Thursday, April 21, 2016

South Korea (Tim)

I live in Seoul, South Korea, which at only 57km from the border with the ironically named Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea is close enough to make me nervous. But it’s also home to 28,000 US military personnel, which makes me even more nervous. South Korea is famous for the Korean wave of culture (hallyu), which is a torrent of manufactured, lookalike boy/girl bands and sappy soap operas breaking like a tsunami of shite all over Asia, and spreading inexorably to the rest of the world. As a result, Koreans are widely regarded as the best looking people in Asia, but it’s impossible to tell if this is true, because Korea also leads the world in cosmetic surgery.

Tim Casteling

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