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Johnny at Jisan: A Review of the Rock Fest

JISAN VALLEY, South Korea -- Since its inaugural concert in 2009, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival has been growing in stature and popularity, proving to be a hotbed of musical diversity featuring such acts as Weezer, the Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Oasis, Patti Smith, Suede, Belle & Sebastian, Massive Attack and Kula Shaker.

Photo Essay: Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2012

Jang Pil-sun

Jang Pil-sun

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Hands (And Radiohead)

Disputes: Does Okinawa Belong to China?

wrtgewgewtwe rgew gerg bergb egbergberbgAUCKLAND, New Zealand -- While the Western media has at times taken great delight in publishing somewhat fantastical stories about the influence that Japanese ‘nationalists’ hold over the contemporary Japanese imagination, China’s own home grown group with questionable interpretations of history for the most part seemed to escape the attention of analysts and journalists – until recently.

Let the Games Begin – London Olympic Preview

BUSAN, South Korea -- The city of London has waited seven years, but the time has finally come for the 2012 Summer Olympics to take the British capital by storm.

London is hosting the games for the third time in the modern era, the only city to lay such a claim. With a budget of $14.7 billion, the Olympic Park, a former deprived industrial center, is ready to take center stage for two weeks of joy, heartache and pain.

Almost a Foot of Rain Hits Busan Over the Weekend

BUSAN, South Korea - If you're wondering just how much rain we got over the weekend, wonder no more - 293.5mm. Busan was hit hardest by the monsoon that swept across the peninsula over the weekend, as almost a foot of rain fell over the two day period.

The hardest rains brought 80.5mm per hour during the storms, the third highest total ever recorded.

The rains shut more than 30 streets and resulted in the cancelation of 35 flights from Busan's Gimhae International Airport according to Arirang News.

More rains are expected to hit Busan tomorrow and for the rest of the week, as Typhoon Khanun moves over Korea after slamming Eastern China earlier this weekend.

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Maroon 5 Returning to Korea in September

BUSAN, South Korea -- It’s not often that big international acts come to Busan, but three-time Grammy Award-winners Maroon 5 will stop into the city for a second time this year on September 14 as part of the Hyundai Card Super Concert series. Featuring songs from their fourth studio album, Overexposed, and past hits, the Los Angeles-based band will also play in Seoul on the 15th at Jamsil Sports Complex.

UPDATED: MBC Under Fire For ‘Racially Charged Video’

MBC TV is facing a backlash from expatriates and Koreans today for a segment on their Think Different documentary news program, titled 'The Shocking Truth About...

Why North Korea Gets Away With Everything

BUSAN, South Korea -- Jennifer Lind has a good piece up on Foreign Affairs this week on why North Korea seems to regularly get away with with hijinks like last week’s rocket test. A test which directly contravenes UN Resolution 1874.

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