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Video of Author Panel w/ Michael Breen, Jeffrey Miller, & John Bocskay

A discussion of contemporary Korea with authors Michael Breen ("The New Koreans"), Jeffery Miller ("Bureau 39"), and John Bocskay ("Culture Shock! Korea"), moderated by Steve Feldman, and followed by audience Q&A and book signing. 


KoreaFix: Korea This Week – September 25th – October 1st


No Kids Allowed

An increasing number of cafes and restaurants around Korea have been closing their doors to young kids in recent years, in response to complaints from customers about the oft-noted laxity of many parents in reigning in their rambunctious young ones. The trend started in Seoul some years ago but has spread to other parts of the country, as noted in this recent Jeju Weekly article.


Get Real: We’re Not Going to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea. We’re Going to Manage It

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This is a local re-post of an essay I published earlier this month at The National Interest.

President Trump’s outlandish UN speech was yet another national embarrassment, and his threat to ‘totally destroy’ another country verges on a war crime. And it’s not in our interest to do that anyway, so let’s start thinking practically about how we’re going to manage this mess.


Yeouido is a large island in the Han River in Seoul

 

Yeouido is a large island in the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, which contains five parks. Visit in April to see the Cherry Blossom Festival held in the streets of Yeouido. 

Otherwise, my favorite park would probably be Yeouido Park (여의도공원) because it’s so large and I love seeing the contrast of the public park in Seoul’s main finance and investment banking district. The area is home to some of Seoul and South Korea’s tallest skyscrapers, including the International Finance Center Seoul, the Federation of Korea Industries building, and the iconic 63 Building.


The Wide Gap between South Korean and American Media Coverage of North Korea

 

 

This is a re-post of an essay I wrote earlier this month for the Lowy Institute.

Every time there is a war crisis around North Korea, I notice the wildly different coverage between US and South Korea media, with the former being too alarmist and the later 

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Learning to Live with a Nuclear N Korea: Awful, but Better than the Alternatives




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We live Pakistani nuclear missiles; we can live with North Korean ones too.

This is a re-post of an essay I wrote for the New York Daily News a few weeks ago, at the peak of the summer war-scare.


Korean Baseball 101: Way Beyond the Bat Flips

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Baseball in South Korea is more than a game. It’s akin to a religion. American missionaries first brought the sport to the peninsula in 1905, and the country absolutely loved it. Today, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) features 10 teams and a unique sporting culture all its own. The city of Busan and its hometown Lotte Giants have a particularly passionate fan base. From the hitters’ flashy bat flips, to the team’s famous “cheermaster” and its unlikely American super fan, consider this is your crash course on the joyful madness that is Lotte Giants fandom.

This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis.


Bombing North Korea would be a War of Choice




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This essay is a re-post of a piece I wrote earlier this month for The National Interest. It is an extension of the arguments a made earlier in the month, that North Korea is not in fact an existential threat to the United States. And that wonderfully scary photo is courtesy, naturally, of the Chosun Ilbo.



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