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After two years in Korea and three years of law school in America, Nathan Schwartzman works in New York City, translating and assisting major law firms with Korea-related litigation. To ask a question, make a story request, or leave a comment about Korea Beat, or to hire Nathan for his Korea expertise, please direct all enquiries to koreabeat@gmail.com.

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The durian experience – Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit

September 16, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

By Nathan Schwartzman ITS fans believe it to be one of the world’s greatest delicacies, yet equally as many have derided its flavor in extremely colorful terms. It is known as the “king of the fruits”, yet there are actually places where it is illegal to eat it in public. No trip toMalaysiacould be complete…>

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코를 찌르는 냄새를 가진 과일의 왕, 두리안을 맛보다

August 29, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

네이든 슈왈츠먼  이를 좋아하는 사람들은 이것이 세계 최고의 진미라고 치켜 세운다. 반면, 다른 사람들은 이런 저런 말로 그 맛을 조롱한다.  “과일의 왕”이라고 알려져 있지만, 어떤 곳에서는 대중 장소에서 먹는 것이 불법일 정도로 상반된 평가를 받는 과일이다. 여하튼, 이를 먹어 보지 않고서는 말레이시아로 여행을 마쳤다고 할 수 없다. 이것은 무엇일까? ‘악명 높은’ 과일인 ‘두리안’이다. 뾰족한 가시와…>

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品尝榴莲——马来西亚最受欢迎的、最刺鼻的水果

August 23, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

弥敦道•施瓦茨曼 榴莲的粉丝们认为它是世界上一大美味,当然也有许多人用多样的词语嘲笑它的味道。它被冠以“水果之王”的称号,但也有一些地方禁止人们在公共场合吃它。到马来西亚旅游,没它可不算完美。 当然,我们会讨论这“臭名昭著”的水果。沉甸甸的榴莲表面有硬刺,果肉呈奶油似的黄色。几个世纪以来,马来西亚土产的榴莲备受褒扬和贬抑。这种水果在韩国的超市货架上偶然可以看到,但在它的原产地马来西亚才有最佳的美味。如果你想要通过新鲜体验开阔眼界,那么,品尝榴莲一定是种独特体验! 人们通常先用各种比喻来描述榴莲那令人难忘的味道,比如说它如同腐烂的洋葱或尸体。美国厨师安东尼•伯尔特曾把这种味道比作“亲吻你去世的奶奶”。正是这样的味道使得它被拒之在公共场合之外,而它的种子又具有毒性。所以说,第一次品尝它还是需要一些勇气的。 但是勇气是会换来丰厚回报的。榴莲的粉丝们这样描述它的果肉:口感润滑、像是在吃皮冻或是杏仁。但在吃之前人们是无法感受这种味道的。第一次尝试的人们总是发现,这种果肉的美味如同那令人紧张的气味一样无法言说。这里有数十种烹饪方法,所以一旦爱上榴莲,你将发现吃法是尝试不完的。在马来西亚,你能够找到各种榴莲,如传统的榴莲糖果、现代的榴莲冰激凌蛋糕。举例来说,传统的榴莲糖果经现代包装,可以在随处的便利店和超市买到,所以这或许是最简单的一种品尝方法。因为榴莲的气味,你不能带着新鲜的榴莲进入宾馆房间,但你可以在一个公园里吃完它。你可以用勺子挖着吃,丢掉厚厚的种子。如果你是头一次吃,只要忍着它的气味,记住一旦把果肉放进嘴里,你就会喜欢上它了。当然,尽量不要把果汁弄到手上和衣服上,因为气味会带到身上。 征服了新鲜的榴莲之后,你可以尝试下冰豆(ice kacang),这是一种用榴莲做成的刨冰(patbingsu) 。这里有榴莲冰激凌、榴莲片、榴莲蛋糕、榴莲奶昔、榴莲年糕、甚至有榴莲糕点。一些饭店供应榴莲为食材的菜肴,如炒榴莲果。一些人用香蕉和奶酪配着吃榴莲。一些咖啡馆制作榴莲卡布奇诺。马来西亚创造的丰富多样的吃法证明榴莲广受欢迎,它能带来独特的美食体验。 正如你现在看到的,虽然榴莲具有那挑战性的气味,马来西亚和周边国家的人们还是用各种方法食用大量的榴莲。这一点与泡菜这种同样独特的食物相似,泡菜也具有特殊的气味,但是深受韩国人民和一些外国人的欢迎,其食用量也很大。到马来西亚旅游而没有品尝榴莲就如同来韩国游览没能吃上泡菜一样令人惋惜。 异国的旅行往往充满矛盾的体验。我们感受着异国的传统文化和现代化的发展这两者的对比。我们体验着一些遗失的或是不再用于沟通的语言,同时也享受着陌生人的帮助带来的快乐。榴莲集世界上最为独特的气味和最佳的美味于一体,这正是一种矛盾,然而,这样的矛盾不应被全世界的游人所错过。 如果你喜欢本文并且想要了解更多关于去马来西亚旅游的知识,那么请访问马来西亚旅游网站。 _____________________ 笔者简介 弥敦道•施瓦茨曼(Nathan Schwartzman)曾在韩国居住两年,在美国法学院读了三年,现在在纽约工作,做翻译的同时协助法律事务所处理韩国相关法律事宜。如有疑问、故事、对《韩国节拍》有所评论,或是想要了解弥敦道的韩国经历,请查询koreabeat@gmail.com Translated from: The durian experience – Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit, by Nathan Schwartzman

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ドリアンを体験-マレーシア一番人気の刺激的な果物

August 23, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

ネイサン・シュワルツマン  ある人はこれを世界最高の珍味と言えば、またある人はその味を多彩な言葉で非難します。これは「フルーツの王様」として知られているのに、場所によっては公共の場で食することは違法になります。これを食べるまではマレーシア旅行は完全なものとは言えないでしょう。 私はもちろん、悪名高いドリアンのことを言っています。重たく、鋭いとげがあり、果肉が黄色くクリーミーなこのフルーツの故郷はマレーシアであり、何世紀にも渡り愛され、そして嫌われてきました。たまに韓国のスーパーで売られているのを見かけたりしますが、やはりこれは本場マレーシアでいただくことが一番です。新しい体験を通して視野を広げるため旅行をしているのならなおさら、ドリアンは間違いなく新しい体験となるでしょう。 ドリアンの表現は大抵その強烈な忘れられない臭いから始まります。腐った玉ねぎから死体まで、その表現はさまざまです。その大げさな表現で有名なアメリカのシェフ、アンソニー・ボーディンはドリアンのことを「死んだおばあちゃんにキスしたような」味と表現しています。この強烈な臭いが原因で公共の場では食することを禁止しているところもあり、その種もまた毒性の異臭を放ちます。このフルーツに初めて近づくには相当の勇気が必要かもしれません。 ですが、その勇気には味という褒美があります。好きな人はカスタードのようなその果肉はなめらかでアーモンドのような味がすると言いますが、臭いからその味を連想させるのは到底不可能なことです。初めて食べた人はその臭いが強烈すぎるため、予想していた味よりも美味しいと感じることが多いようです。ドリアンは数十の食べ方があるので、もし一度食べてその味に夢中になってしまったら他にも新しい食べ方を試すことができます。マレーシアでは伝統的なドリアンキャンディから現代風のドリアンアイスクリームケーキまであります。伝統的な飴状のドリアンはマレーシアではスーパーやコンビニで現代的なパッケージに入っており、国内のどこででも簡単に手に入るので、これがドリアンを初めて食す一番簡単な方法かもしれません。その臭いのため、ホテルへの持込みはできませんが、公共の公園で食べることはできます。分厚い種には構わず、スプーンで果肉をすくって食べてください。初めて食べるときは、ただひたすらその臭いを我慢し、一度食べたら病みつきになってしまうということを思い出しながら試してみてください。食べるときには果汁が手につかないように気をつけてください。その臭いは一度ついたらいつまでも取れませんので。  生のドリアンを征服したら、お次はアイス・カチャン、ドリアンからでも作れるパッピンス(氷菓)です。その他にもドリアンアイス、ドリアンチップス、ドリアンケーキ、ドリアンミルクシェーク、ドリアン餅、おまけにドリアンパン菓子まであります。レストランでもドリアン菜のソテーなどを出しているところもあります。また、ドリアンをバナナとチーズと一緒にいただく人もいます。コーヒーショップではドリアンカプチーノを作ってくれるところがあります。その人気とユニークなグルメ体験の証としてマレーシア人はこれまでにさまざまな食べ方を考えてきたのです。  試すのに勇気のいる味ですが、これを読んでも分かるようにドリアンはマレーシアと近隣諸国ではさまざまな方法で食べられていることが分かります。刺激的なアロマでほとんどの韓国人や好きな外国人が食するというユニークな食べ物、キムチとよく似ているのかもしれません。ドリアンを食べないでマレーシアから帰ってくるということは韓国に行ってキムチを食べないことと同じなのです。 国を観光するということはパラドックスの体験をするということです。その国の伝統的な文化と現代発展のコントラストを体験することができます。その国で迷子になったり、土地の言語が話せない不安を体験しますが、知らない人から助けてもらったときの嬉しさも体験できます。ドリアンの世界で最も珍しい味と世界で最も美味しいフルーツを合わせることは同じように実に逆説的であり、世界を旅行する者ならこのチャンスを見逃してはいけません。 この記事を読んでマレーシアへの旅行について更に詳しく知りたい方はマレーシア観光局ウェブサ      イトをご覧ください。 ______________________ 著者紹介 2年間の韓国滞在と3年間のロースクールの後、ネイサン・シュワルツマンはニューヨークで翻訳と大手法律事務所の韓国関連の訴訟の手助けをする仕事をしている。質問、ストーリーのリクエスト、コリアビートに関してのコメント、韓国専門知識を必要とする仕事の依頼など、すべての問い合わせはkoreabeat@gmail.comへ。  Translated from: The durian experience-Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit, by Nathan Schwartzman

Travel in Korea still lacks women’s bathrooms

January 27, 2012 - 1 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Some journalists took unusual looks at the recent Seollal holiday. Among was this MBC reporter. (Formatting is true to the original transcript.) [Newsdesk]◀ANC▶ Whenever there is a holiday, women wind up waiting in long lines at the bathrooms in highway rest stops. The recent holiday was no exception. Recent changes in the law have had…>

Vietnamese brides face troubles in Korea

October 30, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Joongang Ilbo recently looked at some coming changes in Korean law to screen out brokered international marriages likely to end in divorce or worse. This coincides with Vietnamese newswire Tuoi Tre News‘ recent series on Vietnamese brides marrying Korean men. You can read part one, part two, part three, and part four. In May…>

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Korean tigers return… sort of

October 29, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

It seems that the question of whether Korean tigers can make a comeback is at the first step towards having an answer. The Korea Forest Service has brought from China two Baekdu-san tigers. They are currently living at the Daejeon O-World zoo, in what looks like from the photo below, in pitiful conditions.

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Earthquake practice in Seoul

October 29, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Seoul schoolchildren recently practiced what to do in the event of an earthquake at a facility created by the Seoul fire department.

The true origins of Korean pizza

October 11, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

I have no idea if it’s actually produced by Mr. Pizza as it seems to claim, but someone called Gumshoe Pictures has put together a pretty amusing video in which various Koreans pretend to assert that pizza originally comes from Korea. Reminds me of the Korean History Channel on YouTube.

New documentary addresses biracial Koreans

September 11, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Ask A Korean! has posted a translation of a very interesting, thoughtful Kyunghyang Shinmun article on the treatment of biracial Koreans and the heavy discrimination they suffer.

Do you know South Korea?

September 3, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

A fellow named David Dutton has put together a great video documenting what looks to have been an epic trip in Korea. It really captures the Korean experience – the energy, the contrasts, the drinking. This is the stuff Korean tourism ads should be made of, rather than the “Korea Sparkle” nonsense — I defy…>

Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — August 21, 2011

August 21, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Top 10 in society. 1. Possible UFOs were supposedly filmed in Daejeon. 2. In the case of three Korea University med students who molested a female classmate after she had passed out (referred to as the 고대 의대생 성추행 사건), when the three were first confronted with the fact that she remembered what happened, rather…>

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Private photos of Rhee Syngman published

August 8, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Journalist Ahn Byeong-hun has turned up a cache of 612 private photos of Rhee Syngman, the first president of South Korea. Four of them can be viewed at the Chosun Ilbo, including this color photo taken near the end of his life.

Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — August 7, 2011

August 7, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Top 11 in society: 1. Former singer Lee Gwang-pil was assaulted by a grandmother in a McDonald’s. This is a thing that actually happened. 2. There’s a restroom for female public servants which happens to have completely transparent glass doors on the stalls. 3. More on story #1. 4. A judge ruled that the Tower…>

Naver dictionary sentence of the day

August 5, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Haven’t had one of these in a while, but just found a good one: Roll your hoop if you want to succeed. 성공하고 싶다면 제 일에 힘써라.

SKorea: Student understanding of multiculturalism lacking

August 4, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link. 7 out of 10 teenagers in our country have never received any education related to multiculturalism, a study has found. Jeong Hye-won, a social studies major in the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies’ graduate education program, has written a just-published dissertation titled “Analysis of Teenagers’ Understanding of…>

SKorea: Race discrimination cases doubled in six years

August 1, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The National Human Rights Commission has been seeing an increased number of allegations of race discrimination, although the absolute numbers remain fairly low. In related news, the Chosun Ilbo reports (in Korean) that an estimated 800,000 foreigners, including illegal immigrants, are not enrolled in the national health insurance system and lack other insurance as well,…>

Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — July 30, 2011

July 31, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Top 10 in society. 1. A woman is accused of stabbing her husband and dumping his body off a rural highway. 2. A man is under suspicion of suffocating his girlfriend and blaming her death on choking on a piece of octopus in order to collect on her life insurance policy. 3. A cake at…>

Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — July 24, 2011

July 24, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Top 10 in society: 1. A Chosun Ilbo examination of sex among university students. 2. A profile of a high school student who received new organs from three donors. 3. A 10-year old child got trapped inside a crane game after somehow climbing inside to get at the prizes. 4. Two stories of government agency…>

North Koreans getting a taste for South Korean soju

July 12, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link. “North Koreans are extremely interested in the South Korean soju brand Chamisul. North Korean citizens love its unique scent.” In North Korea the South Korean soju brand Chamisul became extremely popular, media in Hamgyongbuk-do reported on the 11th. On average it sells 130 million bottles per month,…>

Korea wins 2018 Winter Olympics bid

July 7, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Congratulations are in order to the city of Pyeongchang, which has won the bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The event I’ll be looking forward to the most will be ice hockey, where the national team will get to play in the Olympics for the first time ever. The closest I’ve ever come to seeing…>

Government releases statistics on foreigners in Korea

June 6, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link. Although the percentage of foreign residents remains low in Korea compared to many other countries, it’s still an historically unprecendented number and diversity for the erstwhile Hermit Kingdom. A study has found that the number of foreigners living in our country has increased 1.5 times in the…>

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Protests over Fendi show continue in Seoul

June 3, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The animal activists who are have been protesting the Fendi show in Seoul’s new “Floating Island” because of its inclusion of fur were featured in a gallery on I-News. Not mentioned in the media reports I’ve seen so far has been the conditions under which fur clothes are produced (disturbing images).

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Haeundae Sand Festival kicks off

May 31, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Chosun Ilbo has put up a short sneak peek of the upcoming Haeundae Sand Festival (해운대 모래축제) with two photos of some impressive sand castles, and one photo of a barge hauling in sand.

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Seoul hosts Skin Olympics…. wait, what?

May 26, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The COEX mall was recently host to the 22nd world skin research conference. Organizers apparently thought it would be a great idea to host a “skin olympics” to compare the skin tones of models from various nations, possibly in an attempt to murder parody.

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Hongdae hit by Lady Gaga flash mob

May 23, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Fans of Lady Gaga descended on Hongdae on Saturday to celebrate her new album.

What foreigners think of life in Seoul

May 20, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at Money Today. A study has found that, regarding life in Seoul, foreigners are satisfied most with transportation. However, they are satisfied least with the living environment. The city surveyed 900 resident foreigners in Seoul from January through February on transportation, education, living, medical care, and the cultural environment, finding…>

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SKorea: Photos from the Lotus Lantern Festival

May 10, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Chosun Ilbo has put up a batch of galleries from the Lotus Lantern Festival, which I recommend browsing starting with this gallery from the parade, then this second gallery. According to the Chosun over 5,000 people attended the Festival.

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Foreigners practice writing in hangul

April 28, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Tourism promotion officials in Seoul recently put on a “foreigners experience hangul” event in which various foreigners practiced writing their names in hangul using calligraphic brushes.

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Lantern festivals gearing up in SKorea

April 27, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

With Buddha’s birthday coming on May 10, Buddhist temples around the country are busy preparing their lantern festivals. The festivals always include traditional lanterns – often stunningly beautiful – with other lanterns which are, well, a tad less traditional. Yonhap News found a few of the latter kind at Dongkuk University. My favorite is Thomas…>

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Kim Il-sung’s birthday “celebrated” with anti-Kim propaganda

April 15, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Kim Il-sung’s birthday is today, and to mark the occasion more than 20 North Korean refugee and defector groups went to Paju in the early morning hours to launch balloons filled with leaflets criticizing the Kim regime. As you can see, the leaflets are meant to inform North Koreans of the uprisings that have taken…>

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Buddha’s 2,555th birthday is coming

April 15, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Celebrations are under way for the 2,555th anniversary of Buddha’s birth (부처님 오신 날) on May 10, or April 8 if you go by the lunar calendar. The two kids pictured below had their heads shaved like monks.

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Idiot foreigner runs onto field at Korean baseball game

April 4, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

I guess this means spring has officially arrived. This took place in the ninth inning of Doosan-Lotte game at Jamshil Stadium. Also, have you ever noticed that anytime a foreigner runs onto a baseball field in Korea, it’s always a white guy? What’s up with us? It’s not like there are no non-white foreigners around.

SKorean textbooks criticized for discussion of hangul

March 31, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Anyone who’s been in Korea long enough has been exposed, probably what feels like over and over and over, to rapturous descriptions of hangul that would often qualify as self-parody if accompanied by self-awareness. And while hangul is certainly great, “hangul nationalism” is definitely a turn-off. Well, as this article demonstrates, it’s a turn-off not…>

Koreans have lowest death rate from obesity

March 4, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

A study conducted by the Asia Cohort Consortium at Seoul National University, and soon to be published by the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that Koreans have the world’s lowest average body-mass index and the lowest death rate from obesity. I’m going to refrain from any obvious North Korea comment which may to occur…>

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Newest phenomenon in Korean prostitution: ‘Hug rooms’

March 2, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link.  This was one of the top-viewed stories on Naver last week. For those who don’t know, the phrase “second round” (2차) strongly implies off-site prostitution. With intensified efforts to crack down on prostitution, which have resulted in the creation of “kiss rooms” engaging in nearly-sexual acts, so-called…>

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Awful Korean tourism ad runs in New York Times

February 23, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Singer Kim Jang-hoon helped fund the advertisement below, which ran on a full page in the New York Times. Almost needless to say, it is worthless and was clearly created without the input of anyone who knows anything about American tourists. Or the input of a good graphic designer. Even the font in the logo…>

Human Rights Commission issues warning over corporal punishment

February 12, 2011 - 1 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link. A female middle school teacher in Daejeon who received a warning from the National Human Rights Commission after assaulting a student and verbally abusing parents is now being investigated by police for attacking parents.. According to the Dunsan Police department in Daejeon on the 12th, at approximately…>

SKorea: 10pc of elderly use prostitutes

January 5, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is at this link. A study has found that one in 10 men aged 60 and over in our country is using prostitutes, and attention is therefore belatedly being focused on their risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Professors Choi Hyeon-seop and Lee Seung-ju of 가톨릭의대 성빈센트병원’s urology department announced on…>

Korean smoking rates still top OECD

January 3, 2011 - 1 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Yonhap News reports that although smoking rates in Korea fell below 40 percent for the first time ever, smoking rates among men in their 20s and 30s actually increased. Original Korean article is at this link. Despite a drop in the adult male smoking rate in our country over the past year, it remains the…>

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Snow sculptures around Korea

December 29, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Money Today put together an article taking a look at humorous snow sculptures that people put together around South Korea this year. Most are quite cute, while others are a little cracked. They claim the sculpture below was made by foreigners.

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SKorea high school hit by TB, superbacteria spreading

December 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

At a high school in Gwangju it was recently discovered that three students are infected with tuberculosis. Eight other students were found to be infected back in August for a total of 11 students, nine of whom are in the same homeroom. In what I hope is an unrelated story, the government is investigating the…>

Super-resistant bacteria officially arrive in South Korea

December 9, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has officially announced the discovery of the first four South Korean patients infected with bacteria able to resist all known antibiotics, no matter how powerful. While there may be no cause for alarm yet, most likely there are other people around who have the same infections but haven’t been…>

New not-bright comment about North Korean attack

December 8, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Here’s what a former Miss Universe had to say (hat tip to reader James F.): Tonight I want to ask you to join me in a prayer for peace, that these attacks between the Chinas do not make our situation worse. Oh well – let’s just hope the netizens don’t get ahold of this. Actually,…>

Korean cigarette taxes on the rise

October 20, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Sorry, smokers — the Chosun ilbo reports that per-pack taxes are expected to rise 1,000 ($0.89) won this year, from 354 won to 1,354 won. Grand National Party lawmakers are considering the hike in response to a request from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which hopes the tax hike will reduce smoking rates.

Disappointed by plastic surgery, woman commits suicide

October 20, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean is here. At approximately 9.20pm on October 18, 41-year-old Ms. A was discovered, hanged, in the living room of her apartment in the Bok-gu area of Gwangju by her older sister’s husband, who alerted police. Before her death Ms. A sent a text message saying, “I’m sorry. Please come to the…>

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‘Kimchi inflation’ continues

October 1, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

One small restaurant in Seoul recently began charging 2,000 ($1.76) won for refills of kimchi, because not only has the price of cabbage been going up but, according to the owner, “some customers will ask for three or four plates of it.” Personally i think 2,000 won is a little steep for one refill considering…>

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Typhoon Kompasu spawned ‘typhoon girl’

September 14, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

I have to wonder when Koreans will get tired of the “____ girl” phenomenon. Original article in Korean is here. The image of a woman caught in the blustering winds of Typhoon Kompasu, captured on a video, is causing a stir. On the afternoon of September 2, with wind blowing through downtown Seoul, a woman…>

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Is this the Korean Paris Hilton?

September 8, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Just like Jeju is the Korean Hawaii and pajeon is Korean pizza, is Kim Gyeong-ah the Korean Paris Hilton? One reporter thinks so. Please supply your own “____ is the Korean ____” in the comments.

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Nostalgia drink of the day

August 18, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

For just a few more days an old fruit drink called 맛스타 will be made available again by the Military Mutual Aid Association.

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The cutest little torture chamber in the world

August 13, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the occupation of Korea by Japan, schoolchildren in Seoul viewed a torture chamber at the Seodaemun Prison, where many independence activists were imprisoned.

Courts to aid indigent foreigners

August 12, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Good news. Original article in Korean is here. The Supreme Court has announced it intends to initiate a program to help foreigners without the economic ability to use the civil law system, such as migrant workers who do not receive their wage. According to the Court’s statement on August 11, beginning in September the Seoul…>

‘Today I quit university’

August 10, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

This blog post by a now-former Korean university student was sent along to me by Roboseyo, who is a friend of the author. The educational ratrace, and the career ratrace following it, do not find favor with her. On the afternoon of August 10 a handwritten poster went up at the entrance to Korea University.…>

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Face of the day

August 7, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Park Kwang-deok smiles in the new jokbal restaurant he opened after retiring from a star career in ssireum (a traditional Korean sport similar to sumo).

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Hankyoreh investigates racist insults

August 6, 2010 - 1 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original Korean article is here. 32-year old Mrs. Kim, who lives in Gwangju, was very upset on Children’s Day. She was in a car accident with her Canadian husband and their five-month old child and the other driver insulted her husband by calling him a 양놈 and that he wished all 양놈 would die, then…>

Taxi driver caught bilking national health insurance system

August 5, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

This story reminds me of when I was in a car accident in Korea — all the passengers were fine, while the driver of the car I was in got out making a big show of how terribly hurt her knees and back were, and helpfully pointed out to me that I was in bad…>

Portrait of a fallen red-light district: Cheongryangri 588

August 4, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original Korean article is here. On the afternoon of August 1 the scene in “Cheongryangri 588″, also known as Jeonno-dong in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, was desolate, devoid of all human life. Yellow flyers had been pasted up by the police all over the scene of the crime, 588-86. Here, on the afternoon of July 30, a…>

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Coming to the streets of Seoul: no smoking

August 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

With the city having plans to ban smoking on sidewalks from August 28, no-smoking signs such as this one in Jongro-gu are beginning to appear. The city wants to protect people’s health by cutting down on secondhand smoke (간접흡연). Plans to limit outdoor smoking have been under way for several years now.

Korean kids say more beatings at hagwon than at public school

August 2, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article in Korean. 45-year old Mrs. Park was shocked last month when she saw the terrible state of her son’s fingers upon coming from his hagwon. Her son said the instructor had beaten his fingers for not doing his lessons. Mrs. Park complained to the owner of the school but the owner told her,…>

Walking on the left in Seoul

July 29, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Page F30 spotted an interesting sign in Seoul exhorting Koreans to walk on the right rather than the left, arguing that walking on the left is an imposition of the Japanese colonial authorities, is unhealthy, and is inconvenient for foreigners: 인간의 보행은 삶의 기본으로 신체 발달 특성과 어울려 편하고 안전해야 합니다. 그러나 우리나라의 ‘좌측보행’은 일제에…>

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Most-read Naver.com articles of the week — July 25, 2010

July 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Top 10 in society. 1. A restaurant worker was arrested and charged with abducting and murdering a woman pharmacist. 2. Police were searching for a man believed to bet he was culprit in a series of attempted rapes committed on SaturdayJune 26. 3. Following the uproar over a woman who tossed her neighbor’s cat off…>

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World Cup fans junk up Haeundae Beach, block traffic

June 24, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

A few rowdy Korean fans made trouble in Busan after their team made it into the round of 16 by going into the streets and blocking traffic with their celebrations, plus leaving behind plenty of litter and fan paraphanelia on the beach itself. Similar scenes played out in Seoul and elsewhere, with `대~한민국’ chanting fans…>

South Korea moves on to round of 16

June 23, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Congrats to them. My wife is dreading even the theoretical possibility of a match-up with Japan. It was bizarre that Nigeria, without a point in its first two matches, went into this third game still able to qualify — and ended up needing only one more goal to make it through. The same is true…>

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Korean kids try out ‘war food’

June 22, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

With the 60th anniversary of the Korean War just a few days away, a bunch of kids were sat down and fed the food that their grandparents and great-grandparents might have eaten while scrabbling for their lives during the war.

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Face of the Day

June 21, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

A young boy enjoyed the 8th annual Gwangju Tomato Festival on June 20. You can read a bit more about the festival over at Brian’s joint.

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Face of the Day

June 17, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Jeong Dae-sae of the North Korean side wept as he heard the North Korean anthem prior to a match with Brazil in their opening game of the World Cup. The match was a 2-1 Brazil victory.. Updated: Edited for a big whoopsie-daisy. Also regarding North Korea at the World Cup, Brian is skeptical of the…>

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Nancy Lang makes a typo

June 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Pop artist Nancy Lang is up to some sort of attention-getting scheme in London, which involves calling herself “the beggar queen” (거지여왕)… but that’s not how this sign came out.

Netizens invent mean nickname for Kim Yu-na

June 10, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

In a recent TV appearance Kim Yu-na talked about the newest nasty thing netizens are saying about her — since she makes boatloads of money doing commercials and so on, they’re calling her 돈연아 – “Money Yu-na”. Ouch.

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Asiana unveils new business class seats

June 8, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Carrying the hilarious title “OZ Quadra Smartium”, the new seats will be available on flights between Incheon and LA, San Francisco, and Beijing. The number of business-class seats will be reduced from 32 to 24 to accomodate the Smartium.

Court: Drunken victim’s statement may stand

June 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article. A judge has ruled that the contemporaneous statement of a drunken victim of a sex crime may still be used to support a conviction even if its veracity is challenged in some respects. On June 2, Judge Kim Sang-cheol of the second division of the Seoul High Court criminal division overturned the acquittal…>

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The return (again) of ‘elf girl’

May 29, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The “elf girl” (엘프녀), Han Jang-hui, is back as the 2010  World Cup is set to begin. You’ll recall she originally became semi-famous for her supposedly elf-like appearance during the 2006 games, and is now hawking a new online photobook. She previously recorded a music video.

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Hug of the day

May 19, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Spotted by the Chosun Ilbo in Insa-dong on the 15th, the gay rights group Chingusai has been offering “Free Gay Hugs”.

Human Rights Commission addresses sexual assaults of athletes

May 18, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Original article. The Commission is a little late to the game here, considering how long ago the scandal broke. On May 16 the National Human Rights Commission (국가인권위원회) announced that in June and July it will run a “human rights education program on sex and sports in 2010″ to promote a healthier culture of sex…>

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Reverse icicles form in Gyeonggi-do cave

January 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

There’s only one photo attached to this Chosun Ilbo article on a limestone cave in Yeoncheon where the icicles grow from the floor and “reach for the sky”, but it’s a doozy. Update: There’s another very cool ice photo here.

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‘Poop bread’ all the rage in Seoul

January 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Chosun Ilbo just published a fun look at different vendors of 붕어빵, the popular goldfish-shaped red bean treat sold on street corners everywhere. I think I’m going to take a pass on this one, however. The shop owner reports this is their top-selling item, outranking the also-popular strawberry bread. If you want to sample…>

Starbucks Korea jacking up prices

January 4, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Yonhap News reports, in what the news agency calls an “ambush”, that Starbucks Korea is raising its prices 300 ($0.26) won across the board for 15 teas and coffees. An americano now costs 3,600 won ($3.09), a latte 4,100 ($3.52), and a caramel macchiatto 5,100 ($4.38). For its part, Starbucks points out it hasn’t raised…>

2009 a banner year for Dokdo tourism

January 4, 2010 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Never been there myself, but if I get the chance I suppose I might go. Original article. In 2009 the number of visitors to our land, Dokdo, reached the historical record of over 132,000. According to the Dokdo management office (독도관리사무소) and the Ulleung-do government on the 3rd, excepting the months of January and December…>

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Salarymen Spending More Time, Money in Department Stores

July 19, 2009 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Chosun Ilbo reports on creepy consumerism run rampant.   12 pm on the 1st on the 11th floor foodcourt in the head Shinsegye Department Store in Seoul. As soon as the elevator opens over 20 male company workers pour out, surrounding the women customers among them. 35-year old Jang Gi-yeong, a male employee of…>

The durian experience – Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit

The durian experience – Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit

September 16, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

By Nathan Schwartzman ITS fans believe it to be one of the world’s greatest delicacies, yet equally as many have derided its flavor in extremely colorful terms. It is known as the “king of the fruits”, yet there are actually places where it is illegal to eat it in public. No trip toMalaysiacould be complete…>

코를 찌르는 냄새를 가진 과일의 왕, 두리안을 맛보다

코를 찌르는 냄새를 가진 과일의 왕, 두리안을 맛보다

August 29, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

네이든 슈왈츠먼  이를 좋아하는 사람들은 이것이 세계 최고의 진미라고 치켜 세운다. 반면, 다른 사람들은 이런 저런 말로 그 맛을 조롱한다.  “과일의 왕”이라고 알려져 있지만, 어떤 곳에서는 대중 장소에서 먹는 것이 불법일 정도로 상반된 평가를 받는 과일이다. 여하튼, 이를 먹어 보지 않고서는 말레이시아로 여행을 마쳤다고 할 수 없다. 이것은 무엇일까? ‘악명 높은’ 과일인 ‘두리안’이다. 뾰족한 가시와…>

品尝榴莲——马来西亚最受欢迎的、最刺鼻的水果

品尝榴莲——马来西亚最受欢迎的、最刺鼻的水果

August 23, 2012 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

弥敦道•施瓦茨曼 榴莲的粉丝们认为它是世界上一大美味,当然也有许多人用多样的词语嘲笑它的味道。它被冠以“水果之王”的称号,但也有一些地方禁止人们在公共场合吃它。到马来西亚旅游,没它可不算完美。 当然,我们会讨论这“臭名昭著”的水果。沉甸甸的榴莲表面有硬刺,果肉呈奶油似的黄色。几个世纪以来,马来西亚土产的榴莲备受褒扬和贬抑。这种水果在韩国的超市货架上偶然可以看到,但在它的原产地马来西亚才有最佳的美味。如果你想要通过新鲜体验开阔眼界,那么,品尝榴莲一定是种独特体验! 人们通常先用各种比喻来描述榴莲那令人难忘的味道,比如说它如同腐烂的洋葱或尸体。美国厨师安东尼•伯尔特曾把这种味道比作“亲吻你去世的奶奶”。正是这样的味道使得它被拒之在公共场合之外,而它的种子又具有毒性。所以说,第一次品尝它还是需要一些勇气的。 但是勇气是会换来丰厚回报的。榴莲的粉丝们这样描述它的果肉:口感润滑、像是在吃皮冻或是杏仁。但在吃之前人们是无法感受这种味道的。第一次尝试的人们总是发现,这种果肉的美味如同那令人紧张的气味一样无法言说。这里有数十种烹饪方法,所以一旦爱上榴莲,你将发现吃法是尝试不完的。在马来西亚,你能够找到各种榴莲,如传统的榴莲糖果、现代的榴莲冰激凌蛋糕。举例来说,传统的榴莲糖果经现代包装,可以在随处的便利店和超市买到,所以这或许是最简单的一种品尝方法。因为榴莲的气味,你不能带着新鲜的榴莲进入宾馆房间,但你可以在一个公园里吃完它。你可以用勺子挖着吃,丢掉厚厚的种子。如果你是头一次吃,只要忍着它的气味,记住一旦把果肉放进嘴里,你就会喜欢上它了。当然,尽量不要把果汁弄到手上和衣服上,因为气味会带到身上。 征服了新鲜的榴莲之后,你可以尝试下冰豆(ice kacang),这是一种用榴莲做成的刨冰(patbingsu) 。这里有榴莲冰激凌、榴莲片、榴莲蛋糕、榴莲奶昔、榴莲年糕、甚至有榴莲糕点。一些饭店供应榴莲为食材的菜肴,如炒榴莲果。一些人用香蕉和奶酪配着吃榴莲。一些咖啡馆制作榴莲卡布奇诺。马来西亚创造的丰富多样的吃法证明榴莲广受欢迎,它能带来独特的美食体验。 正如你现在看到的,虽然榴莲具有那挑战性的气味,马来西亚和周边国家的人们还是用各种方法食用大量的榴莲。这一点与泡菜这种同样独特的食物相似,泡菜也具有特殊的气味,但是深受韩国人民和一些外国人的欢迎,其食用量也很大。到马来西亚旅游而没有品尝榴莲就如同来韩国游览没能吃上泡菜一样令人惋惜。 异国的旅行往往充满矛盾的体验。我们感受着异国的传统文化和现代化的发展这两者的对比。我们体验着一些遗失的或是不再用于沟通的语言,同时也享受着陌生人的帮助带来的快乐。榴莲集世界上最为独特的气味和最佳的美味于一体,这正是一种矛盾,然而,这样的矛盾不应被全世界的游人所错过。 如果你喜欢本文并且想要了解更多关于去马来西亚旅游的知识,那么请访问马来西亚旅游网站。 _____________________ 笔者简介 弥敦道•施瓦茨曼(Nathan Schwartzman)曾在韩国居住两年,在美国法学院读了三年,现在在纽约工作,做翻译的同时协助法律事务所处理韩国相关法律事宜。如有疑问、故事、对《韩国节拍》有所评论,或是想要了解弥敦道的韩国经历,请查询koreabeat@gmail.com Translated from: The durian experience – Malaysia’s most popular and pungent fruit, by Nathan Schwartzman

Travel in Korea still lacks women’s bathrooms

January 27, 2012 - 1 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

Some journalists took unusual looks at the recent Seollal holiday. Among was this MBC reporter. (Formatting is true to the original transcript.) [Newsdesk]◀ANC▶ Whenever there is a holiday, women wind up waiting in long lines at the bathrooms in highway rest stops. The recent holiday was no exception. Recent changes in the law have had…>

Vietnamese brides face troubles in Korea

October 30, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

The Joongang Ilbo recently looked at some coming changes in Korean law to screen out brokered international marriages likely to end in divorce or worse. This coincides with Vietnamese newswire Tuoi Tre News‘ recent series on Vietnamese brides marrying Korean men. You can read part one, part two, part three, and part four. In May…>

Korean tigers return… sort of

Korean tigers return… sort of

October 29, 2011 - 0 Comments - Nathan Schwartzman

It seems that the question of whether Korean tigers can make a comeback is at the first step towards having an answer. The Korea Forest Service has brought from China two Baekdu-san tigers. They are currently living at the Daejeon O-World zoo, in what looks like from the photo below, in pitiful conditions.

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