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Sun, May 26, 2019 | 19:08
Homegrown hits: The Korean circus comes to town (part two)
Wandering troupes of performers - known as the namsadang - were very popular in Korea during the late 19th century. They were so popular that Horace N. Allen, the American minister to Korea, claimed they could quell political dissent and scheming amongst the Korean population -...
Roll up, roll up: The circus comes to town in 1920 (part one)
Circuses have been described as some of the greatest shows on earth and in the past were very popular. They were mesmerizing with their colorful pomp, acrobatic displays and exotic animals and curiosities. Their arrival in towns and cities drew large crowds - men, women and chi...
Streetcars: The curse of Western modernization
The introduction of streetcars to Seoul was declared “the first step towards civilization in 'the Hermit Kingdom,'” but many within the kingdom viewed it as an affront to their beliefs and a threat to their livelihood.
Flashed flesh, 'pay models' and entrepreneurial femininity in the creative economy of Korean Instagram
The more I do work as a visual sociologist and ethnographer in Korea, the more I am fascinated by the many rabbit holes I am pulled down. The hypermodern Korea I live in - and Korea's hypermodernity has permeated through society to differing extents and in different ways - is m...
The rhizomatic, hypermodern cinematic universe of BLACKPINK's 'Kill This Love' video
As a visual sociologist, I started this article a long time ago by talking about the fantasy worlds of BTS. But in the time that has passed since this video was released, BTS has been upstaged in my mind by BLACKPINK.
Clothing, social empathy and the power of stepping into someone else's shoes
There is a power in stepping into someone else's shoes, as the old American expression goes. But it must be done without stepping on the toes of the person who owns them. What one does in deciding to don the accoutrements and attire of the other is symbolically place oneself in...
How to put an end to America's peculiar institution of death: fossil fuels
One senses palpable excitement among progressives in the United States now that a group of Democrats, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is pressing for a “Green New Deal” that will “transform” the economy and lead the country and the Earth in an environmentally sound direction. ...
Another day of protest in Seoul against silence on climate change
I went out in Seoul again today to protest against the silence on climate change. Massive protests are taking place around the world right now in response to the increasingly dire reports about the future of our planet - including articles by scientists (as opposed to ignorant ...
Extinction Rebellion takes on the system: Interview with founder Roger Hallam
The global movement for peaceful disobedience to force society in general, and government in specific, to undertake a revolutionary response to the catastrophe of climate change is sweeping swept the Earth like wildfire. Extinction Rebellion was an unfamiliar term even a few we...
Me Cook? No, You Cook!
Years ago, I saw a birthday party ruined in spectacular fashion. An American friend, an advanced Korean language learner, was chatting with two Korean women who began ridiculing his pronunciation, repeating to each other “Mikuk” (not “Miguk,” which means American) several times...
14-year-old j.knife surprises Korean indie fans with folk-pop album 'Familiar Sounds'
When most Koreans are 14 years old, or 15 Korean age, they're studying hard in preparation for high school, and already readying themselves for the college entrance exam that will decide their entire futures. Jennifer Kim may not be much different, but she also somehow makes th...
Before you install and use a fancy font
It is commonly thought that using proprietary fonts for non-profit, personal purposes does not constitute copyright infringement. However, the scope of such non-commercial use of fonts is much more limited than the public may think. Special caution must be particularly exercise...
Steps for better bicycle-sharing services
As in other countries, bicycle-sharing services in Korea have also become big business. Seoul Metropolitan Government officially began its own service named “Ddareungi (따릉이)” or “Seoul's bike” in 2015, and several companies now also provide similar services.
Flexible devices and the problem of battery safety
The CES (International Consumer Electronics Show) is an annual technology gift for tech lovers all around the world. One of the most notable devices at the 2019 CES was LG's rollable OLED TV.
Lady Gaga grief
In April 2012 Lady Gaga came to town for one concert only at Seoul Olympic Stadium. We at the Discover Seoul Desk were tasked with selling tickets to any USFK person who wanted to go. My immediate boss, a retired US Army sergeant major I'll call Cortez, was convinced that this ...
My life at a Korean law firm (part 48)
At the Discover Seoul Desk, our main job was marketing and selling tours. The tour company for which I worked was the Korean tour company that happened to win the bid for exclusive rights to run tours for the hotel on the base.
My life at a Korean law firm (part 47)
Upon returning from my weeklong trip to North Korea in late August 2010, I set about trying to make a living for myself as a freelancer. I worked in three main areas: writing and editing, training and teaching, and radio and voice recording. The variety of work that I was doing...
Female defectors speak out on English and adjustment to South Korea
According to the Ministry of Unification, 71 percent of North Korean refugees are female. This edition of "Voices from the North" presents three female refugees discussing how they have adjusted to South Korea and how English has had a role in that adjustment. - ED.
Male defectors on English and adjustment to South Korea
According to the Ministry of Unification, 71 percent of North Korean refugees are female, 29 percent are male. This edition of “Voices from the North” presents three refugee males discussing how they have adjusted to South Korea, and how English has had a role in that adjustmen...
North Korean defectors: 'Please, don't ask me about…'
Sometimes, it seems that North Korean TV programming has a special channel here. There is so much talk about the leaders of North Korea. I'm really tired of hearing about them. I have never started a conversation with anyone about the Kim family ruling North Korea, but people c...
When color can be too much
I love color - sometimes too much. But there are times when color simply gets in the way of a good photograph. Bright colors can enhance, but they can distract. Often the better photograph focuses on tone and patterns. In such cases, monotone (black and white) photographs are t...
Finding your kind of street photography
If you ask serious photographers just what is “street photography,” you are likely to find many definitions. At times, street photography can resemble travel photography. But travel photography tends to be less artistic and more about personal documentation of one's experiences...
Festivals make great photos
Jongro-3ga, Lantern Parade. All photos by Tom CoynerTom CoynerWith the warming temperatures, come festivals and similar events. These colorful events are both challenging and rewarding. They can be confusing as a three-ring circus in determining what to photograph, and it can b...
N. Korea says talks won't resume unless US comes up with 'new calculation'
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WHO recognizes 'gaming disorder' as disease
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Roll up, roll up: The circus comes to town in 1920 (part one)
Renault Samsung, union to meet over wage renegotiation
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