It was especially hot this summer. Special issues heated Korea. First, the two Koreas held a historic summit. The meeting between the leaders touched the hearts of many South Koreans who watched the historic event through live broadcasting on their televisions. What I dared not to dream in former days became quite common now. Wasn’t there anybody besides me who did not feel so good to hear such good news? Frankly speaking, I was disappointed. Do not misunderstand me, please. I was disappointed not with the improvement between South-North Korea, but the attitude of the press announcing the news.
All the press concentrated their energies on the issue when the leaders met in Pyongyang and when the separated families had their reunions. Of course, the media had to cover these events. However, it is regrettable that the press forgot about some people who needed it, too. I think what we had to know was not the private matters of a specific person, but the pain of the public.
The second issue that heated up Korea this summer was labor strikes. Doctors, bank employees and hotel workers occupied the streets. All interested parties including the government did not listen to each other. That is the problem. Everybody indicates lack of communication and nobody is interested in the other`s opinion. They only speak out about their situations. Don`t you blame them just because of your inconvenience? (related article from page 6 to page 9) Like a Jean Haword`s saying, we may cut off a way to know the eternal truth.
So, the staff here at The UOS Times- changed our title from The Seoul Times- will do our best to listen to your opinion. We will hang on and announce the pain of all members of the UOS rather than the private matters of a specified person. For that, we will always open our door and our minds. Not just by waiting for you, we will go out to see you and to listen to your stories. We need your help in giving your attention to our magazine and pointing out our mistakes. We are dreaming of our magazine which can listen and be open to whoever is affiliated with an university and non-affiliated reader of The UOS Times.