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Palin in Korea: Where's Jon Stewart When You Need Him

By Peter Schurmann, Sep 2, 2011 5:02 PM

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Sarah Palin is heading to South Korea to attend… wait for it, let the anticipation linger… the World Knowledge Forum. (Raucous laughter) This is the woman who last year after the shelling of a South Korean island told listeners of the Glen Beck show that we must “Stand with our North Korean allies.”

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"You" in Korean Sounds Like the N Word

By Peter Schurmann, Aug 30, 2011 3:16 PM


A video of an African American man accosting an elderly Korean male on a bus outside of Seoul has garnered widespread media attention across the country, with headlines calling for the perpetrator to be “immediately kicked out.” Netizens, meanwhile, are flooding Web sites with comments far less forgiving.

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Life on Oakland's Streets for Trilingual Korean

By Peter Schurmann, Aug 16, 2011 9:32 AM

It’s rare when the media looks into the personal history of a homeless person, but a recent article in the Korea Times does exactly that. The story that emerges takes readers from the halcyon days of post war Seoul to Tokyo police stations and finally to the back streets of Oakland, where Hae-ok Gye now calls home.

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New York Holocaust Center Highlights Korean Comfort Women

By Peter Schurmann, Aug 10, 2011 2:11 PM

New York’s Holocaust Resource Center is set to open its latest exhibit, which focuses on the sexual exploitation of Korea’s so-called “comfort women” by Japanese forces up to and during WWII, reports the Korea Daily.

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Seoul Denies Entry to Japanese Lawmakers

By Peter Schurmann, Aug 1, 2011 5:10 PM

It’s a barren rock that in all likelihood will be swallowed by rising seas in the years to come. But for Seoul and Tokyo, the Dokdo Islands (Takeshima in Japanese) are at the epicenter of a dispute revolving around power, prestige and control over the region’s natural wealth.

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Seoul to Support Korean Start-ups in Silicon Valley

By Peter Schurmann, Jul 26, 2011 11:38 AM

South Korea is getting into the start-up game as it seeks to boost the country’s hi-tech innovative potential. According to a report in the Korea Times in Oakland, Seoul announced this week a plan to support the development of domestic startup companies seeking to set up shop in Silicon Valley.

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Falling in Love With Korean

By Peter Schurmann, Jul 19, 2011 2:59 PM

"As you can see, I am not Korean," said 14-year-old Maine native Alyssa Donovan, as she opened into a speech that would win her second place at a national Korean speech contest in Burlingame last Friday.

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South Korean Defense Minister Gets an Earful in Beijing

By Peter Schurmann, Jul 18, 2011 6:28 PM

As tensions simmer between China and the U.S., Washington's longtime ally South Korea finds itself stuck in the middle. That fact was made clear last week when South Korea's defense minister got an earful from China's top military officer, who accused the U.S. of attempting to dominate other countries.

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South Korean Politician in Town to Discuss Winter Olympics, North Korea

By Peter Schurmann, Jul 12, 2011 10:35 AM

Kim Jinpyo, floor leader for Seoul’s leading opposition Democratic Party, is in the Bay Area to discuss the possibility of using the Winter Olympic 2018 games to improve relations with the South that have fallen to their lowest in decades, reports the Korea Times.

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UC Berkeley Student Embodies Promise of Dream Act

By Peter Schurmann, May 23, 2011 1:33 PM

A 22-year-old student at U.C. Berkeley is being hailed by local Korean media as a "symbol" of the Dream Act, which cleared California's state assembly earlier this month and is now waiting the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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How to Say 'Apocalypse' in Korean

By Peter Schurmann, May 20, 2011 9:13 PM

The message that Judgment Day is coming could be more persuasive when it's delivered in your own language.

Bay Area resident David Song, 50, recently found an email in his inbox proclaiming the world would end Saturday. Taken aback by the foreboding message, Song told the Korea Daily that what he found more curious was the fact that it was written in perfect Korean.

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