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Free Michael Spavor | SeoulPodcast #172

Free Michael Spavor | SeoulPodcast #172

Free Michael Spavor

Guests

Jon Dunbar

Leo Jehn

https://FreeMichaelSpavor.com

https://gofundme.com/michaelspavor

In December 2018, China separately arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in response to Canada detaining powerful Chinese businesswoman Meng Wanzhou to be extradited to the United States for fraud. Even though it was obvious to the international community that China arrested the two Canadians as political pawns, China insists they arrested them for spying. 

The news disturbed Seoul’s expat community because Michael Spavor had been a longtime influential member.

On this special SeoulPodcast, I talked with two of Michael Spavor’s closest friends in Seoul, Leo Jehn and Jon Dunbar.

Production note, Jon Dunbar was speaking to us from his phone in a stairwell at The Korea Times, and his reception wasn’t ideal.

Here is my talk with them. 


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Leo Jehn

Jon Dumbar

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The Week of Unnecessary Brain Pokes

Seoul and Gyeonggi Province required all foreigners to get COVID-19 tests then not sure then sure then backtracked–sort of? We discuss this really weird week in South Korea-Foreigner relations.

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Gyeonggi Foreigner Problem?

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The LH scandal

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NOTES

 

Administrative Order for Corona 19 Diagnosis Test for Foreign Workers and Employers with Foreigners

https://www.gg.go.kr/bbs/boardView.do?bIdx=18300979&bsIdx=464&bcIdx=519&menuId=1535&isManager=true&isCharge=true&page=1&fbclid=IwAR3FGEW2hJKjOnpr6K1E6S0BBs7buk-rUprosnmy92tpET-DIwD9wWAkFYc

Foreign Workers Diagnosis and Inspection_-Administrative Order Notice_English

Background

COVID-19 clusters in factory dormitories in Namyangju

 

The Orders

The Problems

  • Haphazard communication
  • No clear lines if it’s all foreigners or foreigners working in certain industries
  • Employers are responsible for communication, but workers bear brunt of punishment
    • How do they know?
  • Is this a public health strategy or a PR strategy?
    • A history of image before substance — Appear to do something without actually doing something — It’s all for show
    • Are they also testing Korean workers at those facilities?
    • Are Korean family members of foreign workers required to be tested?
  • Gyeonggi’s defense
    • They have tested Coupang centers and churches, too
  • Recent history of oopsies with foreigners this past year
    • Free masks campaign
    • Financial support campaign
    • Each time they were brought to task, they used the excuse that they weren’t aware–that they didn’t mean to do it. And now they’ve done it again!
  • The foreign community is uniquely sensitive to disease-related discrimination
    • AIDS requirement that went to the Human Rights Council
    • 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu
    • News programs and articles about diseased foreigners
    • Itaewon in May

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About This Episode

NEWS

Corona Updates

New virus cases over 300 for 3rd day, greater Seoul area in 3rd wave of outbreak

 

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201120000166

New clusters of infections continue to pop up in connection to everyday spaces such as cafes, restaurants, karaoke rooms, schools, workplaces and indoor sports facilities, as well as hospitals and nursing homes, which complicates health authorities’ efforts to identify and trace sources of infections.

 

  • Sinchon – Yonsei
  • religious gatherings (north and south Seoul)
  • university hospital in Gwangju
  • facility for disabled people in Cheorwon
  • middle school in South Gyeongsang
  • Incheon family gathering

 

The number of COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in South Korea is in the lowest three among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states

 

1.5 Level Social Distancing – May go to 2 Level

Suncheon – Level 2

Gatherings 100 or more are banned

Virus-prone businesses suspended

Restrain from year-end gatherings and non-essential outdoor activities (like what?)

 

Other Crap

 

Korean Air to buy Asiana, emerges as world’s 10th-largest airline

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2020/11/774_299371.html?fbclid=IwAR2cZIv7iLz-lU8U5WuCRCQbmGfdRz3vSuEwSbNRFekrnM-9DsJ7jJzGQo0

 

HYPERLOOP ACHIEVES 1,000KM/H SPEED IN KOREA, DAYS AFTER VIRGIN PASSENGER TEST

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/hyperloop-korea-speed-record-korail-virgin-b1721942.html?fbclid=IwAR04Vi0TW6_6yBQRSiEjFJmL-g8N6_BjYsSdasC7tdU5AYpZFd4LO2V120c

 

Will AI replace human composers?

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/11/398_299577.html

 

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