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Government improves and expands services for multicultu...
Mar 16, 2011
According to the Ministry of Justice, the number of non-Koreans residing semi-permanently in Korea has exceeded 1,000,000 people. The First Basic Plan for Immigration Policy was released in December last year, and includes government plans to invest 612.7 billion won to support m...

Seoul bans smoking in designated public areas
Mar 16, 2011
"Oath Pagoda” at Cheonggye Square (Photo: Gonggam Korea) Seoul Metropolitan Government announced an ordinance aimed at preventing secondhand smoke on March 1. According to the announcement, Seoul Square, Cheonggye Square and Gwanghwamun Square will be official non-smoking zones ...

Courses offer hands-on chance to learn about makgeolli
Mar 14, 2011
Makgeolli, a milky traditional Korean alcohol usually made with rice, is steadily becoming better known and more popular internationally. The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation announced in January that Korea expo...

Radio stations help spread multiculturalism in Korea
Mar 11, 2011
As the number of expatriates residing in Korea grows, Korea is evolving into both a multicultural and multilingual society. With more than one million expatriates now residing in Korea, more radio stations are working to provide multilingual services to offer useful living inform...

Ko receives America Award for contributions to literatu...
Mar 09, 2011
Ko Un (b. 1933), one of Korea’s most renowned poets, will receive the 2011 America Award. Established by the Contemporary Arts Educational Project in 1994, the prize honors authors for lifetime contributions to international writing.Previous winners of the America Award include N...

Korean producer to make documentary on Serengeti
Mar 09, 2011
Korean documentary producer Lee Jong-ryul (Photo: Yonhap News)Korean documentary producer Lee Jong-ryul is making film 3-D nature film at Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania.  Lee has been making documentary nature films in Africa since 1999, an...

Korean publication wins Ragazzi Award at Bologna Childr...
Mar 08, 2011
Korean author Kim Hee-Kyung’s children’s book, “A House of the Mind: Maum” recently won the Bologna Ragazzi Award for non-fiction. Although a number of Korean works have previously received mentions from the jury, it is the first time that a Korean author took grand prize at the ...

The season of hibernation comes to an end with the arri...
Mar 07, 2011
(Photo: Yonhap News)March 6 was Gyeongchip, the beginning of the third of 24 cycles that make up the traditional Korean year, and thought to be the day when frogs wake up from hibernation. In celebration of the day, children, full of curiosity and amazement, play with a frog at S...

Korean county offers scholarships and friendship in Afr...
Mar 04, 2011
A scholarship program run by a small county in Korea is receiving favorable responses from both overseas and from local tourists. (Left: The World Peace Bell, courtesy of Hwacheon County)Since March 2010, Hwacheon County in Gangwon Province has been charging 500 won for people to...

Companies provide programs to support multicultural fam...
Feb 28, 2011
The LG Corporation is dedicated to helping multicultural families through a variety of educational programs, including language and culture classes for children of multicultural families.  It also has a yearly grant for 70 students with language skills in Chinese or Vietname...