My fellow bloggers in South Korea probably received this email from The Washington Post and Oxford International Review:
In the wake of North Korea’s first successful nuclear test, The Washington Post’s PostGlobal and Oxford International Review are sponsoring exclusive blog responses to a question posed by former South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae-Jung:
Why do you think the current US Administration has refused direct negotiations with North Korea, despite North Korea’s proposal to do so?
OIR posed this question to a panel of students from the United States and Asia gathered at Hong Kong University to participate in the Asia Institute for Political Economy, a program conducted by The Fund for American Studies. Click here to read their commentary, in light of recent events:
Because of your interest in the region, you are invited to join the conversation and pose questions to our panel. OIR and PostGlobal would love your input.
I’m not very articulate when it comes to current events, so I’ll leave the commentary to those more capable.
Let me just say this: I don’t feel threatened. And aside from a protest in Seoul, I haven’t noticed any worried or angry South Koreans or foreigners either–and our city houses many U.S. and Korean army bases. Not to mention the DMZ.
Of course the test is newsworthy, but nobody’s stocking up on bottled water and canned goods just yet.
What I am concerned about is how other countries–the United States, Japan, China and South Korea in particular–are going to react.
In the meantime, here’s my favorite article written on the situation in the north, written by Selig S. Harrison. He’s the director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington.
More important, he has actually been to North Korea and has a more balanced view on our northern neighbors.
Going to Pusan for the film festival. I really need a weekend out of Seoul.
Good thing too, because I’ve been hooked on Full House for the past two weeks. I love KDramas so much . . . I could seriously spend a whole month watching them on YouTube.