In this episode Steve and Dan explore Mukbangs, the Korean phenomenon of eating ridiculous amounts of food while people watch and pay you for it. When did they start and why are they so popular?
What’s it like having a baby in South Korea? We welcome Teresa back and talk about the whole birth experience. We discuss a little about some traditions and beliefs around childbirth, pre-natal care and then after the baby is born. How are the services, how are the hospitals, how much money does the government give you just for popping out a kid? We also talk a little bit about The Burning Sun scandal that is still ongoing. And new music by Kim Peri (김페리)!
Steve and Dan shake the dust off the microphones and try to get this show moving again. In this episode they talk about why they’ve been off the air for so long and then they do a deep dive into Korean funerals. Also, new music by Kisnue!
Here are the articles we referenced regarding rape and sexual assault in South Korea.
Ms. Mattner’s Account Differs from the Police and Hospital Records
Korea Observer Article
How Rape is Defined in Korea
Miryang Gang Rape
Rape and Sexual Assault Statistics in Korea
Wall Street Journal
Services Available in the Event of Rape or Sexual Assault
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family runs 30 relief centers for victims of sexual, domestic and school violence. There are three types ― One-stop Support Centers for victims of sexual and school violence (15), the Sun-flower Children Centers (8), and Sun-flower Women and Children Centers (7).
The one-stop centers and women’s centers offer help to victims of sexual, domestic and school violence as well as victims of sex trafficking. They have free comprehensive counseling, investigative work, medical care and legal advice and operate 24/7. No translators but might call one.
Victims should call 1899-3075 immediately after the attack and they will be connected to the center nearest their location. According to the ministry, 22,573 victims visited the centers last year, an increase from 11,134 in 2008.
Also, the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center offers help to victims in English and Korean. They provide counseling and support for victims, including medical and legal advice. The center can be reached at (02) 338-2890~2, www.sisters.or.kr or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seoul Survivor Services which specializes in helping foreigners. Has a U.S.-trained advocate. email@example.com or visiting their Facebook page, “Seoul Survivor Services.
In Jeolla: Foreigner-friendly, on facebook@ Jeolla Safety Alliance. They want to keep foreigners “safe by passing on safety tips and keeping residents aware of crime in the region, as well as helping victims.”
The Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Services also offer counseling and aid in 11 languages. They offer telephone and in-person counseling, as well as emergency shelter services, legal counseling, connection to emergency services such as legal aid, investigation and police services, hospitals and medical treatment, and interpretation services.
The group can be contacted by calling 1577-1366 or visiting their website at www.wm1366.or.kr.
Source: Korea Herald
Descendants of the Sun
It’s a military romance. The main character, Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.
In the emergency room, Si-jin meets Dr. Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-yeon mistakenly assumes Si-jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myeong-joo (Kim Ji-won).
Descendants of the Sun is Sweeping Asia
The Five Magical Kisses on Descendants of the Sun
Music in this episode was provided by Seaweed Mustache and their song Reverberation.
You can get more information about them, as well as links back to their pages on our Featured Artist Page.
In this year’s Halloween episode Teresa and Steve talk about death. We discuss our thoughts on it and then discuss Korean burial traditions. We look at how it was done in the past and how it’s changing in modern times as well as what happens to foreigners that might die here. Also in this episode we’ve got new music from Yumi with her song ‘Because of You’. Check the Featured Artist tab on our website to find more information about her.
Lots of things were covered in this episode. Below is the list of resources I used for Jeong, Han, and Nunchi.
Here’s the video about misunderstanding Jeong we talked about during the show.
In The News
Teresa spent some time gushing over Korean singer Zion T in this episode. Here’s one of his songs.
Music this episode was provided by Tierpark and the song was called Bullfight. You can find all their information over on our Featured Artist page.
In part two of this episode Steve, Teresa, and Eugene finish up our long talk about the K-Pop industry and also get to know more about Eugene and his podcast, Cafe Seoul. Be sure to visit their website at https://cafeseoulpodcast.wordpress.com/ Music in this episode was provided by Table People and the song was Real Good Time. Check out the Featured Artist tab at http://www.korea-underground.com for more information.
Here are the articles we discussed or referenced for the main topic.
American Soldiers Need To Leave South Korea
Why Are US Troops Still In South Korea?
Are US Troops in South Korea Still Necessary?
Why Do Koreans Complain About The US
South Korean Armed Forces Remain Under US Command
In The News
Get more information about the Stompy Ruffers treasure hunt here.
Music for this episode was provided by Love X Stereo and the song was called We Love We Leave. You can find more information about the band on our Featured Artist page. And don’t forget to check out their video.