Category Archives: History

“hell within a hell”

In 1975, South Korean president Park Chung-hee, father of the current president, decided that the cities needed to be cleansed of “vagrants.”  According to an AP investigation, unimaginable horror ensued: “In 1975, dictator President Park Chung-hee, father of current President … Continue reading

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Old Wounds

In South Korea, the bodies of fallen Chinese soldiers who fought on the side of North Korea are being exhumed and returned during a relative diplomatic thaw between the two countries: “These are the graves of Chinese and North Korean … Continue reading

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“use food to talk about the past while they eat it”

A  profile of gay, black, Jewish food historian Michael Twitty: “Since launching the Cooking Gene Project and its concomitant Southern Discomfort Tour in 2011, Twitty has crisscrossed the South from Maryland to Texas and back again, visiting dozens of restored plantations … Continue reading

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Trying To Turn The Page

South Korea and Japan have agreed to an aid package concerning the former country’s “comfort women, “ who were forced into sexual slavery during the 1930’s and 1940’s by the Japanese Imperial Army.  It sounds like a good thing, and not … Continue reading

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“kingly royal regal”

Linguist John McWhorter on why English is (objectively!) so damn weird: “Finally, as if all this wasn’t enough, English got hit by a firehose spray of words from yet more languages. After the Norse came the French. The Normans – … Continue reading

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Family History

In South Korea, hackles are being raised over President Park Geun-hye forcing public schools to adopt government-written history textbooks.  People are rightfully upset: “After complaining that textbooks used in middle and high schools have leftist biases, Park ordered the Ministry … Continue reading

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S’true

3 stages of living in #Korea: 1) Dokdo is a rock 2) Dokdo is a complicated symbol of history and nationalism 3) Dokdo is a rock — PirateGhostJames (@wetcasements) October 9, 2015

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Why I’m An Atheist

From the wiki on Junipero Serra, the priest who was made a saint today: “In one of his sermons in Mexico City, while exhorting his listeners to repent their sins, Serra took out his chain, bared his shoulders and started … Continue reading

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In Soviet Russia. . .

. . . they had Cold War era video games, and they were strange and wonderful.  Now there’s a museum for them: “Once it was determined which games would be produced, the blueprints were allegedly sent to military factories that … Continue reading

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In Soviet Russia, Map Uses You

A really interesting piece on the Soviet era culture of map-making: “But they didn’t stop there. The Soviets made far more detailed maps of some parts of the world. They mapped all of Europe, nearly all of Asia, as well … Continue reading

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