· October, 2006

Stories about South Korea from October, 2006

Korea: North Korea spy case

  30 October 2006

Robert Koehler in Marmot's Hole blogs about the details of spy case against the general secretary of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) and a former DLP central committee member.

South Korea: witchhunt?

  29 October 2006

Kotaji reports that the national security in South Korea started to prosecute Democratic Liberal Party's members for spying for North Korea.

South Korea: expatriate experience on screen

  26 October 2006

Robert Koehler at Marmot Hole introduces a film, “Expats”, in Pusan film festival. The director Wonsuk Chin's goal is to introduce Korea to Amercian audience: Korean Wave films are doing well in Asia, but there hasn’t been a substantial American movie filmed here in decades.

Japan: allow Japanese nukes

  23 October 2006

Mutantfrog comments on the idea and argument on Washington Post that the US needs to allow Japan to arm themselves with nuclear weapons to protect against North Korea: I’m frankly surprised at how bad his reasoning is in this column, how much it sounds like the writing of an enthusiastic...

Korea: Mount Geumgang Tourism project

  19 October 2006

Occidentalism summarizes the buzz over Mt Geumgang tourism project. Reports said that Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill demanded the supension of “inter-Korea project” as a part of the sanction against North Korea nuclear test.

South Korea: diaspora

  17 October 2006

Jodi introduces two documentaries in Pusan festival about Korea diaspora in Russia, Cuba and the U.S.

Korea: Ban Ki-Moon and North Korea

  17 October 2006

Citizen reporter Hyejin Kim from Ohmynews puts together analysis related to North Korea's response to the appointment of Ban Ki-Moon as United Nation secretary general.

South Korea: sex trafficking

  16 October 2006

Micheal Hurt continues to blog about the sex trafficking issue in South Korea: Prostitution is on of South Korea's biggest service industries and its most embarrassing export, in terms of prostitution in its most pernicious and vile form – forced sex trafficking.

South Korea: migrant film festivial

  16 October 2006

Jamie from Two Koreas blogs about the migrant film festivial in Seoul: There is an interesting range of films here about migrant workers, and not solely in Korea but in other countries around the pacific, from Taiwan, to Canada and Malaysia.

Northeast Asia: Nuclear test

  10 October 2006

Sun bin blogs the google map on the North Korea Nuclear test and summarizes the test information. In South Korea, there were much discussions in the blogsphere (although I can only get access to English sources). Jodi observes her South Korean friends’ reactions the test: Not surprisingly, however, was the...

South Korea: labour relation road map

  9 October 2006

Jamie has an update on the recent labour conflicts and relation: a road map is drawn by the government concerning the relation between business, government and labour, which is considered as a setback on labour conditions.

South Korea: foreign actors deported

  6 October 2006

South Korean immigration authorities have handed down deportation orders for actors David Anselmo and Clinton Morgan, both of whom appeared in blockbuster “The Host,” for violating Article 20 of Korea’s immigration law. Robert Koehler's advice is: next time you engage in activities outside of your visa status in Korea, make...

South Korea, Taiwan and China: Scandal in Beijing

  6 October 2006

The concert, Scandal in Beijing, by Korean pop star Kangta and Taiwanese singer Vanness Wu at the National People's congress hall last month has irritated some conservative netizen. According to Robert Koehler in Marmot's Hole, the netizens were a bit upset at the government for allowing the artists to turn...

South Korea: culture and development

  3 October 2006

R. Elgin in Marmot's hole blogs about the Seoul city plan to build a five-story shopping mall in Isa-dong district (an old district near the palace. Elgin concludes that “the message from Seoul City Government seems simple: Money = Korean culture. “