Intl. Women’s Day: Korean Women Advance, But Still Hit Roadblocks

March 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Economy, Education, Gender, History, Info, Women & Men 

Revealing N Korea’s gulag and nuclear sites

Google’s newly updated maps show unprecedented detail in aerial imagery of isolated labour camps and missile launch pad.
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The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Delegation to North Korea Urges More Access to Internet and Cellphones

January 9, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Censorhip, Culture, Economy, Education, Espionage, Info, North Korea, Science, Soft Power, Technology, U.S. Policy 

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A private delegation including Google’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens, during its visit to the country, which has some of the world’s tightest controls on information.

Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor leading the delegation, said on Wednesday in an interview in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, that his nine-member group had also called on North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launchings and nuclear tests that have prompted United Nations sanctions. He said the group had also asked for “fair and humane treatment” for Kenneth Bae, a naturalized American citizen born in South Korea who was detained by the North in November and charged with unspecified “hostile acts.”

The delegation’s visit has been criticized for appearing to hijack United States diplomacy and bolster North Korea’s profile after its latest, widely condemned rocket launching less than a month ago. The State Department criticized the trip as unhelpful at a time when the United States is rallying support for action by the United Nations Security Council.

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American Delegation Arrives in North Korea on Controversial Private Trip

January 7, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Economy, Education, Espionage, History, Info, North Korea, Science, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, U.S. Policy, Unification 

SEOUL, South Korea — Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, led a private delegation including Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, to North Korea on Monday, a controversial trip to a country that is among the most hostile to the Internet.

Mr. Richardson, who has visited North Korea several times, called his four-day trip a private humanitarian mission and said he would try to meet with Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old South Korea-born American citizen who was arrested on charges of “hostile acts” against North Korea after entering the country as a tourist in early November.

“I heard from his son who lives in Washington State, who asked me to bring him back,” Mr. Richardson said in Beijing before boarding a plane bound for Pyongyang. “I doubt we can do it on this trip.”

In a one-sentence dispatch, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency confirmed the American group’s arrival in Pyongyang, calling it “a Google delegation.”

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S. Korea renames peaks of Dokdo to symbolize sovereignty

October 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Dokdo, Education, History, Info, Soft Power, U.S. Policy, War Crimes 

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Sunday that it has selected new official names for peaks on Dokdo, a group of its easternmost islets in the East Sea, in an apparent bid to better symbolize its sovereignty over the territory frequently claimed by its neighbor Japan.

Dokdo, which lies closer to South Korea in the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, has long been a thorn in relations between the two countries. South Korea keeps a small police detachment on the islets — consisting mainly of Dongdo and Seodo — effectively controlling them.

According to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, the government has decided to rename Dongdo “Usanbong” and Seodo “Daehanbong,” and use the new names starting Monday in the country’s official maps, textbooks and Internet portals.

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Solomon Islanders to adopt Hangeul to keep spoken language alive

October 11, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The inhabitants of the Solomon Islands will adopt Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, to preserve their spoken languages, officials announced on Tuesday.

Two provinces, Guadalcanal and Malaita, which have a population of some 60,000, recently designated Hangeul their official written system to transcribe their spoken languages, the Center for Humanities Information of Seoul National University said.

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Korean Alphabet Hangeul–한글 (Documentary)

Korean teachers preferred

October 10, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Education 

By Chris Baumann and Shu Setogawa

Academic research has established that Koreans have a clear preference for Korean teachers and professors, followed by a slightly lower preference for Caucasian teaching staff.

Negative preference values, however, were found for Chinese and Indian teachers. Our study extends testing the “country of origin” effect previously found for products such as cars or cosmetics to the services sector.

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