The Supreme Court of Korea (appointed by Park Chung-hee) ruled in 1970 that legal remedies for physical violence against wives are inadmissible in Korean law courts and that even wife rape cannot be considered to be abuse in Korean law courts.

“You cannot rape your wife” is the headline for the Korea Times article. This is because forced sexual intercourse of a wife has not been regarded as rape by the Korean Supreme Court since 1970. Is the Korean Supreme Court thereby protecting the conjugal right of Korean men to engage in forced, violent sex with their wives?

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in an effort to address this issue of conjugal rights announced on Monday (26 November) its 4th basic policy program involving women’s affairs for 2013-2017,  the program is designed to prevent sexual and domestic violence and strengthen the punishment of violators.

The United Nations has long called on Korea to recognize wife rape.

“There has been opposition from legal circles but there is a need for serious discussion on the issue. Even among married couples, people have a right to choose and this should be part of the law,” said a female official from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family .

Korea Times, 27 November 2012

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“The International Finance Center (IFC) in Yeouido is struggling to attract tenants for its two newly-opened office towers, denting Seoul City’s ambitious plan to make it Northeast Asia’s financial hub.

Seoul City signed a contract with AIG Real Estate allowing the latter to use the IFC site for 99 years in return for paying annual rent. From 2006 to 2010, AIG did not pay rent but from 2011 through 2017, it is required to pay 1 percent of the site’s appraised value.”

If Asia is a bicycle wheel, then the Hub of Asia is presumably Hong Kong.

Korea is on the rim.

Lee Hyo-sik, Korea Times, 26 November 2012

A Korean woman had more success in the Korean courts than Lone Star in dealing with Korean financial products, as is related in the following story.

A 35-year-old Korean woman met a 33 year old Korean man through a friendly movie-going group in May 2010.

They dated until March 2011 then married in July 2011, after the Korean man artfully pretended that he had graduated from the economics departments of a leading private university in Seoul, was working for a trading company and had an apartment in Sillim-dong in southern Seoul.

After demanding a divorce the woman took the case to court and was awarded compensation of 67 million won ($60,000), including money spent on the wedding.

Korea Times, 26 November 2012

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Later Tom found that it was lying everywhere and all the time.

“When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Korean countryside in the 1970s, virtually everyone lived in poverty by U.S. standards. Some lived in squalor, but the overwhelming majority lived simply and frugally. Those who were considered well-off at that time and place would nonetheless have been considered to be poor by American standards.

At the other end of the scale, Korean public servants were paid ridiculously low wages, as is the case in many developing countries. They actually needed outside income to live relatively comfortably and send their children to schools and universities. Often, the only plausible means for this large societal segment was to receive “gratuities.” One could normally count on having to pretty consistently pay 10 percent to get various matters handled.

The relatively well off (including “gratuity-boosted” public servants) often had an attitude that could be haughty given that their well-being was measured in the context of their villages and towns.

Social power, as defined within one’s social context, is the real corrupting influence. And the corruption is not limited to government officials and business tycoons.”

Tom Coyner, Joongang Ilbo, 19 November 2012

I remember a joke told by a Peace Corps volunteer that encapsulates the choleric envy of other bucolics who possess higher-level social status symbols.

What was the worst day in the Korean farmer’s life?

The day he heard his neighbour bought a cow.

What was the best day in the Korean farmer’s life?

The day he heard his neighbour’s cow died … poisoned by his wife … who then went to prison.

Two cows for the price of none!

In prison the wife died from loneliness, as her family never visited her … her husband was doing Korean man things … her son was too busy studying for the public service exam … and her daughter was on a “working holiday” in Australia.

With the money he received from his wife’s death benefit the farmer went out and bought a new suit … but not a new pair of shoes.

He then called at the local international marriage bureau and ordered a teenage bride from Vietnam.

His neighbour died from the unbearable heaviness of hwabyeong.

So endeth this tale of alcoholic, choleric bucolics.

Vietnamese Wives in the Korean countryside

 

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“Almost 60 percent of (the 111 actresses who responded to a survey by the Korean Women’s Development Institute) said they believed rejecting sexual advances would disadvantage their careers, and 48.4 percent said they had in fact lost out on appearances on shows because they refused.”

That means approximately 20% (11.6% of 60%) always provided sexual favours for Korean bosses to get jobs, and the other 40% sometimes didn’t provide sexual favours for some chaebol bosses and thereby sometimes lost jobs but got jobs at other times?

“Chaebol bosses were cited as the most common group of people seeking sex with the stars, cited by 43.9 percent of respondents, followed by TV producers and directors with 38.6 percent.

Among aspiring actresses surveyed, 72.3 percent were forced to go on a diet and 58.7 percent said they were told to have plastic surgery.

“Each year, 48,000 aspiring actresses graduate from various acting schools in major cities, and there is no way of telling how many more women are hired by small talent agencies,” a National Human Rights Commission official said.”

Chosun Ilbo, 5 November 2012

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Real Meter Poll

Korean Presidential Election

 

Latest Korean presidential opinion poll shows Ahn Cheol-soo at 49.4% and Park Geun-hye at 43.6% in a 2 horse race.

That leaves 7% undecided.

Assuming the 7% don’t turn up to the polling booths it’s a win to Ahn. If the 7% do turn up to the polling booths Park will need 6.4 percentage points of undecided voters. i.e. 92.9% of undecided voters … not going to happen.

Alternatively, Park Geun-hye at 46.4% and Moon Jae-in at 45.4%.

That leaves 8.2% undecided.

Assuming the 8.2% don’t turn up to the polling booths it’s a win to Park. If the 8.2% do turn up to the polling booths Moon will need 4.7 percentage points of undecided voters. i.e. 57.3% of undecided voters … not going to happen.

Kookjae News 25 October 2012

Time for Moon to decide to be a statesman as Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, or to run for Mayor of Busan.

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Workers and bosses in the Korean sex industry are demanding the scrapping or revision of anti-prostitution laws.

Since the enactment of the anti-prostitution laws in 2004, tens of thousands of Korean male and female prostitutes have left Korea to work in Japan, the USA, Canada and Australia.

Prostitution is legal in some parts of the last three countries, reducing the need for pimps, bongo van drivers, fruit cutter-uppers and waiters; this enables Korean prostitutes to retain a larger share of their earnings, than they would be allowed to keep by their Korean bosses.

Korea Times 26 September 2012

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“Statistics Korea said that 9,959 babies were born (in the Republic of Korea i.e. not including the Republic of the Philippines) following premarital and/or extramarital sex last year, marking a year-on-year rise of 3.3 percent, or 320; producing a total of about 77 000 babies born after premarital and/or extramarital sex in the last decade.”

Korea Herald, 26 August 2012

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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/neil-armstrong-first-man-on-the-moon-dies-at-82-20120826-24tyr.html

 

When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" statement but followed it by several remarks, usual communication traffic between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made this remark "Good luck Mrs Kim."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a neighbour with cancer. However, upon checking, there were no Kims living near Armstrong at the time. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mrs Kim" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995 in Tampa Bay FL, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mrs Kim had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a pilot in the Korean War, he was playing baseball as an outfielder with some navy buddies in the compound. The batter hit a fly ball, which landed just in front of the bedroom windows of the neighbouring house. The occupants of the house were a Mr & Mrs Kim.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mr Kim shouting at Mrs Kim in Korean. Armstrong asked the pitcher, who was a USN interpreter, what the Korean man was yelling. "More than two minutes of sex! You want more than two minutes?! You'll get more than two minutes when that yankee flyboy walks on the moon!"

True story.

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The Olds’ Days of blatant copying, which worked in manufacturing, based on a culture of bullying of Youngers, exemplified by the slave-master mentality of the Yusin Constitution, are GAME OVER.

Who best to take Korea into those shining uplands of future prosperity than the Professor of Innovation and Convergent Technologies: The next President of Korea.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/samsung-apple-reactions/?gwh=111618B75B5D0530CA3730BFEF87C3B2

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

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“Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn was jailed for four years on Thursday for causing W302.4 billion in losses to his conglomerate and evading W1.5 billion in taxes (US$1=W1,135).

According to Chaebol.com, a conglomerate research firm, seven heads of family-owned conglomerates have been indicted for financial crimes since 1990, and all of them received suspended sentences and were eventually pardoned by (successive) Korean presidents.”

Chosun Ilbo, Aug. 17, 2012

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