WBEZ | South Korea http://www.wbez.org/tags/south-korea Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview 1.12.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11212-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-12/korea2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before Kim Jong-il's death the United States offered to provide food aid to North Korea if it halted its uranium enrichment program. North Korea has indicated it may be open to negotiations on such a deal. And, the Obama administration says it plans to shift its military policy toward Asia. <em>Worldview</em> talks with University of Chicago professor <a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce Cumings</a> about what it all means.<strong>&nbsp; </strong>And WBEZ's<a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/alison-cuddy" target="_blank"> Alison Cuddy</a> tells <em>Worldview </em>about a host of French film initiatives in Chicago, including “The Tournees Festival of New French Cinema,” at the University of Chicago. The latest film in the series, <em>A Screaming Man</em>, shows Friday night. The film explores the personal and political fall-out of civil war in Chad.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11212-0 U of C professor talks North Korea, Obama's beefed up Asia-Pacific policy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/korea3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>North Korea’s government-run Central News Agency announced yesterday that the body of Kim Jong-il will be embalmed and laid in state next to Kim Jong-un, his father and founder of the communist state.&nbsp; The regime also alleges it will build “smiling portraits” of Kim and “towers to his immortality.” The efforts reinforce the power of the Kim dynasty, as Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un takes over as the new “Supreme Leader.”</p><p>Before Kim Jong-il's death the United States offered to provide food aid to North Korea if it halted its uranium enrichment program.&nbsp; North Korea has indicated it may be open to negotiations on such a deal. And, the Obama administration says it plans to shift its military policy toward Asia, away from the Middle East.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks with<a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank"> Bruce Cumings</a>,&nbsp; chairman of the University of Chicago's history department and author of several books, including, most recently, <em>The Korean War: A History</em>, about what it all means.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 A critical look at pending free trade agreements http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-01/critical-look-pending-free-trade-agreements-91401 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/FTA3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In 1994, the United States, Canada and Mexico implemented the <a href="http://www.ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/north-american-free-trade-agreement-nafta" target="_blank">North American Free Trade Agreement</a> (NAFTA). At the time, proponents of the landmark agreement said NAFTA would create hundreds of thousands of high-wage jobs in the U.S. It was also supposed to pull Mexico’s economy into the First World and transform it into a robust market for American goods.</p><p>After seventeen years, it’s clear that NAFTA hasn't lived up to expectations. Yet after the August recess, Congress plans to vote on three more free trade agreements -- this time with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. With President Obama and politicians on both sides of the aisle under tremendous pressure to create jobs, the likelihood is high that they'll pass.</p><p>We sift through the facts and myths of free trade agreements with Laura Carlsen, director of the <a href="http://www.cipamericas.org/" target="_blank">Americas Program of the Center for International Policy</a> and a columnist for <a href="http://www.fpif.org/" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy in Focus</em></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-01/critical-look-pending-free-trade-agreements-91401 Examining South Korea’s shockingly low rates of gun ownership http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/examining-south-korea%E2%80%99s-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership-89983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/southkorea.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In South Korea, guns are so highly regulated that even the criminal underworld has trouble arming itself. The country has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the developed world.</p><p>As part of our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series where we we examine how other countries tackle problems we face here at home, <a href="http://history.ucdavis.edu/professor/kyu-hyun_kim#anchorContact" target="_blank">Kyu Hyun Kim</a>, a professor of Korean history at the University of California-Davis, tells us about South Korea's unique gun culture.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/examining-south-korea%E2%80%99s-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership-89983 Single mothers in South Korea face discrimination, isolation http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/single-mothers-south-korea-face-discrimination-isolation-87230 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/unwed-mothers-korea.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>While South Korea ranks as one of Asia’s wealthiest, most developed countries, traditional values persist. Single parenting remains a major taboo. Unwed pregnant women in South Korea face social disgrace and, in some cases, are shunned by their families. The few Korean women who decide to raise children on their own confront an ongoing struggle. Michael Rhee reports from Seoul.</p><p><em>This story originally aired on the <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org" target="_blank">World Vision Report</a>. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 16:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/single-mothers-south-korea-face-discrimination-isolation-87230 Examining Korea's shockingly low rates of gun ownership http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/examining-koreas-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/107756247.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In South Korea, guns are so highly regulated that even the criminal underworld has difficulty arming itself. But that doesn't mean the population is unfamiliar with firearms or immune to gun violence. Incidents of gun violence, however, are rare in Korea, which has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the developed world. As part of our occasional series <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/here-there"> Here, There</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://history.ucdavis.edu/professor/kyu-hyun_kim#anchorContact">Kyu Hyun Kim</a>, a professor of Korean history at the University of California-Davis, tells us about gun culture in Korea.</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/examining-koreas-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership In 'Bold Operation,' South Korean Commandos Kill Pirates, Rescue Crew http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/bold-operation-south-korean-commandos-kill-pirates-rescue-crew <p><p>"In an unprecedented rescue operation, South Korean naval special forces raided a hijacked [South Korean] freighter in the Arabian Sea Friday, freeing all 21 crewmen and killing eight Somali pirates," <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2011/01/21/48/0301000000AEN20110121009600315F.HTML" target="_blank">Yonhap News writes</a>.</p><p>The news agency adds that:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>President Lee Myung-bak praised the bold operation in a nationally televised address, saying, 'Our military carried out the operation perfectly under difficult circumstances. I appreciate it and send a message of encouragement'."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>According <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/21/133109697/south-korean-commandos-battle-pirates-in-rare-raid" target="_blank">to NPR staff and other wire services</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"The top-secret operation reportedly lasted about five hours, and photographs from the raid show commandos crouching on the deck of the Samho Jewelry, which was captured by pirates on Jan. 15. Commandos scrambled up a ladder onto the ship, aboard which the pirates were armed with AK assault rifles and anti-tank missiles. A South Korean destroyer and hovering Lynx helicopter provided covering fire."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvcAzWr-Fh4" target="_blank">adds this video report</a>: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295629332?&gn=In+%27Bold+Operation%2C%27+South+Korean+Commandos+Kill+Pirates%2C+Rescue+Crew&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Somali+pirates,South+Korea,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133113343&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110121&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133114127,133113371,127602464,103943429,133109276,133109274,127602464,103943429,127429648,94427042,93559255&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/bold-operation-south-korean-commandos-kill-pirates-rescue-crew