It had all started so well. Recently I got speaking to a nice Korean girl and we were getting on so well that we exchanged numbers and got Kakao talk ids. Instead of calling it a day we continued talking and I asked if she wanted to go on somewhere. The cinema was down the… Continue reading The problem with Korean women
The latest rounds have been fired in the battle of the sexes. Far from being a land of calm, South Korea is currently undergoing a gender war. it was an innocuous t-shirt that lit the fuse for the recent conflagration. When a voice actress for a video game tweeted a picture of herself wearing a… Continue reading The battle between men and women in South Korea
1 week ago, Robert Kelly was living a fairly anonymous existence. I guess few people knew anything about him. This was until an unexpected incident involving his two kids and an unlocked door. in the interview Kelly was responding to some serious questions about the possibility of a shift in North Korean relations when the… Continue reading Professor Robert Kelly’s news interview becomes an internet sensation
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