In this episode we switched things up a bit. Rob is doing News of the Weird, with Eugene doing On the Pulse. The show is about how Korea sees the outside world, and how it relates to them. We had planned to make the show about 사대주의, or the Korean tendency to idolize powerful countries, but it didn’t quite work out the way we planned.
An image depicting Korea’s “shrimp complex” in which Korea is the shrimp and China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. are whales. Essentially suggesting Korea’s weakness means that stronger powers get to dictate its destiny. (Image credit: Busan Haps)
News of the Weird w/Rob
The Korea Times reports on the Chicago BEARS (a football team) winning the Stanley Cup (an ice hockey championship)
Korean student in U.S. claims to have been accepted to both Harvard and Stanford, except she wasn’t
Lighting Round: MERS Mania!!!
Ask Blossom Rob & Eugene
Which countries does Korea look up to, and is that relationship volatile? If so, why?
On the Pulse w/Eugene
An Interview with Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, Director of the Asia Institute, discussing his book “The Korea Unknown Only to Koreans.”
It’s Blossom’s first episode as permanent cohost! She did very nicely for her first time out, and this episode was mostly about teaching English in Korea, a topic we have not quite touched despite being around for so long.