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Korea is: One Long-Termer Says Farewell

Worries and Wishes: A Korean Soldier Considers the Call-Up for War

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By Bumhyun Kim

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you’ll know that the North Korean regime has been stepping up their usual threats. As usual, the Western media is indulging in its typical fear-mongering while the Koreans living right below the dictatorial insanity are shrugging their shoulders and going about their lives. I’m one of those Koreans.

Surviving Senior Year in a Korean High School (and getting into SKY)


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By Bo-kyung Byun

Halfway into my senior year, I decided I’d had enough. After spending two and a half years in high school trying to keep up with my workload—sleeping erratically, eating comfort food at night to stay awake, and spending the rest of my time glued to my seat hunching over piles of books—I could feel myself slowing down both physically and mentally. My joints creaked whenever I moved. My mind was constantly groggy. So I decided to perk myself up by working out. From that day on, I woke up at six in the morning and jogged for an hour at a gym near my house before going to school.

The Phnom Penh Post–7D: Cheapening the Experience of Life Abroad


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Po Box 1901
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Fortune Telling? Use Some Logic for the Year of the Snake


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By Tom McGregor

When I grew up and moved from Washington D.C. to Texas, I felt isolated for many years. To fill my time, I would play a game, where I would randomly pick up newspapers, magazines and other printed materials that showed people’s faces.

Church, Volunteer Organization, Cult? The Nebulous World of Korean Religious Movements



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By Donald Kirk

The populist spiritual yearnings of Koreans can be difficult to fathom. Just as K-Pop has taken off from Tokyo to New York, Korean religious movements draw adherents worldwide over seemingly insurmountable barriers. Cults and cult-like groupings proliferate. They fill a spiritual void beyond the bounds of traditional churches and temples.

Clubbing with Khmai Teenagers in Phnom Penh

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By Scott Liam Soper

The youth have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations—all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently.   Aristotle 

From ‘Gangnam Style’ to ‘Dartmouth Style’



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By Elena J.

The front gate at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Phnom Penh Tour by Cyclo: A Beautiful Intrusion

Editor’s note: A slightly modified version of this was published in The Phnom Penh Post

By Scott Liam Soper

“Without architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”–Frank Lloyd Wright

A cyclo tour group whizzing past the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun and Alexander Crook/Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh Newsbriefing: Street 282

By Mizaru

Oh, the city’s a fire a passionate flame that knows me by name. Oh, the city’s desire to take me for more and more. U2

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