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My K-Style Makeover at Jenny House in Cheongdam-dong

Over the past decade, Korea has gained a reputation for being one of the top beauty destinations of the world. Anyone who has strolled the streets of Seoul would probably agree that Koreans are some of the most beautiful, well put-together people on earth. It seems that just about everyone- including the men- has flawless skin, perfect hair and an impeccable sense of style. The world has come to realize this through the globalization of Korean dramas, movies and music and as a result, the Korean beauty business is booming, with global exports of the nation's innovative, multi-functional cosmetics increasing exponentially on a daily basis.

Busan Harbour Bridge

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A while ago I went out to see the new Busan Harbour Bridge that is in the final stages of completion. It was a walking event that was supposed to finish at 5 pm but on the day that I arrived they decided to closed early. Not a smart move for what could be a once in a lifetime event for some. At anyrate, I stayed around the gate to see if a riot would break out as there were many angry people arguing to get on the bridge. The security guards were not pleased at all.


The Sewol Sinking and the Modernization of Korea (for Newsweek Japan)

 

 

Sewol Japan Cover

The following is a story I wrote for Newsweek Japan this week on the sinking of the ferry Sewol in Korea in May. Here is the Japanese version.


Women Only Parking Spots in Korea

You might have seen a rash of articles and notes making the round on Facebook, Tumblr, and the rest of the internet recently about women only parking spots in Korea. I’ve seen a ton of them. They’re from several different places. At first, I laughed it off, then I got annoyed. This stuff was getting shared a lot. So, I wanted to chime in and try to set the record straight.

Why this is annoying.

You see, these articles that are going around – most of them, anyway – have this terribly condescending, misogynist vibe to them. They insinuate that these parking spots were introduced as a result of women being such poor drivers that they’re unable to park a car in a normal space. Some articles even said, incorrectly, that the spaces are larger than other spaces. This is all ridiculous.

What’s the real deal?

To begin with, yes, there are women only parking places in Korea. But this isn’t new! These were widely introduced many years ago. Why has this become a thing to report on and share now? Some of these articles say that the spaces are wider and easier to park in – presumably because women can’t drive as well as men. That’s also not true – all of the spaces I’ve seen or heard about are the same size as regular spaces. There’s no misogynist vibe to these parking spots.

The reality is that these are more like family only parking places. They’re for people who have babies, strollers, and things. They’re for expecting mothers. They’re for families. The parking places are simply closer to the door of whatever shop or business they’re located at.

Thankfully, Mashable caught on to this ridiculous string of articles and posted a great rebuttal. But MSN, NY Daily News, and more – along with who-knows how many social media users, spread a ton of bad information about this without bothering to check it out. How disappointing.

Check out my video about the topic below.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Leave us a comment if you have something to say!

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‘Silly Season’ in South Korea

It’s “Silly Season” in South Korea.

In my former life, as a news reporter, I got firsthand exposure to Smalltown America’s version of “Silly Season,” the time when politicians and wannabe politicians rise from the muck and mire to complain about everything the other team is doing, kiss babies, make promises, show up to every public meeting until they lose, and then never be seen again (at least not until the next election).

But, you don’t have to be a reporter to know when “Silly Season” is in full gear. At least in America, all you need to do is look at the front lawns of your neighbors, grassy street corners overflowing with signs telling voters their horse is the one to beat, and your mailbox, stuffed with postcards from D’s, R’s and everyone in between.

Korea does things a little differently, and a lot bigger.


Yongsan Electronics Market

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You don’t have to be a gadget guro, techy, or electronics lover to want to check out the Yongsan Electronics Market. This massive market sprawls behind Yongsan station and is comprised of 5 large buildings and over 2000 shops both inside and out. If it plugs in a wall or is battery operated you can find it here as well as every cord, computer part, cd, game, or gadget you could every dream of.   Electronic lovers be warned if you head to the market you may find yourself lost in the maze of shops for days. Korea is the 2nd largest electronics consumer in the world and wandering around can easily put that into perspective.


2014 Busan Auto Show South Korea

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The 2014 Busan Auto Show is happening as I upload this video. I decided to take a nice, leisurely stroll uptown to check out some of the cool rides this year. It was held at BEXCO Convention Center in Centum City and it was pretty dern cool! This was not a concept car show, but one for upcoming models. I think you'll enjoy it.
Music by: Teknoaxe Song Title: Urban Street Speak
Download Link: http://teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_3.php?q=594
Video shot with: Canon 650D/Rebel T4i Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Airlift Tripod FM18 Fluid Head RODE Videomic Pro
 

The Accidents Just Keep on Coming

A couple of weeks ago I wasted my time arguing a point on TheKorean's blog comment's section regarding accidents in Korea.  My point was that we are under no obligation to judge the reason for accidents occurring in different places equally.  Some countries are more likely to have accidents because of their culture than others and I think culture plays a huge role in the many of the accidents we see in Korea, both major and minor.

However, one would think that if certain aspects of a culture did cause more regular accidents, this would show-up in a greater number of accidents generally recorded and witnessed, the frequency should be greater.  I was challenged by a fellow commenter on TheKorean's blog to show that this is the case.

Of Men and Fear

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Under the streetlight glow, I’m walking to the next place on a Saturday night. I walk past a group of men clasping each other’s shoulders in a drunken lean, languishing down the street, blocking the path with their pace. I hear them start to make some noise and it’s directed towards me.

“Heeeeey shorty why you alone? (Oooo look at her. Where she going?) HEEEEEY~”

A cold feeling washes over me. Disgust. I choose to pretend I don’t hear them. There are too many people on the street ahead so I can’t escape. One of them gets mad.

“HEY YOU. I’M TALKING TO YOU. TURN AROUND.”


Share House Family Members Show Understanding Concerning KJW's Coming Out



 '셰어하우스' 식구들, 커밍아웃 김재웅에 이해와 배려 빛났다
Share House Family Members: Understanding and Caring Shows Concerning Kim Jae woong's Coming Out

5/15/2014

[티브이데일리 최정은 기자]
한 집에 살다보니 가족화 된 것일까. '셰어하우스' 가족들은 방송내내 동성애자로 커밍아웃한 김재웅을 이해하고 배려하기 위해 노력하는 모습이었다.

[TV Daily Choi Jeong-eun Reporting]
Living in one house is like becoming a family. Throughout the broadcasting of “Share House” it has appeared to be an attempt at understanding and considering Kim Jae-woong’s coming out.

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