Korean Gender Reader

For any readers who don’t already know, this Sunday the 17th there will be “International Couples and Friends Picnic” from 12pm to 6pm in Yeoido Park in Seoul. See here for the details and a press release, while here are some of the most recent blog posts about the original MBC story:

MBC to Mixed-Race Couples: Maybe you have a guilty conscience (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

MBC, The Vilification of Foreigners, and Hallyu (Seoulbeats)

Thoughts on the MBC Clip and the Facebook Reaction (Gord Sellar)

Media Strike in Korea (Ask a Korean)

MBC’s “Shocking Truth” Is Another Black Mark (Infidel World)

Meanwhile, on Sunday the 16th at 2pm,  a recent North Korean defector will speak and take questions at Busan National University. See Busan Haps or the North Korea Awareness Facebook page for further details.

Here are this week’s regular categories:

Body Image/Health:

On Babies and Body Image (On Becoming a Good Korean Feminist Wife)

South Korea: Birth Control Regulation Changes Provoke Debate (Global Voices)

Uncomfortable in our skin: the body-image report (The Guardian)


Dude with Asian Fetish in Boston Public Library (Korean Bodega)

The fine line between ‘obedience’ and rape in North Korea (Women Under Siege)

Government investigation finds foreign workers on Korean vessels were abused (The Hankyoreh)

Oh Won-chun (Suwon rapist & murderer) sentenced to death (The Marmot’s Hole)


Loving Day: the 45th Anniversary of Anti-Miscegenation Laws in the United States (Shotgun Korea)

Radiation likened to angry Japanese wife (The News)

A brief guide to Korean weddings (Alleyways)

Finding Love on the Internet: Does it Work? (Psychology Today)

The English Spectrum Series at Gusts of Popular Feeling:

Part 32: Invasion of Privacy Degrades Korean Women Twice Over

Part 33: 60 unqualified native speaking instructors hired for English instruction


The 2002 USFK tank accident, ten years later (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

— Remembering the 10th Anniversary of the 2002 Armored Vehicle Accident (ROK Drop)

Tenth anniversary of girls killed by US military vehicle (The Hankyoreh)


Male Homosexuality Study: Gay Men Have Evolutionary Benefit For Their Families, New Research Suggests (The Huffington Post)

16 Million Chinese Women Married To Men… Who Like Men (Überfacts)

Tired of beating up on drunks, Chosun declares war on Korean prostitutes abroad (The Marmot’s Hole)


China to send first female taikonaut into space (io9)

Ladygate: ‘Cup Noodle Girl’ Divides Netizen Opinion (Korea Bang)

Korean Soju is World’s Most Popular Spirit (Korea Bang)

North Korean Defectors A Hit On Popular South Korean TV Show (ROK Drop)

American v. Korean Communication: Talking v. Listening (The Unlikely Expat)


S Korea: long slog to a tricky future (Financial Times)

Easy Economic Boost: More Women at Work (The Wall Street Journal)

The Trials and Tribulations of MC Mong (Seoulbeats)

Pop Culture:

T-ara Pure (Frank Kogan)

귀엽다 Korea: The World’s (second) Cutest Nation (The Culture Muncher)

The Best Kdrama Kiss as Selected by Netizens (Soompi)

Apparently MBC thinks Egyptians are the same as Native Americans (Asian Junkie)

SNSD Unit Group “TaeTiSeo” Changing Members Tomorrow, Replacing Seohyun with 8-year old girl (The Yangpa)


Depression and Motherhood (Geek in Heels)

Chinese students bitching (The Marmot’s Hole)

S. Korean Army to appoint first mixed-race officers (Yonhap)

Cabby fined for refusing to pick up foreigners (The Marmot’s Hole)

40% of multiracial children have difficulty with Korean (The Korea Times)

Men In Blackness in Korea: Will Smith & Life (The Vanguard Element)

‘Forced abortion’ picture causes uproar in China (The Korea Herald)

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