Monday, December 30, 2013

TBS eFM: Movember In South Korea

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Movember is a time of the year when men around the world grow out their facial hair. BUT, some of these men are not only looking silly for an entire month but are also raising money for charity. It turns out Movember is actually an NGO from Australia that raises millions of dollars every year for mens' cancer and other health initiatives. I spoke with a Movember representative and men here in Seoul about the fundraiser and how they're raising money through beer sales and a "shave-off" ceremony at the end of the month to benefit organizations right here in Korea.

TBS eFM: Korean College Entrance Exams

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Korea's College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) is a pretty big deal. One whole day of testing that some say will determine the rest of your life! I spoke with Koreans and expats here in Seoul to see if they thought the test was necessary, or if there might be a better way to get students into the right colleges. Many I spoke with thought the test went too far and doesn't actually force students to learn anything other than how to do well on a test. An expert from a local university also told me the test doesn't always do a good job of predicting students' success rates in college, so perhaps a reworking of the CSAT is in order.

TBS eFM: Halloween In Korea

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Halloween is a huge holiday in the United States and other Western countries, but is it celebrated here in Korea? I went out Halloween weekend to interview Koreans and expats about their Halloween activities, and I found the tradition is alive and well here in Seoul, albeit largely supported by foreigners and their Korean friends. Some of the Koreans I spoke with who do not celebrate Halloween cited a conflict with their Christian beliefs and that they didn't think many Koreans knew a lot about Halloween, just that it was celebrated by Americans and other foreigners, thus making it popular.

Monday, December 16, 2013

English Touring Musician Stuart O'Connor



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A good friend of mine recently took an English musician under his wing and invited him to play South Korea for almost two weeks. I caught up with singer/songwriter and London native Stuart O'Connor after one of his last Korean shows in Hongdae, the capital of Seoul's indie music scene.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TBS eFM: Korean Charitable Giving

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For the U.N. day for the eradication of poverty, I asked expats here in Seoul what, if anything, they knew about the Korean government's charitable contributions to help the poor both here and abroad. Most people had very little information to go on, and it also turns out Koreans don't give as much money to charitable organizations as you might think. Take a listen here to find out the whole story.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

TBS eFM: Should Hanbok Change?

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Hanbok is Korea's traditional clothing used for holidays and special occasions. The fact that it is old gives the clothing power in Korean culture. Yet, some people, including the Korean president's Hanbok clothing designer, say changes need to be made in order to make it more attractive to younger generations. These changes range from small adjustments to make the garment more wearable to new designs that would allow you to wear traditional Hanbok out for a night on the town. I asked Koreans and expats living here in Seoul if changes are in order or if making Hanbok different would lessen its cultural importance. Take a listen here!

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