Politics of dynasty: The one thing that China, North Korea, Japan and South Korean share in common Dynastic politics seem to make a comeback in East Asia. First, Kin Jong-un took over North Korea after the death of his father. Then, Xi Jinping, the son of a communist politician veteran Xi Zhongxun, was announced the new leader of China for the next 10 years. On this past Sunday, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s ex-prime minister from 2006 – 2007 and grandson of Nobusuke Kishi, prime minister of Japan from 1957 to 1960, was elected again to lead the country. Just yesterday, Park Guen-hye, daughter of South Korea’s longest-ruling dictator Park Chuang-Hee, was elected the country’s new president. Political dynasties aren’t new in the history of East Asia, but in modern time when some countries adopted democracy and the others claimed to practice “socialism,” this is probably the first time when all four most-talked-about countries in the region follow father-son/daughter leadership at the same time. An era of Pin Die Pin die, a competition of family background The ruling class always rules Li Xiaopeng
Get to Know The Faces You’ll See Everyday in Korea – Who’s on South Korean Money | Seoulistic – Korea Simplified Get to Know The Faces You’ll See Everyday in Korea – Who’s on South Korean Money Keith Blog, Just for Fun 23 [Note: This is a repost in response to a reader's question about who is on Korean money.] If you’re in Korea, of course you’ll have to deal with South Korean won. 50,000 won (bank note) Shin Saimdang (신사임당) (1504-1551) The most recent addition to the Korean won banknotes is the only sexy lady to be on any South Korean bank note (just kidding, she wasn’t that sexy). 10,000 won (bank note) King Sejong the Great (세종대왕 – Sejongdaewang) (1397-1450) If you don’t know this man, you will once you come to Korea. 5,000 won (bank note) Yi I (이이), aka Yulgok (율곡) (1536-1584) The son of 50,000 won mommy Shin Saimdang, this man was probably much much smarter than you. 1,000 won (bank note) Yi Hwang (이황), aka Toegye (퇴계) (1501-1570) There’s two really famous guys for being smart in Korean history. 100 Won (coin) Admiral Yi Sun-shin (이순신) (1545-1598) Other Coins
Real Korean Life Travel Guides - Seoulistic - Korea Simplified Travel Guides Our Best Recommendations for Seoul’s #1 Tourist Spot! Myeongdong In this ebook find: - Seoul’s most famous restaurants - Exact locations for free Wifi - Double your haul with samples - Best places to shop in Myeongdong - Dog & Cat cafe recommendations Tips on bargaining and how to know if you’re getting ripped off! Dongdaemun - Money saving shopping tips - How to bargain the Korean way - Signs your getting ripped off - Activities for non-shoppers - Delicious restaurants locals love South Korea's porn fight 'like shoveling in a blizzard' SEOUL--Moon Tae-Hwa stares at his computer, dizzy and nauseous from the hours of porn he's viewed online while his wife and children slept. He feels no shame--only a righteous sense of mission. “I feel like I'm cleaning up dirty things,'' the devout Christian and family counselor said. Moon is among the most successful members of the “Nuri Cops'' (roughly “net cops''), a squad of nearly 800 volunteers who help government censors by patrolling the Internet for pornography in their spare time. Unlike most developed nations, pornography is illegal in South Korea, though it remains easy for its tech-savvy population to find. “It's like shoveling snow in a blizzard,'' Moon conceded. But while there is no chance the government will wipe out porn, it also shows no sign of giving up the fight. More than 6,400 people accused of producing, selling and posting pornography online were arrested over a six-month period ending in late October. The volunteers also find the work itself to be disturbing.
Black Sushi Studios » Hangul Match Educational puzzle game for learning the Korean Hangul alphabet. Are you a big fan of Korean dramas or KPop? Would you like to be able to read Korean? Or maybe Gangnam Style got you interested in the beautiful language of Korea? You can forget about using any flash cards to memorize the Hangul characters. Learn to read Hangul, while having fun playing a rewarding game. With Hangul Match you pair a Hangul character with its romanized translation. Six fun & challenging game modes THE EASY CONSONANTS: Play through 58 levels and unlock all 19 consonants. Other Features Game Center leaderboards & achievements for all game modes Total of 36 challenging achievements iCloud save game support About Hangul browser for additional help on pronunciation Clear pronunciations by native Korean female iPhone 5 / iPad retina graphics Supports both landscape and portrait orientations Device Requirements iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Requires iOS 4.3 or later Universal Application Screenshots
WOWSAN Korean-Americans Struggle to Balance East and West Identities Korean-Americans Struggle to Balance East and West Identities Written by Guest On May 16, 2012 If you don’t like Daniel Henney for his acting, then it’s almost a given that you at least appreciate him for his out-of-this-world good looks. Daniel Henney’s come a long way since Sam Soon. So why is he still considered an outsider in Korean entertainment? As a Korean-American, Henney experiences what is called “double consciousness”: he takes on the challenge of balancing his Korean-ness with his American-ness. Henney’s upbringing in States coupled with a limited navigation of the Korean language have kept him boxed into K-drama roles that don’t challenge him as an actor. Henney is not the only Korean-American who faces the challenge of rectifying his Korean identity with his American identity. While the American soldiers must be brought to justice, I do not want relations between Korea and the United States, my home country, to become strained. News outlets misreported his statements as: Guest
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Individuality and Korean sense of Community When comparing themselves to what they perceive as Western culture, many Koreans I've met pride themselves and Korea as being a more "communal" society. They see western cultures and Americans as being individualistic and selfish, and not very good at being team players. It's one of the common questions/comments I get from Koreans regarding my time in the United States along with "What are black people like?" I have quickly learned that when somebody asks this kind of question, they're not really probing you for information, they're expecting you to give you an answer they want to hear. They want to affirm what they already think (this is a trait I've noticed with a lot of Koreans but that's another story). It's like when Koreans ask a foreigner if the food isn't too spicy, they want to hear that it is in fact too spicy so they can nod to themselves after affirming that Korean food is indeed too spicy for foreigners. I find Koreans to be extremely selfish.
100 Ways to Simplify Your Life (and Make Yourself Happier) I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and have recently (through my writing) been advising others how to do the same. In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of 100 ways to simplify your life – from the practical to the philosophical, and everything in between. Of course, not every item on the list will work for every person reading it. AROUND THE HOUSE1. WARDROBE AND STYLE21. KITCHEN AND DINING36. OFFICE AND TECH46. TIME MANAGEMENT66. ATTITUDE81. MISCELLANEOUS96.