· September, 2007

Stories about South Korea from September, 2007

Korea: Myanmar and Korea

  28 September 2007

How do Koreans think about the Myanmar situation? Interestingly, many bloggers strongly feel an attachment to this situation and link it to Korean history. The Myanmar situation reminded some bloggers of their own experiences in the 1980s of Korea. 고등학교 시절 까지 줄곧 미얀마라는 곳을 버마라고 부르기 시작하면서, 버마는 내게...

South Korea: Dokdo's Logo

  27 September 2007

mins0306 from Marmot's Hole report that Dokdo's Logo in the Korean Internet sites has made Chinese government unhappy. Dokdo is an island in North East Asia and its sovereignty is still in dispute.

Korea: Stiffer for Sex Offenders?

  27 September 2007

In a major portal site in Korea, there is a section for ‘Today’s Debate.” One of the topics on the 25th of September was Korea’s launching of a new policy of ‘electronic bracelets for sex offenders.’ The following post generated hundreds of responses, touching off a big debate. 본론에 들어가기전에...

East Asia: Military Threat

  25 September 2007

James from Japan Probe posts a survey conducted by GlobalTalk 21 on Chinese, Japanese and South Korean people's imagination of the source of military threat.

Korea: Blood Type and Personality

  22 September 2007

Researchers at Yonsei University’s graduate school announced that they just finished a research program on how personalities differ by blood type. Based on 50 research projects on the patterns of blood types by domestic and foreign scholars, they added scores if some reports show the same contents with generally known...

Thailand: North Korean Refugees in Thailand

  20 September 2007

Bangkok Pundit responds to the criticism that Thailand is singling out North Korean detainees for harsh treatment. North Koreans fleeing the desperate conditions in their country are increasingly using Thailand as a transit point to South Korea.

South Korea: Against Disabled Discrimination

  20 September 2007

Suh Jung-Hwan from Voice of the People reports on the openning ceremony of a new organization, Solidarity Against Disabled Discrimination, in September 5. The ceremony ran parallel with the government-led ceremony of Disabled People's International World Assembly in order to criticize the government’ hypocrisy on disabled people's rights.

Korea: Moon Festival Symptoms

19 September 2007

The Moon Festival is approaching and that means Koreans are debating certain issues related to the festival. People join the long lines of traffic as they had back to their hometowns. And more and more people are heading abroad. While some people enjoy meeting family and relatives they have not...

Korea: Scandalous Photo and Media Freedom

  15 September 2007

In an earlier post (Bogus-degree and Success, July 14th) I reported on debates about a woman, Shin Jung-ah, who became infamous for holding a bogus degree and eventually ran away when she was exposed. While police and media have been busy figuring how she could attain such a high position,...

Korea:Debating the Adultery Law

  12 September 2007

What do you think about ‘adultery’? Is it a world used to justify marriage and maintain the marriage system in society? In Korea, adultery is illegal. Debates are now raging over whether the law should be repealed. A blogger (non-Korean) summarizes the appeal against the adultery law and the real...

Korea: After the Release – Abductees in Afghanistan

  5 September 2007

Finally, the 21 Korean abductees returned to Korea. While people are pleased to see them in good condition, there are numerous criticisms about them. It seems that their attitudes and the church’s reaction after their release have brought out more arguments. In addition, how to deal with the amount of...

Korea: Is being good-looking a privilege?

  2 September 2007

‘Eol-jjang’ is one of the modern internet terms in Korea that was made in 2003 and indicates ‘best face’ (eol: eol-gul à face + jjang à top, best). It refers the best-looking person. A teenager who is considered an ‘eol-jjang,’ turned out to be a criminal – she had been...

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