My Video Covered on “Korea Today: Arirang Issue” Viral Video T.V. Show

It never seems to amaze me – the power of social networking.

Back in 2012 a brief video I did of my judo instructor eventually spread throughout Korea and landed him on a national cable TV variety show.

Though still one of the most memorable highlights of my time in Korea thus far, I was still super surprised and grateful for having one of my videos covered on an English version of a Korean TV show called “Korea Today: Arirang Issue”.  On this show they showcase videos from foreigners either in Korea or elsewhere, that are viral or of great interest to the general Korean public.

I recently did a video of this very unique flea market that operates on weekends right near my apartment and at my bus stop. I initially noticed it blew up on some Korean social media sites, but then I was alerted by a subscriber that it also landed on this very TV show.

Filming a Documentary with Arirang TV

A couple months ago we were asked to participate in a documentary Arirang TV was making about safety in Korea. It is a topic we’ve been wanting to cover for a long time, so we agreed to be a part of it. We get a lot of safety related questions, and it’s always seemed to a be topic we could cover over the span of 3 or 4 videos. This Arirang TV documentary will focus on safety of students in school, and also cover women’s safety services in Seoul.

2013 Video Contest about Korea for Foreigners

Do you have a Korean friend? What is your favorite Korean food? If you think you can make an interesting video of any of these two topics, you may want to join the video contest about Korea sponsored by Arirang TV and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. This contest is …


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Normally I’d reserve something like this for the next “Korean Gender Reader” post, but then this is simply one of the most appalling things I’ve seen on Korean television in nearly 11 years here. Or, as a friend put it, it’s “totally fucking reprehensible”, and in the strange event that it’s not rapidly removed from YouTube because of the overwhelmingly negative response, then we’ll both be calling Arirang TV to complain about it.

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