Wisdom of Korea (2012, January -- June)

Greetings from London!

Y.S.Kim (2012.1.2)

Last night, I spent the New Year's Eve in London. In London, they believe in the Greenwich Meantime, and Seoul's New Year is nine hours earlier and New York's New Year is five hours later.

I do not have time to write a long article, but I can show you some of the photos I took here. The first photo is that of Isaac Newton's bust at the Kensington Palace for Princesses. Here is my photo with Newton with his apples.

Go to


to see other photos of the Kesnington Gardens.

My last photo was taken with a Turkish Cypriot whose great grandfather fought in Korea as a Turkish army captain. I asked him whether he was his grandfather or great gransfather. He clearly said Great Grandfsther. During the war (1950-53), I was not old enough to fight, but I had to carry my draft registration card toward the end of the war. You can see my card from the webpage given above. I lived long enough to meet this Turkish man. I also like to meet all of you before I die. If I met you before, I like to meet again.

Happy New Year!!

Napoleon's New Year's resolution

Y.S.Kim (2012.1.3)

Napoleon had his New Year's resolution every year. You may be interested in one of his resolutions. Go to


He had in mind Istanbul as the capital city of his empire covering the entire world. We still take his resolutions seriously because he was able to achieve things at one time.

You should have your own resolution. I also deserve my resolution based on what I have accumulated in the past. Toward the end of this Napoleon page, you will find my resolution for next 50 years.

You probably heard about Sherman tanks. Those tanks were used by American troops to counter Soviet-built T-34 tanks during the Korean war. They were then transferred to the Korean army. Indeed, those Shermans constituted the main tank force for the Korean army until 1970. Have you seen those tanks? The above webpage contains one photo of the Sherman tanks ferrying Turkish soldiers.

I am sending this mail from Hamburg. You all know where this German city is. I came from London via Copenhagen. It takes only 45 minutes to fly from Copenhagen to Hamburg. It takes somewhat longer to come on a horse carriage, and Hamburg used to be the favorite break-away spot for one of the Danish kings. While in Hamburg, he died in a chamber with a girl.

It took the Danish royal family two days to make up the story of how the king died. This story is well known in Hamburg, but Danes never talk about it. I told you this story in 2002 after my first visit to Hamburg.

I am telling the story again because it took two days for North Korean authorities to make up the story of how their great leader died. I am not blaming them. The problem is with the reporters in the South. There seems to be a complete lack of imagination. Even if they knew the story of the Danish king in Hamburg, they could not have come up with an interesting story like mine.

As far as conducts with women are concerned, Kim Jon-Il was not an exemplary person. His "great successor" is a product of his misconduct. This is the reason why they are not allowed to talk about this young man's mother in Pyongyang.

Lessons from London

Y.S.Kim (2012.2.3)

I like London. I was there to see the New Year's Firework. Yesterday I bought a ticket to go there again this April. I am going there to see an exhibition on the root of Islam at the British Museum. You may click on


to see the program.

I like London because I learn things there. To make a long story short, I would like to invite you to my webpage


about London. This page might look glamourous to you, but I had to spend some painful hours to put those things together. It was like a writing a review paper. (You become sick after writing a review paper. Likewise, I am sick now).

Yes, I placed all those photos to illustrate interesting places in London, and also interesting people I met there. However, you should be able to see that my real purpose was to talk about myself and my Korean background.

If you are not interested in my own story, it is quite OK. You will still be interested in the Korean background we all share.

Many people, including Barack Obama, say that Koreans were able to construct their shiny country thanks to their educational system. I expand this point toward the end of this page using specific examples.

It is not clear whether Korea's present system is ideal. Indeed, we hear often distressing stories about school violences. It is agreed that the root of the problem is that Korea's present leaders totally without ethics.

Yes, Korea's educational system always has problems, but we still like to think that these disturbing events will not reduce our passion to educate and to learn. Without this passion, Korea would be nothing.

Here I note a progress. Twenty years ago, Korea's young people used to blame others if things go wrong with them. These days, they learned to how to blame themselves. Great News! You will agree.

Wisdom of Korea (2012, July -- December)