My name is Ken Morrison. I primarily teach media courses within the communication department of Linton Global College (Hannam University) in Daejeon South Korea. I have enjoyed teaching in South Korea enough to stay for more than three years. Some of my students amaze me every week.
WHAT & WHY
I am not an expert, but I do enjoy using my communications background and experience as a reporter and TV producer in the USA to analyze global news. This site is created primarily as an extension of my interests and hobby of staying up to date on important news surrounding me. I am hopeful that it will also be helpful to Korean students or newcomers to Korea, as well as those observing from a distance.
I do not intend on sharing daily news nor even weekly news. Yet, when recurring news maintains near the top of peoples' minds for extended periods of time, I will share a few different professional perspecives as well as my own.
I will do my best to strike a nice balance between critical thinking and respectful understanding of the many pressures that Korea faces in this rapidly changing era.
I highly encourage and embrace feedback and suggested additions to this site!
P.S. If you (or a high school student who you care about) is considering attending a university where all instruction and homework is in English, you might consider watching these student-produced videos by my students about life at Linton Global College.
I recently went through the stressful experience of obtaining a drivers license in Busan, without trading in my US driver’s license. If you want to trade in your driver’s license, that process is explained on another blog.
The World On Arirang, Arirang TV is a public service agency that spreads the uniqueness of Korea to the world through cutting-edge broadcasting mediums.
Ken Morrison's insight:
Thomas Hoeker grew up in East Germany and took many of the historic photos of divided Berlin that you have seen in history books, etc. He came to Korea to take photos in 2015. Here is a 1 hour show of his experience.
Comedian Park Na-rae, actress Shin Yi and singer Sol Bi were not shy about revealing their plastic surgery on Korean TV this week. They said it improved their self-esteem by opening up a new chapter in their lives, allowing them opportunities that were previously unthinkable.
Ken Morrison's insight:
Terrible journalism on an ugly two-decade trend of compulsive cosmetic surgery.
Leaders from around the globe descended on Asia. This week, Asia News Weekly host speaks with Milken Institute's Curtis S Chin and EastWest Institute's Jonathan Miller to unpack the Apec and Asean summits, and glean their key takeaways. . Read more at straitstimes.com.
Leaving his own employees in the dark, the leader of an award-winning Christian NGO helped the Pentagon conduct espionage in North Korea while hiding the source of the organization's funding, according to sources interviewed for this special investigation.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts across the border with rival North Korea on Monday for the first time in 11 years in retaliation for the North allegedly planting land mines last week that maimed two South Korean soldiers.
South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded on the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said Sunday, in the first such skirmish this year. The incident occurred Saturday morning when 10 North Korean soldiers crossed the border of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, which remain technically at war, the South's defence ministry said. The demilitarised zone, or DMZ, despite its name, is one of the world's most heavily militarised frontiers, bristling with watchtowers and landmines.
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