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 …

여러분 지금 이러고 있을 때가 아닙니다. 라이바흐가 남한 땅에도 온다니깐요!

며칠 전에 놀라운 보도자료를 받았다. 라이바흐가 전주국제영화제에 온다는 것이었다. 라이바흐에 대해 검색하다가 그들이 역사적인 평양 공연을 했던 2015년 8월에 썼던 노트를 찾았다: 그런데 다시 이 조선땅에 라이바흐의 공연을 볼 수 있는 기회가 왔다. 5월 1일, 평양 공연 당시를 다룬 다큐멘터리 ‘리버레이션 데이’의 아시아 초연을 하고 공연도 한다고. 라이바흐의 이번 이벤트와 밴드 자체에 대해서는 이런 글들을 써두었다: 허프포스트: 세계 최초로 북한에서 …

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 …

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 …