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A Nation of Racist Dwarfs

Kim Jong-il’s regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought. www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2010/02/a_nation_of_racist_dwarfs.single.html By Christopher Hitchens|Posted Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at 10:01 AM ET Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial “minder” whom … Continue reading

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The Caged Bird Sings – A review of The Old Garden

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/books/review/Myers-t.html THE OLD GARDEN By Hwang Sok-yong Translated by Jay Oh 539 pp. Seven Stories Press. $30 One must never speak ill of nonchronological storytelling in America, where it is considered innately more serious than the other kind. But it … Continue reading

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A city dedicated to books and print

By Edwin Heathcote Published: August 21 2009 22:38 | Last updated: August 21 2009 22:38 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/26852872-8de2-11de-93df-00144feabdc0.html The idea of a city of books evokes a fantastical vision: towers of tottering volumes, narrow alleys formed by canyons and stacks of dusty … Continue reading

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Dedicated to a poetic Korea

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2009/0506/1224245988613.html 6 May 2009 Koreans have been described as ‘the Irish of Asia’, and after translating 2,000 of their poems, Fr Kevin O’Rourke is in a position to judge, writes DAVID McNEILL IN HIS COURTING days, Kevin O’Rourke once walked … Continue reading

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Flaws in Korea in spite of a cutting edge

By Anna Fifield http://www.ft.com/cms/s/1/4e7b6354-b073-11db-8a62-0000779e2340.html Published: January 30 2007 18:24 | Last updated: January 30 2007 18:24 Diamond Dilemma Shaping Korea for the 21st Century By Tariq Hussain Published in Korean by JoongAng Random House; available in English from www.lulu.com/diamonddilemma, $18.95 … Continue reading

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Ancestor worship

By Y. Euny Hong http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0f721f38-ebb4-11da-b3e2-0000779e2340.html Published: May 26 2006 15:28 | Last updated: May 26 2006 15:28 My parents have a very large, very ugly framed photo hanging in their living room. It was snapped by King Gustav VI Adolf … Continue reading

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