Meeting Ambassador Young-jin Choi of South Korea

When I visited Boston last week for a friend’s wedding, my wife and I looked for interesting events. We didn’t get disappointed: besides attending a panel discussion with Howard Zinn on the withdrawal from Iraq and watching the Play Einstein’s Dreams, we had the honor of attending a dinner with Mr. Young-jin Choi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. Mr. Choi was giving an enlightened talk for WorldBoston.org.  I found a transcript of the talk he gave at the Carnegie Council – and below you’ll find my personal comments.

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Is Starbucks a good thing?

For years, I looked at Starbucks with suspicion, considering them a predator that pushed small coffee shops out of business.  Then I worked for a few years in Fort Washington (by Philadelphia), where Starbucks was the only option of getting coffee (not counting the horrible office coffee).  That already changed my opinion, as their quality is good, and the were active in the community, too.

I just read this interesting piece on Starbucks in the Economist, and they mention a few more tidbits that show that Starbucks, indeed, is different:

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Hiroshima and the atomic bomb

It’s been a while since you heard from us. Since our bike trip, we enjoyed Hiroshima for a few days, and are now at our last destination, Tokyo.

Hiroshima was mainly about kicking back (well-deserved after 560 km by bicyle) and, of course, the Atomic Bomb installations. Below you can read my impressions.

Maha added two essays to her pages: Hiroshima things besides the A-Bomb (like… the world’s largest rice paddle), and a page of random notes with plenty of pictures.

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