Naked/Stripping Foreigners

May 29, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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I doubt that they would have tried this bullshit in their home country!


China Builds Desert Ghost City as Critics Warn of Bubble

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2 Adorable Ducklings! (Songpa-Gu, Seoul)

May 26, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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Dear ESL  teachers,

Please don’t buy animals if you don’t have the next 10, yes, 10, years planned ahead. Don’t be a selfish turd. That means you have the maturity and wherewithal and desire to feed, shelter, and care for another creature.

Anyway, found the post below on CL today. If you are in a position, and have the desire,  to take in 2 duckings, please contact the CL poster. I have no idea what this person was thinking when s/he bought 2 ducklings.

 Thank you

2 Adorable Ducklings! (Songpa-Gu, Seoul)

Date: 2011-05-25, 1:03AM KST
Reply to:[Errors when replying to ads?]

I am a Native English Teacher here in Seoul, and I bought 2 precious ducklings today. They have just slept in my lap all day. Sadly, I found out that my landlord is not very accepting of animals. I don’t need any money for them, I would just love to give them to any nice home so that I don’t have to release them! I have heard some sad stories about that…Please let me know if you would like them! I can meet you anywhere :) . Thank you!

Location: Songpa-Gu, Seoul
it’s ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

“Hahn” — Documentary on Korean Education

May 23, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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What’s this film about?

“Hahn” hopes to explain a very important Korean concept– “한” or “hahn”, a Korean word for which there is no English translation. “Hahn’ is perhaps the driving force that brought South Korea from being one of the poorest countries in Asia to the world’s 13th largest economy in 60 short years. It is perhaps because of “hahn” that Korean students have some of the highest test scores in the world, and a higher rate of acceptance into American Ivy Leagues than any other foreign country. It is also perhaps the reason why, among developed countries, Korea has the highest suicide rate. It’s what’s making Korea one of the strongest countries in the world– but at the same time, one of the weakest.

“Hahn” will follow several Korean teenagers in the most stressful time of their lives- their last year of high school. After attending studying for roughly sixteen hours each day, their futures boil down to one last exam. On November 10th, 2011, thousands of high school seniors will take a nine hour test that for many, will determine their economic and social status for the rest of their lives.

“Hahn” hopes to reveal why Korean education is extraordinarily competitive, and how it came to be that way. But in order to do so, it must first explain “hahn”- a word for which their is no English translation, for few other countries have needed the word.

College Conspiracy

May 19, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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While I don’t agree with a lot of the stuff in the film, any person in high school or college could benefit tremendously from watching this.

Beneath the Surface: the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan

May 19, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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On March 26, 2010, the South Korean Navy’s patrol combat corvette Cheonan sank, and with it took the lives of 46 of the 104 sailors aboard. Journalists have worked to uncover the facts behind what happened, and this documentary is a gathering of our investigation findings to date. Our findings uncovered significant flaws in the Civilian-Military Joint Investigation Group’s report, and suggest that the next necessary step is a reinvestigation.

2011 KAPS Newsletter 2nd 2011

May 10, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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If you have free time and like animals, please contact the fine folks over at KAPS.

Earth Day Event 

On 24 April 2011, participated in Earth Day and conducted signature-seeking campaign on legislation for eradication of eating dog meat and campaign on sterilization. more


Stories on Sponsored Animals, Mokee and Hwasuk  

As you know, Mokee and Hwasuk(Korean sponsor animal) are cats with heartrending stories. Both grannies are much older than 10 years, but still lovely. They have been living in apartment of Sunnan, President of KAPS since last year as Hwasuk and Mokee needed more attention. Sometimes they have problems with teeth or eating but, they are now okay as Ji Seon and Sunnan have been taking well care of them. A little bit skinny, but they still eat well and no problem with their health.



Rescued Animals in Daegu Shelter in March 

Dogs with behind stories among those which were admitted in March.

Motherless Puppies

A Naive Dog, Sunjin

Story of Jinsun

Story of Sun-Sim more

Story of Kkamung 

Kkamung, injured due to snare in Chungwon, Chungbuk more

Story of Areum 

Areum, seriously injured in a traffic accident in Bumul-dong, Susong-gu and admitted to shelter, but survived to a miracle. more

Dog walking conducted by foreign volunteer on 5 March.  

Made dogs exercise and walked dogs up and down the road between Daegu Shelter and
Duryu Park, and met people. Approximately 40 volunteers participated on this day. This event is going on in foreign volunteers meeting in facebook. more


재단법인 한국동물보호협회705-810 대구시 남구 대명10동 1623-64번지 

[KAPS Korea] 1623-64 Daemyoung-10dong, Nam-Gu Daegu City , South Korea 705-810

[영국지부 KAPS UK] PO BOX 2813, Bristol, BS5 5DP

Korea Animal Protection Society, All Rights Reserved.




Booze and Poker

May 9, 2011 by admin · 1 Comment
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Radius had this up over at Dave’s, so I thought I’d post it here for folks to see.

Here’s a photo of foreigners playing cards and boozing it up on a train.

Booze?, check! Cards?, check! Common sense and decency?, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (long silence and confusion).

지하철 바닥에서 술 마시며 포커…꼴불견 외국인들

* 이 글은 대학생 한정현(21·캐나다 유학 중)씨가 지난 7일 서울 지하철에서 겪은 일을 기자가 취재·정리한 것입니다.

저는 지난 7일 오후 6시 30분경 제가 과외 지도 중인 학생과 영화 보러 옥수역에서 중앙선을 타고 왕십리역으로 가던 중 아주 불쾌한 광경을 목격했습니다. 지하철을 탔는데 한쪽에서 시끄러운 소리가 들렸습니다. 무슨 일이 일어났나 하고 가까이 가보니 외국인 7∼8명이 모여 왁자지껄 노래를 틀어놓고 소란을 피우는 것이었습니다.

게다가 그 중 3∼4명은 아예 지하철 바닥이 안방인 듯 퍼질러 앉아 술까지 마시며 카드놀이를 하고 있는 게 아닙니까. 원래 자기들 좌석에는 가방과 물건들이 놓여 있었습니다. 토요일이지만 저녁 시간이라 주위에는 다른 승객들이 많이 있었는데도 말입니다.

더 화가 나는 것은 승객들이 아무 말도 못 하고 가만히 지켜보고만 있는 것이었습니다. 만약 같은 한국 사람들이 그렇게 모여서 떠들고 있다면, 과연 가만히 있었을까요? 한국 사람들이 영어를 못해서 그랬을지도 모르겠지만 여기는 한국이고 한국에 왔으면 한국 법을 따라야 합니다. 영어를 못하더라도 한국말로 뭐라고 하거나 손짓을 했으면 그 사람들도 자기가 뭘 잘못한 줄 알고 멈췄을 겁니다.

난장판 된 지하철… 아무 말 못 하는 승객들

보다 못한 제가 열차내 ‘긴급센터’에 전화해서 외국인들이 소란 피우고 있다고 했더니 “외국인이요? 알겠습니다”라고 말하고 소란이 난 객차가 어느 칸인지 묻지 않은 채 끊었습니다(코레일 긴급센터 관계자는 당시 상황 처리 여부를 묻는 <오마이뉴스> 기자에게 9일 “기록이 남아있지 않아 확인할 수 없다. 신고전화가 너무 많아 일일이 기록하지 않는다”고 말했습니다).

불과 두 정거장 후에 내려야 했기에 기다릴 수 없어 그 외국인들에게 “지하철 안에서 술까지 마시고 소란을 피우다니… 이게 뭐하는 짓이냐”고 항의했습니다. 그제야 이들은 하나둘 자리에서 일어나 제 자리로 돌아가더군요. 그 와중에 바닥에 앉아 있는 한 명은 제가 내릴 때까지도 저와 말싸움 하며 일어서려 하지 않았습니다.

저는 캐나다에서 5년 동안 유학하고 현재 방학을 맞이해 한국에 와 있습니다. (그 사람들이 캐나다 사람들인지는 모르지만) 캐나다에서 이런 건 엄연한 불법입니다. 어떻게 공공장소에서 대낮에 술 마시면서 아무렇지도 않게 시민들에게 피해를 주는 걸까요.

이건 정말 잘못된 행동입니다. 옆에 있던 초등학교 5학년 학생이 무슨 생각을 했겠습니까? 외국인이라고 무서워하지 말고 할 말은 할 줄 아는 시민사회가 형성되어야 합니다. 또한 외국인들도 우리나라의 문화를 배우며 에티켓을 따를 줄 알아야 합니다.

( * 이 외국인들이 혹시 지난 주말 큰 음악페스티벌이 열렸던 양평을 가던 길은 아니었는지 모르겠습니다. 그러다 보니 기분을 내려고 했던 건지도 모르지요. 그러나 행사와는 관계없는 수많은 사람들이 타는 공공시설에서 이런 소란을 피우는 건 비판받아 마땅하다고 생각합니다.)

Children of the Secret State — North Korea

May 9, 2011 by admin · 2 Comments
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The movie opens with a clip of orphan children by Ahn Chol and speaks of the humanitarian situation in the country, and then introduces Ahn Chol, who has provided the covertly filmed footage of the children. Joe Layburn, who also narrates the movie, and his camerawoman, Anna Roberts, are then introduced, on their way into Pyongyang. Posing as tourists, they are to get an official tour of the country. Joe Layburn states that Pyongyang is ‘like a multi-million dollar film set’ and that the atmosphere is ‘eerie’. The movie shows the empty streets and unused fun fair and hotels, as well as the well cared-for ‘children of the elite’, whom he contrasts with footage of starving orphans filmed by Ahn Chol.

Layburn and Roberts then travel across the border to China to rendezvous with Ahn Chol and document the border and border town, using their own footage and interviews and the footage provided by Ahn Chol. Ahn Chol, who planned to meet up with the couple at the border, fails to turn up, but Layburn proceeds to interview refugees who have fled into China from North Korea. He then heads for South Korea and makes more interviews. They also interview a man who has fled a factory complex, as well as a former North Korean prison guard. These interviews cover the well-guarded Chinese-North Korean border, the starvation in North Korea, and hostels where, according to Layburn and the children interviewed, (paraphrased) ‘orphan children are deliberately left to die’. He also states that the factories, and most industry, in the country have stopped running – this is later referred to by Layburn as (paraphrased) ‘the crisis in the North Korean economy’. An interviewed farmer who states that most North Korean food-producing farms have been made to produce opium for the profit of party officials, and several refugees speak of inhuman treatment in North Korea’s prison camps.

By the end of the movie, the fate of Ahn Chol was still undetermined, but it was later revealed that he eventually managed to escape, and that he still films in North Korea.



May 5, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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What’s a goshiwon? It’s a housing unit that is smaller than an officetel*, but considerably larger than a shoe box (but not by much).

If your boss in Korea offers you a unit in a goshiwon, it’s best to pass on the offer. However, it may be a good fit for a person that spends most of their waking hours out and about. Make sure to be fairly compensated, if you do decide to call one your home for the next year.

Watch the video below for a complete explanation, but do know that the one in the video is a high-end unit. Low-end units usually have a communal bath (2nd video).

Here’s one with a communal bath

*An officetel is a unit in an office building with both business and housing units. They are much smaller than an apartment in the States, with everything but the bathroom in the same room.