In a brief article two days ago, Variety noted the impact of the Sewol ferry disaster on the Korean box office, on TV schedules, and on pop concerts. No one is in the mood for enjoying themselves right now.
Not that such an injunction is needed, but I hear that government officials and diplomatic staff have been advised to carry themselves with appropriate solemnity. I had been due this week to meet up with a friend from the embassy – a long-postponed get-together over soju and samgyeopsal – but he just cancelled on me because of a “contingency protocol” which includes abstinence from alcohol. As he rightly said, even if we were to meet up “I think I can not enjoy the meeting fully because of the tragedy.” So we’ll be rescheduling, and praying for the families instead.