Korea Modern Times 1910-1945


Korea is more than tablets and smartphones

Dear readers, last week I went to a vernissage of a new exhibiton at Leiden Volkenkunde Museum. A very special content were displayed in one section of the museum. If you ask anyone in the street about Korea before the big Chaebols did enter the Korean society from aprox 50 to 100 years earlier on I think you will get no answer at all. The history of this so much closed korean society is still hidden behind the palace doors of language difficulties and cultural differences.

This exhibition shows the visitor a look behind the scenes of the life of Korean people under the pressure of their occupiers called: Japan. But there is more. Little pamphlets and daily objects are also shown in glass display cases and tells their story on their own.

Professor Remco Breuker who professes Korean Studies at Leiden University was responsible for bringing out this exhibition. I spoke to him at the  -vernissage- and there is much more interesting about the current research(es) he is working on…..writing dictionaries, translating literary high culture korean novels, too much to mention over here. I definitely wants him next year for an interview on Korea Business Central! If you are this year around christmas time in the Netherlands, go & see!  


Foreigners doing biz in Korea

Korea Herald no1 English Newspaper in Korea

Recently Korea Herald did ask me to deliver a piece about doing business in Korea. Hmmm….let me think about it! After a deep thought I came back with 2 wonderful entrepreneurs both living in Korea and working in their shared company KWALUS. And that is not just where the story ends….the piece also should represent the two faces of doing business, Pro and Contra.

Both guys did a wonderful job. I bet they amazed themselves how much hidden (writing)talent they have and see the result right here and judge by yourself: http://www.koreaherald.com/opinion/Detail.jspnewsMLId=20111114000846.

At least the guys were very happy with my work 🙂 Look at the Youtube video here: http://firstpost.com/topic/organization/linkedin-im-in-the-korea-herald-newspaper-video-8HWqrLUzK1U-41644-30.html

Prof Ha-Joon Chang breaks it down for us!

23 Things They don´t tell you about Capitalism

The new book written by Ha-Joon Chang which holds now a professor chair at Cambridge University UK opens his attack on the so-called the global market wherein the free economy is the keyword as a solution for further economical progression. No need to say that with the recently signed Korean FTAs, KOR-US as well as KOR-EU.  This book is diametrically opposed to the Korean Government Policy.

When I started to do some research on this author for a new Korea Business Interview Series(KBIS) on Korea Business Central, I surprised myself about what the name Ha-Joon Chang brought about among my other Korea minded fans. You can categorize them roughly in two sections: either you love him or you hate him.

If you ask me what my thoughts are about him and his book(s) I can only say it´s worth while to read his most recent book as well an earlier one called: Bad Samaritans. The last one which was forbidden for a while in Korean Army barracks tells a very different view on our so carefully nurtured Free Economy with less governmental involvement.

In the end it turned out for me that although I am about for a minimized governmental involvement I have to admit Ha-Joon Chang does certainly deserves a couple of points in this story. Oh and yes he is a (british)gentleman indeed. I enjoyed very much my  email conversation with him and persuaded him to do an interview for us.

You can find our podcast/mp3/written interview here: http://www.koreabusinesscentral.com/forum/topics/korea-business-central-exclusive-interview-professor-ha-joon-chan and his biography here: http://www.hajoonchang.net/