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Donating Blood In Korea

So My Story

The reason I started writing this post was because I went into a center here in Daegu and was a bit shocked at how adamant they were about not letting me donate.


What Korea Needs from its New Prez: Liberalization

ParkBefore President Park’s inauguration, the Korea Times asked me to participate in a forum of ‘foreign experts’ (don’t laugh too hard) on her incipient presidency. We were asked to make one direct suggestion for the new president. Here is the section at the KT website. I know several of the authors, and some of the op-eds are pretty good (too many are shameless pandering though). Unfortunately, my accepted submission was not published in this section, published after the inauguration, and edited far too heavily. (They never told me why; maybe this.)

Anyway, below is the original version of the op-ed, where I basically argue that Korean democracy is becoming a Seoul-based oligarchy of wealthy, intermarrying business and political elites – basically the dark side of Kangnam style. Someone in Korean politics needs to turn this around, or under-40s in this country are going to ‘drop out’ Timothy Leary-style. There’s a quiet crisis of youth alienation brewing, but no one in ‘Kangnam world’ seems to care.


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


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