Korea Fun Links

– At the WSJ, Evan Ramstad chills at Naneun Ggomsuda’s cafe. They still seem to be heavily involved in the DUP primary race, which surprises me, frankly, given how it seemed much of the DUP wanted to kill Kim Yong-min after the April general election.

– North Korea human rights activist Kim Young-hwan is claiming he was tortured while being detained in China.

– It’s official: the woman with Kim Jong-un is his wife. Lovely young woman. Not quite as lovely as Asma al-Assad, mind you, and probably lacks the charming Brit accent. But still, someone should call Vogue.

– Some Singaporean power blogger is apparently getting a full makeover in Seoul. Or so I read at Yahoo Singapore.

– Speaking of plastic surgery, the doctors did a good job with Miss Korea 2012.

– The International Crisis Group is warning that tensions in the South China Sea could get hot.

– If you’re a white guy feeling oppressed in Korea, remember, it could be a lot, lot worse.

– Last but not least, how screwed up is North Korea when Iran’s former ambassador to China is penning columns like this:

The military chief was dismissed to remove opposition to Kim’s economic reforms, regarded by many as ineffectual. North Korea’s economy is in tatters and needs a miracle, not the Chinese model desired by Kim, to be fixed.

In a country where parties and political gatherings are prohibited and free speech is muzzled, small reforms are seen by many as pointless. Moreover, North Korea lacks the needed infrastructure to bring about economic and social change. The reforms in North Korea could be its undoing. Just look at Myanmar.


  • iMe

    Mrs. Mini-me is indeed lovely but not lovely enough. I’m actually disappointed but I don’t know what I’m more disappointed by: That she’s not hot enough or that Lil’ Kim decided to marry and settle down instead of living the rest of his life like a rock star dating the hottest chicks NK has to offer. Perhaps she’s totally incredible in bed. Or maybe she’s bi and enjoys sharing Lil’ Kim with a different chick(s) every night. Still, it would’ve been more fun if he was seen with a smoking hot NK babe with big boobs popping out of her shirt and shit.

  • Q

    International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has the statistics of plastic surgery by countries in the world: http://www.isaps.org/files/html-contents/ISAPS-Procedures-Study-Results-2011.pdf

  • DLBarch

    “If you’re a white guy feeling oppressed in Korea…”

    …then you’re a dick.


    Man up, or leave!


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  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    1. Someone should call Vogue, but for some reason Anna Wintour seems to curate Asian supermodels by the size of their eyes. Soon to be Mrs. Kim’s eyes are too round-eyed for Occidental tastes.

    2. Singaporean power blogger link proves how Hallyu can go terribly, terribly wrong.

    3. White guy oppressed in Korea puts it into perspective: I’m sorry, but he could have just written a paragraph and it would have sufficed.

  • jake

    The reforms in Myanmar so far are intriguing. So much going on underneath the surface, but there are no heads rolling so far, and the powers that were still seem to be the powers that be. If the reforms continue in this manner, the path would provide a terrific model for north Korea. Not holding my breath or anything.

  • jake

    and shit.

  • kaizenmx

    Singaporean blogger female has nothing to do with kpop or k-wave.

    She’s just an idiot.