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Pop Culture & Society
Is celebrity education really education?
by | November 5, 2007 | 33 Comments
(Singer-actor Eugene) Shortly after posting this entry about Tim’s educational background, I saw the following (edited) transcription of the “Star News report” (you can watch the video clip of the segment at that link as well), which discusses celebrities and the way in which they gain admissions to universities in Korea. It’s a topic that... More »


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Korea just got a little pornier
by | October 29, 2007 | 11 Comments
Newsen reports that Penthouse is coming to Korea. Porn lovers rejoice! Penthouse Media Group has made a contract to enter into an exclusive license with Korea’s own adult media corporation, N Tree Media. This new media enterprise between the two groups marks a first step in advancing into the large potential Asian adult entertainment market,... More »


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Just a quickie…
by | October 11, 2007 | 25 Comments
…cuz it’s funny, even if it’s in an I-feel-guilty-for-laughing sort of way. South Korea’s hosting an international condom conference this week on Jeju Island, in attendance by the world’s top condom experts (and no, that’s not a euphemism for the everyman, although it should be). Two interesting points: they’ve concluded that condom sizing matters, ergo... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok!
by | September 24, 2007 | 38 Comments
  Tomorrow is Chuseok, also called Hangawi, which is the Korean version of Thanksgiving and one of the largest (perhaps the largest) holidays in the Korean calendar. That means a break from work, lots of traditional food, including the customary Chuseok songpyun dduk (a type of sticky pounded-rice cake with a sweetened sesame center), family... More »