From the Scene

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking? Don Kirk on China’s Refugee Dilemma

By Donald Kirk for 3WM

​The Chinese by now must be getting the message. How long can they pretend not to hear the shouting and singing from all those people on the steps of the church across the street from their embassy around the corner from the Blue House and the Gyeongbuk Palace in central Seoul. Don’t tell me that row of police buses lining the street in front is blocking all the sound waves.

Travel Scam Artist to Face Criminal Charges March 13

By John M. Rodgers

On Tuesday, March 13 at 10:40 a.m., travel agent and serial scammer, Kang Wan Koo (aka Wystan Kang, aka Joseph Kim), will stand trial for fraud and embezzlement at the Seoul Eastern District Court. It has been a long time coming with scores of victims bamboozled out of more than a 170 million won ($150,000) over the period of at least a year according to the Prosecutors’ Office who finally arrested and detained Kang on February 13.

How to Get Justice Korean-style–Cash Only (Pt. 2)

By Lee Scott

Read Part 1 here.

Nowon Police Station.

The Bright Side of SMOE English Teacher Layoffs


By Achilles

“I don’t like teaching English!” said “Sally” to the class. “Matt” said the same. And then “Lisa.” And so it continued for an entire week.

Sunday Morning in Itaewon: For Whom the Hell Rolls

By The Expat

Itaewon:  You bring me back to my roots.

Itaewon:  I love you and hate you.

Itaewon:  As long as you’re there, I’ll keep coming back.

At the top of 'Hooker Hill' Sunday morning, Itaewon.

The Korean Look Travels Well in China


By David Wills

How to Get Justice Korean-style–Cash Only


By Lee Scott

Part 1

Directing ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’–An Interview with Quinn Olbrich

By Ernest Lee

Director Quinn Olbrich

Andrei Lankov on Stealing from the State to Survive in N. Korea

By Andrei Lankov for 3WM

The largest factory in the far northeastern city of Hoeryong is Taesong tobacco plant. It is one of the few factories which has continued its operations throughout the disruption and chaos of the last 15 years. It is also quite a popular place to get a job, the locals work hard to secure a job at the factory.

The PVT Fisher Case: Conflicting Statements, Shoddy Speculation and an Elusive Witness

By Jamie Grimwood and John M. Rodgers


The Three Wise Monkeys is in possession of new evidence suggesting firstly, that PVT Andre Fisher was incarcerated largely based on what was perceived to be conflicting testimony and that secondly, there is a crucial witness to events of 18 and 19 November 2010, the days of the crime. It is believed that this individual, a member of the US Army, matches the description of the person seen fleeing the 2010 crime scene where the alleged aggravated robbery of a Korean taxi driver took place.

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