SeoulPodcast #55: The Acting Ajosshi

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Paul Matthews (Paul Ajosshi)

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Teacher’s Day Quandary

Dear Roberte Teacher

Thank you the your Writing class. Without a your writing kind teaching I will having the terrible write, but now I’m gooder thanks to you.

Sincerrely
Sally

NEWS AND STUFF

The Last of Pimatgol

Chimes that echo on Jongno

Another story about the Korean history that is getting demolished

Korea’s Disease of the White Envelope…

Gwangju man dies homeless with 128 million in the bank.

KKR acquires Oriental in first S Korea deal

Is this a sign of good beer to come?


“I Don’t Like Christianity”

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

Seoul Women to Get Equality in Public Bathrooms


Waste Bags to Replace Disposable Bags
Better Start Picking Up Your Game, Guys

Lee Hyo-ri wants to get married

Korea Full of Hot Chicks: Foreign VIPs

Professor totally discredits himself

“I think the slogans ‘Dynamic Korea’ and ‘Sparkling Korea’ have been quite effective.

Korea University president says really dumb things about Kim Yu-na

Gwangju student kills himself after 28-year-old teacher hits him 110 times.

Korean children and teenagers are the unhappiest in the OECD

Ethically unqualified teachers talk about corporal punishment.

Seoul High School Teachers, Preachers Caught Doing Drugs

EXPAT COMMUNITY

American Sex Offender Flees to Korea

More Ass-Hattery

“We need to test for pot.” “We can’t afford the facilities.” “Ok. No more. We need to test for pot.”

The Murders of Foreigners in Korea
Murder of an English teacher 11 years ago


Hit the Nail on the Head

Dokdo Is Ours has fun at the Korea Times’ expense

Dokdo Is Ours PWNS The Korea Times!!!

 

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK

‘JSA’ Rereleased in Limited Edition

Naked News Plans South Korean Programming – XBIZ Newswire

Korean Sociological Image #3: From Asian to Caucasian (Images Fixed) « The Grand Narrative

Toy of the Week

Titanic-bot

Neglectful Korean parenting makes FAIL blog.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Koreans have small hands

Joe S e o u l m a n: Completely random picture

So that’s what an elephant’s trunk is for…

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  • baltimoron

    Sorry, typos galore!

    One problem with South Korean advertising about food -and in stuff in general – is this emphasis on qualities, like health or the moral superiority of a vegetable, instead of making food appealing. Maybe Jennifer had this experience too at DLI, but most service-members who first tried kimchi hated it, but on the second try loved it. My parents had the same experience. Students and adults tell me that was their experience as children, too. That’s a hurdle if that experience is general. Also, no Korean can describe Korean food without sounding like a doctor or a professor, which is very off-putting. I advised Busan City Hall years ago, that restaurants should just forgo English and lectures and take a very alluring picture of the food item. In the US, restaurants also miss the opportunity to learn from the Chinese and Japanese establishments that have adapted to America, because they are so resentful. But, most Americans just don’t get that noise.

    The closest parallel might be martial arts. Korean masters started gyms in America, but they worked through students who then returned fees for using the Korean brand. The problem is, that Korean masters rarely work with students beyond the black belts and owners. The Koreans also limit the expansion of their brands to maintain their control. But both the Japanese and Chinese restaurateurs have learned to adapt to American tastes. I doubt Koreans can compromise. I also doubt a non-Korean could ever run a Korean food enterprise. like many non-Japanese cooks learn to prepare sushi:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=11507839&m=11507842

  • baltimoron

    I’m speculating, but I would argue it takes strong civic groups with an ability to lobby or confront the government to maintain historical sites. I think there are more heritage groups in America than in all of Korea. A few heritage organizations have some odious associations, like many of the old conservative military clubs my parents-in-law like to support. What is the value of an historical relic that hearkens back to some humiliating or authoritarian heritage. Would you try to reclaim the shanties authorities bulldozed for the Olympics farce? Early 19th Century Seoul was nothing but palaces and royal parks. Would you replace housing for good people to pay homage to nobles?

  • baltimoron
  • baltimoron
  • baltimoron

    Matthias:

    Put up, or shut up. Do better!

  • baltimoron

    Sorry, typos galore!

    One problem with South Korean advertising about food -and in stuff in general – is this emphasis on qualities, like health or the moral superiority of a vegetable, instead of making food appealing. Maybe Jennifer had this experience too at DLI, but most service-members who first tried kimchi hated it, but on the second try loved it. My parents had the same experience. Students and adults tell me that was their experience as children, too. That’s a hurdle if that experience is general. Also, no Korean can describe Korean food without sounding like a doctor or a professor, which is very off-putting. I advised Busan City Hall years ago, that restaurants should just forgo English and lectures and take a very alluring picture of the food item. In the US, restaurants also miss the opportunity to learn from the Chinese and Japanese establishments that have adapted to America, because they are so resentful. But, most Americans just don’t get that noise.

    The closest parallel might be martial arts. Korean masters started gyms in America, but they worked through students who then returned fees for using the Korean brand. The problem is, that Korean masters rarely work with students beyond the black belts and owners. The Koreans also limit the expansion of their brands to maintain their control. But both the Japanese and Chinese restaurateurs have learned to adapt to American tastes. I doubt Koreans can compromise. I also doubt a non-Korean could ever run a Korean food enterprise. like many non-Japanese cooks learn to prepare sushi:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=11507839&m=11507842

  • baltimoron

    I’m speculating, but I would argue it takes strong civic groups with an ability to lobby or confront the government to maintain historical sites. I think there are more heritage groups in America than in all of Korea. A few heritage organizations have some odious associations, like many of the old conservative military clubs my parents-in-law like to support. What is the value of an historical relic that hearkens back to some humiliating or authoritarian heritage. Would you try to reclaim the shanties authorities bulldozed for the Olympics farce? Early 19th Century Seoul was nothing but palaces and royal parks. Would you replace housing for good people to pay homage to nobles?

  • Matthias

    Did you ever listen to your own show? It cannot be more obvious that you have no idea what you are doing. But if you would listen to your own Podcast one time then you would notice that doing a show is not just as easy as sitting down next to a mic and blabbering. Maybe you would also notice that the host is constantly laughing about his own jokes, referring to insiders, assuming his audience knows everything he is talking about already… the girl is very annoying, also laughing about her own sarcastic jokes (that kind of makes her look like a very bitter person)… the show is full of generalizations, boring dialogues… The show with paul the actor is very interesting. He is a great guest. He does everything right what you do wrong. Maybe as an actor he has some self-awareness. The hosts just end up talking about themselves and about their thoughts with him… not interested, be more entertaining, the way you present yourselves is not entertaining enough…. could aswell listen to some random guys sitting next to me on the subway!! random random boring unprofessional self loving waste of time. i know you just do it for a hobby and without money but you could do so much better if you just read a book about showhosting one time… please!

  • Matthias

    Did you ever listen to your own show? It cannot be more obvious that you have no idea what you are doing. But if you would listen to your own Podcast one time then you would notice that doing a show is not just as easy as sitting down next to a mic and blabbering. Maybe you would also notice that the host is constantly laughing about his own jokes, referring to insiders, assuming his audience knows everything he is talking about already… the girl is very annoying, also laughing about her own sarcastic jokes (that kind of makes her look like a very bitter person)… the show is full of generalizations, boring dialogues… The show with paul the actor is very interesting. He is a great guest. He does everything right what you do wrong. Maybe as an actor he has some self-awareness. The hosts just end up talking about themselves and about their thoughts with him… not interested, be more entertaining, the way you present yourselves is not entertaining enough…. could aswell listen to some random guys sitting next to me on the subway!! random random boring unprofessional self loving waste of time. i know you just do it for a hobby and without money but you could do so much better if you just read a book about showhosting one time… please!

  • http://www.yrad.com/cs/ karl

    I think it’s time Matthais finds himself a new podcast. Errr, if it’s so horrible why are you spending 3 hours of your life on it? And then spending more time posting about it.

    Anyway, guys, I’m only about 17 minutes into this weeks ep and it’s shaping up to be one of my favs. At first I thought “an actor? In Korea? Ugg. How boring.” But he’s pretty funny, roles with the punches, and sounds great.

  • baltimoron
  • baltimoron
  • baltimoron

    Matthias:

    Put up, or shut up. Do better!

  • http://www.yrad.com/cs/ karl

    I think it’s time Matthais finds himself a new podcast. Errr, if it’s so horrible why are you spending 3 hours of your life on it? And then spending more time posting about it.

    Anyway, guys, I’m only about 17 minutes into this weeks ep and it’s shaping up to be one of my favs. At first I thought “an actor? In Korea? Ugg. How boring.” But he’s pretty funny, roles with the punches, and sounds great.

  • http://jenniferteacher.blogspot.com Good Jen

    Matthias– I’m sorry you didn’t like the show, but we are who we are. There are lots of podcasts I listen to once that are not to my taste. Since there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of podcasts out there, you should be able to find one that is more to your taste.

    Joseph– I agree with you on so many levels about the marketing of Korean food. Giving dissertations on the properties of the enzymes in the food as a (the) selling point will limit said food to the wheatgrass juice crowd. Since some Korean foods are an acquired taste and/ or have some powerful odors, I think it would be better to let people know that persistence is worthwhile. :-)

    That said, I completely understand their feelings on the matter of refusing to adapt to suit foreign palates. Although I would much rather eat American Chinese food and Tex-Mex than the real deal, I cannot tolerate Koreanized American food. I’m not sure what Americanized Korean food would taste like, though. Without the pungent aromas and the tang of fermentation, what would it be?

    BTW Karl has been to a Korean restaurant in Toronto that was not Korean-owned. They didn’t even know what ssamjang was.

  • http://jenniferteacher.blogspot.com Good Jen

    Matthias– I’m sorry you didn’t like the show, but we are who we are. There are lots of podcasts I listen to once that are not to my taste. Since there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of podcasts out there, you should be able to find one that is more to your taste.

    Joseph– I agree with you on so many levels about the marketing of Korean food. Giving dissertations on the properties of the enzymes in the food as a (the) selling point will limit said food to the wheatgrass juice crowd. Since some Korean foods are an acquired taste and/ or have some powerful odors, I think it would be better to let people know that persistence is worthwhile. :-)

    That said, I completely understand their feelings on the matter of refusing to adapt to suit foreign palates. Although I would much rather eat American Chinese food and Tex-Mex than the real deal, I cannot tolerate Koreanized American food. I’m not sure what Americanized Korean food would taste like, though. Without the pungent aromas and the tang of fermentation, what would it be?

    BTW Karl has been to a Korean restaurant in Toronto that was not Korean-owned. They didn’t even know what ssamjang was.

  • baltimoron

    “BTW Karl has been to a Korean restaurant in Toronto that was not Korean-owned. They didn’t even know what ssamjang was.”

    That’s a crime! I eat that stuff like ketchup!

  • baltimoron

    “BTW Karl has been to a Korean restaurant in Toronto that was not Korean-owned. They didn’t even know what ssamjang was.”

    That’s a crime! I eat that stuff like ketchup!

  • http://jossd.com/ Robin Hudson

    I used to go to a Denny’s in Itaewon!

  • http://www.yrad.com karl

    I think I noted to Joe recently in private correspondence that the Korea needs to remember wishes may come true. If Korean food goes international, Korea won’t control it. Korea will start to perceive foreigners as making more money, changing it, etc. Think of pizza. The biggest Italian restaurants in the world aren’t owned by Italians. Tom Monaghan anyone?

    What happens if California takes over kimchi and California style kimchi because the world’s favorite? Think of the bricks they dumped when Japanese tried to market their version to the world.

  • http://www.yrad.com karl

    I think I noted to Joe recently in private correspondence that the Korea needs to remember wishes may come true. If Korean food goes international, Korea won’t control it. Korea will start to perceive foreigners as making more money, changing it, etc. Think of pizza. The biggest Italian restaurants in the world aren’t owned by Italians. Tom Monaghan anyone?

    What happens if California takes over kimchi and California style kimchi because the world’s favorite? Think of the bricks they dumped when Japanese tried to market their version to the world.

  • http://jossd.com/ Robin Hudson

    I used to go to a Denny’s in Itaewon!

  • http://www.yrad.com/cs/ karl

    Regarding decriminalization: yes Canada decriminalized small amounts of pot. But it should not be confused with legalization. Speeding is decriminalized but is still against the law. Portugal appears to have had a lot of success with drug decriminalization:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=portugal-drug-decriminalization

    It should be noted a lot of countries can’t actually legalize drugs owing to treaty obligations.

  • http://www.yrad.com/cs/ karl

    Regarding decriminalization: yes Canada decriminalized small amounts of pot. But it should not be confused with legalization. Speeding is decriminalized but is still against the law. Portugal appears to have had a lot of success with drug decriminalization:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=portugal-drug-decriminalization

    It should be noted a lot of countries can’t actually legalize drugs owing to treaty obligations.

  • http://stafford.squarespace.com Stafford

    Matthias….is the dick of the week…dohdoh doh doh doh dah!

  • http://stafford.squarespace.com Stafford

    Matthias….is the dick of the week…dohdoh doh doh doh dah!

  • JC

    Great Episode! and what a lively guest!

    @Good Jenn
    I hope Korean food never gets Americanized.
    I had some bad bulgoggi here in Maryland at a fast food rice bowl place. It was one of the biggest WTF experience I had with fast food. The so called bulggogi were long thick cuts of Non-marinated steak glazed with some unknown spicy dark sauce.

    It was like paying for a nice juicy burger and getting a dry turkey sandwich.

  • JC

    Great Episode! and what a lively guest!

    @Good Jenn
    I hope Korean food never gets Americanized.
    I had some bad bulgoggi here in Maryland at a fast food rice bowl place. It was one of the biggest WTF experience I had with fast food. The so called bulggogi were long thick cuts of Non-marinated steak glazed with some unknown spicy dark sauce.

    It was like paying for a nice juicy burger and getting a dry turkey sandwich.

  • OMG! Foreigners

    Best podcast evar !

  • OMG! Foreigners

    Best podcast evar !