Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Neatly arranged rows of the famous Korean clay kimchi pot, used to ferment or pickle kimchi. The pots are a common site, especially in rural Korea where, in addition to being used for kimchi, they can also be employed to ferment soy, fish, and soybean sauces and pastes.
According to Wikipedia's entry for "kimchi", this most important of Korean side dishes is often left to ferment underground in these large jars .
Monday, January 29, 2007
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Check out Canada.com's hilarious photo-by-photo commentary on some of the wacky outfits on display at the recent "Ubiquitous Fashionable Computer Fashion Show" in Koyang City, near Seoul. http://www.canada.com/topics/technology/photogalleries/wearable.html?g=0
Monday, November 20, 2006
But Korean TV is undoubtedly different, as you would expect. Whether a country's TV offerings reflect or create the everyday reality of ordinary people is always a subject of debate among those who care about such things.
I only wanted to show you some of the things I noticed about Korean TV that people elsewhere might find interesting.
So I recorded bits from TV dramas, movies, and advertising that I felt were representative of what is on screen every day here.
Today, I wanted to show how women are portrayed on the tube here. Feel free to comment. Are these depictions of women different from those you would see where you are from? Are these images positive in your eyes? Are they an accurate reflection of the roles played by Korean women and their character as a group and as individuals? Or are these stereotypes? What message do these images convey?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Yes, there are three main pillars of the economy on Jeju: tangerines (and an ever-diversifying range of citrus), fishing and tourism. Yesterday, a great friend of many years (Robert) offered to lend me his Honda Shadow motorbike for a tour in the warm mid-November sunshine - an offer I gratefully accepted. It was a truly glorious day for a ride and I was having a lovely time of it until mechanical issues ensued:-) So- I was forced to stop alongside the road at a tangerine orchard where an "ah-joom-mah" (auntie) phoned a bike shop for me. As we waited, we shared some Vitamin C and chatted about the evils of the now-in-negociation Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. I tried to argue the point (one I sincerely believe in, by the way) that Jeju citrus could go head-to-head with anything the states produces and win hands-down. She was not convinced. I expect to see her on TV throwing Molatov cocktails at the next anti-FTA demonstration. Power to the people, ajuma, power to the people.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Why can't military, police, and public officials have uniforms like this anymore? I, for one, would love to wear hanbok to work every day.