Baseball writer Rany Jazayerli
tells us about his online acquaintance Sung Woo Lee
, fan of the Kansas City Royals, who is having a good week
. He's been a Royals fan since the 1990s and this week, he came to the US to see them play for the first time. KC rolled out the red carpet and the Royals are even winning. [more inside]
Korean fashion and design is having a moment, but what is fueling it? It's complicated. Let's explore the K-wave
. [more inside]
Learn how to cook Korean food with Aeri Lee
. [more inside]
PSY (Park Jae Sang) is a Korean singer, previously graduating from Boston University and Berklee College of Music. His latest, Gangnam Style
, parodies K-pop videos and features several singers from that genre, plus Korean tv stars. Gangnam itself is a wealthy region of Seoul
. The lyrics
are perhaps standard for pop songs, while reactions to the video      
show that a visually engaging video and a catchy tune are often fun the world over, irrespective of the language.
On Tiger Moms
: "What the controversy surrounding Chua demonstrates, however inadvertently, is that parenting techniques are always grounded in basic assumptions about the way things are and what matters to us. And they are always guided by some answer to the most fundamental of ethical questions—how to live?" [more inside]
October 9th is 한글날, or Hangul Day
. Hangul is the Korean alphabet, and it has a fascinating history
, so let's celebrate!
(YT). Better yet, here are some videos that will help you learn Hangul for yourself: [Introduction] [Advanced] [Hangul Rap!] [Beginner's Vocabulary]
Let the celebrations begin!
According to the Chinese calendar, tomorrow begins the year 4700. The festivals and superstitions surround the celebration for the new year are fascinating in China as well as Korea
. Which animal year
were you born in and do you follow the Chinese, Japanese
, or Korean
zodiac? Finally, the mathematics
behind the calendar are truly fascinating.