So, all of a sudden this blog is experiencing a big uptick in readers from France. And most of them seem to be coming via Google searches for Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer.
And, well, what do you know, Snowpiercer has a release date in France — Oct. 30, according to IMDB. Where, of course, it will be released under the name of the original French comic, Le Transperceneige.
Anyhow, bonjour and hello to the fine people from France who have stumbled across this blog.
Here’s the French trailer (which is rather well done):
This website has been teasing some coming news for a long time, but I never really said what it was. So there’s been some delays and setbacks and whatnot. But, at last, one project has gotten close enough I guess I should just announce it:
K-POP NOW!: THE KOREAN MUSIC REVOLUTION
It’s a short, but hopefully sweet book all about K-pop, with some background into the genre and an overview of the best bands out there today.
It’s supposed to be coming out in Asia soon, followed by the United States and the West in April.
Here is the Amazon.com page, which always feels very official.
Anyhow, Tuttle Publishing has been really cool throughout the whole process, and I suspect they’ll do a lot to make sure everyone hears about this book. It’s all pretty exciting.
Strangely, K-Pop Now also seems to have a couple of reviews already over at GoodReads, even though no one has read it yet. Got to love the Internet.
With Korea’s population rapidly aging — 12.2% of its population is elderly now, and that is expected to pass 14% by 2018 — there is a lot of talk about the welfare of older Koreans (like in this JoongAng column today). But as this international survey makes clear, this is one area in which Korea is terribly behind.
According to the Global Age Watch Index, Korea was ranked just 67th for the well being of its elderly population. Most of that is driven by income insecurity, in which Korea ranked 90th.
Suddenly Park Geun-hye’s promise of 200,000 won/month for all elderly citizens makes a lot more moral sense … and it is clear why it was so much more expensive than she anticipated.
Happy to see that Canada was 5th. Interesting that Japan ranked 10th. I’m surprised that Japan did so poorly on income security (27th). It was health that really helped it ranking.
With parents in Canada and in-laws in Korea, the difference is pretty clear to me. One problem with Korea have grown so much, so fast (and, for many years, so young) is that it never really put in place infrastructure for older citizens. That is going to be a major challenge in the years ahead. But, really, for a country as successful as Korea, the current state of things clearly is not acceptable.
It’s a holiday in Korea … but, sadly, not for us newspaper drones. I’ll be heading into the office soon. But in the meantime, here are a few links for you:
- Fascinating – 8 Korean foods that have been forgotten. (Chosun Ilbo)
- A short profile of Robert Fouser and the hanok of Seochon in central Seoul. I used to live close to that neighborhood, years ago before the hanok revival. But it was a great part of town for walking and exploring. (Chosun Ilbo)
- Good look at the tough conditions faced by Korean film crews – and how conditions are finally starting to improve. (Korea JoongAng Daily)
- The saga of the missing NLL transcript continues. Last year, the transcript of what former-President Roh Moo-hyun told Kim Jong-il about the Northern Limit Line was discovered to be missing from the National Archive. The right said Roh was trying to cover up something dubious (or worse). The left said the right was red-baiting. But now Roh’s words have been discovered on a computer in the late-president’s retirement home in Bongha. (Korea JoongAng Daily)
- I saw the band 0Shino (pronounced “yeong-shinho”) Tuesday night and quite liked them. If you get the chance, I recommend checking them out.