Hit the Trail – 여행을 떠나요

I’m learning a new song. … Well actually, it’s a new song to me, but it’s pretty old… twenty nine years old. It kind of reminds me of Huey Lewis and the News in that it’s a pretty fun, simple, easy-to-sing-along-with blues rip-off number. And, it’s quite a lot of fun in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which helps to deal with the fairly dated production sound on the original.

The other day I heard a newer version though, from a great rocking band from Busan. They were on a tour of the Korean countryside, and had stopped into the really great little village of Naseon Ri to play a once-only performance. You can tell these guys are talented: they’d only started learning to play the guitar the day before!!!

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필

푸른 언덕에 배낭을 메고
황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서
계곡을 향해서
먼동이 트는 이른 아침에
도시의 소음 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에
시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는 물찾아
그곳으로 여행을 떠나요

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에
시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께


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Hit the Trail 여행을 떠나요

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필

Verse 1

E        A E B7 E

푸른 언덕에 배낭을 메고 / 황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서 계곡을 향해서


Verse 2

E   A E B7 E

먼동이 트는 이른 아침에 도시의 소음 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을 벗어나봐요



E   A E  B7 E

메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는 물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요 (x2)


Verse 3

E   A E B7 E

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에 시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며 노래부르세


Chorus Verse 3 Chorus


Coda (clapping) 여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께 떠나요


Hit the Trail 여행을 떠나요

Lyrics Music

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필


Verse 1

On the green hills / carrying a backpack / the yellow-golden sunlight festival is opening/ towards the wilderness, towards the valley

푸른 언덕에   / 배낭을 메고 황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서        계곡을 향해서


Verse 2

At the break of dawn early in the morning noises of the city / so many people a forest of buildings: let’s get out.

먼동이 트는 이른 아침에 도시의 소음 / 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을. 벗어나봐요.



I can hear an echoing sound /  Let’s   travel there / through the valley / to find water flowing  ←-

메아리 소리가 들려오는 /      / 계곡속의 / 흐르는 물찾아 그곳으로  / 여행을 떠나요


Verse 3

Winding, winding on, deep within the mountains /  cool breezes greet me  /  Let’s sing a song looking up at the sky.

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에   / 시원한 바람 나를 반기네 / 하늘을 보며 노래부르세.


Chorus – Verse 3 – Chorus




여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께 떠나요







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Oh no, not Yahoo! too…

heat #AB21708 copy Yahoo.co.nz editors need to be fired, and replaced, immediately. Someone with extremely poor judgement last week saw published a completely ridiculous hack-job piece by cringeworthy member of New Zealand’s most poor unfortunate struggling writers. Granted, the guy has actually published, and has published quite a lot of books and articles I do acknowledge, but how many of them are worthy of the ink, paper, and time taken in bringing them into the light of day or neon is another matter altogether, and doubt is cast quite quickly by this filthy piece, a new low of internationally shameful proportions.

The only positive that can be offered is that the dangerously delusional dolt was courageous enough to offer his own name for the by line. His Wikipedia entry lists his previous occupations as, among other things, mathematician, and clown. While his misguided attempts at finding the positives in the world of hurt currently unleashing itself on the globe simply don’t add up, and while others have managed to find the funny side amid the chaos the western world’s elite are causing in delaying meaningful addressing of the challenge, Ken Ring here offers no useful insight, nor accuracy, nor even the most febrile attempts at humour. proof

Above and below: Meaningful and effective humour,
infinitely more worthy than Ken Ring’s pointless article
published by the increasingly side-lined Yahoo! NZ news.

arctic We can tell his statistics and informative tone are simply useless by his complete lack of reference to any authoritative, peer reviewed studies. Why not even one nod to anyone else’s good work, Ken Ring? We are left to believe it is simply because all ten of the brief paragraphs that should have been entitled: ”Ken Ring’s Ten Most Dishonest, Disingenuous, and Daft Reasons Why Global Catastrophe is a Good Thing” are simply pulled out of his black hole of a feeble imagination.

In a completely cold serving of seemingly ironic karmic revenge, the first of these also recently published ”7 Terrifying Consequences of Climate Change” actually begins with reference to a mathematical study to show the great degree of likelihood that killer heat waves are clearly due to human influence on the atmosphere. It is a great pity that Mr. Ring had had no time to research a little further along his apparently self-declared new area of expertise of the mathematics of climate change. Or should that just be ”expert-tease”?

It is inexcusable in this day and age, while people are still suffering in the Philippines and elsewhere around our global village as a result of catastrophic weather events clearly victims of the ”loaded dice”of global warming, that Yahoo! or any other media corporation should release such irresponsibly inaccurate drivel.  Both the author and the editor responsible need to be held to account and made to explain why they feel it appropriate to publish this erroneous nonsense in lieu of a verifiable news. The editor should also be sacked forthwith, and Ken Ring’s future writings viewed with ever greater servings of skepticism.   sea level rise154344723 copyThis is not to say that there are no good things to come out of global warming. Of course there will be benefits for some few, such as the real estate industry which will have to find and sell vast new tracts of land to resettle enormous percentages of population in very short spaces of time. For others, the pleasures are simpler and easier to appreciate: this 2011 video describes seeing snow in my home town as a ”once in a lifetime experience.” Actually, I remember quite clearly going to school through a thick blanket of snow when I was in primary school, back in the era of car-free days when gas-powered car drivers had to ration out petrol due, apparently, to the oil embargo imposed from the middle eastern nations.

Perhaps it should come as absolutely no surprise that this snowy sign from Mother Nature comes at a time when she is so blatantly being violated by the five ”Five Eyes” nations, who, rather than having achieved anything like their much vaunted and mythological energy independence, are actually desperately seeking to drill for any last residue of oil, fracking local neighbourhoods and their water tables beyond repair, and siphoning off final grease spots from the tar sands among the pristine boreal forests in the north of Turtle Island. Set against a backdrop of such disgusting destruction, Ken Ring’s little attempt at a rear-guard defence of the results of the imperialist English-speaking nations’ efforts may seem relatively inconsequential; however, it is exactly this sort of collusion between the media and the uber-wealthy 1% within our five cultural enclaves that has apparently allowed our governmental representatives to continue permitting and even subsidising the fossil fuel and livestock and dairy industries with any semblance of genuine authority.

The intellectual and moral doubt sewed by official and apparently unofficial PR reps makes it easier for us to ”want to believe” that it is acceptable for us to continue in life and ”business as usual.” Unfortunately, that time ended approximately forty years ago. Even a majority of the US population has finally got the memo that global warming is happening and it’s making a mess of the world we would love now, and would leave for our descendants. It’s about time the editors of Yahoo! start thinking about the world they want to bequeath, and it’s way beyond time Ken Ring went and dug out his face paint and red rubber nose again. That would be a much more honourable way to earn another day through his rapidly heating future.climate_bear

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I haven’t been doing much writing recently; I guess I’ve been too busy focusing on my work and being a good teacher. But recently a friend of mine mentioned how she’d had an exhibit back home in France. She’s really starting to take off as a painter.

I met Valerie back home in Aotearoa, when we were both doing taekwondo at the university club. I thought maybe she’d speak a bit of Korean, but actually, she only speaks fluent French, Spanish, and English! (Haa; that was a bad mono-lingual-Kiwi joke there.)

Anyway, I’m glad the article came out well.

Busan Haps - cover

That “the piece” has come out well is in large part thanks to the guidance of my friend the good editor Bobby McGill. He’s a pretty busy guy these days, holding down his full time teaching job, maintaining his post as editor-in-chief of the good magazine Busan Haps, and now with a new company, Meme Communications Ltd. That’s a great name for a marketing communications company.

You can tell straight away that these are some pretty smart, funny guys who are enjoying working together and making this company happen. Even the name of the group on their bio page is kinda funny: The Meme Team. Haa.

Best of luck to you guys, and to Valerie too!

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Oh! Music


Some of the group agreed to help out with some music because they wanted to record a fundraiser track to support Sarah Graydon while she was in hospital and in debt; the rest of us agreed. When we heard she liked The Beatles, Katerina suggested this song.

It’s been a lot of fun and great luck to get to play a little music with some great locally based musicians recently during the vacation. Having had a couple of practises and chosen four songs, we decided to try and record them. Fortunately, the Gwangju Community Center let us book a few sessions. Unfortunately, most of us were not very experienced at recording. Fortunately, some friends were able to figure it out. Unfortunately, we ran out of time for the fourth but were very happy to get three “in the can.” Fortunately, we met Paul Mossine. He agreed to film us live as we recorded one song.

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The Jeolla Safety Alliance

The Jeolla Safety Alliance has been well and truly established with the launch of this video.

Congratulations to Maria Lisak and William Harris for getting this video made. I hope it never needs to be used in a practical way; however, it is a very positive thing that this information is available and very clearly set out for anyone who speaks English in or around Gwangju.

Congratulations too, to Nancy Harcar and Laura Sparley for helping set up the Jeolla Safety Alliance. This group is, just like the video, a greatly positive initiative set up to address one of the worst negative realities of pretty much any given society.

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Girls Do Science

I’m really glad to have discovered this TED talk today. This is what I like most about TED; the voices of reason and experience exploding some of the most dangerous societal myths.

A word or phrase in English which I possibly heard in my undergraduate women’s studies papers but was certainly outlined here is “implicit gender bias.” Dr Randy Newman talks about it from 12:30 in the clip below, but, her whole talk is really worth anyone listening to and discussing fully, even in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

I especially like her conclusion from about the point of 15:30 onward. Indeed, perhaps the greatest benefit of the shared wisdom that is consciously communicated effort of higher education is the conclusions we can learn to draw from experience. Many – I dare say most – women experience similar bias within the varied contexts of their many different lives and cultures each day, yet few can consider and then communicate the full weight of them so eloquently as delivered here by Dr Newman.

With regard to implicit gender bias, wikipedia.org does not have an entry on that specific phrase; however, it has links on both implicit stereotypes and also implicit attitude. It’s great to see these and other expressions written out and explained with clear examples so well in English. I really hope someone can translate even just a little of these entries into Korean on wikipedia soon. Our sisters need to learn this stuff. I think maybe it’s missing from the general Korean education syllabus.

The positive side of this last point is that I’m very proud to be teaching “mixed classes” at GIST. In my first class I taught this morning there was an equal number of each. The second class is nearly the same, with five out of eleven students being female. This is immensely encouraging, although given that this is a language class, it’s worth wondering whether the same holds true in all the students’ main subject research labs.

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Cop out #18?

You may well know that one of the most important international meetings ever to occur is currently underway. The strangely named COP 18 is being held in Doha, Qatar, until this Friday. It’s the COP 18 meeting of nearly 200 countries who are tasked this year with finding and agreeing to the details of an effective replacement for the Kyoto Protocol.

Then again, you may well not know about it. Judging by one major online news source, New Zealand certainly seems to be facing a virtual media blackout on the very mention of the two week long conference. One of the nation’s leading news websites, the appropriately named “stuff.co.nz,” returns merely one single article on proceedings, and that’s for all three of the searches under the separate terms: Doha, Qatar, and Cop 18. Appearing as the fourth result of a search for the term Qatar [edit/ update: now the third, perhaps as a result of ranking improvement], but, crucially, NOT appearing under either COP 18 or even Doha, the tone of the article is quite rancid with acrimony and bitterness, virtually espousing a negativity akin to passive/aggressive ranting. Furthermore, it deals not even with the current proceedings of the meeting, but rather questions the “rights” of the host nation to hold the talks in the first place. But more on this tone of implicit vitriol later.


This overt failing of the website demands answers to a string of questions. Foremost in my mind: Why have the editors clearly deliberately avoided making up-to-date news on this conference able to be searched under the most obvious term: COP18, the name of the event itself? Even Qatar, as the name of the country, would be useful as a reference point for some people searching for current stories of this world-shaping event.

This gross negligence leads me to wonder: Why would the editors want to deliberately bury this, the one and only story referring to this, the major environmental meeting on the calendar and concerning all related issues and nations?

To be quite clear: stuff.co.nz is an aggregate news site. It supposedly presents ALL major news articles from ALL the nation’s local daily newspapers throughout the nation. Perhaps such stories have been carried in print but not put online, however, this in itself would be markedly unusual and would raise the question of why those stories have not been published online. Clearly then, there is something extraordinarily strange going on here, for which the editors of all the local daily papers would seem to have something to say which is not being said, online at the very least. Perhaps, for example, editors are venting their views and highlighting the meeting via their editorials, which are generally not included on this site.

To return to the tone of the article, it is rare to find any article on any subject which presents such a litany of examples of negativity in so many different contexts. From the title itself to the quotes, the attitudes presented are critical of the host nation in a way which belies New Zealand’s own hypocritical attitude as a developed nation, reliant on the huge amounts of methane and carbon pollution produced by the livestock industry, and our reliance on the majorly disastrous airplane to get us anywhere beyond Auckland’s beaches.

Clearly, the approach of stuff.co.nz bodes badly for the likely attitude of New Zealand’s representatives in Doha, Qatar, at the COP18 conference itself. Fortunately or not, the bad news for the rest of the world as presented by NZ’s governmental representatives is in fact the case, as is borne out by articles presented by the other news site, nzherald.co.nz. The tone of defensiveness continues even in this most recent of articles from yesterday’s news, though gratefully, the absurd vitriol has abated. Rather, as the title of another piece pointed out a day or two before, “Climate change talks may be ’embarrassing’ for NZ.” Why anyone would bother with the straw man attempt at a handshake pass with the words “may be” here is a laughable question in itself. There is no question, and the better verb form here is an emphatic: ARE. This state of affairs is in fact so offensive to the rest of the world, that even the online activist group Avaaz.com has been called to arms with this petition they are ready to present to the NZ Prime Minister.

In the 1970s New Zealand citizens repeatedly raised record amounts of money for charity on nationwide “telethon” events, and we also learned to feel good about our identity as a naive young nation by doing relatively well in such irrelevant events as the Commonwealth and the Olympic Games (on a strictly per capita basis, of course). In the 1980s we, the people, faced down the might of the US with regard the imposition of the threat of nuclear catastrophe by resisting the visits of nuclear powered and possibly nuclear weapon-equipped ships. We, the people of New Zealand, also stood against the governments of both New Zealand and South Africa, demanding introspection of our own cultures. In a dramatic string of events which saw the streets and the rugby fields covered with riot police, we asked hard questions, namely: the place of politics in sport, and the place of racism in the very structure of our daily lives. It was a time of maturing as a nation; of facing ourselves and taking on our own responsibilities as a people.

And yet in this new century where the major threat is the weather bomb of our own making, we have not enough foresight to insist, loudly and clearly, that our very own leaders stand with those low carbon footprint countries who will suffer most as a consequence of our recent luxuriously oil-soaked lifestyle.

Clearly, that website needs to be renamed immediately. The only question is which is better: stuffall,co.nz, or completelystuffed.co.nz…?

As you contemplate the answer, please go ahead and help the New Zealand government to grow up a bit, do the right thing, and change their tune: please vote in Avaaz’s petition and forward to others who might appreciate the opportunity too.

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