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Unfair Firings: One Teacher’s Story, and What You Can Do if it Happens to You.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in | Comments Off on Unfair Firings: One Teacher’s Story, and What You Can Do if it Happens to You.

This piece was requested by UlsanOnline.com after a recent unfair firing in which the teachers actually stuck around to take the process through the Labor Board. Too often, for various reasons, people who are fired late in their contract, often for suspicious reasons, decide to leave Korea rather than fight for their rights, which unfortunately leads the bad hogwan owners untouched, and ready to do it again to the next unsuspecting teacher. Often known as the “11-month firing”, as some owners...

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World Music Festival in Ulsan – this weekend!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on World Music Festival in Ulsan – this weekend!

This weekend, Ulsan will host its annual World Music Festival, which is, in the opinion of this editor, the best festival held in Ulsan, and easily within the top 10 festivals nation-wide.  (Other top festivals include the Jinju Lantern Festival and the Andong Maskdance Festival, both of which are also happening this weekend, of course.) It will take place in and around the Ulsan Culture Center, which is right beside KBS Hall, near the Byeong-yeong Bridge. It’s pinned on...

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Ulsan World Music Festival – Oct 2-5, 2014

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on Ulsan World Music Festival – Oct 2-5, 2014

Arguably the best festival held in Ulsan, the World Music Festival brings musicians from different countries and different musical genres together in a weekend of great music. It takes place this year from Thursday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 5th at the Ulsan Culture and Arts Center (울산 문화 어술회관 – Ulsan Moon-hwa Aw-sool-hwee-gwan for a taxi driver) in Namgu (the location is pinned on the Interactive Map under “Culture” and “Cultural Center”), next to the Namgu-cheong office (Namgu-cheong...

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Angle Magazine’s First Birthday Party

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on Angle Magazine’s First Birthday Party

On the night of October 4th Angle Magazine promises an audiovisual feast at Ulsan’s Sticky Fingers in honour of our first birthday celebration. Over the past year, Angle Magazine has worked at showcasing the work of the tremendous talent and creativity that, although abundant, is at times overlooked in the southern regions of the peninsula. It was started by Philip Brett and Joshua Hanlin in Ulsan, with the hope of providing a platform to expose this work and to...

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How to Beat the Heat and Humidity

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on How to Beat the Heat and Humidity

Summer in Ulsan can be hard to handle, as the temperatures rise above 30*C (that’s 86*Fahrenheit for those that are metrically challenged) and humidity soars into the 70%-90% range. Hear are some methods for dealing with the heat for those of you who may not come from similar climates. 1. Koreans swear by eating hot soup on the 3 hottest days of the summer. These days are pre-determined according to the Lunar Calendar (July 18, 28 and Aug 7,...

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Ulsan Summer Festival

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Summer Festival

If you’re a fan of Korean music, then check out the Ulsan Summer Festival sponsored by MBC. It is taking place in various parts of the city over most of the weekends in August. For those that can’t read Hangeul, here’s a brief breakdown: Prime Concert – Sports Complex Supplementary Grounds (Next to the basketball stadium, near Megamart in Jungu – pinned on Interactive Map under “Sports”) – August 1,2,3 at 8pm Acoustic Ladyland? Readyland? – Taehwagang Grand Park...

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Counseling Resources

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on Counseling Resources

As many people already know, counseling resources can be hard to come by in Korea. Mental health issues, which have a large stigma attached to them in Western cultures, are even less discussed here than at home. But this is starting to change, slowly, and more counseling resources are becoming available to those who need them, both Korean and foreign. This is information that has been gleaned from our Facebook group members in the past few months in regards...

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Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in | Comments Off on Your Rights When Being Stopped By The Police

What if this happened to you? Police Officer: Hello, could you please stop? I need you ask you some questions. Subject: (startled) What? Okay, what? Police Officer: Please show me your ID. There’s a protest scheduled nearby, and you’re suspicious. Subject: What? No, I’m late for work already, I can’t stop and answer questions. Police Officer: In that case, please accompany me to the police station. Subject: ?!?!?!! In Korea, as anywhere, the police may have need to stop and question...

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What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in | Comments Off on What you should know about BAPS (Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary)

This article was written by Leo, one of the two people who run the Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary. It’s pretty much the only no-kill dog shelter in the Busan-Ulsan area. The article was written in response to some negative comments, and posted on their Facebook page. With Leo’s permission, I’m sharing it here, because I think it’s important stuff to think about – not just for this particular shelter, but for any service run by volunteers with the intention of...

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Whale Festival Weekend

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in | Comments Off on Whale Festival Weekend

The Whale Festival kicked off last night with a small fireworks display at the Taehwagang Park, and continues on over the weekend. The Event Schedule is on the Ulsanwhale website. There will be performances on stage, Whale Boat Races on the Taehwa River, a local craft market, and of course lots of food and soju available at the main festival location at the Taewhagang Park, and at the secondary location at the Jangsaengpo Whale Museum. This event is controversial,...

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