There are a number of blogs out there including mine here that write all about Korea, but what exists when it comes to actual Korean media that is either translated in English or is produced in English to help foreigners learn more about the “land of the morning calm?”
Well, it used to be mainly just the newspapers, The Korea Herald, JoongAng Ilbo (i.e., JoonAng Daily), and the Korea Times. The AP of Korea, Yonhap News also provides their content in English as well here, but it seems that not all their content is fully translated into English. Over time, the Chosun Ilbo (or Daily) has converted a bunch of their content here into English.
One of Korea’s leading TV & Radio networks, Korean Broadcasting System (aka KBS) appears to have recently translated a lot of their content here in English. They have also translated their content in Chinese & Japanese as well. KBS World Radio also is translated in English. KBS World TV as well is available in English. It’s the inspiration behind today’s post since I had a bit of difficulty in the past obtaining English information about dramas or other TV content on the other major networks MBC, SBS, & EBS.
Some of you already know, but I’ve accepted a job as the Evening Host of Busan’s English Radio station eFM. The station is at 90.5 on the FM dial and the website is http://befm.co.kr (where you can also listen off the Internet).
I’ll be starting on Monday, July 6th (2009). It’s definitely not something I had planned on doing for this juncture in life, but it’s a welcome change to the relatively stressful life that I was living the past 3 years with Chungdahm Learning (in the Busan region). I may blog about my time at Injoong Education (the parent company of the Busan+ branches of Chungdahm Learning & April English), but that will take a bit of time to write…
I’m looking incredibly forward to this experience and thus far, I’ve learned:
- I have some REALLY cool coworkers like my sweet & awesome Producer Hana Jo and stylish and kewl writer Ji-wook. Other cool foreign coworkers like Matthew, Petra and Dennis also prove I’m simply lucky in finding quality coworkers. Sohee & Haejin along with our cool Team Leader Mikyung also make the days extra special and of course our Executive Director Mr. Koo (General Manager) as well who seems very cool for Korean management. Continue reading
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Trying to just say “Happy birthday” on someone’s wall today, I was told “You are not permitted to do …” WTF? Can’t write on a wall? Does Facebook now give people the power to prevent others from writing on their wall?
I was doing something else on the website & was given the same message of not being able to do something or not having the permissions. I wonder if this is part of their new “redesign”. Interesting…o.k. it’s not.
Hey (Brandon)-(actually, I did fill in the Brandon part…)
At Facebook, our goal is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. More than 90 million people across the world have joined this movement and are using the site to communicate and share information with the people they care about most. Today, we’re happy to invite you to check out the next evolution of our product. We’ve been working on it for a while, so we’re really excited to show it to you. Continue reading
Mobile Woes Over for Foreigners
By Kim Min-jung
As many of you I’m sure already know, the prospect of integrating in to an entirely new culture can be a somewhat daunting experience. Such fears can be further widened when one is without certain basic necessities.
One of those necessities is a cell phone. As phone booths in Korea have become nearly obsolete, the need for cell phones has grown exponentially. With this in mind, I want to shed some light on the services LG Telecom provides that are tailored exclusively to the needs of foreigners in Korea. Continue reading