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

Journalism nightmare: How to confirm a defector’s story about surviving the kingdom of lies

January 24, 2015

Tags: North Korea, defectors, Shin Dong-hyuk, Tumen River, Blaine Harden, China, Jilin Province

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
Defectors from North Korea all have harrowing tales of suffering that are difficult to imagine in real life.
Their stories differ widely depending on the circumstances — some have spent time in prisons, most have not. Many have been hungry, or have seen relatives and friends (more…)

Obama, the Great Conciliator, makes solidarity a one-man show

January 16, 2015

Tags: President Obama, Charlie Hebdo, Al Qaida, ISIL, Taliban

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
WASHINGTON — Incredibly, President Obama was the missing man among world leaders massed in tight formation in the front rank of the peace march mourning the slaughter of a dozen people at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four more killed in a kosher supermarket (more…)

U.S. continues to tolerate N. Korean WMD, but can Pyongyang handle satire?

January 8, 2015

Tags: The Interview, Kim Jong-Un, Randall Park, North Korea, U.S. sanctions, China, Russia, Iran, Syria

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
The rapid-fire sequence of events surrounding the film “The Interview” raises a familiar question: When will the world lose patience with the North Korean regime and toss out the “supreme leader” along with the flunkies and toadies and cronies surrounding him? Or do we need (more…)

And what is AP’s Pyongyang bureau reporting about ‘The Interview’? Absolutely nothing

January 1, 2015

Tags: The Interview, Associated Press, Pyongyang. AP, KCNA, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kim Jong-un, Sony, North Korea

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
By now so many people have seen “The Interview” that it almost seems ridiculous to think that Sony briefly banned its release. The film is so accessible that Sony’s main problem may be how to get people to pay to see it when anyone (more…)

Many motives for the cyber-attack on ‘The Interview’

December 26, 2014

Tags: The Interview, Sony, Rogen, Franco, Sony, North Korea, Kim Jong-un

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
Maybe we should all be thankful. No harm done in this Sony/North Korea flap; just a war of words. A torrent of them, in fact, but so far no fatalities, no injuries, merely hurt feelings, stunned outrage, routine mass media sturm and drang.
Ok, (more…)

Going nuts up there in first class

December 11, 2014

Tags: Korean Air, Hanjin group. Cho Yang-ho, Cho Hyun-ah

By Donald Kirk,
I know how she feels. You ask for nuts, you get pretzels, and that’s upsetting. That’s just the view from economy class.
Up there in first class, you ask for nuts, and you’ve got to have them strewn on (more…)

This film’s no joke to North Korea

December 5, 2014

Tags: Words or phrases to categorize this post for the tags section

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By Donald Kirk,
The North Koreans could not have come up with a better way to publicize a movie.
Can anyone imagine a Hollywood comedy causing a diplomatic storm involving United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and threats of “resolute and merciless” retaliation against the country that spawned this (more…)

Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposés, it’s still going gangbusters

November 27, 2014

Tags: investigative journalism, David E. Kaplan, Sheila Coronel, Kim Yong-jin, Sewol, Chun Doo-hwan, Aquino, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda, Bong Bong

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.”
For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, the hidden wealth of the high and mighty in countries and economies ranging (more…)

‘Blessed are the meek’? Documentary slams Korean megachurch pastors

November 20, 2014

Tags: Full Gospel Church, South Korea, Rev. David Cho, megachurches, Quo Vadis, Kim Jae-Hwan

Special to
By Donald Kirk,
The growth of megachurches worldwide is a phenomenon in which thousands of individual churches or parishes each claim more than 2,000 members.
The Full Gospel Church in Yeoeuido is the world’s largest, with hundreds of thousands attending 10 or more services every Sunday. Nearly half the (more…)

South Korea’s champion-class baseball fans

November 13, 2014

Tags: Samsung Lions, Nexen Heroes, Korea series, Jamsil Stadium, Jerry Royster, Red Sox, Lotte Giants

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By Donald Kirk,
American baseball fans, maybe U.S. major league baseball in general, have some lessons to learn from the way that diehard Koreans cheer on their teams.
At the final game of the Korea Series, I was surrounded wherever I hung out in the stands by (more…)

Dancing to a new tune

On Forbes' Rich List

The Sewol Tragedy