It’s quite easy to read U.S.-based articles about the recent developments in North Korea with zero (or damn close to zero!) mentions of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and his work to use diplomacy to reign in North Korea. This is a major failing of Western media sources, and an incomplete read of the issue. Continue reading
First, a few items that I haven’t seen acknowledged by the U.S. press:
- The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, deserves most credit for this breakthrough.
- Trump’s approach to North Korea was not borne of an informed decision-making but rather knee jerk reactions.
- The Trump administration’s attention to the Korea has been inconsistent and troubling.
Between comments by NBC’s Joshua Cooper Ramo praising Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of Korea during the Olympics opening ceremony, controversy over NBC’s incorrect pronunciation of PyeongChang and a Chicago TV station’s blunder mixing the city up with Chinese-American food chain P.F. Chang, the U.S. media has been criticized for its Olympics coverage. Though it is mostly forgotten today, NBC also angered Koreans during its coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Perhaps this story from the BBC will make “War on Christmas”-types in the United States realize how absurd they look:
Chinese model Liu Wen has sparked a backlash after sending a new year’s message to fans on Instagram. […] Liu used the phrase “Happy Lunar New Year”, rather than “Chinese New Year”, prompting some Chinese social media users to accuse her of neglecting her heritage. […] The supermodel has since changed her message to “Happy Chinese New Year”.
It’s great to see The Korea Herald running a story about undocumented immigrants in the country. Sometimes there’s too heavy a focus on expats from western countries, which obscures the fact that they only make up a small fraction of Korea’s immigrant population. There’s more to the immigrant experience than Itaewon (이태원), after all. Continue reading
Taxi fares in Seoul will inevitably rise. One union wants at least ₩1,500 increase, but another union wants it to be increased by ₩1,000 at most. The current base fare is ₩3,000, which seems inexpensive compared to other major metropolitan areas around the world. Continue reading
Seems like a worthwhile change:
GS25, one of South Korea’s biggest convenience store chains, on Tuesday began a trial accepting payment in U.S. dollars, yuan, euros and yen.
If all goes well, the service will be extended to all the chain’s stores nationwide, more than 12,400, starting Feb. 5, except those stores that choose not to offer the service.