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My ex-boss, internet etiquette and unfortunate placement in the Korea Times

I worked for 2 years at a Min Byoung Chul English Hagwon in Seoul.  As hagwon jobs go, I was treated well and learned a lot about Korea and teaching there.  Dr Min, a minor celebrity in Korea took pretty good care of us.

I thought he had lapsed into obscurity, but perhaps not.

From the Korea Times:

The “Sunfull” Campaign began as a preventive measure to combat cyber bullying by removing anonymous negative comments on online message boards and to encourage people to instead post positive ones. Since it began in May 2007, the Sunfull Movement Campaign Office said Sunday the number of “Sunfull” or positive messages, posted on its website ( exceeded 500,000 as of Nov. 1.

Say Sayonara To Dry Lips

Lately, I’ve been noticing how so many people walk around with dry lips.
It bothers me just to see it, so I can only imagine how uncomfortable it must feel.
Dry, Flaky, Cracked Lips are not good~ For the people who have them or the people looking at them.
Here are a few quick tips to help you get rid of chapped lips and turn them kissably soft.

To heck with the customer.

The Joongang has an article about eating octopus and the amount of cadmium in octopus heads.

First, it should be clear and obvious that fish and other predators, like octopi, will carry more harmful chemicals than herbivores will.  This is true for chemicals that don’t dissolve in water and accumulate in fatty tissue.  DDT is the most famous of these chemicals, but many pesticides and other compounds also have the same characteristics.   A small fish or shrimp contains a small amount of whatever poison.  A larger fish eats ten small fish and now has ten times the poison.  An octopus eats ten of these larger fish and now has one hundred times the poison of the original small fish.  Eating predators is a risker business.

So, the title of the article, “Can octopus heads be hazardous to your health?”, is quickly and easily answered.

Michelle Rhee Resigns from the DC School District

The lighting rod Michelle Rhee, the now former D.C. schools chancellor, resigned suddenly from her post.  She had been an agent of change who disrupted the status quo of the failing D.C. school districts.  She brought great rigor and dramatic changes that rocked the system and also created a few enemies along the way.

Helping A Hangover: Prevention and Recovery

Koreans like to drink.
Soju, Tequila, Whiskey, Wine~ Pick your poison.
Unfortunately, there can be some negative side affects when you drink too much:
Bad Hangovers and a Red Face are two bad ones that come to mind.
This may not work for everyone, but here are some tips to prevent the horrible hangover, what do if you get a hangover, and how to prevent the dreaded Red Face while drinking.

    I like the Donga Ilbo

    But seriously, Tweeter? (My bolding)

    Far East Movement Makes it to #1 on iTunes

    Must be fly to be the Far East Movement. Last week they accomplished something that many people wouldn’t have thought could happen: an Asian-American hip hop group going #1 on the iTunes singles charts. Damn! That is truly impressive. In the world of Kanye, Jay Z and Swift, FM is changing perceptions and demonstrating that if you’re music is good, then maybe your ethnicity is discounted. Who knows but it’s a great first step. It’s kinda cool that the video starts off with a mix of ethnicities downing the Korean choice of drink, Soju, at a Korean restaurant.

    Back To Basics: Brushing Your Teeth

    For the past week, I’ve been struggling to learn something new:
    How To Brush My Teeth.
    No, I’m not a gross girl who doesn’t brush her teeth… but I have apparently been brushing my teeth the wrong way… my whole life!
    It doesn’t matter how great you look or how white your teeth are if you don’t
    have clean and healthy teeth.
    -Improper brushing can lead to

    1 in 10 Asian-Americans Have Hepatitis B

    Do you have Hepatitis B? Did you know that 1 in 10 Asian-Americans have Hep B. Chronic hepatitis B is known as a “silent killer” because it can slowly destroy the liver over time without causing noticeable symptoms. As the world’s leading cause of liver cancer, HBV is second only to tobacco among known human carcinogens. Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent experience the greatest burden of the disease in the United States. Although Asian Americans comprise only 5 percent of the U.S. population, they represent more than half of the estimated 1.4 to 2 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B in this country.

    Asian-Americans Climb the Fashion Ladder

    It’s Fashion Week in New York and the city is abuzz with the latest cuts, designers and models walking around.  The New York Times took notice of something different and that’s the recent rise of Asian-Americans in the fashion world, and I’m not talking about the manufacturing.

    Richard Chai Kicks Off Fashion Week in New York

    Korean-American fashion designer, Richard Chai, kicked off Fashion Week with his rhapsody in blue and khaki.  Richard recently won an American fashion award for best new designer for men’s wear.  He’s been featured as one of the hottest designers from GQ to the New York Times.  And apparently he didn’t disappoint during his showcase last week.

    No Joking~ Stop Smoking!

    PK is Now on YouTube

    Our funny man, friend and leader of the Korean world in Los Angeles is now on YouTube. PK’s got his own brand channel at He’s also the man who created the very successful Kollaboration which is now rolling into towns like Tulsa. Support our buddy PK!


    Burn Baby Burn: Sunburns

    You wanted to get a nice dark tan while laying out and you ended up getting burned.
    You should know better than to skimp on the SPF, but I’m not here to lecture you (or I’ll try to refrain….)
    The Damage is done (literally), so here a few tips to help you deal.

    What did Lucy’s Daughter Have for Dinner?

    Dikika Research Project, California Academy of SciencesWhat did Lucy’s daughter have for dinner? Perhaps it was beef and mutton.

    The new stone-tool-marked fossil animal bones from Dikika have been dated to approximately 3.4 million years ago and were found just 200 meters away from the site where Alemseged’s team discovered “Selam” in 2000. Dubbed “Lucy’s Daughter” by the international press, Selam was a young Australopithecus afarensis girl who lived about 3.3 million years ago and represents the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor discovered to date.

    The UNSC Cheonan Statement Is a Gift the US Doesn’t Deserve

    I’m not surprised. Dismayed, yes. But, strangely I feel vindicated.

    Friday’s U.N. Security Council statement condemning the March sinking the South Korean warship Cheonan, but not fingering the culprit, may look like another example of the grubby compromises required to close a deal here.

    But it could have been a lot worse.

    In the final stages of the closed door negotiations of the text, North Korea’s veto-wielding champion, China’s U.N. envoy Li Baodong, sought to gut the statement of any language that even hinted at North Korean responsibility, diplomats familiar with the talks told Turtle Bay.

    Red Links, 6-17-10

    Obama Can't Save UsBritain, BP, Kyrgyzstan, the human genome, and Iraq – this week’s newspaper combines the sobriety and idealism I love about this newspaper.

    Stay Away from the White Rice

    Diabetes SymptomsThe good news is, that my wife switched us to brown and black rice over a year ago. The bad news is, will I ever eat in a restaurant again? According to a battery of researchers at Harvard, white rice and adult-onset diabetes stick together like refined white rice kernels. Brown rice will do, but there are less harmful alternatives.

    Red Links, June 11, 2010

    Sarah in Righty-Tighty LandI decided it was time for another feature. Since The Economist is my one remaining subscription, which means it’s my newspaper, I should be more forthcoming and deliberate about my opinions toward it. I’ve read the weekly newspaper since March 1985, and here’s a record of my comments. So, here are this week’s leaders:

    Stay Clear of the White Folk

    A Declaration of War

    I guess I’ll have to find some peaceful, sleepy American Koreatown full of “studious” “kimchi-eaters”, to stay clear of those angry white people.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the Census reported that babies of color accounted for more than 48 percent of the total amount of children born between July of 2008 and 2009.

    Casey Dying at Bat on Stage (Video)

    WTF, America! It’s laudable to hold Americans and American shortcomings up to public ridicule during an election year. But, why does it have to take the form of a comic routine? I don’t just mean Jon Stewart’s “tour-de-force“. I mean, why does every form of American public culture have to take the form of a loner facing the camera, the crowd, the odds? The talking head in the studio facing the camera isn’t Casey at bat! Or, a stand-up comedian bombing on stage.

    And, can anyone tell me why Nikki Haley deserves this free advertising?

    Americans need more pugilistic and football references in their political culture!

    Another Gulf Coast Tragicomedy

    It’s not just BP and Deepwater Horizon that are sullying the Gulf waters. The Federal government has its own kind of skill for scandal. Again, though, I have to go with this commenter (and, this comment raises a good point before descending into rage):

    After Katrina, the undocumented workers participating in the reconstruction efforts became the victims of exploitation and the targets of violence, not because they were taking jobs, but because their status left them with little legal recourse. Undocumented workers often carry large amounts of cash and don’t feel safe going to the police.

    The Wrong Reason to Fire Helen Thomas

    I agree that former White House correspondent Helen Thomas’ odious comments about Israel’s conduct of the Gaza flotilla operation warranted her dismissal. It wasn’t just that this episode is startling in the context of her usually banal performances. Her tenure, after she shattered the glass ceiling for women reporters, was also an affront to meritocratic norms. She epitomized all the selfish scorn for democracy any politician she mocked did.

    And, she was very banal indeed in the context of some of these comments, particularly this criticism of Israeli democracy.

    It All Goes China’s Way

    Wen Charms the Ladies

    China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, startled some old ladies and Japan’s premier with his sprightliness. That makes two Wen two for two mollifying the region.

    Surprise: employees want days off

    Well, duh.  From the Chosun Ilbo:

    Three out of four office workers are in favor of substituting national holidays that fall on a weekend during the working week, a survey finds. In the poll by the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute of 1,000 office workers released Tuesday, 767 were in favor of substituting holidays that fall on weekends.

    An easy job, I think

    The Korea Times needs a copy-editor.  I’m not sure what the requirements would be for that job.  Print Kang Shin-Who’s crap with editing, would seem to be part of it.

    Returning to Brian in Jeolla, his ‘shoddy journalism’ reports seem focused on the Times as well.

    UPDATED:  Kushibo shows why it would be an easy job.  Perez or Paris?  He or she?

    Some catching up on news around Korea

    After a nice long weekend with the computer off, it's time to catch up with the news around the area. While a few are kind of laughable, most are worth noting:

    Daily dose of Korean news

    From across the K-blogosphere comes news, views, and other information you might wish to intake.

    The Joongang Daily (HT to ROKDrop for first post) tells us about how much police time is spent on drunk people:

    According to the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency, officers at the city’s
    58 police precincts handled 54,925 cases of drunk pedestrians between January
    and May, or some 364 cases per day. Handling drunks can take up a third of the
    task of an average officer. Police precincts that handle Busan’s most crowded
    and busy areas - Seomyeon, Yeonil, Jeonpo - complain that there are so many
    drunks that they completely clog up their daily tasks.

    The Busan police department estimates that the nation’s police spends at

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