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Interview With Michael Breen, Author of The New Koreans

Since 1982, Michael Breen has written about the two Koreas, first as a correspondent for The Guardian and The Washington Times, and later as...

Korea This Week – September 25th – October 1st

No Kids Allowed An increasing number of cafes and restaurants around Korea have been closing their doors to young kids in recent years, in response...

Eating Korea

"Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance" by Graham Holliday, reviewed by Chris Tharp

Korea This Week: September 18 – 24

'The Flame War era' Last Friday, Kim Jong-un set the Merriam Webster Dictionary website ablaze when, in a rare public statement, he referred to US President...

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...
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