Author: Sabrina Verduzco

SOUTH KOREA: PEOPLE POWER FINALLY GETS TO PARK

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – In an historic rebuff, President Park Geun-hye has been hit with impeachment. In an overwhelming vote South Korea’s National Assembly has voted to do just that.  Now a Constitutional Court is to rule on that legislative action, while a caretaker president moves into the Blue House as interim president for the time being. The National Assembly action met with wide public approval. On November 26, 800,000 South Koreans participated in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations that South Korea has seen since the 1987 movement to democratize the nation. Park has been accused of allowing...

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SOUTH KOREA: FOR ONCE, NORTH KOREA ISN’T TO BLAME FOR AN EXPLOSION

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – In the smartphone showdown between Samsung and Apple, iPhones have the global upper hand, but in South Korea, Samsung has been reigning supreme.  So it is no surprise that the consumer safety recall of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has sparked a panic. Videos of the Galaxy Note 7 spontaneously combusting while left charging unattended at users’ homes or in public spaces have quickly gone viral.     In South Korea, Samsung comprises approximately 20% of the country’s gross domestic product, and its products are ubiquitous: Koreans cook in kitchens with Samsung refrigerators; in...

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SOUTH KOREA: OLYMPIC DIPLOMACY AT ITS BEST

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – People often think of the Olympics as a time of both unity and peace between countries.  Despite numerous political, economic, social, and religious differences, sportsmanship brings people from all around the world together to celebrate unity and human ability.  North and South Korea are no exception.  During the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnasts Hong Un Jong of North Korea and Lee Eun-ju of South Korea, took their famous selfie together regardless of the bitter and dangerous standoff that exists between the two Koreas. Since the Korean Peninsula technically remains in a state of war because a...

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SOUTH KOREA: SEOUL GETS HIGH ON WI-FI

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – South Korea’s technologically advanced capital, Seoul, is about to gain even more popularity as the metropolitan government recently announced its decision to install free WiFi throughout the city by 2017. According to the Pew Research Center, South Koreans are the most abundant Smartphone users in the world, with 88% of the population owning one.  Technology has grown to be so ubiquitous throughout Seoul, that Internet connectivity has become more of a necessity than a luxury.  Seoul continues to be at the forefront of innovative technology, and WiFi connectivity for all its citizens is no exception....

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SOUTH KOREA: Northern Neighbors Don’t Appreciate K-Pop

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – When that uptight next-door-neighbor yells at you about your music, sometimes the solution is to turn it up. South Korea took this advice to heart in response to North Korea’s most recent hydrogen bomb stunt in early January, countering the North’s explosive behavior by blasting K-pop on the loudspeakers. Although scientists question the legitimacy of a successful nuclear test, they don’t deny the possibility that North Korea somehow successfully forged a hydrogen bomb. In response to the nuclear test, South Korean officials made the executive decision to blast K-pop band, Big Bang’s chart-topping song “Bang...

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