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Editor’s Picks: Four Books on North Korea

Book review Pyongyang:  A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves, and Why It...

Korea This Week: September 11-17

North Korean Missile Launch On Friday, North Korea launched a giant middle finger ballistic missile that flew over the Japanese Island of Hokkaido, and traveled...

Mission Improbable – The Trouble With Traveling to Improve Your Country

From February to June 1787, with all of his necessities packed in a single trunk, Thomas Jefferson traveled "incognito" by coach, barge, and sometimes...

Expat, Immigrant, or None of the Above?

An anonymous wag once observed that a farmer who has sex with a sheep is a pervert, but an aristocrat who does the same thing is an “eccentric”.

The Good, The Bad, and The Hagfish

  I’ve always loved the Korean word for fish: “mulgogi”, a compound formed from the words “water” (mul) and “meat” (gogi). More than simply labeling...

Come Again

  A few years ago, I came down with a bit of jock itch, and it got to the point where I needed something to...

Korea This Week: June 18 – 24

Nuke-free Korea? Korea’s oldest nuclear power plant, the Kori 1 reactor located in the suburbs of Busan, was permanently shut down last Sunday after 40 years...

Korea This Week (June 11 – 17)

I must admit feeling very spoiled reading this recent WSJ piece about the difficulty (read: 'virtual impossibility') of wiring the rural United States for...

Korea This Week (June 4 – June 10)

When I came to Busan in 2000, there were a few small chicken joints in my neighborhood with quirky names like Goopy Chicken, Chicken...

Korea This Week (May 28 – June 3)

  Is K-Pop a genre? With the appearance of the all-American, self-proclaimed “K-Pop” group EXP Edition, the opening of K-pop cram schools in New York, and...
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