the movie and how to have an open constructive debate on a topic, few Koreans like to discuss over dinner.

    • 33 min
    Seoul 4 - Experience Gangnam with Brian

    Seoul 4 - Experience Gangnam with Brian

    Imagine growing up in a country, where foreigners only know about your infamous missile neighbour? Then moving away to the US for a decade and seeing your nation’s culture spread throughout the world from a distance.

    That’s exactly what this episode's guest, Brian Min, did! Brian is the founder of Itta, means 'to connect' in Korean. With his business, Brian cultivates learning opportunities to connect people across diverse cultures in and out of Korea. He has guided over a thousand K-culture-lovers around Gangnam and shared his knowledge about the area he grew up in. While Brian was abroad, the famous song 'Gangnam Style' came out, and upon his return, his old neighbourhood had completely changed. Even the building he grew up in had been torn down and rebuild. Although the district has been modernised in recent years much effort has been put into rebuilding some of the cultural values of the old Korea. K-pop K-beauty and Gangnam style are far from everything Korea has to offer, according to Brian, so have a listen to this episode to find out what makes Gangnam so special!

    Brian and I had coffee and a walk through Gangnam while recording the podcast, so don’t be surprised by any bird, car or cafe noises!

    • 39 min
    Seoul 3 - Inah Kim un-politically connecting people to North Korea

    Seoul 3 - Inah Kim un-politically connecting people to North Korea

    This episode approaches South Korea’s highly politicised and mystified neighbouring country. Inah Kim and her co-founder, Sarah Lee, started ReconnectNZ in 2016 to do humanitarian work in New Zealand but have in the past two years simultaneously turned their attention to North Korea.

    We kept our conversation as unpolitical as possible to focus on the humanitarian difference Inah’s wishes to make. The origination aims to help Koreans connect and understand each other despite the four-kilometre-wide demilitarized zone that separates them. Inah went to North Korea in 2016 and 2017 to do research, connect and learn about the culture and its people to be able to bring balance to the stigmatised public perception.

    The young founder speaks very fondly about the people she met in North Korea, the country and her personal connection to the nation but doesn’t glorify the regime, although she feels that this it’s often its only identity in the media.
    It’s been a challenge to orchestrate this from across the border where advocating for communism is illegal and any positive portrayal of North Korea may be misinterpreted as such.

    • 37 min
    Seoul 2 - Corporate Korea

    Seoul 2 - Corporate Korea

    What happens when a country democratises and modernises in half a century? South Korea’s development is an impressive history of exponential growth and hard work, but in the last decade the manufacturing sector has been struggling and the corporate business sector forced to rethink and innovate.



    This episode’s guest, Reagan, has made a profession out of exactly that, advising, consulting and teaching Korean businesses and students about corporate strategy and innovation. The official image of Korea is a dynamic, global and high tech society, but making it in the Korean business scene is complex as foreigners aa they are considered decorations, not talents, as Reagan puts it. 

    In this episode, we talk about the homogeneous Korean society, how diversity leads to collaborations of ideas and Korean laws, bureaucracy & top-down culture

    • 46 min

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