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Punk label launches latest 'World Domination' plans at Club SHARP
Club SHARP, one of Seoul's main punk venues in recent years, is opening its doors once again this Saturday for a show by World Domination, Inc. (WDI), Korea's hardest-working punk label. “Club SHARP is part of a trio of what most people consider the most important clubs in the local scene: SHARP, Hippytokki and GBN,” said Jeff Moses, co-founder of WDI and also lead singer of ...
US indie artist recalls childhood in 1980s Korea
To describe a debut album as “a lifetime in the making,” is a level of cliche that will usually induce emphatic eye rolls and loud sighs from just about everyone. However, in the case of “Comfortably High,” by Griffith James, such a statement is indeed true on multiple levels.
Entertainment in Korea before K-pop
When I was a young soldier, I would occasionally admit to someone that one of the reasons I kept returning to Korea was for the live entertainment. Invariably, this always astounded them. “You're going over there for that?”
Thanksgiving dinners available in Seoul, Seongnam
There isn't much time left to make arrangements for Thanksgiving food this year, whether you're an American, a Canadian who would rather celebrate late than never, a Korean or anyone hoping to feast on some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other North American traditional holiday dishes. American Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, is coming up n...
[Cityscapes] Ugly names of Korea's high-rise apartment brands
Construction companies here often use English or other foreign-sounding words for apartment brand names, hoping to “exude an upscale, high-end image,” according to a recent Korea Times article.
USFK veteran's latest novel tackles military sex crimes
After a year off due to COVID-19 delays, the fictional CID agents George Sueno and Ernie Bascom are finally back in action, patrolling 1970s-era Itaewon and locations across Korea. This time, while trying to help out friends, they run up against North Korean agents while also finding themselves caught in a gender war within U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) ranks.
[RAS Korea] RAS Korea explores British extraterritoriality
In times now long past, some nations with “world power” status arranged treaties with host countries that were further-reaching than the simple sovereign territory of the embassy properties. Such treaties of “extraterritoriality” were signed with Japan, and later, Korea. The embassy properties were sovereign territory, but the world power countries demanded and received full ...
Inner workings of Gwangju Uprising revealed in ex-Peace Corps volunteer's book
David Dolinger delivers his harrowing eyewitness account of the Gwangju citizens' movement for democracy and the military government's lethal response, in a new book, “Called by Another Name,” published by Goggas World. Dolinger was one of a handful of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) present in Gwangju for most of the weeks-long siege. His memories include a tense encounte...
Celebrate Halloween in Seoul and beyond safely during COVID-19
You probably knew already that Halloween takes place on the last day of October, but here's something you might not know: The word itself literally means "hallowed evening," and was previously known to its early European celebrators as All Hallows' Eve ("hallows" meaning saints, those made holy or sacred). All Hallows' Eve (Oct. 31) and All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) both paid homa...
Anxiety fuels artist's cute enamel pin creations
Late in 2018, Jamila Benson was going through a dark time in her life and her health was declining. She described experiencing tense jaw muscles, a relentless ringing in her ears and what felt like frequent mini-heart attacks. After weeks of struggling alone in silence, she sought out help. It was then she found out that she was experiencing anxiety.