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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.
Human Rights Cities come together in Gwangju for int'l forum
Gwangju has once again brought cities and citizens of the world together to build a better future, despite the global pandemic, for the 11th World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF). At this annual event created by the southwestern city, national and international experts in diverse fields shared methods and perspectives for the purpose of improving human rights around the glo...
[Korea Encounters] Peace Corps' 1966 arrival in Korea
On Sept. 16, 1966, the first contingent of American Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) arrived in Korea. Four days later, in “Thoughts of the Times,” John C. Stickler reflected on an encounter months earlier with a small boy who had wanted to practice his English.
Kamen Ross throws everything at piano keys
You'll often hear music enthusiasts and even artists themselves complain of a general lack of depth in modern commercial music. Whether or not that is an actual thing is always up for ever-evolving debate.
Linda Lindas offer living-room performance for Pentaport
When Pentaport Rock Festival started in 2006, three of the four members of one of its most-anticipated bands for this year weren't even born yet. The Linda Lindas won't be coming to Korea for this year's Pentaport, which is being held with a mix of live, in-person events and online streaming. The four-member punk band, whose members range in age from 11 to 17, taped a live pe...
Busan Int'l Rock Festival flies to Cosmo's Midnight's room
It's been a little less than two years since international bands stopped touring here, but it feels like it's been longer. So some upcoming festivals are inviting overseas music acts to participate through online performances.
[Holiday in North Korea] Michael Spavor finally freed from China
I started this column in early 2019 in response to Michael Spavor being taken hostage by China in retaliation to Canada's house arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the “two Michaels” held prisoner, “our Michael,” as we sometimes called him, is a former resident of South Korea who moved to China where he could operate various cultural exchanges with North Korea. Ch...
Children's entertainers release 'Fairy Tale Box' online storytelling series
For children in need of entertainment, Jam Box Theatre is releasing a series of short, online storytelling performances. The first video of the “Fairy Tale Box” series was a bilingual rendition of the classic story, “The Three Little Pigs,” released by Jam Box Theatre on Sept. 4.