In Korea, cocks are allowed to fight till they kill one another, and to egg them on to greater excitement red pepper is rubbed into their eyes. Newly born calves are allowed to spend the night in the open at…
History is always cruel to the defeated because it belongs to the victor. History offers a future to the latter, but tragedy to the former. In spite of this, tragedy is beautiful because a solution presupposes the problem that caused…
Kim Dae-jung, a former President of the Republic of Korea (1998–2003), and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died on 18 August 2009.
This poem was first published in Jacket2 (USA, 2012).
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In 2009, during my Asialink residency in Seoul, me and a bunch of others decided to make the journey to Muuido, an island near Incheon airport. Well, it seemed like it was 'near'.
We ended up on the beach at the top right of the map near Silmido. Couldn't get to Silmido itself because of the tides and warnings from ajummas not to cross the rock bridge ... which turned out to be wrong.
It's actually a nice place, lots of camping under pine trees, and not as many people as I thought there would be. Just no swimming. And no time to do anything.
Sounds great, huh?