Jay expected fried chicken – what he got was an avalanche of lawyers’ letters.
Then in the midst of all this, a less-than-enthusiastic review of Jinjuu by Fay Maschler, veteran critic for the London Evening Standard, is removed from the paper’s website. As a restaurant critic of some years’ standing, I can say that’s unusual. I am told that Joo wrote a letter of complaint about the review, which was forwarded to the Evening Standard. Will Gore, deputy managing editor of the Evening Standard, said the review had been taken down while Joo’s complaint was investigated. “I’ve now gone back to her to try and find a final resolution to the debate,” Gore said.
As I understand it, the letter is basically a long complaint that Maschler doesn’t appear to understand Korean food; that, for example, Korean fried chicken is meant to have a hard batter coating like hers does. Perhaps. It seems to me that this merely proves “authentic” really is not the same as “good”.
Jay Rayner, Observer Magazine, Sunday 26 April 2015
South Korea’s Constitutional Court threw out a decades-old anti-adultery law on Thursday, reflecting a growing importance of personal choice over marital order in a traditionally group-oriented society.
In a 7-2 decision, the nine-member bench ruled that Article 241 of the criminal code was unconstitutional.
“The anti-cheating law has been traditionally aimed at punishing women, but those days are long gone now,” Song Jae-ryong, a sociology professor at Kyung Hee University, said.
Others said the law was practically non-existent, as it had lost its effectiveness in preventing infidelity.
“The anti-adultery law is no longer achieving its purpose,” Kim Jeong-beom, a law professor at Hangyang University, said. “Penalties have become extremely light and don’t have the preventative effect they’re supposed to have.”
Kim Min-soo, an office worker, said. “It’s not like the ruling would make people feel freer to cheat than before.”
Love cheats are already rampant and adultery is institutionalised in a country where people don’t marry for romantic love but for jeong.
Park Sojung, Yonhap News, 26 February 2015
Kim’s label Oscar Entertainment released a statement on Friday saying that the singer was irritated before boarding a Korean Air flight.
“Kim drank some wine on the flight after he got distressed by Korean Air,” the agency said. According to Kim’s agency, Kim thinks he is always entitled to upgrade his economy class seat to a business class seat as he is a male Korean celebrity but Korean Air failed to do so by mistake.
“He does not exactly remember what mistakes he made,” it added.
The mistakes Bobby Kim made were forcibly cuddling a flight attendant, touching her arms and then loudly and aggressively verbally abusing her for about an hour.
Ock Hyun-ju, 9 January 2015, The Korea Herald
Stories of entitled minor Korean celebrities taking out their frustrations on hapless flight attendants are now less likely to be hushed up after the Nut Rage Incident of 2014. The soju defence is a common theme of these incidents. Is this the beginning of the end of the Modern Era of Yangban?
Even though Korean Air flight attendants are hosts and hostesses, an aircraft cabin is not a host or hostess bar for inebriated ajumma and ajeossi.
More than 20 female students have stated that a 54-year-old Seoul National University (SNU) professor groped them.
On Thursday SNU announced it would approve the professor’s voluntary resignation letter.
If SNU upholds its decision, the professor will not see a cut in his severance pay or his pension. His records will also be clean and he will be able to apply for employment at other universities. The school’s investigation into the accusations, which is being conducted by the campus human rights center, will also close because he will no longer be a faculty member.
“It will take an exhaustive amount of time for us to decide whether to discipline him or not,” said Kim Byeong-mun, dean of SNU’s academic affairs, adding that the students who are required to take the professor’s courses will suffer in the long run should the probe continue.
But a university official who asked for anonymity calls this a “lame excuse.”
“It’s preposterous to let him go when the investigation is at its peak,” the official said.
The official added that sexual abuse “runs rampant” on Korean campuses.
Lee Sung-eun, Joongang Daily, 29 November 2014
That would be sexual abuse by both Korean professors and Korean students? Korean universities perhaps not the safest place to study for female students from both Korea and abroad?
The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier.
“Considering that most teenage victims are reluctant to report such incidents to the authorities, it can be assumed that the problem (of sexual abuse among teens) is even graver than the numbers suggest,” Rep. Lee said.
Many of the sex crimes in schools are not properly dealt with, due to the victims’ unwillingness to report the case or lenient punishment of perpetrators.
In 2012, an elementary school teacher in Incheon was found to have physically and sexually abused his second-grade students. The case prompted public furor when it was revealed that the school asked the parents to settle the case amicably, saying the male teacher could not work at another school if they declined its request.
Yoon Min-sik, The Korea Herald, 29 August 2014
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police, the number of sex crimes targeting foreigners increased around three-fold from 76 in 2009 to 213 last year.
That is a sex crime against a non-Korean every 42 hours.
The Chosun Ilbo, 24 August 2014
From 2009 to June of 2014, 108 teachers committed sexual misconduct against minors according to the Education Ministry data compiled by Rep. Min Hyun-joo of the ruling Saenuri Pary.
The teachers, while not officially prosecuted, were punished by the disciplinary committees of local education offices.
While the number of sexual abuse cases on children or teenagers by teachers increased from nine in 2009 to 29 in 2013, 30.5 percent of those disciplined retained their teaching posts.
Many of the sexual abuse cases involving teachers are settled out of court, with the perpetrators only facing disciplinary action from schools or local education authorities.
Yoon Min-sik, The Korea Herald, 24 August 2014
“According to a study titled Alcohol Effects On Performance Monitoring and Adjustment: Affect Modulation and Impairment of Evaluative Cognitive Control, alcohol doesn’t limit our ability to know what’s right and wrong, instead, it takes away our capacity to care.”
Livia Gamble, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2014
Although alcohol is not used a defence for sexual crimes in Australia, it is enabled in Korea as part of Clause 10 of the Criminal Law of Korea, as noted in the following article in The Korea Herald from 2010.
“Alcohol is generously accepted as a necessary evil. In Korea, it is also a reason for lighter punishment for some crimes, especially sexual violence. A gruesome case of child rape has recently prompted Koreans to wonder whether such long-standing leniency should stay.
The nation was shocked after it was learned last month that a 57-year-old man raped 8-year-old child, leaving her sexually disabled and having to rely on a colostomy bag due to her missing organs.
The repeat sexual offender, named Cho Doo-soon, was given a sentence commutation for temporary mental disorder caused by drunkenness
Clause 10 of the present criminal law states that those who lack legal capacity due to mental disorder are to be given a commuted sentence and is largely applied to sexual violence cases committed while intoxicated.”
Bae Hyun-jung. The Korea Herald, 30 March 2010
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, under presiding judge Lee Sang-hoon, on 6 July 2014 upheld lower court verdicts against a 57 year old monk’s six-year prison sentence for rape and murder.
The monk from the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, was convicted for raping and inflicting fatal injuries with a wooden instrument on a woman, 20.
The monk was also sentenced for raping and beating another woman to “exorcise all the ghosts from her body”.
After assaulting the women, the monk bound their hands and legs and kept them in solitary confinement.
The monk claimed the sex was consensual, a claim that the court rejected.
Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 6 July 2014
According to data compiled by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the number of residents from outside the country came to 1.57 million as of Jan. 1, up 8.6 percent from a year ago and taking up 3.1 percent of the nation’s population of 51 million.
It marks the eighth consecutive year that the figure has risen on-year. The government started compiling related data in 2006.
Foreign residents refer to people staying in South Korea for longer than 90 days, naturalized South Korean citizens, marriage migrants and their children.
The ministry attributed this year’s growth to eased requirements for an Overseas Korean (F-4) visa and an increase in applications for permanent residency among ethnic Koreans with non-South Korean citizenship.
Of the foreign residents, nearly 539,000, or 34.4 percent of the total, are workers from abroad with no South Korean nationality.
Korea Herald 2 July 2014