North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel

Esquire: The Worst Building in the History of Mankind It’s the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea, where the world’s 22nd largest skyscraper has been vacant for two decades and is likely to stay that way … forever. … Even by Communist standards, the 3,000-room hotel is hideously ugly, a series of three gray 328-foot long […]

Kim Jong Il: “I am an Internet expert”

AFP: Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has boasted of being an “Internet expert,” reports said Saturday. The communist state keeps itself closed to the outside world to prevent so-called spiritual pollution from subverting its hardline socialist system. Kim told delegates at this week’s historic inter-Korean summit his Internet expertise made him reluctant to allow […]

New Blog on Baseball and Asian Culture

Speaking of notable new blogs, Asia-watchers and baseball fans alike will want to check out the recently-launched East Windup Chronicle, “A Journal of Sports, Art, Politics, and Culture from the Pacific Rim” (with a heavy emphasis on baseball). My pal Aaron and his friend Jackson, writing from South Korea and Taiwan, respectively, have been discussing […]

French-Fry Encrusted Hot Dogs in Korea: Redux

Phil, author of the fantastic Cambodian food blog Phenomenon, has turned his attention to Asian food in general with a new site called The Last Appetite. And I’m pleased to see that my musings regarding the French fry-encrusted hot dogs I encountered in Korea have inspired him to do a little more digging. Don’t miss […]

New International Street Fashion Blog

Street Peeper is a new blog devoted to global street fashion. The Asian cities featured here include Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo, but Bangkok hasn’t yet joined the party…

Kim Jong, Ill?

CNN: How ill is Kim Jong Il? Talk of the reclusive North Korean leader’s health emerged anew this week when he made a rare public appearance Tuesday in a surprise meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Pyongyang. Chinese television footage showed Kim shaking hands with the guest and brandishing a big smile. That […]

On Guns and America

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the Virgina Tech massacre. My thoughts keep returning to the issue of American gun culture. I asked my friend Ben P. to weigh in. Ben is an American who’s lived in Australia for the last two years; I asked him what he thought about the shooting. Why […]

Asia’s Top Five Craziest Buildings

Hi, all. I’m back. I have a story at Tripmaster Monkey today about Asia’s craziest buildings. Enjoy (and leave a comment at the bottom of the article, if you like).

US Olympic Skier Reunited with Family in Seoul

Here’s a great story you may have missed. A small Korean child is lost in a market, ends up in an orphanage, and then is adopted, when he’s three, by a couple of American ski instructors. The kid, Toby Dawson, grows up in Colorado and goes on to win a bronze medal in freestyle skiing […]

Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick

Not new, but worth mentioning. God bless America. Junk Food Blog: The Jimmy Dean brand of breakfast food won my nod of approval when I found this lovely new entry. Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick Chocolate Chip pretty much takes what my wife often eats at IHOP and puts it all on a hand-held […]