Tag Archives: Books on Korea

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation By Michael Breen Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 4, 2017) When it comes to writing about Korea—its people, culture, and history—there is no one better up to that onerous task than Michael Breen who has devoted most of his life observing and writing about […]

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Book Review: Letters from Joseon

Korea in the late nineteenth century was a turbulent time. John Mahelm Berry Sill, the American Minister to Korea from 1894-1897, couldn’t have asked for a more difficult posting. In that time there would be the Sino-Japanese War, the Gabo Reforms, the murder of a Korean queen, and the subsequent refuge of King Gojong in […]

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“I love the smell of tear gas in the morning….”

  It smells like a demonstration. Back in the day, in this case, back in the early 1990s, one sure sign of spring in the air was the smell of tear gas in the air. This photo was taken of riot police wearing their Darth Vader-like helmets at a demonstration in Chongno outside of the […]

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Korean Health Care

As it turns out, after visiting the doctor again today (the third time in less than a week) I am not only suffering from Acute Bronchitis (I’ve never coughed as much in my life as I have this past week; I’ve never coughed so hard that it made my back hurt) but also Chronic Sinusitis. […]

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Kimchi chocolate, anyone?

You can find all kinds of neat stuff at Namdaemun Market in Seoul; even Kimchi Chocolate!

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