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Sun, July 21, 2019 | 12:02
Oyster's place in history
While many cherish spring and the warmth it brings, I always view spring with a certain degree of regret for it signals the end of the oyster season. I prefer my oysters fried, which generates a good deal of kidding from Korean men who assure me that eating raw oysters will increase my male virility. They are convinced even more of the accuracy of this view when I inform them...
Unlike Mickey Mouse, who possessed a sense of morality that we wished our children would emulate but knew it was impossible, Donald Duck was someone that we could all relate to.
| 2013-12-24 16:53
Ginseng smuggling in 1865
In the 19th century, ginseng was one of Korea’s most important crops. The best ginseng came from the area around Songdo (modern-day Gaesong in North Korea) and was, according to one Western visitor, “grown from seed under long low sheds, constructed of pine bark with an under-covering of matting.’’
(116) Keeping demons at bay
If you are reading this then the feared prophesized apocalypse of Dec. 21, 2012, has quietly passed. Like many of these failed doomsday prophecies it will be remembered with some degree of amusement.
(114) Chinese criminals in Joseon (2)
William Franklin Sands, a young American employed first with the American legation in Seoul and later by the Korean government, described Jemulpo in the 1890s as “an unattractive entrance to a great adventure.” Jemulpo was filled with opportunities. Some Westerners were there in government service such as sailors and diplomats, some were there to convert the masses, while oth...
(112) Chinese criminals in Joseon
Following the Imo mutiny in July 1882, Chinese soldiers were a fairly common sight in Seoul and Jemulpo. Naturally enough, when there are a large number of young, hormone-driven young men away from home, there are going to be problems, especially with regards to women.
(107) Up in smoke
When Korea and the West established treaties with one another in the 1880s, it was agreed that opium would not be imported into the country. Yet, despite the ban, opium was smuggled in ? mainly by the Chinese ? and did become a problem
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