On November 3rd, the government approved the government issued textbook of Korean history for general usage. The government announced their textbook plan two days earlier than scheduled. Furthermore, Yun Gwan-seok, an assemblyman of The New Politics Alliance for Democracy, had suggested that there w
In Korea, enlisting into the army is one of the biggest problems to men in their twenties, because they waste two years of their important twenties, and in addition, there are so many incidents bursti
What is your dream? There are few college students who can answer this question easily. People tend to have many different types of dreams such as being a CEO, singer, chef, and astronaut when they were elementary school students. Society attaches importance to the results and competitions rather th
Recently, after the government released university structural adjustment project, many people have feared that the project is killing regional universities by ranking universities. For universities lo
How is it going?” is a preface on hand-written posters put up at universities because of a railway strike. Last year, president Park Geun Hye approved the privatization of Suseo KTX affiliate to promo
According to a document released by the National Police Agency on crime statistics from January to July 2013, there were 545 murders in Korea. That translates into one murder every 9 hours. In additio
Current U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden suddenly dropped out the U.S. presidential race in 1987 after it was discovered he had plagiarized another politician’s speech. The Minister of Education in Germ
These days, there are many people who drink coffee or eat alone in cafes and restaurants on the streets. We can also see this regularly on campus. Seeing students eating and going to the library alone
These days, people of all ages, including those in their 20s and teens, are taking greater interest in having a beautiful face. People invest a lot of their time and money to improve their appearance. In this atmosphere the concept of having plastic surgery to help with finding a job has become a reality for many university students. This increased interest in appearance can have a positive influence on one’s self-esteem. However, excessive interest in appearance can also be damaging. The Observer conducted research with students about their attitudes regarding appearance, as well as examined how society accents the importance of appearance and the underlying problems it has created.
The overall awareness regarding pets has changed to the extent that many people refer to their pets as companion animals. The number of household pets in Korea is approaching ten million, but the number of abandoned animals is also increasing. The increase in abandoned animals is becoming a social problem. Therefore, the Observer decided to look into the problems and reports on the condition of abandoned animals locally and nationwide.
Recently, SSMs (Super Supermarkets) have spread all over the country. This has caused a conflict between SSMs and small local merchants. The government has recently enacted a business adjusting petition system to address this issue. This is an ordinance that requires SSMs to close on designated days to help ease the conflict. However, in many ways it has made the situation more serious and doubts about the effectiveness of this bill have been expressed. Therefore, the Observer decided to look into the causes of the problem, and interviewed several people who are currently involved on both sides.
Interest and participation in politics by voters in their twenties and university students has increased recently. This increased interest by Korean young people is attracting the attention of politicians seeking office in the 19th national assembly election and by candidates in the 18th presidential election this year. Voters in their twenties have been indifferent to politics for some time, but they are beginning to take on more of a leadership role in the 21st century. Despite this current trend the participation of young voters in this country still lags far behind other age demographics. The Observer looked into the reasons why voters in their twenties should be concerned about politics and the ways they can become more involved.
Do you know why Korea is beautiful? It is because we have unspoken rules and we abide by these rules. For example, you should say hello to upper classmen although you might not know them well. Of course, you will not be handcuffed for pretending not to know them! The police will not be dispatched to take you away! However, your campus life will be more beautiful if you do not break these rules of etiquette! In your campus life, you might encounter some ambiguous situations. What should you do? The Observer is here to give you some answers.
The new semester has started! Incoming freshmen may start their college lives half filled with excitement and half filled with anxiety. Returning students might be making up their minds to be more successful in their remaining semesters. In this issue, the Observer has prepared some tips for freshmen and upperclassmen alike to help everyone lead more productive and meaningful campus lives. To that end, we are going to shed new light on some facilities and services that freshmen might not know about, and that returning students may have forgotten. We have further classified these helpful tips into the categories of schoolwork, lifestyle, and culture.
The relationship between consumption and production is what keeps the modern world moving. It is the basis of capitalism. This emphasis on consumption has led many to discuss “economical consumption” and “wise consumption.” Recently, the idea of “ethical consumption” or “ethical consumerism” has been put forward. The concept of ethical consumerism asks consumers to put others and the environment ahead of themselves. This trend has drawn the attention of consumers and businesses alike. Everyone needs to become more concerned with this. There are many ways that we can promote ethical consumerism that will guide producers and consumers alike to think more clearly about nature and the future.
Recently, Canada was ranked second in health out of the 34 OECD countries on the happiness index. During our recent visit there, we saw many people out for a walk or biking which is a bit different fr