Stories about South Korea from July, 2008
There is a myth that has been handed down from generation to generation in Korea. “The fan death.” If you sleep with a fan on in an airtight room, you might die. When I was a kid, adults around me always warned that I should not close the door and...
Hyejin721 from Ohmynews! writes a report on a riot police officer's decision to leave the army: “I left the army to save my conscience!”
CINA re-posts a detailed account of a peaceful protest against the government in last Saturday by an Amercian disapora in South Korea. The protest ended up in police repression and there is a call for international solidarity.
Jamie from Two Koreas highlights two recent incidents showing how the government intends to impose law and order by repressing the civil society and freedom of speech.
Ask a Korean addresses another sensitive question:Why are Koreans Hypersensitive to Criticisms from Non-Koreans?
We all know about the ‘wave’ at sporting events. You stand up and down following strangers the behind or front, or left or right sides around you. Now the ‘blog wave’ is popular in Korea. A blogger or portal site suggests an idea and starts riding the ‘blog wave.’ This...
Picking up the discussion on “Why expats in Korea complain so much?” Matt from Gust of popular feelings quotes texts from century-old history books on traveller's complaint about Korea.
Korean women worker association has an article about a symposium on Temporary Employee Protection Act.
Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole discusses about the kidnapping of 5 Koreans in Mexico. There are still a number of unanswered questions.
Deep dish TV from Waves of Change reposted Mediact's report on the South Korean government policy in suspending the community radio under the excuse of the promotion of a new FM English channel.
Ampontan looks into the Japan and South Korea relation and summarizes it into two paradigms: Busan or Takeshima (or Dukto).
CINA collects local reports and photos on demonstrations against the Japanese textbook territorial claim over Dokdo islets.
Why does Korea use iron for chopsticks while other chopsticks countries use wooden materials? What is the history of the use of chopsticks? When do kids learn how to use it? Hyejin Kim answer these and other questions about this ancient eating utensil.
A recent music video of a popular and sexy female singer Lee Hyo-lee in Korea has been a hot issue. Maybe in other places as well as in Korea, the nurse costume has been sometimes used as a sex symbol and the singer used the concept for her new music...
There is a way that South Koreans can officially and safely go to North Korea at present. It is a special tourist site that was opened for a special zone, Kumgangsan Tourist Region, in North Korea. Young people send their parents on this trip for ‘filial tourism for their parents.’...
Matt from Gusts of popular feelings blogs on the reaction on the territorial debate between Japan and South Korea over Dokdo.
Following U.S government's practice, the South Korean government started to track international students — more from Korea Beat.
Ask A Korean! explains to Roboseyo on “Why do expats in Korea complain so much?”
Newcham has written up a most elaborated report on the South Korean anti Lee Myungbak movement.
In last weekend, the Seoul streets were full again with protesters. On the other hand, conservative groups are planning for a US beef tasting party for some 10,000 people in downtown Seoul on July 12. (via Marmot's Hole)
Matt from Gust of popular feelings blogs in details about two giant developmental project in South Korea, one is Han River ‘Renaissance Plan’ and the other is the Yongsan ‘Dreamhub’.