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In Korea, Music Mends Fences

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

When British soldiers arrived in war-ravaged South Korea in 1950 ready to do battle with the communists, one of the first things they noticed was a rag-tag U.S. army band struggling to keep in time.

Increasing Social Alienation in Korea

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Clinging to one another in a tight embrace, the chilling image purporting to show a 43-year-old man and his 11-year-old son moments before their untimely deaths encapsulates the tragic reality of life in modern South Korea.

The grainy CCTV grab released in mid-September showed the moments before they became the latest statistics in what has rapidly become the country’s most glaring social ill: suicide.

Korean Grand Prix Ready to Go

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

It has been the on-off saga of the Formula 1 season – will the track for South Korea’s first ever Grand Prix be ready in time for starters orders on October 24?Indications last night appeared to confirm F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s confident prediction on Saturday that the country's brand new circuit would get the go-ahead. The long-delayed inspection of the Yeognam site by world motorsport's governing body started yesterday – nearly three weeks late - with officials upbeat after the initial checks.


Sanctions Starve North Korean Chain of Restaurants

Friday, October 1st, 2010

It is the shady money-making arm of the North Korean government – reportedly dealing in such illicit trade as the manufacture and trafficking of drugs such as heroin, the peddling of fake U.S. dollars and the sale of arms.


Shadow Lingers Around Korean War Commemorations

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

There can be few South Koreans who would doubt the events of June 25, 1950. For most of the rest of the world, the message is clear: North Korea mercilessly attacked its southern political foe, sparking the devastating Korean War that claimed the lives of millions, most of them civilian.


Scottish Eyes turn to South Korean Football Market

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

For years now, English Premier League clubs have cast expectant eyes toward the Far East football market as part of efforts to propel their global brands.


In Korea, Web Addiction Spiraling Out of Control

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

It’s after dark. And in a stale, stuffy room, 28-year-old Nam has his eyes glued to a large PC monitor. He is playing an online card game, an activity he engages in every day for at least five hours at a time.

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Many Taiwanese Fearful of Chinese Trade Accord

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Unholy, dangerous and the first step down the path to subservience -- that was the fearful verdict of many ordinary Taiwanese as their government signed a historic trade pact with political foe China in late June.


Despite the Tensions: Baengnyeong Island is Calm and Beautiful

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

When the TV camera crews and ravenous press scrums packed up their bags and moved on, the inevitable void that followed was palpable. Several months on and into the summer, it was starting to feel like an unavoidable scar plastered all over the otherwise pleasant face of Baengnyeong Island.

Tiny and on the frontline of the North-South Korea conflict, the outcrop was thrust to center stage when the South Korean navy corvette, the Cheonan, sunk on March 26.

Declining Shine of Mt. Paekdu Reserve

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

It is the birthplace, North Koreans are told, of their “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il. It is also said to be the cradle of the reputed founder of the first Korean kingdom, Tan¬gun, almost 4,500 years ago – the son of a god and a bear. Both of those stories may be debatable – Kim’s because Russian documents suggest he was born in Sibe¬ria during the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and Tangun because it is considered a myth passed down the ages – but there is one indubitable truth about the Mt Paekdu region: it is a verifi¬able ecological treasure chest.


Changing China-Taiwanese Ties

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Before the Kuomintang government reclaimed the podium of power in Taiwan two years ago, relations with China were tense and there was at least one move for the international exit among the foreign diplomatic corp. in favor of the carrots dangled by Beijing.

Growing Japan-Korea Business Ties

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The March anniversary of Koreanpatriot Ahn Jung-geun’s execution at the hands of the then Japanese authorities who ruled over the Korean peninsula and northeast China’s Manchuria bought back into sharp focus the tenderness of relations between two nations that once related to each other as occupier and occupied.


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