Thursday, April 12, 2012

Election Day

I'm sitting here at work. Which doesn't really seem unusual. Except for the fact that not even the nurses at the health center here on campus are at work today. Every professor is off. Every school is closed. University students have the day off. Yes, the time has come. For it is Election Day!

Election day is apparently a really big deal here in Korea. It's also a great excuse to not work, and many are indeed taking advantage of it. The reason I'm here is because we are running a camp, and since children can't vote anyway, it doesn't make sense to call off an entire week of camp for one day that doesn't even matter for them. So here I sit.

Cho Myung Chul
This parliamentary election is pretty interesting. The Korean parliament, in general, really.... (Google "Korean parliament" and see what comes up. Seriously. These people get crazy.) For this election, there's a North Korean defector named Cho Myung-chul running for the National Assembly. If he wins, he will be the first North Korean to hold a seat in South Korea's unicameral legislature.

Cho says he became involved in politics to try and establish better policies when dealing with Pyongyang, the capitol of North Korea. This would be great right now, what with this whole missile business...

Happy Election Day, people!

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