Kissing

French kisses out?

It's one thing to cancel a festival - even a kimchi festival! - but it's not nearly as drastic-sounding as this move from France:

Hands get shaken; hands get kissed. And the light cheek-to-cheek peck, known as "la bise," is a social greeting, woven in at the very youngest age.

Some observes joke that before the French could ever give up such social graces, pigs would fly.

But then ... swine flu.

With official publicity campaigns about the H1N1 virus, to directives on avoiding practically any close encounter of the corporal kind, the country has been put on alert as the flu season gets under way.


Creative Korean Advertising #18: “Keeping Couples Happily in Love for Years”

In the spirit of all the kissing suddenly being featured in Korean advertisements? Regardless, in a magazine format it’s an amusing and effective way to get an otherwise mundane product noticed. And the slogan is quite apt too, as Perioe’s original “Keeping couples happily in love for years” may well bring some alternative products to mind, neither [...]

Korean Sociological Image #13: The Kiss

It’s amazing how quickly things can change in Korea sometimes. Granted, you’re unlikely to see an eye-catching kiss akin to the above on primetime TV at the moment, but at the rate things are going then it won’t be too much longer. It was only at the end of May that Shin Min-a (신민아) for instance, [...]

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