Category Archives: Korea

It’s Gross to Use Otto Warmbier’s Tragedy to talk about White Male Privilege

Otto Warmbier was a 22-year-old American who, early in 2016 was convicted by a North Korean court of stealing a poster. He was put in a North Korean prison, until he was returned to the US in a coma on … Continue reading

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Thank You, Veterans

I wrote this on November 11, and then before I could get a thumbs-up from certain people to post it, life intervened. So, it’s a little late, but still worth saying. As GB Stern said, silent gratitude isn’t much use … Continue reading

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Fragments of Evolving Manhood: Korea 4

I was leaning against the entrance to the Shinchon subway station watching people turn the corner into the Semaeul Shijang, the outdoor market where I bought rice each week and where my friend Mr. Kim had bargained one of the … Continue reading

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Fragments of Evolving Manhood: Korea 1

This post is an edited excerpt from an essay called “Relishing My Solitude” that I published in The American Voice in 1997. With a half-finished bottle of soju sitting on the floor between us, and another two waiting to be … Continue reading

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