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Korea never used to be part of China
Chinese President Xi Jinping triggered public wrath here by allegedly saying, Korea used to be a part of China during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 7. Most Koreans appear perplexed at Xis remark as it is totally senseles..

Too early to thank China
The United States and China appear to have found some common ground in their negotiations over North Korea. They are seemingly working closely together to create a much-needed momentum in handling the North Korean nuclear crisis following the summi..

Who should clean classrooms?
Recently a high school student in Daegu contributed to our opinion page a very interesting article about the educational effect of students cleaning their own schools. The article was well written and the English was quite fluent for a Korean stude..

Can we root out fake news?
There is no question that everyone can write stories and upload them on social media platforms thanks to the development of information and communication technologies. This trend is welcomed, considering that the freedom of expression can be expand..

Cramming for May election
After having witnessed a political drama unfold on the streets of Seoul in the form of millions of Koreans protesting to eventually oust a sitting president over alleged influence-peddling, Koreans now face a test. It is a test looming closely with..

Lying, betrayal and corruption
One of the most popular news items on April Fools Day was certainly an article about the 10 worst lies in modern Korean history. It was not a story that anyone can just laugh off on such a funny day. Atop the list is Oxy Reckitt Benckisers humi..

Finding happiness with home decor
After a long winter, I have been occupied with adding a touch of spring to my home decor with fresh flowers, lighter-colored candles and new kitchenware. For me, home decorating has been a life-long passion. Ever since I was a child, I have been fa..

Enjoy Maangchi's yummy recipes
Before I got into cooking several years ago, I used YouTube primarily to listen to classical music or learn how to play certain pieces on the piano, such the Chopin Polonaise in A-flat. Now the video-sharing website has become an indispensable tool..

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..

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