Friday, November 6, 2009

Korea news links for November 6, 2009: Home by Christmas

A bit less H1N1 panic today. A bit less of everything today. Not much news going on, which is odd for a weekday. The one story carried in all the local media was that the number of kids studying abroad has gone down for the second year.

Hardly a surprise that it would go down in the first place when the value of the won had dropped by more than a third and has now only come within spitting distance of the value last year. Could it be, though, that thousands of kids love their hagwon teachers so much that they'd rather just stay in Korea? That's a nice thought, isn't it?

  1. Education Ministry says the number of South Korean kids studying abroad fell for the second year in a row (Joongang Daily, Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  2. US Eighth Army to remain in Seoul headquarters; move to Hawaii put on ice (Joongang Daily)
  3. Robert King, US envoy on North Korean human rights, tells Senate panel he would press China to stop repatriating North Koreans who have fled the DPRK (AP via CNBC, Yonhap)
  4. Agriculture Ministry sets out to standardize Korean food names and descriptions abroad (UPI, Joongang Daily)
  5. US Chamber of Commerce urges Obama administration to ratify US-Korea FTA (Yonhap)
  6. US says it has not yet made a decision on any trip by Ambassador Stephen Bosworth to North Korea (Yonhap)
  7. World Cup-bound North Korean national soccer team earns a scoreless draw against Brazilian club in Pyongyang (USA Today)
  8. In further blow to Lee Charm's tenuous position, Korean press corps declares the new tourism chief to be "too big for our cameras" (Yonhap)

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