Archive | South Korea RSS feed for this section

Is Hollywood picking on Korea?

You might think so if you happened to read a story in the Digital Chosun Ilbo today about Hollywood’s rough treatment of Korea in movies.According to the article, “another Hollywood movie is stoking criticism of U.S. attitudes toward Koreans.” The romantic comedy Because I Said So, which was released in Korea last Thursday, “features a […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Have you ever seen the “mud rain?”

I’ve seen some pretty bizarre weather in my life, but not as bizarre as it was yesterday which was reported in a story by the Dong-A Ilbo. “As it is dark already at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sejong-no, Seoul, cars with headlights on are creeping along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. On the afternoon of March 28, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Stale Suds

For someone who’s been known to hoist a fine barley and hops brew now and then, imagine if you will taking a deep swig of your favorite libation and realizing that it has gone bad.Chances are, if some of your favorite American or other international brewskis were purchased by bar owners from Namdaemun Market in […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Murder on White Day

You hate to read about domestic violence turned tragic when someone’s life is taken, like an article in The Korea Times today about a woman who killed her husband on White Day after they had a quarrel, but you think someone could have come up with a better headline.Sounds more like the title of some […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

A new home for USFK

After years of debate and controversy about USFK’s (United States Forces Korea) large military presence smack dab in the middle of Seoul, it appears that yes, indeed a large number of forces are finally going to be relocated to Camp Humphreys in Pyongtaek about 70 kilometers south of Seoul.According to Yonhap News, work will soon […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Spam for the Chinese New Year

Today is Sollal—the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year—in Korea one of the nation’s most celebrated holidays and noted for the mass migration of families to their hometowns and subsequent notorious traffic gridlock on the highways.Equally celebrated to a lesser degree is the giving of gifts (which is also done at Chusok, Korea’s Thanksgiving […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Some quiet time in Daejeon

After all the travelling and things I have done since I left Korea last September I now have some quiet time before I start teaching on March 2nd.It’s nice to finally be able to unpack my suitcase and have a place that I can call home for the next year.Of course, I probably couldn’t have […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

World Best Airport Hub?

Some things never change even when you have been away for awhile.Coming into Incheon International Airport on Wednesday night I saw this huge sign advertising Incheon as the “World Best Airport Hub” as well as similar signs on luggage carts and airport service trucks.Gee, you’d think if you are going to plaster this slogan/message everywhere […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Six weeks to go…and a bit of soul-searching in Seoul

I think the hardest part of leaving a place that you have called home for almost 16 years is lying to rest the ghosts of your past and saying good-bye. Saying good-bye to friends and colleagues, some that you have known for almost as long as you have been in Korea is hard enough, but […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

North Korea Fires Their Missiles

Woke up this morning and learned that overnight North Korea had gone ahead and fired their missiles as they said they would. Well, that is going to be the big news of the day and make everyone a little nervous I suppose. It is going to get everyone scrambling to find some sort of diplomatic […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →