Articles by Me
My Financial Times TV columns from 1999-2001 are sort of available on this page.
Culture and Politics:
Lenny Letter: Kimchi Temper 6 July 2018
New York Times Op-Ed: I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had. 8 Dec. 2017
CNN Opinion: The Age of Vampires Has Given Way to the Age of the Zombies. 31 Oct 2017
Quartz: Unfamous Valley: Why it sucks to be not quite famous 21 July 2017
CNN Opinion: The President who got impeached for being embarrassing 12 March 2017
Lenny Letter: The President and the Ghost Whisperer 25 Jan. 2017
Quartz: Please stop saying the Japanese are descended from Koreans 27 April 2017
Quartz: Sid and Nancy and Me (chosen as one of 10 best personal essays on Quartz for 2016) 12 October 2016
Quartz: 23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color 26 August 2016
Wall Street Journal Op-ed: K-Pop Music and the Hallyu Hullabaloo 17 June 2016
Quartz: Justin Timberlake is going to ruin Eurovision 13 may 2016
Quartz: Conan O’Brien accidentally exposed the culture gap between Koreans and Korean-Americans 16 April 2016 (one of the 10 most-shared articles on Facebook for that date)
Quartz: How Snoopy helped make ‘Peanuts’ the definitive Sunday comic strip 15 August 2015
Quartz: How I made the leap from being Korean to being Jewish 25 June 2015
Quartz: Korea’s newest slogan is Seoul stupid 11 November 2015
Quartz: Charlie Hebdo’s Gross-out Humor is a Tradition Worth Preserving 15 Jan 2015
New York Times Book Review: Suki Kim’s ‘Without You, There Is No Us 14 Dec 2014
Newsweek UK: Korean Cool Is The Ultimate National Marketing Ploy – Newsweek 8 Aug 2014
Quartz: Tiger Mom is Many Things, but She’s No Racist, 26 Jan 2014
Wall St. Journal Op-ed: I Got Eyelid Surgery, but Not to Look White 13 Oct 2013
The Formula One contestant list is a veritable multinational hodgepodge: Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the young racing prodigy who claimed his third Formula One victory at… (November 28, 2012)
Following the Nov. 6 US elections, there are now an unprecedented 20 women in the Senate, up from 17. This has led to what you… November 15, 2012
Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington, upon defeating Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, famously said, “The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing…
People get fired on Friday more than any other day—perhaps because bosses hope that by Monday, the… November 09, 2012
Microsoft’s Halo 4, being released worldwide on Nov. 6 (Nov. 8 in Japan), is by far the most expensive game in Microsoft history, and has… November 05, 2012
Weather.com wanted New Yorkers to know about three closures as they prepped for the Hurricane Sandy: subways, schools, and Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks. The coffee chain… October 29, 2012
This article is part of a series on the 2012 wine harvest and how certain vineyards have been coping with the effects of global climate… October 04, 2012
France 24 articles here
Boston Globe: We’ll Always Have East Berlin: Germany’s Strange Nostalgia for Life Behind the Wall 8 Sep 2003
New York Times: Teaching Germany to Grin and Bear Cheerleading 30 November 2003
New York Times: Rise of the New Europe in Euro Pop 26 May 2003
My first-ever op-ed in the mainstream press: WSJ op-ed on Estonian accession to the E.U. 2002
Financial Times: nam june paik guggenheim review 26 Feb 2000
Los Angeles Times Op-ed Resilience in Paris 13 November 2015
The biggest royal event in France since Versailles: Burger King is coming back, Quartz 30 November, 2012
After being deposed 15 years ago, the King is back in France. Burger King, in partnership with the Italian company Autogrill (which specializes in restaurants…
Thought Leader Handbook, Rule 1: After disaster, lie in wait. Wait until the “What hath God wrought” phase is over, usually about 12 hours. Rule…
Finance articles for Investopedia (where I am Senior Finance Editor):
Explained like you’re five.
Easy come, easy go in volatile cryptocurrency pricing
Who’s who, and all the financial background you need to watch HBO’s tragic “The Wizard of Lies.”
Elected leaders from Connecticut have voiced opposition to a bill requiring a 19% tax on hedge funds.
Happy 3/14, or “Pi Day.” As Pizza Hut pointed out on its blog, “Pi is everyone’s favorite irrational number.”
The billionaire and author of eccentric investor letters made the announcement on his LinkedIn page.
The gajillionaire is portrayed as humble, but lovable – and also a little weird.
First, you’re known for poor quality. Then you’re the envy of the mobile world. Then you’re banned from planes.
There’s money to be made on election night, even after the markets close. Here’s how you could have done it last night.
Despite repeated bursts of panic, and yet another hard fork due to security breaches, Ethereum is just fine.
Silicon Valley legend John McAfee’s bizarre past is laid bare in a new Showtime documentary by a filmmaker with an axe to …
Is bitcoin money, legally speaking? That’s a matter of disagreement. The IRS says it’s property, not money. Now a judge has …
A failed military coup against Erdogan’s regime caused a mass Lira selloff. Here is a list of some ETFs with exposure to …
The Ethereum exchange is under brutal hacker attack. Missing: 3.6 million ether, all siphoned by one account.
The stories behind individual Americans’ involvement in the Panama Papers are becoming interestinger and interestinger.
A Q&A Sunny Vanderbeck, Managing Partner of Dallas-based Satori Capital, who has some enlightened views on the future …
Experts predict that the fallout from the Panama Papers has only just begun.
If you’re mad at David Cameron, brace yourself to be mad at Hermione Granger as well. And possibly one Charlie’s Angel. And …
First of all, there aren’t 214,000 entities mentioned–there are more than 320,000.
Prepare for global mayhem.
GM’s not at peak and Caterpillar is not at trough, says one of the investing world’s most colorful speakers, David Einhorn.
Why today is like (and not like) 1981 – a warning from Stanley Druckenmiller, the world’s most famous forex trader.
Sohn Investment Conference 2016, nerd prom and Met Gala for the investor set, is upon us. Here is an almost live blog.
Amazon has a potential to grow to a $3 trillion company by 2025, says this investor.
The dichotomy of do-gooder vs. profit-seeker may be at an end, according to proponents of the increasingly popular conscious …
So, Martin Shkreli is not the only celebrity who seems unable to understand how to use Twitter.
Martin Shkreli, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but you might be one of the weirdest ex-CEOs of all time. …
An ABC miniseries on Ponzi scheme king Bernie Madoff gets inside the head of a man who was, in fact, not too big to fail.
Vampires have money. Zombies and zombie-hunters are basically everybody else.
TV dramas about Wall Street have historically tanked. That is, until Showtime’s “Billions.” A few financial crises can alter
Sony Betamax is the business textbook case study of a company’s spectacular oversight in assessing consumer demand.
The U.S. Marshals are auctioning off 29,656.51306529 bitcoins seized from drug site Silk Road. To be eligible, you’ll need …
“If Bitcoin lives up to its potential and becomes the working capital of international trade, it could be used for cross …