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Anti-foreigner Groups on the Rise:“Get Rid of Multicultural Policies Now”

Ji-Su Park August 7, 2012

On Thursday, August 2nd, ten members of a South Korean xenophobic groups called the “Organization of Solidarity of the Eradication of Foreigners’ Crimes” and the “Organization of Solidarity of the Citizens against Foreign Workers” gathered in front of the Immigration Office in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. Members held signs displaying, “Abolish multicultural policies now.” The members openly… Continue Reading »


Op-Ed: Children with Smart Phones: Are We Being Smart About It?

Ji-Su Park July 25, 2012

Photo: An elementary school student’s daily schedule. 07:30 Wakes up. Checks KaTalk to read last night’s online messages from friends. 08:20 Goes to school. Sends a message via KaTalk to a friend: “Have you arrived at school yet?” 09:00 Class begins. Uses his smart phone phone to play games and check out news. 14:30 Class… Continue Reading »


Major Websites Including Facebook, Twitter, and KBS Neglect the People with Disabilities

Ji-Su Park July 12, 2012

Photo 1: Main pages of major social networking service (SNS) websites including Me2day, Yozm, Facebook, and Twitter (clockwise from the top). Although South Korea is widely known for its strong Information Technology industry, recent reporting revealed that most South Korean websites fail to provide adequate service for people with disabilities. As a result of limited… Continue Reading »


Two Doors (2011): Yongsan Tragedy Revisited

Ji-Su Park July 10, 2012

Two Doors, an independent documentary on the Yongsan Tragedy of January 2009 (read the HRM’s previous article on Yongsan Tragedy), made a huge hit in the theaters. Given the fact that it is an independent film, the film’s success is phenomenal: more than 16,000 people saw the film even though only 16 theaters nationwide are showing… Continue Reading »


Children of Multicultural Families in South Korea Quit School

Ji-Su Park July 2, 2012

According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Justice of South Korea, 7 out of 10 immigrant children are not attending middle schools or high schools. The term “immigrant children” (중도입국 자녀) refers to foreign-born children from multicultural families who come to South Korea with their parents. Their parents are… Continue Reading »


2012 Asan North Korea Week: “Life on the Other Side: Insights into North Korea”

Ji-Su Park June 26, 2012

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies held the 2012 Asan North Korea Week, titled “Life on the Other Side: Insights into North Korea,” from June 20th until June 22nd. Free and open to public, various events including lectures on North Korean economy and politics, a piano recital featuring the North Korean defector Kim Cheol-woong, talks… Continue Reading »


President Lee Names Hyun Byung-chul for Another Term as Chief of National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Ji-Su Park June 26, 2012

On June 11, President Lee Myung-bak named Hyun Byung-chul, the current chief of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), for another three-year term. Hyun is a law professor at Hanyang University who has been holding the position since 2009. According to the Blue House, President Lee granted another term since Hyun has run… Continue Reading »

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