Tuesday, September 22, 2009

News links for September 22, 2009

  1. South Korea to build children's nursery at Kaesong Industrial Park to accommodate the 85% female workforce in joint venture (Yonhap)
  2. Health authorities confirm ninth death due to H1N1, or "swine flu" (Yonhap)
  3. Government considers giving "permanent residence" (F2 or F5 visa status) to foreign nationals who purchase real estate (Korea Herald)
  4. South Korean team heads to North Korea to arrange next round of family reunions (Korea Herald)
  5. Former President Roh Moohyun's just-released memoirs say he thought his seeking of the presidency was a big mistake (Chosun Ilbo)
  6. New army chief says Seoul must remain vigilant against threat posed by Pyongyang (Korea Herald)
  7. Police in isolated county in Kangwon Province rescue children of contract-breaking English teachers forced to dig up ginseng to pay back airline tickets (Yonhap)


  1. The Chosun Ilbo caption below the picture of the girl identified her as a "foreign girl." Well, duh, could the reporter not be bothered to find out her nationality at least?

  2. I'm guessing that the reporter (or photographer) actually did, but the person who later wrote the caption for the photo was not in contact with the reporter or photographer and the reporter or photographer had no final control over his/her work.

    I'm a strong critic of the ROK media as a whole, but where others see nefarious intent and xenophobic smear campaigns, I often see innocent ignorance, lack of communication, mere laziness or boredom in the job, and sometimes plain old incompetence. Disregard for foreigners sometimes come into play, but lack of understanding of the foreigners is probably a bigger issue.


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