The Catalan Crisis, A Crisis Requiring Historical Reevaluation

For this blog post, I wish to discuss the Catalan crisis, more commonly known as the independence movement in Catalonia, Spain. These days, news and media outlets seem to focus too heavily on delivering breaking news, utilizing pathos, and ultimately click-baiting people. Let me make it clear: News requires context. Everything happening in our world…

Choi-gate Explanation of Major Actors

*This wasn’t posted before, so I just posted it Introduction The recent political scandal involving Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye, and countless others has outraged the people. When trying to understand the beginning of such crisis, one must first examine the generation that came before. President Park Jung-hee, the father of the current president, had…

Thoughts on Sexual Harassment

This time, I’ve decided to take a break from writing about North Korea. Probably not the best time because President Trump is in Asia (dun dun dun). However, I’m writing about sexual harassment for the school newspaper, and I thought I’d use this space to organize my thoughts. 1. Corporations What role do major corporations…

China’s Role in Nuclear Nonproliferation

China is perhaps the greatest variable in resolving the North Korean crisis. To understand the trends in Chinese arms control and nonproliferation policies, a historical review is absolutely necessary. Examinations of state behavior show that three most significant events perceptively show Chinese belief on arms control. Two of these events are heavily related to nuclear…

US-Turkey Tensions Escalate with Suspension of All Non-immigrant Visa Services

On October 8th, 2017, the United States Embassy of Turkey officially, and indefinitely suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey, heightening the tension in the two nations’ diplomacy. The suspension will be in effect immediately and will prevent Turkish immigrants from obtaining a visa unless the immigrant plans to settle in the US permanently. In…

Government’s New Policy Combating Hidden Cameras

Last year, Soranet, the then-largest porn site in Korea, was officially shut down due to illegal footage of women wandering on the internet without their consent, also known as “revenge pornography.” In spite of such changes, however, the problem of hidden cameras has and is continuing to increase. The essential concern that women have goes…

Chuseok in Shambles

As South Korea continues to display signs of Westernization at work, traditional values inherent to the nation seem to dwindle in their importance every year. Such a trend is evident when it comes to Chuseok, one of Korea’s most celebrated holidays. It may only be a matter of time before “Korean Thanksgiving” simply becomes no more…

North Korea, Realism, and Humanitarian Aid

Realism remains the dominant theory in international security studies. However, one observing North Korea through a Realist lens would fail to explain the state’s behavior. North Korea is dominated by one political party that is willing to compromise national security for the wellbeing of the party. The Structural Neo-Realist Theory rests on a core assumption…

Banning Dog-slaughtering Markets

Recent years show a rapid rise of pet ownership and support for animal protection organizations. Korea is known for slaughtering for cultural aspects, like the traditional soup called “boshintang”. However, after the mayor of Seongnam, Lee Jae-Myeong, announced the ban on dog-slaughtering, the actions were delayed until recently when the removal of Moran dog slaughter…

Combating a Culture of Corruption

Before President Park, there was President Lee Myung-Bak. According to the New York Times, seven months before the end of his term, President Lee had to issue a public apology for bribery allegations against his brother, former aides, and acquaintances. Before President Lee, there was President Roh Moohyun. His corruption scandal ultimately, and tragically, led him to…

Naver, the Next Self-Driving Car Manufacturer?

On Feb. 20, the Naver corporation announced that it was authorized by the Ministry of Land to test self-driving cars on normal roads. Technology and the creation of cars has been one of Korea’s major export focuses, and the fusion of the two may quite likely succeed in the long run. The testing is expected…

South Korea’s Graying Demographics

According to recent studies conducted by the Ministry of the Interior, South Korea will officially become an aged society this year, much earlier than demographers expected. By 2060, the United Nations (UN) predicts that it will overtake Japan and become the nation with the grayest demographics. Such a low birthrate will have heavy implications on the…