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Skinheads of Korea, Tigers of the East

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This photo-essay presents a journey into the musical underground of Seoul. It explores the intersections of patriotism, globalization, and cosmopolitanism in the Korean punk scene. Skinheads oscillate between reclusive nationalism and a more encompassing global outlook. Rather than resolving the ideological contradiction implied, in their music, lyrics as well as their provocative poses they refuse to be contained by a singular ideology. Instead, their self-respect is built on being both part of a global history of a youth subculture as well as on being Korean.



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