Helping the Prez & Yu-na Sell Pyeongchang
The Wall Street Journal
As the South Korean media and public absorbed and dissected their winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, a lot of attention has fallen on the final presentation. It was broadcast live in South Korea and showed, for the first time to many Koreans, prominent people like President Lee Myung-bak and champion figure skater Kim Yu-na speaking in English.
And some Korean media attention has fallen on an American consultant named Terrence Burns, who was portrayed mainly as a speech coach to the bid committee, including Mr. Lee.
But Mr. Burns and his Atlanta-based firm, Helios Partners, provided much more than speech coaching to the Pyeongchang bid effort. They started working with the Pyeongchang bid committee in mid-2009. And for most of the time since then, Mr. Burns has been racking up the frequent-flier miles shuttling between his office and Seoul.
Is Kim Jong-il Going Gaga?
The Chosun Ilbo
Rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is suffering from dementia are spreading quickly across the isolated country. Reports say the leader is increasingly incoherent during his so-called on-the-spot guidance trips.
Rumors of Kim Jong Il’s possible senility have been circulating as far back as 2006.
Ryu jumps to No. 21 in world rankings
Los Angeles Times
U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu jumped to No. 21 in the world rankings for women’s golf after beating fellow Korean Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff Monday.
How Korea’s Rich Spend Their Money
The Wall Street Journal
One of the major findings is that rich households splurge on education. Almost a quarter of household spending, the biggest of any spending category, is on schools, cram schools and private tutors for their children. For average households, the comparable figure is 15.3%, still the most of any spending category.
Less surprising is that real estate is the most popular investment for South Korea’s rich.
‘Mythomania': Derek Kirk Kim’s Live-Action Cartoonists [Video]
The Eisner and Harvey-winning cartoonist behind such works as Same Difference and Other Stories, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang) and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm), Derek Kirk Kim is expanding his creative repertoire with a new live-action Web series. Called Mythomania and described by Kim as a “slice of life” story, the series follows aspiring cartoonist Andy Go and his peers as they draw and debate comics. Mythomania’s first season will be split into nine ~10-minute episodes, the first two of which you can watch below.
Beautiful, ugly and great Koreans [OPINION]
The Korea Times
Though they may be outnumbered by the omnipresent Chinese, I have been struck by the behavior and appearance of the Korean travelers one can’t help encountering at airports, railway and subway stations.
The members of this tribe are predominantly in their 20s and 30s. They are largely youths, couples and young families. Most seem to speak at least a smattering of French or English; some speak these languages very well indeed. Virtually all are good looking, impeccably and well-mannered: In short, these Kims, Parks and Lees are a credit to their country.
What a wonderful change they make from the Korean tourists of a decade or so ago!
The best soup you’ve never heard of
Orange County Register
Other than ethnically Korean folks, I doubt many know about sullungtang, a beef soup with a broth made from brisket, ox tail and beef bones (including cow’s feet), giving the end result its milky white consistency. Some readers may already be balking at the mention of beef feet, but if I didn’t tell you, you would happily slurp the soup up and be none the wiser.
North Koreans getting a taste for South Korean soju
The South Korean soju Chamisul became extremely popular with North Koreans for having a better flavor and scent than that made in North Korea. The report stated that “Like Chamisul, North Korean soju is 25% alcohol, but many people much prefer the scent of Chamisul… At every open market there are an unexpected number of merchants with 10 bottles or more.”
A century on, Korean-Mexicans trace their roots
The Korean immigrants also had their names changed unwillingly. At the Yucatan registration office, the Korean surname Choe switched to Sanches, Ko into Conora, Kim into Kin or King, Yang into Llanes, Park into Pa or Pan and Chang into Chans.
This Korean Baby is Sleepy