Look Corner: “My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀)”

English Title: My Sassy Girl
Korean Title: 엽기적인 그녀
Year: 2001
Genre: Romance
Director: Kwak Jae-yong (곽재용)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available
My Rating: 2 out of 5

I like a good romantic comedy. Next time I’m in the mood for a rom-com, you’ll likely find me rewatching Friends with Benefits, Just Go With It, or Crazy Rich Asians. In fact, the rom-coms Hellcats (뜨거운 것이 좋아) and 200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워) were some of the first South Korean films I ever watched. So, it’s only natural that I wanted to give fan-favorite My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀) a watch. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Korea: The Impossible Country”

Title: Korea: The Impossible Country
Author(s): Daniel Tudor
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Apple Books Link

It’s harder than one might think to find an English-language history book about Korea that (a) goes into reasonable depth about the topics discussed, (b) is not an academic work, and (c) is not ideologically skewed. Many readings of modern Korean history are either very pro-U.S., bolster a right-wing nationalist interpretation of events, or, commonly, both. For those in search of a fair-minded, nuanced modern history of South Korea aimed at a general audience, I would highly suggest Korea: The Impossible Country. Continue reading

Register, register, register!

If you don’t live in Alaska, Rhode Island, or Washington state then you still have time to register to vote. Lifehacker recently wrote up a great article discussing voting myths:

The midterm elections are only a few weeks off, and if ever there’s a time to participate in the electoral process, it’s now. But as of November 2016, only 70 percent of U.S. citizens over age 18 were registered to vote, which means that more than 65 million people who are eligible to register have not done so. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Sex Object: A Memoir”

Title: Sex Object: A Memoir
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
Apple iBooks Link

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Having reviewed ‘He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut’ and Why Have Kids?, I promised to review feminist author Jessica Valenti’s memoir. And, here we are! The title received some backlash after its initial publication, although I cannot quite understand why. Although provocative, many women are pulled into feminism after being on the receiving end of sexism that reduces them to sex objects. In my view, the criticism of the title demonstrates that people still don’t understand that fact. Continue reading