David Lee

David Lee

David Lee is a contributor to Inkstone and the South China Morning Post.

When will social distancing end? Keep an eye on South Korea
It has been almost two months since South Korean soccer club Incheon United were supposed to play their first match of the season. But in that time, South Korea – once the coronavirus outbreak’s first major epicenter outside China – has stabilized its infection rate to the point that the country’s professional teams like Incheon United can play again, albeit to an empty stadium. “Fans were ecstatic when they heard the announcement, even if they’ll have to wait a little longer to actually watch the matches inside the stadium,” said Jih Won-ik, a social media manager at the club. “We might get the go-ahead from the government to open games with 10% or 20% of the maximum audience capacity of 20
Beating Covid-19: How Hong Kong and South Korea did it without lockdowns
Three months after reporting their first cases of the novel coronavirus, Hong Kong and South Korea are showing communities throughout the world that there is light at the end of the tunnel. On Tuesday, Hong Kong confirmed four cases of Covid-19, continuing a week-long run of single-digit case numbers. The city has reported 1,029 cases and four deaths since reporting its first infection on January 23. The totals for South Korea, which reported nine new cases on Tuesday, stood at 10,683 confirmed cases and 237 deaths. In both cases, there have been suggestions that the achievements, if sustained, could lead to an easing of social restrictions.  Seoul has said that while its social distancing
Tokyo, Melbourne, Hong Kong: the world’s safest cities
Antte Alatalo had a surprise when he first walked around Seoul at night. There wasn’t anything to fear. The Finnish exchange student, 23, said the experience was in contrast to European cities, which were often unnerving after dark. “I have never felt isolated walking alone in Seoul as there are always other people strolling around in almost any part of the city, even late at night,” he said, adding “I have never seen a fight breaking out since I came here.” Among Alatalo and other international visitors, Seoul’s reputation as a safe city has been steadily gaining for years. The bi-yearly Safe Cities Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked it the eighth safest city in the world in 2
Godfrey Gao death prompts questions of celebrity exploitation
The death of Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao has prompted questions about whether the Chinese and South Korean reality television industry exploits celebrities to satiate audience hunger for evermore extreme situations.  Gao died of sudden cardiac arrest in November during the shooting of Chinese reality show Chase Me – a spin-off from South Korea’s most popular reality show Running Man. In both shows, cast members competed in races and missions every week that involve physical activities such as running, hiding and chasing each other. Gao fell and lost consciousness while making the show, after reportedly suffering from the flu and working for 17 hours before his death. Chase Me was canceled af