I am Benjamin Zimmer, amateur Korea watcher, and lover of all practically all things Korea. Though interested in many aspects of Korean culture and politics, my main research interests are North Korea’s nuclear and missile program, inter-Korean relations, and Korean foreign policy. I created this blog as a way to continue writing on Korea and to provide a good source of analysis on the Korean peninsula. Though this blog will feature posts on Korean economy and culture, there may be slightly more on politics since that is my research interest. Anyway, here are a few fast facts about me:
Name: Benjamin Zimmer
Role: Creator, Author, Editor
Employment: Circulation District Manager at my local paper
Volunteer Work: City of College Station Historic Preservation Committee Member
Education: B.A. in History and Asian Studies; Minor: Modern Language and Linguistics, Korean focus from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Publications: “War Path or Calculated Strategy: North Korea’s Nuclear Dash of 2016” at Young Diplomats Society Website, July 6, 2016.
“A Preemptive Strike on North Korea is a Bad Idea,” The Eagle, Letter to the Editor, March 31, 2017.
“New ICBM,” Houston Chronicle, Letter to the Editor, December 8, 2017.
“Korean Olympic Detente May Not Last,” The Eagle, February 9, 2018.
Favorite Korea Book: Tie between The Two Koreas: A Modern History by Don Oberdorfer and Robert Carlin and The Impossible State: North Korea Past, Present, and Future by Victor Cha. It honestly depends on the subject, but these two I recommend for a general introduction to Korea.
Favorite Korean Food: It is almost impossible to choose one, but Deokguk 떡국, Seollangtang 설랑탕, Kimchi 김치, and Bulgogi 불고기 are some of my favorites! I have a sweet tooth for sure.
Favorite Place in Korea: Again, this is such a difficult choice. I will go with Yeongmaland 용마란드 for location, then my favorite city I have been to is Gyeongju 경주. I do want to go to Jeju Island, Gwangju, Taegu, Sokcho, and many other places throughout the Korean peninsula.
Greetings! I’m Leon Newkirk, your local anime nerd with a casual interest in Korean and Japanese culture. I’m here to cover the non-political topics like webtoons, dating, nightclubs, Korean food or whatever else comes to my mind that week. I hope to add some new things to the blog as well as learn and expand my knowledge of Korean culture. I’m happy for you all to have me and hope we can all have a good time.
Name: Leon Alexander Newkirk
Employment: Intern studying global issues at a Washington DC think tank
Education: B.A. in International Studies, East Asia concentration from Washington College
Favorite Korea Book: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbra Demick
Favorite Korean Food: ALL OF IT (just kidding). Sangyeupsal, bingsu, Korean Fried Chicken
Favorite Place in Korea: Hongdae(Night Clubs galore), Bukhansan National Park