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February 2013 Issue No. 132
On The Cover:
Olympic Gold Medalist Ki Bo-bae
Athletic Supporters Run for a Cause
Healthy Choices Eating at SaladBowl
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ON THE COVER
THE EDITORIAL TEAM Publisher: Shin Gyonggu GWANGJU NEWS PRINT Editor: Kathleen Villadiego Assistant Editor: Stephen Redeker Creative Consultant: Warren Parsons Copy Editors: Darren Bean, Vanessa Cisneros, Michael Moak, Jon Ozelton, Bradley Weiss Coordinators: Karina Prananto, Kim Minsu Layout Designer: Karina Prananto Photo Editor: Matt Furlane Proofreaders: Heinrich Hattingh, Daniel Lister, Joseph Nunez, Jon Ozelton, Pete Schandall, Bradley Weiss. Special thanks to Jessica Keralis Researchers: Kang Heera, Jo Ara, Park Soyoung, Choi Minyoung
Cover Photo: Ki Bo-bae Photographer: Ken Lee
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Jannies Le (writer, photographer) is from Mississauga, a small suburb just outside of Toronto, Canada. Her passion is photography, fundraising and anything to do with food. Her journey to Korea was her first time outside of North America. She has traveled to six different countries in her year and a half here. Fundraising is not only her passion but her career as well. She studied Sociology and Event and Meeting Management in Toronto. Her time in Korea is filled with GIC classes (she is currently in her 7th level), hosting events with Athletic Supporters (an organization who fundraises through sporting events), and cooking fun meals for her friends. Shay Meinecke (writer) “I've been able to put my passions first and work within what I love. I find teaching, traveling, writing and athletic events to be at the forefront of what I'm enthusiastic about. These desires have led me from St. Louis, Missouri to Gwangju. Once here, I began writing for Gwangju News and discovered many more things to be excited about. I've found a comfortable rhythm here and look forward to exploring Korea even more.”
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contents on the cover 12 Ki Bo-bae: Setting Her Sights
By Seth Pevey
Photo of the Month
16 Athletic Supporters “Freeze
This Month in Gwangju
Their Asses Off” for the Environment/ By Alex Rathy
18 SaladBowl: Good Well-being Food/ By jjdp
21 Language Study At a Restaurant By Jannies Le 29 My Korea A Stroll Through Mugaksa By Na Seungju 40 Health Face Mapping: A Look Inside By Kristal Lee 42 Language Study Techniques for the EFL Classroom By Dr. David Shaffer
Photo Essay/ By Lindri Steenkamp
A Blossoming Artist/ By Bradley Weiss
VERITAS: Everybody Loves Harvard/ By Andrew Sweeney
Koh Chang: Thailand’s Elephant Island/ By Carl Hedinger
Three Stops: Tokyo/ By Matt Furlane
My Small World/ By Joe Wabe
Registering Your Lease and Protecting Your Key Money/ By Darren Bean
Guide to the National Pension for Foreigners/ By National Pension Service
Poetry by Jeremiah Lucas/ By Jeremiah Lucas
44 Literature Selected Korean Winter Poems II 48 Fashion Moisture: The Essence for Wetness By jjdp 51 Culture The Red Pen By Stephen Redeker 52 Food and Drink Bottle By Gabriel Ward 53 Food and Drink Korean Detox Soup By Choi Minyoung 54 Community Board
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Photo of the Month
By Jeff Dalgeish "I was taking a stroll through the weekly market in Sangmu on a Friday. This chap just so happened to catch the light well, so I snapped a candid photo and went about my business. He's holding squid tentacles if I'm not mistaken. He sells dried fish goods."
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This Month in Gwangju A brief roundup of news stories from in and around Gwangju
By Carl Hedinger Mudeung-san hosts Large New Year's Gathering Over 10,000 Gwangjuites ventured to Mount Mudeung for sunrise on New Year's Day. Braving the snowy conditions, many waited at the peaks of Seosuk-Dae and Jangbul-Jae, as well as other places throughout the park. Unfortunately, cloud-filled skies prevented visitors from seeing the first sun of 2013. Disappointment came over those in attendance, including 2,000 people and Mayor Kang who were participating in a sunrise event at Jeungsimsa. The celebration was to commemorate Mudeung-san's designation as a National Park in 2012. Nevertheless, attendees enjoyed the upbeat traditional percussion-led music (pungmul) and were treated to tteokguk (rice cake soup) and rice balls – courtesy of the Korean Red Cross and Kwangju Bank. So what if 2013's first sunrise was blocked by a cloudy snowstorm? Two local organizations made sure those on hand enjoyed their time with nice food and lively music. Food Price Disclosure to be Enforced City officials announced that restaurants have to display the total cost of meals to customers, through a law to be implemented on January 31st. The Food Sanitation Act was amended on December 17th and the new “disclosure” rule applies to any restaurant over 150 square meters in space. In Gwangju, this will affect 2,164 restaurants or 14% of all restaurants. Final prices including VAT have to be posted in the main entrance so potential customers can see them easily before entering. Restaurants that violate the law are to receive a corrective order, followed by a business suspension if the rule is not followed. A grace period up to April 31st has been offered for restaurants to have sufficient time to implement the changes, and a crackdown is set to commence on May 1st. While some restaurants may not be overly happy, customers will see it as an opportunity to find reasonable options through checking prices before entering a restaurant. Firefighter of the Year: Kim Oh-Joo from Gwangju Kim Oh-Joo from Seobu Fire station has been selected as one of Korea's “Heroic Firefighters of the Year.” According to The City's Fire Safety Headquarters, Kim won a certificate and cash prize from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on December 13th. NEMA selected eight firefighters after receiving recommendations of firefighters with excellent performance ratings. Gwangju's Kim, who was appointed as a firefighter in 1993, participated in the rescue mission after the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store in 1995; he saved 22 lives. He is also a qualified helicopter
emergency technician and an active air rescue worker. Kim said "It is a big honor to have worked as a firefighter responsible for citizens' lives for 20 years. I am grateful to receive this award. I regard firefighting as my true calling and will do my best to protect citizens." Gwangju City Helps Homeless Through Cold Wave Last December, Gwangju continued in its efforts to tackle the growing problem of homelessness. The City formed teams made up of district representatives to help during December's severely cold weather. The teams patrolled the bus terminal, parks and any other places where homeless people are known to stay. During this time, officials were able to convince around a dozen people to go to a shelter or to try and find their families. The program even allows homeless people to get advice on their debt problems. City officials said that they are trying to help the homeless be treated less as a distant and shameful part of society.
Mayor Kang serves food to the elderly Photo courtesy of Gwangju City Hall
Mayor Kang Serves Food to the Elderly Mayor Kang had a busy month in January, so it's no surprise that he gets a second mention. The mayor volunteered and distributed food to the elderly in Seogu's Senior Welfare Center diner on January 4th. Roughly 650 people visited the center to receive free meals, and as they were being served, the mayor asked about the difficulties they faced in life. Mayor Kang encouraged the volunteers and officials at the center to do their best to offer high quality meals and make sure that everybody was served. The City currently offers free meals to over 4,600 elderly people at 40 separate locations throughout Gwangju. A City official said, "We will try to reduce elderly hunger and offer good meals while considering that grocery costs are growing due to inflation."
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Upcoming Events Contributors: Kang Heera, Park Soyoung, Choi Minyoung, Jo Ara (GIC Gwangju News Team)
Movie @ Gwangju Theater Address: Chungjang-no 5-ga (two blocks back behind Migliore) Phone: 062-224-5858 Films change weekly to bi-weekly Fee: 8,000 won per person per film Check online for calendar and prices: (in Korean) http://cafe.naver.com/cinemagwangju
Girlfriend, Boyfriend 女朋友男朋友 여친남친
Genre: Drama Director: Yang Ya-che Starring: Bryan Chang Shu-Hao, Chang Hsiao-chuan and Gwei Lun-Mei Language: Chinese Synopsis: Three childhood friends in southern Taiwan leave their hometown. As time goes by, they start to have feelings for one another.
Sunshine Boys 1999, 면회
Genre: Drama Director: Kim Tae-gon Starring: Kim Chang-wan, Sim Hee-sub, An Jae-hong Language: Korean Synopsis: Two friends from high school stay out overnight to visit their friend who joined the army as soon as he graduated from high school and send him a 'secret letter'.
Beasts of the Southern Wild 비스트
Genre: Drama, Fantasy Director: Benh Zeitlin Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly Language: English Synopsis: Hushpuppy, a 6-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, on the Bathtub Island located outside the levee on the South Pole. One day Wink discovers he has a rare disease. He trains Hushpuppy to grow strong without him.
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Moonrise Kingdom 문라이즈 킹덤
Genre: Drama, Comedy Director: Wes Anderson Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Bruce Willis Language: English Synopsis: Set on an island called “New Penzance”, a young boy and girl fall in love and secretly run away together. This turns the island upside down.
Silver Linings Playbook 실버라이닝 플레이북
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Director: David O. Russell Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence Language: English Synopsis: Pat explodes after seeing his wife cheat on him and loses everything: his wife, house, and his job. He spends eight months in a mental health facility and now lives with his parents. He wants his life and his wife back, believing in the power of positivity. Then he meets Tiffany, a young widow.
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This Month at Holiday Inn Gwangju
Things to enjoy on Lunar New Year's Day Feb.9 - Feb.11) Gwangju Happy Winter Festival 광주 해피 윈터 페스티벌 Date: Dec. 2012 - Feb. 24 Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 Program: Sledge Park, riding air bounce, slide bounce and rides Directions: Take the bus to Kimdaejung Convention Center (01, 02, 270, 62, 73, 19, 20, 39, 69, 761, 518, 64, 38, 1000) and get off at Kimdaejung Convention Center bus stop. Admission: Children 15,000 won, Adults 12,000 won, Groups 10,000 won Phone: 1600-6689 Lunar New Year's Day Experience Event Venue: Gwangju National Museum Date: Feb. 9 - Feb. 11 Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission Fee: Free Phone: 062-570-7050 Bus to go: 29, 48, 63, 84 For more information visit: http://gwangju.museum.go.kr Sledge Parks Venue: Kumho Familyland Sledge Parks Date: Feb. 9 - Feb. 11 Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission Fee: Adult, Youth: 11,000 won / Children 10,000 won Phone: 062-607-8000 Bus to go: 29, 28, 38, 10, 57, 07, 419 For more information visit: fl.kumho.co.kr Skating Rinks Venue 1: Kumho Familyland Skating Rink Date: Feb. 9 - Feb. 11 Time: 9:30a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Admission Fee: Adult: 6,000 won/ Youth: 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won (Skate hire: 3,000 won) Phone: 062-607-8000 Bus to go: 29, 28, 38, 10, 57, 07, 419 For more information visit: fl.kumho.co.kr Venue 2: Yeom-ju Complex Gymnasium Skating Rink Date: Feb. 9 - Feb. 11 Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission Fee: Adult: 3,500 won/ Youth: 3,000 won / Children 2,500 won (Not Include Lending Shoes Fee: 3,000 won) Phone: 062-380-6880 Bus to go: 47, 20, 16, 74, 59, 06 For more information visit: http://www.gmcc.co.kr/
Well, here we go and it's February already – an exciting time to look forward to. We are starting the year introducing our Valentine's Day special choices. Cloud Lounge10th Floor and limited reservations Celebrate Valentine's Day with a very special six-course dinner menu. This includes a glass of Bava Rosetta Malvasia (Italian sparkling wine) to start and an Italian Chianti red wine with your main course. Hourglass’ Valentine’s Dinner Special Buffet
We are setting the tables formally and with a beautiful rose to give your table a special feel. 41,500 won, inclusive of VAT The Lunar New Year Room Package
Period: Feb. 6 - 12, 2013 We have a great accommodation package that includes a full buffet breakfast for two, free internet access, free use of our indoor pool, fitness center and sauna for two persons. Package price for King Deluxe Room – 135,000 won per night (SVC & tax included) The entire Holiday Inn Team wishes you well. Best wishes, Michael Wilson General Manager Holiday Inn Gwangju Michael.Wilson@ihg.com
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World Best Show “Magic Knock” – 지상 최대의 SHOW " 매직 노크 " Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center Date: Dec. 22 - Feb. 24 Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Magic show time: weekdays 11:30 a.m. , 3 p.m. /weekends 11:30 a.m. , 1 p.m. , 3p.m. , 4:30 p.m. Admission fee: 13,000 won Phone: 1600-4534 For more information: www.magicknock.co.kr
Happy Winter Festival Kids Park Gwangju Special Exhibition 해피윈터페스티벌 키즈파크 광주특별전 Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center Date: Dec. 15 - Feb. 24 Time: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission Fee: Adults (over 14):12,000 won/Kids (over 18 months - under 14):15,000 won Phone: 1600-6689
Wild-eyed Friends 엉뚱한 친구들 Venue: Gwangju Museum of Art (Children Gallery) Date: Oct. 25 - Feb. 10 Time: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Mon closed Admission Fee: Adult 500 won/ Youth 300 won/ Children 200 won Phone: 062-613-7182 For more information: www.artmuse.gwangju.go.kr
Designation as Historical Site 20 Years Commemoration Special Exhibition Sinchangdong RemainsTime Capsule of 2,000 Years Ago 사적지정 20주년 기념 특별전 신창동유 적-2천년 전의 타임캡슐 Venue: Gwangju National Museum Date: Dec. 25 - March 3 Time: Tue - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Sat, Sun, holidays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m./ Mon closed Admission Fee: Free Phone: 062-570-7050 For more information: http://gwangju.museum.go.kr
PAEK YOUNGSU: 70 Years in Paintings 백영수 회화 70년 Venue: Gwangju Museum of Art Date: Dec. 4 - Feb. 24 Time: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Mon closed Admission Fee: Adult 500 won/ Youth 300 won/ Children 200 won Phone: 062-613-7182 For more information: www.artmuse.gwangju.go.kr
Ha Jung-woong The Young Artists Invitation Exhibition “Light2012” 하정웅청년작가초대전“빛2012 ” Venue: Gwangju Museum of Art Date: Dec. 7 - Feb 17 Time: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Mon closed Admission Fee: Adult 500 won/ Youth 300 won/ Children 200 won Phone: 062-613-7182 For more information: www.artmuse.gwangju.go.kr
Goodnight Analogue Good Morning Digital Lee Lee-nam Exhibition “굿나잇 아날로그 굿모닝 디지털”이이남전 Venue: Gwangju Museum of Art Date: Dec. 28 - Feb. 28 Time: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. / Mon closed Admission Fee: Adults 500 won/Youth 300 won/Children 200 won Phone: 062-613-7182 For more information: www.artmuse.gwangju.go.kr 10
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Concert – Kim Je-dong Talk Concert No Brake Season 4 김제동 토크콘서트 노브레이크 시즌 4 Venue: Grand Theater, Gwangju Cultural and Art Center Date: Feb. 2 - 3 Time: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Sunday Admission: Seat R 77,000 won / Seat S 66,000 won Phone: 062-650-3049
Concert – Song Dae-kwan versus Tae Jin-ah Rival Concert 송대관 vs 태진아 라이벌 콘서트 Venue: Grand Theater, Gwangju Cultural and Art Center Date: Feb. 23 Time: 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Admission: Seat R 99,000 won / Seat S 88,000 won / Seat A 77,000 won Phone: 062-417-6021
Play – Happiness 행복 Venue: Postal Insurance Gwangju Building 16th floor Pleasant Theater Chipyeong-dong, Seo-gu, Gwangju Date: Feb. 14 - Mar. 17 Time: 7:00 p.m. on weekdays except Monday, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sundays, Admission: 30,000 won Phone: 1600 - 6689
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Ki Bo-bae: Setting Her Sights Written by Seth Pevey Translated by Park Soyoung and Go Ga-yeon Photos by Ken Lee
n a hot day last summer, in a crowded stadium in London, the Republic of Korea won its staggering seventh consecutive gold medal in women's team archery. Just a few days later, a young lady from that winning team beat Mexico's Aída Román in a head-to-head shootout to take the individual women's gold back to Korea for the seventh time in the last 20 years. That woman was Ki Bo-bae, and she shares our home here in the city of Gwangju. These days, she can't walk down its streets without being recognized by proud Koreans.
to dream my dream bigger …. so I had to make sacrifices.” She must have missed out on something; some essential period of childhood tranquility was surely lost among the nocks and vanes. But she seemed to have very little regret. And why would she? Who among us can say we have experienced the adoration of our entire country, hard earned by being the absolute best at what we do?
But she still makes time for her fans – both native and those originating from far-flung locales. So much so that Gwangju News was recently given the chance to meet this hero of the bow, in an interview conducted at the Yeomju sports center. Ki is by no means resting on her laurels. Catching up with her on a break from heavy training, we took note of Ki's gentle voice and lithe, strong hands. Her eyes stand out too – bold with concentration. Hours spent locking in on targets may have left her with a thousand-yard stare, but her face remains soft and lovely, and her manner is warm and kind. She spoke gently about her childhood in Anyang, and the things that have shaped her passion for archery. “It was curiosity that got me started,” she said, recalling the first time she joined a school club at the age of 11. But of course curiosity alone will not carry you along to Olympic gold. By the time she became serious, still a girl in all respects, she was up to practicing for six to seven hours a day. With such due diligence, combined with parental backing and her culture's mad pace for obsessive preparation, she would grow great in time. “At first of course, I wasn't much good. I decided
Ki can. She recalls that the bigger her dream grew the more the rest of her young girl's life would shrink into the background, for being a champion at something as competitive as archery comes at no small price. “I was so busy training, I didn't even know that I had gone through puberty,” she told us, no doubt somewhat embarrassed by the admission. Her prescient parents were (thankfully, for the future of Korean sporting pride) supportive of her. They shuttled her to and from practice and made great allowances, always picking up the slack and helping her to advance. They were also both so pleasantly surprised by her ability.
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“I am the only athlete in my family,” she laughed. There were other supporters too, coaches and friends. There were rumors that one of her coaches had made her handle snakes in order to learn dexterity and fearlessness. But Ki assured us that they were false. But there are rituals and ceremony, nonetheless. Ki told us that she has a special way of counting the arrows she uses, to ensure that she never gets an unlucky one: numbering each arrow with a mark before competitions. Instead of dreading the thirteenth arrow, as westerners might, she instead always skips the fourth one. This, of course, is in deference to the fact that the Sino-Korean word for “four” and for “death” are the same (sa), and thus the fourth arrow has always seemed ill-fated to her. Superstitions aside, Ki knows how to preform when the pressure is on, as it was in full force in the 2012 London Olympics. She's no stranger to competition, and had already competed in the Asian Games among many other such tournaments, but the feeling of being in the Olympics, she says, was incomparable.
“It felt different when I participated in the Olympics. There was great pressure to achieve [the gold] as an athlete to represent Korea, which is well known for archery and archers.” It is true. No one can deny that Ki comes from a great tradition of wonderful Korean archers. The women of the ROK in particular have completely dominated the competition for the last two decades, only failing to win gold once, when they came in second to China in Beijing, 2008. Where does such skill come from? We asked the expert: “What makes this a sport that Korea, as a nation and a culture, seems to excel at?” She mentioned Korea's “tenacity,” and speculated that the Han peninsula has a long tradition of hunting wild and sometimes dangerous game using bows and arrows. Both are true enough, and surely the tireless hours that Koreans spend at work and practice must be of key importance. With such history and culture at her back, the incredible feeling when she finally won the gold was breathtaking. She described it to us: “I cannot express how
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Surely more medals are on the cards for her future, and at the very least a trip to Rio in 2016. She keeps up her training at a frantic pace, keeping sharp. “I will participate in the World Championship this year and I will do my best so I can participate in the Brazil Olympics as well.”
happy I was then. In fact, I think I was out of my mind. I couldn't believe that I won the gold medal.” When she returned to Korea, and back to Gwangju, she would find that she was a local star. These days, she gets a lot of attention. One might be tempted to call it adulation, but the humble Ki knows how to handle it with grace and dignity. “I was spotlighted …. The attention I received made me feel glad that I won two gold medals ... When people recognized me, I felt that I had achieved a big thing.” So what is in store for this world-class athlete?
She also has plans for the future that go beyond pulling a bowstring. We learned that Ki is going to do a postgraduate course at Gwangju Women's University. She'll take special education so that in the future, she can teach disabled children archery so that they can participate in the Paralympics. Also, she'd like to live in London for a while, having fallen in love with the city during the Olympics. Ki Bo-bae is a true sports hero, and a role model for young Koreans who want to achieve something that doesn't necessarily require late night cramming and a high SAT score. The Gwangju News team left the interview feeling awe inspired by her achievements, her dedication and the fact that she remains so humble and kind throughout all the limelight. She is a true credit to her country. With Ki at the helm, there is no doubt that the dominance of Korean archery will continue on into the future.
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Athletic Supporters “Freeze Their Asses Off” for the Environment By Alex Rathy Photos by Nabeela Irfan
The writer finishes the run
ell, it certainly could have been worse.
Temperatures were mercifully a touch milder than in previous weeks on the morning of January 13 as the Gwangju-based nonprofit charity group Athletic Supporters (AS) gathered for the first annual “Freeze Your Ass Off” 10K run to benefit the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Korea. With the mercury nosing a few notches north of freezing, 18 runners from the expat and local communities – not to mention a slew of helpers, fans and other benevolent riffraff – met in the newly developing Suwan region for a scenic Sunday morning run along the Yeongsan River. The race commenced promptly at 10:15 a.m. with 12 runners competing in the 10-kilometer division, five trying their luck on the 5-kilometer circuit and a final runner, Kim Il-su, ambitiously forging his own 12-kilometer course with the help of a few strategically placed wrong turns. Maryland native Job Merkel crossed the finish line first in the 10K class at a blistering pace of 42:43, and was followed closely by fellow American Tyler Priest while Ohioan Eric McGlaughlin rounded out the top three. 16
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In the 5K division, Adrian Ryan Jaimon secured victory by crossing the red-and-black scarf with a time of 28:01, while ladies champion and runner-up Rachel Arbing came across with arms raised triumphantly towards the heavens at 38:39. The runners were greeted at the end by cheering supporters and volunteers, as well as a bevy of refreshments and snacks including soju, beer, chocolate cupcakes and homemade cookies. Rumors circulating rampantly amongst the crowd about healthier options of water, energy drinks and bananas being available went unconfirmed for quite some time, until a handful of the more healthminded individuals present managed to track them down. Additionally, all participants received “swag bags” full of goodies to take home with them after the race. Festivities moved downtown to the First Alleyway where a bake sale of delicious treats prepared largely by the talented trio of Julie Maycock, Lindsay Ross and Lauren Norton attracted dozens and netted an additional 54,000 won for the cause. AS managed to contribute 342,000 won to UNEP
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Athletic Supporters group
Korea, easily exceeding their original goal of 300,000 won. In keeping with organizational policy, 80% of the total raised was donated, with the rest being used to fund the race and a small nest egg put away for future events. The group decided on UNEP Korea (and more specifically, the outfit's education fund) as a way to tackle a seemingly oft-forgotten issue in this country that the group's core members, as teachers, could get behind. After all, change often starts in the classroom. AS founder Shay Meinecke was taken aback by the sheer number that came out considering the cold weather. “I was surprised by the turnout. I thought the freezing temperatures would have deterred people from wanting to get out there and contribute … I was shocked by the help from the volunteers and the turnout from the competitors.” Meinecke also lauded the growing number of Korean participants as a key factor to the success of the event with so many native English teachers having left recently for winter holidays, noting: “… a lot of teachers were on vacation, [but] we saw a bigger showing of Koreans at this event, which is always a good thing.” For an organization that harbors ambitious plans to grow and expand into Canada, the United States and the UK by 2014, an increased local presence at the group's second event was most certainly a
welcome development. The “Freeze Your Ass Off” 10K comes on the heels of the Supporters' wildly successful inaugural event, last October's 3-on-3 basketball tournament, in which teams of hardwood hoopsters raised over a half million won for the MDream Children's Home. So, what's next for AS? According to Meinecke, a rock climbing event is already in the works for some time in February, to benefit a yet-to-be-determined local Korean charity. Furthermore, there has been talk of a football (or soccer, as it's known on the other side of the pond) tournament and other challenging athletic endeavours for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Clearly, the group has a well-defined vision of sports and charitable deeds working in unison for the benefit of all. “I created the group around the idea of fun, competition and helping others. I think there is nothing better than wanting to help, but doing it in a healthy, competitive manner,” Meinecke explained. For more information on upcoming events, be sure to check out the Athletic Supporters page on Facebook. A fully-functioning website (www. athleticsupporters.com) is also in the developmental stages, and will showcase the organization's events and the causes surrounding them, as well as other tales of athletic adventures for charity from around the world. Gwangju News February 2013 17
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food and drink
GOOD WELL BEING FOOD : instore and delivered to your home N By jjdp Photos by jjdp and courtesy of Salad Bowl
estled behind Lotte department store downtown I find myself in a Brooklyn-style sandwich shop that is more than meets the eye. From the outside it seems like a simple eatery that offers the fair share of light brunch items but once inside you discover a truly different way of eating and being healthy. SaladBowl is a new concept store that fuses tradition with the modern convenience that is perfect for those who are too busy to concentrate on eating balanced meals. How? With a specialised delivery service which will bring healthy, mouthwatering and delicious meals to your door daily. The store was set up two years ago in Daein-dong by a young businessman who wished to introduce his way of healthy eating to the masses. The owner and CEO nicknamed Bondoo, because of his love
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for 007, has certainly outwitted the competition on this one. Although only 31, he is ready to revolutionize the way you eat. But why salads and sandwiches? And why Gwangju? He explains that: “In the recent past cafes making western-style sandwiches were not that popular in Korea and even if you did find somewhere that served them, it was usually fast food toasties. Also another factor is that Korean sandwiches usually have many foods mixed together which often distracts from the taste of the individual ingredients”. His dream was thus to create American-style sandwiches which layer fresh ingredients individually to create a nostalgic taste experience but with a healthier twist. SaladBowl has two locations, one in downtown and the other in Suwon, offering a vast menu. This includes many favorites, such as deep-filled BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches, which are all served on multigrain wholemeal bread. Their mission is keeping flavors simple and easy. Other items on the menu include classic sandwiches like chicken salad and even one made from tofu and peanutbutter. For those wanting a hearty salad you can choose from a subtle ricotta cheese salad, a more robust smoked chicken and grapefruit salad or even an exotic smoked duck and orange salad. There are also various soups which are perfect for lunch. The cafe is also one of only a few select stores in Gwangju to serve freshly pressed green grape juice, which is packed full of vitamins, and 100% pure fruit juices with a hint of blue agave are also on offer. Expanding on the healthy living idea the other ingenious side of the business is that SaladBowl offers
a specialized delivery system which brings freshly packed healthy daily meals right to your door, the concept which has landed them regular coverage in various national magazines such as Men's Health. They have complete daily, weekly, or even monthly diet programs which you can purchase. All you need to do is open your door, unwrap, and eat. Everything is clearly labelled as to which mealtime and which course to eat when. Some of the top sellers of the moment are the Denmark diet as well as their vegetarian options for those who seek to lose some pounds during the winter months. Diet programs start from 100,000 won. But how did this Gwangju born and raised food maverick get to where he is right now? After completing his studies in Seoul, majoring in Sports Fitness, he moved to New York to study business, and this is where he fell in love with sandwiches. Soon after landing in the Big Apple and settling down he found a part-time job in a sandwich shop where he learned all the ins and outs of making healthy and nutritious meals. He goes on to explain that “SaladBowl's motto is 'A good well being place' where food is not just merely for satiating hunger but also for nurturing your body and becoming healthier” . By using only the best in organic produce sourced from around Gwangju and Jeollanamdo and also high-end imported products he is spreading his love for healthy eating and also expanding his business one store at a time. He runs the business with Creative Manager Kim Mu-sung and they joined forces two years ago and are now also looking toward the future and plan to expand to other areas in Gwangju such as Bongseon-dong, Sangmu and closer to Chungjang-no, before going Gwangju News February 2013 19
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nationwide. But it is not only Gwangju that is going crazy for this delivery system as it seems that the majority of the home delivery customers are from Seoul with up to 55 percent of orders coming from the nation's capital. This has also seen his brainchild recently become the top-selling food product on national price-busting website Coupang. However, business is not the only thing on his mind. He is also well invested in the community and knows that creating wealth for yourself means nothing if you don't give back to your community. Bondoo explains, “All young people these days think of is making money and how to get as much as they can, and they often forget about helping the community that supported them on the way up. I know where I come from and I know that it is my duty to help”. This can be seen through his regular support for various charities, special needs organizations, schools and single parent households through fortnightly food delivery. Bondoo is truly a man of the modern century. For all those missing a delicious New York style sandwich, I would highly suggest you try out some of SaladBowl's mouth watering offerings and also check them out online in order to take advantage of their great meal programs which are great for getting in to shape in summer. They can be contacted in English, so don't be worried, and an all English website is also in the making. www.thesaladbowl.co.kr In store cafe menu prices range between 5,000 and 7,000 won, and diet programs can be found on their website. The closest store in downtown is located just behind Lotte Department store (동구 대 인동 23, Gwangju 501-811) and the opening hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. The other location is much 20
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larger and has more of a restaurant feel and is situated in the Suwan area and is open from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Stay healthy, jjdp
Your chance to win!!!!
SaladBowl is giving away five meal vouchers worth 10,000 won each to the first five lucky entrants who can answer the following question. Name one of the locations of the SaladBowl Cafes? Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Winners will be notified via email.
GWANGJU GUIDEBOOK Find more information on healthy food restaurants at Gwangju Guidebook. Pick up a Gwangju Guidebook today. Available at the GIC for 1,000 won donation or check online (www.gwangjuguide.or.kr) for free!
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식당에서 (At a Restaurant) Words and photos by Jannies Le
Restaurant Worker: 어서 오세요 (Eoseo oseyo!) Welcome! Guest: 안녕하세요! (Annyeonghaseyo!) Hello! Restaurant Worker: 몇 명이에요? (Meot myeong-i-e-yo?) How many people?
▶ 명 ( Myeong - p e r s o n s ) c a n b e exchanged with 분 (Bun- persons (polite form))
Guest: 네명이에요. (Ne myeong-i-ye-yo?) 4 people please.
▶ Change the number of people accordingly. 한 One (Han) 두 Two (Du) 세 Three (Se) 네 Four (Ne) 다섯 Five (Daseot) 여섯 Six (Yeoseot) 일곱Seven (Ilgop)
Restaurant Workers: 네, 저기 앉으세요. (Ne, jeogi anjeuseyo.) Ok, please sit there. 뭐 드릴까요? (Mwo deurilkkayo?) What can I get you to eat? Guest: 불고기 사인분 주세요. (Bulgogi sa-in-bun juseyo.) Bulgogi for 4 people please. Restaurant Worker: 맛있게드세요 (Mashitge deuseyo.) Eat deliciously. Guest: 여기요 (Yeogiyo.) Over here! (to call for service) 물 주세요 (Mul Juseyo.) Water please. 얼마에요? (Eolma-e-yo?) How much is it?
▶ Change the menu item and number of orders. 비빔밥 (Bibimbap) Rice mixed with vegetables, raw egg and gochujang(hot pepper) paste. 김치찌개 (Kimchi Jjigae) Spicy Kimchi and Pork Stew 순두부찌개 (Sundubu Jjigae) Spicy Soft Tofu and Seafood Stew
▶ Change what you need. 반찬 (banchan) Side dishes 이거 (I-geo) This 숟가락 (Sutgarak) Spoon 젓가락 (Jeotgarak) Chopsticks
물만두 (Mul-mandu) Boiled Dumplings 삼겹살 (Samgyeopsal) Fatty Pork for BBQ
수고하세요. (Sugohaseyo.) Work hard. (Goodbye)
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Photo Essay By Lindri Steenkamp
A day for whistling and dating South African-born lover of art, Lindri Steenkamp, has taken full advantage of her one year in Korea to explore the many elements within the creative world. Theater, poetry, visual art, music as well as photography have colored her world with beauty and purpose within the context of Korean living and culture.
Having majored in Life Sciences, Lindri is forever grateful to Korea for giving her the platform to realize once and for all her soul is found within the ordered chaos of art and not in a white lab coat. The wonder of naked trees
Discarded items enjoying the lost warmth of a winter sun
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"I did not consciously choose any theme... so I might think that this particular theme chose me. I saw beauty and I wanted, if possible, to capture it. "
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Old Korea meets New Korea... and looks up!
The plastic harvest (NOT TO BE EATEN)
A winter harvest for a hearty meal
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A Blossoming Artist Words and photos by Bradley Weiss
rawing is like a diary.” This is a sentiment expressed by Seo Yeong-hwa, a native of Gwangju who has spent most of her life here but also has had itinerant stretches that have served to forge both her art and who she is as a person. Her unique path took a divergent turn with her decision to forgo high school in favor of taking the equivalency exam. This decision resulted in her being a 15-year-old (international age) with an abundance of time at her disposal. “My mom pushed me to go to university,” she explained, “but I didn't want to go to university. That was not my aim.” She continued, “I felt so constrained, like some energy should go outside of me.” A bout of wanderlust would soon help her discover an outlet. “I wanted to see the world. I wanted to make my own standard by my own experience, not just by what others said.” She embarked on a trip to Australia for three 24
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months by herself. It was there that her perception started to shift. “That really changed my view because I met nudists, I met a self-sufficient community that lives in the Outback.” She kept a diary of her experiences, but “the words weren't enough.” She began to capture her experiences with “cheap colored pencils and a sketchbook” she had brought with her. This way of expressing herself led to a new direction in her life. At age 17 she enrolled in the animated film program at Chosun University. “The reason I took art as a major was a lot of Western people looked at my diary and said you should go to art school,” she explained. However, her foray into formal art training proved to be short-lived. After one semester, she knew it wasn't a good fit for her “I wasn't fulfilled by school. It sounds a bit dramatic, but you just draw because you have to sometimes. But at school I felt like I had nothing to draw – I felt like something was gone inside of me. So, I quit.”
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Following her time at Chosun, Seo traveled to northern Europe. On the streets of Sweden, she had something of an epiphany: “Everything in this world is a picture.” However, she wasn't quite ready to paint that picture just yet. She further explained, “You need time to accumulate. When the time comes, then you will draw.” But she wasn't ready, and from that moment on, she didn't draw for some time. From there, her path took many turns. She lived in Japan at age 18 with the goal to attend university in Tokyo. She had to abandon that ambition, however, due to the prohibitive living expenses involved. It was crushing at the time: “I quit my dream because of economics – I felt my life was stopped there. But I was wrong.” Seo decided to put her love of travel into practical use and went on to finish a degree in tourism in 2008, followed by working for a travel agency. “I thought I could be a tourist and earn money while I traveled.” That was followed by a return to education and a degree in English Literature, which would lead to further employment opportunities. When she was 20, one of her mother's friends opened a hagwon and asked her to become a teacher. It was not an option about which she had given much prior thought. “English was just a thing I could do, not really by 'study' studying, but by travel.” Teaching English was not the only non-artistic endeavor she pursued after leaving Chosun, however. Seo also earned a certification in Seoul and worked for a trading company for a time. “I wanted to be a really successful career woman like my mom.” However, she admitted that doing so was only accomplished by “pressing all of [her] characteristics inside [her].” Her time in the corporate world exposed her to some of its unsavory aspects. “I saw the darkest part, which I never imagined while I was a student.”
Having those experiences, she had seen “what [she] needed to see” to move on from the business world without regret. She was ready to return to art. “Suddenly, I took up a brush and painted.” To explain her recent resurgence of artistic output, she offers, “Maybe I got purified by my kitties.” Seo is referring to Sia and Coco, her two Siamese cats that have served not only as inspiration for her return to art but also as frequent models. Her petcentric works recently caught the eye of a local pet shop, and she has been commissioned to create some promotional artwork for the business. However, when asked if doing art for a living is part of her plan, she sounds unsure: “Economically it doesn't make you a fortune.” It is not financial concerns that seem to be foremost in her mind, though, but the role of expressive outlet that art plays in her life. “Drawing is the thing I do somehow, whenever I feel complicated. I feel like everything's been solved after drawing.” Seo is currently finishing a master's course in cosmetic and perfume science and is weighing her options, art-related and otherwise, for the future. Gwangju News February 2013
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VERITAS: Everybody Loves Harvard By Andrew Sweeney Photos courtesy of GIC VERITAS: Everybody Loves Harvard is a documentary directed by the late Shin Eun-jung, a Gwangju native that gives a rare, unknown and brutal depiction of Harvard University, unearthing Harvard's true oligarchical past and its undeniable influence, both past and present, on the U.S. government and the world.
arvard is an empire: self sufficient, prestigious at what it does, luring the best scholars and intellectuals from all over the world to study there and become a member of its elite group. It is one of the greatest success stories known, its existence pre-dates America itself (1636). Harvard embodies the image and ideology of America, “the American dream.” If you want to reach the top of the mountain you can, and Harvard sits solitary, unaccompanied on the mountain's peak. It is the third richest NGO in the world, the Roman Catholic Church being first, with an endowment of a staggering 27.4 billion dollars as of 2010. Its prestige, its untouchable elitism comes from having produced eight US presidents; the most any university has produced, with Barack Obama being the latest. Two more former students (albeit dropouts) went on to become two of the biggest CEOs in the world, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, and current UN Secretary General, and Korean native, Ban Ki Moon also waves the flag for Harvard university. This is the image we know of Harvard. It's the dream of every parent to have a son or daughter attend. Yet that is all it is, an image. VERITAS, Harvard's motto, Latin for “truth,” is a documentary that has no interest in portraying this facet. VERITAS wants to show how the elite, the ruling class of Harvard is in fact the ruling class of American society. Harvard, VERITAS wants you to know, is an organ of the ruling class, a highly functioning instrument that does the work of the government, its foreign policy and the C.I.A. In an interview, Shin Eun-jung, a Psychology 26
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graduate of Chonnam National University, acknowledges it did not take long for her to see beyond the public image of Harvard University as being a liberal institute. When studying English at a Harvard summer school she began to question the ethos of its administration. She cites some defining examples. The first was a program she saw being advertised there. This program focused entirely on “racial difference.” The Gwangju native questioned, quietly, why Harvard would promote 'difference' and not 'racial similarity' as the motto or larger ethos of Harvard promoted human rights. The second experience had a more profound effect. She recalls going to hear talks on countries such as Iran and Iraq, thinking that these talks would be on the human rights and their integral need. Yet the premise of it based itself on how war is necessary. It was this ambiguity, if not hypocrisy, that interested Shin, and the connection between Harvard and America. How America, mirroring Harvard, prides itself on being a hub of democracy and social freedom, yet this did not seem to be the case for her whatsoever. Witnessing firsthand how Harvard was justifying war gave Shin an insight into the undeniable link between the actions of the U.S. government and the doctrines of Harvard that support its country's policies. This is the underlying theme of Shin's documentary; there is no escaping it when you watch it. VERITAS doesn't scratch, it claws at Harvard's surface for truth, and there are many victims in this documentary, the first being the world famous statue of John Harvard. On this statue it states that John Harvard was the founder of Harvard University in 1838. The film outlines that this is the image, not the truth. John Harvard was not the founder; he was the
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university's first benefactor. The university was founded in 1636, not 1638. Lastly and shockingly, the statue of the man is not even John Harvard himself. The goal of VERITAS is to shine a light on Harvard history. Discrimination, racism and elitism are all defining issues in American history that are not opposed within Harvard. On the contrary, Harvard embodies them. Its elitism, its ties with the ruling class and its conscious and blatant lack of unity with the working class, is portrayed in the documentary through the “Bread and Roses” strike of 1912. Textile workers in Boston, many of whom were women and children, protested against the extremely poor working conditions and pay. And when the Massachusetts government brought in the military to end the strike, Harvard students, fighting under the slogan “defend your class,” joined the military, not the workers, in combat. Victor Wallis, a professor and graduate of Harvard in 1959, calls his former university “explicitly racist” in the documentary. It was a “rich, white and male” exclusive society. In fact, up until the 1960s Harvard was brutally racist towards those who did not meet the criteria of the Harvard elite, accepting 25 foreign students only. The Radcliffe House will forever be a physical symbol of Harvard's treatment of women. This college for women, opened in 1879, operated under the name of Harvard, yet located outside of Harvard premises. One former female graduate of Harvard, who attended the Radcliffe House, recalls how professors would teach the boys in university lecture halls and then walk to Radcliffe House and give the exact same lecture to the girls. It was, amazingly, not until 1999 that Radcliffe House fully merged with Harvard, making the university a co-educational institute at last. Their exclusivity extended towards the Jewish community, limiting the amount of Jewish scholars prior to WWII. Considering the fact that African Americans were used as slaves to build the grounds of Harvard, there should be no surprises to find there were strictly no people of color admitted. Harvard students once again protested to maintain its elitism. It wasn't until after the Civil Rights Movement that Harvard quickly accepted two African Americans. To echo the voices of VERITAS, this act was nothing more than a publicity stunt, propagating the image that Harvard is a community who supports social change, thus keeping the public image intact when they were doing their utmost to resist such movements. You would be forgiven if you thought that such racism was confined to the student body only, yet this is not true. Shin in this documentary gets to the
root of such discrimination, which she identifies as prominent and dominant headsmen at Harvard. Behind the curtain of student protests against change, key figures of Harvard's academic staff stood using “science” to justify racism through eugenics – the theory supporting that class and racial difference determined by genetics. VERITAS goes into substantial detail to outline this, most of which, if not all, is shocking. One of masterminds behind eugenics in Harvard was 19th century zoologist Louis Agassiz, who claimed that the “negro brain was imperfect,” comparing it to a 7-month-old fetus. Agassiz followed up this assertion by claiming if an African American learned too much, the brain would swell and the skull wall would burst. Another professor at Harvard, anthropologist Earnest Hooton tried to prove the possibility of criminality being Gwangju News February 2013
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needed for Nazism to carry out the Holocaust. According to Richard Levins, professor at Harvard medical school, Harvard's “science” gave Nazism respectability and a justification to murder.
based on racial background. Other conservative scientists tried to prove that the tropics produced “lazy, inferior people.” In an effort to prove that their notion of a rich, white, male dominated society is just and to maintain “white superiority” within Harvard and America, social Darwinism was distorted. Their perseverance at Harvard and at other leading universities brought the American Eugenics Society to fruition in the early 20th century. Charles Eliot, president of Harvard (1869-1909), was a huge advocate of eugenics. In 1912 the first congress of eugenics occurred at the University of London, chaired by vice presidents Eliot and Winston Churchill. The drive behind the rise of eugenics was both social and economical. In the early 20th century, the volume of immigrants arriving in America rose causing a panic to sweep across the ruling class as they could become outnumbered. The force of eugenics was such that the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed, restricting the number of immigrants setting foot on American land. Eugenics spread across Europe and VERITAS asserts that it was the landscaping ideology 28
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The real achievement for Shin and her documentary is unearthing the undeniable connection between Harvard and the C.I.A. After WWII, America was out to claim its heir as the major superpower. To achieve this they looked to scholars and intellects as their think tank, particularly universities that had “area studies” departments to deploy as indirect foreign policy workers. Harvard was one such university. In VERITAS, Noam Chomsky, world renowned philosopher and professor at M.I.T., tells how the Centre for International Studies at M.I.T. and the political science department were openly funded by the C.I.A. What's even more blatant is the Harvard Centre for International Affairs, the CFIA, which opened in 1958, was once called ”C.I.A. at Harvard.” The documentary points its finger at many key figures, the most influential certainly was McGeorge Bundy. Bundy was both Harvard Dean (1953) and national security advisor to the J.F.K. administration through the Vietnam War. Two key Harvard political scientists, Samuel P. Huntington and Henry Kissinger, were also important players within the CFIA. in drafting American foreign policy. VERITAS asserts that Huntington, a huge supporter of America's actions in Vietnam, proposed the masked bombing campaign on the Vietnamese countryside, forcing the people out of their ancestral homes and into the cities, while Kissinger, national security advisor to Nixon, had a huge influence in leading the secret bombing of Cambodia. There were over 600,000 deaths. The real conspiracy for Shin is the propaganda that went with such a relationship. Not only were Harvard figures directly involved with U.S. foreign policy, they were also creating the doctrines, the expert opinion, that supported the very actions they had a hand in making, giving justification and right to actions made by the U.S. Shin portrays many things about Harvard that were unknown to the public. Shin's great achievement is shining a light on the link between Harvard and the U.S. government. VERITAS shows that in a country that seems to be a democratic, liberal society, Harvard indicates that perhaps this is not always the case. Shin passed away in late 2012, at the age of 40. It is a tragedy to lose such a passionate woman who no doubt had so much more to give to the world. Yet VERITAS: Everybody loves Harvard will make her memory live for a long time to come.
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My Korea My Korea is a new column which represents the voice of young Korean University students eager to share their stories and experiences.
A stroll through Mugaksa Words and photos by Na Seungju
ave you ever felt tired of your routine life? Most of us are living in the city which is so crowded and noisy. To avoid stress from my routine life, I like going to a park and taking a walk. I live near Sangmu area. There are many cars and people in the area. However, there is a nice place to take a rest between Sangmu and Ssang-chon. It is Mugaksa.
Whenever I go to this place, I have different feelings according to the weather and people who go with me. When I go alone, I can be absorbed in meditation and feel the beautiful nature. Taking pictures of this place by myself makes it more meaningful to me.
From the entrance of Mugaksa, after taking a few steps, you can see a temple placed within this urban center. This building is very nice. People who believe in Buddhism often come to this temple. There are two stone pagodas and a very big Buddhist temple bell. I like the tall trees between Mugaksa and the entrance. I feel these trees protecting the temple. Next to Mugaksa, you can take a walk through a wooded pathway. When you go through this secret path, there is a soft track that people walk or run on for their health. But I just walk, feeling the romantic weather. If you go to the left side, you can visit the May 18th Pavilion. This pavilion is a viewing platform to see the whole Sangmu area. The shape of it is round. Because of that, seeing various scenes is possible when walking around. When I went to this place, I still could see many red, yellow and orange maple trees. After exercising slightly, I sometimes stop by the Mugaksa cafe to drink tea. The second floor of this building was a secondary exhibition space for the Gwangju Biennale. Some art works were displayed here. Once entering the cafe, I feel the warm and clean atmosphere. The are a variety of books: travel books, essays and books for people to understand Buddhism. I also like the music playing quietly. Some gifts are for sale, for example: dolls, key holders, hand-made bags and Buddhist prayer beads. Coming out of the cafe, there is another cafe across the courtyard, but it's a traditional one. This one sells traditional Korean tea like medicinal tea and jujube tea at a good price. Gwangju News February 2013
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Koh Chang: Thailand's Elephant Island Words and photos by Carl Hedinger
hen one's biggest worry concerns the sun's position and its relation to the umbrella that is producing a cool and relaxing shade next to the beach, life is surely too nice. That, in a sense, is one side of Koh Chang. More time is easily spent worrying about where the next sunset should be viewed from or whether a massage would cure a long, stressful day at the beach. Why don't more people know about this place? Being Thailand's third largest island and its less developed infrastructure leads to Koh Chang's presence in the shadows of Phuket or Koh Samui. However, “Elephant Island” (aptly named for its resemblance on a map to the beautiful mammals) provides visitors with many opportunities to enjoy the Gulf of Thailand's beautiful mixture of green and cerulean waters in addition to other opportunities that await anybody looking to enjoy a fun and adventurous vacation. In order to see the island without the restriction of traveling in the back of a crowded minibus or taxi, renting a motorbike seemed obligatory. The caution signs revealed themselves while passing through the first “snaky” curves, looking out from our nicely air conditioned minibus. We all could see a tall elderly western man was holding a pair of women's shoes and to the right of him, a Thai lady shoeless with a helmet and sunglasses on but with blood pouring all over her face. Nevertheless, I decided to rent a motorbike. It's easy. Just give the nice people your passport and 200 Baht (about 7 thousand won) for a day and they'll even provide a helmet.
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Inside, I was screaming bloody horror but two not long-enough days at beautiful Lonely Beach had given me the sense of relaxation and disconnect that I needed. For some reason, getting out and seeing some less inside-the-box parts of the island beckoned. Motorbiking around Koh Chang is, in a word, scary. Simply describing the sloping snake-like curves is giving me the chills even right now. As the bandaged man I met while paying for rental said, “Drive slowly. Drive carefully.” A nervy yet successful day on a motorbike gave us exposure to some places away from our cozy outpost near Lonely Beach. Kong Plu waterfall requires a nice hike through jungle but gives a nice change of scenery from the warm and cozy beaches. It's easy to just jump in and enjoy the cool waters that rush down, but the place can grow fairly crowded during the daytime. Throughout the island, one can also book a seemingly exotic elephant riding tour but should be conscious of how the lovely creatures are treated by their masters before buying into a tour. At the end of the day – every day, that is – the goal was to get back and enjoy the beach. The shallow waters give one an opportunity to wade roughly 100 meters out and peer back at the coconut tree dominated beach and the jungle-covered mountain landscape. People tend to stay on the west side of the island. Hat Sai Khao (White Sands Beach) is the most popular and developed of the beaches with shops right up to the water, literally. Plenty of other options exist along Koh Chang's west coast and highlights include Hat Kai Mook
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Rolling waves on Lonely Beach
Serenity at sunset
Relaxing after a hard day on the beach
(Pearl Beach, known for snorkeling) and Kai Bae. The latter is popular for an easy and cheap venture kayaking to surrounding islands through the calm Gulf of Thailand.
of Khang Massaman (Thai Massaman curry) with chicken or some Papaya Salad (“it's spicy: ok?” – local waitress) wouldn't bring back some fond memories of a beachside lunch or dinner.
At the end of the line on the west coast are Lonely Beach and Bailan Beach. The former was given its name because of a time that once existed where it truly was “lonely” and secluded. Bailan is very nice and much quieter than Lonely Beach and also close to the very fun and exhilarating Treetop Adventure Park. For those searching for a few hours of climbing trees and zip lining through a lush forest next to the beach, Treetop is perfect. Aside from the busy west coast, the eastern part of Koh Chang has a few options to explore. There are boat tours that visitors can take to mangrove forests and secluded fishing villages.
In closing, go to Koh Chang for the beautiful beaches and try to see some of the local wildlife that is well known on the island. Get a bamboo tattoo or go snorkeling. Find a parlor that offers a “Strong Thai” massage so your body can be beaten to a pulp for an hour. If there were ever a closer feeling to being tenderized like a steak, this is the way to go. Try to forget who you are and where you came from and consider that to be a successful vacation from normal life.
Koh Chang presents a give-and-take relationship. While one finds this place is still in fact Thailand, some of the things found on the mainland are lost due to the huge influx of foreign tourists. Most of the restaurants offer western food and make one wonder, “why leave home at all?” The food is in fact great but seems almost too consistent. That is not to say that at the time of writing, a hearty bowl
Getting to Koh Chang is fairly easy. Multiple companies offer a minibus service and you can even taxi there for a higher price. To get around the island, there is no need to rent a motorbike but it is harder to get to the less accessible places on the major modes of transport. Taxi-like 4x4 trucks (Songthaew) ride up and down the west coast but are not known to frequent the east coast.
Getting There and Around:
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Three Stops: Tokyo Words and photos by Matt Furlane
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raveling to Japan on a quick business trip? Too drunk to make it home? Are you perhaps on a tight budget? Then the 'capsule' hotel is what you're looking for. Similar to a beehive or cocoon, they were first introduced in Osaka, Japan in 1979. They are a stacked cylinder or box shaped room about four feet wide and six feet long with a TV, light, and mattress. In Tokyo there are at least ten of these types of hotels, some of which house up to 700 capsules. The typical cost is around 3,500 yen per night and restrictions may include males only lodging and or no smoking. Depending on what you are willing to endure that will determine your experience. I stayed for two nights and found it challenging but tolerable. There was a mix of male clientele from around the world and everyone seemed to adapt to the communal living arrangements and respect each other's privacy (except, sad to say, several idiot Americans who woke everyone up one night). It's definitely not for the claustrophobic. If you're looking for an affordable stay in the Tokyo area and can adjust to micro living space then hop inside a capsule and get some rest. Tokyo city is a vast sea of buildings stretching for miles in every direction. Getting a grasp of all of it was next to impossible until last year when the newly built Tokyo SkyTree Tower was finally opened to the public after nearly four years of construction. Standing in at 634 meters (2080 feet) it is a marvel of hand welded, earthquake resistant, engineering that is taller than the Canton Tower in China by 34 meters, twice the size of the Eiffel Tower (300 meters), and nearly seven times the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 meters). The tower is also a huge tourist attraction bringing in millions of visitors to the shopping areas and viewing decks. Although well organized, waiting times for tickets could exceed two hours and will cost 2,000 yen for the first level (350 meters) and an extra 1,000 yen for the highest level (450 meters). In order to fully enjoy the experience plan
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on arriving early, shop and eat at the lower levels (or surrounding neighborhoods) while you are waiting. Make sure your camera has fully charged batteries. Seeing the vastness of Tokyo and Mount Fuji in the distance on a clear day/night is worth the wait and price. If you're interested in views of Tokyo Bay during the day and a colorful display at night then the Rainbow Bridge walk is the perfect choice. Located at the northern part of Tokyo Bay and within walking distance of Tamachi Station the 800 meters (2,600 feet) long Rainbow Bridge has two decks and carries multiple lanes of traffic, a train line, and two walkways (no bikes allowed on either side for some reason) with a small rest stop in the middle. It takes about 25 minutes to cross the bridge on foot offering views of the bay area and parts of the city skyline. On the other side you can go to the the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato and rest or walk the beach area. At night the bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic but it changes from regular white to a rainbow of colors that light the skyline and provides a relaxing atmosphere. It's free of charge and great for sight seers, joggers, and photographers.
Left and above: Tokyo SkyTree
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My Small World By Joe Wabe
used to photograph everything. I was fascinated with every single pattern, structure, and with people when I first arrived in Korea. I saw every picture as very unique and overwhelming; but after almost 10 years, the fascination vanished. Things were all looking congruent, no matter the location, the temple, the hanok, the monks, the rivers, they all looked the same. It was time for reorganizing my viewpoint and composition. Time to get creative. I decided to view Gwangju from a different perspective, perhaps something that has not been done yet. This time I used a crystal ball. The things that I was able to view and experience through my crystal ball, brought back all the excitement and emotions that I once had when I first arrived. I was looking at a different world, something that has always been there but now I was seeing it from a different end. It all looked like I had trapped this tiny world inside another world. Last year's end of fall and start of winter gave me a very personal encounter with my city and within me. I’m looking forward to going through the same emotions this spring and summer.”
Joe Wabe is a freelance photographer living in Gwangju. He can be contacted through his website: joewabephotography.com or through facebook: www.facebook.com/joewabephotography.
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â€œTo see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hourâ€? - William Blake
You can view more of this collection at: www.joewabephotography.com/portfolio/crystal-world/
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Registering your lease and protecting your key money By Darren Bean Photo from www.cafe24.com
ike many people, I took the plunge into renting my own apartment rather quickly. Most nonteaching positions, and several university-level positions do not provide housing. Even if that weren't the case, having one less thing in your employer's hands is often a good policy. When my friend was fired for taking a single sick day, he quickly landed on my floor, without a cell phone, thanks to a shady manager. I don't have that worry (never mind that my superiors are much more professional). But like a lot of people, I do worry about the sizeable deposit I had to give to secure a roof. To protect that, I recently applied for and received upgraded legal protection on my "key money." The procedure is simple, cheap and quickly done – even if you speak barely any Korean. The Rental Housing Act (주택임대자보호법) grants 36
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Priority Creditor Status to lessees (tenants, i.e., me or you) who register their leases. If your landlord goes bankrupt, you stand first in line to get money if the building is sold or if he somehow acquires money from other sources. Not only that, but if your key money is not refunded, you can institute a smallclaims type of simplified, expedited lawsuit to get the money. Instead of the cost of a lawyer being more than the value of the suit, you can now use a translator or paralegal (법무사) to help you at significantly-reduced costs. To register your lease you will need to go to the local community center (주 민 센 터 ). Each neighborhood, or dong, has at least a few centers, and you can only register at the center that covers your residence's location, so you may have to do a bit of walking. In my case the two offices were only 15 minutes apart, so it's probably not much to worry about. If you can't find yours, go to map.daum.net,
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copy the above text into a search box, and look for the hit nearest to your place. Once at the right location, you will need to fill out a remarkably, short and simple application (in Korean) asking you such difficult questions as your name and address. You will also need to have a copy of your lease and your alien registration card. The process takes about 10 minutes that mostly involves the person helping you punching data into a computer. If you don't speak Korean, I would advise bringing a friend as a translator, but in my case, the only questions I was asked were to confirm how much I paid in deposit and what my monthly rent was, as the handwriting on the lease was a bit faded. When that was all finished, the man asked me for “yuk baek won” (600 won). I asked him three times what the amount was, as I've never heard of a government office in any country charging that little for a filing fee. (Every stop at immigration has cost me at least 40,000 won.) I handed him a blue bill and took my change.
money, you will never see any. But if the building he rents you is sold, provided you file the right court papers, you will get money before the mortgaging bank does – a very nice position to be in. Yes, you may have to engage in some legal proceedings (submitting documents to the court if the building is sold or suing him if he refuses to pay), but those proceedings will be quicker and will benefit you more if you have registered. Also, you do need to remember to renew your registration yearly. Finally, this only affects renters of housing – should you be renting space for a business, this law does not apply. But if you are renting space for a business, I will dare to assume you can afford a lawyer if you need it. For less than the cost of a bottle of soju, and less than the time of teaching a single class, it seems like a decent idea. The author is grateful to Yuna Lee (Jeonbuk National University, Law School Class of 2013) for her advice on this matter. However, please note that the author is not a Korean attorney, the above article should not be considered legal advice, and if you have a specific legal problem, you should consult a Korean attorney.
Is there still a risk of loss? Sure. If your landlord has no
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Guide to the National Pension for Foreigners By National Pension Service
pension benefits according to the same standards as Korean nationals.
Compulsory Coverage of the National Pension Scheme Like Korean nationals, foreigners aged between 18 and 60 who reside in Korea are subject to the compulsory coverage of the National Pension Scheme. Foreigners whose countries do not cover Korean nationals under their public pension schemes, however, are excluded from coverage under the NPS.
Disability Pension The Disability Pension is paid to those with a disability after the treatment of diseases or injuries incurred during the insured period, according to the degree of their disability. Annuities will be paid to those with 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree disabilities and lump-sum benefits will be paid to those with 4th degree disabilities.
Despite the above provisions, if there are relevant provisions under the Social Security Agreement between Korea and any foreign country, those provisions will be applied.
Survivor Pension If currently insured persons or pensioners are deceased, a Survivor Pension will be paid every month to their surviving dependents whose livelihood was supported by the deceased person.
bout the National Pension Scheme The National Pension Scheme is a social security system implemented by the Korean government to ensure a stable livelihood by collecting contributions and paying pension benefits for the insured or their dependents, and to prepare for retirement or unexpected calamities such as disability and death.
Payment Contributions For workers, the employees and their employers should each make contributions for the employees amounting to 4.5% of the standard monthly income respectively, based on the employees' earned income, for a total contribution of 9% of the employee's monthly income. Individually insured persons should make contributions amounting to 9% of their reported standard monthly income. There is no discrimination in terms of the contribution rate between foreigners and Koreans. The payment should be made no later than the 10th day of the following month. Benefits If foreign insured persons are entitled to an Oldage, Disability, or Survivor Pension, they will receive 38
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Old-age Pension The Old-age Pension is paid monthly to those whose insured period is 10 years or more and are over 60 years old. The pensionable age will increase by 1 year every five years, starting from the year 2013, until it reaches 65 in 2033.
Lump-sum Refund In principle, a lump-sum refund is not paid to foreigners. However, in the case of foreigners meeting any any of the following criteria, when they leave Korea or reach the age of 60, a lumpsum refund equivalent to the amount of contributions paid plus the fixed interest is paid to them, or to their survivors if they should die. A foreigner whose home country has concluded a social security agreement with Korea to secure benefit rights by combining the insured period in each country. A foreigner whose country grants Koreans a benefit corresponding to a lump-sum refund. A foreign worker whose visa is either E-8 (Employment for Training), E-9 (Non-professional
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Employment, or H-2 (Visiting Employment). Countries eligible for lump-sum refunds (44 Countries) Via Reciprocity: Belize, Grenada, Nigeria, Barbados, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Congo, Thailand, Togo, Venezuela, Ghana, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Bermuda, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, El Salvador, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Turkey, Columbia, Tunisia, Uganda, Bhutan By Agreement: Germany, U.S., Canada, Hungary, France, Australia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria Application for the Lump-sum Refund Required documents: - Applying in Korea (before departing Korea): Application form, a copy of ID card (passport, Alien Registration Card), bankbook, plane ticket. - Applying overseas (after departing Korea): Application form (notarized by a notary agency of the country in which you reside and attested to by the Korean Consulate or Embassy), a copy of passport, a copy of bankbook When you apply for a lump-sum refund through an agent in Korea, the application must be submitted only by mail in order to avoid extra administration fees and incorrect or false applications. APPLICATION FOR LUMP-SUM REFUND AT THE AIRPORT Who can apply: A foreigner who is scheduled to depart for his own country through Incheon International Airport within a month of his/her application - Airport Payment is applicable only if the flight's departure time is between 11:00 through 24:00 on weekdays. - After applying for the Lump-sum Refund at NPS regional branches, receive a "Direction for Payment of Lump-sum Refund" from Incheon Airport Office on the date of departure. - Receive a "Receipt of Currency Exchange" from Shinhan Bank Incheon International Branch after handing in "Direction for Payment of Lump-sum Refund." - You will be eligible to receive the Lump-sum Refund after going through the immigration departure procedure.
Information of regional offices Gwangju Regional Office Address: 3rd Floor, Kukminyeongeum Gwangjuhoegwan Bldg. (국민연금 광주회관), 1582-4 Usan-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju Phone: 062-958-2075 Fax: 062-455-3002 How to get there: Get on Bus No. 29, 70, 20, 37. Get off at Station of Ilsin Apt. or Honam Hospital. If you get off at station of Ilsin Apt., walk straight about 200 meters to Honam Hospital. You can find Kukminyeonkum Gwangju Building around Kukmin Bank or Honam Hospital. Dong-Gwangju Regional Office Address: 8th Floor, Amore-Pacific Building, 5 Gumnamro, Gwangju Phone: 062-230-0789 Fax: 062-455-3022 How to get there: - The way from Gwangju station: About 15 minutes toward the Amore-Pacific Building by foot - Public transportation Bus: No 19, 38, 39, 57, 70, 79, 160, 170, 180, 180-1, 1187, get off the bus at Lotte department store Subway: Get off at Gumnamno 5-ga station, take exit No. 1. It takes about two minutes. Buk-Gwangju Regional Office Address: 1-2nd Floor, Songgang Bldg. (송강빌딩), (33-43 Yu-dong), 291 Geumnam-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju Phone: 062-520-8124 Fax: 062- 455-3042 How to get there: It is across from HanGuknochong (한국노총) at Yudong Intersection. Go to the second floor. All of the above mentioned regional offices have English-speaking staff. If you need more information, visit http://english.nps.or.kr
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Face Mapping: A look inside By Kristal Lee Kimchi photo by Karina Prananto Images from www.cafe24.com
hoever said beauty is only skin deep clearly hadn't heard of face mapping. The truth is, our reflection can tell us more than just what's on the surface. It can give us a glimpse of our inner beauty – the health of our internal organs. Your skin can indicate major problems (if a butterfly shaped rash appears on the face, for example, it could be a warning sign of lupus) as well as minor ones. The fact that the skin is our largest and most external organ means that we see it regularly, so why not learn how to read it? Breakouts and blemishes can be attributed to trapped dirt and oils, cheap cosmetics and irritating skin care products but what most people do not realize is that skin on different regions of the face correlate to specific internal body parts. The charting of this skin-body connection, with origins from time-tested Chinese medicine which has caught on in the Western world, is called face mapping. With face mapping, the mirror becomes a 40 Gwangju News February 2013
convenient diagnostic tool. Learning which facial “zones” parallel which internal organs/functions can help us find underlying causes for our dermatic woes and indicate which parts of our bodies need special attention. As palm readers are to predicting fortune, face mappers are to predicting internal health problem, making face maps arguably the most useful guide for what to keep stashed in your beauty bag or, better yet, the ol' noggin. Zone 1 & 2: Bladder & Digestive System – Breakouts on your forehead signify toxic build-up in the body. Since acne in this area can mean poor digestion and a lack of water, you should take a closer look at your diet and daily fluid consumption. Are you sensitive or allergic to any foods? Is your stomach not able to absorb certain nutrients? Are you drinking at least 3 liters (for men) or 2.2 liters (for women) of fluids a day*? A highly acidic diet may also cause blemishes on the forehead. If this is the case, you might want to try the “Alkaline Diet” to see if that will balance out your complexion.
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Zone 3: Liver – Trouble in this area is linked to your liver. If you notice acne, redness or peeling in the space between your eyes and eyebrows, try cutting back on and heavy or rich foods (i.e. oil, cheese, butter, cream). This zone is the socialite's nightmare as going out often spells more than the adequate dose of the hard stuff, greasy foods, and resultantly, the emergence of the ever ill-fated “third eye” (the cycloptic pimple of all pimples). People on new medication and people with estrogen dominance (an excess of estrogen and lack of progesterone) may similarly notice irritation in this zone as well. Zone 4,5,11 & 12: Kidneys – Drink up! Lots of water, that is. Keep this zone cyst-free by staying hydrated. Increase water intake and decrease the amount of things that dehydrate, such as salt, coffee, soda, caffeinated tea, and alcohol. Flush with a glass of cranberry juice to keep your body's natural filters in working order. Cranberries contain natural antibacterial compounds (tannins) that will prevent bacterial build-up from clinging to the walls of your kidneys and bladder. Zone 6 & 7: Respiratory system – Smokers beware! This zone is linked to your lungs, so if you smoke (actively or passively), have allergies or are surrounded by poor air quality you will likely see blemishes or broken capillaries on your cheeks. Also, because this area comes in frequent contact with your cell phone and pillow, dirty pillowcases and cell phones wreak havoc on the skin. Pillowcases absorb oil from your hair night after night and cell phones have been found to have more bacteria on them than door handles and toilet seats–eek! If you are a side-sleeper wash your pillowcase regularly and get in the habit of wiping down your phone screen with an antibacterial wipe. Zone 8: Heart – If you have persistent acne here or notice your nose being more swollen or bulbous than normal, it is a good indication to check your heart health and blood pressure. To maintain a healthy heart and reduce your blood pressure, skip the cigarettes, skimp on salt, pass on the energy drinks, maintain your weight, stay active and limit your alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks per day. Zone 9 & 10: Dental Hygiene – Blemishes
on the lower cheek point to poor oral care. Stave off germs by brushing, flossing, gargling and not “forgetting” your semi-annual dental check-ups. Zone 13 & 14: Hormones – Women often see more blemishes appear on the sides of their chin during “that time of the month”. With the temporary fluctuation in hormone levels, it can be expected. Breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating, which solves the pre-teen riddle of angst: why so many pesky pimples appear right before a period. Stress, lack of sleep, birth control medication, and insulin imbalance can all knock hormonal harmony out of whack; but if irritation in this area is persistent, there might be more chronic implications and you should make an appointment with your physician to have a hormone test. Zone 15: Stomach – Skin on your chin is linked to your stomach and small intestine. If you find this zone to be your problem area consider your diet. It's more than just keeping the calorie count down; it's about chewing well, minding food allergies, and eating fresh and nutrient-rich produce, natural fiber, and clean meats, all of which will aid in digestion. Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet. Still not enough to zap those zits? Try a cleanse or be bold in asking for that extra serving of Korea's favorite condiment… kimchi! Yes, kimchi is extremely rich in probiotics (good-for-your-gut bacteria), but if the ruby of South Korea is not your thing, yogurt, kefir, pickles, and miso are great alternatives. Zone 16: Illness – Acne on your neck and chest can be a sign that your body is warding off sickness. Your immune system may be in over-drive fighting bacterial or viral infection so give it a helping hand by getting rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking your vitamins or medication. * Recommended adequate intake (AI) by The Institute of Medicine of the U.S. Gwangju News February 2013
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Techniques for the EFL Classroom By Dr. David Shaffer Photo courtesy of KOTESOL
hen thinking of a teacher teaching a class, the stereotypical image that first forms in the mind is most likely a teacher standing in front of a chalkboard facing a classroom full of students quietly listening to him or her talk. However, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is a subject quite different from mathematics or history. It is a skill rather than an academic subject, and therefore, effective techniques for teaching it will venture farther from the stereotype above than will those for academic subjects. Discussed below are some everyday techniques used in the EFL classroom for effective teaching. Seating Arrangement My stereotypical image of a Korean classroom contains straight rows of desks both across and up and down the room, with little open space in the front and less in the back. EFL classes can be taught in this arrangement â€“ it works when the teacher is talking to students. But in addition to teacher-student and student-teacher exchanges, EFL classes should include student-student exchanges. People typically look at the people they are speaking to, but it is difficult for students to face each other for student-student exchanges if all the students are facing forward. Circular and Ushaped seating arrangements are typically promoted for whole-class student speaking activities. Although the two arrangements are quite similar in ways, I prefer the U-shape, with the mouth of the U open toward the board. The students can easily look at each other when speaking, and it is easy for the teacher to move in and out of the U. Circular arrangements are more difficult to move out of, and in the circle, the teacher always has her back (and back side) facing someone. The U-shaped seating arrangement is very effective if you have a small class, movable desks, and adequate space.
uncommon to find the same thing: the teacher talking and the students listening. You may wish to rationalize this with Krashen's Comprehensible Input Theory, saying that learners need exposure to lots and lots of the spoken and written word to learn a language. But this can be countered by Swain's Comprehensible Output Hypothesis, which argues that huge amounts of practice in producing language, both spoken and written, are equally necessary for language acquisition to take place. Therefore, since opportunities to use English outside the classroom are limited, the teacher must perform a balancing act in the classroom between providing input for the students to listen to and providing chances for them to practice speaking. The EFL classroom needs both teacher talk and student talk.
Teacher Talk My stereotypical image of a classroom includes a teacher doing most of the talking and the students doing most of the listening. Also, in the English oralaural skills classes that I have observed, it is not
In addition to the amount of teacher talk provided, the speed with which it is provided and its level of difficulty are important considerations. Most EFL teachers realize the importance of speaking slowly and clearly to learners, but the common mistake
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A typical Korean classroom, with adjustments, can be made EFL-friendly.
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that is made is to speak… slowly… with… a… break… between… each… word. This, however, produces very unnatural pronunciation, removing assimilation and elision, and altering intonation. What is better…is to pause longer…at breath groups…to allow your speech to remain natural but to also allow the learner time to process the information. The level of difficulty of the vocabulary and structures in teacher talk is also very important. Native speaker teachers can easily forget who their audience is and speak as they would to another fluent English speaker. Korean teachers often make the mistake of speaking at their own level of proficiency out of a need to impress their students. In both cases, it is necessary for the teacher to remember to use English that is at the students' proficiency level. Pairwork and Groupwork Teachers often have a tendency to prefer teachercentered activities in the classroom. It is possibly the simplest way to maintain control of one's class, but probably not the most effective way for learners to acquire language skills. Student-tostudent activities for pairs or groups of students provide more time per student for speaking practice. With pairwork and groupwork, the teacher does less telling, and the students do more discovering. Student-centered work is compatible with Long's Interaction Hypothesis, which states that the development of language proficiency is promoted by face-to-face interaction and communication. It also claims that the effectiveness of comprehensible input is greatly increased when learners have to negotiate for meaning. When the learner has to work out the meaning of something on his own, rather than be spoon-fed the information by the teacher, more retention takes place, i.e., more learning occurs. Pairwork is great for initial practice of structural patterns and vocabulary, while task-based learning activities lend themselves to groupwork. Other advantages of student-centered activities are that they are less threatening and more motivating. Without the teacher participating directly and without the whole class listening to the learner speak, the learner feels freer to speak and freer to make mistakes. And what student doesn't feel that learning is more fun without the teacher! Monitoring Student-centered activities free the teacher from being the driving force in the activities. What some teachers mistakenly do with this time is engage in other teacher work such as grading homework or just sitting and waiting for the students to complete
their activity. This is, however, a golden time for monitoring the students' performance. The teacher should be going around the classroom from group to group or pair to pair listening in on their conversations, guiding them in performing the activity correctly when required, helping with vocabulary, and aiding with grammar difficulties. The teacher may choose to become part of the discussion or just stand in the background, assessing how well the students are using the material that is the focus of the activity. Choosing the appropriate seating arrangement for the activity, balancing teacher talk with student speaking practice, employing pair- and groupwork, and monitoring them carefully are all effective teaching techniques for the EFL classroom.
Upcoming Gwangju KOTESOL Events Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL February Chapter Meeting Date & Time: February 16 (Sat.), 1:30 p.m. Place: Chosun University, Main Building (Bon-gwan) Featured Workshops 1. “Error Correction Techniques & Activities” By Catherine Peck (Chonnam Natl. University) 2. “Classroom Activities for Young Learners” By Jacob Boers (Gwangju EPIK Program) Swap-Shop: Share your teaching ideas and activities. Admission: Free Next Event: Annual Chapter Conference: March 9 (Sat.) Facebook: Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL Website: http://koreatesol.org/gwangju Email: email@example.com Twitter: @GwangjuKOTESOL
David E. Shaffer is the current President of the Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter of Korea TESOL (KOTESOL). On behalf of the Chapter, he invites you to participate in the teacher development workshops at their monthly meetings and special events. Dr. Shaffer is a professor of English at Chosun University, where he has taught graduate, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses for many years. He is a long-time member of KOTESOL and holder of various positions. He is also the recipient of the KOTESOL Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Selected Korean Winter Poems Part II Translated by Song Chae-Pyong and Anne Rashid Translators Brief Biography Chae-Pyong Song is an associate professor of English at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, where he has taught since 2001. He has published articles on modern fiction, as well as translations of Korean poetry and fiction. His translations of Korean literature have appeared in Gwangju News, list, The Korea Times, New Writing from Korea, Illuminations, Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation, and Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture. Along with Anne Rashid, he won the Grand Prize in the Poetry Category of the 40th Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards for translating Kim Hyesoon's poems. His fields of interest include twentieth-century English literature, postcolonial literature, translation studies, and globalization of culture. Anne M. Rashid is an assistant professor of English at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and Chae-Pyong Song received the 40th Korean Literature Translation Award in Poetry Translation given by The Korea Times. She and Song have published translations in New Writing from Korea, list, Gwangju News, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature, Women's Studies Quarterly and Illuminations.
The White Martial Law by Choi Seung-ho (1954-) The white mountains roll like a tsunami, and the heavy snow rages, filling the deep white ravine, where no snow plow can come. A small coal-like thing flutters its wings: a wren flies into the snowstorm. Hikers might have lost their way here. The snow that appears to block the road to a remote village; the snow that attacks, flying to you as though the Milky Way poured down from the sky; the strong snowstorm army that rushes in to fight, the white martial law in which the snowstorm falls. A small coal-like thing flutters its wings: a scrawny wren flies toward me. I hurriedly hide myself in the outhouse. Is a big-eyed hawk lurking nearby? Mountain animals may have lost their way and starve here. The strong snowstorm army that rushes in to fight crushes pine branches with the weight of its piles– the white martial law of the snowstorm falls upon the chimney of a remote house where a meal is being cooked over snowbell firewood sitting upon the white mountains and ravines that roll like a tsunami. 44
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대설주의보 최승호 해일처럼 굽이치는 백색의 산들, 제설차 한 대 올 리 없는 깊은 백색의 골짜기를 메우며 굵은 눈발은 휘몰아치고, 쬐그마한 숯덩이만한 게 짧은 날개를 파닥이며... 굴뚝새가 눈보라 속으로 날아간다. 길 잃은 등산객들 있을 듯 외딴 두메마을 길 끊어놓을 듯 은하수가 펑펑 쏟아져 날아오듯 덤벼드는 눈, 다투어 몰려오는 힘찬 눈보라의 군단, 눈보라가 내리는 백색의 계엄령. 쬐그마한 숯덩이만한 게 짧은 날개를 파닥이며... 날아온다 꺼칠한 굴뚝새가 서둘러 뒷간에 몸을 감춘다. 그 어디에 부리부리한 솔개라도 도사리고 있다는 것일까. 길 잃고 굶주리는 산짐승들 있을 듯 눈더미의 무게로 소나무 가지들이 부러질 듯 다투어 몰려오는 힘찬 눈보라의 군단, 때죽나무와 때 끓이는 외딴 집 굴뚝에 해일처럼 굽이치는 백색의 산과 골짜기에 눈보라가 내리는 백색의 계엄령. 출전: "대설주의보" (민음사, 1983)
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Winter by Cho Byung-hwa (1921-2003) It's silent. Time flows, connecting silence with silencethe wind blows over time. Passing through, the wind sings quiet songs. Resting upon time that nobody listens to, only the songs remain and accumulate.
Photo by Ganes Aji Laksono
The Winter Tree's Shadow by Choi Don-sun (1947- ) There, someone still appears to stay. The site where the wind has driven away the sun, the site where only the blackishly tanned scars of the sun remain, the long-necked people, tired of waiting, appear to sit around and quietly murmur, for they still have something to talk about. The longing of the leaves, which have been long forgotten, appear to rustle there, lying on the earth like burnt capillaries.
겨울나무 그림자 최돈선 거기, 누가 아직도 남아있을 것만 같다 바람이 햇빛을 몰고 간 자리 햇빛의 상처만 거뭇거뭇 그을어 남은 자리 아직도 이야기할 무엇이 있기에 기다림에 지친, 목이 긴 사람들의 얼굴이 돌아앉아 조용조용 웅얼거리고 있을 것만 같다 타버린 실핏줄처럼 땅 위에 누운 채 왠지 거기 오래도록 잊혀진 나뭇잎의 그리움들이 흔들리고 있을 것만 같다
On the accumulated songs the snow falls. The falling snow covers in white the sites of human livesthe joys and sorrows. Within the covering snow, separating the joys from sorrows, the winter prepares for the spring with the joys and sorrows that humans leave behind. Silently.
겨울 조병화 침묵이다 침묵으로 침묵으로 이어지는 세월, 세월 위로 바람이 분다 바람은 지나가면서 적막한 노래를 부른다 듣는 사람도 없는 세월 위에 노래만 남아 쌓인다 남아 쌓인 노래 위에 눈이 내린다 내린 눈은, 기쁨과 슬픔, 인간이 살다 간 자리를 하얗게 덮는다 덮은 눈 속에서 겨울은 기쁨과 슬픔을 가려 내어 인간이 남긴 기쁨과 슬픔으로 봄을 준비한다 묵묵히.
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The Winter Sea by Kim Nam-jo (1927- ) I went out to see the winter sea. The unknown bird, the bird I wished to see, had died and wasn't there. The bitter sea wind froze even the truth into tears when I thought of you. The fire of futility was burning above the water. It is always time that teaches me. Nodding my head, I stand in the winter sea. Though my remaining days are few, let me have a soul where one prayer opens the door to more passionate prayers. I went out to see the winter sea. The water of endurance was creating pillars in the depths of the water.
겨울 바다 김남조 겨울 바다에 가 보았지 미지(未知)의 새 보고 싶던 새들은 죽고 없었네 그대 생각을 했건만도 매운 해풍에 그 진실마저 눈물져 얼어 버리고 허무의 불 물이랑 위에 불붙어 있었네 나를 가르치는 건 언제나 시간 끄덕이며 끄덕이며 겨울 바다에 섰었네 남은 날은 적지만 기도를 끝낸 다음 더욱 뜨거운 기도의 문이 열리는 그런 영혼을 갖게 하소서 겨울 바다에 가 보았지 인고(忍苦)의 물이 수심(水深) 속에 기둥을 이루고 있었네 출전:“현대문학”(1967)
By the Winter River by Ahn Do-hyun (1961- ) The river took pity on the delicate snowflakes, which jumped down into none other than the river water and disappeared, melting shapelessly. So, it tossed and turned, to change its posture before the snowflakes hit its water. Every time it turned, the river water made a fierce sound. Unknowingly, the innocent snow fell endlessly, and the river, from the night before, began to form thin ice, starting from its edge, in order to save the snow with its own body.
겨울 강가에서 안도현 어린 눈발들이, 다른 데도 아니고 강물 속으로 뛰어내리는 것이 그리하여 형체도 없이 녹아 사라지는 것이 강은, 안타까웠던 것이다. 그래서 눈발이 물 위해 닿기 전에 몸을 바꿔 흐르려고 이리저리 자꾸 뒤척였는데 그때마다 세찬 강물 소리가 났던 것이다. 그런 줄도 모르고 계속 철없이 철없이 눈은 내려, 강은, 어젯밤부터 눈을 제 몸으로 받으려고 강의 가장자리부터 살얼음을 깔기 시작한 것이었다. 출전:“그리운 여우”(창비, 1997)
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Poetry by Jeremiah Lucas Photos by Warren Parsons
First Flush The night unravels In a pot of hot water When curled leaves open-twist Into a crisp, pale green Liquor - delicate and sweet A warm kiss, the celadon Meets two puckered lips And the crimson-blue lingers Delicate in its natural pace Bringing all delights, the nuances Of an early spring
To the cup
Each night She ladles dreams Into the cup From an earthenware bowl The shape of the moon Opaque and fragrant Like cloudy rice wine The wooden spoon stirs The sound of wind chimes Into the empty night
BBQ Sizzle, crack, pop! Pork fat drips through Metal cracks, while Scissors slice the charred Pieces of meat - designed For stainless steel chopsticks!
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Fash-On with xxl jjdp
Moisture: The Essence of Wetness Words and photos by jjdp Shot on location in Banbury, UK and Sajik Park, Gwangju
appy New Year! In mid-February, the year of the Black Snake kicks off.
Contrary to popular belief, snakes in this year have nothing to do with danger but are associated with power, seduction, immortality, regeneration and increased expectation. Tradition also foretells that snakes are a positive omen, which bring good fortune in the hope that we won't starve or aren't in want of anything. This month we turn our attention to this ancient wisdom and we will focus it on our face and skin which is prone to various states of depravity and starvation during the long and cold winter months. The most important factor to reduce lines and wrinkles and to combat ageing is to keep the skin supple and moisturised. I seek to have the same results as the snake which sheds its skin after winter hibernation, emerging youthful and fresh with a seemingly invigorated appearance. â€œMoisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty!â€? This is one of my all time favorite quotes from the movie Zoolander. It is totally true, as your face and skin are two of the most important elements of Fash-on. During the chilly months, your face and skin can really take a beating from the elements, causing them to become dry and flaky which are far from appealing. Since Korea experiences severe subzero temperatures, keeping the indoor air warm in homes and offices becomes a top priority. However, this is usually done with heaters, lamps and our underfloor heating, all which suck vital moisture from the air. Coupled with the icy winds and freezing outside temperatures it is easy to see why skin becomes blotchy, dry and is even prone to breakouts. Though it might seem daunting to combat all of these factors, there are some easy steps to follow to get perfectly plump winter skin. Good facial skin comes from disciplined daily cleansing and moisturising, but it is not healthy to do these by using incorrect products. Many people 48
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Clothing Jeans and socks: Uniqlo Jacket and Knit: Tokyo Juice Kiehl's products: Lotte Department Store downtown
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winds and temperature variances from indoors to outdoors, I would also suggest purchasing the Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque which leaves your skin feeling like butter. Apply at night and sleep with it on, then rinse it off in the morning. Your skin will love you forever.
randomly opt for a generic soap or cleansers which might strip your skin of oils and water causing your skin to become even more fragile. I suggest investing in some reliable products that will help your skin retain moisture without leaving it dry and patchy or conversely excessively oily. But how can we get the correct balance? I have recently discovered the Kiehl's product range which has changed my entire facial cleansing routine. Created in 1851 by a pharmacist, this range of products provides you with all you need and more to stay moisturised and youthful. To start off with, I use lukewarm water and the Ultra Facial Cleanser which is rich and easy to apply. Lather and gently cleanse your skin, it is no fuss and it is Ph balanced. It also contains essential oils. Next, I move on to applying the landmark product of the group, the 24-hour Ultra Facial Cream. This will fast become your one-stop shop for facial moisture. Usually you would have to purchase separate Day and Night creams, but this moisturiser does it all. It is light and non-greasy and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and supple without any worry of drying out. Before I started using this product I had an oily T-zone which meant constant blotting, but since starting it about two months ago my skin has been perfectly matte and remains hydrated the entire day. It is fragrance free and a little dab goes a long way to protect your skin all day long. It is a must for anyone, whether male or female. If you really want to treat your skin due to the harsh
I won't lie these products are on the pricey side and usually cost from around 30,000 - 100,000 won, but it's a true investment in your skin. If you are unsure of which product to purchase first, I suggest going with the Ultra Facial Cream which is infused with glacial glycoproteins as well as desert plant extracts to create the perfect water retention balance. Another known fact about the Ultra Facial Cream, it was the moisturiser used by the heroic team of the â€œGreenland First Ascentâ€? expedition where six explorers completed the firstever ascent of Greenland's ice covered peaks in 2005 providing them with true moisture even in the harshest of environments. Usually the store you purchase your Kiehl's products from has an assistant who will help you in your selection if you are having difficulty and they will also provide you with some free samples of other products from the vast range for male and female customers. Outlets are usually located in major department stores in Gwangju and throughout Korea. Finally, to accompany our great fresh moisturised skin, the main look of this month is decidedly haphazard, putting together various prints and patterns in order to signal the change that is upon us. I pulled together a navy blue triangle patterned knit. To that I have added a lamb fur lined country plaid printed outer. I have added some extra color with bright orange socks worn over jeans as well as a pair of lemon yellow fingerless gloves to create an added focal point. It's easy, just mix and match as you please to stay toasty. Keep warm and stay healthy for the New Year. Don't forget to exercise, drink lots of fluids and take care of yourself, especially your skin. Happy New Year. Peace, xxl jjdp
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[ GIC Talk ] Time & Place: Every Saturday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., GIC office (Jeon-il Bldg 5th Fl.) For more information visit www.gic.or.kr or contact firstname.lastname@example.org Check out pictures from previous GIC Talks at http://picasaweb.google.com/gictalk Watch highlight clips of previous GIC Talks at www.youtube.com/GICTALK February 2 Speaker: Margaret Law Margaret is a frequent visitor to Gwangju. She is a librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her job is to negotiate and implement partnerships with libraries around the world for staff exchanges and collection exchanges. Chonnam National University Library is one of the partners that she works with.
Topic: Building a library from the ground up This talk is about a public library in Kenya that the speaker is building with a friend. It is in a village of about 1,500 people, and it will be the first public library in the entire region, which includes about 70,000 people. The talk will detail how they decided to start the project, how they have raised the money, and their progress on the building. The talk will also touch upon a project related to the library that is being carried out by The First Alleyway Restaurant. February 9 No Talk - Korean Lunar New Year holiday February 16 Speaker: Jacob Zych Jacob is currently a teacher at an academy in Gwangju, and has had several years of experience teaching adults and children in English. He comes from Georgia in the United States, where he earned a BS in Construction Management with a Minor in Business at Georgia Southern University. He is currently focusing on his Master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education at Kansas State University with a specialization in Digital Teaching and Learning. Apart from his academic and professional life, he enjoys activities such as hiking, cycling, playing basketball and football, and jogging.
Topic: Self Directed Learning While we may not be in school, we continue to learn in various ways. Self-directed learning (SDL) is the idea that a learner can continue to gain knowledge without the use of traditional schooling. Malcolm Knowles, an adult education pioneer, first described SDL as â€œa process in which individuals take the initiative without help of others in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating goals, identifying human and material resources, and evaluating learning outcomes.â€? Self direction is useful for learners as well as teachers. This presentation will discuss the concepts of what learning is and then explore self-directed learning. Ideas in self-directed learning will begin with a background in SDL, followed quickly by the benefits of using SDL, practical applications for the 50
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individual and educator, and lastly, ways to explore the concepts of SDL and take advantage of them in your own life.
A statue of Shiva Photo by Rajib Shome (wikipedia)
February 23 Speaker: Ashish Sharma Ashish completed a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India), in 2012. He is currently a MS student in the Climate Modeling Lab at the Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Korea. He is actively involved with several NGOs and has volunteered for several events. His other interests are traveling, reading, participating in interesting talks and writing articles.
Topic: Global Impact of Indian Culture: Indian spirituality as an art of living This talk will focus on the global reach of Indian culture and spirituality. The history of India could perhaps remain enigmatic. In particular, the remarkable phenomenon of the continuity of Indian culture through the millennia might remain a mystery if we do not take into account the role that spirituality has played not only in determining the direction of other philosophical and cultural efforts but also in replenishing the springs of creativity at every crucial hour in the long and often weary journey. It is true that spirituality has played a role in every civilization and that no culture can claim a monopoly on spirituality. And yet, it can safely be affirmed that the unique greatness and continuity of Indian culture can be traced to its unparalleled experimentation, discovery and achievement in the vast field of spirituality. However, the current generation does not have access to this understanding and the value systems and traditions are being lost as a result. This talk regenerates the true meaning of spirituality, positive attitude and creative thinking, thus making it fit for the modern world.
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Behind the Myth: Exploring Korean Tradition This series of articles will shed light on some Korean myths, folklore, traditions and superstitions. Every country has their own share of beliefs, fact or fiction, and many foreigners living in Korea are yet to hear or understand the basis of various Korean beliefs as they become apparent.
The Red Pen By Stephen Redeker
his month â€œBehind the Mythâ€? will discuss a common fear of writing in red ink. It is a common Korean superstition that if someone's name is written in red, then death or bad luck will come to them very soon. There are a few reasons why people believe this terrible myth. In many Asian countries, red is typically associated with death (as black is associated with death in western countries). First, blood is red in color, so red ink from a pen resembles blood and generally the appearance of blood is a sign of pain and death. Secondly, when someone dies, his/her name is recorded in the family register and on funeral banners in red ink. The belief here is that evil spirits will be warded off when this practice is done. When the name of a living person is written in red, the reverse effect occurs. Only the names of the deceased are written in red. The only time that red ink is considered permissible is when used with a chop, a name stamp. These are often used in lieu of signatures in Korea. The red
stamp makes a document official. Thankfully, no death comes from this use of red ink! It would be wise for foreigners in Korea to adhere to the proper use of red ink. So, if you want to respect this Korean superstition, remember these rules for using red ink: 1. Feel free to write using a red pen. Writing in red is permissible only if a living person's name is not mentioned. 2. It's okay to use red ink with a seal or stamp to make a document official. 3. Do not write a living person's name in red ink. Teachers should not write their students' names with a red pen. When giving a gift, it's considered rude to write the person's name on the card in red. 4. Writing a threatening letter to someone in red is acceptable, but it's not recommended to do such a hostile act like that. A threating letter and using a red pen to do so? Now that would be offensive on both accounts!
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food and drink
Words and photos by Gabriel Ward
bout a month ago, I went to Bottle with some friends for dinner. Located downtown, it is an Italian-style restaurant with a very inconspicuous entrance. I was the first of my group to arrive. As I entered, I was immediately shown to a table by a waitress. Bottle has a wonderful ambiance which I realised when I sat down and took in the atmosphere of the restaurant. The lighting was dimmed and there were already plenty of people dining, giving the place a really nice vibe. It wasn't long before my friends showed up and we had menus in our hands. We ordered a couple of bottles of wine between us and filled our glasses while we perused the menu. The waitress was very careful when she took our orders and wrote everything down, so there was no confusion. We were also brought two small complimentary plates of cheeses, though no crackers. When we had decided what meals we were going to get we called a waiter over. This time, we were served by a young man who decided to try to memorize all of our orders without writing them down, and the diligent waitress who took our wine orders had to come over again and retake our meal orders. A bit of confusion ensued and they seemed slightly flustered, but things were sorted out after a couple of minutes. I ordered cream mushroom pasta, one of my friends ordered salmon steak pasta, another
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couple ordered other pasta dishes, and one other friend ordered a risotto. It wasn't long before our food was brought out and we were eating. I was highly impressed by the fact that we all received our meals at the same time. Well, that was everybody but one, they'd forgotten the risotto and so we had to remind them. They dealt with it swiftly though the meal was promptly presented. Notwithstanding the mix-up, it was impressive, as sometimes everyone in one's party will receive their meals at different times, when dining at Italian-style restaurants in Gwangju. A couple of my friends also ordered a Margherita pizza, which was served with their pasta. In general everyone was happy with their meal, and the portions were good too. I had a decent amount of pasta which meant my meal was not swimming in a sea of sauce, which I appreciated. My one criticism would be that my dish was a bit too salty. The service could have been better but overall it was a really enjoyable evening, and I'd recommend it as a restaurant to go to if you're looking for something a little bit classier. To get there, start at the intersection with the Ministop and Superdry clothes store downtown then walk towards the river. About 50 meters from Ministop, you will see a sign that says 'Bottle' next to a door opening up to some stairs. Bottle is on the second floor. It really is quite a discrete entrance, so keep your eyes peeled. Bottles of wine cost around 40,000 won and pasta dishes are 12-15,000 won.
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Korean Detox Soup 디톡스전골
food and drink
Words and photos by Choi Minyoung
ince the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year, there has been a lot of drinking and partying which can put stress on your body. To make matters worse, the cold weather makes it difficult to hold out till spring. Here's a recipe that helps people cope with the weather and hangovers. It is a stew considered to be a “detox vitamin”: Jeongol. This stew consists of cabbage and raw oysters which help protect your liver. Jeongol also contains buckwheat jelly and shiitake mushrooms which possess much vitamin B and C. Bean sprouts also have various vitamins.
Things to prepare (serves three to four people) 1/4 cabbage 200 grams bean sprouts 200 grams raw oysters 1/2 (half) buckwheat jelly (you can also use bean curd) 100 grams shiitake mushroom 1 tablespoon soy sauce or salt 1/2 tablespoon red pepper powder one big kelp 10 anchovies (for the soup)
Cooking Method Preparation 1. Slice ingredients into bite-size, easy to eat pieces. 2. For the soup, put kelp and anchovies in water (about a liter and half) and boil. 3. Place sliced ingredients in a pot for jeongol. Cooking 1. When the soup boils, pour it into the jeongol pot. 2. Bring it to boil again. 3. Season with soy sauce or salt to suit your taste. 4. Scatter red pepper powder to taste.
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