어젯밤 늦도록 개표 방송을 지켜보며 오랜만에, 참으로 오랜만에 가슴이 벅차올랐습니다. 기득권을 가진 후보가 '아마추어'인 시민 후보에게 패하는 것을 보며 새삼 시민의 힘을 생각했습니다. 제가 이럴 때 바로 그 시민 후보 원순씨의 가슴이 어땠을지 만나 보지 않아도 알 수 있습니다..
When the boy was born as the ninth child of a poor yet pious couple in the port city of Busan in 1962, no one knew what he would do for his fellow human beings later. He was a curious and jovial boy and that didn’t change even after he lost his father at the age of nine. His mother struggled hard to rear Tae-seok and eight other children by taking sewing work in Jagalchi Mar..
Dear Mr. Miyazaki, how are you doing? Have you done some reading of the sijo poems I sent to you? We Koreans usually have the best time to ``spill the moon by tilting the jar” on and around Chuseok, the Autumnal Full Moon Day, but the moon was hidden or washed away by an unprecedented torrential rain on this year’s Chuseok that fell on Wednesday. The Gwanghwamun streets in the heart of Seoul, wh..
As I browsed through a newspaper in a library last week, I came across an article that said Korea lags far behind other economic powers as far as public libraries are concerned. Being a believer in the value and importance of books and libraries, the news was more than frustrating to me. I have often felt that books can create miracles. Even if you are in a crowded bus termina..
The best and funniest news so far this year is that younger Korean parents prefer daughters to sons. In a survey of parents of 2,078 babies born in 2008, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs and the Korea Educational Development Institute found that 37.4 percent of fathers wanted to have daughters, while 28.6 percent longed for sons. When it came to mothers, 37.9 ..