Heading across the Stalinist divide

Famine, gulags, and a mad leader who doesn't seem to care about his people is what most people picture when they think of North Korea.

But for pupils and staff at Li Po Chun United World College in Wu Kai Sha, the picture is much more complex.

Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am

A Corpse in the Koryo

A Corpse in the Koryo

by James Church

Thomas Dunne/St Martin's Minotaur, HK$187

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A problem shared ...

One recent weekend, I sat with a group of about 35 people - Koreans, Chinese, Eurasians, Russians and Japanese - who had gathered for a unique event on the campus of Tokyo's International Christian University (ICU). Their backgrounds were diverse - university students, scholars, civil-society activists and representatives of Japan's indigenous Ainu people.

25 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Mobile manners

We have all been there: an enclosed space, be it a bus, train or lift, and a mobile phone rings. The owner answers and, without fail, the conversation begins with a declaration of the person's precise location. The call then continues at full volume and the audience is given no choice but to hear some detail about the owner's personal life.

29 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Rescue of a few N Koreans hurts majority: expert

International and South Korean NGOs have inadvertently worsened the plight of tens of thousands of North Korean refugees in China by helping to stage high-profile defections into foreign embassies, according to an expert on North Korea.

10 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Club lifts ban on Japanese, Koreans

Sydney: One of Australia's most exclusive surfing clubs, the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney, has dropped a 55-year-old rule banning Japanese and Koreans from being members. The rule was a legacy of the anger and bitterness felt by prisoners of war who returned home at the end of World War II, South China Morning Post correspondent Nick Squires reported.

25 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Always grateful to second home

I refer to the article headlined, 'Seoul's ping-pong diplomacy' (South China Morning Post, September 13) about me and my life in Seoul, South Korea.

I deeply regret that in the story I was quoted as saying that South Koreans were cunning and bad-hearted and that the country was small and the heart of the people was small.

29 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Chinese given fright but still edge closer to title

China took a crucial step towards retaining their title when they edged arch-rivals South Korea in a five-set thriller in the Asian Women's Championship at a full-house Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night.

23 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Korean passport forgeries

People from northern China are using forged South Korean passports to fly to Hong Kong and illegally migrate abroad, the Immigration Department says.

A spokesman said a large rise in the use of South Korean travel documents, mostly photo-substituted, was detected in the past 16 months.

29 May 1999 - 12:00am

Dream of helping starving North Koreans

If I had $1 million, I would go to North Korea and help the needy there.

I often see and hear a lot of news about the starving North Koreans. I feel so unhappy hearing this bad news.

First, I would donate money for them to redevelop their homes.

24 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Koreans setting fine example

I was touched by the news that the people of Korea were donating blood in order to improve their country's trade account.

21 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

MVP Chun stays calm as Koreans grab Championship

CHUN Hee-chul scored the winning basket in the last minute to lead South Korea to a 78-76 victory over Japan in the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Koreans, who shocked hot favourites China in the semi-finals, trailed 44-41 at half-time but fought back and kept their composure in the final seconds to claim their first Asian title.

21 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Low-cost inns for the night

ONE of the best ways to get to know a country is to stay with a family who lives there.

Choosing to stay at a minbak gives tourists a glimpse into the Korean lifestyle and the added advantage of accommodation at budget prices.

26 Mar 1994 - 12:00am