Korean Air Force Makes Amazing ‘Les Miserables’ Spoof
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: February 6th, 2013
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South Korea’s Air Force has a lot of time on their hands, apparently.

The airman of the Republic of Korea recently dropped an elaborate 14-minute parody of Hollywood’s recent remake of the insanely popular musical Les Miserables.

And you know what? It’s actually pretty good. Pretty damn good. The production values are excellent, the singing is superb and did I mention they include subtitles in the video? Not only that, but the melodramatic nature of Korean people and their ever-present han makes it a perfect fit for Les Mis. Continue Reading »

More Overseas Koreans Enlist in ROK Army
Author: Steve Han
Posted: September 24th, 2012
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Korean citizens living abroad are enlisting in the South Korean army in increasing numbers, the Korea Times reports.

South Korean enlistees who are classified as permanent residents overseas, including U.S. green card holders, have surpassed 1,000 in the last six years, according to the Korean government.

Earlier this month, we reported on a Korean American who volunteered for the ROK Army after seven years as a U.S. Marine. Continue Reading »

Monday’s Link Attack: Moon Bloodgood, Suicide Pact, Shooting Rampage
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: July 4th, 2011
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Moon Bloodgood brings love of sci-fi to Spielberg’s ‘Skies’
Boston Herald

Ever since she was a child, Bloodgood has been a fan of science fiction and horror.

That’s why she starred in “Terminator Salvation,” “Journeyman” and “Day Break.” It also explains why she wasn’t interested when she first heard about “Falling Skies.”

“I’m always going to love science fiction. That’s just a part of my personality. But I had done so much of it, and I was itching to do something else,” she told the Herald in a recent telephone interview from her Los Angeles home.

4 Killed, 1 Hurt in South Korea Shooting
AP via Time.com

A corporal in South Korea’s marine corps went on shooting rampage Monday, killing four fellow marines and wounding another on a Yellow Sea island base near the country’s tense border with North Korea, officials said.

The corporal was taken into custody on Ganghwa Island, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) west of Seoul, but his motive remained unknown, and the shooting was being investigated, Defense Ministry officials said.

South Korea plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015
Engadget

South Korea announced this week that it plans to spend over $2 billion developing digital textbooks, replacing paper in all of its schools by 2015. Students would access paper-free learning materials from a cloud-based system, supplementing traditional content with multimedia on school-supplied tablets.

North Korean defector learns to live outside the world’s biggest prison
The Guardian (U.K.)

Rhee Kyeong-mi used to struggle to find enough food. Now she is finding it hard to adjust to abundance and choice in South Korea.

4 South Koreans Missing After Apparent Suicide Attempt
AP via New York Times

Four South Koreans were missing and one was hospitalized Sunday after they jumped into a rain-swollen river in an apparent group suicide attempt first conceived online, police said.

South Korea’s Armed Forces Day (6 photos)
Author: Eugene.Kim
Posted: December 23rd, 2009
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As a American-born Korean, I’ve always found the Korean military to be intriguing. Hearing stories about the ROK Army has not only made me proud of my Korean heritage, it has perpetuated my curiosity.

South Korea’s Armed Forces Day is an annual event held on October 1st. The country’s military puts on a variety of displays that include performances by military bands, drills by honor guard contingents, and martial arts displays by special warfare units. There are also air shows with helicopters and fighting planes. One of the highlights of the event is a skydiving performance by South Korea’s Special Warfare Command soldiers. Continue Reading »

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