Archive for January, 2012

More English Teacher Nuttiness

The ongoing saga of the the drastic cuts in foreign English teachers in Seoul has again gotten politicians and reporters to say odd things. Thankfully, Gusts of Popular Feeling breaks it down for us.

Joongang Daily article on SMOE NSET cuts (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

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01 2012

You’ll Want to Visit Korea Now

Maybe it’s an author who really knows Korea, or it’s someone from the Korea Tourism Organization (since most all the photos are credited to them), but get ready to lose a good thirty minutes of your day gawking at the 50 beautiful places to visit in Korea.

50 beautiful places to visit in Korea (CNN Go)

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01 2012

Receipt Racism

Major Korean blogger Kushibo puts together two incidents of fast food retail racism. One is a Huffington Post article on “Ching” and “Chong” receipts at a Chik-Fil-A. And now there’s a Twitpic of a Papa John’s receipt referring to a customer as “lady chinky eyes.” Is this a trend? Has it always been there? Or, as Kushibo also posits, are we surprised that we don’t see more of it?

Is this becoming a thing? (Monster Island)

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01 2012

Just Needed a Little Investigation

This is for the K-pop fans out there. This anonymous Korean-American in Chicago accused a rapper named Tablo of forging his Stanford diploma a few years ago. These accusations were unfounded–and besides, who needs a Stanford degree to be a rapper? You’d think that having such would be detrimental to a rapper’s career.

This guy has resurfaced in accusing Korean pop singing legend Insooni of lying about her daughter’s acceptance into Stanford, claiming that Stanford doesn’t admit people until the late spring. Obviously he has never heard of early admissions. GI Korea of ROK Drop, of all people, did the simple legwork and went to the Stanford website, where they said that they had released emails for early admissions on December 9th. So the accuser is decidedly wrong on when Stanford announces its admissions.

Insooni Accused of Lying About Daughter’s Acceptance to Stanford (ROK Drop)

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01 2012

The Oldest Son Visits Kim Jong Il’s Grave Secretly

Joan Firstenberg at Digital Journal sums up some reports on Kim Jong Il’s oldest and most colorful son avoiding the official state funeral of his father and instead going to a private location with his half-brothers to pay their respects.

Kim Jung iI’s elder playboy son secretly visits father’s grave (Digital Journal)

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01 2012