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National Geographic — December 1979

One of my prized possessions is a 1979 issue of National Geographic that I bought on eBay to remind me of what it was like to come to Korea in 1990. It was late summer 1990. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Die Hard 2 and Ghost were two of the summer’s hottest movies, and I had […]

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Picture of the Day: Portrait of an Artist

Seoul’s palaces are a magnet for artists and photographers, especially in autumn and winter. I snapped this photograph ten years ago on one of my visits to Kyongbok Palace which was not far from where I was teaching at the time, Yonsei University. I thought this would make for a nice photo commentary in the […]

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Seoul — 2002

Came across this photo the other day of downtown Seoul and the Kwangwhamun area. This was taken right before President George Bush’s visit to South Korea (I would later be part of the press pool at Osan Air Base where Bush delivered a speech prior to departing).

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Stopping by a snowy palace on a winter day

Who cares if this was taken in March. It’s still snow. It still looks like winter.

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm

Literally. This was my first morning in Korea, December 8, 1990. My apartment, which was located in Chamsil 2-Danji (in the background you can see 5-Danji), would be home for the next two years.

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Gangnam Style Turns Tragic

It’s not all singing and dancing in Seoul’s exclusive Gangnam district. Some times a person can get killed. Not to make light of this tragedy, but what is so surreal about this incident is the guy goes outside to “retrieve a knife” from his Mercedes. What the hell was he carrying a knife in his […]

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Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm

It’s not just a state. It’s a reality. Kindle Paperback Hardback

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Redeployment of Tactical Nukes on the Korean Peninsula?

This is the kind of news that’s going to raise some eyebrows. A lot of eyebrows. If folks in Korea were concerned about Mad Cow disease earlier this month when they took to the streets, I wonder how people are going to react to this news. Seoul officials and experts cautioned against the redeployment of […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Who’s that guy with Danny Partridge?

Give up? Guess I did have this Danny Partridge look going for me (or Where’s Waldo? sans stocking cap) when I interviewed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak when he was the mayor of Seoul back in 2004. Read that interview and other stories when I was an accidental journalist in Waking Up in the Land […]

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Stopping by a Palace on a Snowy Morning

An excerpt from my soon to be published novel about life in Korea. Snow began to fall on a late Thursday afternoon. By eight that night, when I finished teaching, there was about an inch of snow on the ground. It was coming down hard, wet, and thick and would continue to snow throughout the […]

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