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Michael Hurt
Michael Hurt is a photographer and professor living in Seoul,
Korea. He received his doctoral degree from UC
Berkeley's Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies and also started the
first street fashion blog in South Korea in 2006, having covered Seoul Fashion
Week and the Korean streets since 2007. He is also author of "The Seoul Fashion
Report," the first photo book about Korean street and runway
fashion and runs an online magazine extension of the book. He is assistant professor at the Busan University of Foreign Studies teaching both Korean Studies and other culture courses, and also director of the International Education Center and the Critical Cultural Studies Program there. He is also the chair of the fashion division of the World Association for Hallyu Studies, housed at the Research Institute for Korean Studies at Korea University. His pictures can be directly followed on Instagram under the ID kuraeji.

Entries by Michael Hurt

On Korean Christian Homophobia

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:09 AM

As a professor, photographer, and visual sociologist living in Seoul, South Korea for the last 13 years, I felt it was my duty to offer a little bit more depth to the photoreportage and paucity of analysis going on around the seemingly crazed antics that surrounded the recent...

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The Romance of Seoul and the 'New Korean'

(7) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:05 PM

A long time ago, in a Korea of another age, Seoul was a truly conservative, extremely reserved place where people didn't hold hands and certainly never hugged or kissed in public. But Korea has developed into a consumer economy based on choice, freedom and the ability to indulge...

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Korean Coed Street Fashion at Ewha Woman's University!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:16 PM

This is the second installment in a series introducing key fashion neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea, which has become quite a fashion hub and a hotbed of street fashion, although you may not have heard  this yet. It's my goal to familiarize Western readers  with the fact that parts of Seoul...

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Christmas, Gangnam Style!

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Christmas, Gangnam Style!

Well, not really. This post will not be exploring back down below the Han River, but will be looking at the particularly Korean nature of Christmas. But if it has to do with rapid adoption of Western culture or mass consumer culture, you know  Gangnam...

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Move Over, Harajuku, Now There's Hongdae

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:10 AM

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In recent years, Korean street style has become something of a cultural marvel and treasure, due to the unique mixture of a Korean desire to stand out from...

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Everything You Need to Know About Seoul Fashion Week

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 1:19 PM

...besides the fact that it took place and ended two Mondays ago, right between the news cycles for Hurricane Sandy and for the American presidential election?

The first thing one needs to know about the Korean fashion industry is that despite the fact that the moniker "Seoul Fashion Week" hasn't...

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True 'Gangnam Style' Fashion

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:54 PM

Any explanation of Gangnam must start with the fact that it is not so much a place, as much as it is an aspirational concept for many South Koreans. It is a symbol for an entire lifestyle, a developmental dream come true for a country that was basically no different...

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