To choose China or America, that is the question. Needless to say, Korea attaches great importance on trade; Korea has few natural resources. China and America are the top two countries in this matter. There are so many kinds of agreements between each country. However, if Korea had to take sides wi
President Park Geun-hye has promoted a creative economy by succeeding Saemaul Movement which laid great stress on volunteership. Saemaul Movement is a hot potato on the budget debate of the national a
Prof. Kim Nan-do author of ‘Painful is the growing pains’ said that 2014’s first main trend is “swag.” Nowadays, swag is becoming relevant to the fashion industry and Korean society due to the liberal
All university students are able to derive the benefit of tuition assistance from the government. The government is serious about its commitment to reduce the financial burden on the family budget due
Two million Syrian refugees have been forced to flee their homes due to the civil war that is raging in that country. They are in constant danger and very poor although they left to get away from the war and to find food and clean water. International NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), like Good Neighbors, and Save the Children, are preparing emergency aid packages for the flood of refugees. Whereas, the human rights group, “Amnesty International” pledges to international community in order to let human rights organizations and groups have free access to civilians who need aid packages urgently. Let us look at “poverty” from human rights’ point of view and look for how Amnesty International solves the problem related to poverty as improvement of human rights.
On July 7th, 2011 the movie “Winter Butterfly,” which is based on the hard reality of North Korea and maternal betrayal from hunger, was released. What does the movie director, Kyu-Min Kim, who is a d
These days, it is not uncommon to find men who wear make-up. Men in their 20’s and 30’s who have grown up in a digital environment are the main characters in this issue. Sociocultural gender images ar
The singer PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was downloaded 3,600,000 times in Korea which generated65,000,000 won. However in foreign countries, it was downloaded just 2,900,000 times, but it generated2,810,000,
As of July 1st 2012, the government has allowed all medical facilities to conduct the “DRG (Diagnosis Related Group) payment system” by expanding coverage in regard to the seven conditions group which refers to cataract operations, tonsillectomies, appendectomies, hernia operations, hemorrhoid removal, caesarean operations, and uterus operations. DRG is a flat sum system of medical billing and it will eventually be used by all hospitals. From the patients’ standpoint this system is supposed to reduce the financial burden of medical bills, but some people claim the quality of medical services has suffered as a result. The real issue is that many people do not know about DRG. We decided to look into why DRG has become a hot debate.
Several prominent cases of school violence have recently been publicized. As a result, school violence and bullying have become social issues. The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KOCSC) and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), correlate school violence with violent cultural content. As a result, cultural content shared by teenagers is regulated. The Observer investigated webtoons that have recently switched to self-regulation due to these controversies as well as newly introduced game regulatory systems.
Married career women have to worry about quitting their jobs in order to have children. In Korea, the policy for childbirth and infant care is often not observed. Women workers who work in companies hesitate to use policies for childbirth and infant care. Leave for childbirth and infant care is legally guaranteed but career women often have difficulty getting leave in reality. The Observer investigated the reality of this situation which is controversial in our society.
In 2011, the number of foreigners residing in Korea surpassed 1.3 million. As the number of foreigners has increased, the number of multicultural families has also increased. Many people know about multicultural families, but they do not know the realities these families face. The Observer would like to report on the status of multicultural families and general attitudes of Korean citizens about multicultural families in Korea. The Observer looks into the issues that these families face specifically regarding their children's education, and possible solutions the Korean government might implement to deal with their conditions in general.
Victims of the Japanese army’s “comfort women” policy held their 1000th consecutive Wednesday Demonstration on December 14th, 2011. President Lee Myung Bak called for the Japanese government to take responsibility for this ongoing tragedy. However, the only response the Japanese government gave was to demand that the comfort women statue be torn down. The Japanese government has not given an adequate response after 80 yearsof dealing with this issue. The heartless behavior of the Japanese government is continuing to victimize the survivors. The Observer has decided to report on the case and studied what students can do about the issue. We also hope university students can gain a greater understanding of everything that has happened already.
The Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, which has been ongoing since 2008, has been called a Korean style New Deal Policy. The purpose of this project is to rebuild decrepit dikes and to restore th
In 2009, a McDonald’s advertisement that presented ordinary people and their reactions to a coffee taste test became very popular. In this advertisement, two coffees with two different prices were presented to people, and they were asked which coffee tasted better. Everyone in the ad answered that the expensive coffee was tastier, but they were unaware that both coffees were the same. This advertisement was controversial, but in the end the message that McDonald’s wanted to send was that we should not always judge quality based on price. Enterprises as well as individuals should try to break prejudices other people hold against them. We are taught that prejudice is wrong, but it is often difficult to rid ourselves of these prejudices. We should consider why this is so and figure out how to cope with them.
Much of modern technology has become universal, so the difference in the technology employed by various brands is not great. People tend to purchase tech items based on their design or the image of the brand rather than the technology the product is based on. Motivations for consumption have changed a great deal. Personal experience with products and the atmosphere of the store now play a large role in the decision making process. Companies' marketing strategies are changing and it has become more and more important to add a sensuous and relational element. Experience marketing which stimulates a customer's senses and reinforces ties between the customer and the business has become more common.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has joined ‘The Giving Pledge’, an initiative set up by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett that benefits American charitable foundations. ‘The Giving Pledge’ is a pledge taken by wealthy individuals that commits them to donating the majority of their wealth either during their lifetime or after their death. To date, 57 billionaires have taken the pledge. There are many wealthy people around the world who have already or intend to donate their wealth. However, it isn’t just the rich of the world who are getting into the spirit of giving. Ordinary people in advanced nations including the US are also donating their money and property at the end of their lives. It is worthwhile to consider what the present condition of donation in Korea and those who participate in donating.
The Lee Myung-bak government announced that there will be a change innational broadcast systems. The government has mandated that nationalstations like KBS, MBC, and SBS must switchover to digital broadcastingby 2012. This mandate is based on the 'Special Law of Switchover to Digital TVof Terrestrial TV.' The main content of the law dictates that analog TV systemsmust switch to a digital format. One of the effects of this policy is that jobs will becreated. Therefore, policies dealing with this service will have a great effect onthe nation. However, we found a gap between the policies involved and the realityof the situation. The government publicizes that digital service will be more costefficient for the consumers. However, they are insufficient support policies for lowincome groups. Furthermore, there are problems related to legislation and issueswith electronics companies. This article will focus on criticism of poorly plannedpolicies and deals with the direction of this policy in the future.