· October, 2008

Stories about South Korea from October, 2008

SketchPAN: World without Words

  30 October 2008

SketchPAN, a service from Korea, aims to create a easy platform for people to express themselves with paintings. In the world without words, language is no longer a barrier for users around the globe.

Korea: Rise of ‘No Reason for Murder’

  29 October 2008

A South Korean man who was not satisfied with himself and society attacked a gosiwon and killed six people in an arson attack and knife in the middle of Seoul.[En] His hatred against this society, mistreatment since childhood and long term odd-jobs, led him to kill innocent people who stayed...

Korea: US$100bn Package for Stabilizing the Market

  25 October 2008

South Korea's government has agreed to guarantee foreign-currency borrowing by the country's banks to help stabilize financial markets. The announcement doesn’t bring positive views from netizens. The netizens also have different interpretations. 불과 금요일까지만 해도 정부의 은행지급보증은 일말의 가능성에 불과했다. 유럽에서 너도 나도 지급보증 들어가서 지급보증이 멍멍이 짖는 소리처럼 들리는...

Korea: North Korea, no longer a terrorist-sponsoring state.

  18 October 2008

After the US government announced removal of North Korea from the black list in October 2008, how do South Koreans think about this decision? Some netizens see this as a good chance to build up better relations between North and South Korea and expect a further step for reunification. 미국이...

Korea: Hangeul Proclamation Day

  14 October 2008

On the 9th of October, the day to celebrate the creation of the Korean writing system [Hangeul] returned. Since it was canceled as a national holiday, every year there has been a voice arguing that it should be made again as a national holiday, so that people can recognize the...

Korea: The Death of an Actress and…

  11 October 2008

The death of Choi Jin Sil, who has been regarded as a ‘national actress,’ gave a big shock to Korean society. Her image has been like a self-righting toy, from her poverty in childhood to a renowned actress, and from the failure of marriage with a big scandal to the...

Japan and South Korea: Cross Media Ownership

  7 October 2008

Niphonese translated some bloggers discussion about the change of regulation on cross media ownership in Japan and its implication on freedom of press by looking into the experience in South Korea.

South Korea: School Violence

  7 October 2008

Korean Beat translated two survey news reports concerning school violence in South Korea: 80% Jump in school violence and parents survey on school violence.

South Korea: Choi Jinsil

  3 October 2008

Famous South Korean actress Choi Jinsil committed suicide on 1 of October. Ask a Korean! pays tribute to the Choi with a brief account of the actress’ life history.

Korea: From Hero to Eccentric Man

  1 October 2008

In 2004 a student, Kang Ui-seok, was expelled from Daegwang High School for disobeying an order to attend chapel service at the school. He filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and went on a hunger strike that lasted 36 days to urge the school to...

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