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Trump is bluffing
In poker, the best hand tends to win. But the problem is that players do not know who has the best hand. Sometimes, an inferior hand successfully bluffs, or pretends to be the best hand, to make scared opponents fold and the bluffer wins the pot. B..

Kimchi - make or buy?
I had a breakthrough in the kitchen a few weeks ago. I made cubed radish kimchi orkkakdugi for the first time. I used to think that making kimchi was something only skilled housewives did. Making kimchi, which requires multiple processes, seeme..

Power of dinner table talk
I felt sad to hear a recent report that an increasing number of elementary school students are dining alone. The news said that the majority of the students attributed the reason for eating alone to their busy study schedule. The respondents said t..

Resetting Korea Inc.
A few days ago, I had difficulty in using my old desktop computer. I tried all possible measures but failed to get the machine to return to normal. My last choice was unplugging and resetting it, which finally fixed it. Like the computer, now it se..

Star pianists and Carnegie Hall
The 2015 Chopin Competition winner Cho Seong-jin recently made a successful debut at New Yorks iconic Carnegie Hall with a sell-out performance of Berg, Schubert and Chopin. Winning a major event like the Chopin Competition is indispensable in la..

Star pianists and Carnegie Hall

Hyundai Motor vs. labor union
No one can deny that Hyundai Motor is one of the two pillars bolstering Korea Inc. along with Samsung Electronics. Employing nearly 68,000 workers, the nations top automaker posted 93 trillion won in sales last year. The companys problems are o..

Prime minister's wrong path
The peoples quest for justice is being challenged again after Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn turned down the independent counsels request for a 30-day extension of its investigation into the presidential corruption scandal, Monday. As a result, P..

Learn from Japan's rise in figure skating
The latest major international figure skating competition took place in Korea last week, serving as a test event for the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang in February next year. The Four Continents Championships (4CC) in Gangneung which took plac..

The perennial divides in Korean society and politics
Divide may well be a constant challenge among people. Many struggle when their affiliated group differs from their reference group. Or to put it more simply, people experience an internal divide mostly when their lot in life differs largely fro..

No replay of 1987 mistake
The present political turbulence bears a resemblance to that of 1987 when people staged the pro-democracy movement to call for the end of harsh military rule. One of most striking similarities between the two episodes is the people power that led t..

Denmark's lesson for happiness
The global craze for a lifestyle concept called hygge has arrived in Korea. Hygge, which means coziness, is an entire attitude to life that puts emphasis on living well by pursuing everyday happiness. It originates from Denmark, which is often ..

Trump massacring one-handed economists
When former U.S. President Harry Truman sought advice from economic experts, they tended to respond, on the one hand and on the other hand, instead of giving clear and definitive resolutions. Frustrated by such ambiguity, Truman asked his aid..

Planning for a successful year
A resolution good for only three days, or jaksimsamil, is an old Korean saying that is often heard at this time of the year.

Trump challenge and response
With a few days left before taking office, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has already been wielding his power as the incoming leader of the most powerful nation on the planet.

Uncovering Park's hidden assets
As the independent counsel is digging deeper into the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil, the prime suspects, for their part, are going all out to defend themselves.

Let checks and balances work
People once again are asking a tricky question: Why have almost all South Korean presidents been involved in an influence-peddling and graft scandal while in office or after retirement?

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