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Undercover in the Secret State (Review)

Undercover in the Secret State (Review) Originally published on November 13, 2005 for one of my previous blogs. CNN Presents: Undercover in the Secret State I was amazed by the scope of this one-hour news program about life inside North Korea. This is something that I have been saying for a long time that the world needs to see, and I didn’t think that CNN would broadcast it in the way that it needed to be presented. I was wrong. The undercover videos were clear, and those individuals who worked on it did an outstanding job of understanding the entire situation. The program talked about the harsh life of hunger and oppression that the North Korean people suffer while under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, of course. More impressive than that was the … Read entire article »

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Higher-Ups Put Safety Second

Higher-ups Put Safety Second Originally published in Stars & Stripes on November 22, 2002. I don’t know if I am wrong in the military’s eyes for speaking out on a tragic event such as this one. However, there are some things that the driver of the vehicle immediately in front of the one that struck those two poor young girls in South Korea needs to point out. I don’t know for certain whether Sgts. Mark Walker and Fernando Nino should be held totally without blame for the June 13 accident. I told both of them the day that I departed South Korea for the States that I would pray for them, because their situation was given to them. It wasn’t even 10 percent their fault. To understand this accident, you need to understand where … Read entire article »

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Relationship: Pop and Traditional Culture in Korea

Relationship: Pop and Traditional Culture in Korea

Relationship: Pop and Traditional Culture in Korea Originally written on November 4, 2002 for a personal project. Perception is a major cause of arguments. In most cases, the lack of knowledge about a certain topic can cause perception to take over. Thus, a disagreement is caused. A common perception about foreign music, especially non-European popular music, is that it is a watered down version of its Western counterpart. When I visited South Korea this past year, that … Read entire article »

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60 Minutes: Charles Robert Jenkins

60 Minutes: Charles Robert Jenkins

60 Minutes: Charles Robert Jenkins Originally published on October 23, 2005 for an old blog of mine. Just finished watching 60 Minutes on CBS. The story they did on Charles Robert Jenkins, the man who deserted the U.S. Army in the 1960′s to North Korea was a good watch. At the beginning of the program they referred to him as the “American Rip Van Winkle”. The story was called “39 years, 6 months, 4 days”, and was … Read entire article »

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Broadening Our Learning

Broadening Our Learning

Broadening Our Learning Originally published on October 29, 2005 for an old blog of mine. It’s been a major goal of mine at school to promote knowledge of Korea outside of just the language. I see signs that my class is enjoying hearing about Korea in other ways than just the language. People are checking websites that I mention and I’ve had more than a couple check out this very site for the purposes of giving me … Read entire article »

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Breaking My Heart (Seoul Train)

Breaking My Heart (Seoul Train)

Breaking My Heart (Seoul Train) Originally posted on November 27, 2005 for one of my old blogs. This past week just before Thanksgiving I presented Seoul Train to the other students in my classroom. At first, the teachers were very hesitant because it was the day before Thanksgiving and the video was expected to be very upsetting/depressing. I told them them that there couldn’t be a better time to show it to the class. What better way … Read entire article »

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A Rough Day [RMRD "Blast from the Past"]

A Rough Day Originally posted on October 29, 2005 one of my old blogs. Today has been a blogging marathon but a lot of other things have grabbed my attention while I was browsing through Korean news and other Korean blogs. I have always known about the stereotypical nature of many minorities in South Korea, but sometimes it gets to me and I have to take a step back. It feels like there are only a handful of intelligent people trying to do the right thing. After browsing through an old Korea expat site that I used to frequent years ago, I came across new replies to old posts from a week or two ago. In one, an individual calling himself “Jeezus” told me about all of this knowledge he had of U.S. … Read entire article »

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