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Without resorting to long-distance Alignment and local Agree that parallel OT adopts to deal with vowel harmony(VH) as assimilation through autosegmental spreading, this paper claims that (non)-adjacent VH in Korean ideophonic words can be achieved in a gradual mode under Harmonic Serialism(HS). In general, Korean vowels show a dark [+ATR] vs. light [-ATR] alternation. All vowels, no matter where they occur, are targeted to VH. However, non-initial high front vowels are always transparent to VH while non-initial high back vowels vary in their behavior, i.e., transparent to VH sometimes and optional in VH some other times. In serial OT, prior to harmonic feature propagation, Licence compels a floating feature-size morpheme to dock onto the prominent word-intial syllable and Share forces to spread the harmonizing feature rightward. VH processes of linking and spreading necessitate a separate path through Gen and Eval under gradualness, a unique asset of HS. In essence, (non)-adjacent Korean ideophonic VH is well couched into the HS's major spirit of gradually improved harmony.