August 15 marked Korea’s Independence Day. If you are in any way capable of using Google Search, you can discover some of the festivities that took place across the country to commemorate the occasion. What did YOU do to celebrate?
To highlight Korea’s Independence Day, I decided to attempt making a yummy Korean dish: Hae-Mul Pa-Jeon 해물 파전 or Korean Seafood Pancake.
Check out this fabulous step-by-step recipe and try it for yourself.
My final result looked something like this:
Granted, it was my first time making it (without Mr. Eom there to lend his magical Korean hand), and granted I didn’t have half of the necessary ingredients, but I prevailed… somehow. I even succeeded in flipping the darn thing in one shot (check out the
video snippet on my Blogger Post)… and judge for yourself.
Of Politics and Policy…
Aside from the cultural celebrations, it was an eventful day on the politics and policy side as well! Below are some major highlights.
As many of you may or may not know, this past winter semester I spent interning at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. I worked primarily as a “Policy Analyst/Officer” with the Political Section and developed a keen new geopolitical interest: Asia-Pacific, namely politics and policies emanating from Canada and the US towards South and North Korea, aaaaand vice-versa. In any case, many of you are probably aware of this year’s turbulences stemming from our South Korean friend’s neighbourà North Korea… The little fat man (as I like to sometimes call Kim Jong-Un) first threatened to attack, but failed to execute, then he proceeded to run missile tests and failed yet again, then he threatened once more and stopped in his tracks most likely because he realized he would fail after all. You see, since yesterday (South Korea’s Independence Day) North Korea’s schizophrenic and violent trends may have truly come to a halt. An unusual yet welcomed step towards “Peace” perhaps? It’s too early to tell, but here are some of the highlights from this 2013 South Korean Independence Day.
1) Instead of starving its people by spending money on developing missiles, North Korea now starves them by developing its own smartphone named Arirang 아리랑 (yes, just like the famous song). I do not know which consumer markets these will be available to, but I am guessing Kim Jong-Un will initially offer these as party favours to his elitist guests at one of his lavish events he’s so famous for (when he’s not too busy playing with rockets). Anyways, here is a sneak peak at the newly designed phone.
Strangely enough, it bears a striking resemblance to my Huawei Ascend P1 (Taiwanese) phone. It’s almost identical!!!! I am growing suspicious of both the origin of my phone and Taiwan’s connection to North Korea kekekeke. Alright jokes aside, I for one am very glad to see technology used to “instill national pride and self-respect”, as Kim Jong-Un so nicely put it, by promoting communication and information sharing, as opposed to military expansion of capabilities and capacities; especially in the case of North Korea.
If you are a Korean national, of Korean origin, or not even remotely related to anything Korean, I would love to know what you think of the reunification subject, what you expect will happen to the Korean peninsula in the near and distant future, and how you commemorated/celebrated this wonderful occasion in case you actually did 🙂