· May, 2007

Stories about South Korea from May, 2007

Starcraft shook Korea again

  20 May 2007

The computer game, Starcraft, shook Korea again. The CEO and designers of Blizzard Entertainment visited Korea and revealed ‘Starcraft II’ in public. For the first place, they chose Korea and made a special version in Korean for Korean gamers, the biggest contributor to make the game popular for the last...

Jesus will turn down 1,000won for the donation

  20 May 2007

“Jesus will turn down 1,000 won (US$ 1) for the donation,” lyrics of a church hymn[ko]. The video clip shown the song of a church has been leading to bloggers’ arguments, criticizing the corruption of Korean Christian churches and criticizing misunderstanding the lyrics on the other hand.

Korea: 518, Gwangju Massacre

  20 May 2007

It was 518. A number Koreans don’t forget. Blogs were filled with ‘518’ for several days in order to commemorate the Gwangju Massacre (Gwangju Democratizaion Movement) on the 18th of May, 1980. A blogger, thirdtype, posted a five minute video clip and the stories of the deceased. Bloggers, like qts,...

North-South Korean Train

  17 May 2007

“Give me a train ticket for Pyongyang” Koreans express their joy for the North-South Korean train through internet cartoons and gatherings. See the moment the train finally operated today from Munsan in South Korea to Kaesong in North Korea. Against the festive mood, families of people who have been abducted...

Korean dishes

  16 May 2007

This blog has put together recipes for some famous Korean dishes. If you don’t read Korean, try to guess the ingredients from the photos.

Should all handicapped people not have been born?

  16 May 2007

Lee Myung-bak, former mayor of Seoul, South Korea and a presidential candidate, answered a question about abortion for a newspaper “Fundamentally I am opposed, but there would be unavoidable cases. We should accept inescapable abortion like when fetuses have obstacles.” Bloggers show how handicapped people would feel and snapshots of...

Teachers’ Day in Korea (2)

  15 May 2007

Different perspective about Teachers’ Day in Korea, to add to the longer post on the left side. An English teacher in Korea shared her joyful experience of Teachers’ Day and her teaching experiences with Korean students on her blog.

South Korea: Bird Starvation

  15 May 2007

R. Elgin from Marmot's Hole blogs on the Korea government project on turning wetland into farmland in the past 15 years, which leads to bird starvation and extinction.

South Korea: FTA Renegotiation?

  15 May 2007

Jamie from Two Koreas quotes from local newspapers on the possibility that the Kor-US FTA will have to be re-negotiated to better take into consideration a number of labour and environmental issues.

Korea: Teachers’ Day, the heaviest burden?

  15 May 2007

“What anniversary imposed the heaviest burden on you?” This was the topic of a poll at a discussion section of a portal site in Korea on Parents Day. Guess what? The highest number of votes went to Teachers’ Day. May 15 is Teachers’ Day, for appreciating teachers in Korea. But...

Make sure you grow while you sleep!

  14 May 2007

Make sure you grow while you sleep! Tall people are popular in Korea. Korean parents and young people are always keen on finding methods of being taller. A blogger introduces several methods: The more darkness in your room the better. Don’t eat at night. Don’t work out right before you...

Korea: Living as descendants of Japanese collaborators in Korea

  11 May 2007

On the second of this month, the Korean government decided to take over land belonging to the families of nine Korean collaborators of the Japanese during the Japanese colonization period (1910-1945). Their land, 255,000 sq.m, which is estimated at 3.6 billion won (4 million US dollars), will be taken from...

  11 May 2007

Living as a primary school student in South Korea: “I got two wrong answers on the math test. I was distressed. I was thinking about jumping out of the apartment, but I felt sorry for my mom.” That was what a girl in second grade casually said in an interview...

  11 May 2007

Ahead of the December presidential race in Korea, Park Geun-hye threatens boycott of GNP primary election and proposes giving 1,000 votes to Lee Myung-bak in exchange for maintaining the original agreement on keeping primary rules intact. A blogger calls it a ‘cheap negotiation’ (ko).

Korea: Conquered by Spiderman

  10 May 2007

Korean movies are conquered by a spider man from the U.S.A.! The Movie, “Spiderman 3″ occupies more than 30 percent of all screens of Korean movie theaters, 816 screens. It brought out the issue of monopoly of Hollywood films in Korean movie theaters and people who are engaged in the...

Korea: 90-day girl

  10 May 2007

“I just live for 90 days” Holding a written sign, a pretty girl stands in the middle of one of the most crowded streets in downtown Seoul. She sometimes walks around without any expression. A blogger, rlaalswjdwjd, posted a video clip of the girl and wonders who this “90il nyeo”...

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