Do pizza boxes appear in ancient Korean buddhist statues? The Mr Pizza ad that has got academics and bloggers talking: Photo credit: Wake up and Laugh, where you can find the real meaning of the distinctive headwear.


Hallyu and nationalism stories

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2007

A brief round-up of recent hallyu and nationalism stories. Rain’s producer, Park Jin-young, says the word “Korean” should be removed from “Korean Wave”. “I don’t understand why the Korean wave is taken as the rah-rah material,” Mr. Park said. “Now is the time to overcome nationalism, but instead we are intensifying that sentiment.” Park has […]

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Advice to Americans from their embassy: steer clear of massed Koreans

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2006

It’s Independence Day. So I’ll start with some advice emailed last Friday by the American Embassy to their citzens in Korea, and then consolidate a few related links on anti-americanism. August 15 is Korean Liberation or Independence Day, and civil gatherings and demonstrations are expected throughout South Korea. A large demonstration is scheduled to start […]

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Korean nationalism

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2006

The web is a great space for debate, and sometimes it grows out of nowhere. There’s a lively discussion on Korean Christianity and nationalism going on at right now, prompted by a seemingly innocuous interview with Park Chan-wook in the NY Times. What I like about Darcy’s site is although tempers can get heated […]

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