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3rd Largest Korean Diaspora Community in Western Europe is….

They say France is the 3rd largest Korean diaspora community, however, I wasn’t too impressed with what I found from the net.  I thought there’d at least be a small Korean town or a street that’s dedicated to the population (if you know one, please, let me know!), but I have yet to discover one.

What I DO know is at this moment, there are over 58 restaurants in Korea that is dedicated to French cuisine.  See the list and websites below if you want to take a stab at French cuisine in Korea.  Gangnam has over 20 restaurants alone.

The first contact of Franco-Korean relations


The Contemporary China–Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 2: Differences

imagesThis is the second half of my series on the analogy of China today with Germany in 1914. This was originally written for the Lowy Institute in Sydney. China today = Wilhelmine Germany is a pretty common analogy in international relations writing, especially in the op-ed ‘literature’ on China. I thought it deserved a little more deconstruction given how much we use it.


The Contemporary China–Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 2: Differences

imagesHere is part one.


My Latest for Lowy: “On the Contemporary China-Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 1: Similarities”

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There is so much analogizing of contemporary China to Wilhelmine Germany (here’s yet another one), that I thought a longer treatment would be in order. I wrote this originally for the Lowy Institute, whose blog I write for.


My Latest for Lowy: “On the Contemporary China-Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 1: Similarities”


About K-Pop in Europe (an interpretation)

As it may not be common knowledge yet, I was teaching Italian secondary school students in Ireland for a month for pocket money while spending the summer here with Herself and +1. It has been fun.

Of course I explained to them that I did not actually live in Ireland, and that I was a resident of Korea (no not North, South). This got a reaction sometimes, and other times it didn’t. The students I was teaching were nice, with a decent standard of English, but I was lucky to have the higher levels, as there were other teachers who were considerably less fortunate. But anyway.


Korean Unification 1: it will cost WAY more than people think

 


Morgan Tsvangirai, not the EU, should have Won the Nobel Peace Prize

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The EU? Over a guy regularly facing down death-threats, bullying, and intimidation from one of the worst dictators on earth? Boo to the Nobel Committee for missing this obvious choice.


Featured on prAna.com: Quit, Sell, Pack, Move, Live, Learn & Love

About a week ago I got a message from a staff member that runs the prAna (sustainable clothing) Facebook page and was asked to do a piece for their blog! Being a big fan of the clothing line and owning a some of the gear myself I was honored by the offer. I was asked to write a reflection piece of our travels so far and why this adventure has been key in our happiness and visions for the future.  If you have a moment, check out my addition to their page via the link below! While you’re there, I suggest checking out the convertible pants….awesome.


Say Ron Paul Won…Which US Allies would get Retrenched? (2) Japan?

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Here is part one where argued that America’s 8 most important allies are, in order: Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Israel, and South Korea.

I argued for 3 quick-and-dirty reasons for that ranking, but I got some criticism on these in the first post, so here is some elaboration :


Korea 1997 & the Greece mess today


Trying to look back at the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Twenty years ago this week the war in Yugoslavia began its most horrific stage, the destruction, slaughter, and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia Herzegovina. Can you remember where you were at this time in 1992? I was still in primary school. Many of the students I teach now in the university where I work were no more than a year or two old. Irish people were more concerned that they wouldn’t be getting Yugoslavia’s berth in the European Championships, than the fact that the country they would hopefully replace was about to experience the worst atrocities in Europe since the Nazis.


China’s Counter to the Asian ‘Pivot’ (2): ‘Swarms’ in the Pacific


Korean National Identity: Comparisons to Israel, France, & the US


The Korean-German Unification Parallel; plus Blackwater … the Game?

Quick IR test: name that dictator!


The World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had A Minute To Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love

Yes, it has been a while, but fortunately you may all rest easy, the World Famous If I Had A Minute To Spare  Global Caption Competition of Death and Love has returned, this time with a cherry on top. They cherry, you ask, is an  extra caption to be competitive about.

They’re at it again, those pesky Europeans, kissing in public. Benneton’s add compaign almost coming through here with a picture of Nicholas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel about to make their better halves a little upset.

So, if you could, a caption please:

 

As always, the winner of the competition will get a free subscription to If I Had A Minute To Spare and a pat on the back from me.

May the best caption win!!!


Islamists, nazis….or the joy of going back to square one-Europe edition

Recently in Europe there have been a lot of talk about the rising of the right wing extremism. (with the recent Norwegian massacre…among other things.)   

Yes people, I am proud to announce you that nazism is back in fashion! This winter take your favourite black boots and brown shirts out of your closets as this seems to be the safe bet…if safe means not having to swimm for your life out of a small Norwegian island. So, show off your most beautiful swastika…svasticah… I never know how to write or pronounce that word…I guess I am not aryen enough to be able to master the nazi vocabulary…weirdly enough I have no problem pronouncing “al qaeda” or “sharia law”…amazing isn’t it? they made it so easier for the rest of us…


NATO’s Biggest Problems in the Future will be Internal, not External


Letter from Korea, May 2011

Suwon, South Korea
24/5/2011

 Dear Ireland,

The summer is upon us. Of course we all have different ideas of what the summer is. For me, it’s the holidays. This June, I will be working through my summer holidays but don’t worry; I have two months of holidays so working through them isn’t as big a catastrophe as it might sound. This summer I will be in Dublin (What of the letter from Korea?  Well perhaps I’ll compromise). Every summer Dublin fills with Europeans students who come to study English. This summer will be no different. I make a living out of this.


Listen! The Pharaohs Are Laughing!

 An Egyptian boy holds a megaphone while chanting anti-government slogans in Tahrir Square the afternoon of January 31, 2011 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests continued unabated in Cairo January 31, as thousands marched to demand the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)  Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Egypt Protests In Cairo | NowPublic Photo Archives http://www.nowpublic.com/world/egypt-protests-cairo-1#ixzz1ClfYjrfj“‘We want a leader who has used public transportation.’” (The Second World, p. 201) Put that on a placard!


Brian Deer on the Wakefield Autism Scandal

I’m really pleased Russ Roberts stepped outside of his usual economics beat, to talk with Brian Deer on Autism, Vaccination, and Scientific Fraud about the Andrew Wakefield controversy. It’s a real public service.

Before Deer’s inquiries, Wakefield had appeared to all the world to be an independent, if controversial, researcher. Tall and square-headed, with hooded eyes and a booming voice, he was the son of doctors (a neurologist and a family practitioner), had grown up in Bath, a prosperous, west-of-England spa town, and joined the Royal Free in November 1988, after training in Toronto, Canada. His demeanour was languid – he was privately educated – and, born in 1956, he was a lingering example of the presumed honour of the upper middle class.


Earthcircuit Exhibition: One Long Road

Date: 
Friday, December 17, 2010 - 19:00

Earthcircuit presents an exhibition of their travels from London to Seoul - overland through Russia.... photography, video and word -  see their website or their facebook group for more details... The location is at Ruff Namsan Studio and Bar:l001_01


Ozawa Unplugged

One aspect of Confucian culture that can make me cringe is how it allows both elderly curmudgeons and comedians to really express themselves in their dotage after lifetimes of slavish thrall to convention. Ozawa Ichiro has finally revealed his inner comedian. It’s time to put him out to pasture.

“I like Americans, but they are somewhat monocellular,” the former Democratic Party leader said. “When I talk with Americans, I often wonder why they are so simple-minded.”

Ozawa didn’t elaborate on what aspect of Americans made him compare them monocellular organisms, a term also used to mean shortsighted or dumb.

(…)


Artsy Weirdness from Pyongyang

Believing is seeing, and when the Dear Leader sends ‘Flowers for Kim Il Sung’ abroad, we see the DPRK as he wants us to see it.

The unique show is the result of a close cooperation between MAK and the relevant ministry in Pyongyang. The curators in Vienna had to find a “consensus” with the North Korean functionaries, says MAK director Peter Noever. The most sensitive pieces were the 16 portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jung Il, Noever says, explaining that it took a long time for the museum to persuade the skeptical North Koreans to let them include the portraits in the show.


American Business Turns Sour on China

James Mann punctures the inevitable “truthiness” of the freer trade position with a report on how “Corporate America Turns Against China”.

American and European companies have vied for centuries, through all of China’s upheavals, to dominate what used to be called “the China market.” Now, increasingly, China wants to keep that market for itself.

It opened up to foreign companies in the 1980s and 1990s not because it believed in free trade or because it thought the visitors were wise and wonderful, but rather because it wanted their technology and know-how. But China no longer needs the multinational companies as it once did. The Chinese government has proved ever more adept at running an industrial policy that privileges its own companies, many of them state-owned.


Red Links, 6-03-10

A lot of opinion this week, and none of it pleasant. Even more depressing is the realization, that most of the solutions offered for stem rust, financial reform, or cyber warfare, start with solons ruling uncharacteristically wisely, like hitting a bulls eye.


A Left-Libertarian Solution for BP’s Disaster (Video)

Centrism, “getting the job done”, pragmatism, whatever. I want the right response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But, it’s not an ideological target I’m looking for. So, why then, does Byron King try to scare taxpayers with his homily on BP’s sainted role in the American economy?

And for as much as people in the U.S. are thinking this is a British company, this is really an American company as well. Out of 80,000 worldwide employees, over 30,000 are in the U.S. Of the stock market ownership, about 40 percent of BP shares are owned by — by — you know, within the U.S.

And BP is the largest oil producer in Alaska. It is half owner of the Alaska pipeline. It’s the largest oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico. Globally, BP produces over four million barrels of oil equivalent per day, which is about 5 percent of the total global world oil output.


We Owe Our Prosperity to Blackbeard

First, there was the "invisible hand". Now, Peter Leeson has discovered the "invisible hook"! Although I'm wary of theories purporting influences upon American political thought or the Constitution, Leeson's economic perspective on 17th and 18th Century piracy in the Atlantic is based on primary documents and provides a cogent comparison to the current Somali episode. What [...]

Now, Europe Is Interesting

The Somali [Coast Guard's} exploits have not just been that interesting until now. The [freedom fighters] receive their information by satellite phone and use sophisticated equipment to locate their targets, Cadena Ser said. The intelligence report also said that the [rowdy marines] seem to avoid attacks on ships of some nationalities, including British ships. It listed several attacks [...]

In defense of the Somali pirates

I am an unabashed fan of the scrappy pirates of Somalia. These tiny bands of rag tag fisherman on speedboats and pontoons have been wreaking havoc on countries both big and small for several years while their coastal waters slipped into further ruin at the hands of those very same powers.Piracy emerged in Somalia following the collapse of the government there in 1991. With no authority to police

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