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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..

North Koreas Literary Theory
North Korean literature promotes socialist ideology, new technology and Puritan communist culture. Kim Jong-il has been criticizing North Korean literature as lacking philosophic depth, aesthetic sense, sensitivity and artistic craftsmanship, and t..

Death toll jumps to 150 as divers crank up search efforts
Conservative critic under fire for improper remarks over ferry disaster
Death toll reaches 157
A photograph of the half sunken ferry 'the cruelest photo'
Culture can't explain it all
Chonghaejin owner's home raided
Ilbe manipulates yellow ribbon image into own emblem
I'm afraid to look at the window: Sewol survivor
Sewol tragedy slashes cruises, ups airliners
'We are alive' man who spread false info arrested