John Gray, The Immortalization Commission

Pouring are all too many good things to read online, so I’ve been just dumping them into Pocket when I see one and giving empty promises that I’ll take a look. But I do try read it all every time the New Statesman publishes John Gray’s write-ups. His contemplation has the power to penetrate the surface of what we usually see …

Laibach in Jeonju, South Korea, May 1st 2017

Having witnessed a Laibach performance in South Korea, I believe now that anything can happen in this peninsula. A Trump-KJU summit? I thought Laibach events in both korea had a far smaller chance. From my video footage of the performance: Originally meant to be played in Pyongyang but the band had to cut if off from the setlist due to …

Now the game is a draw. Ahn Cheol-soo has caught up with Moon Jae-in.

Of the numerous national slogans Korea gives itself, discarded by each new administration, I think Dynamic Korea was the best. So dynamic is Korea, that even I— a born, raised and bred Seoulite—sometimes find myself confused. The political arena is, of course, a bloodbath. Especially the presidential elections. Well we had all been thinking Moon Jae-in was certain to win. …

My introduction to The Private Life of a Nation

However hard we try to minimize the risks of unification, Lee is quite sure it will be a disaster. He still remembers the ruin of East Germany when he visited right after the Berlin Wall collapsed and the shock he felt became the source of his bleak vision of a unified Korea… …Does this mean that the author is skeptical …

No, K-pop is not Neo-Confucian Pornography

Confucianism is long dead as a dominant principle or ideology in Eastern Asia, yet it has been often summoned by scholars who attempt to analyze the culture and the society of Eastern Asia. While it’s true that a once-dominant ideology in a society may still exert a significant influence even long after it lost its dominant status or officially dead, …