The Last Living Heir of the Joseon Dynasty

On a recent lazy weekend, I came across some figurative living history that blew my mind: there is a living royal from the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. Within the city of Jeonju, a man lives as the last piece in Korea to its last and longest-ruling imperial family. And it gets better: the historical bloodline…

Visiting the Place Where the Gwangju Uprising Started

Outside the gates of Chonnam University in Gwangju city, in a patch of overgrown grass, next to a silhouette of a person walking, is a photo of a mass of students holding signs at the gate and facing down paratroopers. The photo was taken on May 18, 1980. It was the start of the Gwangju…

A Beginner’s Guide to Korean Politics

What are the Political Issues in South Korea? When living in the US I tried to mostly stay out of political discussions. This avoidance was not because I am devoid of political views, but more because I have found these arguments to be an unproductive recounting of points and counterpoints that have been thrown out…

Best Links of the Week – The Seolall Edition.

Happy Seollal!  I hope everyone is enjoying their celebration of the New Year.  The great thing about living in Korea is we get to celebrate the New Year twice. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle last Thursday running over ice to meet Haley for Samgyeopsal.  So, I’ve been laying in bed all weekend trying to keep…