Turning the TideBy Dong Min Kim Staff ReporterOn February 19, when reports of new coronavirus cases from a Shincheonji church in Daegu flooded in, South Korea’s chances of containing COVID-19 seemed hopeless. To some extent, having gloomy expectations was justifiable, and the nation has reported tho
A Struggle for DemocracySix months have passed — what started as peaceful marches against the extradition bill introduced in Hong Kong have developed into a major political crisis. People who feared that it would allow the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong’s independent legal system are no
Wrong Solution to the Right ProblemBy Berhane Weldegebriel Staff ReporterThe huge linguistic and cultural barrier that exists between Korean and international students has always been an issue in the KAIST campus. This long-standing problem is a thorn in the side of this university, with its goal to
Directly or indirectly, countries that are part of the global society are unknowingly relinquishing aspects of their cultures as citizens expose themselves to the international mainstream. Cultures must preserve themselves while having the acumen to recognize what should be improved. These are the qualities that will decide which cultures win and lose in globalization.
Even though the power of many modern monarchs has been diminished through constitutional and parliamentary checks, there are several reasons to believe that sustaining the legacy of the throne itself comes at a price.
In modern times, the principal role of a constitutional monarchy is to represent stability and promote national pride; it is a fine tradition that has adapted to modern needs while retaining the dignity and majesty of historical kings and queens.
As the page grows larger, it may eventually spread its wings to become a much needed hub of ideas. Ideas worth sharing will be celebrated while controversial ideas will provide a rare opportunity for discourse.
Behind the thinly drawn veil of online anonymity lurks a foul beast, the kind that manifests itself in a reprisal of psychotic behavior that often includes foul language, hate speech, and personal attacks.
It is time to awake from the trance of Olympic fever and recognize the darker side of this global event. Not a beacon of achievement and cooperation; instead repeatedly marred by corruption, politicization, and enormous costs.
Avalon English Schools. Ewas English Academy. Jungchul English Schools. These are the names of major English school franchises that will greet you on big, flashy billboards as you walk along the streets of Seoul — a testament to Korea’s thriving English-learning scene.
Foreigners who teach subjects other than English while holding E-2 visas are at risk of being deported due to a new policy introduced by the Korean Ministry of Education. Several academies have been investigated by the immigration office and faced closure when it was revealed that they had employed foreign teachers with E-2 visas to instruct other subjects.
International students received an email that they could not comprehend. They were told that they would be charged with student fees starting from May. Collecting student fees has been a controversial and sensitive issue among international students because they were rarely informed of the services the Undergraduate Student Council (USC) provides; now they are being forced to pay. Starting from Ma
While the international student body shows signs of growth, the international faculty has barely changed. The faculty in KAIST remains incredibly homogenous, with foreign professors barely making up 10% of the faculty despite claims by several presidents that they will strive to increase that number substantially. It’s not hard to see why: KAIST is directly funded by the South Korean governm
Ever since its inception, KAIST’s ambitious promise to increase the ratio of foreign professors has been, well, ambitious. Recently inaugurated President Shin again vowed for a goal of 15%, but exactly how he intends to hire a minimum of 10 new foreign professors every year remains opaque.
Christians have always been known for their frequent and large-scale missions. Historic examples, such as the missionaries sent to Scandinavia to convert the Vikings, demonstrate the lengths some devout Christians will go to spread their religious teachings. While many practitioners of their faith are likely to take the more congenial route in preaching their principles, others resort to more aggressive and invasive measures.
Concerns are growing over the fanatical Christian missionaries seeking out international students to convert them to the Christian faith. Many internationals have had their personal religious preferences and personal spaces violated by this relentless hounding, and though this is something that should be addressed quickly, we should take a step back and see the underlying causes and look beyond th
The Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil scandal seems unbelievable. South Korea, one of the modern powerhouses of the 21st century, has been reduced to near anarchy with the exposure of the president’s secret dealings with the daughter of a cult leader. It is the perfect drama cocktail with the right amount of politics, religion, and corruption mixed in, and it’s an excruciating one to swa
With a declining birth rate and a push for multiculturalism, Korea is undergoing many changes to bring in and accommodate an ever growing foreign population. Several policies were made or updated to make it easier for foreigners to pursue careers, education, and residence in Korea. These fixes were designed with the hopes that immigrants would experience less barriers standing between them and Kor