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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.

Published in Culture
Monday, 20 June 2016 02:00

Girlfriend app

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.

Published in Culture
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:34

Koreans and dogs

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.

Published in Culture
Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:57

Marriage resume

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.

Published in Culture
Monday, 21 April 2014 02:35

South Korean Ferry "Sewol" capsized

Before I begin this long entry, understand that I was extremely angry while making this. I controlled and calmed myself numerous times as I made this but it was hard to hide my angst. I tried my best to be objective and unbiased but this entry is likely subjective and biased to some degree.

 

On April 16th 2004, a south Korean Ferry "Sewol" carrying 459 passengers capsized. The ferry was on route to Jeju island. FTI, Jeju island is Hawaii of Korea.

Out of 459 passengers, approximately 350 of them were students. They were on a school trip.

I am writing this tragic accident in details.

Published in Thoughts
Sunday, 23 September 2012 02:34

No He & She in Korean, really? Nope

There is something I learned a long time ago while translating Korean into English.

It is that Korean language does not really care whether subjects are male or female sometimes. Make no mistake: Korean language does have full capacity of clearly indicating whether a person is a male or a female in subject.

There are in fact various ways to say whether a person you are taking about is a male or a female.

Published in Thoughts
Thursday, 03 January 2013 02:31

Choi Jin-Sil curse

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.

Published in Culture
Friday, 01 June 2012 02:30

Comic room

In Korean, it'd be "만화방". A direct translation would be manwha room which you can understand as a comic room.

It's a place where you rent comic books and read there. You do not take the books out to your place. You must find a seat and read.

Manwha/manga are integrated into Korean culture and it's very common to see people in these rooms. It's "room" but it's more like a hall where they display (tens) thousands of comic books and you pick whatever you want to read.

You can spend 10 hours easily in there. I know that from personal experience. It's also a good way to go on a diet this way because you simply forget to eat and drink. You will even hold your pee as long as you can. Once you get on a rhythm, you simply don't want to leave there.

Published in Culture
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:28

Korean military service

It is called "병역" in Korean.

It is mandatory for all Korean males over 18 years old to serve in military for 18 months (soon to be 24 months). There can be few exceptions where certain medical conditions can allow some males to be exempt from being recruited. And students majoring in certain area, such as future doctors, can also be exempt.

In general, mothers oppose their sons serving in military strongly while fathers welcome it since they tend to believe that serving in military "turn boys in men".
Mothers oppose it because they learn smoking and drinking from serving military. It's true actually. Almost all Korean males who are smoking and drinking seem to have learned their habit from mandatory military service.

Published in Culture
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:28

College Scholastic Ability Test

College Scholastic Ability Test

or We Koreans call it 수능시험 which is a shortened word of 대학수학능력시험 which directly translate to College Scholastic Ability Test.

The is The exam of life for Koreans. This is where one's fate is decided literally. This test is held once every year and outcome of this test decides which university / college one can go, which basically decides your future career and salary, which can also have a great effect on what kind of man/woman you can choose.

You can think of it as SAT but this exam is much MUCH x 12 worse. The pressure of this exam is so great that there are increasing incidents of suicide by teenagers.

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