2016-11-30 Declare victory, then go home

Members of Hwang In-Cheol’s #BringMyFatherHome team have been discussing ways to get more people interested in his campaign. They are all so hopeful and optimistic. I’m the cynical one. In my experience, people don’t really give a damn/pay attention until it is related to 1) themselves 2) celebrities 3) politicians 4) puppies (or kittens) 5) oddball stuff.

I suggested that we give up. Instead, let’s just head out to an anti-Park Geun Hye rally, hold up some #BringMyFatherHome signs, take some nice photos, declare victory, then go home.

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I have talked to many South Koreans about Hwang In-Cheol’s effort to have his father returned from North Korea. First, many struggle with the fact that they didn’t know about the case, but I’m deeply involved in it. 2) Then they want to question why I’m involved. Finally, after they get over their confusion, we can talk about it.

As I look at Koreans gathering in the streets in bitterly cold weather to protest Park Geun-hye, I recall some of the explanations I have heard from Koreans about why Koreans aren’t interested in Mr. Hwang’s case:

  • “Koreans don’t care about politics.”
  • “Koreans are too busy to get involved in things outside of their families.”
  • “These days, Koreans are afraid to get involved in politics.”
  • “It’s too hot (or cold, or warm, or sunny, or cloudy, etc.) for Koreans to join an event about that.

Then I look again at pictures of Koreans protesting in the streets in the bitter cold to protest Park Geun-hye.

Yes, definitely, at our next planning meeting, I will push to join the next anti-Park Geun-hye rally.

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#BringMyFatherHome Talk-Show Concert

Talk-Show Concert: #BringMyFatherHome

2016-11-30 “Is Donald Trump a Racist?”

Korea Times Roundtable Discussion

Casey Lartigue: “Is Donald Trump a racist?”
http://tinyurl.com/hgxqghb (Korea Times link)
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Michael Breen: “Me and My Liberal Tribe”
http://tinyurl.com/j3pzlgy

Donald Kirk: “Media mix facts with views” by Donald Kirk
http://tinyurl.com/zftps6e

Oh Young-jin: “How to make Trump great president”
http://tinyurl.com/jgyvrre

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Three Korea Times columnists speak on the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president in a roundtable hosted by Chief Editorial Writer Oh Young-jin, third from left, at the Times conference room, last week. From left are Michael Breen, Don Kirk, Oh and Casey Lartigue Jr. Oh’s column, titled “How to make Trump a great president,” was previewed online and will be published in Thursday’s edition of the newspaper. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul

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