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Learning2gether with David Winet about using WeChat and Polleverywhere for live, in-class, corrected on-the-fly student writing

Webheadsinaction.org - Thu, 2015-05-21 04:04
Learning2gether with David Winet about using WeChat and Polleverywhere for live, in-class, corrected on-the-fly student writing Sunday May 17, 2015 What was it about?  David Winet will show online participants how he entices his students to write enthusiastically, and with purpose using WeChat and Pollanywhere. Used skillfully, these tools can enhance students' style, syntax, grammar and structure. By dint of the student wanting to communicate effectively, he/she will little by little adopt the conventions that make effective, powerful communication easier. Dave will reveal the skills he uses with these tools The definitive achive of this event, containing details of its truncation due to modem failure, is here:http://learning2gether.net/2015/05/18/learning2gether-with-david-winet-on-teaching-f2f-writing-using-wechat-and-polleverywhere/ 

How this worked at showtime May 17, 2015

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SURVIVAL TIP: All about taking the Korean Trains

Koreabridge - Wed, 2015-05-20 10:15
SURVIVAL TIP: All about taking the Korean Trains

To travel from city to city in Korea, taking a train is probably the most safest and the best way as a foreigner.

There are several types of trains in Korea.

1. Regular Trains

a) KTX : It’s the fastest train in Korea. By taking this train, it takes less than 3 hours from Seoul to Busan. Although the train fee is expensive, you can save time with high quality seats. If you go to Busan from Seoul by Mugunghwa train or a car, it takes more than 5 hours.

b) Saemaul Train : Before the launch of KTX express trains, Saemaul was the fastest class of trains in South Korea, making the journey from Seoul to Busan in less than 5 hours. Saemaeul trains are distinguished from the more basic Mugunghwa trains by their larger and comfortable seats and the absence of standing passengers.

c) Mugunghwa Train : The basic train which stops at many stations where KTX & Saemaul train are not serving. It is cheap but slow. Also there are standees who don’t have any seat available in the train.

2. Special Trains

a) S-Train : S-train takes people to Korea’s southwest region. This is a new tourist train which launched in 2014. It operates between Busan and Boseong, South Jeolla Province, along the southern coast of the peninsula.

b) V-Train : The ‘V’ in V-train stands for “valley,” as it travels through the remote mountainous areas of Gangwon-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do. It is also referred to as the “Baby Baekho (white tiger) Train” due to the motif on the train’s exterior of a white tiger. It stops at Bucheon, Bidong stop, Yangwon, Seungbu and Cheoram.

c) O-Train : O-train is a central inland region tour train. Its name derives from the word, “One”, as the three provinces (Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do) in the country’s central inland region are connected by this circular route. It stops at Seoul, Wonju, Jaecheon, Yeongwol, Mindungsan, etc.

d) DMZ Train : The DMZ-Train allows tourists to travel through Korea’s untouched natural landscape and historical landmark that is the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The train runs twice a day and tickets are available at each station. Tourists can also purchase a “DMZ Plus Ticket” which lets you freely board and depart at any of the stations along the way.

e) G-Train : G-train is a west gold train which has rooms with “ondol”, Korea’s floor heating system. It runs down the coastal area along the west sea. It stops at major travel destinations, including Boryeong and Gunsan.

f) Wine & Cinema Train : In this train, you can enjoy wine and cinema at the same time. The Wine-Train runs between Seoul and Yeongdong every Tuesday and Saturday. Starting from Seoul Station, you go to Yeongdong to taste wine and try wine food spa. Then also stop by Geumsan to look around geumsan ginseng museum and town.

g) Sea Train : This train operates along the coastal of east sea. Running along the beautiful East Coast, every seat is tailored to see the ocean and windows are larger than those in regular trains for visitors to overlook the majestic waves, beaches, and the blue ocean.

Try to enjoy any of these special trains!


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Selfie with the PM

Koreabridge - Mon, 2015-05-18 11:42
Selfie with the PM

 

Today I got to meet an interesting person and world leader!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Korea after his tour of China and Mongolia. He was greeted by Indians in Korea with a lot of enthusiasm and love.

All Indians and others were invited to view the speech of the PM at Kyunghee University auditorium. At first, the embassy had invited just a few of the Indians to a formal luncheon with the PM but seeing the tumultuous response from the Indians living in Korea, resorted to a bigger venue. The program was free of charge and all were encouraged to register with the embassy by sending an email.

The PM was scheduled to arrive at 1PM. But I reached the venue at 11:30AM. Over enthusiasm, i guess :) It was heartening to see so many saris and colorful salwars amidst the formal suits and volunteers. There were many shuttle buses to help us to the auditorium from the subway station. The sign in process and the security check was so smooth and easy. Only the wait for the PM was so long and exciting.

I guess I was expecting punch lines, double talk and drama (I blame the IPL for this). The speech made by the PM was more factual, clear, to the point and in Hindi. He insisted that the Indians in Korea learn from the technologically advanced Korea and implement in India. He asserted that implementing and educating people to have toilets in every home was a difficult task, but he was going to get it done. He maintained that India is the fastest growing economy and developing nation in the world and he would do more for it with his "Make in India" mantra.
 

The auditorium and the peopleFree snacks, water and juice on the far end tents. Registration and confirmation at the entrance.  Modi did a costume change between his arrival at the airport and his speech at the auditorium! Big screens on both the sides of the stage gave us a larger than real look at the PM
His talk was not motivating or engrossing but the auditorium was in pin drop silence until he entered with his entourage. Closest selfie I could get of the PM :)Yay! Another selfie with the PM :) 

S for- Selfie with the PM for ABC Wednesday

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Training Day 1: A Terrible Afternoon at the Medical Center

Koreabridge - Mon, 2015-05-18 07:34
Training Day 1: A Terrible Afternoon at the Medical Center

I know I said I wasn’t going to post this week because I’d be too busy, but my first day of orientation was a special form of hell that definitely merits a ventpost.

Part of training with my company (that shall remain unnamed) includes, on the very first day of orientation, a medical exam. I never expected that a job position as an English teacher would demand such a humiliating, physically draining medical exam.

For one thing, we were told to fast before the medical exam, so during the morning training session I wracked with hunger. That’s why it was physically draining. It’s no big deal for me to skip breakfast and be a little hungry, but something about the jetlag and the act of being in a completely foreign environment made me SOOOO motherfucking HUNGRYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I could hardly pay attention to the material we were covering!

Our training session went until 1:30 PM. Which seemed like forever to my famished mind. Then all thirty of us filed in a megabus together and went to medical center. Once we got there, we had to take off all our clothes and change into absurd pink outfits.  Here’s me, looking gross as fuuuuck!

This captures the awkwardness of the moment completely. So hideous. So, so hideous. 

The medical center looked pretty slick on the inside. There were a series of rooms inside with corresponding beige cushy chairs. We all sat down together in those embarrassing outfits waiting for our names to be called. We had to see about six different people. And it took forever. The whole time everyone was starving and awkward, and the vibe of the group was (sorry guys) really not enjoyable. Everybody in the orientation group seems cool, and I’ve found so many people that I have a ridiculous amount in common with. But I’m definitely not a fan of get to know you conversations in the midst of a medical exam. So, if anyone from orientation ends up reading this blog post, please excuse any standoffish behavior on my part!

What was so humiliating about the exam, you ask? Getting weighed in front of everyone. Carrying my pee around in front of everyone. Getting my blood drawn and consequently freaking out in front of everyone. Yeesh.

What’s the bright side of this situation? My instructor and the other trainers for orientation were passionate and knew their stuff. The job still seems fun, and everyone I’ve met who is also going to Cheonan seems cool. And I finally got food today!!!!!! Potato chips!! A triangular rice thingy with mayonnaise and fish in it!!!  A coffee bubble tea!!!!!

 

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Balancing then and now.

Koreabridge - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:44
Balancing then and now.

How is it that something I've done for so long can suddenly feel so foreign? A few weeks ago, Stupid Ugly Foreigner came back to Korea for a wee visit and we met up one Saturday afternoon, me rattled and in a mid-deadline haze, to catch up on -- what, years? -- of conversation in a few hours. It's some strange social mark of our tribe, how we don't meet for months or years, and then turn up at the designated spot and carry on like it's been a few weeks.

As we strolled along toward the tiny burrito shop where the handfuls of fresh cilantro the man who runs it piles on top of the meat and rice can convince me at times to swing by after work-- a good ten minute walk from the nearest station -- just to pick a couple up for B and myself, we did eventually get on the subject of the blogs. Maybe not so odd, as they are how we originally met. He's retired his now, too, and for essentially the same reasons I'm not on mine much anymore. Namely, we don't know how to juggle more than a few types of writing at once.

I am writing food articles now, in addition to slowly plodding along on a project that is only beginning to develop edges. I'll go weeks without anything, and then a slow, dull ache sets in and I sit down, not sure what will come of it, only to have ten pages at a time come rolling out. I'm cautious to hem it in -- it's doing its own thing, and for now, I'm allowing it to.

My daily life is mainly a blur of learning Korean company politics, how to communicate more clearly and delicately in my second language, in that regard, and in many others, deadlines, overtime -- way too many company-comped midnight cab rides home to count. As Friday approaches, I plot grocery lists, order books and records and hard-to-find ingredients, and then, when Saturday arrives, I revel in being-homeness. I cook as much as I can, fed up with quick salads and meals from the company restaurant wolfed down in a rush to get back to the office -- lunch and dinner, about a third of the time. I try to leave the apartment at least once every other weekend to make sure my social life doesn't completely crumble, or to take in something of the outside world other than the inside of a bus or a subway tunnel.

B was unemployed for about a month, searching for a better job than he had before, eventually settling only to quit again within a week. I've been poisoning him with chatter about moving to the country and working on our own terms, and although we both know we need to buckle down and earn the cash to buy the land and house first, it seems to have gotten to him on some real level. So when, at the new job, the 부장 started pacing up and down the space between the cubicles like a jail warden, and the no overtime they promised turned out to be overtime every night (I laughed when he actually bought that, but tried not to rub it in when reality set in), he couldn't hack it, which is not like him. We had a sweet deal for a while, him working a short half-hour bike ride away, home by 6:30 every night, and me, with the time to put dinner on the table. It's hard to let that go.

At the moment, we're fighting with our landlord who has decided in the eleventh hour to hold our deposit for an extra month and a half, which will make it impossible for us to move as we had planned. But when we do move, we will be much closer to the magazine offices and things should get a bit easier. The summer is going to be hard, with no vacation time, but when the fall rolls around, there's a trip home in October for a dear friend's wedding, which may double as a work trip, if I can get an article organized. Of course, Chuseok in September and a long vacation at Christmas, which we may take with friends in Europe if everything goes well. I'm waffling about whether or not to continue with this job for another year after the winter. On the one hand, the experience is valuable and the money is good, but on the other, there is a lot I was able to do in my spare time last year that I'm missing. Like sleep, for example.

The point is, there are options. More than I expected there to be, and for that, I'm grateful. I do worry sometimes about how, over the past decade, my life has been a continuous string of promises to myself to buckle down for just one more year, and then... and then... and then. I'm 30 now, and I'm going to need then to become now at some point soon. But I also know that I'm easily bored, and listless without some goal to work toward. The past ten years have been, for the most part, good ones. B said something shortly after we got married, for no apparent reason -- we were in the kitchen setting the table for a meal, and it just popped out: "Well, we're done now, I guess. Just need to buy a house and have a baby, maybe, and then that's it." I stared at him in horror, because the idea of just finishing life halfway through....

I think the key is to find a balance between being "finished" and always waiting for "then". I'm trying. At least for now, my thens are getting a little closer together. One more week, and then I'll be working on a story again. One more late night, and then we'll have made it through deadline. One more day, and then it'll be the weekend.

But now, it's Sunday afternoon and a little get-together at a friend's house is waiting, and I've got to finish the baking. Then, tomorrow will be Monday. Five more days, and then it will be the weekend again.

I'm No Picasso
This is a tale of the seaports where chance brings the traveler: he clambers a hillside and such things come to pass.In Imminent Danger
Bits and pieces about Korean literature and translation philosophy

 

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GeoCastSemanal 14may15. Nepal, Aznalcóllar, Involcan, Messi.

Worldbridges Megafeed - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:40

38:06 minutes (17.44 MB)

- La adjudicación de Aznalcóllar complica la investidura de Díaz: http://politica.elpais.com/politica/2015/05/13/actualidad/1431543340_089708.html 

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GeoCastSemanal 14may15. Nepal, Aznalcóllar, Involcan, Messi.

Puentes al Mundo - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:40

38:06 minutes (17.44 MB)

- La adjudicación de Aznalcóllar complica la investidura de Díaz: http://politica.elpais.com/politica/2015/05/13/actualidad/1431543340_089708.html 

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My first 24 hours in South Korea

Koreabridge - Fri, 2015-05-15 06:00
My first 24 hours in South Korea

Can I tell you something? I don’t actually like airplanes. Twenty-six hours total in flight. Nightmares, people. NIGHTMARES.

Things got better after the flights (there were three). Since I’ve already been to Seoul, I felt a sense of familiarity at Incheon International Airport, and on the subways.  It was weird after all those hours traveling to feel such a strong sense of returning.

I chose to stay at Dustin Guesthouse, a place I visited during my first trip to Korea. The first people I met were some Southern army boys boasting loudly about their affection for guns. Weird to travel halfway around the world to hear that conversation.

I also met the first person I’ve ever seen from Mongolia, which was, for me, REALLY EXCITING. I know, I know, people are people no matter what nationality. But I’ve always viewed Mongolia as a mystical fairyland, since it’s so far away from America and so full of nature and legends. It’s one of my top destinations–Hawks! Majesty! Adventure! It’s less than four hours from Korea. Hopefully this year I’ll go.

It’s disarming not to know the local language here. I want to give a good impression of Americans by learning enough Korean to appear polite and knowledgable. I also want to be able to get around, and read signs…!

Well, without further ado, here are some tips that will help you get through your first 24 hours in South Korea:

  • Remember deodorant
  • Don’t wear low cut tops…I feel like short shorts are acceptable here but low cut tops are seen as riskay
  • Learn to say “nice to meet you”
  • Chose taxi over subway if you have a lot of luggage
  • Master the art of having a WhatsApp conversation whilst navigating through Wifi pockets
  • Know that if you get up too early, pretty much everything will be closed
  • Most hostels have free bread and butter for breakfast…if you wake up in the middle of the night with jet lag, locate it and FEAST!
  • Hydration is key…I recommend yogurt smoothies and green tea lattes!

 

Annnd now for a brief photo essay of my first day here:

Breakfast…

 

 

 

On the way to getting a power convertor, a razor, and socks…

View of Yongsan

 

So much adorable to be had in South Korea!

 

 

And so much Turkish food.

 

I’m about to enter the week long rigorous training with my company! If I don’t pass, I go home. I’m really, really nervous. Almost everyone passes, so realistically I probably will. But still. Nerve racking! New people to meet! New rules to learn!

 

Probably won’t be posting again until I get to Cheonan.

 

Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Learning2gether about Study.com with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, and Vance Stevens

Webheadsinaction.org - Wed, 2015-05-13 13:29
Sunday May 3, 2015 1300 GMT Archived with mp3 rendition of You Tube video stream on Learning2gether herehttp://learning2gether.net/2015/05/03/learning2gether-about-study-com-with-david-winet-michael-coghlan-and-vance-stevens/ What was it about?  The topic for Learning2gether this week is about emerging advances in online learning since the turn of the century, from a panel who were there at the beginning and have stayed on the wave for the past decade and a half.

 

Dave Winet recently sold the domain study dot com marking the end of an era for many Webheads. Study dot com was a free website that attracted and matched teachers with language students interested in studying online just before the dawn of social media.

 

Dave's innovative methods created among other things a space for language learners at the Palace, which was where Vance Stevens, Michael Coghlan, and Maggi Doty met in an online class for ESL students that soon became Writing for Webheads and evolved in 2002 into Webheads in Action, a community of practice for teachers.

 

In this session, Dave and Michael join me, Vance, in talking about some of the very forward thinking developments that characterized Dave's work starting late last century and that have led us through Webheads in Action on up to Learning2gether, twenty years later.

 

If you were with us at that time, please join us to add your reminiscences, and for those who have more recently joined us, enjoy a conversation with the founders of Webheads in Action.

 

How this worked at showtime May 3, 2015

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12 days agochatWING Halima Ozimova   hello to ALL! Am interested on event with Dave Winet ,what is the time for it?12 days agochatWING vancestev (Admin) 1300 GMT, see http://webheadsinaction.org/live12 days agochatWING vancestev (Admin) This regards Ayat Tawel's presentation and you can find the info above posted here:http://learning2gether.net/2015/04/19/learning2gether-from-ayat-tawel-about-the-silent-way/12 days agochatWING Guest 615   Hi Vance10 days agochatWING Allyson   Hello, from Scotland.10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   hi allyson, Vance from Al Ain here10 days agochatWING Allyson   Hi, Vance. I'm looking forward to listening to the discussion.10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   great, we're just now setting up. just lost David from HoA when he's in for real I'll put the direct link here10 days agochatWING Allyson   Thanks.10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   David is having trouble, visiting family, using a netbooktrouble with the HoA I mean10 days agochatWING Allyson   His Netbook might have an inbuilt mike and no port for anything else...And broadcasting with family around might be tricky. I'm in the same situation..Mr. Allyson has promised to be as quiet as a mouse. We'll see.10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   haha, for David it's 6 a.m. HE's the one making noise :-)do you want to join us in the HoA?since it's only you ...10 days agochatWING Allyson   I'd like to, if there's room. Not sure how much I can contribute..10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   Let me let you in. If it fills, and David needs in, you can leave10 days agochatWING Allyson   Of course.10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   Here's the link https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYdN5hs4RRa4dyfnfZ39NVVzKjYAYr6-je2naUVZMx-ML2kUOQ?authuser=0&hl=en10 days agochatWING mikecogh   check check10 days agochatWING Allyson   Despite installing the plugin, I can't connect to the Hangout.10 days agochatWING Allyson   I'll join in the text chat.10 days agochatWING mikecogh   Hi Allyson10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   I don't think the stream has started yet. Vance, I took the liberty of embedding tonight's video above.10 days agochatWING mikecogh   Hi Jeff10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   Hi Michael - long time, no telecommunicate10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   I can't get the URL into webhedsinaction.org10 days agochatWING mikecogh   Yes Jeff - differnt paths....10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   but I'll start the sream10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   First rad that as 'scream' - perhaps a special horror edition of Learning2gether10 days agochatWING Allyson   Hi, Dave..Mike, Jeff..10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   We are live, join the HoAhttps://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYdN5hs4RRa4dyfnfZ39NVVzKjYAYr6-je2naUVZMx-ML2kUOQ?authuser=0&hl=en10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   http://webheadsinaction.org/liveis streaming10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   Study.com 1.0 (circa 1996) http://web.archive.org/web/19961229001550/http://http://www.study.com/10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   http://web.archive.org/web/19990221111901/http://study.com/fac.html10 days agochatWING Allyson   Sorry..I can't join you in hangout. But I'm here and listening..10 days agochatWING mikecogh   OK Allyson10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   welcome back10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   http://www.pure-voice.net/10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   not that one, this one: http://purevoice.software.informer.com/ (I think)10 days agochatWING mikecogh   yes Jeff10 days agochatWING mikecogh   Another early link - http://michaelcoghlan.net/toefllessonsplan.htm10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   I don't see Nina's post here10 days agochatWING Nina Liakos   hmmm just above yours and michael's10 days agochatWING Nina Liakos   What's the palace?10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   it was an avatar space where Webheads conducted classes10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   we have screen shots somewhere10 days agochatWING VanessaVaile   finally in... I needed to close some browser windows10 days agochatWING Marijana   A link to studycom today http://study.com/10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   great, audio issues come and gostill room for one more in the HoA10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   qik was bought by Skype in 2011 for 16 million (FYI)10 days agochatWING Allyson   Copy from hangout: Oh, I know the extent of studycom's influence. I've had the pleasure of meeting several studycom students in real life...There are plenty out there who owe Dave and studycom an enormous debt. Mot to mention the students who met in our classes, crossed the world to meet in real life and got married.10 days agochatWING VanessaVaile   BRB10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   k10 days agochatWING mikecogh   I remember being amazed at something so simple as study.com being used as an ESL/EFL site10 days agochatWING mikecogh   I stopped teaching at study.com (EFI) because I got a a paying job in the same trade!10 days agochatWING Vance Stevens   :-)10 days agochatWING Jeff Lebow   http://www.polleverywhere.com/10 days agochatWING Nina Liakos   gotta make a living10 days agochatWING Marijana   Nice chat tool https://todaysmeet.com/10 days agochatWING Nina Liakos   I just sent my first voice-generated text message 2 days ago10 days agochatWING Allyson   Copied from Hangout:) This is a nice chatting tool https://todaysmeet.com/
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North Korea with SLBMs Scares the Hell Out of Everybody

Koreabridge - Tue, 2015-05-12 11:36
North Korea with SLBMs Scares the Hell Out of Everybody


Am I the only one who is amazed at how good North Korea seems to be at developing new military technology? They got to nukes despite all sorts of international efforts to block them. They’ve got an apparently pretty successful missile program. They beat South Korea to drones last year. And now they’ve got submarines, and ones that can launch missiles to boot! Wow. We seem to consistently underestimate the Norks – probably because everyone loathes them so much that we keep telling ourselves that the place is falling apart and will implode any day now. Alas, it doesn’t look like it.

I wrote the following essay, below the jump, for the Lowy Institute a few days ago on the SLBM test. My primary fear is that all these nuclear and missile advances raise the temptation for South Korea to preemptively strike before the Northern program really gets out of control in the next decade with hundreds of warheads and missiles. The Israelis did that in Iraq and Syria, and I could see the South Koreans mulling it too.

Increasingly it is impossible to see how this ends well. Where are we going? What is the exit from a North Korea seriously threatening the entire region? Jees…

 

 

“The North Korean nuclear and missile programs continue apace. In the last few days, the North tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Specifically, it was an ‘ejection test,’ to see if the missile’s propulsion was strong enough to break the surface of the water (it was). North Korea is on its way to an ‘assured second strike’ capability. That is, SLBMs can survive even a massive first strike by an opponent and allow the attacked state to nonetheless respond with nuclear force. SLBMs also offer greater range. North Korea has worked on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) but has struggle with multi-stage rockets that could actually traverse the atmosphere at great distance. By contrast, a North Korea submarine on station off the continental United States does not need ICBMs to bring most US cities within range of Pyongyang for the first time.

I see three medium-term consequences to this SLBM evolution:

1. Most importantly, it will drive American paranoia over North Korea to new heights. American cities have thus far been exempted from the North Korean missile threat that looms over Japan and South Korea. So SLBM development does little to change their threat perception and strategic situation. Instead, these SLBMs are clearly pointed at the US. They improve Northern deterrence by signaling that American cities will suffer retaliation if ‘regime change’ is tried.

But I do not think the North realizes how much this will push the Americans toward even more hawkish positions regarding Pyongyang. SLBM deployment will almost certainly lead to more sanctions and the accelerated pursuit of North Korean money in Asian banks. The US will also almost certainly accelerate missile defense development and arm-twist South Korea on THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense). And it will push the American defense debate to the right and help ultrahawkish GOP presidential contenders. Is this really what Pyongyang wants? Do they really want John Bolton working for another White House?

2. SLBMs will also push the THAAD debate in South Korea toward deployment, yet another unintended consequence Pyongyang does not want. The South Korean left has managed to forestall THAAD so far, in part by arguing that North Korea is unnecessarily provoked by South Korean hawks and the Americans. But SLBMs weaken that position.

At the outermost limits of rationality, one might argue that North Korea could objectively want some nuclear weapons, given the American dalliance with regime change, and how far behind Pyongyang is in conventional military power. But even by that generous standard, there is still no defensible reason for North Korea to seek ICBMs, SLBMs, dozens or even hundreds of warheads, and so on. Even Beijing sees this. And now, if North Korea’s nuclear weapons are immune from preemptive strikes because they are underwater and impossible to find, then the debate on missile defense in South Korea has essentially been won by the hawks.

3. Elsewhere I have argued that North Korea’s spiraling nuclear and missile programs would slowly push Seoul toward preemption. I have long thought that a South Korea without a missile defense ‘roof’ or its own nuclear weapons would feel acutely vulnerable to North Korean nuclear missiles. And just as the Americans considered preemptive air strikes on Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962 before they became operational, or as Israel did against nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, so I imagine a rising temptation in South Korea to strike before the Northern program really gets out of hand, with hundreds of missiles and warheads.

SLBMs change this in two ways. First, if North Korea can actually deploy them reliably, then the value of preemptive strikes declines dramatically. Under-sea launchers cannot be targeted for preemption; that security is the whole point of SLBMs. At that point, missile defense is the only possible strategic response, and one can foresee an accelerating missile vs. missile defense technological race among the two Koreas and the US.

A second, more frightening prospect is that SLBMs set a timeframe on the North’s vulnerability to airstrikes. A closing window of opportunity might therefore encourage Southern air action sooner, as, for example, it did in Germany in 1914 because of the belief that Germany could not defeat Russia once its western rail system was completed.

Increasingly I cannot see how this ends well. No matter the consequences, the North seems hell-bent on hugely threatening nuclear deployments that in turn will only further entrench hawkish, confrontational elites in South Korea, Japan, and the US.”

For a response to this essay by another author from the Lowy Institute, try here.


Filed under: Defense, Korea (North), Korea (South), Lowy Institute, Nuclear Weapons, Preemption, United States

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Pusan National University
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A lovely day trip to Petite France and Nami Island (Namiseom) in Korea.

Koreabridge - Tue, 2015-05-12 06:17
A lovely day trip to Petite France and Nami Island (Namiseom) in Korea

Although Petite France Village and Nami Island are known as two of the most popular travel destinations in Korea, it’s not easy to get around the places when you actually want to visit, especially for foreigners without a vehicle to move freely.

One of the best and the most convenient ways to reach these places is to take a package trip available out there, which offers a hassle free tour. We’ll show you around how we got to visit and enjoy the attractions! We guarantee you this will be the most thorough review of the day trip adventure. 

(Visited & written by Yoonhee C.)

First, there are two options for departure: Seoul Train Station (Line 1) or Hongik University Station (Line 2).

It takes about 90 mins from Seoul to Petite France Village with the tour bus.

On the way to the main gate of the Petite France, We could see the map of the whole village.

You can get a map (Korean,English,Chinese and Taiwanese) here at the ticket booth. It’s better to get this map to look around the village more efficiently.

Like the name, Petite France, it is a small but exotic French themed village. You can see both the small Tower Eiffel and lots of French style houses (you can also book one of the houses on the website of the Petite France to stay over night). And there is a nice view of Lake Chengpyeong when you reach the right side of the village where the restaurant and cafe are located.

The main theme of Petite France comes from the famous French novel “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery. So you can see many things related to the little prince. There is also a Memorial Hall for him.

And If you like Korean drama then it must be very interesting to look around here. Lots of famous dramas were filmed here (Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, and My Love from the Star). There are a lot of props that were used at the dramas and also you can see real autographs of the actors and actresses.

There is also photo zone that you can take pictures becoming Kim Su-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun.

There are a lot of nice photo zones or spots where you can take memorable pictures even if you are not that interested in K-drama.

There are a variety of places to visit inside the village including their own exclusive theater for marionette, cafes, restaurant and outdoor places to have a cup of coffee, eat and take a rest. You can buy souvenirs related to the little prince like post cards, orgel at the gift shops.

And we headed to Nami Island which took about 20 minutes. When we arrived to Gapyeong Wharf, the tour guide gave us ticket to take the ferry.

Around the wharf, there so many Dakgalbi (Chicken Barbecue which is famous in Chuncheon) restaurants that you can try like below. On Nami Island, there are many restaurants and cafes but it’s a bit more pricey.

We took the ferry to Nami Island which takes about 5 minutes. But in other case you can also go to Nami-island by Zip-wire (It’s around $40).

When we got off the ferry, there was a supermarket near the gate where you can purchase snacks and drinks.

When we walked a little bit more from the gate, we reached the Unicef Child-friendly Park. People were preparing for singing performance. Around here there are so many places to sit so we took a rest listening to the live performance.

There are also many leisure activities like riding a bike or you can also take a small train where you can easily look around Nami Island. So we could see lots of families and couples who were enjoying the ride together. And pets are allowed on Nami Island so you can see and bring pets also.(But in the case of Petite France pets not allowed.)

Nami Island first became popular because of the famous Korean drama Winter Sonata (겨울연가, 2002). You can see the the bench where Bae Yong-Joon and Choi Ji-Woo played with snowman. 

And nearby the Winter Sonata scene spot, there is a field where you can meet the famous ostrich called Ggangta.

Nami Island is also known for the beautiful Metasequoia Road. You can just walk here releasing stress. Also there are many small and big museums so you can wander around wherever you want. There’s also a camping site and shower facility.

Overall, we think this is a good tour for people who want to run away from the busy city life for a day and take a rest peacefully in the suburb of Seoul.

The most convenient part was the fact that we did not have to think about the transportation to go Petite France and Nami Island and also about buying tickets! The tourist bus took us both to Petite France and Nami island and the tour guide gave us tickets for them. And you can also freely talk and enjoy this tour together with the other foreign visitors.


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