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Tuesday, May 11, 2004


The Marmot

Should I join The Marmot's evil plot to finally complete his conquest of the Korea Bloggeristas?

OK, my latitudinally challenged friend -- the whole point is that I would prefer this not to be "my" project, per say. I'll take the initiative in getting it off the ground, but I would prefer it to be jointly run by whoever in the blogging community wishes to participate.

Now, somebody, anybody please tell me that the picture on the left is not 15-year-old Michelle Wie

That's exactly what we were saying in the office today. The boss said he saw her on TV -- looked all women, but still talks like a little girl. I don't know, must be the food in Hawaii or something.

Jeff in Korea

I can go to jail for thinking some of the things that I was just thinking....


Wow. 120 years. That's a long time.


The Chosun Ilbo's (or is it Yonsei's) requiem for the Underwoods in Korea is inaccurate. Horace H. may be the last of the Underwoods at Yonsei, but when he leaves (the reasons for which he has not been shy about disclosing in various fora) other members of the Underwood family will remain behind, including at least his younger brother Peter, who is a managing director of a local business consultancy.

Brendon Carr

The Chosun's Korean-language article does mention that Peter will be sticking around. Doesn't say why, though.

That was some picture of the family in there, by the way. Peter had a funky do back in the day.


Not to single out the Chosun Ilbo unfairly, I see that all the papers are carrying the same story.

I've got three observations on why the story is pitched the way it is:

1. The departure of Horace H. is pretty much the end of the living legacy of Underwood philanthropic service to Korea. [Of course, as the various articles make clear, the family is living behind a lot of bricks and mortar, and a first class educational institution, most of which was bought and paid for by the family fortune (Underwood typewriters).

2. Horace H. now is the eldest Underwood malein the direct lince of succession. In typical Confusion fashion, as the "head of clan" goes, so the whole family.

3. Peter, unlike the rest of his family who have given and then given some more to Korea as philanthropists and quasi-public servants, also has had the awful temerity actually to have made money off of Korea. Never mind that it's a clear case of doing good and doing well, insofar as his firm has been involved in inducing a lot of foreign investment into Korea. Because that means he's just helped other long-noses steal the fruit of all that Korean hard labor as the DLP's Kwon would have it (ignoring the fact that most of the capital, and nearly all of it at the post-war jump-start of the Korean economy, required to enable that Korean labor to be productive was initially provided by the long-noses.


Sorry, Andy, looks like it actually is Wie:

Linkage brought to you by the word "statutory."


Sperwer, I'd like know what reasons Dr. Underwood has mentioned for his departure. Just curious to know, as I've been in contact with him in some occasions with his work in the Fullbright Commission.


It really is MW. Search yahoo news photos to find the slideshow (I tried to embed the link here but it soesn't want to work).


In Korean, the Yonhap probably mentioned the sea as the 'West Sea'. The name 'Japan Sea' puts the Koreans in a disadvantage to their claim to Dokdo, though. So Koreans don't like the name 'Japan Sea'. If Japan takes Dokdo, then Koreans won't be allowed to fish there.

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