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· May, 2007

Stories about South Korea from May, 2007

South Korea: Cheonggye vendors to be displaced again?

Jamie from Two Koreas blogs about the displacement of Cheonggye vendors from the old Dongdaemun Stadium. As more money is sunk into the Seoul property markets, redevelopment becomes very political.

Starcraft shook Korea again

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...

Jesus will turn down 1,000won for the donation

“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’...

Korea: 518, Gwangju Massacre

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...

Korean sex trafficking: past and present

Korean sex trafficking: past and present. A blogger wonders why the past is a bigger deal than the present in Korea, linking to a news article, “Enslavement of women persists...

North-South Korean Train

“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...

Korean dishes

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?

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....

Why should Korean women not do military service?

Why should Korean women not do military service? A blogger, Donald Duck, made a funny cartoon based on his experience. The conclusion was it would mean young women would disappear.

Teachers’ Day in Korea (2)

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...

McDonald’s coffee better than Starbucks?

McDonald’s coffee better than Starbucks? A blogger, tbook, introduces a news article and explains why he (she) avoids Starbucks (among one of many reasons) [KO, EN].

South Korea: Bird Starvation

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?

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...

Korea: Teachers’ Day, the heaviest burden?

“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?...

Make sure you grow while you sleep!

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...

Korean Singer, Rain vs American Comedian, Stephen Colbert

American comedian, Stephen Colbert, talks about the Korean singer, Rain, and even tries his song in Korean in his show. A Korean blogger seemed to like Clobert's Korean song.

Korea: AIDS and single mothers in Korea and the power of soap operas

AIDS and single mothers are not easy topics in Korean society. Single mothers mean sex before the marriage and are not moral. AIDS is regarded as the result of dangerous...

Korea: Living as descendants of Japanese collaborators in Korea

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...

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,...

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...

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