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 […]

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 […]