The hottest issue in Korea now is on the importation of US beef, as part of the Korea-US FTA. My husband has been sleeping late lately watching all the debates and documentaries on TV regarding this subject.
Koreans (not sure if they are the majority or minority) are against the importation of US beef due to mad cow disease. They argue that it is really the reason since they import Australian beef. Candle-light protests have been held since the beginning of May. My husband and I even attended one held last Saturday, May 10th. I asked him to go to the Hi Seoul Festival, and he agreed provided that we go to the protest. What a compromise!
I’m not really mad about the importation of US beef. What I have a beef on is the maddening prices of the meat in Korea. I’m a beef eater eversince I could remember. We lived near the US bases in the Philippines and my mother would sometimes ask her US military friends to buy prime cuts for me. And that’s why I look like I need diet pills. I thought that importing would somehow lower the prices here, then I could enjoy the great “han-u” 😉
Read also about the Anti-Korean protest by US cows.