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Kim Sakkat's travels to the US
Long after his death, Kim Sakkat the traveling Joseon-era poet finally traveled to the United States - that is, his poems traveled here. I welcomed him to my humble home recently. Reading his poems in English was fun, and I laughed and smiled when ..

Society of East Sea: 20th anniversary
The Society of the East Sea is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the last week of October with a seminar in Gyeongju. As an old member of the board, I congratulate their meaningful contributions towards promoting the dual name of the body of ..

Toffee news spread out to the world
The 2014 Brazil World Cup is over following the Germanys victory over Argentina. The final game was enjoyably tense with the two best teams meeting in the final game. Certainly, the World Cup in Brazil has attracted the attention of many people a..

6.25 remembered
The Korean War broke out in the early morning of June 25, 1950. I witnessed the breakout of the war in Seoul as a 9-year-old boy. My family moved to Seoul from Jeongup, North Cholla Province, in February 1950 and settled down in Huam-dong, Yongsan-..

White House Garden: my thoughts
It is well known that first ladies have changed the White House furniture and interior decorations for their residence during their husbands' presidential terms, four years or eight years. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy were shocked to see the deteri..

Chunwon: Korea's Leo Tolstoy
Lee Kwang-su was one of a number of great Korean writers during the Japanese colonial rule over Korea, the first 45 years of the 20th century. He is better known as Chunwon, his pen name, meaning spring garden. During the last phase of Japanese..

For young Korean leaders
My first advice to young Korean political leaders: please do not bring your "bodyguards" to meetings.

Korea - forgotten nation in air defense zone conflict
China's declaration of an air defense identification zone has drawn shocking attention from the world, but the people in the world do see only a conflict between China and Japan in alliance with the United States.

Doctor-cum-poet romanticizes marathon
I was glad to read my old friends book of English poetry. A prominent cardiologist in both the United States and South Korea for many years, Lee Won-ro was recently invited by Samsungs new hospital to return to Korea. Previously, he was on the ..

Monk-poet Hyesim's 'Magnolia & Lotus'
At my age, I have been very fortunate to be able to read ``Magnolia and Lotus: Selected Poems by Hyesim. Some readers might know Hyesim as Mueuija, a man who did not wear any clothes. I am an old Korean poet, but had never been exposed to Hyesi..

For Asian sea and peace
China and Japan are launching their own dangerous war preparations openly regarding sovereignty claims on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Korea and Japan are escalating tensions over their claims to the Dokdo islets, which are cal..

[58 Anniversary] Korea Times Changed My Life
The Korea Times has been an important part of my life, and will remain so throughout my life. It is not just a newspaper. It has been my companion, friend, teacher and a source of pride. It has been a window to the world outside Korea and a way to ..

Dokdo in East Sea or Sea of Japan?
The name of the sea, East Sea and Sea of Japan, has become a symbolic problem between Japan and Korea, since the neighboring countries have each claimed a single but different name for the sea between the two. I have been proposing the joint ..

Politics of Discontent Over American Beef
A very crazy thing or a series of crazy things are happening in Korean politics. President Lee Myung-bak is now the target of impeachment by opposition politicians and interest group leaders for his stance on open-door to U.S. beef.

Traditional Korean Poetry Has Rich History
Not many people in this modern age read much poetry. Koreans, however, are an exception. Each year South Korea publishes more than 200 good poetry books, which on average sell 1,000 to 2,000 copies each.

Obama New Phenomenon in US Politics
Obama is a new phenomenon in American politics, but it is not a new phenomenon for those who witnessed the 1960s. He is a reincarnation of a black man from the 1960s. In him, I can see a kind of reincarnation, a revitalization of the ideas of the 1..

On Western Literature
Kim Il-sung made a speech at the Asian and African Writers' conference in Pyongyang in 1980 which attacked the U.S. cultural imperialism that was penetrating all the developing nations and destroying their nationalism and traditional values. He sai..

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