by Wint Jan On 13th October, King Rama IX of Thailand, who served as the longest monarch in human history, passed away at the age of 88. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the great leader of his country and was loved by his people as a national father. We know this from his achievements during his life. After ascending the throne of Thailand in June of 1946, he … Continue reading Thai King’s passing away and its aftereffect on Thailand and South East Asia.
image: freeimages.com/Attilio Lombardo by Wint Jan South Korea has faced big political changes since the last election on the 13th of April, 2016. Even though a number of analysts had expected the ruling Saenuri Party to take the majority in the Assembly again, the Korean people’s actual selection headed towards the opposing Democratic Party. Out of a possible 300 parliamentary seats, the Democratic Party won … Continue reading The People’s Choice for Change: the Result of the 4.13 Election in South Korea
image: “NIS Stop!” by People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (참여연대) by Wint Jan “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” – Benjamin Franklin Since February, South Korean citizens have experienced some rather extraordinary political events, the likes of which they have not experienced for two decades. These events remind them of the … Continue reading The Fall of Democracy and the Return of Dictatorship? The Portrait of South Korea in March 2016
by Wint Jan It is fact the past Japanese empire during WW2 exploited a number of women of in its conquered territories as sexual victims with the name of “comfort women” during the times. The women who were forcibly abused by the military force of the empire had various nationalities such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Netherland, Thailand, US, France, UK and even in Japan itself, … Continue reading Comfort Women Issue between Korea and Japan
by Wint Jan “There is no more significant pointer to the character of a society than the kind of history it writes or fails to write” – H. Carr Since last October, South Korea has been caught into a huge national controversy around a history schoolbook. It has been originated by the 12th October’s official announcement of the minister of education, Hwang Woo-Yeo, that … Continue reading National controversy of South Korea over a history schoolbook in 2015: What is this for?