Reporting from Korea / Dogania News Selection

~ Seoul will make public transportation free in polluted days
You may know that air pollution has been a concerning issue in Korea since last few years. Many debates has been done and numerous solution methods have been raised. I think this is one of the most interesting and the most creative ones. 

More about it: here

~Masturbation scandal in the school

I am sure this is the top news for this week. Nine middle school students involved in a public masturbation in the classroom. 

How does it sound? 

Strange? 

Scary? 

Funny? 

Worrying? 

And what do you think about the cause of such a happening? 

Our Korean experts unanimously said something: it is beacause that reaching sexual materials (porn) is so easy. Do you agree with this? 

Honestly speaking I am not satisfied with this claim. Doesn’t public nudity deserve a small blame? Or norebangs and massage rooms in every corner of cities in Korea.  A middle school kid can find more real materials in the streets to be sexually attracted. 

Some more public masturbation occurences: here

~ Elderly man murders his Vietnamese  daughter-in-law

There are many sad stories of Vietnamese brides in Korea. Stories of girls who marry to men who are dozens of years older than them. It requires an extensive analysis. I want to write a long post about it later. 

For this news: here

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Escape from Camp 14

A North Korean man’s escape story.  A bestseller book. 

4 years ago, when I first moved to South Korea, I saw this book in a bookstore. That time I thought it would be a man’s exaggeratedly dramatized story. So I didn’t have any interest to read it. 

But, recently  I wanted read somethings about North Korea. So it goes. I read it.   

It is worthy to read. It is not only a critique to North Korea but also it has many biting words for South Korea and America. 
2 Koreas. 

The route of escaping from North Korea: River separeting North Korea from China. 

China~North Korea border. 

China’s Koreans (Juseonjok People)

The activities of South Korean authorities and Korean churches for North Korean defectors in China. 

Next step for North Korean defectors: Thailand. 

Difficulties of adapting to South Korea for a North Korean defector. 

Yes it is a truth North Koreans are happier than their kins in South.

Why Protestors Carry American Flags in Korea

Since the impeachment of the president Park Geun-hye,  pro-Park demonstrators have been holding protests every Saturday in the heart of Seoul, in front of the City Hall. Till the impeachment, mass protests had been done in the same place by millions of anti-Park demonstrators.

The protestors are mostly elder members of the society. It is so hard to find someone younger than 30’s, even than 40’s. They are angry to anti-Park protestors. They blame anti-Park groups as North Korea sympathisers. They are also angry toward mainstream media.

This week I happened to see one of these rallies on the place. I was so surprised by the number of American flags being waved by protestors. As many as Korean flags, they carry American flags.

I wonder whether pro-Park demonstrators’ love of American flag causes an anti-reaction,  anti-American feelings on the other side. Most analysts believe that Korea’s ties with China will be better with the next administration, most probably Ahn Cheool-soo or Moon Jae-in’s presidency. Even some people say that a sharp shift similar to one in the Philippines will hapen….

Other than American flags, the other interesting thing is symbol and banners of Christian groups. I saw many symbols of Christianity.

 

Constantinople’s Beautiful Days During Multilingual Empire

A photo of Istanbul from the last days of Ottoman Empire. A bakery shop in Ortakoy. Name of the shop is written in 6 languages: Turkish, Armenian, Greek, English, Russian, and Hebrew….

It depicts the multilingual face of the Empire. Contrary to Turkey’s one-language-dictation, it shows there was a language freedom during Ottomans.

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Sadly, most of Ottoman Empire fans in Turkey are severely anti-minority languages. A sign in Kurdish or Laz language may cause a big problem. Shop owner needs to struggle with both laws and public reactions. Even though recent reforms allow more freedom, public pressure, which is called mahalle baskisi (neighborhood pressure) becomes more suffocating.

Worn Out Internet Bookmarks

Yesterday, when I happened to check files in my portable disk, I came across some internet bookmarks which I used to follow 7-8 years ago. Most probably I did save them to that disk before reformatting my PC. I remember, I used to follow those pages regularly. That time, their contents ranged from news pages and social sites to blogs and forum pages.  Inside those web pages, today,

Some of them are still active, and they seems to have many followers as before

Some of them exist, but not updated since long time ago, today they looks like an archive,

And the others totally have been shut down.

In the Internet age (you may find another name for it; cyber world,  media world) changes are too fast. In a few years any product (or person, or webpage) that is popular becomes obsolete.  For instance, Mirc, Nokia…  The question for companies is whether they make one of their products (or webpage) obsolete or their competitors. If one of your competitors makes it, then your company will be in trouble. This is a common fear of popular companies, and it must be. In 1990’s Microsoft had that fear, and today Google needs to have it.

Anyhow… good music never becomes worn out. enjoy this beautiful Turkish cover:

While I was on their planet 4

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Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul – South Korea

Rest of my days on the planet: here

While I was on their planet 3

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Today when I was looking around a flee market near to Dongmyo Station in Seoul, I encountered by this view.

While I was on their planet 2

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetAt the campus of University of Seoul. Korea.

Who left me here!?

 

While I was on their planet

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South Kore, Seoul, Hoegi…

Seoul Ichon Station (이 촌) / Line 4 / Exit 3-1

Lets see around the Soul by Subway Station exits. Actually it is an idea of another blogger, but it is amazing enough to steal. Today’s station is Ichon.
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