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Gwangju Day 1: Duck & Democracy!

 


Chica Vs. Food : Fermented Skate 홍어

 

The fish

Skates are cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae in the superorder Batoidea of rays. Stingrays and skates differ primarily in the way they reproduce. Skates are oviparous, that is they lay eggs. Their fertilized eggs are laid in a protective hard case called a mermaid’s purse.


Spring Blooms at Boramae Park 보라매공원 with Milk

At long last the Cherry Blossoms 벚꽃 bloomed in Korea!  They came quite late this year because winter seemed to hang around forever! Korea has many places to view them, but one of our favorites is actually right next door to my apartment, Boramae Park 보라매공원!


My ‘Newsweek Japan’ Cover Story on the post-1979 ‘Asian Peace’ & Economic Miracle

Newsweek 3rd coverNewsweek Japan asked me to write an introductory essay for its January 4 special issue on tension in Northeast Asia (cover story to the left). Here is the link in Japanese, but I thought it would be useful to publish the original, untranslated version as well. (If you actually want the Japanese language version, email me for it please.)


Physical Therapy in Korea

 


Korean Movie Review: Dancing Queen 댄싱퀸

 

Dancing Queen 댄싱퀸 2012


The 22nd Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon!

 

 


Psy’s New Vid is a Smart Move

Psy Gentleman Single

For many who don’t understand Korean, or Korean culture, Psy’s fame seems like a fluke in the overall madness of Youtube stardom. I loved the Gangnam song because of the obvious catchiness, as well as the actual message behind the song. Again, he was clever enough to mock the glitzy lifestyle of those living in the Gangnam district – the Beverly Hills of South Korea. But most of the world didn’t care and ‘Gangnam Style’ was just known as the crazy horse dance.

Psy’s Gentleman M/V


Living Here During the North Korean Threats

 


Individuality

It’s come to the point where I can predict the answers to most of the questions I ask in my conversation classes. “What’s your favorite kind of music?” “Balla-duh.” “Who’s your favorite actor?” “Won Bin.” “Why do you like him?” “He is so sexy.” “What do you like doing?” “I like sleeping.” “What are your plans for this weekend?” “I’m going to a cafe to talk with my friends.” “What’s your favorite kind of coffee?” “I like Americano.” “Why?” “It is very delicious.” And on and on.


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