Monthly Archives: February 2013

Korean Comics for Kids: “Surviving Climate Change”

One of the most remarkable comics that I have seen of late comes from the “Survival ” (살아남기) series published by I-Seum. This comic, “Surviving Climate Change” explains in considerable detail, with reference to scientific data, the process of climate change.  The “Survival” series includes several quite powerful comics that blend relevant facts with an entertaining narrative.

“Surviving Climate Change” is notable in that it draws the attention of children to the concrete challenges we face. Such writing for children is absolutely critical in our age as they will be the ones who will struggle with the consequences of our decisions.

The comic is divided into three sections. A humorous, slightly slapstick, dialog between the protagonists, a crisis that the protagonists encounter that brings them face to face with the consequences of climate change and a more detailed description, including actual photographs and statistics, that supports the arguments made in the comic.

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This address is interesting in several respects but above all in its emphasis on the transformative nature of culture and the value of a convergence of fields.

 Park Geun-hye

Inaugural Address as President of the Republic of Korea

February 25, 2013

“Opening a New Era of Hope”

My fellow Koreans and seven million fellow compatriots overseas,

As I take office as the 18th-term President of the Republic of Korea, I stand before you today determined to open a new era of hope.

I am profoundly grateful to the Korean people for entrusting this historic mission to me. I also thank President Lee Myung-bak, former Presidents, dignitaries who have come from abroad to celebrate this occasion, and other distinguished guests for their presence. Read more of this post

Consuming today and forgetting the future

I spoke with a senior professor the other day about the future of human civilization and the challenge of climate change. He made the same remark that countless others have made to me over the last decade: “I can’t worry about climate change. I will be dead by then.”

It is a great mystery how so many of America’s best and brightest somehow think they have no responsibility to work for future generations. Perhaps the attitude is born of a consumer culture in which the highest value is consuming for oneself and ignoring the past and the future. Most Americans do not even realize they suffer from this affliction.


If we look back at the best of the American tradition, we stumble upon the  “Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.” This fine  constitution could serve as a model for the United States:

“In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not over your shoulder behind you the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation.”

“홍익인간에서 한국교육의 미래를 찾다” (동아일보 기고문)



“홍익인간에서 한국교육의 미래를 찾다”


한국교육은 장점이 많다. 교육열이 높고 교사와 교재의 수준도 뛰어나다. 다만 결과와 등수만 중시하는 경쟁 위주의 교육제도는 문제다. 학생들은 서로 협력하기보다 1등만을 요구받는다. 인간의 가치도 숫자로만 결정된다. 이런 경향은 교육의 상대평가제도에서도 나타난다. 한국사회가 근대화 과정을 거치면서 생활수준을 연봉이나 경제 성장과 같은 수치로 판단하게 됐고 이게 교육에까지 영향을 미쳐 상대평가제도가 도입됐다. 그러나 인간에 대한 이해와 깨달음은 숫자로만 설명할 수 있는 게 아니다. 개인적으로 한국교육의 문제는 두 가지 착각에서 비롯됐다고 생각한다. 첫 번째는 경쟁을 해야만 선진국에 도달할 수 있다고 믿는 것이다. 하지만 이제 한국도 선진국이다. 어떤 부분에서는 미국보다 낫다. Read more of this post