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.

Coup D’état Diary

FB_IMG_1470618074956Sorry, recently I have neglected the blog too much. There is the backlog of thousand matters to talk about. Let them stay in the pocket for future posts, but take the most breathtaking topic:  D’état Coup Attempt in Turkey, in my beloved country.

Since last few weeks many of my colleagues from different countries called me to ask about me and my family. They watched news about Turkey, they were worried.  Their words were full of pity.

Do you know how it feels when people worry about your country?

Living abroad loads you whole the burden of news about your own country in the global media.

Is Turkey safe now?

We want to travel Tukey, but we heard there is ISIS…

Turkey is a very beautiful country. Your foods are very delicious. What was its name? Kebab? Yes, yes kebab!

Not only my friends but also people I encounter in supermarket or coiffeur asked me about happenings in Turkey. Thanks to them I did learn that the word in Korean referring to coup is kuteta  (쿠데타), which looks to be a loan word from French.

Turn back to coup day.

Only A few hours before the coup attempt I had a flight from Istanbul to Seoul. After 10 hours of flying, I arrived my home in Seoul. I wanted to take a short nap, but my phone didn’t let me sleep with notification raids. When I checked my smart phone there were hundreds of messages mostly from Whatsapp groups. What I found out was something of a surprise.  People were talking about an abnormal thing. Turkey had turned into chaos…

During next hours I did follow the happenings second by second from TV broadcastings. Turkey was being hijacked by an evil cabal. It was like an action movie.

Do you know how it feels when you are watching your country is in fire, while you are thousands of miles away from it?

Coup attempt failed. With a great support ruling party brought about another victory.

Now on, the Ruling Party will be stronger as never been before. Nietzsche says; What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 

We experienced that there would be thousands of people, company or institutions to denounce the coup if it fails.  As we experienced that they clapped army commanders in successfully carried out coups in 1950’s, 1960’s, 1980’s.

From a distance, I follow the escalating ferocity of Turkey’s political battles. You may blame me to be a passive bystander. I don’t have any other choice but to do so. Because I know well that sometimes, politicians and interest groups welcome conflict in pursuit of a broader ideological goal. I don’t claim the coup attempt was a play, but I am sure it is welcomed by someone.

What do we do here; to blame… Blame the opponent to be a traitor, a hain… Compete in patriotism

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

You May Doing Wrong by Moving to South Korea

DSC_0122Are you preparing to move to Korea (the capitalist one)?

Or, do you have such a dream to move there in a point in the future?

You should think about it again. I don’t want to demolish your imagination of Korea, but there is a huge problem.

Or, try it, and decide by yourself.

If you ask about my comment.  I have a few things to tell you. This is experience of my 2 years of life in this country.

At first glance, Korea looks to be country of perfectness: Streets are so clean and safe.  People are very peaceful and silent. Everywhere is fulfilled with great innovation of modern times. Transportation system is excellent. There are amazing places to walk around, to do hiking.

However, all those qualities may not work well.

After a while you may feel terrible lonely in this spot of the planet. You will find no human-beings there.

You will take the subway with hundreds of people but none of them will be there. They all have another life in their cyber world. They join that world through their smart phones. You will stare around to catch a couple of eyes, but in vain.

Sometimes you may think you are doing very funny friends in the school or in the workplace. They will demonstrate a great enjoyment with your jokes and speeches. But you will be wrong. They are not enjoying, they  are just playing a role.  You will understand that when you graduate the school or when you change to another work. You may have none (“Zero” plus “You”). I hear that you are telling ” it is same everywhere in all over the world.” No my friend. It is not same everywhere. Definetely, you will make more more good friends in any other country than those you may make in Korea. (bad friends as well)

Lets play with your dreams a bit more.

You know Korean people have Korean faces. You will be different in this country. You may learn Korean better than a normal Korean but still they won’t believe you. You will always be a vegugin (foreigner). It sounds like an animal’s name.

You will ask an address on the street, but ajumma will cover her face and run away from you. Young school girl will also do so. If you are lucky one of them will say; “I speaky no engilishy.” Then purr.

“Hey don’t go. Please.  I know Korean. It is not problem to answer me in Korean.”

You will be talking by yourself…

Anyway Korea is a Heaven if you are talking to yourself just like me.

I admire this country, because I love to be alone.  I can live in here one whole year without making a word to humanbeings. This is inspiring. This is like novels of Haruki Murakami.

Take the subway. Check the app on your smart phone. Go to the place you want to go. Do your works just facetoface with computers or such other creatures -but no humanbeings-.

Then go home and sleep. This world is wonderful. Because you can create a world there that is totally belongs to you.

You may write a long book, a novel. And you may throw it deep into an ocean. No one will read it. That is a good story. A precious one.

Seoul, Korea. March 1, 2015

 

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!?

 

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