BUSAN, South Korea -- Sweden's Gothenburg University’s Center for Biomaterials, arguably the most prestigious university for dental implant surgery in the world, accepted one PhD student per year between 1990 and 2010. It is extremely competitive. And, until 2002, not a single East Asian had ever graduated from its hallowed halls. Nor had anyone whose first language was so removed from English written over 70 research papers, created over 20 international patents and published a nearly 200-page-long dissertation on dental implant surfaces.
Then came Dr. Sul Young-taeg.
BUSAN, South Korea -- President Park Geun-hye met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday, the latest in a series of meetings with chiefs of global information technology giants aimed at seeking advice for her "creative economy" vision.
“Where you attend university haunts you for the rest of your life.”
- Lee Beom, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
BUSAN, South Korea -- I appreciate that quote. I really do. I acknowledge my privilege of waltzing into comfortable ESL teaching jobs in Korea, whatever my university, not to mention the option—and plan—to move my family overseas well before my children attend high school.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The middle of June arrives with warm temperatures and plenty of things to do to enjoy the outdoors before the rainy season hits.
This weekend is highlighted by the Haps' fourth anniversary issue party at Sharky's Friday night in Haeundae. ODE, Robscenity and Junk headline a great night of music Saturday night at Vinyl Saturday, while Kim Tae-kyun and Hanwha visit the city in a highly anticipated showdown after a week of controversial comments.
You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!
BUSAN, South Korea -- It’s been an interesting 24 hours for Lotte Giants pitcher Shane Youman. The 33-year-old starting pitcher from New Iberia, Louisiana unsuspectedly was at the center of controversy yesterday, when Hanwha Eagles’ slugger Kim Tae-kyun was asked during an appearance on an Internet baseball radio broadcast about difficulties batting with the Giants’ ace on the mound.
The star Korean slugger replied:
BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korea national baseball team member and Hanwha Eagles first baseman Kim Tae-kyun is facing criticism from fans for making what are being called racist remarks on a radio show Monday about Busan's Lotte Giants' African-American ace, Shane Youman.
Well, those days (and nights) are soon coming to an end as the six-month grace period for the country’s strict new public smoking laws come into effect at the end of this month. And when we say “strict”, we mean strict.
Starting July 1, owners of restaurants, cafes and bars with ground space of more than 150 square meters will be hit with penalties of up to 5 million won (US$4,480) if their customers are found lighting up on the premises.
Bijin-do, a.k.a. Bijin Island, just off the coast of Tongyeong, is really worth considering for a weekend getaway or even just a day trip. It isn’t nearly as famous as some of Korea's other islands, but that’s exactly what makes it pleasant. Once you are off the ferry, you won’t be surrounded by crowds of other visitors and one of the best parts about traveling there is that you’ll be able to spend some quiet time in a lovely spot that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The most shocking part of the Rock Tigers’ first widespread music video, “Come Back”, is precisely how un-shocking it is. In it, Velvet Geena, the band’s lead singer and frenetic sexual stage presence, looks unusually solemn. Her face is out of focus, her hair big and long instead of tomboyishly short, dyed brown instead of hot pink. A calm guitar riff confirms that this is not the stuff of wild pompadours, punk Buddy Holly covers and straight chugs of whiskey, all of which define modern rockabilly, the Tigers’ chosen genre. This is something different. This is radio-friendly.
JINHAE, South Korea -- Nestled in Jinhae there's a little bar well worth a visit. I stumbled upon it some time ago and it has since become my local watering hole. A home away from home. Those who have been to Jinhae, or happen to live here, may have missed it, which is easy to do. Jinhae isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but moreso for its cherry blossoms and being the seat of South Korean naval power on the peninsula.
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- At this moment, in cities across Turkey, a revolution is taking place. Unfortunately, mainstream Turkish media is forbidden from covering the events and news of what’s happening is only slowly seeping into the world media conscious.
BUSAN, South Korea -- In the outstretched white sands of Haeundae Beach, the Haeundae Sand Festival will be held from June 7 to 10. Under the theme “The Cinema-Haeundae Sand Studio,” there are lots of events and marvelous things to see.
The “World Sand Sculpture Exhibition,” where artists recreate likenesses of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in sand, and the “Sand Board Festival,” where surfers ride the sand dunes that are up to 10 meters (32 feet) high, are just some of the thrilling adventures for tourists and residents alike.