Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Nobody thought that the May 18 Uprising in Gwangju against the dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan could leave an eternal scar in the hearts of Korean people. The incident could probably be the biggest human casualty in the modern history of Korea for the sake of democracy. A fight that Korea shared with the world. I think Gwangju is truly the birthplace of Korean democracy.
May 18 Memorial Tower
The structure is huge. It serves as a gate to the “main” cemetery. According to the guide, the folded hands structure and the egg shape in the center combine to symbolize the resurrection of life and the reflection of the sunlight from the Tower represents the seed of hope.
After that we watched a documentary about the May 18 Uprising. I almost cried while watching it. I couldn’t believe that it happened also in Korea. What I mean by “also” is that because it also happened in the Philippines. For the sake of democracy many people died.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I was able to watch 2 performances. One performance was at Bitgoeul Hall. A musician from India called Debashish Bhattacharya together with his fellow musicians had an impressive performance of their unique rendition of Indian music. I just learned that the group he was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for his album Calcutta Chronicles. He also invented his own slide-guitars. (For more information please check http://www.debashishbhattacharya.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debashish_Bhattacharya )
I hope that the festival would run annually. The festival is a good opportunity not just for the people in Korea but to people around the world to witness the world united through music. This is the official website of the festival http://www.gjwmf.com/index/eng/index.php
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I was part of this summit where my group won 2nd place. This is an article featured in the Joong Ang Daily.
As the time of the Seoul G-20 Summit grows nearer, undergraduate and grad school students had a chance to participate in a mock meeting of their own at the Y20 Summit held at COEX in Seoul, which came to a close yesterday.
On the final day of the summit, around 100 students, selected from 424 applicants, addressed development and environment issues, touching on such topics as natural disasters and agricultural productivity. Discussions on previous day dealt with financial regulations, security issues and frameworks for strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth.
One delegate from India set the tone before the start of the discussions.
Subhojit Chakladar, 24, asked delegates not to criticize “what specific groups have done wrong [as of now] because this is a session to address the problems of the future.”
The students were grouped into 20 countries and three additional teams representing the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.
After a joint declaration, six teams were selected as most outstanding participants, based on their logic and persuasion skills, and given prizes.
The delegates representing the European Union placed first and were given the G-20 Summit Preparatory Committee Award. The members of the team were Ewha Womans University’s Lim Pu-reum, 21; Sogang University’s Kim Min-seong, 24, and Kwon Hye-ji, 29; Dong-eui University’s Kim Ha-na, 22; and Kyung Hee University’s Kim Tae-young, 23.
Delegates representing Korea and South Africa placed second while India, Indonesia and Ireland placed third.
No matter what nationality or race, pride swelled through the grand ballroom at COEX yesterday as the three-month event came to a close.
“I feel so proud of myself,” said Ro Hyeon-young, 21, who was a Korean delegate. “We had many meetings before the leaders’ summit that went on for hours until late into the night and I think I only slept three or four hours a week [preparing].” Ro said other students should take interest in the G-20 meetings. “Although many students participate in model UN meetings,” she said, “in G-20 you get to respect each nation because individual country’s opinions are really important.”
“The Y20 communique was striking in that it covered the entire agenda for the G-20,” said Sakong Il, chairman of the G-20 preparation committee. Song Pil-ho, JoongAng Media Network president, was also present at the awards ceremony.
The event was hosted by JoongAng Ilbo
By Christine Kim [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Seoul expressed deep concern over the growing popularity of Pyongyang’s Twitter site, which has links to anti-South Korea and anti-U.S. statements on its official website www.uriminzokkiri.com.
The number of its followers surpassed 5,600 Wednesday afternoon, up 10 times from 560 as of 1 p.m. Monday.
“Twitter users should be aware that interacting with a North Korean site may violate the Inter-Korea Exchange and Cooperation Act,” Lee Jong-joo, a spokeswoman for the Unification Ministry, said Wednesday
(Full Article: http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/08/116_71619.html)
On the other hand US lauded North Korea's entry into the Twitter and YouTube global networking systems, expressing hope that technology will help information reach deep into the reclusive regime, according to Yonhap News Agency.
In another tweet, Crowley said, "The North Korean government has joined Twitter, but is it prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well?," Yonhap said. "The Hermit Kingdom will not change overnight, but technology once introduced can't be shut down. Just ask Iran."
(Full Article: http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/08/113_71595.html)
An employee at the management office of an apartment complex there told police that the 46-year-old is presumed to have jumped from a window of the apartment building.
Lee Jae-chan is a son of Lee Chang-hee, the late president of magnetic tape supplier Saehan Media who is the second son of the Samsung founder. Lee Chang-hee died of blood cancer in 1991.
Police said they suspect he committed suicide by jumping from his apartment. No suicide note has been found yet.
Lee Jae-chan, former CEO of Saehan Construction, an affiliate of Saehan Group, has not had a job since 2000 when he resigned after a merger, according to reports.
Separated from his family, he lived alone in his apartment for the past five years, the reports said.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The 2010 Gwangju World Music Festival will be held from Friday, August 27, 2010 to Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the plaza in front of the Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju. The festival will feature both international and local musicians comprising of 30 teams from 15 countries. From France's ‘chanson’ to Brazil's ‘bossa nova’ and Argentina's ‘tango,’ the festival is a prime opportunity to appreciate the history and culture of music from around the world.
"The festival is designed to promote communication through the medium of music by offering a chance for international and local musicians to work together," said a festival official.
☞ Festival Period: Friday, August 27, 2010 - Sunday, August 29, 2010
☞ Location: Gwangju-si Dong-gu Asian Culture Complex, Geumnamno Park, Gwangju Theatre
☞ Tel: +82-62-350-2473 (Secretariat of Asia World Music Festival)
☞ Korea Travel Phone: +82-62-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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