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Seoul Tribune

Welcome to the Seoul Tribune. We are a website that is owned and operated by a recent start-up company — less than 9 months old — called the Kievalo Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.

The mission of Kievalo is to connect East Asia with the West, and vice versa, by providing meaningful insight and value-added services. The vision of Kievalo is to be a bridge which promotes knowledge exchange, peace and business synergies across different countries (languages) and cultures.

As such, one of the knowledge exchange delivery platforms of the Kievalo Corporation is this website – i.e., the Seoul Tribune. We are not a (daily) newspaper, nor we are an international news agency.

We are — by using a term that we’ve coined — an online “Knowledge Transformation Enablement (KTE)” service provider created for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and learning about different cultures and/or countries. For this purpose, a Knowledge Transformation Enablement (KTE) Framework was developed at the Kievalo Corporation, and is shown, with its entities, steps and processes, in the diagram immediately below this sentence.

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A classical example for how old school knowledge can be transformed into a new state of mind is the example of Christopher Columbus. For centuries, it was taught in the Western world that Christopher Columbus had “discovered” America and it was written this way in many text books all across the Western (European) World.

However, today, the common view is that Christopher Columbus (1450 – 1506) was the first European who had “reached” –  not discovered – American soil. This “shift in mindset” is clearly apparent by how the United States now celebrates Columbus Day (October 12) each year as the “arrival day” of Columbus to the Americas as a Federal Holiday, rather than the day Columbus had “discovered” the Americas, which was the way of how this event was taught to students just a few decades ago.

Another classical example is how people, and the Roman Catholic church, had once thought that the earth was at the center of the universe. It was not until the Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543), who had introduced a Sun-Centered Solar System based on newly found evidence and facts, did the occurrence of a fundamental paradigm shift (knowledge transformation) happen in science and society.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT KIEVALO’S “KTE” FRAMEWORK?

As our civilization continues make progress in the digital and knowledge economy, one key element of an effective leader — in future terms — will be her (his) ability to rapidly pick-up, combine and adjust to new (or different) ideas that originate from multiple sources and/or other cultures.

The consequence of not having this ability to cultivate, adapt to, and make new sense of a world that is constantly changing will render a probability of high-risk for falling into a negative area (zone) where nationalism, bigotry, propaganda and the temptation to monopolize and/or control media outlets will become the “easy” answer to solving domestic social problems and resolving international conflicts.

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The problem with this old and easy approach is that it now has very dire consequences as the smart-phone revolution, along digital cameras, have revolutionized the sharing of news and the presentation of real-world facts.

In other words, leaders will no longer be able to easily manipulate media and/or preach propaganda since every socially significant event will be potentially subject to digital capture and/or a re-tweet, taking place at the speed of light. This also means that people — the general public — will no longer be as easily fooled as they had once been in the past.

Hence, a new breed of leaders who are seeking to create a brighter future for their constituents will need to be constantly on the alert to filter out and make important decisions in a system where the information has a transparent flow, and where multiple (new and old) opinions are shared in abundance.

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DIFFERENTIATION

Géographique Coverage:  What differentiates us from other websites on the internet about East Asia is that we include the Koreas (South and North), Greater China (PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam, Russia and the United States territory of Guam.

Thus, our coverage is not just limited to the Korean Peninsula,  China and/or Japan but also encompasses Mongolia and Eastern Russia (including the areas of Amur Oblast, Irkutsk Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Primorsky Krai, Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Sakhalin Oblast, Magadan Oblast, Chukotka Okrug and Kamchatka Krai).

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From a different cut and layer, we also include reports, written in English, on the people, culture and history of Manchuria (Manchurians), Buryats, Ainu, Loochoo (a.k.a. Lew Chew), Vietnamese, Chukchi, Koryaks, Evans and many other small ethic minorities who also make-up the fabric of the East Asian community at large.

World Contributors:   For the “Featured Posts” section, our group of international contributors are — for the most part — all either established high achievers in their respective fields or creative entrepreneurs who bring their own unique perspectives, opinions and stories to our audience.

All content and opinions, provided by our contributors, are either for informational purposes only and/or expressions of personal opinion. They do not represent an official position of any companies the contributor is involved with now, has been involved in the past or will be involved in the future.

We make no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided by our contributors. Their contributions, and opinions, do not constitute investment, legal, tax, health and/or any other advice.

International Audience :   After the unofficial launch of our site during January this year, and as of 15 July 2014, we have so far — with much appreciation and thanks to visitors like you — had more than 20,280 visitors, and more than 129,782 pages viewed, from 126 countries.

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Our Independence :   The Seoul Tribune is owned and operated by a company — viz., Kievalo Corporation — which has no historic ties with any large corporate entities and/or government agencies. Nor is it affixed to any one way of doing things. This means that we are able to present to you a “fresh” perspective on a wide array of topics (subjects).

OUR LOGO

As your gateway to East Asia, we also aspire to become the “champion of the people” which is the reason for why the name “tribune” – or Seoul Tribune – was selected from the “Western” world by our executive team.

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Our symbolic logo, for the Seoul Tribune, is a representation derived from “Eastern” world philosophies with “Heaven, Earth and Person” from the “East and West” becoming inter-connected through the “5 (Natural) Elements” of the universe; and where the manifestation of “Yin & Yang” virtues become prevalent for achieving peace, balance and harmony. Now, if you put all of these things together — it’s presto, like magic — you get a gateway (i.e. a welcoming entrance and your link) to East Asia.

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The company name of “Kievalo” originates from along the banks of the Danube river in Europe. Specifically, the nation of Hungary. Kievalo is a variant form of the word Kiváló (with a single comma accent on the a and o) which means “e”xcellent (extra-ordinary and/or outstanding) in Hungarian. As an end-product, we added the “e” (Ki + “e” + valo) to the word Kiváló — by using the font color of light blue — so that the meaning of “e”xcellence comes alive in our corporate brand and company logo.

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The Kievalo Corporation, in accordance with its etymological roots, is firmly dedicated towards pursuing a level of unparalleled excellence for its customers, and is aiming high to become a true market leader in our new field of work.

The Danube river flows for 2,872 kilometers (1,785 miles) – from the Black Forest (Germany) to the Black Sea (Romania) – and is the only river in the world that passes through 4 country capital cities — Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Solvakia), Budapest (Hungary) and Belgrade (Serbia) — making it one the world’s greatest international rivers.

CORE VALUES

In order to reach a level of unparalleled excellence, the core values of the Seoul Tribune are represented and listed-up in the boxes underneath in a “support” versus “against” format.

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REGISTERED TRADEMARK

The Seoul Tribune and Kievalo name, symbol and logos are registered trademarks in the Republic of Korea and/or other countries.

TARGET AUDIENCE

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HOW TO USE THIS SITE 

The Seoul Tribune, from content perspective, is constructed with 4 major sections:

  • (A) first is a “Feature Stories” section,
  • (B) second is a “Featured Posts” section,
  • (C) third is a “What’s Trending in East Asia” section, and
  • (D) forth is the “Languages” section.

Section (A) – Feature Stories

Each of our “Featured Stories” section is presented in a way that has eight [8] components that comprise one “Full Story”. The short description of these eight components are written below.

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[1] LEAD STORY:  The lead story is a topic that has been selected by the Seoul Tribune. It is a summary of past news and provides to the users a story under the topic of interest.

[2] VALUE-ADDED INSIGHT:  This component provides meaningful insight from an East Asian perspective and/or Westerners perspective. It attempt to provide at times a balanced view, and during other times without a balanced view to highlight differences. This component of the full story, further attempts to provide information and/or knowledge that would otherwise be difficult to come across unless you were fully raised and/or educated under a different (local) system of social values, habits, culture, language and education.

[3] FOOD FOR THOUGHT: This component provides comments for the reader to think, analyze and criticize. Along with value-added insights, this is where one may potential reject, accept or modify their existing thoughts/views toward further understanding East Asia against western ideas and values, and/or vice versa.

[4] LANGUAGE FOOTNOTE:  This component is unique as very few websites provide footnotes that present the same word(s) in English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and at times Russian. If you are in the process of learning to read, speak or write anyone of these languages, it is meant to help you understand and compare the usage of language.

[5] RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS:  This component provide a pathway to navigate into other websites where more information can be picked-up about the subject (i.e. Full Story). It was meant to provide a link into just a few outside stories so that those who are interested may cross-check or validate some of views written in the foregoing components.

[6] MORE INFORMATION FROM YOUTUBE (VIMEO): At times, a picture is worth a thousand words. Moreover, people usually enjoy and prefer video over plain text. Thus, this component provides an external link to publicly available information presented on YouTube and/or Vimeo.

[7] YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Six (6) other stories and/or categories will automatically appear for you to further review or ignore. Please feel free to move on to the next section, if nothing in particular interests you.

[8] A SECTION FOR USER DISCUSSIONS & DIALOG:  Should you have a comment that you’d like to share, or would like to express your opinion, by all means, please feel free to participate in the discussions. Kindly read, however, our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy —- located on the main menu under About Us — prior to publishing any comments.

Section (B) – Featured Posts

The Featured Posts section provides commentary, opinions and the view of a large group of international experts who possess first-hand knowledge and/or work experiences in their professional own field of work.

Our international contributors provide thoughtful insight to, and share their experiences with respect to East Asia or their own areas of expertise with, the readers of the Seoul Tribune in order to help narrow gaps of understanding between cultures and/or different international perspectives.

All content and opinions, provided by our contributors, are either for informational purposes only and/or expressions of personal opinion. They do not represent an official position of any companies the contributor is involved with now, has been involved in the past or will be involved in the future.

Section (C) – What’s Trending in East Asia (Weekly Update)

Keep abreast with what’s happening in East Asia. Get the big picture and a wide array of different views from multiple international sources – not just your local news agency (single source).

Provided each week to you are a handful of randomly selected new stories (providing a completely new panoramic view) that have happened in East Asia, and elsewhere, over the previous few days with valued-added insight (summary) and food for thought.

If you visit our site on a periodic basis, you will be able to find the “What’s Trending in East Asia” postings each week to learn (or relearn) more about East Asian culture (events) or that of the West (anywhere west of East Asia) by applying (using) our KTE (Knowledge Transformation Enablement) framework. Thus, serving the purpose of narrowing cultural gaps (improve mutual understanding) and mitigating conflict (and/or misunderstanding) on road towards finding peace.

Section (D) – Languages

This 4th section of the Seoul Tribune is not yet ready for service. We are in the process of building out this function with the goal of getting it ready before November 2014.

WHY IS UNDERSTANDING EAST ASIA SO IMPORTANT NOWADAYS? 

Over 20% percent of the world’s population lives in East Asia, and its size in terms of geographic area (excluding Eastern Russia) is 15% percent greater than that of Europe. The economies of China, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam combined are already virtual the same size as the European Union and the United States of America.

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Amongst other implications, what this means (from a non-East Asian point of view) is that at least 1 out of every 5 transactions (social, digital and/or business oriented) will likely take place on a daily basis with someone who’s living in East Asia. It, therefore, makes sense to examine and learn more about East Asia – its people, history, languages and culture.