· July, 2007

Stories about South Korea from July, 2007

Korea: On the kidnapped Koreans

Robert Koehler at The Marmot's Hole follows up on a series of posts looking at the plight of the 23 Korean missionaries—now on hunger strike—recently taken for hostage in Afghanistan in ‘My personal view on the current hostage crisis,’ an answer to his question: “why would 23 men and mostly...

Sympathy for Christian missionaries

  29 July 2007

After a famous actor who is respected for his morality expressed sympathy for Christian missionaries and the abducted Christian missionaries in Afghanistan on his personal homepage, his webpage was inundated with comments. [k]

Korea: Remember 5.18

  28 July 2007

History seems unforgettable. Especially tragedies. A movie that just opened in Korea brings up a piece of history, the Kwangju Uprising or Kwangju Democracy Movement (known in Korea as 5.18), and has been touted as a film Koreans should watch. The film touches on issues of patriotism, the plight of...

Reactions to kidnapping of Koreans in Afghanistan

  25 July 2007

South Korean Christian missionaries were abducted in Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, on the 19th of this month. The abductors who kidnapped 23 missionaries are Taleban fighters. The hostages were abducted from a bus travelling from Kandahar to Kabul. What the Taleban fighters demand to the Korean government is first to...

Japan: Asia-Pacific Internet Usage

  17 July 2007

Nicholls from Japundit reported on the first comprehensive review of Internet behavior covering 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region released by comScore: The average person in the Asia-Pacific region visited the Internet on 13.8 days in the month and spent 20.2 hours viewing 2,171 pages.

South Korea: nationalist photoshopping

  17 July 2007

Japan netizen found out some South Korea newspapers had done a nationalist photoshopping by erasing the Japanese National flag of a news photo – James from Japan Probe.

Korea: Bogus-degree and Success

  14 July 2007

A young female professor who was appointed as a director of one of the biggest festivals in Korea this month was revealed to be a bogus-degree holding intellectual. An art professor and supposed Yale University degree holder, she has brought a positive influence to the field of art by making...

South Korea: Fake stream, fake river, fake island

  9 July 2007

Matt blogs about the various construction projects kicked off by the former Seoul Mayor and the present presidential candidate Lee Myung-bak: pretty much every single endeavour Lee has undertaken has involved the construction industry, so simply moving everyone off their land may not be quite the handout of taxpayers’ money...

Korea: Advantages for Servicemen in Civil Service Exams?

  7 July 2007

As I wrote in an earlier posting, military service is a sensitive issue in Korea. Recently, a lawyer became a hero in Korea through his outspoken comments about these two issues. Recently, the government considered adding two points to civil service exam results for those male candidates who had gone...

Korea: Offensive foreigners

  6 July 2007

A bunch of foreigners who decided to make a drunken scene in a Seoul subway, included singing a song that degraded Korean (and Japanese) women. And then posting a video of their adventure on Youtube (all removed). Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole was very angry and speechless towards the scene....

Korea: Internet and Anonymity

  2 July 2007

Internet portal sites in Korea will use the real-name comment system (daet-geul sil-myeong-je) from this month. Two major portal sites, Daum and Naver, already started from the 27th of June, and 35 other major portal sites will implement the system this month. In Korean portal sites, internet news or blog...

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