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The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea

Harvard University Professor Ezra Vogel visits The Korea Society to discuss the monumental new political history he co-edited, The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea. South Korea was mired in poverty in 1959, yet by 1979 was gaining significant economic influence both regionally and globally. Park is credited with modernizing South Korea, but at a huge political and social cost. The state was predatory yet technocratic, reform-minded, yet quick to crack down on dissidents in the name of political order. The chaebol received massive government support to pioneer new growth industries, even as a nationwide campaign of economic shock therapy—interest hikes, devaluation, and wage cuts—met strong public resistance and caused considerable hardship. UC San Diego’s Stephan Haggard describes the work as “remarkable...[it] will establish itself as the most significant work on the Park period.”

For more information, please visit the link below:​policy/​policy/​the_park_chung_hee_era_the_transformation_of_south_korea.html

Cast: The Korea Society

Suicide in Korea

Yonhap, Via Associated Press

High Profile Suicides

This topic has been on my mind lately simply because this past week has been filled with stories of well-known people committing suicide. Just this morning I read that Seoul United FC football player Chung Jong-kwan had hung himself in what many believe to be because of his involvement with a match-fixing scam.

What initially caught my attention to the high suicide rate in South Korea was reading this initial article last Monday about Song Ji-seon, a presenter on a cable sports channel who got some attention earlier this month when she  put  a message on Twitter hinting at plans to kill herself, causing a wave of people to contact authorities who then went and found her asleep after she had taken some sleeping pills. Last Monday she finally claimed her life by jumping from the window of her apartment. The reason? A rumored romance with Doosan Bears pitcher Im Tae-hoon, that he has denied.

Destination: Korea Queer Culture Festival 2011

Author’s note: in compliance with the requirements to photograph the event, all faces have been blurred to an unrecognizable level, and names of the performers were not revealed. While Korea has a few gay celebrities, the stigma is such that one might lose their job, their position in the family, and more just for being gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgendered.

Top 10 Strange Korean Foods

Korea is famous for Kimchi and Bulgogi, but is also home to a variety of lesser known dishes that are definitely worth tasting. Here's a list of the oddest foods available in Korea, a must try for everyone visiting the peninsula!

10 - Intestine Blood Sausage with Vermicelli (순대-Soondae)

10 Mag's May Cover Story: The Way of Tea

ARKP Episode 12 – Do We Want More than Just Idol Music?

99:46 minutes (45.68 MB)

This week’s events have brought the show down to a bit of a sad note, but I hope you don’t let that stop you from enjoying the show as usual.

Download link for Episode 12


DMZ Panmunjom Tour

Tuesday 24th May, 2011

I was fortunate enough to get a seat to do the DMZ/ Panmunjom Tour at the last minute. These tours book out months in advance and when I found out we were going to Seoul, Tiger told me about this tour that Barry, her husband did a few years back. On the tour, they take you to the border, where North and South Korea meet. With abit of research, I found afew tour companies that did this tour. I heard great reviews about one company in particular called USO, but unfortunately, they were completely booked out. So I emailed a few other agencies and TOURDMZ got back to me a day before we set out to Seoul. They told me there was one available seat for Tuesday 24th and all I needed to do was send back a reconfirmation email and my name would be down for the tour. I could pay my W120,000 fee on the day. I just had to remember to bring my passport with me. Sweeeeet! I was SO EXCITED!!!

Busan Annual Softball Charity Event (Spots available)

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 09:00

Busan Annual Charity Softball Event

On June 12th and possibly the 18th, I'll host the annual charity event with all proceeds going to the Shin-Ae Rehabilitation Center and Orphanage. Its always a lot of fun and we get a great turn out and raise a lot of money for people who do great work. I have a lot of roll-over teams and space is limited but Im attempting to expand the event (notice the 'possibly'), so I'm soliciting interest and we'll see what happens. You can sign up as a single player, a group or a whole team.


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