Archive for May, 2009

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North Korea abductions

I finished reading “North Korea Kidnapped my Daughter” by Sakie Yokota. This is a memoir of her daughter, Megumi’s abduction. Of course, for many years it was not known to be an abduction, just an unexplained disappearance. This book is short and easy to read, though obviously its a heavy topic. The worst part is that the book was written in 1999 and recently translated so we miss insights into her opinions and thoughts following the 2002 revelation by Kim Jong-il during Koizumi’s visit and the subsequent events.

Korea Blogs – Roboseyo is collating information of female bloggers in Korea. There are a couple of things that make me uncomfortable about this. Why is a male the one to do this? If female bloggers in Korea feel they are not getting their voice out there and are unsatisfied with that, can’t female bloggers in Korea take up the task of promoting their blogs further? From a distance this smacks of male interference.

The second area is related to that: why are male k-bloggers not bothering to read female k-bloggers in the first place? Surely if these women are writing interesting topical posts, it does not take a list of them (separate to blogrolls and the Korea blog list) for people to find them. I’m not against having a list of female, English language bloggers focusing on Korea and who are geographically located in Korea (if I got that criteria right) but I’m not entirely convinced about it either.

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