Korean News on the Sewol Ferry desaster

Prayers and thoughts are with the victims and survivors of the ferry that capsized off the south coast of Korea. Clearly the press seems to have different priorities. The Korean press are interested in insurance policies whereas the foreign press are talking about water temperature.

Buchtipp: Architekturführer Pjöngjang, von Philipp Meuser


















Erster Architekturführer über die Hauptstadt der »Demokratischen Volksrepublik Korea«, dem letzten Relikt des Kalten Kriegs exklusives Material, zusammengestellt in Zusammenarbeit mit nordkoreanischen Fotografen und Architekten. Propagandatexte und offizielle Fotos bilden in dieser Publikation einen Schwerpunkt. Kenntnisreich wird das Originalmaterial in einen architekturtheoretischen und baugeschichtlichen Kontext gestellt. Ambitionierte Gesellschaftsbauten, monotone Wohntürme und eine monumentale Leere prägen die Drei-Millionen-Metropole, die während des Koreakriegs 1950 bis 1953 nahezu vollständig zerstört wurde. Das Buch wirft einen bislang unbekannten Blick auf die Hauptstadt des abgeschotteten Lands, das inzwischen seit mehr als drei Generationen von einem strengen Kommunismus beherrscht wird.


Korea Fact No.18: Korea loves SPAM

South Korea has become the largest consumer of Spam outside the United States, according to the local producer. 

By CHOE SANG-HUN January 26, 2014
SEOUL, South Korea — As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, Seoul’s increasingly well-heeled residents are scouring store shelves for tastefully wrapped boxes of culinary specialties. Among their favorite choices: imported wines, choice cuts of beef, rare herbal teas. And Spam.

Yes, Spam. In the United States, the gelatinous meat product in the familiar blue and yellow cans has held a place as thrifty pantry staple, culinary joke and kitschy fare for hipsters without ever losing its low-rent reputation. But in economically vibrant South Korea, the pink bricks of pork shoulder and ham have taken on a bit of glamour as they have worked their way into people’s affections.

One of the SPAM knockoffs that flooded the market.

“Here, Spam is a classy gift you can give to people you care about during the holiday,” said Im So-ra, a saleswoman at the high-end Lotte Department Store in downtown Seoul who proudly displayed stylish boxes with cans of Spam nestled inside. More …

The complete article about Korea and Spam
“In South Korea, Spam Is the Stuff Gifts Are Made Of”, by CHOE SANG-HUN January 26, 2014, NY Times.com