Does North Korea’s Latest Tantrum Signal Internal Dispute?
Wall Street Journal
What caused North Korea’s sudden change-of-heart – this time – to run away from inter-Korean rapprochement?
While Pyongyang’s caprice has been routinely featured in the history of the two Koreas, experts say Saturday’s abrupt indefinite postponement of reunions of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War may suggest internal conflict among the North’s policymakers.
Until Saturday, tension between the two sides appeared to be at its lowest point in months. Since late May, the North has shown an interest in dialogue after spending the spring issuing war threats following a nuclear test in February.
China Bans Some Exports to North Korea for Fear of Weapons Use
New York Times
In a sign of increasing concern about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, China published a list on Tuesday that included military-like hardware and chemical substances to be banned from export to North Korea for fear that they could be used in constructing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
The items in the 236-page document are prohibited from being sent to North Korea because “the dual-use products and technologies delineated in this list have uses in weapons of mass destruction as well as their vehicles,” the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.
The list was released two weeks after new satellite photographs showed that North Korea might be resuming production of plutonium at its newly reconstructed nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.
N. Korea may be preparing for another missile test: experts
After months of a peace offensive, North Korea may be gearing up for another missile launch, U.S. experts said Monday.
They note the return of Pak To-chun, a top North Korean official in charge of missile and nuclear development, to a public scene. Pak, communist party secretary overseeing the munitions industry, had been unusually absent from major reported events since May.
His disappearance raised speculation that he might have been purged or demoted due to possible technical glitches in the nation’s missile program. In early September, however, he reappeared in the North’s state media.
Decayed corpse found in Gangwon
The police yesterday found a corpse that may be that of a 58-year-old Incheon woman killed by her son over a money dispute.
The Incheon Nambu Police Precinct reported yesterday it found the body wrapped up in a blanket in a mountainous area in Jeongseon County, Gangwon, at around 9:10 a.m. Because the body is decayed, police said it couldn’t identify it immediately. It sent the corpse’s teeth to the National Forensic Service for examination.
The police suspect it is the body of Kim Ae-sook, who was reported missing by her second-oldest son last month. Kim and her oldest son, Jung Hwa-seok, 32, have been missing since Aug. 13. The police suspect Kim’s second son, a 29-year-old motorbike delivery man, murdered the two.
Two N.J. women plead guilty for roles in Bergen County identity theft ring
NJ.com (New Jersey)
Two New Jersey women admitted their roles in a large-scale identity theft scheme that bilked banks and credit card companies out of millions of dollars, authorities said.
Rita S. Kim, 49, of Fort Lee, and Hyon-Suk Chung, 50, of North Bergen, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud.
The two women were part of a “sophisticated” Bergen County identity theft ring led by Jimmy” Sang-Hyun Park, in which they obtained Social Security numbers from Asian immigrants working in American territories, such as Guam, American Samoa and Saipan, and used them to create fake identities in order to obtain bank loans and credit cards. Some 50 suspects were arrested during a federal crackdown on the identity theft scheme back in 2010, Chunge and Kim among them.
L.A. Celebrates 40th Annual Korean Festival
Neon Tommy (University of Southern California)
The 40th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival is happening this week from Sept. 26-29. The event is free to the public and will take place at Seoul International Park on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue. Throughout the years, the Los Angeles Korean Festival has become diverse, attracting more than just Korean-Americans living in the city. It has become multicultural, allowing cultures to come together to understand other cultures, as well as giving individuals the opportunity to mingle without any barriers. In order to help other cultures come together, the festival sets up events that focuses on other cultures, rather than focusing on the Korean-American culture. Last year’s Korean Festival had some good reviews and feedback. This year, there are more exciting things planned and you won’t be disappointed. There are performances and attractions each day of the festival. At this year’s festival, attendees can expect to see fashion shows, youth talent shows, singing competitions, parades, flash mobs, Latin music concert, and much more.
Lee Young-ae Impresses Fashion Moguls with Korean Dishes
Actress Lee Young-ae participated in a fashion show for Gucci’s women’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection in Milan last week. She also met Anna Wintour, editor of the U.S. fashion magazine Vogue. At a separate dinner event in Florence co-hosted with Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco, Lee presented traditional Korean dishes to guests.
“I hope this event will provide an opportunity for Korea and Italy to know each other better through their shared love of food,” said the actress.
Shin-Soo Choo hits walk-off single as Mets fall to Reds in extras
New York Daily News
The Mets may be dreaming of signing Shin-Soo Choo in the offseason, but this morning he is their nightmare. The center fielder had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Reds beat the Mets, 3-2, Monday night at Great American Ballpark.
The soon-to be free agent outfielder finished with three hits and two RBI and with the win, combined with the Nationals’ loss to the Cardinals, the Reds (90-67) clinched a playoff berth. The Mets (71-85) lost for the first time in four games.
Choo Shin-soo enjoys third 20-20 season in home runs, steals
Choo Shin-soo of the Cincinnati Reds picked up his 19th and 20th steals of the season at home against the New York Mets on Monday for his third career 20-20 season. With the 20th swipe, Choo joined the 20-20 club in home runs and steals for the first time in three Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons. He entered the game with 21 homers for the season but didn’t add to that total against the Mets. Choo went 3-for-6 at the plate in the game and drove in two runs, including the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the 10th. The Reds prevailed 3-2 to clinch a playoff spot in the National League (NL).
Cho Jang-geum, 81, weeps as she fills out an application to reunite with North Korean relatives. Photo via Vancouver Sun.
North Korea indefinitely halted plans to allow reunions for family members divided by the Korean War, despite recent signs of improved inter-Korean relations. The humanitarian program, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday, would have have allowed hundreds of separated family members to meet for the first time in six decades.
North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said that the South is resorting to “reckless and vicious confrontational” measures in telling its people that the helpless North is reluctantly agreeing to reconcile its relations with the South.
The North also took offense to the recent arrest of the South’s pro-North Korea legislator Lee Seok-ki. Lee, along with his 130 followers, recently staged a protest in Seoul to help North Korea overthrow the South Korean government in the event of war. Lee has since accused the South Korea’s government of trying to silence critics of its president Park Geun-hye at all costs. Continue Reading »
Picking up steam: North Korea appears to be firing up its old nuclear reactor
Within days of the tenth anniversary of the first “six-party” talks, aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons programmes, two columns of steam rose from the nuclear complex at Yongbyon, north of the capital, Pyongyang. Shut down in 2007 in a deal that supplied the North with fuel oil, Yongbyon’s gas-graphite reactor can produce a bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, according to a report by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The news has put a damper on a recent upswing in relations on the Korean peninsula that followed North Korean tantrums, including a nuclear test, earlier this year. The two Koreas have restored military hotlines. On September 16th they reopened a joint factory complex at Kaesong, just north of the border. And on September 25th the regime in Pyongyang is to allow around 200 relatives separated in the Korean war to meet in the North in the first family reunions for three years. Even food and medicines have begun to trickle through.
A damper perhaps, but hardly a surprise. The North announced a reboot of its 1960s clunker in April, and satellite imagery of the complex has since revealed steady progress: expansion of its uranium-enrichment facility and the finishing touches on a new light-water reactor. But much is still unclear. International inspectors have not set foot there since 2008.
Why is Spam a luxury food in South Korea?
The pre-cooked tins of pork meat are the stuff of jokes, lunch boxes, wartime memories and, here in South Korea, a low-key, national love affair.
Spam has become a staple of South Korean life, and the country is now the biggest consumer of it outside the US.
Since Spam was first launched in the US before World War II, more than seven billion of these chunky little cans have rolled off production lines – like the ones at Spam’s South Korean factory in Chuncheong Province.
Here you can find Classic Spam, Mild Spam, Bacon Spam, Garlic Spam…. “If you’ve got Spam” the slogan on the can proclaims, “you’ve got it all!”
Facts and Tidbits About Chuseok Rice Cakes
Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, is inextricably associated with songpyeon, or glutinous rice cakes filled with healthy ingredients. However, according to old documents and folklore, the rice cakes had nothing in particular to do with the harvest moon and were eaten on a number of holidays.
Some documents say that many different types of songpyeon were enjoyed in springtime, and some say they were eaten on the first day of the farming season. Land owners would make big rice cakes and give them to their slaves and farmhands, matching the number to their age and asking them to do good job.
According to a different source, people ate tteokguk or rice cake soup on the first day of the year, yaksik or yakbap (literally “medicinal rice”) or steamed glutinous rice mixed with chestnuts, jujubes and pine nut on the 15th of January, and songpyeon on the third day of the third month in the lunar calendar.
I Got Eyelid Surgery, but Not to Look White [OPINION]
Wall Street Journal (subscription req’d)
By Euny Hong
Last week, the Chinese-American talk-show host Julie Chen revealed on CBS’s “The Talk” that she had double-eyelid surgery early in her career, after a boss at an Ohio TV station insisted it was the only way she would get in front of the cameras. An agent told her the same thing. Plenty of people found fault with the TV executive and the agent for putting that kind of pressure on Ms. Chen, but critics—most of them Asian—have also laid into the broadcast journalist, claiming that blepharoplasty is a form of racial reassignment surgery, indicative of Asian self-hatred and white-worship.
The accusation is bogus. I should know: In 2002, I had the double-eyelid procedure. I did it because I was dissatisfied with my appearance, of course, but not because I wanted to look Caucasian.
Admittedly, my experience is different from Ms. Chen’s in that I’m a Korean-American who was raised in South Korea, where the procedure is extremely common.
19-year-old North Korean’s dangerous journey leads her to Boise State
Eun Hyang Kim is a quick-to-smile student at Boise State just beginning her academic career. At 19, it’s hard to believe she already has a full life of adventure behind her.
Kim escaped from North Korea in 2011. She’s enrolled in an intensive English program at the university.
North Korea, which has been controlled by a dynasty of dictators since World War II, is known as one of the most isolated, closed societies in the world. Just this week, North Korea refused to cooperate with a United Nations probe into alleged human rights abuses.
Kim’s journey took her through China, Laos and Thailand — across thousands of miles, over mountains and rivers.
Her route followed a circular route. She had to travel some 5,000 miles south to Thailand before circling back safely to South Korea.
Bicyclist killed by vehicle
Daily Sentinel (Colorado)
A male bicyclist is dead and the Palisade woman who was driving the vehicle that hit him was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The cyclist, 25-year-old Eunjei Cho, died of injuries apparently sustained in the accident, the patrol said.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the man’s next of kin had been notified of his death. Lewis said the family lives in New Mexico, but could not say if that’s where Cho was from.
Though not all the details of the accident were known late Wednesday, the cyclist was riding near Whitewater Hill on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 south of Grand Junction when the 29-year-old driver of a red Chevy Blazer, Tonie Rosales, “drifted” and hit one of two cyclists along the highway, according to the patrol and police on the scene.
Driver of car in fatal Chesterfield wreck charged with reckless driving
Times Dispatch (Richmond)
A reckless driving charge has been filed against the driver of a car that crashed Sept. 2 in Chesterfield County and fatally injured a passenger.
Chesterfield police today said Hui Kyong Maxwell, 62, of the 8800 block of Chester Forest Lane was charged with the Class 1 misdemeanor in relation to a crash that occurred when her vehicle ran off the road in the 6900 block of Hopkins Road and struck the Korean Baptist Church.
A passenger in Maxwell’s vehicle, Pyong Kil Kang, 75, of Sunnyvale, Calif., died at a hospital.
Elgin cop trains officers in South Korea
Daily Herald (Illinois)
An Elgin police sergeant spent a week training officers in South Korea, providing guidance on topics ranging from state-of-the-art equipment to surveillance.
Sgt. Jim Lullo, a 22-year veteran who supervises its gang crimes unit, returned to Elgin on Saturday after a week in South Korea, mostly in Asan, a town of 250,000 about two hours from the capital, Seoul.
He was part of a group of about 20 instructors from the U.S. and Kenya. Although he’s conducted numerous training across the state, this was his first outside Illinois.
Lullo trained South Korean officers on surveillance, including the use of technical equipment such as trackers, recording devices and covert cameras. He also took part in a four-day course on foot surveillance in the streets of Asan.
Jailed South Korean woman risks contempt of court by refusing access to disputed Brisbane property
Courier Mail (Austrailia)
The woman, who can only be known as KH, is in remand at Brisbane’s Women’s Correctional Centre and has been treating Queensland and the Supreme Court as a joke since December.
KH, 55, had been on remand over fraud and attempted fraud for a month when Supreme Court Justice Roslyn Atkinson sent her to jail in July for contempt. In December, Supreme Court Justice Anthe Philippides ordered KH to sign over properties in South Korea to a Queensland man, but she has repeatedly refused.
KH, who was denied bail for her fraud charges in June, knows that even if she transfers the property as ordered by the court she will remain in jail until her criminal case is heard at the end of the year.
Kickstarter. A plane ticket to North Korea. And then, superstardom for two local rappers?
A few weeks ago, a Kickstarter project was posted on the Internet featuring two young men who went by the names of Pacman and Peso. The duo and their producer were using the crowdsourcing site to raise money for a creative endeavor; they wanted to make a music video. A rap music video. They wanted to do it on a karaoke party bus. They needed only $6,000, a fairly modest sum, considering that this estimate also included lodging and two overseas flights. The video, you see, was going to be filmed in Pyongyang.
“This trip will be a fantastic opportunity for Pacman and Peso to meet young, dynamic people and significantly broaden their horizons,” read the proposal, which was posted Aug. 30, “in addition to jump starting their musical careers.” The title was straightforward and surreal: “Pacman & Peso Make a Music Video in North Korea.”
Because this is what North Korea has become: a place of hideous human rights violations but also a surreal punch line, a backward land where Dennis Rodman is our best diplomatic liaison to Kim Jong Un and where, if you’ve heard anything about its relationship to popular music, what you’ve heard is this rumor: In August, Kim’s ex-girlfriend, herself a performer and dancer, allegedly was discovered to have made a sex tape, and for this, was put to death by a firing squad.
Justin Bieber tweets about possibly performing with G-Dragon and Psy?
Justin Bieber is scheduled to hold his very first concert in Korea at Olympic Park next month on October 10 and the world pop star hinted that both Psy and G-Dragon could possibly perform or make an appearance.
Earlier today, Justin Bieber tweeted, “excited to get to Korea to perform on October 10th. Maybe u will see my guys @psy_oppa and @IBGDRGN. Get the bbq ready. #BELIEVETOUR”
British Chef Falls in Love with Korean Cuisine
Duncan Robertson is the head chef at N Grill, the revolving restaurant on the top floor of the N Seoul Tower in Mt. Nam. He previously worked in an obscure restaurant called L’Envie in the small French town of Brive and helped it win a Michelin star.
Robertson went to Harrow, the exclusive private school in England, and on to Cambridge University, where he studied law. But he ditched a career in the law in favor of cooking, taking classes at Westminster Kingsway College in London.
Robertson said he has no interest in fusion cuisine but rather wants to create the highest quality cuisine using locally available ingredients.
Watch Kristen Kish Break Down a Lobster Bare-Handedly
Kristen Kish, Top Chef winner and chef de cuisine of Menton, demonstrates how to break down a live lobster with bare hands in this video from Zagat, diving right in and twisting the tail and claws off as if it’s made of gingerbread. On choosing a good lobster to cook at home: “It’s gotta be feisty,” says Kish.
Inside the country’s only Korean rice wine brewery
Earlier this summer when a “sleepy” man allegedly plowed his red DeVille into a bunch of tables at the Chicago Korean Festival, he mentioned one damning word to the police: “makgeolli.” That is decidedly not the image the folks behind Slow City Brewery want Americans to associate with the unfiltered fermented rice beverage that Koreans—originally farmers—have been drinking since the tenth century. The milky, slightly tangy-sweet sauce is frequently referred to as rice “wine” or sometimes “beer,” but it’s really not quite like either—or anything else.
Slow City, headquartered in an industrial park in Niles, is the first makgeolli maker in this hemisphere, thanks to an arrangement between president John Oh and Korea’s Baesangmyun Brewery, producers of a range of distilled and fermented Korean beverages. That’s an important distinction: imported makgeolli is made shelf-stable with preservatives that kill its natural enzymes. It tastes the same on the day you open it as it did on the day it was bottled. Slow City’s makgeolli breathes through a cotton-lined cap that’s commonly used in Korea, but which presents some special shipping and storage challenges here. More on those later.
N. Korea urges resumption of six-party talks ‘without preconditions’
North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy called for nations involved in the long-stalled talks on the North’s nuclear program to resume the multilateral process “without preconditions.”
“We are ready to enter the six-party talks without preconditions,” the North’s First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan told a forum organized by China’s foreign ministry in Beijing.
Kim said “preconditions” set by South Korea and the United States, however, “are in violation of the spirit of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement,” referring to a landmark agreement reached in 2005 at the six-party talks.
Under the 2005 agreement, North Korea pledged to give up its nuclear weapons program in return for a U.S. promise not to attack or invade it and to work toward normalized ties.
The one-day forum has been arranged by China to mark the 10th anniversary of the launching of the six-party talks. The off-and-on forum that involves the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia has been stalled since late 2008.
‘Asian Eye’ Surgery and Media Racism
News anchor and TV personality Julie Chen said last week that, earlier in her career, she underwent plastic surgery on her eyes to make them look “less Asian.” Chen’s story publicly reinforces a narrative of “fixing,” that Asian Americans—particularly females—have heard many times in relation to the physical traits that make them “different” than the U.S. norm.
Chen recounted last week on The Talk a conversation she had with a former employer about filling in for anchors who were away for vacation. Her boss was frank: She could never sit at the anchor desk because being Asian made her dissimilar from the Dayton, Ohio population the station served, dissimilar enough that she was no longer “relatable.” Then came the whammy that did Chen in:
“Because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera—when you’re interviewing someone—you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy. They are so small.”
Chen’s co-hosts gasped as she recalled this. There were murmurs through the audience.
South Korea on the Move
Wall Street Journal
South Koreans are bracing this week for one of the year’s worst traffic jams.
The land ministry forecasts more than 35 million trips will be made for the local Thanksgiving holiday, Chuseok, with 83.7% of travelers in individual cars. (The ministry counts one person going one way as a trip, so going and then coming back home counts as two—but it’s still quite a tally for a country with a population of 51 million.)
The 332-kilometer (206-mile) journey on the country’s busiest route – from Seoul to Busan, the second-largest city – is taking 8½ hours Wednesday, according to highway operator Korea Expressway Corp., for an average speed of 39 kilometers (24 miles) an hour. A survey by the land ministry said 33.8% of the holiday travelers are expected to move (slowly) along this route, which crosses the country from northwest to southeast.
As of noon Wednesday, 1.13 million cars had hit the country’s highways, with the majority moving away from Seoul and its environs, according to Korea Expressway. It forecasts nearly 400,000 more vehicles will follow in the afternoon and Thursday. Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province are home to 22 million people, or roughly 43% of the country’s population, according to official data.
‘War without guns’: SKorea’s passionate protesters
AP via Salon.com
South Korea’s most tenacious protesters compare themselves to warriors, and their demonstrations to a life-or-death struggle against evil.
They are known around the world for their passion, persistence and flamboyance. Their demonstrations — spontaneous and meticulously planned, large and small — form a near-constant backdrop for the 10 million people living in Seoul, the capital.
Their causes are rooted in the country’s tumultuous history: a brutal Japanese colonization until 1945, the subsequent division of the Korean Peninsula, three years of vicious warfare and decades of military dictatorship that gave way to democracy as South Korea became one of Asia’s strongest economies.
Ellicott City Man Arrested in Baltimore Food Stamp Fraud Sweep
Patch.com (Ellicott City, Md.)
An Ellicott City man was among nine store owners who face federal food stamp and wire fraud charges related to a scheme to illegally redeem nearly $7 million food stamp benefits for cash.
The indictments were handed up by a federal grand jury in Baltimore last week but unsealed Tuesday.
Jung Kim, 51, of Ellicott City, was one of the nine charged. He owns C&C Market at 4752 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. The indictment alleges that between November 2010 through April 2013, Kim allegedly obtained more than $600,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.
South Korea Embraces Craft Beer
Wall Street Journal
In a tangle of nondescript alleyways in central Seoul’s Noksapyeong district, a handful of Korean and foreign entrepreneurs are pioneering a new market for homegrown craft beers.
Hidden opposite a side exit to the U.S. Army’s giant Yongsan garrison is trend-setting brewpub Craftworks Brewing Co. Defying its shabby surroundings, Craftworks’ interior is upscale. The bar’s eight taps pour artisanal ales, wheat beers, lagers and porters — each branded with a Korean name.
Canadian Dan Vroon opened Craftworks with six fellow expats in 2010. The concept: Sell Korean-made North American-style craft beers.
Korean startups finally get all the limelight at beGLOBAL event in Silicon Valley
This past Friday, Korean startup blog beSUCCESS inaugurated its first beGLOBAL conference in Silicon Valley, bringing Korean startups together with globally-minded investors, incubators, and seasoned entrepreneurs.
For an overview of the event, I talked with John Nahm, a co-host of beGLOBAL and a founding partner at Strong Ventures. Nahm’s firm initially funded beSUCCESS and its series of startup conferences, starting with beLAUNCH in Seoul’s Gangnam district and Friday’s beGLOBAL conference in the US.
“Korean startups don’t have clout in Silicon Valley, so we wanted to create a high quality event with a top-notch group of startups and speakers,” Nahm said. “We’ve not yet arrived like the Israeli startups have in the Valley, since we don’t have a proven track record.”
A South Korean government agency, KOCCA, recently selected a group of startups to debut in the Valley (at last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference), but Nahm had some strong criticisms of the Korean government’s startup selection process.
New York Fashion Week Was Chock-Full of White Models. Again.
Now that New York Fashion Week is over, we’ve crunched the numbers. Of the 142 shows out of the 184 that showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014*, there were 4637 looks. Of those close to 5,000 looks, around 80 percent were modeled by white women. (80 percent. That’s a number that, if you look at the charts, we’re growing familiar with.) Fewer than 1,000 looks were given to women who were not white, mostly black and asian women, with some non-white Latina women sneaking in there. Women of other ethnicities, like Middle Eastern women, were barely seen.
Chef David Chang on the Joy of Cooking With Science
In June 2010, after six years of running a restaurant in New York City, I decided that we needed to learn about the science of what we eat. At the time, I had no idea how a cell broke down or what an enzyme or an amino acid was. It was all stuff I’d slept through in high school! But these are the basic processes by which cooking happens. The more we understand about the science of food, I realized, the better we would be able to cook.
The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn’t want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes. It didn’t need to be high tech, but we needed an environment in a vacuum. In retrospect, what I thought was a luxury was an absolute necessity.
We began working with a microbiology team at Harvard that had been examining microbes in cheese. We started by asking simple questions about foods we were experimenting with. Is this edible? Is this dangerous? We had to learn chemistry, then biology. We built up a working scientific vocabulary. Now we’ve begun exploring the processes behind ingredients we use every day in our kitchens: soy sauce, MSG, other sources of umami flavors. We’ve launched experiments in fermentation, using various strains of bacteria to create strange and wonderful new tastes.
Girls’ Generation’s Seo-hyun Hitting the Books for Acting Debut
Seo-hyun of of K-pop band Girls’ Generation will make her initial foray into the world of acting when she appears as a college student in an upcoming SBS weekend drama that is scheduled to air at the end of this month.
She said she has dreamed of being an actress since she was a child and has taken acting lessons since she made her debut as a singer.
“This is my first work as an actress, so it’s very special for me,” she said.
“I’m so enthusiastic about it that it fully occupies my mind these days.”
Foreign Loanwords in Korean
The Korea Blog
Like any other language, Korean has collected a lot of loanwords over the centuries. It doesn’t take long after learning a bit of Korean to start noticing the high number of foreign words all around you. You’ve probably heard all sorts of English loanwords, so I was more interested to skip by and look at some of the Korean words from other languages.
The origins of these loanwords are arranged chronologically, and you’ll see the correlation between age of the loanword and the complexity of the term, starting with basic Chinese numbering and going all the way to an Italian word for a specific type of cultural event.
It’s not surprising the Korean language has many loanwords from Chinese, seeing as how the language essentially used Chinese characters for over a millennium. Around 60 percent of the Korean vocabulary has Chinese origins, although most of them came over to Korean long ago and may not necessarily be recognised as Chinese anymore, the same way an English speaker might forget that “cafe” is originally French and “philosophy” is ancient Greek for “love of wisdom.” Also, many so-called Chinese words may have been developed long ago by Koreans using Chinese characters, predating the actual Korean language (would they still be considered loanwords in that case?).
South Korean soldiers shot and killed a man who was making a “rare” attempt to enter North Korea from the South at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the South Korean Defense Ministry said earlier today.
The New York Times reports that the man, wearing civilian clothes, jumped into the Imjin River near the city of Paju, where the river meets the western end of the border of the Koreas before it empties into the Yellow Sea. Troops opened fire after the man apparently defied orders from South Korean border guards to turn around.
The Defense Ministry told the Associated Press that the man was carrying a South Korean passport. He had reportedly been deported from Japan in June. Continue Reading »