Through the debate

The topic of our english debate was

‘Should Korea allow the adoption of same-sex couple?’

before the debate, out team prepared some of the points that will strengthen our claim that Korea should not allow the adoption of same-sex couple.

First of all, we believed that conventional, social wisdom toward same-sex couple is still lot negative in Korea. In other words, since social perception toward gay or lesbian couple is negative, their children might suffer great discrimination or denouncements in the society. This may be tragedy to children’s lives.

 

Secondly, our team also asserted that the role of mother and father should be done with appropriate sex.  Even though, same-sex couple may try to fully practice the role of both mother and father. The basis, biological difference inevitably causes perception of abnormal sex role to the children.

During and after the debate, I felt that our topic has dilema. We had to choose between freedom or care to children. I thought that we should think about ethical problem more so that this kind of problem can be solved in effective way. Also, I needed more statistics and researches which can rebut counterparts’ claims. I will ready for lots of references and details to win the next debate.

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References for term paper

Works Cited.

  1. 1.      Kwon Eunjoong, “지금 경제상황은 3 대공황”(Ji geum gyeongjaesanghwangeun samcha daegonghwang, Present world economy is in 3rd depression) Seoul: 한겨레(Hani) newspaper published in 2011.05.13/15th page
  2. 2.      Kim Jongmun, “수입차 판매는 양극화”(Suibcha panmaeneun yangukhwa, Sales of transported cars are being polarized between companies) Seoul: Joongang-economy newspaper published in 2011.05.11/11th page
  3. 3.      Jang Ha-joon, <Bad Samaritans>, Seoul :Booki, 2007
  4. 4.      Kim Suhyoung, “[한미 FTA 타결] FTA A to Z: FTA 의의부”([Han mi FTA ta gyeoul] han mi FTAe A to Z: FTAe uiuibu, FTA between Korea and USA iss signed up. Everything about Korea and USA: meaning of FTA) 6 December 2010  <http://blog.naver.com/fss2009?Redirect=Log&logNo=140119324917&gt;
  5. 5.      Kim Daeyoung, “신자유주의의 문제점과 해결방법”(Shinjayoojuiui munjaejumgua ge haegyeolbangbeob, Problems of neoliberalism and solutions for those) 2 September 2006 <http://blog.naver.com/davidpaulkim>
  6. 6.     David Harby, <Neoliberalism> Seoul: Haneul, 2007
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Term paper-Advantages of neoliberalism and how it should be improved

<Advantages of neoliberalism and how it should be improved >

May, 16,2011(1st Term Paper)

By Hyunseok Lee (International 10b4)                                    For: Mr. Carlton Johnson

 

0. Introduction

 

             It has been almost 30 years that neoliberalism had been the mainstream of world economy. Despite neoliberalism ruled our one of the most sensitive aspects of life, most of the people do not know about the effects or the problems incurred by neoliberalism and some of the people even don’t know what neoliberalism is. In this article, I will introduce about the concept of neoliberalism and analyze about it so that controversy over neoliberalism can be completely organized to the readers. 

 

1. Emergence of Neoliberalism.

 

                  After Adam smith claimed that government should not take care of economic market and flow of economy must be circulated through movement of ‘invisible hand’, capitalism was the mainstream of world economy. However, numerous nations faced great economic depression in 1930s and recognized extreme monopolies in the market and gap between rich and poor. Therefore Keynesian economics, modified form of original capitalism had risen. But Keynesian economics were also destroyed when one more big economic depression devastated many countries in the world and incurred inefficiency in the flow of market economy. As a solution for problems of Keynesian economics, neoliberalism was introduced in 1980 (Kwon).

 

2. What is Neoliberalism?

 

             To be simple, the main idea of neoliberalism is “the economic policy related to the claim that the flow of the market economy should be maintained through the desire to intensify and expand the market, by minimizing the intervention of government and reinforcing the efficiency in the market” (David 174~183). According to neoliberalism, government should take care of very limited range of nation economy such as security, restrictions for extreme monopolies. In addition, free world trade without harsh restrictions, liberal movement and atmosphere in labor-force market, unlimited freedom given to enterprises are being supported from advocates of neoliberalism.   

 

 

 

3. Advantages of Neoliberalism

 

                   Supporters of neoliberalism contend that neoliberalism amplifies the efficiency of market economy. On the ground that policies with neoliberalism reduce the influences from governmental managements, companies, the group of producers, can gain tremendous power in the market. Enterprises will produce goods more actively to increase their profits. As a result, interactions between consumers and producers will be revitalized and size, efficiency of market will be maximized. During above process of development, the competitive power and creativity of companies will be dramatically developed too. One of the greatest examples that neoliberalism facilitated the liberal flow of economy can be FTA. FTA, which stands for Free Trade Agreement, is the form of transaction that induces abolition of tariffs or international limitations related to trading goods between two countries. For instance, after FTA was signed up between Republic of Korea and United States of America, both of countries are expecting better products in the market with higher competitive power because their products will fascinate consumers with lower tariffs (Kim). Furthermore, neoliberalism is considered to be the main power of globalization. Since neoliberalism encourages free trade between nations and integrity of markets, globalization has been accelerated by the name of ‘realization of neoliberalism’. That is to say neoliberalism boosted the exchange of information and cultures around the country.

 

 

4. Problems of Neoliberalism

 

             Unlike the advantages shown above, Neoliberalism seems to be the main cause of several treacherous problems these days. Opponents of neoliberalism strongly urge that neoliberalism is the main cause of increasing gap between rich and poor in modern society. In these days, only top 1% of world population is taking 40% of finances in the world. Since neoliberalism expands efficiency in the market through limitless competitions between individuals, it raised gap between rich and poor. Riches are becoming much richer based on their original properties while poor people are ‘sinking down’ and suffering great economic hardships in their lives. This phenomenon occurs not only between individuals but also between companies. According to statistics provided in newspaper, BMW sold 9249 cars in Republic of Korea this year while Subaru sold 236 cars (Kim). As shown in this statistics, competitions without governmental controls are causing increases of economic gap between individuals and enterprises. Moreover, unemployment rate can be augmented because of neoliberalism. In the world of neoliberalism, a person with less ability is the target of unemployment or fire since a person with diverse and intense ability will get the job. There is no care from government related to unemployment, therefore, neoliberalism incurred depression on many families’ budgets. Lastly, antagonists of neoliberalism tell that globalization, which is the phenomenon deeply associated with realization of neoliberalism, cannot be considered as positive status quo. They claim that over-globalization provoked destruction of some folk cultures in each nation and forced developing countries or poor countries to follow developed countries’ economic pressures or mechanisms(Jang,203~244).   

 

5. Solutions for the problems (How neoliberalism can be ideal)

 

             There are three main problems which are occurred because of neoliberalism; Increases in gap between rich and poor, incremented unemployment rate and side effects from globalization. However, those three hot issues can be solved with one big solution; Government should take somewhat care of the market. First of all, government should concern about welfare system so that poor people can get enough financial support to lead safe life. If the world is only sustained by laws of neoliberalism, poor people cannot earn any chance to success or improve their economic conditions, however, they will get opportunity to enlarge their family budgets and go forward for their dreams when government provides financial back-up to them. I strongly believe that it’s nation’s duty to assist members of society and stimulate them to reveal their potentials for nation and themselves. Next, the legislative council should think about how government can aid jobless people. Recently, some of the nations are helping unemployed people by offering living expenses and find the jobs for them. As a result, the unemployment rate in those countries had evidently decreased and livelihoods of the public were stabilized (Kim). Finally, nation must manage how much the country should be globalized. Under powerful phenomenon called ‘Globalization’, people might lose their own cultures, which are developed through ancestors and themselves. Therefore, government has to supervise the balance between folk cultures and new cultures that came into because of globalization.    

 

 

Works Cited

  1. 1.      Kwon Eunjoong, “지금 경제상황은 3 대공황”(Ji geum gyeongjaesanghwangeun samcha daegonghwang, Present world economy is in 3rd depression) Seoul: 한겨레(Hani) newspaper published in 2011.05.13/15th page
  2. 2.      Kim Jongmun, “수입차 판매는 양극화”(Suibcha panmaeneun yangukhwa, Sales of transported cars are being polarized between companies) Seoul: Joongang-economy newspaper published in 2011.05.11/11th page
  3. 3.      Jang Ha-joon, <Bad Samaritans>, Seoul :Booki, 2007
  4. 4.      Kim Suhyoung, “[한미 FTA 타결] FTA A to Z: FTA 의의부”([Han mi FTA ta gyeoul] han mi FTAe A to Z: FTAe uiuibu, FTA between Korea and USA iss signed up. Everything about Korea and USA: meaning of FTA) 6 December 2010  <http://blog.naver.com/fss2009?Redirect=Log&logNo=140119324917&gt;
  5. 5.      Kim Daeyoung, “신자유주의의 문제점과 해결방법”(Shinjayoojuiui munjaejumgua ge haegyeolbangbeob, Problems of neoliberalism and solutions for those) 2 September 2006 <http://blog.naver.com/davidpaulkim>
  6. 6.     David Harby, <Neoliberalism> Seoul: Haneul, 2007
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Favorite quote.”Create value!”

Mr. Johnson is one of the teachers who dreams ideal world and change of the world. He stimulates his students by asserting repeatedly “Create the value! Change the world!”

In my opinion, even though it might be seemed  to be foolish and silly, it is better to against the present world and make our own way. To explain specifically, real leaders and ideal people should not compromise to the world but try hard to change the world in more righteous way. Therefore, my favorite quote is “Create value and change the world!”

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B-boys. Time to play.-favorite image

 

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Structural violence- Human trafficking

     Human trafficking is being hot issue across US. Young boys are being ‘sold’ for war or fight and young girls are also being ‘sold’ for prostitution. Even though US is putting great effort to solve this problem and arrest the criminals related to human trafficking, it is hard to terminate those horrible crimes because human trafficking is using very systematic way. This is why human trafficking is very renowned one kind of structural violence.

    To solve this problem, government should support or allow victims to live well and help them to explain or expose the truth in structural-violence world. Therefore, investigation toward criminals will be easier and may be solved much faster. In addition, executive and legislative should strengthen the law about punishment about structural violence to avoid expansion of such crimes.

     Listen, people. Even though you may not be the target and you may not be the victim of such crimes, you should take care and protect our social members since you’re involved in the society and have to work for generosity and goodness. Victims are suffering and maybe some people may be raped or being sexually humiliated right now. Please show your interests and provide ideas to get rid of structural violence. Thank you.

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Controversy over providing free meal in Korea.

Most of the elementary schools in Korea started to provide free meals to students.

Even though majority of people think that it is beneficial to the students and their parents, some people worries that the quality of meal may suffer. Also, since the prices of ingredients are soaring up, supplying free meal in schools would be difficulty to government or province.

In my opinion, providing free meals should be presented after deep consideration. I admit that supplying free meals is one of the great welfare to the students’ family. However, if the quality and nutrients in meal become worse, it would be better not to give free lunch to students. Fortunately, some of the provinces in Korea is already taking solution for above expected problems. For instance, Gyeonggi Province made all the process included in meal making public so that everyone can believe free meals are safe for students.

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yesterday.

Yesterday, I officially achieved my first dream, and the first step of ultimate goal.

I became one of the members in KMLA 16th Wavers.

I bet that our school is the only school which can provide the best quality of Entrance ceremony and patriotic programs. The programs in yesterday’s ceremony were just great. We listened to 사물놀이(one type of Korean traditional music) and 대취타(music that ancestral Korean kings listened in the palaces.). I believe most of the people who participated yesterday’s ceremony enjoyed a lot.

I feel little complicated now. I felt great happiness yesterday but I’m little bit worried and frustrated too. However, I’ll try to enjoy every events in KMLA and improve myself as much as I can.

Please care about me and help me. Do not hesitate to give me any advice.

I give my best luck to all of the KMLA  family. Thank you.

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If I were a president’s advisor

     If the president of our nation Myeongbak Lee asks me about the management of Korea, I’ll talk about three things which should be improved immediately. Education, politics and security. 

     First of all, education of Korea is being totally destroyed. After the president declared the war against private educations and academies, policies about entering superior high schools and universities are changing dramatically. Since this change wasn’t practiced before, most of the students and parents are having great difficulties about applying to the new school. Also, because the government is totally against the private educations, smart students cannot get enough suppot to fulfill their desire of knowledge. On the other hand, students who are not good at studying cannot be helped to improve their grades. Present school education should find the way to amplify the effect of teaching by having cooperation with private education.

     Furthermore, politics in Korea is losing the original purpose. Politics were started to manage the nation effectively and harmonize everyone in the society. However, present members of legislative body are fighting everyday, not discussing the better way to develop our society. Conflicts between different factions are too extreme so that welfare of people and supplementing the infrastructures are being beyond their interests. Government members should remember why politics were started and why politics are so important. They need to be faithful for their primary work.

     Last but not least, security of Korea is suffering. On the ground that North Korea and South Korea are the only divided nations on the globe, security is absolutely significant. But, several events are showing that Korea security is being invaded by surrounding countries. North Korea attacked our battleship and the group of people were kidnapped by pirates. Our nation should be decisive and reliable about protecting the citizens and make the society safe.

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Hello world!

Hello^^

Welcome to my blog, I’m Hyunseok Lee, Korean.

My name means to grow brightly and be sunshine to other people.

Enjoy my blog!

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