Healthy distrust towards armchair academics

Never trust humanities academics without years of experience in non-academic work fields. Because that would be playing with fire with someone who has never used but read many fire extinguisher manuals. What I write oftentimes on Facebook and blog is full of disdain for academia; most of them are very offensive. But one caveat here;… Continue reading Healthy distrust towards armchair academics

Confucianism is overrated

Confucianism is overrated. Confucian values are authoritarian, totalitarian, impractical, intrinsic value denying, sexist, liberty denying, disingenuous, ageism-advocating, overly chauvinistic, elitist and imperialistic(e.g. Imperial Japan). Basically – men are above men in Confucian worlds. Sure did Asian nations have shown their economic growth; but was it all done by themselves? Were there not the foreign-endowed concepts… Continue reading Confucianism is overrated

Speaking up against linguistic totalitarianism/A letter of gratitude.

Why is speaking up against unitary idealism/tribalism important? This is not about premature nationalism nor cultural privilege/false repentance of previous historical wrongdoings with collective guilt. From time immemorable, the will to power of single-mindedly aiming, nations with narrow views of the political normative have sought and acquired power. There was technical progress, for it made… Continue reading Speaking up against linguistic totalitarianism/A letter of gratitude.

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are those who mourn For they shall mourn forevermore. Dong-ju Yun, December 1940.

여긴 어쩐일이냐고 / You are here?

여긴 어쩐일이냐고 You are here? 누군가가 그랬다. It goes with saying 너를 가족으로 만나서 반갑다고 Welcome to our family 너는 나의 Not because you 너는 우리의 Were or are 그 누군가가 아닌 Ours or mine 참 신기하다고 Is it not crazy 매일 만나는 게 사람이면서 All we ever do is meet people 고생은 사람 매일… Continue reading 여긴 어쩐일이냐고 / You are here?