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My articles regarding Korean culture.

This article is regarding impeachment of South Korea's 11st president.

This is a long article. I've tried to be as objective as possible with exception of closing lines which are subjective.

 

1. Who is Park Geun-hye? Her background

 

First of all, Park Geun-hye is the daughter of Park Chung-hee who was the 3rd President of South Korea. Her father was a dictator who won the presidency through a coup and he was later assassinated. His regime lasted from 1963 to 1979, roughly 16 years.

 

Despite of that, the 3rd President is often credited for laying the ground work for rapid development of South Korea in 80s. He pushed the country hard for development at expanse of lives. This ultimately gave the ground work for Park Geun-hye to eventually become elected as 11st president in the future.

 

The 3rd President had two marriages. Park Geun-hye was born from his second wife. Her mother was assassinated on year 1974.

 

All in all, she has an elder half sister, a younger sister, and a younger brother. She is known to have cut ties to them completely.

Monday, 20 June 2016 02:00

Girlfriend app

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Girlfriend app... for Android phone, yes.

Girl-Friend-App, yes. If you browse Google play with language set in either Korean or Japanese, you can find a fair amount of Girlfriend app.

What the app does is that it gives you ... a digital, eventually nagging, girlfriend. It is fairly popular among young guys. Even some middle-age men have it on their phone.

The app works by gently forcing its players to pay attention to it. You have to periodically play the app in order to increase affinity to the digial girl. High affinity allows its players to change her costomes (which players need to purchase with real money). Reaching higher affinity requires gifts, some of which must be purchased with real money.

Just looking at the amount of reviews such app receives indicate that it has some dedicated playerbase.

The four reviews displayed on the image above say things like "I've finally got a girlfriend!", "It's good, heh. Item arts are lovely.", "How should I respond when my girlfriend gets ill TT", and "I've got a girlfriend in my palm."

I am not writing this to judge them although it's hard to resist hearing a snicker or two in my head as I write this. But each to their own. Let's just leave it at that.

These kind of apps work by gradually making its players addicted and eventually force them to spend real money for gifts and costumes. And as always, there are addicts who can't control themselves and end up spending quite large amount of money over their digital girlfriends.

These apps are known to consistantly nag you by making your phone vibrate periodically. Thankfully, these apps are designed to stay slient during night time.

Errr... whatever.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:34

Koreans and dogs

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20 ~ 30 years ago, Koreans who had dogs were not common but it was not rare. Dogs were kept in dog houses and were kept by those who had their own houses. Those who lived in apartments never had dogs as pets. It was just unthinkable at that time and such was not cultural norm.

Additionally, in the old times, dogs weren’t really pets. They were guardians of gate and, in hard times, emergency meat.

 

Fast forward to 2016, Koreans and dogs mean something entirely different.

I see a lot, I mean really a lot, of people having pet dogs, usually tiny ones instead of big ones I used to see when I was a kid. And they are all dressed up with ribbons and whatnot.

Few decades ago, such was unthinkable. The reason would be simple. Small dogs can’t guard a gate against intruders and small dogs don’t produce lots of meat.

Now if you tell a young Korean those two reasons, s/he would freak out and ask why one would keep a dog for such reasons.

Time flows and trends alter. For better or worse, I don’t know.

Saturday, 20 February 2016 01:15

Reality of webtoon authors

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There is a show program in Korea called “I live alone”. It is aired on every Friday night.

On Feb 19 2016’s show, it featured a webtoon author who goes by a fan-name of “Gihan 84”. He is a popular webtoon author and does well.

By webtoon author’s standards.

Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:57

Marriage resume

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This article is based on 16th episode of Useful Good-for-nothing.

 

In Episode 16, Na-Young talks about few groups at the school. This article will explain the 3rd group; those who are in the course for the marriage resume.

 

Marriage resume is probably an alien concept for those who live in America but probably not new for Asians.

A marriage resume is exactly what its name says. It is a resume for marriages. I am basing this article on the situation in Korea because, well, Useful Good-for-nothing is a Korean webtoon and I am a (native) Korean myself, so I know a good deal about this.

In Korea, the average marriage age is 35. Yes, 35. Lately, the average marriage age is pushing towards 40 for men and 35 for women.

The reason is simple. No properly educated women will marry men who don’t have proper income and financial stability. Those two generally mean a man has to have a decent job and has to have some savings. And those two don’t happen for young men in 20s.

Marriage resume is used for arranged marriages where men and women seek their proper partners. A requirement for a marriage resume is a university diploma. It does not usually matter which course as long as the university is well known. But this applies only to women.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 02:31

Choi Jin-Sil curse

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It all began with money.

And now it seems what's (or was) needed was anything but money.

Read my first blog entry <Choi Jin-sill> prior reading this entry. Otherwise, you won't know well what is going on in this entry.

For those who chose not to read the previous entry, let me sum it up quickly.

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