Transformation is one of the most inevitable facts of the human condition, but North Korea is a case study in change-resistance. Now, with the seismic after-effects of the Singapore summit continuing to reverberate, hopes are high in Washington and Seoul that North Korea is, at last, ready to come in from the cold. Economic enrichment and integration with the global community, along with security guarantees, are the rewards offered to North Korea if it denuclearizes. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox But such offers may not resound with North Korea as they would with other, more normal states. While to the outside world, much about the isolated, totalitarian, post-communist, hyper-militarized neo-monarchy appears outdated and bizarre, none can deny its remarkable longevity. Does a regime with systems and practices that are so at odds with global norms – but which have survived despite all global predictions to the contrary – have the … [Read more...] about Kim Xiaoping and Pyongyang glasnost: Can North Korea change?
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By Excerpt from The Ward Uncovered Sun., June 3, 2018 The archeological dig in a parking lot bordering Armoury St. in downtown Toronto, which began in 2015, was one of the largest such urban projects in Canada. A new book looks at some of the hundreds of thousands of artifacts uncovered and the light they shed on life in the former immigrant neighbourhood known as St. John’s Ward or just The Ward. Here are two slices of life from The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life. THE POLITICS OF MINSTREL SHOWS, by Karolyn Smardz Frost Blackface performers are “the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.” – Frederick Douglass Article Continued Below One of the most fascinating artifacts recovered at the Armoury Street Dig is a porcelain figurine about nine centimetres high. The piece is much … [Read more...] about What a blackface figurine and Chinese pharmacist tell us about Toronto’s past
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes the Oscar awards, added 744 new members from 57 countries to its roster this year including three South Koreans.New members will be welcomed through an invitation-only reception in the fall.The three new Academy members from South Korea are filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon and CJ Vice chairperson Lee Mie-kyung, according to Yonhap News.Lee oversees CJ's entertainment and media unit CJ E&M and has been living in the US since 2014, the report added.Kim Ki-duk won several international awards including best director at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 for "Samaritan Girl," best director at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 for "3-Iron" and Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 for "Pieta."Chung's works include "Old Boy," "The Handmaiden," "The Unjust" and "Thirst."They join the list of South Koreans who are members of AMPAS including Park Chan-wook, Lee Byung Hun and … [Read more...] about 3 Koreans added to Oscars’ Academy: Check out complete list of new 744 members
We’ve been there before, in the crash of the dot-com bubble of 2000, when we believed that downloading pop music and porn would drive the economy of the future. We’ve done it again: We made another tech bubble on the premise that Americans would write the apps and Asians would make the hardware, and the miracle of connectivity would bring the world together in Mark Zuckerberg’s utopian vision. Internet community and Artificial Intelligence were the two blasts of hot air that inflated the bubble. Social media as a substitute for actual human interaction and computation as a substitute for human thought were going to waft us into the future. Yesterday’s double crash of these delusions was the sort of irony that makes one intimate the hand of God in human history. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The crown jewel of Artificial Intelligence shattered when Uber’s autonomous SUV ran over Ms. Elaine Herzberg at the corner … [Read more...] about Facebook, Uber and the end of the Great American Tech Delusion
It was very sad to learn of the death of former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City star Cyrille Regis who died earlier this week at the all too young age of 59. Regis was much more than just a talented footballer and became a symbol for the fight against racism in Britain at a time when things were in danger of getting out of hand. He had dignity and grace and he played a significant role in changing people's attitudes with his skills on the pitch and his dignified stance off it. He made a lasting impression during his years at West Brom from 1977-84 at a time black players were still relatively rare. He became one of the most potent centre forwards in England, scoring 112 goals in 294 games for the Baggies. However no trophies came his way until he moved to Coventry City, picking up a Cup winner's medal after Coventry upset Tottenham in the 1987 final.His goal-scoring was less productive at Coventry, notching 47 goals in 238 appearances, but his performances were still impressive … [Read more...] about Regis a gifted pioneer and graceful icon