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Forsythias in bloom
With my shoulders stumped against the lingering cold, yellow and micro-fine dust, I might have almost passed by that burst of yellow normally seen around this time of the year. The burst of yellow is none other than forsythias or golden bells, ..

'Corrupt mind'
It is unprecedented that a law faces review for its alleged unconstitutionality immediately after its passage. The law in question is the landmark anticorruption bill that won parliamentary approval on March 3.

Sherman and anti-Americanism
Fresh from a brutal attack, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert left Yonsei Universitys Severance Hospital Tuesday, recovering from the wounds to his face and hand. In a formal and smart suit, he thanked the Korean people for their warm w..

Data breach still haunting
Last month, prosecutors indicted six former and incumbent executives of Home plus, including its current CEO Do Sung-hwan, on charges of illegally selling customer data to insurance firms. The prosecution claimed the company collected the personal ..

A new kind of young
Recently, to my dismay, my long-time masseuse retired after more than 30 years in the business. I asked her how she felt about retiring in her late 60s - when some peers in her age group are still seeking work - she said she was glad to retire, but..

Lack of communication
President Park Geun-hyes way of governing is under close scrutiny as she faces mounting challenges from her ruling party, the opposition camp and the public. Her leadership style is built on a policy of clinging to her principles. This has helped..

Public debate on THAAD
Once again, novelist Kim Jin-myung caught the nation off guard with his new book, THAAD. In the book, he describes a grim prospect ?a nuclear war involving superpowers with ties to the Korean Peninsula, in particular, the United States and Chin..

Dilemma for Park Won-soon
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has never publicly expressed any interest in standing as a candidate in the next presidential election. During media interviews, he has avoided directly answering any questions about his thoughts on the election or if he i..

Power of creative content
The popular entertainment reality show "Infinite Challenge" recently made headlines once again by featuring 1990s K-pop singers such as S.E.S, Turbo and solo artists Kim Hyun-jung and So Chan-whee. In an era of single-digit ratings, even for the mo..

Lesson from 'nut rage'
The repercussions of the "nut rage" incident involving former Korean Air Vice President Heather Cho continue to reverberate throughout the nation and around the world.

Year of Korean reconciliation
It's no surprise that the film "Ode to My Father" has already reached 8 million viewers as of Tuesday. It's only a matter of time before this figure hits the 10 million mark. I was deeply moved by the scene depicting the Heungnam evacuation of 14,0..

New at times means different
To many people, the numerical 2015 figure may be a welcome sign. People usually cheer themselves up, letting bygones be bygones, by turning a new page in the calendar. But the general relief that 2014 is past is an illustration of how difficult the..

Moving backward
I had lunch with Srirak Plipat, Asia-Pacific director of Transparency International (TI), in Seoul on Nov. 21. He came to Korea as part of an Asian visit before the anticorruption watchdog released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on Dec. 3.

Learning from Joseon-era kings
Controversy is raging over allegations that a group of President Park Geun-hye's closest confidants abused their positions of power. In the Korean language media, this group is known as "sipsangsi," which refers to a group of corrupt eunuch court o..

Tradition vs. innovation
These days, I have the good fortune to travel to various parts of South Korea to meet with traditional artisans. These trips often take me down to the most southern parts of the peninsula, where the vista that emerges after a four-to-five hour bus ..

Arms acquisition rotten to the core
I attended a luncheon meeting hosted by the chief of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) a few years ago when I was an editorial writer. During the meeting, a DAPA official briefed me on the role of the administration, saying it h..

Engage more with North Korea
President Park Geun-hye had a rare encounter with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday during a gala dinner at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The impromptu meeting came with the two leaders seated beside one another and progress..

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