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A passion for historical novels
I am passionately fond of historical novels, which convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of past ages. For me, historical novels serve as a time machine by which to travel to the past in diverse locales. A Chinese historical novel title..

President Park's level-headedness toward N. Korea
Prior to entering the Blue House on Feb. 25, 2013 for the first time since her father's assassination in October 1979, then president-elect Park Geun-hye promised to seek better relations with North Korea. This was another way for Madame Park to di..

Why is East Asian sea in a Virginia venue?
Last Monday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill requiring Commonwealth of Virginia textbooks to note the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea. With the benefit of hindsight, let us reflect whether Korean-Americans, by pushing for a V..

Ulleungdo from 1955 to 2014
Ulleungdo (or Ulleung Island) is a rugged volcanic island about 135 kilometers off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. Formerly known as "Dagelet" to Europeans, the pentagon-shaped, scenic island surrounded by the crystal-clear turquoise waters..

Infidelity: Dirtiest word in my dictionary
This is true. "Infidelity" is the dirtiest word in my dictionary. If I had a choice, I would take the word and anything that means anything close to it and flush them down the toilet. As with many other people, I took the ultimate vow, and made the..

Internet and a cute Turkish girl
Living in South Korea dramatically changed my life, for better and for worse. While I had a lot of great times in Korea as an expatriate, I also learned that my fellow men can be pretty cold and brutal at times when given the opportunity.

Korea-Japan undersea tunnel
Korea joined the Organization for the Cooperation of Railways (OSJD) as an affiliated member, the Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) announced on March 23.

Finding balance of mind, body
In my early 30s, I learned taekwondo, a Korean martial art. Students in my class were all elementary school children except two in middle school and me, the only adult.

Korean National Medical Center
Hospitals have played a major role in the improvement of health. The development of hospitals in our society is closely associated with religion and war.

The real student
I was recently asked by an elderly Korean woman what makes a good teacher? I presumed she meant English teacher since it is safe to assume from my appearance what subject I teach.

Learning a fine language from nature
Is speech an exclusive possession of humanity? Does the human race alone have the gift of artistic presentation? I am sometimes, especially when I take pleasure in looking at lovely flowers, lost in reveries. That is, plants express their thoughts ..

Soaked in books
Reading is a process of accumulating knowledge. It leads to the collection of factual information and incurs inferential and critical views. We can also achieve creative knowledge by reading books.

Putin unchained
There is a small but fundamental mistake in the actual discourse on Russia, the Ukraine and the like. Western Press is trying to get a fix on the ghosts of the Cold War. EU-ropeans are surprised by Putin's uncalled belligerence. And Professor Obama..

Reflections on coffee
There is a Turkish proverb that says, "Coffee is black as hell, dark as death and sweet as love." It means that coffee has strong flavor and is highly addictive.

How to make big banks safer
Nearly six years after the global financial crisis, regulators have adopted a lot of new rules that might make individual banks a little safer.

KOICA's dream
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korean government's arm for overseas aid, marked its 23rd anniversary on April 1. It has dispatched more than 12,000 volunteers overseas to provide Korea's unique development experience. It th..

A thoughtless carpenter
Sometimes, we think so rigidly that we are mired in our own trap. When such stubbornness is combined with thoughtlessness, the result is horrific.

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