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, …

THAAD: A big pothole in Moon’s road to the Blue House

Beijing will push Seoul harder for a meaningful compromise on the THAAD issue. It is well aware of what Korea thinks and even admitted to oppressing imports of Korean cultural products when a pack of Minjoo party lawmakers visited Beijing after the impeachment bill. That the favorite candidate still thinks he can alter the course of THAAD deployment may further …

The Great Crevasse that Cuts Through the Squares

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Three hundred meters. From Seoul Square to Gwanghwamun Square. The psychological, if not cognitive, distance between the two, however, is far wider than the physical. While those who gathered around Gwanghwamun, with trademark candles in their hands, call for the impeachment of President Park, those who gathered in front of City Hall vehemently counter what the candlelights demand. The crevasse …

Dissecting Pres Park’s last interview

I began to write on Korean politics and whatnot for a newborn webzine The Dissolve. This was the first piece I wrote: Speech has never been President Park’s strong suit. Dull and inarticulate, the way she speaks in public haunted her aides during her (ultimately) successful presidential campaign in 2012 and after. She rarely shows her real self in a press …

What Ban Ki-moon has to learn from the past

He is a prominent contender for the next presidency of the Republic of Korea. Though politics has never been his thing, his support rate has been among the top bunch, by far surpassing several serious career politicians. In fact, the lack of his career in politics was one of the very reasons why he has been so popular. South Korean …