Stories about South Korea from December, 2010
North Korea's state-run television broadcasted its first Western-made film, a heavily edited “Bend It Like Beckham”. The British soccer film contains North Korea's taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion. British Embassy in Seoul tweeted it is ‘the first western live-action film ever aired in North Korea, arranged by...
South Korea’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a law that bans the spreading of false information online is unconstitutional in a petition filed by a famous online blogger ‘Minerva’, who was indicted for causing disruptions in markets with his false reports. Twitterers, such as @jasmin4243[ko], bloggers, and civic groups have welcomed the ruling.
South Korea Defense ministry has decided to label North Korea as its “enemy” from its newest defense white paper, reflecting the intensified military tension between two Koreas. Some of South Korean twitterers, such as @sohjiroll[ko] considered the decision as appropriate, but worried it may not be a smart move.
Giving preferential treatment to prestigious school graduates is South Korea's chronic disease. @Heoyeonism tweeted a North Korean defector's comment that North Korean defectors who went Kim Il-Sung University, one of the top universities in N.Korea is more likely to get a job in South than other defectors.
As the mouth and foot disease spread around South Korea, the government ordered farms to slaughter their cattle, including yet healthy cows and pigs to slowdown the wide spread the disease. @Biguse tweeed a photo of healty cows having their last supper just before being culled.
As tensions in Korean peninsula intensified by yesterday's military drills, protesters in Seoul went out to the streets to demonstrate various anti-war performances, with slogans like ‘Peace to Korean peninsula’ and ‘Halt the vicious cycle of violence’, Catholic magazine ‘Here now’ posted photos of protests.
The top stories among Chinese communities in Northeast Asia in 2010 can be summarized in two words: Peace and Conflict.
South Korean military exercises were underway today near the disputed waters with North Korea, who threatened Seoul to strike back, raising more tensions in the Korean peninsula. The Korean people, who have had one of the toughest days in recent weeks after the Yeonpyeong incident that killed four South Koreans, sighed with relief as the day came to a close without any conflict breaking out.
From Cheonan incident in March to the latest North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong island, Global Voices took a look back at the year’s hottest keywords that have been widely circulated over Korean internet venues.
A cold snap has lingered in South Korea for several days now, marking the lowest temperatures of this winter. Twitterer @Ssanmart, in line with other Twitterers, shared how cold the weather is by posting his photo of a jean frozen at a standing position.
In South Korea, as new applications offering the free internet phone calls via smart phones became available, the nation's two largest communication companies have decided to limit the use of mVOIP(Mobile Voice over Internet Protocol). Consumer groups, such as an Apple user group, ‘Smart Store'[ko] have started protesting against the...
A serious debate on the free school meals system has swept South Korea this week, as a minority opposition party succeeded in passing a bill through parliament that expands free meal coverage.
In South Korea, as the ruling Grand National Party rammed next year's budget bill through parliament today, not a few injuries have reported amid fierce protests from opposition sides. @Malsuda tweeted chaotic scenes of national assembly where the rival parties physically clashed with ruling party members to block the bill's...
Diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks raise the possibility, among other things, of reunification on the Korean peninsula. The US government's response to the cables, meanwhile, raises questions over online freedoms; asks one netizen: "if information that threatens America gets blocked, then what about information that threatens China's security? Why shouldn't China block that too?"
The ‘350 Concert’, in line with the ‘350 campaign’ that works to reduce the carbon concentration level in the air from current 380-390 parts per million to 350ppm, was held in Seoul today. Numerous artists and celebrities have made appearances at the event and many Twitterers, such as @BKHomin have shared photos of the event.
The latest attack by North Korea on South Korea has put Japan on the alert. Is it the beginning of a war? Will it be Japan's turn next time? Or is it just a ‘beat-up' created by both conservative and alarmist media alike? People in Japan are alarmed but don't know what to think.
After an artillery attack by North Korea on a populated South Korean island which killed four people and turned the island into a ghost town, offers of help for the desperate islanders have come pouring in. About 800 refugees are staying in one of finest spa facilities, thanks to the generosity of its owner.
At Desolation Travel, Jane Keeler writes about North Koreans in Russia.
People in Russia's eastern-most region Primorsky Krai followed the news of an exchange of fire between North Korea and South Korea on November 23 with special concern over the possibility of war.
A WikiLeaks’ page reveals South Korea's former Vice Foreign Minister bad-mouthing Chinese nuclear envoy in front of U.S. Ambassador as someone who “knows nothing about North Korea, nothing about nonproliferation and is hard to communicate with because he doesn’t speak English.”