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Ugandan teenagers perform melody of dreams
Mar 10, 2014
The passion of one Korean classical music lover has led to the birth of the first-ever youth orchestra in Uganda. Her name is Maria Park. Park established an orchestra for Ugandan teenagers, the Youth Orchestra Africa, in June 2007 and built a music school for high school student...


Paul Potts’ movie-like life hits the screen
Mar 05, 2014
Opera singer Paul Potts has lived a life more dramatic than that of many movie characters. The 43-year-old Potts recently came to Korea for the March 13 launch of “One Chance,” a new biographical film that depicts his life story. If there’s one piece of advice Potts wants to give...


Sixty years on Jejudo: Irish priest shares his memories
Mar 04, 2014
There is a man from foreign lands who has lived in Korea since the 1950s. He remembers the nation when it was in turmoil and he sees it now with its GDP per capita of over USD 25,000. Arriving in the nation as a Catholic priest, he is an exemplar of generous love and sacrifice. H...


World’s eyes on designer Choi Bum Suk
Feb 27, 2014
Earlier this February in New York, about 500 people took a close look at a fashion show put on by a Korean designer. Among the audience were fashion directors of popular fashion magazines like GQ, Esquire, Details, Vanity Fair, Bruce Pask and WWD, and buyers from well-known U.S. ...


Footballer Ji So-yun: “Even if I were born again, I’d s...
Feb 27, 2014
Ji So-yun has become the first-ever Korean to join the FA Women’s Premier league in England, as she penned a two-year contract with the Chelsea Ladies Football Club (Chelsea L.F.C.) on February 5. Being part of the Chelsea ladies’ team, the 22-year-old footballer will be pitted a...


Eum Jun-young, creator of “Robocar Poli”
Feb 25, 2014
“As a mother of two children, I put motherly love into every episode of ‘Robocar Poli,’ to tell my boys how important it is to help others and how much happiness they can get from it.”So said Eum Jun-young, the director of the worldly-renowned animated children’s series “Robocar ...


Koreaphile makes learning Korean easy
Feb 21, 2014
A young American has published a Korean language textbook. He is 29-year-old Billy Go, who runs the YouTube channel “GO! Billy Korean,” and gives online lectures about the Korean language. Billy Go who resides in California recently published “Korean Made Simple” to help non-Kore...


Model Sean Yong struts his stuff in Milan
Feb 18, 2014
There’s an Asian fashion model confidently striding down the runway under the spotlight in Milan, Italy. It is 27-year-old Sean Yong. Despite many appearances in international fashion shows, the young model, ironically, has not drawn that much attention in his home country, Korea...

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New Zealander hikes North, South Korea
Feb 04, 2014
Roger Shepherd is an avid outdoorsman who has hiked the length of the Korean Peninsula, both North and South. Hiking the length of Korea consists, essentially, of hiking the Baekdudaegan. The Baekdudaegan (백두대간, 白頭大幹, or “Great White-Topped Mountain Range”) is the heart of the Ko...


Lee Young-chil enamors classical music lovers across Eu...
Feb 03, 2014
In Europe, the home of classical music, there is one highly-recognized Asian conductor, often called the conductor “whose strokes of a baton create touching music.” That is Korean conductor Lee Young-chil. The 44-year-old has conducted across Europe, including in the U.K., Poland...