Not to make light of what was the apparent gravity of the protest, but one must question whether anything is worth lopping off your own finger.

Why did she do it you might ask?

Ask the BBC by clicking here. She did it over a little place called Dokdo and anyone not ancestrally Korean or Japanese will need some background to make some sense of the seemingly illogical passion that sweeps over people when they refer to Dokdo. Click here for the background.

At the end of the day, I have difficulty imagining cutting off my finger for disputed fishing waters in Lake Erie, but then again I lack jung. This whole thing is throwing my kibun out of whack.

This image was taken from a wonderful blog entitled Occidentalism.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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