Stories about South Korea from February, 2008
Ampontan has a very elaborated post on debate and discussion about the registration of intangible cultural heritage at UNESCO among China, Japan and South Korea.
Companies that check how many times you go to the toilet ... What do you think? A post on a Korean blog about companies that monitor their employees every move, has received interesting responses.
Korea Beat has a post on local reactions concerning the President Lee Myung-bak's English education policies.
Newcham has an interview with lawmaker Shim Sang-jung, who is in the process of building a new political party.
While Koreans are waiting for the new administration after the presidential election, the ambitious policies of the new administration and the burning of Namdaemun (South Gate) in Seoul seem to cause Koreans to build up uncertain trust toward the administration.
Chamnews reports about Korean Haagen-Dazs’ workers protest against the company's outsourcing and restructuring policy.
Korea Beat translated a local report on the phenomenon of “dark tourism” to the scene of the Namdaemun/Sungnyemun fire.
Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole posts the new design of city hall complex in the heart of Seoul city.
Jamie picks up the editorial from local newspapers on the worsening income inequality situation in South Korea, with some back ups from 2007 statistic.
Namdaemun, the Great South Gate (called Namdaemun or Sungnyemun), which was established in the 14th century, was ravaged by a fire that broke out on the 10th of February. It was was the city’s main entrance from the south when Seoul became the capital of Korea more than 600 years...
A Korean student recently wrote a lengthy post about her experiences adapting to college life. Her comments apparently struck a chord with many others, and responses flowed in. Her post and the reactions of other Koreans show how some netizens think about issues like fitting in and individuality in Korea...
CINA posts the video produced by seoulidality on the history of irregular worker movement and the recent crack down of migrant worker organization by the South Korea government.
Korea Beat translated a report from local media on netizens’ response to the Namdaemun Fire.
Yi shao from my1510 imagined how would the government respond to the Sungnyemun Arson if it happened in X country rather than South Korea? Obviously no government official would step down and all the responsibility would be taken by the suspect. Moreover, in the official media, the government would become...
Sewing from Marmot's Hole introduces to the readers brief historical background of the Gates around Seoul city.
South Korea's Grade One National Treasure Namdaemun was destroyed in fire last night. Korea Beat collects local news source on this suspected arson.
New Year! It’s a big holiday in Korea. People return to their hometowns and worship their ancestors. People gather with relatives whom they haven’t seen for a while. For entertainment and respect for ancestors, preparing meals is a big job. Now New Year has produced a new symptom, ‘New Year...
Morgan Pitelka from frog in a well blogs about a symposium on “early modern” periodization in East Asia. There is an interesting debate about comparative history.
When you encounter people or behavior against social norms, what do you do? If it is especially from the underage, do you feel some responsibility to do something as an adult? Would your concern be taken as as pure as you intend? A netizen on a portal site asks for...