U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on April 12, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Two worlds colliding, kind of freaking me out.



The European Union’s free trade agreement with South Korea took effect in July 2011, more than half a year ahead of the South Korea-U.S. free trade pact. That was expected to give U.K. law firms an edge over their American counterparts in establishing a presence in Seoul. But as the Asian…


Kim Sang-hun, director of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, estimates 20,000 to 30,000 North Korean women are now entrapped in China in what many observers see as a form of slavery.


South Korea’s protesters shout slogans during a candle rally against import of US beef in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, after the USDA announced April 24 that America’s fourth case of mad cow disease was discovered in a 10-year-old cow. Ahn Young-joon/AP

A few years ago, after the discovery of a case of mad cow in Britain, South Koreans were so up in arms against import of American beef for months. It significantly impacted both the businesses that deal with the beef itself and U.S.-Korean relations in general. 

A few weeks ago I went with some friends to a meat restaurant that served American beef and the normally packed establishment was nearly empty.

Not looking forward to what will happen if this continues and more cases are discovered.



South Korea and Japan’s ongoing dispute over the islets known as Dokdo to Seoul and Takeshima to Tokyo has erupted again, with the South Korean Foreign Ministry summoning a Seoul-based Japanese diplomat Friday to vent about Japan’s reference to Dokdo in its annual Diplomatic Bluebook, AFP…

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