My friend Yang Seung-tae in the news . . .
In his regular Thursday column for the Korea Herald this week (January 19, 2017), Kim Myong-sik speaks out on Korea's current political muddle, so reminiscent of the Joseon Era:
The Republic of Korea since the middle of 2016 has entertained outsiders with something of a soap opera with the flavor of Joseon era court intrigues. Of the many intelligent comments from home and abroad on the Park Geun-hye and Choe Soon-sil scandal, I found Ewha Womans University professor Yang Seung-tae's one of the most poignant. He said in a media commentary as follows:Readers may recall that Seung-tae is an old friend of mine and a drinking buddy par excellence. I look forward to our next drinking session, as I'm sure there will be much to talk about.
"This 'comedy' consists of several miserable elements: shameless abuse of power committed for a long time by an uncultured, greedy woman [Park Geun-hye] under the aegis of a fake prophet [Choe Soon-sil]; the paranoiac obsession and judgmental inaptitude of the president [Park Geun-hye] who entrusted state business with the unqualified woman [Choe Soon-sil]; and the negligence, incompetence and craftiness of officials around her [Park Geun-hye] who winked at the leader's [Park Geun-hye's] spiritual indigence [through association with Choe Soon-sil] . . ."The once-luminous southern half of the Korean Peninsula was repainted with eerie darkness . . .