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.
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.
SEOUL, June 6 (Yonhap) — South Korea and Japan have agreed to hold a second round of talks next week to resolve a row over Tokyo’s push to win world heritage status for industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor, the Seoul government said Saturday. Japan has applied to list a package of 23 …
THE vast majority of South Korean youngsters graduate from high school, and of these, 82% go on to university. This is the highest rate in the OECD and, for a...
Ken Morrison's insight:
This topic never ends. Small and medium companies can't fill positions. Yet, 200,000 students apply for the conglomerates or take 'time off' to prepare for taking government exams in hopes of getting a chance for an interview at a government job.
Let's create a South Korea that respects science, protects human rights, conquers authoritarianism, and maintains hygiene and cleanliness. Let's use this crisis as an opportunity. We demand the release of the government's about-face decision and detailed information.
They are cornerstones of the economic, political and social landscape: Part one of a series looks at how these conglomerates -- like Samsung, LG and Hyundai -- saved South Korea from crushing poverty and defined a country's role on the global stage.
In Korea and elsewhere, couples tend to rely on the kindness of their parents to pay for a wedding. But the burden is increasingly getting heavier for Korean parents, who are culturally and traditionally obligated to pay for an expensive wedding ceremony and, in many cases, chip in to buy a house for the newlyweds. It is a baffling situation for most Korean parents, many of whom have retired or are retiring in a coup...
Trot singer Yoon Soo-hyun’s new music video “Cheon-Tae-Man-Sang” has been banned from Korea’s three major TV networks - even though it is meant to be a satire.
Ken Morrison's insight:
I won't pretend what all of it means. Some are saying that there is a big double-standard. Psy's satire was widely promoted, but the media is strongly against Yoon Soo Hyun's thoughts. I am surprised that there are not more translations of the lyrics available online. Feel free to share a link if you have any.
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