• notes for a possible piece about 심은하

    From namu.wiki 8월의 크리스마스 (Christmas in August) (1998) 미술관 옆 동물원 (Art Museum by the Zoo) (1998) A very nice review (in English) by Anthony Leong. 청춘의 덫 (Trap of Youth) (1999) 텔 미 섬딩 (Tell Me Something) (1999) 인터뷰 (Interview) (2000) 심은하 married 지상욱, a conservative politician. 지상욱 lost his seat in 2020 in a closely-fought election, losing to 박성준 by 5,771 votes. 심은하 campaigning for her husband. Question: how much of an effect did 지상욱’s marriage to 심은하 have on his standing as a politician? Conventional wisdom seems to think that it was considerable.

  • Links 2022-10-06

    The artist, Kim Jung Gi (김정기) has died. Here he is, drawing in front of a live audience. Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Review paper by Johannes Krause and Pääbo. New biography of Anthony Bourdain. Lion Feuchtwanger’s “The Oppermanns” newly reissued.

  • How do you translate “새끼”?

    At the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York City, the South Korean president was caught on a hot mic disparaging the United States Congress. He said: 국회에서 이 새끼들이 승인 안 해주면 바이든은 쪽팔려서 어떡하나? On YouTube, one must now bear witness to Korean news commentators contorting themselves into awkward shapes while reporting on how English language newspapers translated Yoon’s faux pas (this means, translating – into Korean – the English translation of the original Korean). As Dave Chappelle might say, a dubious activity to be involved in. The crux of the issue revolves around how

  • Always Look on the Sunny Side of Life

    What distinguishes Sunny (써니) from other movies of its kind is that it is less a nostalgic movie as it is a movie about nostalgia. In other words, the motive that drives the film is less about wanting to relive a moment that is now long gone, but about the act of being nostalgic (and the dangers inherent in it). This is a movie set in 2010, not 1986. The Eighties, you might think, would be an odd period for Koreans to be nostalgic about. After all, this was a decade that began in bloodshed and climaxed in chaos,

  • Those shy, demure, reticent Asian women

    It’s hard to believe that Um Jung-hwa (red hair) is 52 years old. Lee Hyori is in her forties. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXE2Ykf8fXQ

  • Links and Thinks 2021-05-24

    1) Analyzing the vast coronavirus literature with CoronaCentral The overwhelming publication rate means that researchers are unable to keep abreast of the literature. To ameliorate this, we present the CoronaCentral resource that uses machine learning to process the research literature on SARS-CoV-2… We categorize the literature into useful topics and article types and enable analysis of the contents, pace, and emphasis of research during the crisis with integration of Altmetric data. 2) The Few Sentences That Explain Much of What Went Wrong With Our Pandemic Response – Insight A very good piece by

  • Links and Thinks 20210215

    1) A preliminary report of a randomized controlled phase 2 trial of the safety and immunogenicity of mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (pre-proof). Very good news on the efficacy of half-dose of the Moderna vaccine (50 µg vs 100 µg) for ±65 years of age. 2) mRNA-1273 vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against spike mutants from global SARS-CoV-2 variants …we assessed the neutralizing capacity of sera from human subjects or non-human primates (NHPs) that received mRNA-1273. No significant impact on neutralization against the B.1.1.7 variant was detected in either case, however reduced neutralization was measured against the mutations present in

  • “What South Korea’s Candlelight Revolution Tells Us About Defeating a Right-Wing Autocrat”

    https://jacobinmag.com/2020/10/south-korea-candlelight-revolution-trump-election In 1987, the Italian leftist Lucio Magri observed: “The true paradox of this century is that movements that criticized liberal constitutions often defended their formal elements more effectively, and with greater sacrifices, than did the most convinced apologists for those constitutions.”