I’m looking at the latest cover of Newsweek. A full-page headshot of a grinning Kim Jong-un stares out. His hair is flecked with several grey strands makes him seem much older. His haircut, completely shaved two inches above the ears means he is instantly recognisable. He looks almost comical, like one of Orwell’s pigs in Animal… Continue reading The other North Korea
For a small country, South Korea has a very healthy film industry. It is sometimes considered to be one of the healthiest from industries. South Korean films have always done well at the Home Box office, often doing better than American giants such as Star Wars and Titanic. The measure by which a film is… Continue reading 10 million ticket films: What they reveal about Korean audiences
A recent survey for Global Citizenship claims that South Korean young adults report some of the highest levels of dissatisfaction of any country. The study gives South Korea a net happiness score of 29%, which was the second lowest out of the 20 countries represented in the study.Yet if you look further down, you can see… Continue reading Hell Choson?
In the last few years, there have been several first point accounts of survivors who have left North Korea. Now, I don’t happen to have read all of them but I can give a fair summary of the typical scenario. Many of the recent testimonies, alhough not all, come from young women, who had to… Continue reading Why North Korea isn’t so bad
Now this post may upset people so I will ask the question straight away: Why are so many fans of K-pop music so freaking ugly? If you think about it, the fans you normally see listening to k-music, attending concerts or looking at fan merchandise are hardly attractive. But when it comes to the musicians… Continue reading Why are K-pop fans so unattractive?
It seems that Korean girls are extremely popular these days, with several websites going in to great detail about how they make the best girlfriends. I know that men are easily attracted to good looking women, but physical attraction will only get you so far. I’m not going to argue with most of the claims… Continue reading Korean girls vs Japanese girls
It’s not as cheap as people say Having said that, the food is cheaper than in most other countries. Particularly Japanese and Korean. But if you want to eat imported food, I’m sure its more expensive. Travel is cheaper than many countries, but accommodation can be expensive if you want to stay somewhere comfortable. I… Continue reading Things I wish I had known about South Korea before travelling there