Because I don't want to make a million different posts.
* The elections held on June 2nd are of course over, and the Korea Times has a list of winners. Jeollanam-do had the second-highest voter turnout, behind Gangwon province.
* The Korea Times has also been spending a lot of time focused on sex, as noted by The Chosun Bimbo and many others who have emailed me. Here's what's going on in the world on June 3rd:
Clearly there's a corner of the office that gets paid to look at porn all day and use their bad English to turn their hobby into copy.
* Today we learned that Hustler lingerie is coming to Korea. The website's here and is not safe for work. Not to be confused with hustler.co.kr, which is safe for work and sells the much more popular shorts+tights combination.
* Eat Your Kimchi, a blog and YouTube channel run by a pair of teachers in Bucheon, is one of the most positive, and most popular, institutions in the English-language expat community. Nonetheless they upset some netizens with their latest video poking fun at excessively noisy election campaigns.
* A lot of people are satisfied with EPIK, according to a poll conducted on the Strange Lands blog.
* Recently came across the blog Just Another Indian in Korea, which has tried to determine why Indians speak better English than Koreans and said, in response to one of my comments over there about English education in Korea, that Koreans work hard but Indians work smart. It will be interesting to read more on the topic, given the news that EPIK will be bringing in 12 Indian English teachers next semester.
* The Baekje Cultural Festival is now known as the Baekje World Culture Festival, (세계대백제전) picking up the trend of adding "International" or "World" to festivals to seem cosmopolitan. What's the point of trying to "globalize" a festival that few Koreans know or care about? The Baekje Cultural Festival was one of dozens of festivals cancelled last year because of swine flu. Buyeo, which also boasts the World Samulnori Festival---how the hell do you have a "World" samulnori festival?---is a pleasant county, though, very historical and very underrated, and is worth a visit this fall. Here are some pictures and words from my trip in December.
* Kimchi Icecream takes a long look at garish Korean wedding hall culture. Some discussion on my May 9th post as well.
* A Dave's ESL Cafe poster asks "Has anyone experienced a professional interview in Korea?" Guess.
* The JoongAng Daily, which consistently has the best features out of any English-language newspaper in Korea, asks who will be the fried chicken champ this World Cup. My favorites were: (3) Mom's Touch, (2) Nene Chicken, and (1) Dasarang. I've heard a lot of good things about Kyochon, but the last couple times I've had it it was like charcoal. The intersection between pop music and fried chicken in Korea is an interesting phenomenon, but consistent with using celebrities to market pretty much everything through Asian poses and goofy faces. I see that Dasarang has decided, in line with the norm, to employ a girlgroup to promote its product.