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This Explains a Lot (K-Drama Culture)

From the book Culture Shock! Korea, Sonja Vegdahl Hur and Ben Seunghwa Hur, the version I read was published in the 90s. You are at a party (in Korea) and start up a friendly conversation with a person you have met only a few times. One of the first questions he asks you is why […]

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Good Reads

Interesting and thoughtful essay on what’s wrong with the current movement to vandalize statues and topple cultural heroes.   Inebriates of Virtiue is an excellent, excellent read.  Here’s a taste: Yale’s new bureaucracy is called the “Committee on Art in Public Spaces.” Its charge? To police works of art on campus, to make sure that […]

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Try to keep up

You may have thought, as I most certainly did, that Trump’s tweents about the NFL players were stupid folly and beneath the office of the President, and mostly just sounded ignorant and belligerent. One can think those things and still think the NFL millionairs refusing to stand for the National Anthem because oppression are also […]

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Stumbling into a world you don’t know

Here’s an article on the work that archivists do. It’s on the long side, but I found it very interesting. I especially appreciated this: “Lannon said that Google had changed the way people sought information. “They only want information based on the information they think they want,” he said. As a rule, he said, archivists […]

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Some quirks of life here in the Philippines

As I have mentioned, we have two different household helpers who come, not on the same day.  One of them is because we need her.  Well, we really, really do better with her here, and also, now that I am working in the high school library four hours every day,and the Cherub and I walk […]

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