One month ago, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un brought the planet to the brink of nuclear war. At least, that’s what many leading news organizations led us to believe. The truth is that we were no closer to nuclear war in April than we were in March. The sensationalist and, at times, incorrect reporting posed a far greater danger to peace in East Asia than the possibility of a preemptive nuclear strike from North Korea ever did.
The Seoul club scene, vibrant as it is, can get a bit staid if you go out a lot, and sometimes you need something different to spice up your night. Through trial and error (and a good tip here and there), we’ve found a few places that rank as the best under-the-radar clubs in the city. Though some of the clubs that made the cut don’t even have a dance floor, the one commonality among them all, besides being in Itaewon (which was just by chance), is an active approach to only playing good — noncommercial — dance music.
"Somewhere in Asia" "Under west China" "Northeast of Japan." Among a classroom of 18 college freshmen, these were the three best answers I got when I asked the location of South Korea. Asked if they knew anything about the country, the Korean War and Psy's song "Gangnam Style" were the only things anyone could summon. This constituted my return to the U.S. classroom — speaking to a series of college philosophy classes about my experiences in Korea. It was a rough landing.
Ed. note: This interview was conducted before candidate Ahn Cheol-soo dropped out of the race in November. His short-lived campaign altered the race, but whether it altered history is yet to be determined. This interview, which was conducted as an Asia Institute event, has been adapted from Emanuel Pastreich's website, www.circlesandsquares.asia, with his permission.
On Dec. 19, Koreans will choose their president for the sixth time since free elections began in 1987. The importance of this election cannot be understated: While on the surface the two remaining candidates have produced platforms with more similarities than differences, their philosophies and visions couldn’t be more different.
She grabs a set of vegetables and starts peeling, dicing and frying them in her one-room apartment in Seocho, southern Seoul. The resulting meal — a salad, a bowl of sweet potatoes and a spicy mixture of vegetables and rice — is not an elaborate one. That’s not her style.
“I’m pretty much a very simple person,” says Sae-hee Burke, the author of the Vegan Beats blog. “I go shopping for food every day. I get fresh food.”
One of the reasons that many people move their life abroad is to put some distance between that life (with all its compartments) and other things, including family. Regardless of the advancement of technology, that physical distance still provides a buffer and a certain level of control over how much interaction with and influence on one’s life family has. That move, that gigantic schlep over the oceans, dwarfs the move away to college or the relocation from one coast to another. And as the years pass and that space becomes part of life, the return grows all the more difficult.
It’s never too early to start teaching your little ones about the value of money. Children in Korea can open accounts, too. Checking accounts, time deposits, installment accounts, and even online banking are available for minors and are great tools to help them learn to manage money at a young age.
The regulations to access these products and services vary depending on age and nationality.
An installment account is an interest-earning account into which you can save a little bit at a time.
The first thing you need to decide in selecting your installment account is how often you want to deposit into it. You can choose to either make regular, automatic deposits for a designated amount each month, or you can freely make installment deposits whenever you have time and extra cash.