Some critics have blamed the high death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster — 108 bodies recovered so far, 194 still missing — on the country's culture of obedience. But others feel it was only natural for the passengers, mostly high school students, to listen to a voice of authority during an emergency situation.
As the death toll from the sunken ferry Sewol continues to mount, many government offices and public organizations have either canceled or scaled down scheduled events this week to show respect to the victims.
The celebration of Earth Hour on March 29 this year by over 7,000 cities across the world as well as the celebration of Equinox Earth Day on March 20 and Earth Day on April 22 by Earth Day Network are some of the landmark events that make us aware of our responsibilities toward our planet.
Taiwan's pineapple industry is undergoing a golden renaissance of sorts, thanks to a rush of mainland tourists with a craving for pineapple tarts.
2014/4/22, 1 Comment
For all the buzz about United States President Barack Obama's visit to Asia this week, the tour will likely be greeted in the region with muted expectations over what he can accomplish.
Accidents can happen and there could be calamities for which little can be done or explained, as in the latest case of the missing Malaysian airliner. The sinking of the ferry Sewol is not such a disaster, which deepens the pain over the loss of the lives of innocent people, many of them high school girls and boys.
“Any report on the North is either a scoop or a fiction.” This is the sub-headline of an article in Kwanhun Journal 2014-Spring Edition. The quarterly, published by the Kwanhun Club, a fraternity of senior journalists, devoted its latest issue to the problem of reporting on North Korea.
I decided to experiment with crowdsourcing, and gave friends the choice between three potential topics for this column, asking them to cast their vote on Facebook.
Thailand is looking to engage in a more seamless region as the deadline for Asean Economic Community (AEC) integration approaches.
In Korean, the word Sewol means “time.” Sewol was the name of the ferry that met a sudden and tragic fate on Wednesday morning, but time was what we didn't have in the painstaking efforts to save those on board.
2014/4/19, 1 Comment