Jasmina Tešanović: Korea - South, not North


4 Responses to “Jasmina Tešanović: Korea - South, not North”

  1. Patrick Dodds says:

    Sorry if a bit off topic, but that first pic is beautiful.

  2. gusgordon says:

    I am an American who has lived in Korea for two years. I have to say chauvinism actually is still alive and well in Korea and that it’s very much a patriarchal society. I have seen very little evidence of gender equality, a problem perpetuated willingly by both sexes. I think it will be a long time before this culture is ready to allow women the same freedoms of expression as men.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi I was in Lift event at Seoul. It was great energetic event. Thanks for coming. BTW some details are far from truth. Actually 1920 Ms. Jungok lee got third driving license in Korea as woman. She had some success in taxi business after. But it is not often case until 50ies. Probably you or your feminist friend confused with 50 with 15.

    Generally speaking, chauvinism in Korean society is now end. Statistics of birth rate shows truth about it. 1m babies born at 1970 but only less than 500,000 for 2004. Yes, we need more Korean baby but it is irrelevant issue with feminist perspective.

    Please visit again. There is a lot of fascionating cultural experience you can enjoy beside bizarre food.

    From Alf Bae.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Quiet? Did this person actually visit Korea?

    Korea is one of the noisiest nations I’ve ever experienced. Damn right they never sleep! From the chaos of 24-hour traffic to the dancers who writhe on sidewalks as PA systems blare thudding K-pop, and their cohorts who hawk cell phones and banking services, Korea’s cities are not for lovers of silence.

    But Korea IS a great place if you’re willing to hop on and ride with its energy.

    As for the food – in a nation that was starving 50 years ago, a nation with a greeting that means “have you eaten today,” what do you expect? For guests who are open to it, it’s sensory overload. Yes, the pepper brings tears to your eyes, but the flavors are complex and potent, and the sheer quantities are staggering. They say a feast “breaks the table legs.” It’s not uncommon to cover the table with 30, 40, even 50 side dishes, each a new and wonderful discovery.

    Sex? Yes, Korea is still in many ways a sexist society, but in a decade or so they’ve leapt from 1950s prudishness to a full-fledged sexual revolution – sometimes with wrenching side effects. That subject is a whole article unto itself.

    None of this has reached North Korea, of course. Kim Jong Il reserves such “decadence” for himself and his closest colleagues. But if it ever does reach the North Korean streets, Kim will lose them. THAT’s what will unify Korea – the sheer joy of grabbing modernity and hanging on.

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