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2012 Presidential Elections: South Korea

This is the twelfth and last in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The  first eleven posts were on the elections in Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, France, Egypt, Paraguay (not technically an election), Mexico, Venezuela, the U.S., China (not technically presidential or an election), and Ghana.

Park Geun-hye was elected president of South Korea by nearly 52% of the vote last week. 

This is good news for those who are happy to have the first woman president in South Korean history and who see her political experience and commitment to campaign promises as advantages.

This is bad news for those who see her as an insider (her father was president, or "dictator" to many, in the mid-20th century) and as actually wishy-washy in her political commitments.


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Movie Review: A Better Life - Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part review of A Better Life. The first part dealt more with the background issue of illegal immigration, whereas this part focuses more on the movie itself.

In the movie, neither the illegal (representative of all illegals, but particularly those with upright motives) nor the police (representative of the legal system, including courts, prisons, and immigration) is entirely at fault. Both are stuck in an imperfect, human system.

The viewer is led to sympathize with the illegal man, an honest landscaper who wants nothing but to work hard so that his one son can have a better life. He's away from home; his wife left him when his son was little; he has next to nothing; when he does acquire something (a lawn business and pickup with equipment) it gets stolen from him. And yet, the movie does not excuse what he does wrong nor does it try to show him as a man victimized and ruined by the consequences of his actions.

Apart from the social issue of t…


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。