Little Madmen: Correspondents' Tales

Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
Dispelling myths about the sinking of the South Korean navy corvette the Cheonan in March 2010
Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals

Hither and Yon

Good guys, bad guys in NE Asia high tech war race: What could go wrong?

May 20, 2015

Tags: North Korea, THAAD, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, F-35, Osprey, Star Wars, General Curtis LeMay

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By Donald Kirk,
The stakes are escalating in the contest for Northeast Asia.
North Korea’s got nukes and lots of missiles, most recently maybe the SLBM for submarine-launched ballistic missile. The U.S. has glistening new hardware too. THAAD, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, the missile system for (more…)

Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

May 9, 2015

Tags: Vietnam War, Saigon, Iraq, South Vietnamese, Korean War, Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein

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By Donald Kirk,
SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.”
Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons not learned.” One of the latter emailed asking me to tell (more…)

Asian wars and the American psyche: From a truce in South Korea to defeat in Vietnam

April 26, 2015

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By Donald Kirk,
SEOUL — Anniversaries have their special appeal. The first anniversary on April 16 of the sinking of the Sewol off South Korea’s southwestern coast evoked emotions of outrage and sadness over the loss of 304 lives, 250 of them teenagers from the same school near Seoul.
Anniversaries of (more…)

As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

April 17, 2015

Tags: Manohar Parrikar, India, Korea, Pakistan, China, Lakhvinder Singh, arms sales, Great Game

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By Donald Kirk,
The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions.
Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s why India’s defense minister, Manohar Parrikar is in Seoul (more…)

Checking out the cars on display and ranking the shapely models that aren’t actual accessories

April 10, 2015

Tags: Hyundai, Seoul Motor Show, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Citroen, GM Korea, Kia, Renault Samsung

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By Donald Kirk,
Beautiful women don’t have a lot to do with the graceful curves of a new motor vehicle, but you might not know that from visiting the Seoul Motor Show. By tradition, most manufacturers have assumed they can show off their cars far more effectively (more…)

"Whiplash": Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

April 5, 2015

Tags: Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Oscars, school bullying, South Korea

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By Donald Kirk,
A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.”
Often, I don’t watch much of anything on planes. I’ (more…)

2 tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

March 26, 2015

Tags: Lee Kuan Yew, Park Chung-hee, Kim Dae-jung, Singapore, Korea, Kim Il-sung, Park Geun-hye, Lee Hsien Loong, Chun Doo-hwan

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By Donald Kirk,
When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built up their countries. Weak leaders are often regarded as mediocrities, especially if (more…)

Irreconcilable differences: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

March 21, 2015

Tags: BenjaminNetanyahu, John Boehner, Palestine, two-state solution, Gaza strip, Israel, North Korea, Kashmir, India, Pakistan

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By Donald Kirk,
Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there would not be a Palestinian state. The two-state idea, he said, (more…)

Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

March 12, 2015

Tags: Mark Lippert, Hirobumi Ito, Edwin O. Reischauer, Ahn Jung-geun, South Korea, Japan

By Donald Kirk,
Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the early days of the Japanese colonial era. I’ve received messages to that effect from (more…)

Dealing with Iran: Give diplomacy a shot

March 7, 2015

Tags: Netanyahu, Iran, Persia, North Korea, Israel, ISIL

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By Donald Kirk,
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s exhortations to the U.S. Congress to forget about a “bad deal” with Iran avoids one problem. Absent a deal, who believes Iran will scale down its nuclear program? Is Iran likely to give up on the whole idea (more…)

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The Sewol Tragedy