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New Gig: Arirang’s “Korea Today”
Jan03

New Gig: Arirang’s “Korea Today”

Starting a few weeks ago, I took over the “Korea Eats” segment on Arirang’s morning show, “Korea Today.” It’s my first regular live TV gig. In the ’90s, I was used to being the person being behind the camera, working at a news station as a director, cameraman, graphics, and audio operator. It’s weird being in front of the camera on live TV. I also gotta get up around 4 a.m. on Fridays...

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Leaks, Cracks, Sinkholes, Falling Metal…
Dec12

Leaks, Cracks, Sinkholes, Falling Metal…

Lotte Jamsil Tower. Neverending stories. Lotte cover-up scares visitors (The Korea Times)  ...

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Anthony Bourdain in Korea?
Oct26

Anthony Bourdain in Korea?

Well, the secret’s out. From tweets and Instagrams, Anthony Bourdain has announced his presence in Seoul, confirmed by Food Republic. Team ZenKimchi may or may not have been working the past month or so, along with others Nari Kye has dubbed the “Dream Team,” on setting up and executing this production. I am not at liberty to divulge much more. But already this is looking really good....

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George Takei in Korea. Oh My!
May29

George Takei in Korea. Oh My!

George Takei and his husband Brad are touring Korea and Japan to promote the musical Allegiance, about the American interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and to promote LGBT rights. My friend, the extremely handsome Walter Foreman, interviewed him on TBS eFM for a broadcast this weekend. I woke up early in the morning and trekked into the city to watch. It was a great talk. I sat next to Brad, and we discussed the trip...

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What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?
May22

What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?

On a whim, I broke out ye olde Wikipedia and took down the population numbers for U.S. and South Korean cities. I matched them as closely as I could and plotted them out on a map. This is the result. I don’t know if it means anything to anyone, but it was a fun little...

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Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family
Apr20

Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family

Seoul’s long-term expat community was saddened recently by the sudden and tragic death of one of its members. Alexander Rene Boutilier (“Lex” to his friends, “Rene” to his family), was killed in a head on collision between his motorbike and a taxi after midnight on Friday, 4th April, while riding home on the elevated road between Geumhwa and Sajik Tunnels. Lex (45) had lived in Korea since 2001, first in Gwangju (South Jeolla...

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