Monthly Archives: January 2012

Another former Ssangyong Motors’ worker found dead … belatedly known 20th death

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared on the <Voice of People> on Jan. 30, 2011, heralding the 20th death of former Ssangyong Motors worker. So many former workers of Ssangyong Motors are already dead, but still the news of their death is so poignant. All rights regarding this […]

At nights, thuggish contractors shook the van at will and cursed … JEI Corporation story

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritativer personal translation of an article appeared in <The Hankyoreh> on Dec. 27, 2011, reporting the 4-year-long (1,461 days in exact) tent protest by the JEI Corporation union. In fact, the time line passed 1,500 days on Jan. 30, 2012, and it still goes on. The whole rationale of […]

Will they understand my grievance if I die? … and the old man set himself on fire

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unautoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <The Hankyoreh> on Jan. 26, 2012, reporting a brutal death of an old man while resisting to merciless violence by a development-centered country. It is really shameful that such tragic incidents (to mention a few, the Daechoo-ri incident, Yongsan disaster, the Gangjung […]

Poverty, violence, and harassment pushed them

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <The Hankyoreh 21> on Jan. 16, 2012, reporting an analysis of reasons and paths runaway youths are drawn into the sex industry based on a report by an official institution. All rights regarding this post stay with the original author of […]

Grand National Party ‘money-envelope’ controversy

Disclaimer: The following is a totally personal unauthoritative translation and summary of so-called ‘money-envelope’ controversy that rattles the whole Korean politics from the start of this year. Since it is a still evolving controversy, it would not make any sense to translate single article in conveying the whole picture of the incident. Rather, I chose […]

“My body was just a tool to earn money”

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <The Hankyoreh21> on Jan. 16, 2012, as a fourth piece of Report on Korea sex industry special, Youth Prostitution. The report contains a true miraculous story of a runaway youth who eventually became an online counsellor for youths like her in […]

Summary of corruption scandals of President Lee Myung-bak’s family and relatives

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of a news digest appeared on Jan. 4, 2012, in <The MediaUs> which relayed an article appeared in <The Hankyoreh> in a more convenient format. The article summarizes frauds and suspicions centered around President Lee Myung-bak’s family and relatives , a kind of well-known but not […]