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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...


Korea issues first startup visa
Jan 29, 2014
A foreign-born entrepreneur recently obtained the first startup visa in Korea. This is the first visa issued under a new startup visa system initiated last October in an attempt to give a boost to startup companies owned by foreign entrepreneurs. The first visa-obtainer is Jason ...


Firefighter artist lives in two different worlds
Jan 24, 2014
Last December, an artist became the first Korean winner of the grand prize at the Société des Artistes Indépendants, the Society of Independent Artists, held in the Grand Palais in Paris, France. The show was hosted by the Amitiés internationales André Malraux, a cultural associa...