Islamists, nazis….or the joy of going back to square one-Europe edition

Recently in Europe there have been a lot of talk about the rising of the right wing extremism. (with the recent Norwegian massacre…among other things.)   

Yes people, I am proud to announce you that nazism is back in fashion! This winter take your favourite black boots and brown shirts out of your closets as this seems to be the safe bet…if safe means not having to swimm for your life out of a small Norwegian island. So, show off your most beautiful swastika…svasticah… I never know how to write or pronounce that word…I guess I am not aryen enough to be able to master the nazi vocabulary…weirdly enough I have no problem pronouncing “al qaeda” or “sharia law”…amazing isn’t it? they made it so easier for the rest of us…

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faces that made me love Asia (4): Lee Byung Hun-이병헌

 

Wanting to know more about Korean culture, I drawned myself into Korean cinema and I must admit that, when I started to watch them a few years ago, Lee Byung Hun didn’t really made a strong effect on me. I guess it’s because I hated the first movies I saw with him ( won’t tell the names of those movies I disliked, as it is not the subject , and, as the few times I told my point of view I got yelled at for my lack of appreciation of those movies…so the mystery will remain…).

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it’s not Georgia, it’s not Paris, it’s Korea who is always on my mimimimind!

I was so happy being back in my dear motherland: to me! the mountains of delicious french pastries. To me! the nice afternoons outside of a café spent half studying, half enjoying the fresh air and the free wifi. To me the long nights having fun with my friends left behind. To me the long walks in the romantic streets of Paris and to me! the taste of the REAL CHOCOLATE. (probably what I missed the most! I know, right? sorry mama and papa!)

All that was great but it was without counting on that silly little feeling that doesn’t seem to want  to let you go once you found the place where you are supposed to be: the feeling of boredom, homesickness. Ok, I was feeling lost.

Yes, I was back home in my country and couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable. Why is that? 

Well, several reasons come to my mind: 

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Quick thought on Gilbert Gottfried’s misadventure…

The comedian Gilbert Gottfried got fired by his employer Aflac for making jokes about Japan. Was it too soon to joke? Waiting one more month  would have been different? Can we laugh about everything? Were his jokes funny? Ok, I am not the one to be objective about it as I laugh very easily and about everything. And should I feel guilty about that? No, I don’t think so.

Well, what I am sure is that aiming a comedian is a very easy target. Isn’t it his job to make jokes? Should we censor those who are here to make us laugh? There is a fine line between a good joke and an insult, but in that case I really don’t think that Gottfried crossed that line. It may not have been the best jokes ever made but if we want to get angry at someone, we’d better aim those who really don’t care about the japanese people and also about us.

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One day you’ll be mine!

  • I want to find the perfect furniture for my new flat, but there are no Ikea in Korea! How am I supposed to know what goes with what, if a multinational company doesn’t show me the way? Deciding by myself is too hard! I miss those perfectly arranged bedrooms and bathrooms of Ikea…and also their swedish candies  -ah! Marabout chocolate!! One day you’ll be mine!!!!
  • I want to finally be able to fit in my little mini skirt without having to starve myself for days…and without having to slide it all the way down to my waist from the top of my body… ah! Korean size skirt!

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faces that made me love Asia (3): Seol Gyung Gu- 설경구

It starts with a face, his face, close up. Almost too closed. He is in pain, drunk, desperate. He wants to shout. He wants comfort but it’s too late, it’s over, he is too old, he has seen too much. He must die, so everything can start anew.

That face is the one of  Seol Kyung-gu (설경구). His intense way of acting embraces perfectly the 20 years of Korean History developped in the movie “Peppermint candy” (박하사탕).

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별이진다네-A star is falling

오늘, 부산에 가을이 왔다. 높고 새하얀 구름과 새파란 하늘 있다. 지난 몇주와는 달리 날씨가 신선해지고 부산이 다시 숨을 쉬기 시작한 것 같다.

 처음으로 한국에서 보내는 추석이다. 내 남자 친구가  경기도에서 부산으로 내려와서 기분이 더 없이 좋다. 

내 남자친구를 볼 때마다 별이 질 것 같다. 

 볼 때마다 오빠가 내 마음을 아프게 하는가?

볼 때마다 나쁜 일이 생기는가?

아니요… 지는 별을 볼 때마다 소원을 비는 건 프랑스 관습이다.

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