From the Ground Up
Dr. Markus Bell is an East Asian specialist, focused particularly on the two Koreas and Japan. He has researched issues related to East Asian culture and society for the last ten years and is currently a lecturer at Sheffield University's School of East Asian Studies.
This website represents his hope to share his passion for people, places and some of the critical issues affecting East Asia today.
네 시선- 네 생각- 네 느낌으로 あなたの視線 - あなたの思い - あなたの感じで
A commuter bus sweeps by in downtown Seoul
From the islands of Japan, across the East Sea to the Korean peninsula,
over the mountains which run like a scar through the rice paddies of central Korea and onto Manchuria.
Seas of corn under leaden skies,
interspersed with villages and the occasional city that emerges from the horizon and is gone just as fast.
Life moves with such speed- it turns and turns,
sometimes there's no time to focus the camera or scribble down notes.
Despite this, some truths do exist, that happiness can be found riding a train across the endless plains of Manchuria and at the bottom of a wooden bowl of rice wine.