Author: Sabrina Verduzco

SOUTH KOREA: Annyeonghaseyo, Mr. Roboto

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The South Korean government has announced an investment of about $14.8 million in robot development.  This recent endeavor was instigated by the recent spike in technological innovation that took place in China.  This project seeks to demonstrate South Korea’s ability to compete with China’s cheap labor that has become more prevalent since its robot implementation within the economic sector. The government seeks to develop factory robots for use within the country’s manufacturing sector.  The investmen program is expected to provide prospective opportunities for cheaper labor in the future.  These technological advances seek to replace human workers in...

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SOUTH KOREA: How ‘Democratic’ Is It, Really?

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – On Nov. 3rd, the South Korean government made the controversial, yet entirely legal decision to rewrite history textbooks.  Many scholars and political opponents of the Park administration immediately condemned this move. Two weeks later, 70,000 protesters congregated in Seoul in an attempt to confront the South Korean government’s move to censor middle and high school textbooks, a disturbing development  expected to be implemented within the following year.  Further evidence of the aggressive opposition to President Park Geun-hye’s leadership was seen as protesters demanded that Park step down. Now, it seems that the South Korean media has significantly reduced its coverage of...

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SOUTH KOREA: Popular App is a Bad Babysitter

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – Smart Sheriff, the most widely used child-monitoring app in South Korea, has been pulled from the market and public sphere altogether, after issues with privacy and security raised concerns about the program’s safety.  Initially, the surveillance app was created with the intent to serve as a pseudo-babysitter, where parents were able to monitor how much time their children spent with their phones.  The app’s purpose was to deter children from being exposed to questionable websites. Lee Chang-june can be in a different city and still be able to monitor when his 12-year-old son plays a game on his...

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SOUTH KOREA: Double Diplomatic Parking with Obama

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The United States and South Korea displayed a new desire to cement a lasting relationship between the two countries on October 16.  Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye demonstrated an eagerness to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance on October 16. In a statement from the White House, the talks were intended to be an opportunity to, “…exchange views on a broad range of security, economic, and global issues, including the U.S.-South Korean alliance and the critical role it plays in assuring regional stability and security.” With both Obama and Park exhibiting similar mindsets regarding the importance...

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SOUTH KOREA: Is Blood Thicker than North-South Relations?

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – In recent months, relations between North and South Korea have consisted of artillery fire exchanges and confrontations. Tension has abated to a certain extent since then – thanks to Red Cross officials that no doubt mediated the talks from both sides of the North-South spectrum. As a result, the two countries have reached an agreement that is paving the way for families split between 38th parallel to finally reunite for the first time since February 2014. Currently, the plan is for 100 people from each side to reunite with formerly isolated relatives in late October for 6 days....

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