Dear America, a dispatch from abroad

I am a foreigner. And I was with Her. Many of us are – we’re just one of 8 million American expatriate citizens dotted across the globe. We have a strange relationship with America. It is our homeland, where we vote, where we visit family, and, sometimes, even where we vacation. But my true home is…

The Billionaire Without a Face

By Whit Altizer It is not like our blog to comment on individuals outside of Korean pop culture, but I have been unable to avert my eyes from the story of Yoo Byung-un. The more I dig the crazier it becomes. Here is a brief look with lots of links where you can learn more….

Victory Korea!

Korea has made it to the round of 16 after some interesting games in the first round.  Korea is abuzz with excitement, everyone is wearing red and occasionally cars honk the tune “Dae Han Min Gook” (대한민국, Korean for Korea)! I even set my alarm for 3:30AM to watch the Korea v. Nigeria game and…

Three-Lung Park scores big goal!

Park Ji Seong(박지성)or “Three-Lung Park” as he is known in South Korea for his ability to never stop running hard on the field is a national hero in South Korea. He has been a famous person in my 20 questions game I have been playing with my students. It usually takes them about 3 questions…

Personal Preference on March 31st

In less than two weeks, Korea will probably become re-obsessed with “Boys over Flowers” star Lee Min Ho when his new TV drama comes out on Wednesday March 31, “Personal Preference.” Min Ho was all the rage for at least year after the last episode of “Boys over Flowers” and I guess we’ll see his smiling…

Park Chan Ho Misses BP and missing his beard!

Oh the shorn face of a new Yankee!  This is almost on par with Johnny Damon when he went from cool Beantown sage to a doofus Yank in pinstripes.  I will try my best to be supportive of Korea’s son, Park Chan Ho, but it was just so much easier with that cool beard he…

Oh yes, Ohno!

Congratulations to Korea’s Lee Jung-su for winning South Korea’s first gold meal in the Vancouver Olympics, and even sweeter for Koreans–against Apolo Ohno. Credit is due where credit is deserved, and Lee bested Ohno, his own two senior Korean competitors who went down in a crash, and another American for the gold medal. Ohno finished…

"Oh," "Gee!"

The nine member girls group Girls Generation is back with their second album, “Oh,” to be released January 28.  G.G.’s last took Korea by storm with their catchy tune “Gee, Gee, Gee, Gee, Bay, Buh, Bay, Buh, Baby!” Check out their shows at Olympic Fencing Arena February 27 or 28th. According to their management company,…

The Korean military opens it door a little wider

Something very interesting is going on in Korea these days. There is more news now about the government tearing down walls that keep Koreans in and everything else out.  The most recent is the passage of a law that will open up the Korean military to “western mixed-race men” with Korean nationality and other pertinent qualifications. …

Korea sends aid to Haiti

Today, Korea sent 25 volunteers plus a medical team to Haiti to help aid the Caribbean nation through the aftermath of the disastorous earthquake this week. They will be in Haiti for about 10 days helping where they can along with their 2 K-9 dogs: Mani and Baekdu. Seoul city sent along about $100,000 of…