Tag Archives: My Life That Was Korea: 1990 – ?

Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — 2017

Another year in Korea. Twenty-seven and counting. It’s this time of the year when I wax nostalgia and feel homesick the most. And more often than not, I find myself waxing nostalgia for the time when I first came to Korea. Recently, my friend and book designer, Anna Takahashi, redid the cover design for Waking […]

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Twenty-five Years Ago this Month

Twenty-five years ago this month, I taught my last class at ELS, a language school in Seoul near Kangnam subway station. On November 27, 1992, I said goodbye to my colleagues at ELS and left for Kimpo. I would be back six weeks later, teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute. The two years I […]

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Shootout in the JSA

We had ourselves a little incident in the Joint Security Area (JSA) this week when a North Korean soldier defected to the South. This was the story reported by CBS News: SEOUL, South Korea — Four North Korean soldiers fired about 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first […]

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Nuclear Blues

Bradley Martin, the man who wrote the book on North Korea with his Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader, was in Seoul recently at What the Book? Bookstore talking about his new book, Nuclear Blues. His new book is a thriller set in North Korea that has everything from evangelists running around, nuclear missiles, a […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part III

This is Part III of a five-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired by Barry Lancet’s The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about “the scariest place on the earth.” Did someone say road trip to the DMZ? That’s what happened in August 2000 when I was invited back to the JSA, […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part II

This is Part II of a four-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired in part by Barry Lancet’s The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about the DMZ and JSA. Summer 2000. Somehow I had talked myself into writing feature stories about the 50th anniversary of the Korean War for the Korea […]

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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 Trailer for Bureau 39

If you’re going to promote your book these days, you need to spend a lot of time on social media. Just posting a link to your book on Amazon or wherever else that it is available is just not going to work. You need a video. Specifically, you need a book trailer. Of course, you […]

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Bureau 39: The Beginning

Many people have asked me how did I come up with the story for my latest novel, Bureau 39. The story of Frank Mitchum chasing down an old Army buddy in Korea while trying to cut-off North Korea’s funding for its WMDs started out as a story about a murder in Itaewon, which was based […]

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Bureau 39 — An Excerpt

WRAPPED IN LAYERS of threadbare rayon and vinylon, Kim Min-hee shivered on the shore of the frozen river and hoped she wouldn’t have to wait too long. After traveling for almost two days to get there, she had lain low for another day to watch for military patrols, and had been unable to light a […]

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