** Korean economy down, soju consumption up. Nothing suprising there.
** Here's an interesting article about a Korean man who recently retired from his academic career "after living the American dream."
Sung M. Lim has lived what he considers the true American dream.
His life in the United States started in 1961 when he left South Korea with $100 in his pocket and a few changes of clothes. He was headed to Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., to pursue graduate studies in plant genetics and breeding.
His 42-year professional career came to a close recently following his retirement from the University of Arkansas as the head of the department of plant pathology.
Sung, 74, describes his life as "work, work, work."
But work is not the only priority in his life. His dedication to his family runs deep and that trait flowed over to his interaction with colleagues and his students.
Many words have been used to describe Sung -- humble, honest, hardworking, dedicated, honorable and integrity among them.
Sung's life did not take the path he expected, but it took a path he has enjoyed.
** Korean women are apparently pretty good at hockey, winning four out of the last five women's Junior Asia Cups. I admit it took me a couple of seconds to realize that "the Indians" was actually referring to Indians.
** A teacher in Mokpo has started collecting and posting those cringe-worthy videos from the elementary school CD-ROMS. The blog is here, a continuation of what we saw from HolyTaco last week.
** Are you Japanese and interested in travelling to the US? Better heed these tips, first. The embarrassing thing is that many of them hold true. I mean, if I knew a foreigner visiting LA, the second thing I'd tell them---after "don't visit LA"---is "be careful you don't get killed."
** The Korea Times looks at "Ten Culture Trends in 2008." Number one is "The Death of Celebrities in 2008." Probably a more tasteful way to go about that I think.
** Here's a photo gallery of "sexy Santas" dancing at a pro basketball game in commemoration of the desecration of Christmas. Whatever, I'd probably hit it. The attractive women, I mean, not the seven-year-olds.
** A teacher slash photographer in Jindo is selling some prints this holiday season. She always sells them, it's just that she recently posted about them, so there you go. The Flickr set is here, though as the post says there are others available. They look really good.