September 27, 2016

Mobile site temporarily down

미안해요 dear readers, but a wonky update to my mobile site plugin has necessitated switching to another mobile solution until they get the glitches worked out. The temporary mobile site has a very different color scheme, but it gets the job done. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal soon.

January 27, 2016

Links Updated on

I just ran a link checker on and was surprised at how many broken links I found. About half of these were to YouTube videos that have since been taken down, or sites that no longer exist, but I fixed the rest. I will monitor links going forward so I’ll be alerted when they go down. You can also report a link problem from any page by scrolling down to the bottom and clicking on “Report Broken Link.”

January 7, 2016

Menu Fixed in Mobile

If you view from a phone or tablet and the navigation menus recently stopped working for you, that is fixed now. Sorry about that – the mobile theme plugin author suddenly made a change in how the menus are configured without warning users.

October 22, 2015 Up and Running

Graphic of a figure throwing a piece of paper that says arvixe web hosting into a trash canI have changed webhosts, and am cautiously optimistic that the many technical issues the site has had recently are a thing of the past. Sorry for all the hassles, and thanks for coming back!

I did move all of the website files, so if you find anything that isn’t working or doesn’t look right, you can post a comment to this message, or go to the orange section at the bottom of any page and click on “report broken link” (even if it isn’t a broken link).

If you haven’t heard, I am very happy to report that the 가족상봉 are in progress as planned. I’ll post about other developments in Korean politics and culture soon.

October 2, 2015

Mobile Mihansa is Back!

OK, I think I got the issues with the mobile version ironed out. Mobile users, if you are still seeing the desktop version instead of the mobile site, please leave a comment below.

Likewise, desktop users, if you see the mobile version, (pictured below), please let me know in a comment. Thanks for your patience, my friends!


September 25, 2015

미안해, Mobile Users

Some changes I made to recently are playing havoc with the mobile version of my site. Desktop users may have seen the mobile site and vice versa, or both users may have seen my site stripped of formatting. Rest assured, this is not a hack issue, but it may take me awhile to get it straightened out – in the meantime, the desktop version will be available to everyone.

I know this is not ideal on a small screen, so here is a 사과 for my mobile users :)

A red apple

September 22, 2015


The word HACKED in red in the middle of several lines of binary computer has been hacked, and I’m still ferreting out all of the back doors the hacker left on my site. The hacker has made several attempts to post ads. So far, I’ve been able to nip this in the bud, but I wanted to warn my readers, as there is a major international hack attack on WordPress sites happening right now in which hackers use websites to spread malware.

There is no advertising on the site placed by me at this time, so if you see any ads, they were placed by hackers. DON’T CLICK ON THEM. They may just be ordinary ads, but why take a chance. Plus, let’s not help this person make any money off my blog!

If you do see an ad, and have a minute to send me an email
let me know what page it appears on, that would be a big help in keeping one step ahead of the hacker.

Word to the wise: If you find yourself thinking “I really should change that password” as you log in somewhere, DO IT! NOW! Being hacked is a huge pain in the… neck.

March 8, 2015

Mobile Upgrade

I added some new colors and layout to the mobile version of Mobile users, please let me know if it isn’t user-friendly in any way!

November 15, 2014

NEW on Mihansa: Feeds by Topic

I’m pleased to roll out something I’ve been wanting to offer for a long time: subscription to feeds BY TOPIC. Check out the right sidebar for the feed links. Now you don’t have to get notifications for Korean language posts if you are only interested in Kdrama and film, and vice versa. Since the KDrama Word of the Day series is daily, it has its own feed.

Feeds for all posts and all comments are available in the header.

I’m still looking for a way to offer the same options to my email followers. You would think it would be a common desire, no? If anyone knows of a current WordPress plugin that does this, do tell.

I have also added “like” buttons to posts and pages again. In the past, this feature slowed the site way down, so I removed it, but I think it will work more smoothly this time. I have a lot of catching up to do, so if a post is useful or interesting, please tell the world :)

You may have encountered timeout or slowdown issues trying to view the site over the past couple of days. My webhost says it’s a server issue that they are working on. Please do check back a little later if you run into trouble. So far, none of the slowdowns have lasted for more than a few minutes.

Thanks for reading I’m really happy to have companions on my Korean adventures :)

October 15, 2014

Still Here - Mihansa News & Korean News

Wondering what I’ve been up to? Adventures in self-discovery. They’ve been interesting, but time-consuming. I miss Mihansa, and still plan to get back to it, as soon as I figure out how to spend my time on what I want to be doing instead of on what I have to be doing. I’ve been surprised and happy that so many people continue to visit in my absence.

Korean newsWhile I haven’t had time for Kdrama, I’ve kept an eye on Korean news. The Sewol ferry tragedy hit the country hard, much as 9/11 hit the U.S. But for Korea, the enemy was within.

Koreans are finally starting to question the Confucian bargain, which sacrificed economic democracy for stability. The Korean mainstream is suddenly a lot less willing to trust people in power, and accept without question that they have the greater good in mind. About time.

There has been another big scandal that contributed to this – bullying to a sometimes fatal extent in the military. Several instances that resulted in suicides or shooting sprees have come to light this year.

Young Korean men are required to serve for about 2 years, which seems to make sense at first glance. Loose cannon North Korea is on Seoul’s doorstep, and for years, now, Japan has been ramping up their denial that they did anything wrong when they occupied Korea for 30 years and sexually enslaved thousands of Korean women.

You can see why Koreans would be anxious. In fact, I’ve always suspected their geopolitical situation had a lot to do with the heavy drinking in Korea.

But are ground troops really much good in the era of drones and missiles? Especially when time spent in the military can be so traumatic that young soldiers kill themselves, or each other, or their supervising officers?

That’s what Koreans are asking. Time will tell whether the questioning of previously sacrosanct institutions blows over, or has a lasting impact on hierarchies in Korean culture.