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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #24)

May 26, 2009

Well what a week! South Korea has been rocked by three huge stories that I am sure you have all heard by now.  The death of the former, and much loved, President Roh Moo-hyun, the launch of the second nuclear test by North Korea and the confirmation of up to 29 people in Korea with H1N1 influenza.

The H1N1 influenza, which is rapidy spreading around the world, has hit a number of native English teachers in Korea and I have included a couple of stories in this week’s lineup.

North Korea’s nuclear test has now put the whole region on alert.  It is great to see, however, that all the worlds powers, including Russia and China (North Korea’s only real “allies”), are not happy with this development and are closely looking at what extra measures should be taken against North Korea.Roh Moo-Hyun

The first story to hit the nation this week was the death of former President Roh Moo-hyun.  This sent the whole country into mourning and all of our wishes goes out to his family and friends.  The real pity is that, as one of Korea’s most beloved role models, the death was most likely by suicide.  

I hope this does not reinforce the message to Korean kids that suicide is the best way out when times are tough.  Korean kids need to learn from their role models the exact opposite.

Yes, the last year of the former President’s life may have been hard, and yes, the next few years may have been harder, however, what about the next 20 years?  He could have spent these years helping his grandkids grow and enjoy life.

As teachers, I guess, we are all role models for the next generation of Koreans.

As usual, we have a great summary of stories this week and the quick links are on the right.  I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, this week’s joke.

Also remember, if you find Expacked useful, I am sure your friends will also get a lot out of it.  Don’t forget to help us out and keep spreading the word about this site.  We continue to grow in numbers and we appreciate all your support!



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