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Foreigners in Daegu Source Imaeil Shinmun Translation by Bosun Kim Edited by Quinn Olbrich

Interview with IAAF President and Vice President Written by Kenneth Quillinan

I was delighted to catch up with the President of the organization, Mr. Lamine Diack and the legendary Sergey Bubka, who currently holds the position of Vice President of the IAAF. I felt that the best way to interview these two prestigious individuals was to see how their answers would vary when posed with similar questions. Hopefully, this article and the questions are similar to what you would have asked if given the opportunity: Have you visited Daegu before? If so what is your impression of the city? Mr. Deck - ‘’I have had the good fortune

to visit Daegu on a number of occasions in recent years, and I always have the same impression, namely that the city is very attractive and that the people are kind and friendly! I will be in Daegu for close to three weeks to preside over the IAAF Congress and World Championships and am certainly looking forward to that.’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’I visited Daegu more than once, especially in recent years as I’m a Chairman of the IAAF Coordination Commission for the World Championships. Recently, I’ve been in Daegu for the IAAF Council Meeting in April 2011. It is a great pleasure to co-operate with the Worlds’ LOC – they are people who are absolutely true fans of athletics. Every time I come to this bright and vibrant city I feel it has soul. It has its own spirit, cherishing its old traditions and at the same time looking forward to the future. Besides, I have special feeling for Korea – here I won my Olympic gold medal back in 1988...’’ How are your preparations for these games coming along in comparison to previous World Championships and the London

Olympics?

Mr. Diack- ‘’We have worked very closely

with the local organizing team and there is no doubt that every effort has been taken to ensure that these championships take place under optimum conditions for the athletes. The only challenge I can see is to ensure that there are plenty of spectators at each session of the 9 days of competition, whether this be inside the Stadium or on the roads around Daegu where the walking and marathon events will take place. But I sincerely hope that the citizens of Daegu and Korea will realize what an exceptional opportunity they have to witness, first hand, the greatest athletes in the world, and will turn out in their thousands. The atmosphere and support from the public really makes a difference to athletes so I really urge people to purchase tickets and come to the athletics. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’I can compare my preparations for the past World Championships as an athlete with those are made now when I am coming to Daegu as an IAAF official. For athletes it is a hard job preparing for what could be a high point of your career. Officials do not spend much time in the gym...but decisions made by them on the IAAF Congress give them a very high level of responsibility for the athletes all around the world, for the sport as a whole. Taking responsibility is a hard job also. So we have to be well prepared.’’ Have you any knowledge of the Korean language? Are you aware of any helpful phrases? Mr. Diack - ‘’As a Senegalese person, I al-

ready have to master my native language, as well as French and English so unfortunately I find Korean a step too far linguistically! However, each time I have been in Daegu, I have had excellent interpreters who speak excellent Korean and French, which means that I am able to express myself without any problems at all.’’ Mr. Bubka- ‘’Well, just some words – not that much. «Ahn nyeong ha se yo» means «hello», «chonun Sergei imnida» – «my name is Sergei». Am I right? But I promise I will study more during my stay in Korea in August. By the way, what I admire about Koreans they know how to and like to speak foreign languages, English in particular. People in Korea do their best to integrate in the world and at the same time preserve their traditional culture.’’ Are you looking forward to any exciting duels or match ups in particular during the games? Mr. Diack - ‘’Although there are always con-

sistent athletes, what is also absolutely certain is that some new, young star will emerge and that is the beauty of top class competition. It is what you can’t predict in advance that makes it special.’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’Again, everybody is waiting for men’s 100 meters – Usain Bolt against Asafa, and the whole world. It will be a great show, no doubt. But what people love in athletics is its variety of disciplines. We have Robles against David Oliver and Xiang Liu, Rudisha against Abubaker Kaki, Lavillenie against Walker and who-knows-whoelse, Jeter against Campbell-Brown. We – Ukrainians – have a Continued on pg 18

The number of foreign residents continues to grow in Daegu. Earlier this year, the Daegu government revealed that the number of foreign residents who live in Daegu is 28,153, which accounts for 1.1% of Daegu’s overall population (2,511,676). Although still a small percentage compared to the past, Daegu has 2,151 more foreigners than it had in 2010 (26,002). Foreigners are registered as residents once they have stayed in Korea for more than 90 days. With an average of 179 new foreigners residing in Daegu per month, the proportion of foreign residents is increasing continuously. When breaking down the demographic of foreigners, the largest group of foreigners is workers, which account for 10,131 people (36%). The second largest minority of foreigners are marriage migrants 5,900 people (21%). This is followed by children of foreign residents 4,475 people (15.9%), students 3,185 people (11.3%), overseas Koreans 1,193 people (4.2%), and other 3269 people (11.6 percent). In terms of gender, foreign males tilted the scale slightly with 14,279 people (50.7%) while women numbered 12,816 people (49.3%). By nationality, China including ethnic Koreans is the largest foreign minority and accounts for 10,846 people(38.5%). Southeast Asians, including Vietnam account for 9,311 people (33.1%), South Asians, including Nepalese, 2,086 people (7.4%), Americans 1797 people (6.4%), Taiwan, 990 people (3.5%), and Central Asians, 676 people (2.6 percent). By residential area, Dalseo-gu which has lots of industrial complexes and university has 9,248 people(33%), Buk-gu, 5,500 people (19.5%), and Dalseonggun 3,524 people (12.5%) Giam Jo, the Chief of the Self-governing Administration Department said “This research will be used as materials for policy formulation to support the foreign residents. We will also provide viable administrative services which can allow the children of foreign residents with a high growth rate and those of multicultural families to proudly grow and settle.” ■


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From Michelle: I started volunteering as the Assistant Editor of Daegu Pockets in 2009. At that time, there were a handful of volunteers and the content was mostly made up of event announcements. Over the past two years and after the closure of Daegu Pockets and the beginning of InDaegu, over eighty volunteers have worked together to produce the city’s premiere English newspaper. I’m extremely proud to have been part of this evolution. However, the time has come for me to move on and this will be my last issue as one of InDaegu’s Managing Editors. I’m happy to announce that we’ve expanded our editorial team to assist our other Managing Editor, Priya Sam. To help round out the editorial team, Laurent Sewell will be joining as a Contributing Editor, and Sangwoo Kim will become Assistant Editor.

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NEWS

“Red Marketing” to Launch the Opening Day of Hyundai Department Store

Source Imaeil Shinmun Written by Jang Sung-hyun

Sourced from Imaeil Shinmun Originally reported by 임상준   Translation by Sangwoo Kim Edited by Quinn Olbrich

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Translation by Boyoung Kwon Edited by Michelle Van Balkom

If you put in a QR code with your smart phone, you can check intra-city bus information in real time. Also, an English version of mobile webpage will be built for foreigners. Daegu Metropolitan City announced at the end of July its plan to install a QR code for smart phone onto all the intra-city bus stations that will enable people to search for the arrival times for buses. Bus riders can check the estimated bus arrival time for their current bus stations quickly by using either previous ‘bus information service’ for general cellular phones with the mobile address (WINC) 8003 or QR code for smart phones. The QR code installation business will be built as a part of 6th project of Bus Operation Management System (BMS) and also, bus information guide machines will be in-

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Next month the new Hyundai Department Store at Banwoldang, Jung-gu will unveil its opening with a “red marketing” campaign. It’s not a communist slogan nor symbolic of love, but a reference to red underwear. It is believed that a customer who buys red underwear on the opening day of a department store will have wealth and luck bestowed upon them. This auspicious belief bodes well for department stores looking to lure customers and launch an opening with a bang. During the opening of a Lotte Department Store in 2008, red underwear sales amassed approximately 2 billion won. This success was more recently evident during the opening of the Shinsegae Department Store in Busan in March 2009, which collected 1 billion won in red underwear sales.   Although the red marketing technique has had huge success in the more metropolitan regions, smaller areas experience less fruitful results. Last year, sales of red underwear in a large department store in Cheonan were only about 300 million won on opening day. An employee of the Daegu Lotte Department Store, which opened in 2000, said, “At that time, department stores in port cities

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prepared an underwear event, but department stores in other regions did not. Daegu’s Lotte prepared red underwear on opening day, but it did not appeal to the customers.”   A little over 10 years after Daegu’s first attempt to implement the red marketing strategy, the Hyundai Department Store is keen to give it another shot. Part of the reason for this is that the trend of red underwear has spread all over Korea, so much so that opening day has become synonymous with red underwear in the distribution industry.   Hyundai already prepared roughly 500 million won in luxury brand underwear for the event. A store employee said, “During our opening season, we prepared an event called the red luck festival. Customers who purchase more than a certain amount of money will be provided with special appreciation gifts like Café Vezzly gift certificates and other food coupons.” Whether a customer purchases a new pair of red underwear, indulges in large purchases that come with loyalty gifts, or simply drops by to window shop, there is something for everyone when the new Hyundai Department Store opens its doors. ■

stalled at an additional 101 bus stations (727 installed of total 2,637 bus stations, Installation ratio 27.6%) and LED destination boards will be installed on 400 buses (935 installed of total 1,658 buses, Installation ratio 56.4%) for bus riders to see clearly at night or on cloudy days. Daegu also created a Korean version of mobile bus information webpage (http://m. businfo.go.kr) last January and is planning to create its English version on 30th to help foreigners who visit Daegu for 2011 IAAF World Championships and other international events to use intra-city buses easily and check Daegu bus information. Daegu city has already installed free wi-fi in 444 buses and wi-fi zone in 18 bus stations by making an between Daegu bus cooperation and SK telecom and is planning to expand. ■

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EDUCATION

Galaxy Tab Hits Daegu High School Written by Laurent Sewell

Translation by Yujeong Lee

After a year of careful planning, in an effort to retain tenure, Daegu High School has taken a bold step to revolutionize their classrooms with the use of new technology. The school’s principal, Lee Yongdo, calls them “smart classes”, which incorporate Samsung’s Galaxy Tab throughout the entirety of its educational system. After an agreement with Samsung and the support of the Education Department, the tabs have landed in the hands of every teacher and according to Lee, they simply “love” it. So how does it work? Using the Tab as a wireless remote, teacher’s can feed images through flat screens and digital projectors for slide by slide presentations in every room, ousting the need for lugging materials or props to class. Ease of USB access means they can also create new materials via laptops and upload the data onto their portable Tab or take notes through the available memo function. According to Lee, the most valued benefit of the Tab is keeping track of the student population. Schedules can be tremendously varied by time and level but with the Tab, teachers can access any student’s record or timetable, making everything from penalty points to book borrowing a simple task with fluid accessibility. Attendance will soon be as effortless as swiping a student’s card at the entrance of class- an idea still in develop-

ment. Yet, chuckling, Lee added that “an SMS message will automatically be sent to parents if a student is absent” or skips class. Counselors’ lives are getting easier, too. By pulling up records of students’ interests, grades, and strengths, guiding third year seniors into university is facilitated through efficiency. The adoption of the Galaxy Tab has been met with monumental praise. “Parent’s are extremely supportive,” mentioned Lee and high level students from other campuses “want to be a part of the technology” movement at D.H.S. Yet, the program has also seen its share of downsides. The equipment’s learning curve has discouraged older generation teachers from training. Also, multiple Tabs in the same room jumble wireless capability, making conferences a bit messy. Only the Tab nearest a monitor will act as a remote and of course, the bane of modern technology, loading times can vary from fast to unbearably slow. Still, Lee is highly satisfied and proud of the direction the school has taken. As a former student of Daegu High himself, he has a true passion for the school’s progression and has seen opportunities for newer, younger teachers with a desire for challenge joining the ranks. Future plans for the Tab involve a previous agreement with Samsung to develop new apps once ideas are presented. Lee also hopes to refine the Tab teaching method through further

training and instructors’ suggestions. Apart from “smart classes,” Lee has come up with another strategy to encourage enrollment- a dormitory on campus, which doubles as a deterrent for long distance commuters. In response to the technology, other high schools want to adopt the Tab but lack funds, making D.H.S. an innovative benchmark in the field.

Lee is proud to be taking the first steps toward the evolution of technological education and admitted with a smile that “the future is bright.” ■ retain - 유지하다 ■ tenure - 재임기간 ■ oust - 몰아내다. 쫓아내다 ■ pull up - 멈추 다 ■ jumble - 마구 뒤섞다 ■ bane - 골칫거 리 ■ deterrent - 제지하는 것

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ENTERTAINMENT

Obsessive Beauty

Auctions and Antiques

written By Leslie Patrick

Written by Laurent Sewell Translation by Merea Lee Sunday nights in the antique dealer’s district near Manchon nigiri are dark and deserted. One shop, however, is lit up and is open for business. The interiors are lined with pottery and traditional Korean oddities, hanging scrolls of painted gods and rulers, tea sets and stained wood carvings, even vintage cuckoo clocks. It’s an auction held nightly where local antique shop owners and distributors gather to peddle and bid on each other’s wares. Foreigners are welcome and ushered in, complimentary choco-pies and mini yogurt drinks setup for all guests. But the owner, Chón O Geun, whom they refer to as the ‘Captain,’ runs a tight ship. Abide by a few unwritten rules in his shop Mail Auction for the best experience. During bidding, picture taking and talking is not recommended. If you’re group is too loud, expect to be shushed. When you’ve had your fill of antiques for the night, try to leave between sellers. They won’t sell for more than half an hour and it’s a good way to earn respect points on your next visit. But the golden rule: DO SOME BIDDING. There’s no better way to please the Captain then by winning an auction or at least participating in a few bids. It’s a great way to practice your numbers and rouse attention from the locals who will test your Hangul through friendly banter. Small items like trinkets and miniature pottery can be bought for as little as 10,000 won, making for great gift opportunities. More prized items like an old transistor radio, hand painted pottery, or stout bronze works might run into the hundreds. Remember that if you win an item, it’s not uncommon for a seller to withdraw

Top Ten Best Korean Movies You Didn't Know Existed Written By Lucas Brailsford Part Two There’s value in watching foreign cinema. Good movies capture their cultures' idiosyncrasies. Such films can bridge the gap between different cultures by illuminating the underlying similarities present in human nature, and not just the differences on which we so often focus. This list is the best of Korean cinema, and includes movies of  varying style and genre. What remains the same throughout the list is the quality of the writing, the beauty of the films' execution, and the talent of the actors and directors who made these films possible.  Part two covers the fifth to the first, and thereby the best Korean movie, in my humble opinion. #5 - A Moment to Remember - [내 머 리 속의 지우개] (2004) dir. Lee Jaehan The stunning Son Ye-jin portrays a beautiful 6 ■ InDaegu ■ august 2011

from the sale if they feel the price isn’t right. Mail Auction is a unique cultural experience with a sense of neighborhood companionship and a vibe of business networking. Auctions start at 8:00 every night of the week and run as late as 11 o’ clock depending on business. Look to the weekend for the most action. From Manchon Station, exit #4 and follow the curve left along the intersection. Passing the small police station after several blocks, take a left down Gukchaebosang-ro. If you see a well barricaded military entrance with red scrolling text on the opposite side of the road, you’ve found the right street. Mail Auction is half a block down on the right. And as the Captain would say, “Happy Bidding.” ■ Abide by ~ 을 따르다 ■ bidding - 입찰 ■ be shushed - 조용하다 ■ rouse - 깨우다 ■ banter - 정다운 농담

yet flighty young woman who is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. She meets and married the man of her dreams. However, the second part of the film follows the couple as her disease progresses but their commitment never falters. The movie transitions gracefully between a lighthearted and dreamy sort of romance to a heavier and contemplative drama. It is perfectly scripted and cast. The actors are superbly countered by the organic and enchanting cinematography. Anyone with a heartbeat will no doubt find themselves swooning from time to time while watching this little gem of Korean cinema.  #4 - The Host - [괴물] (2006) dir. Bong Joon-ho There are few movies that teeter so perfectly between tender family drama, edge-of-yourseat suspense and sociopolitical satire.  The Host manages to do this effortlessly even though it's a monster movie.  After years of strange sightings of an unidentified creature living in the Han River, a peaceful day in a riverside park turns into chaos as an enormous amphibious creature attacks parkgoers and kidnaps a little girl.  A formerly clumsy and apathetic father, played by the multifaceted Song Kang-ho, sets out with his band of dysfunctional family members to rescue his daughter while the military,

From shelling out $100 in Beverly Hills to get my eyebrows shaped by arch guru to the stars Anastasia, to spending a trifling $1 for an acid foot peel on a beach in the Philippines, I admit that I am addicted to beauty products and procedures of every caliber and price. When I read about a newfangled treatment in Vogue, for example, my mind immediately becomes fixated on my new and improved future self where my thighs are slimmer, my face smoother, my teeth whiter, and my life simply more ensconced in a golden cloud of perfection. But, then the bit about the hefty price tag to accompany this miracle of science comes along and my dreams of faux perfection are dashed. However, all that was before I moved to Korea. In a country this concerned with looks, it’s no wonder that procedures such as Botox, laser hair removal, acid face peels, cellulite treatment, cupping and laser teeth whitening run rampant in every major city—and as I was shocked and delighted to find out, these procedures come at a mere fraction of the cost of the same procedure being done back home (for me, the U.S.). A year in Korea, a year of beauty. Each month I will regale you with a harrowing tale of injections, scrubbing, plucking, waxing, peeling, burning or bleaching, and inform you as to where to do it, what to expect, and of course, whether it actually works! The first thing I decided to try in Korea was Botox. Of course, we’ve all heard of Botox, the wrinkle erasing miracle that every Hollywood actress over 40 has had done but would never admit to. But what is getting Botox actually like? I was turning 30 in February and although I am fairly wrinkle free; a recent stressful life event had marred my brow with a single vertical line. Since I am

residing in Asia, and plastic surgery of any kind is ridiculously inexpensive, I decided to indulge in this youthful syringe for my birthday. After a few lost in translation moments, I managed to find the Catholic University Hospital’s plastic surgery wing and a doctor who spoke perfect English. He explained the myriad benefits of Botox to me, including the fact that it lasts about six months. He pointed out the area on my forehead where I would be injected and voila! I was so close to being wrinkle free. After taking a series of “before” photos as though I were on a makeover reality show, they laid me down on a reclining chair, disinfected my forehead and shot me three times between the eyebrows. I have no problem with needles and it didn’t hurt—just a prick. Presto! I was informed that it could take up to 72 hours to become fully activated. Day 1: Botox injections at 9:00 a.m. By 8:00 p.m. I was feeling a bit numb around the eyebrows. Wrinkle still visible. Day 2: The wrinkle was slowly dissolving before my very eyes. Day 3: Wrinkle free! Try as I might to furrow my brow, absolutely nothing happens. In love with Botox! Happily for me, this tiny miracle cost a whopping 20,000 won, but it costs between $200 and $500 in the States depending on the number of injections. Recommendation—DO IT! If you have any discretionary income at your disposal and fine lines you’d like hammered out, Botox is a painless solution with priceless results. Where to go: Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, 053-650-3000. Women’s Medi Park, 053-740-7700. ■

the ineffectual government and the uproarious public try to interfere with their every effort.

kidnapping ploy and a bereaved father’s road to revenge. Oldboy tells the story of a man’s torturous fifteen-year imprisonment and his twisted search to identify and kill his captors. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance follows a woman who is falsely imprisoned for murdering a schoolboy and her calculated plot for revenge. Oldboy is the only one of the trilogy that really gained any significant international acclaim, winning the prestigious Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. This chapter in the trilogy is the most alarming, violent and psychologically thrilling, but is not necessarily the best. You can decide.

#3 - Memories of Murder [살인의 추 억] (2003) dir. Bong Joon-ho A brutally murdered young woman is found in a storm drain in rural Gyeonggi province.  Two incompetent local detectives are assigned to the case. Once it is suggested that the murders are the work of a serial killer, detective Seo Tae-yoon is sent from Seoul to solve the grizzly case. As each new body is uncovered, the methods of the slick, metropolitan detective and the rough, local police become less orthodox as they struggle to find the killer. This is a suspenseful and engaging film worthy of all the accolades it received in Korea and those it should have garnered elsewhere.   #2 - The Vengeance Trilogy [복수 삼 부작] dir. Park Chan-wook - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance [복수는 나의 것] (2002), Oldboy [올드보이] (2003), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance [친 절한 금자씨] (2005) Yes, I'm aware that this entry is for multiple films. They are together here because all are directed by Park Chan-wook, with a similar theme: Vengeance. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance follows a young couple’s foiled

#1 - 3-Iron [빈집] (2004) dir. Kim Ki-duk This curious film centers around a clever burglar who lives in people’s houses while they are away, paying his tab by doing the absent house owners’ chores and repairing various household devices. He lives a happy existence akin to that of a ghost. However, upon entering a wealthy residence he mistakes to be empty, he discovers a stunningly beautiful yet battered woman who decides to share his transient lifestyle. This delicate and totally original movie is captivating and surreal and, believe it or not, it is nearly devoid of dialogue. ■


TECH

To Vibe or not to Vibe:

Facebook Written by Shelley D’Souza For almost a decade Facebook has been the most favoured and largest social networking website after it beat out its last rival, MySpace. With such superior statistics as having a global reach of more than 50 countries in the world and having more than 70 translations available on the site, there are approximately 500 million active Facebook users. In the past couple of years, Facebook has received criticism for its “selling out” to advertisers, and distributing user information to outside third party corporations for market research. Despite this, Facebook still remains the popular choice, that is, until now. Facebook finally has met its competition. Google+ launched in June 2011, and since then has hit the 20 million-member mark, and it is still in its beta mode with inviteonly access. Facebook realized that in lieu of Google+’s launch it would have to prove more worthwhile. Facebook unveiled its Skype-powered video chat- Peep, a week after Google+ launched. It seems Google+ is giving Facebook a run for its money as the platform already supports user-to-user video chat. However, it seems that in the code for the video chat there might also be codes for a music application called “Vibes” which connects to a music download dialog. There is

Cultural Differences of Computer Gaming

Written by Charlene Araujo “Computer games,” Ms. Yoon says with a tone of derision when asked what she commonly sees her students doing instead of studying. Cultural differences may exist between Korean and American students, but virtually all students are united in their love for playing games either on their XBOX, cell phones, iphones, or on the internet. The San Francisco-based internet company, Zynga, is behind games such as “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars” and plans to raise $1 billion in its initial public offering. Zynga’s IPO will probably change as financial gurus decide the price and the number of shares to be sold. As American students play “Farmville” online, a Korean student may be playing a game produced by Nexon. Nexon is a South Korean Internet company that produces games and is preparing itself to be an IPO. It recently moved its headquarters to Tokyo. Since the beginning of its existence 17 years ago, Nexon has approximately 1.1 billion users and although most of its profits come from Korea and China, it is steadily growing in North America. Nexon was recently

Photo by Sean MacEntee no official proof that Facebook will launch a music download/upload application, these rumors come from software developer Jeff Rose who wondered if Facebook’s new video chat used his version of the video-phone program. Rose wrote on his blog that “Peep” is the name given to the video chat plugin and at some point in the future there may be an app called Facebook Vibes which will offer some sort of music download service. The code published on Rose’s blog: if (paramString.equals(“com.facebook. peep”))
return this.window.getMember(“Vid eoChatPlugin”);
if (paramString.equals(“com. facebook.vibes”)) {
return this.window.getM ember(“MusicDownloadDialog”);
} These are all rumours at the moment. There is also no reason to believe that this application might be called Vibes, seeing as how the video chat app is not called Peep. There have also been some reports that Facebook might work with Internet music service Spotify, as it has just recently announced that it will become available in the U.S. Either way, it will be very interesting to see how Facebook will measure up to its rival Google+. It is only up to Facebook to see if it will succeed or suffer a fate like its predecessor, MySpace. ■

Getting Kickstarted Written by Laurent Sewell

PHOTO BY Sean MacEntee

Welcome to Kickstarter: the “largest funding platform for creative projects in the world” as described by their website, Kickstarter. com. Buzzing in recent media as the “magic way to make money,” the site has generated over ten million dollars in investments to launch creative projects in the fields of film, art, music, publishing, technology and just about anything else you could think of. From gadgetry to fashion, the site features artists pitching webcomics, musicians launching solo albums, even art galleries displaying from portable storage containers. One activist filmmaker raised enough to send 150 people from New York to London just to blare vuvuzelas outside BP headquarters. What makes Kickstarter unique is that the program specifically targets creative individuals, not businesses, to help procure finances to reach project goals. Inventors retain 100% of creative control and profit (minus a 5% fee), easily beating out big investment companies for these types of projects. The site is simple and anyone can participate. Just set a funding goal and deadline of a maximum of 90 days and leave it to the backers. The investment scheme is all or nothing, so if the project’s goal isn’t met by the deadline, say goodbye to those would-be dollars. The most lucrative projects have been

peripherals for iPod tech including a tripod for the iPhone 4 and a fat, marker-like stylus for the iPad 2. Even more innovative, one inventor took the iPod Nano and designed a wristwatch around it. With a sleek, Armaniesque look that would make even James Bond jealous, the Nano-Watch pulled in nearly a million dollars. Diaspora, the anti-Facebook social network, raised over $200,000 for the idea of a web server that will allow users to control their own data. The group of NYU computer science majors launching the project originally set a goal of a mere $10,000. Like coffee? So did two inventors who created Joullies, a coffee bean shaped, stainless steel ball that absorbs thermal energy and slowly releases it as the coffee cools, keeping beverages warmer longer. Though backers can invest as little as a dollar, they are encouraged to pledge through incentives. Such an incentive may be that an organic baker might send you a few samples or recipes if your credit card is loose enough. Due to popularity, an approval process is required before projects make it onto the site. But if you’ve got million dollar ideas or just want to discover and support some independent creativity, give Kickstarter.com a try and help launch a couple dreams. ■

named one of the “Most Innovative Companies in Gaming” by Fast Company. 200 million users are re gistered to play the Nexon produced game Dungeon Fighter Online and 90 million users play MapleStory. Korea is famous for its cyberculture and in February 2011, President Obama praised South Korea’s access to high-speed broadband Internet. The use of games online developed differently in the United States than it did in Asian countries. People in Western countries first accessed the Internet because it was a convenient way to search for information, use email, and to make money. The attitude of using the Internet efficiently extended to the ideas behind video games. The average person who plays games produced by Zynga plays for a short time and uses different versions of the same game in order to maintain interest. In contrast, the average user of a Nexon produced game plays long sessions over years. One third of gamers have played for three years or more. Nexon’s preparation in becoming an IPO is exciting for all game aficionados who are watching the gaming industry for profit and pleasure. The differences between Nexcon and Zynga are fascinating for observers as the gaming industry continues to evolve and expand into different parts of the world. ■ august 2011 ■ InDaegu ■ 7


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Will the IAAF Change Korea? Written by Aaron Murray Translation by Hye min Lee

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The casual observer would be forgiven for thinking that we live in the halcyon days of Korean sport. The recent announcement of Pyeongchang as the venue for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will come as no surprise to the avid sports fan. Korea has a reputation for holding sporting events which are as popular as they are well managed. These Games will be the third global sporting event held in Korea within 20 years, with the World Cup of 2002 co-hosted with Japan and Daegu’s IAAF Athletics World Championships being the other two. The events held thus far have been undoubted successes on the operational front and yet it is the cultural impact of sporting events which often stick in the mind. One of the greatest sporting memories of the 1990s was Nelson Mandela shaking hands with the South Africa rugby team before they went on to win the final. Closer to home, the 1988 Olympic Summer Games were instrumental to the Korea we live in today: the authoritarian government of the time was pressured by mass protests to hold democratic elections before the games. These protests had in years previous been violently struck down, but the military knew that blood on the streets was

not an appealing image to broadcast around the world a few months before the opening ceremonies. And so, the Olympics became part of the rebirth of the nation and the Games served as an opportunity to exhibit the new Korea: a country reformed from dictatorial rule. If we are to expect sporting events to have a lasting effect on the host location then we must, one month out, question what differences the IAAF Athletics World Championships could make to Daegu and Korea. Korea often cites the opportunity to grandstand on the world stage as the most tangible benefit of hosting events and it is difficult to argue with this motivation. One economist estimated that success in Vancouver 2010 brought in 20 trillion won to the national economy. It would, however, be a tragic waste if the World Championships didn’t go some way to fixing an endemic problem in Korean sport: the maltreatment and poor funding of athletes in the local sporting system. The Pyeongchang announcement was made on the same day as another tranche of indictments were handed out for match fixing in Korea’s football K League. While

match fixing has grabbed the majority of headlines, it is a symptom rather than the comprehensive illness of low wages and poor job security. A footballer playing in the K League can expect to earn around 12 million won per year and cannot afford the time to find additional employment. While match fixing is not morally permissible in any situation, it is easy to see the reasons why players were on the lookout for more money. Sports stars are also hindered by the need to complete their two years of mandatory military service, as a long contract with a foreign team is difficult to negotiate when the player will need two years off before they turn 30. A recent article by the New York Times highlighted that corruption is not limited to those on the lowest salaries. Choe Sang-Hun reported that three of the men heading the bidding committee for Pyeongchang have been convicted with various crimes of corruption and tax evasion. It is important to recognise the significance of the IAAF Games as an event which will bring Daegu, so often overshadowed by Busan and Seoul, to the world’s attention. The nationalistic fervour which every host nation feels during a sporting event is also

important. These games are, however, an event which should reach deeper than flag waving and infrastructure enhancement. If the games lead to more appreciation for amateur sports, increased attendance at K League games and a top-down inquiry into corruption, then they can be truly classed as a success on all levels. It would, frankly, be unforgivable if a successful championship allowed for a continuation of the “ends justify the means” culture which relegates athletes to a level below national hero. Ultimately, a wave of both emotional and financial appreciation will be the key to creating more sports stars like Park Ji-Sung and Kim YuNa. That prospect is one which Korea, enthralled as the nation is with its superstars, can’t afford to miss. ■ Halcyon days - 평온한 시대 ■ Tranche 박편, 일부분 ■ Tax evasion - 탈세 ■ Fervor - 열렬, 열정 ■ Enthralled - 마음을 사로잡 히다 ■ Ends justify means - 목적을 위해 수단방법을 가리지 않다

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Disabled Students in Korean Public Schools Written by Quinn Olbrich Translation by Hwa One Shin

School is hard enough with classes, studying, and making friends. For some students, these issues are secondary to the basic cognitive skills most of us take for granted. Korea’s percentage of disabled people is approximately 1 percent, which is significantly less compared to the US’s 2.75 percent. Still, the integration of disabled students in public schools is still a tremendous challenge. According to Hyun Jin Kim, Senior Education Researcher for Korea’s Institute for Special Education, the Korean government has stepped up their efforts to address the issue of disabled students over the past decade. In 1994, Korea established the National Special Education Institute with the objective of providing special education programs and training for teachers. It has also built support systems structured around local communities, in addition to requiring teachers at regular schools to take 60 hours of special education training as part of the long-term integration process. Even with this support, the presence and strength of special educa-

tion programs in Korea vary by location, where more affluent areas have more funding to invest in special education, while impoverished regions do not. At the school at which I teach, Daejin Elementary School in Seoul’s Gangnam district, I was able to speak with a special education teacher, Won Yoo Jung. She has been teaching at Daejin Elementary for the past three and a half years. Most of the disabled students at the school have autism, some form of mental retardation, or Down’s syndrome. Yoo Jung explained that disabled students will spend most of their day in their homeroom class but come to her for assistance during a regular class like math. Depending on the students’ level, she will adjust her lesson plan. For instance, if the students’ level is high, she will focus on teaching them math and Korean but if their levels are low,

she will try to cover all the subjects taught in school. Yoo Jung also tries to incorporate music, crafts, story books, and other hands on activities and visual aids to stimulate the student’s mind. During most classes, a disabled student is assigned and escorted by a helper. Some of the helpers are hired by the parents, while others are provided by the school. Depending on the condition of the student, the helper will typically assist them most of the day. The real challenge is closing the gap between non-disabled and disabled students. Over the course of a semester, I began to notice a difference between how the older and younger kids behave. With younger students, I noticed that the disabled students, who have helpers seated with them, are generally ostracized from the rest of the class; disabled student’s, whose helpers are seated in the back of class for moral support, are more often supported by and engage more freely with the other students. On the other hand, with older kids, if a disabled student is left alone, the other students will often leave them out but if the helper is with them, they are more apt to engage and help them. This disparity between behaviors is reflective of the process that occurs in youth socialization. As kids get older, they become more competitive, and kids that are different become more apparent and are stigmatized. Hyun Jin Kim adds that “In order to reinforce inclusion, Korea is encouraging students with mild disabilities to be moved to

regular schools.” Having more disabled students in public schools will help normalize their presence and provide a need for support and funding. To help alleviate the tension, it would be helpful for all teachers to receive some sort of special education training in order to better handle disabled students and also create a broad-based inclusive environment- rather than hope teachers will accommodate the disabled students separately. Although there will always be some social and academic limitations between disabled and non-disabled students, the gap between the two can be greatly reduced by implementing strategies that give disabled students the same opportunities as nondisabled students- instead of isolating them. Yoo Jung expressed that one of her favorite things about teaching disabled students is that they are full of surprises; they think differently from other students- allowing her to learn to see things differently or outside of the box. She agrees that inclusion will not only benefit the disabled but also helps students learn compassion and open their minds to new possibilities. ■ autism - 자폐증 ■ mental retardation - 정 신 지체 ■ apt to engage - 관심을 보이는 듯 ■ Crutch - 지나치게 의지하게 되는 사 람 ■ broad-based inclusive environment - 폭넓은 통합환경 ■ quarantining - 격리 시키는

Su-Mok-Won Saeng Hwal On-Ch’eon (Bathhouse/Sports Complex/Heated Chambers)

Saeng Hwal (생활), near Jinch’eon Subway ( 진천), instantly became one of my favourite establishments. This is a large complex with numerous facilities though there is no jjimijilbang. The reception area on the ground floor is like that of a grand hotel and is large and spacious with sofas and television for relaxation. Grouped around here are numerous shops, manicure, body shop etc, and a pine wood, traditional style café. The men’s changing room is very spacious with sofas and television, the usual snacks and accessories such as ties, socks and toiletries. The fee, at 6000 Won, is the most expensive I’ve paid to date but shampoo and shaving foam, as well as the usual toothpaste and soap, are provided in the showering areas. Though there are only around 10 stand up showers, there are 54 sit-down units traversing the left hand wall beyond which is a fairly large jade, ondol (under floor heated) sleeping area with pine walls and wooden head rests (목짐). Beyond this is the no-

ch’eon (노천) area which is exposed to outside temperatures. Traversing the right hand side of the bathing complex are various facilities, a powerful cold shower, a long, two channelled foot bath, each a different temperature. This long, open fronted room has a TV screen at the far end. There then follow a steam room and a dry, pine sauna. The steam sauna was hotter than I usually experience and there were stone benches with a central cold water gully in which to put your feet. TV access was through the central window to the pine sauna. Both saunas were large and lit with subdued lighting. Beyond the saunas lay a decent size cold pool with high Japanese style water-outlet under which you can stand. The head of the bathing complex has a very large massage pool with 8 different types of massage and around 30 individual stations. The pool is interestingly designed and curves around, removing the harshness of angular edges.

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As you enter the bathing complex, a large cold water bath, from which you dash your body with cold water from a small basin, stands in front of you. Beyond this a  large warm pool with cypress wood borders. One of the unfortunate aspects of Saeng Hwal, is the pool ledges are made from a rough granite and though you will not slip on it, it doesn’t do your buttocks any good to swivel! A central TV screen sits in the pool area, as does one in the massage pool. Towards the head of the bathing area, at the far end of the warm pool and on the right, is a semicircular hot pool. It is fairly small and could fit perhaps three westerners or six Koreans, not because westerners are larger, but because Koreans are not uncomfortable sitting close to each other. Curving around the top edge of this is a lukewarm bath . There is one area left to describe. In the far left corner, tucked between the far side of the jade sleeping floor, and the left hand side of the massage pool, is no-ch’eon. However,

like the no-ch’eon at Wonderful Spa Land and Na Seong Hawaii, it isn’t a proper noch’eon, but one exposed to the outside temperature. Real no-ch’eon, found in hot spring resorts, are outside. The Saeng Hwal noch’eon however, gave me a real buzz on my first visit when it was empty. To stop heat loss, the entrance is via two doors and inside, volcanic black rock form the lower walls and floor into which two natural hot spring baths are contained. The walls are pine wood or cypress as is a very small sleeping area and a central walk way. Here, in the absence of a TV, you can find real relaxation. There are even some real plants growing in one corner. Getting there - (Wiki Map link ) (Google Map link). On the 604, Dalseo 1 and Dalseo 4,  bus routes. A short distance, perhaps 15 minutes, from Jincheon (진천) subway. Taxi from Song-So Lotte Cinema Complex around 5000 Won. Times – 24 hour for the bathhouse. Others B1 - 불가마 – kiln rooms yellow earth sauna (황토방). Oriental medicine chamber, Loess chamber, snow room, DVD room, snack room,      Korean food bar and internet corner. 1st Floor – reception, shoe shine, beauty shop, nail and manicure, body shop, sofas, TV and relaxation area. 4th Floor – climbing wall, aerobics, weight training, fitness room 5th Floor – roof garden, children’s pool (summer), general relaxation (노천) Various interesting shops in the immediate vicinity including a large coffee shop and a very attractive shop, the ‘Herb Store.’ (Nick Elwood writes extensively on bathhouse culture and facilities in Daegu, in his blog; Bathhouse Ballads. www.elwood5566. net) august 2011 ■ InDaegu ■ 9


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Gorgeous Geoje Written by Priya Sam Photographed by Lucas Brailsford

If you’re short on time or cash this summer but still want to get away, Geoje Island may be the spot for you. Spending just one night and two days there left me feeling refreshed and revitalized. It’s a beautiful paradise that feels both exotic and relaxing and is filled with laid-back islanders and delicious food. My partner in crime and I began our journey at Seobu Bus Terminal where we hopped on a bus to Tongyeong at 10:10am on Saturday, the buses depart fairly regularly, about every 40 or 50 minutes. After the twohour trip to Tongyeong, we got on another bus to Geoje, more specifically, to Okpo, though this bus also stops in Gohyeon, the island’s main city. After thirty minutes of driving through lush farmlands and rolling hills, we arrived in the quaint city of Okpo. Since we were anxious to get to the beach, we grabbed a room at the nearest motel, the Tokyo Inn, for

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50,000won and hopped on city bus number 22 bound for Gojura, which is said to be the nicest beach on the island. A short, windy, 20 minutes later, we arrived at this beautiful beach. We rented a parasol for 10,000won and a tube for 5,000 and hit the water for the next few hours. After an afternoon of basking in the sun, and swimming in the refreshingly cool water, we were hoping to hop on a ferry to watch the sunset at Haegeumgang. However, when we visited the Gujora Ferry Terminal, we were informed that there were no ferries after 4:00, and that the only way to watch the sunset was to drive to Haegeumgang. We were disappointed since we didn’t have a car, but miraculously a lovely couple offered to drive us there, what luck! We didn’t make it to the exact location for the sunset, but we got to see some other great parts of the island along the way, including Hakdong Mongdol

Beach (which is a large pebble beach) and a wooden windmill hovering on the edge of a stunning peninsula. After sunset, we decided to check out the nightlife in Okpo. If you’re looking for foreign food, you’re in luck! We came across Indian, Turkish and Italian food as well as an Irish pub serving up fish and chips. After dinner, we went to a little bar called Jungle for a drink. The only thing to watch out for downtown (if it’s not what you’re looking for) is the shockingly large number of brothels. You’ll recognize them by their blackedout windows and their bold signs that say “No Koreans Allowed.” After a good night’s sleep, Sunday was spent on a boat tour of Haegeumgang and Oedo islands. We left from Gujora, though there are several other ferry terminals on the island. We bought tickets for 17,000won each and left on the 12:20 tour. We first

Written by Travis Hayes Translation by Merea Lee

Beopju-sa & Songni-San Greetings Daegu day-trippers, hope you found your mystical adventure to the pristine falls of Bogyeong-sa, just what you need to clear your head from the week’s “go” versus “went” and “I” versus “me.” ‘Cause your be-bopping Daddy Day-tripper’s is back with another sight-filled sojourn for you. This next day-tripping delight is truly a sight to behold. You’ll transcend Daegu’s cement and alight in the midst of morning mantras and mystic mountain tops. Welcome tireless traveler to Beopju-sa. This place haunts the memory and allures both Koreans and foreigners alike. This reclusive temple complex is nestled amid the stony peaks of Songni-san National Park. Here, you’ll bask in the sheer brilliance of a monstrous bronze Buddha that stands vigil over Korea’s last remaining wooden pagoda. Follow your gaze past the two giants of Beopju-sa and scope out the surrounding mountain peaks, frozen like a wave forever poised to crash down onto the valley below. 10 ■ InDaegu ■ august 2011

Even the legendary Bruce Lee was so captivated by this wondrous place that he planned to film the climatic end scene of “Game of Death” here. So now you’re thinking, “How do I get to this mystical land of legend?” Worry not day-trippers; it’s “easy-peasy!” You have a variety of options, but I opted for the KTX to Daejeon (18,100 won one way). From the train station, you’ll need to catch a cab to Dongbu Bus Terminal (3,200 won). At Dongbu Bus Terminal, you’ll want to catch the bus going to Songni-san. Buses depart at 6:50, 8:20, 9:10, etc. and will cost you 7,300 won. Incidentally, you may opt to take a bus back to Daegu (last bus is at 7:30 p.m.) from this terminal if you choose. The trip takes roughly an hour and a half and be sure to keep an eye out on the left side of the bus for the famous Minister Pine. When you arrive at the fairly desolate looking bus terminal, snag your bus tickets back from one of the two ticket machines

inside. The tickets can be used for any departure time (the last bus leaves at 8:00 p.m.). There is an impressive waterfall to be seen as you venture up towards the main gates of Beopju-sa, which lie past a tree-lined campground and scenic park area. After you’ve stood in awe of the temple and taken your fill of pictures, you may try to top one of the local summits. As you leave the main temple area, simply hitch a left. The trails are quite taxing, but are equally rewarding. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the Songni-san bus station. Happy hiking day-trippers! ■ Transcend - 초월하다 ■ easy-peasy - 아 주 쉬운 ■ mantras and mystic - 신성하고 성스러운 ■ bask in the sheer brilliance - 아름다움을 느끼다 ■ desolate looking 황량해 보이는

cruised near Haegeumgang before stopping for an hour and a half at Oedo. Oedo an island which is mainly a botanical garden, and it’s beautiful! The garden was created by a husband and wife and has been maintained mostly by them for the past 30 years. It is made up of over 3000 different species of plants including various types of cacti, palms and flowers. An hour and a half was just long enough to see the garden and take some much-needed breaks in the shade. After arriving back at Gujora ferry terminal, it was time to start the trek back to Daegu. If you’re looking for a getaway or just hoping to see one of the many beautiful islands Korea has to offer, be sure to check out Geoje! ■


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A Nomad’s Guide to Sheep Meat Written and photographed by Lucas Brailsford Edited by Priya Sam Translation by Sangwoo Kim Ten days into a two-week excursion into the wilderness of northern and central Mongolia, my group came upon the Martian landscape of Ikh Gazarin Chuluu. It was nearing dusk when we found a family's homestead complete with three gers (round, portable houses made of wooden beams and sheep's felt), a couple of flee-bitten mutts, a flock of sheep and an ancient, battered motorbike. Our guides, Jaaqii and Etri asked if we could acquire their spare ger for a night. They agreed.   After settling in, Etri brought me into the family's main ger. I was invited to drink

warm yak milk and eat some freshly prepared Mongolian noodles with a family consisting of a mother, father, grandmother and an adorable three-year-old daughter. I was secretly enthralled to witness real Mongolian life. I entered, was warmly received, and promptly ignored. Everyone was busy with their domestic routines but I was happy to sit and observe the beautiful life they had carved out for themselves on the unforgiving fringes of the habitable world. I was busy entertaining the daughter when, suddenly, the door burst open and the man of the house (man of the ger, I should

India in a Week

written By Steven Moore Photos by Christopher Chan, Lian Chang, Ken Pinfold and Christina Syndikus

say) rushed in carrying a sheep by its front legs while his neighbor carried the rear. The men tossed the animal down on its back. The sheep looked unharmed, except for an incision above its stomach, just below its rib cage.  I stared dumbly down at this animal, unsure of why it was now in the ger. In an instant, the seemingly dead animal resurrected and began flailing its hind legs in a last ditch attempt to fend off the butchers. One man, surprised by the animal's sudden activity, promptly pinned the animal by the throat so that it stared at me with its frantically lulling eyes.  He then proceeded to stick his hand deep into the incision and give a quick, sharp yank at the animal's heart. I could feel the humid blast of its last breath on my leg; I could feel its death rattle. I didn’t move - half from fascination, half from terror. The family then took to the task of sheep-butchering right in the ger, blocking any chance of escape from the abode's only entrance and exit.  Like it or loath it, I was there for the whole unsightly spectacle.   As grizzly as it might sound, I can assure you it was very clean.  After killing, disemboweling, skinning and butchering a sheep in their living room, there was not a drop of blood left. The part that struck me most about the whole scene was when the threeyear-old daughter began playing with the sheep’s tongue right after its death. I saw that within her calm, even amused, expression, there existed no disgust for the killing of the sheep. She had seen it dozens, maybe hundreds, of times before and for her the taking of an animal's life is run-of-the-mill and essential. A three-year-old taught me a pretty valuable lesson: I put on a straight face and watched without a grimace. Deciding what to do for a week in India is a challenge. The choices are tantalizing and endless, as it is perhaps the most diverse and unique country on the planet to explore. The spectacular scenery, rich culture, turbulent history and amazing people are just a few reasons why I love it so much. When traveling, I endeavor to get under the skin of a place, absorb its essence and feel its true spirit, but few places allow that in just a week. However, India can, and certainly will, touch your heart and soul. With only a week to play with, a trip between Delhi, Jodhpur and Agra (known as the Golden Triangle) just like papadums into spicy mango chutney, is a mouthwatering dip into India’s delights. Since independence from Britain in 1948— thanks to the nation’s Father Mahatma Gandhi—Delhi has undergone a grand metamorphosis, resulting in a cosmopolitan crescendo of multi-culturalisms. With so many classic juxtapositions of the ancient and the advanced, Delhi is a perfect place to begin your whistle stop tour of this Northern Indian wonderland. Starting with the ancient, get lost within the impressive 17th century Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sprawling complex, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, was India’s royal residence. It was constructed from distinctive red sandstone and is an imposing structure. Next, be amazed by Emperor Humayan’s tomb, an exquisite example of Persian design which is colossal yet subtly graceful. Fast forward two hundred years to the ultra modern Lotus Temple of the Bahai’i. Resembling Sydney’s Opera House, the Bahai’i House of Worship utilizes uber-contemporary architecture. This contrasts starkly with the many archaic buildings in Delhi, and demonstrates the fascinating evolution

I discussed what I had witnessed the next day with Jaaqii, who grew up in the Gobi. I explained that I had always romanticized living off the land and raising livestock, but I had not been ready to witness an animal being butchered next to me. She laughed and told me that westerners are happy to eat the meat of animals, but never want to see the process that brings the animal to the dinner plate. She then explained how the nomads can tell each of their animals apart and how they know each animal's individual character and temperament. They know exactly where to bring them so they can graze on medicinal herbs and lichens, how to tend to them when they are sick and how to help deliver their young. The nomads protect their animals from marauding foxes and wolves and slaughter them when it is their time. The animals are the nomad's pride, sustenance, livelihood and survival.  Maybe we're all like those sheep of the Gobi waiting for the time when our hearts will be yanked to a stop.  I hope when my time comes, it's quick and doesn't need a second attempt. ■ Flee-bitten mutts - 목동견 ■ Fend off - 을 막다, 막아내다 ■ Disembowel - 내장을 제거하다 ■ Lichens - 이끼 ■ Maraud - 약 탈하다

of this great city. After stewing in Delhi’s cultural melting pot, bus three hours to Jaipur. The capital city of Rajasthan is wonderfully vibrant, and home to a plethora of World Heritage Sites, such as the Hawar Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. The intricacy of the unique façade is a mind boggling must-see. After riding a friendly elephant up to the Amber Fort, head out to Man Sagar Lake, a calming body of water amidst the chaos of daily life. The Jal Mahal, or Water Palace, shimmers like the moon in a clear night sky, and with the lake full in monsoon season, just like the tip of an iceberg, only the top floor is visible. When the lake drains in the dry season, all five magnificent levels are on view, another marvel of the Pink City. Like much of India, Agra is a city of extremes. On the one hand, the filthy streets teem with garbage, emaciated holy cows and dog-sized rats, yet these highways of humanity will lead you to perhaps the most beautiful building on the planet: the awe inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the 1630s by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, the mausoleum is arguably the world’s most poignant manifestation of love. The sheer scale and brilliance of the tomb leave you spellbound by its spine tingling serenity; close up, the magical combination of pristine white marble and sparkling jeweled revetments are mesmerizing. The best time to behold this gleaming vision is dawn, when the rising sun illuminates the Taj in an ethereal glow. Be humbled and snap the pictures of a lifetime. A week discovering the Golden Triangle is a fantastic assault on the senses, but is merely a taste of the inspirational Indian sub-continent. Yet the amazing architecture, culture, food and absolutely the warm, perpetuallysmiling Indian people will craft eternal experiences and memories. ■ august 2011 ■ InDaegu ■ 11


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In Korea it’s difficult to find good quality hamburgers at a reasonable price. In Daegu, there’s one place where you can get handmade delicious gourmet hamburgers, and at a price that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. All That Burger, located in Bummeo, has some of the best quality burgers in Daegu for easily the lowest prices. All ingredients and toppings are fresh, the patties handmade, and the wedges (not fries) are lightly seasoned and baked so you can enjoy without the guilt. With all the burger chains near downtown offering mediocre burgers at ridiculous prices, All That Burger has a relaxing atmosphere, great burgers, an extensive coffee menu, beers, and a patio to chill out on in the summer. Ditch the bustling downtown area for an afternoon, and enjoy some great burgers and drinks for a great price. scent of sushi • 10% Off (CASH ONLY)

Opened in 2010, Scent of Sushi set out to make a great sushi restaurant that consisted of high quality food for a reasonable price. The only all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Daegu is a modern place with a friendly owner and great food. Plates of sushi float around on small wooden viking ship looking boats in a moat (as opposed to your conventional conveyor belt style) and if you see something you like, take it. There is no limit to how much you can eat, so with the EXEC discount it’s a great affordable way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends when time is not an issue. gom's cafe • 20% Off Entrees

Gom’s Cafe is a trendy American style fusion restaurant specializing in pastas, pizza, rice dishes, salads, and en extensive drink menu. The decor and atmosphere of Gom’s is very light and cheerful with the majority of customers being in the 20-30 range due to the funky style and trendy upbeat music. The owners try to give their patrons the best possible experience as they are constantly updating their menu to keep things new and interesting. Fresh, natural herbs and seasonings are used along with a cook-to-order menu, to ensure everything is always as fresh as possible. With the location in the heart of downtown, Gom’s Cafe is a great place to go for a little something different from your normal restaurants. Great prices, good quality food, and a trendy ambiance will keep you coming back. huanjo steak • 10% Off (Cash only)

A new dining experience in the heart of downtown comes to you from Huanjo Steak. You are able to choose either from the various different steaks on the menu as a single entree, or take advantage of their fixed price set menu. Their set menu gets you one sirloin steak, one chicken breast, one chop-steak dish, and one salmon steak! If somehow you haven’t eaten in 3 months and you’re still hungry after that, you can get MORE, for NO extra cost. Also included in the set menu is your choice of sauces, rice dishes, tea and/or coffee. You’re not going to find a better deal for meat lovers than Huanzo Steak. The regular set price menu is 23,000won (about the price of one steak at Outback). shanghai grill • 15% Off

Your favorite Chinese food from half-way around the world back in the United States is available for you to enjoy right here in Daegu! The Mark Pi’s franchise company is pleased and proud to present it’s American casual concept to the Korean market. The Mark Pi’s chain, with close to 50 locations in the United States, wants you to come and enjoy the Chinese food you’ve come to know and love back home, all the way on the other side of the world. Shanghai Grill boasts some of the most delicious and authentic American Chinese food, with everything from sweet & sour pork, to mongolian beef, spring rolls and plenty more. The perfect answer to your Chinese food craving, and best of all, they deliver! teum lounge bar • One (1) Free Shot/One shot mixed drink with order TEUM Lounge Bar up on the 4th floor in the heart of Downtown Daegu provides a sexy atmosphere perfect for hanging out with some friends enjoying some delicious cocktails, or partying it up for a live DJ event. Sexy female silhouettes on the walls, blue neons, comfy seating, attractive bartenders, and a range of house, dance, and techno music make up the atmosphere of TEUM.

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Our goal is to give you discounts and savings on places you normally go to anyways, in addition to new places you might not have otherwise known about. As for events, we got you covered there as well. We hope to work with event organizers urban lounge bar • 1,000won off per drink Urban Lounge Bar has been a staple for live entertainment in Daegu for over 2 years now. Urban hosts open mic nights on Wednesday’s, regular live performances from local and national bands all over Korea on weekends, and special events for local organizations. The atmosphere of Urban allows you to lounge around in the early evening while enjoying a drink or two with friends, and then step it up and party hardcore once night falls and the drinks start flowing. Energetic live bands are always a crowd pleaser, coupled with an upbeat mix of hip-hop and dance music, it’s always a good time. With regular drink specials, friendly owners, a good mix of Koreans and Foreigners, Urban is an ideal spot to enjoy a Saturday night. lazy diner • 10% Off The newly renovated Lazy Diner located in the heart of downtown Daegu offers up a great selection of food and drinks. They boast an all day breakfast/brunch menu that rivals the best in the city from breakfast platters, to pancakes, seriously thick french toast, and more. Moving on to lunch and dinner, the menu just gets better. They offer some great tasting unique burgers and sandwiches to steak and potatoes, so there’s surely something for everyone. Their new layout features an L-shaped bar table for later in the night if you just want to come hang out for some drinks and chill with some grub. Lazy Diner is a great alternative to the other western bars around downtown with great, friendly, English speaking owners. flower field • 10% Off (30,000won or more) Hands down the most relaxing, most chilled out spot in Daegu is this place. Pronounced “kote-baht” meaning “Flower Field”, most people simply know it as, “the Hookah place”. Incense fill the place with a peaceful aroma, the dim-lighting makes you want to just lay around and relax, and then there’s the hookah! They offer several flavors from mint, to apple, orange, herbs, and many more. There is also a fairly extensive cocktail, beer, and wine menu to enjoy with your hookah. All of the seating is on the floor with plenty of floor pillows to lounge out on. It’s a perfect place for groups to come and end a crazy night with a chilled out atmosphere to help you wind down. They’re open way late, so you can still party hard before coming over to chill out. A place you need to experience while in Daegu. jja - sha • 20% Off If you’re looking for good Chinese food in Daegu, this is a place you need to check out. Dishes range from chicken, to pork, to seafood, and delicious soju cocktails. Pronounced, “Jja-Sha” it is located in the middle of the downtown Daegu nightlife making it the perfect dinner and pre-game before going out to party for the night. The dishes are not the American Chinese that you’re probably familiar with, but it’s just as good, and will make you want to come back again. Once you’ve turned down the small alley, look for a monkey outside the restaurant, that’s how you know you’re there. Seriously. star kebab • 750won off per 2 Kebabs New for 2011, Star Kebab has exploded onto the fast food scene in Daegu. Boasting arguably the most eccentric staff in any restaurant, they are always trying to the please passers-by. Star Kebab specializes in Turkish-style kebabs. For those unfamiliar, they take super tender meat, add some lettuce, tomato, pickle, special sauce, throw it in a wrap, spicy sauce (if you please) and your good to go. They offer chicken, lamb, or a mix of the two, which makes them unique to other kebab shops that only offer chicken. In addition to having meat in a wrap, they also offer it on a baguette, a hamburger bun, or on a plate with some sides. Their most popular draw however may be their turkish ice cream stand out in front of the restaurant. Take a walk by and see for yourself, definitely worth the trip! photai • 10% Off (Cash only) Pho Tai specializes in Vietnamese and Thai food ranging from their delicious Pho, to different kinds of rolls, noodles, and pad thai. The atmosphere of Pho Tai is very clean and spacious with a great view of the downtown area out the window. One major thing that makes this Vietnamese and Thai restaurant stand out is the fact they offer the regional Vietnamese beers, Bia Ha Noi and Saigon Beer. If you’ve ever been to Vietnam, this is what you drink, so it’s either nice nostalgia from when you visited, or a precursor of what to expect if you’re planning to go and visit. Overall, a very good authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a great location in Downtown Daegu. TEUM is a great place to escape the hole-in-the-wall underground foreigner bars for a night and feel a little more upscale and sophisticated. Start your night off classy with a group of friends and chill out before gettin’ crazy at the clubs. Plus, with your Expat Entertainment Card, receive a complimentary shot or basic mixed drink with your order. Perfect for starting off the night.


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Hit the Deck:

Patios in Daegu

Everyone loves a patio whether you’re out for a drink, a fancy meal, or just a cup of coffee, and downtown Daegu has plenty to choose from. Die Torte is a restaurant and tearoom with a loaded menu from salads and seafood to hearty steaks. They specialize in gourmet deserts and feature an outdoor, urban-bistro patio. Enjoy a candlelight dinner to classical music or swing in for a piece of cake and coffee. Starting at Samdeok, hang a right from the entrance. International Street is on your first left, but head straight past and you’ll find this restaurant on the right. International Street is home to the most popular bars in downtown Daegu, and there are a few locations with outdoor arrangements. First up, Café Bistro on your left (across from Greeks), offers outdoor seating with a 2nd floor view fit for dining. A door down, Dijon has a rustic, wooden deck suitable for wine sipping, but be sure to go

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inside the French diner for class desert and choice filets. The neighboring Thursday Party boasts a wooden deck you can’t miss. Grab a pint and some pretzel sticks during an evening out with your friends. Directly across, Berkeley and Da4u, also have some worthy outdoor accommodations. The quaint patio of Berkeley, the garden restaurant, with its sentient fountain and umbrella shade, provides a cool evening dinner and choice of wine. Next door, the beer and soju fusion bar, Da4u, offers wings and a spacious wooden deck to enjoy them. At the end of the street, the Coffee Bean across from the new Thursdays, provides two levels of balcony seating and a commanding view of the bustling intersection below. Enjoy a cup on the tree shaded alcove of the 2nd floor or find a spot on the 3rd floor deck. If you haven’t been, cross the street at Samdeok away from downtown and check

out the alternative to the Rodeo Street district. There’s a coffee shop with a small deck on the corner and the newly established Caliente, Mexican restaurant and bar. Choose from classy cocktails, fire shots, and a variety of international beers for the patio, or head inside for a free game of pool. Just next door, the opulent 10 o’ clock serves up beer and soju fusions on their tented deck and 2nd floor balcony. Around the corner across from the Novotel, the splendors of the 28th Memorial Park entertain locals and foreigners alike. Enjoy the view from Burnham Burgers’ patio on the street just adjacent. Getting out of downtown, take a cab to Jisan Dong-A department store and spend an evening on Cheers’ expansive outdoor patio. Head up the street right of the Daegu Bank away from Dong-A, and Cheers will be a block up on your left just past the park. (Look for the

red chairs!) Back in Bomeo, get your fix at the Dunkin Donuts right outside subway exit 5 with a lofty third floor view of the massive intersection. Just across the street, another Burnham’s has a cozy deck for your burgers and fries. Perhaps best for last, New York New York, fine dining plus wine, features an exquisite concrete patio draped in leafy greenery and adorned with statuettes. Try a romantic dinner outing, walking distance from Suseong Lake. Tell the cabby Suseong-gu New York New York-uh, and they’ll show you the way. For more local inquiries, check out InDaegu’s Facebook page and follow ongoing, neighborhood activities and events. So, grab a cold one, hit the deck, and have a refreshing summer. ■

Blue Ketchup Written by Aaron Murray Translation by Yujeong Lee

Any resident of Daegu will find that the usual haunts provide ample entertainment on a weekly basis, and there isn’t much to complain about on the nightlife front. Despite this, the most avowed fan of Daegu would have to admit that Daegu lacks the variety of nightlife found in Seoul; Blue Ketchup, at Dongsungro, aims to add to the diversity of late-night entertainment in the city. Attempting to review a venue which fills the gap between a bar and a nightclub at 7 p.m. is difficult. Yet, Blue Ketchup, dark but for the surround screens covering the walls, is instantly alluring. The one wall which slopes around the bar is a screen for 8 projectors found on the roof that broadcast the same image throughout the entire bar. The staff, too, was instantly enthusiastic to seat our group and to serve all our needs. It’s clear, from the outset, that Blue Ketchup is not just another bar. Attempting to please everyone is often a foolish move in the bar business, but Blue Ketchup is clearly in search of those who 14 ■ InDaegu ■ august 2011

want to eat, drink, and dance. The menu offers the usual bar food but the pizzas, which we ordered to share, were beyond anything else in town. Far from a conventional pizza, the bulgogi with cheese on one half and garlic base on the other, was perfect for a big group and was far from the microwaved efforts seen elsewhere. The owner, 김상훈, travelled to Seoul to survey the bar scene before opening this venue, and he believes that Blue Ketchup is something completely new for Daegu. A small feature of the bar, which goes a long way to increasing comfort, is the seating. The entire space is covered with cushioned seats, which means that the bar will never suffer from over-crowding as others often too. As the night wore on, it became clear that Blue Ketchup makes for a venue like few others in the city. 상훈 demonstrated what he believes is the best part of the bar by playing Chemical Brother’s outstanding Star Guitar video on the walls and turning on the

laser show, which usually happens every two hours. He also introduced me to what he called the ‘booking’ event- a novel idea for those lacking their own inventive chatup lines. The event is a token system, where any male can buy 1,000 won discount cards and give them to a female they are interested in. The tokens can then be redeemed, by the girl, against their final bill. Again, 상훈 is determined, through invention or gimmick, to distinguish his venue from the crowd. Blue Ketchup is a welcome addition to the after-hours scene in Daegu. It should be especially welcomed by those who want to extend their night but don’t fancy a hectic nightclub in the area- an excellent bar for any stage of the evening. ■ haunt - 자주 가는 곳 ■ avowed - 공언 한, 스스로 인정한 ■ from the outset – 처 음부터 ■ on par with ~ - ~과 동등한 ■ conventional - 극히 평범한 ■ redeem – 상품으로 바꾸다 ■ gimmick –술책 ■ hectic – 정신없이 바쁜


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The Grand Lady of Daegu’s Fine Dining Scene Written by Michelle Van Balkom Translation by Sehee Lee Dijon has long been the frontrunner in Daegu’s fine dining scene. Located on Rodeo Street, which has grown up around it, it no longer fits in with its surroundings. Nonetheless, that is how owner and executive chef Sang-Young Choi wants it. Dijon was opened in 2000 after its sister restaurant Into (1992) became a commercial success. The original owner wanted to open a fine dining restaurant that expats could go to get authentic French/Mediterranean dishes. In 2001, Mr. Choi joined the staff as the executive chef and when he took ownership of the restaurant in 2007, he decided to preserve the concept that his predecessor established. However, he has made some slight changes. Chef Choi has streamlined the menu so

that the dishes appeal to both foreign and Korean palates, since he felt some of the original dishes were too boldly flavored. He says that Dijon introduces simplified French dishes that also incorporate some of Daegu’s style and flavor. Still, he insists that Dijon’s flavors are authentic and often gain praise from French customers. Dijon does not offer a large variety of alcohol choices (although it has a very decent wine list) and Choi says this is deliberate. Unlike many of its neighbors, it does not want to be known as a drinking establishment. He wants Dijon to maintain its high-class atmosphere where people can really focus on the food. And so it does. Dijon has a high number

of regular customers who return time after time. Foreign customers enjoy the salads and seafood dishes, but the most popular is the stuffed chicken breast. For Korean customers, the beef tenderloin and the paella are the most ordered. Chef Choi also says that the restaurant’s pastas are quite popular with the younger crowd. My companions and I decided to go to Dijon at lunchtime when it wasn’t so busy. I was a little apprehensive, as Dijon’s food could be too rich and heavy for the middle of the day. We decided to sample the lunch specials. At 17,000won for the pasta set and 19,000won for the beef, they were both quite reasonably priced. Each set came with a soup, salad, entrée, dessert, and tea or coffee.

The soup of the day was potato. It was mild and creamy, but for my palate a little bland. However, my Korean companion said she’d never had potato soup before and thought it was interesting. The salad course was light and crisp. It was dressed lightly with red wine vinegar and olive oil and had a variety of greens topped with delicious olives. The pasta course offered three options: forest mushroom and bacon cream spaghetti, fresh clams with wine and basil sauce spaghetti, and a classic Bolognese spaghetti. We selected the forest mushroom and bacon cream. The pasta was properly cooked and sauced not just noodles floating in soup. The mushrooms were earthy and provided texture, but the bacon could have been smokier. The beef set offered up sautéed tenderloin in hot pepper sauce with pimento rice. Grilled green and red peppers, zucchini, onions, and garlic joined the beef in a rich, spicy sauce served over rice. While I would say the menu is more fusion than authentic, I enjoyed the zippy vegetables and sauce and the rice was light and fluffy. The only disappointment was the beef which was overcooked. Finally, our meal finished with a dark chocolate mousse and our promised tea and coffee. My initial fears were realized when we couldn’t finish our entrees but the staff kindly allowed us to take home our leftovers. If you are interested in fine dining in Daegu, Dijon has to been the first stop on your culinary tour. ■ address: #21-9 Samduk 1ga, Jung-gu, Daegu phone number: 053-422-2426 grown up around it - 함께 성장한 ■ streamlined the menu - 메뉴를 간소화하 다 ■ high-class atmosphere - 하이클래스 분위기 ■ regular customers - 단골 손님 ■ time after time - 자주 ■ Apprehensive - 걱정되는, 불안한 ■ For my palate - 내 입맛에는 ■ Clams - 조개 ■ Zippy - 살아있 는, 생생한 ■ Fluffy - 솜털 같이 부드러운 ■ culinary tour - 음식투어

The Tasty Treasures of the Bukbu Bus Terminal Written by Erin Petrey Translation by Merea Lee

I have heard many praise the virtues of the Southeast Asian markets, near the Bukbu bus terminal. Despite my curiosity and desire to diversify the flavors of my home cooking, I somehow never made it over to the area, until recently, which was a grave mistake on my part. The area doesn’t look like much from the outside; a fairly nondescript strip of small shops line the service street extending from the terminal. However, upon closer inspection, words uncommon in most of Korea begin to stand out, such as “Halal.” The colorful signs boast an array of international flags, indicating the origin of many of the wares to be found inside.  Roughly six such stores line the street and many carry similar items, with certain stores carrying a more diverse inventory than others. If you seek out a particular item, I suggest you visit each store, as they are so closely located. My most successful stop was Ace Mart, wherein I purchased hard to find items like curry powder, coconut juice, fresh

cilantro, lentils, lime juice, and even a large Tsingtao beer for good measure. The shop also offered other rare groceries like lamb, desiccated coconut, prepackaged Indian dishes, and a large selection of spices. Thankfully, a desire to zest up your usual grocery shopping won’t come with a heavy price tag; offerings from every store are very reasonably priced, being that they are all imported. For example, a box of curry powder and a bag of lentils ran 4,000 won each. Even the liquor and beer selections are very affordable and offer a welcome change to the all too fa-

miliar Family Mart selections. Regardless of the specialty items these shops carry, don’t expect a special vibe from the area. Each store is pretty straightforward, and the displays are more functional than aesthetic. Most establishments featured floors lined with boxes blooming with Vietnamese instant noodles, rows of slightly dusty cans of tropical fruits, bags of large frozen pupae, and a wealth of items that I was at a loss to identify. If you’d care to change up your grocery shopping routine, the Bukbu bus terminal

markets are easily accessible by bus (202, 323, 309, 356, 724, and 726). Once you disembark, look for signs featuring arrays of colorful flags. Also, if shopping makes you a little hungry, a few tasty ethnic restaurants (such as the popular Ali Baba Indian Restaurant) are located near the shops. ■ nondescript strip - 별 특징 없는 ■ zest up - 맛의 풍미를 높이다 ■ a special vibe 특별한 분위기 ■ aesthetic - 심미적인

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DAEGU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

International Night Physical Education

DIS and PTO held its biggest night of the year with great success. The food and performances were awesome. Thanks to everyone that made that night a great event.

Mr. Bernard's PE classes have been working on a soccer unit. They have been learning the rules of the game; as well as specific skills such as dribbling, passing, kicking for power, and throw ins. Along with mixing in some fitness testing, this will be the final unit of the 2010-2011 school year.

Libraries In the first year of operation, the DIS Lower and Middle School/High School Libraries have made the transition from 0 to 15,578 holdings! What an impressive start for a first-year library. The Multi Media Centers also contains over 900 electronic books (eBooks) for online checkout from the libraries, the classrooms, or at home using the Follett Destiny automated system for its Online Public Access Computer. The DIS Libraries take pride to meet the library communities reading goals: whether for pleasure, personal growth, or informational skills -- we serve you right in the DIS Libraries!

Mrs. Busby's 1st Grade

Working with Daegu DIS signs an agreement with Daegu National University of Education. Next year teachers from both schools will spend some learning about each other styles of teaching and phi16 ■ InDaegu ■ august 2011

losophies. DNUE will send several graduate and senior students to DIS to observe the American style of teaching that is different in each room at DIS.

Mrs. Busby’s first grade class studied about different ecosystems this year. The students made pictures of each ecosystem. The picture above is the swamp glyph. The students also researched facts about the animals from each ecosystem. From their findings, they wrote stories that involved the animals and the ecosystem. The arctic tundra, forest, rain forest, swamp, ocean, and desert are the ecosystems they studied this year.


Residence Hall

Student Council

The Residence Hall got some great indoor recreational items for the students to enjoy during their down time. Air hockey, pool table and foosball have really been a big hit with the students.

Science Fair The first annual Daegu International School Science Fair was held on May 6th, with participants from grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. The students represented Ms. Wilson’s Earth Science, Physical Science, and Biology, and Mr. Plamondon’s Life Science classes. The students showed many impressive displays and experiments, including fish, ambidextrousness, homemade boomerangs, homemade lip gloss, giant bubbles, a hand-built robot, and many more. The science displays were set-up in the gym for all DIS students and faculty to view and enjoy.

Student Council has been active this month with International Night. They attended weekly meetings to prepare for setting up booths and performances. They were responsible for a German booth which featured different kinds of sausages, and a Chinese booth which featured a variety of Chinese eats. The MC’s for the night were two student council members.

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SPORTS

Korea, Can You Do No Wrong?

WRITTEN By Steven Moore Translation by Hwa One Shin

With the announcement this July that Pyeongchang will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, this proud nation became part of an elite group that will have hosted the big four international sporting events: the summer and winter Olympics, the soccer World Cup, and this month’s World Athletics Championships right here in Daegu. With such powerhouse sporting nations as France and Germany forming part of this exclusive list, Korea finds itself at the head table when it comes to staging the world’s grandest sporting occasions. The two other countries that hold a hosting Bingo are Italy and Japan (the latter of which jointly hosted the World Cup with Korea). It’s only fair to mention Russia, which will join such distinguished company after staging the 2018 World Cup. A surprising absentee from the select few is the U.S., missing out on hosting the Athletics World Champs. With nations such as China and the U.S. eventually sure to complete the superfecta, Korea’s accomplishment should be recognized. It wasn’t until Seoul was awarded the 1988 Summer Olympics that Korea was deemed capable of hosting such enormous celebrations of sport. The Games gained notoriety when Canada’s Ben Johnson sprinted into the 100m record books, only to be stripped of his gold medal for failing a drug test. The overwhelming success of the Olympics proved to the world that Korea could not only stage competitions of this scale, but exceed expectations and put on a fantastic show. The dramatic 2002 World Cup followed and the planet once again witnessed an amazing sporting spectacle. It helped that the Korean team managed the impossible, reaching the semi-final stages after claiming the scalps of soccer giants Spain and Italy. The whole country went football crazy, and a new generation of sporting heroes (and fans) was born. An estimated 23 million people took to the streets to watch the live games on giant screens: seven million alone for the semi18 ■ InDaegu ■ august 2011

final defeat to Germany. It elevated players such as Park Ji-Sung to iconic status, and soccer euphoria continues to this day. Other sports also benefited from riding the World Cup wave, as revenues were invested into many sporting fields. The results of this are most evident in golf, with Korea now boasting two winners of golf’s most important majors: the 2009 PGA champ Yang Yong-Eun and Women’s U.S. Open victor, Ryu So-Yeon. In addition to sport, Korea enjoys great successes in other sectors. Long considered the global leader in technology, Korea now ranks fifth in the field of research and development, and its engineers and scientists are sought after the world over. Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon even holds the seat of United Nations Secretary General. Practically devoid of natural resources, the rapid growth of the nation in terms of industry, manufacturing, infrastructure and domestic income has led these achievements to be labeled the “Miracle on the Han River.” Culturally, Korea is becoming more globally recognized. Its television dramas are the most viewed in Asia, and K-pop is making its mark in both Europe and America. Since the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, the Korean brand is gaining elevated world status, assisted by the “Hallyu,” or the Korean wave (the export of Korean culture through technology). With the upcoming World Athletics Champs, and the Winter Olympics looming in 2018, Korea can now add a powerful sporting string to its already impressive bow. This cutting-edge country, and its people, can be rightly proud of their place at so many of the world’s top tables. ■ Deem - 등극하다. ~로 고려하다. ■ Notoriety - 유명세 (안 좋은 일로 인한) ■ claiming the scalps - 강호들을 누른( 꺾 은) ■ euphoria - (극도의) 행복감, 도취 ■ cutting-edge - 최첨단의

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girl from my native city of Donetsk, Olha Saladuha in triple jump against Savigne from Cuba. All these are duels of world level!’’ Being two of the most highly respected members of the IAAF must have its perks, no doubt...What has been your most enjoyable day to date working for this organization? Mr. Diack - ‘’Honestly spoken, I feel extremely proud and privileged to have led the IAAF since the death of my predecessor in 1999, and it is really difficult to single out one “great day” only because I really have had many, and hope that there will be many more, especially in 2012 when the IAAF celebrates 100 years of existence. And of course, I am fully expecting to experience some wonderful days in Daegu this coming August!’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’I even remember the date – November 20, 2010. It was in Monaco. My native city of Donetsk was awarded a 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships. For the first time in the history of Ukraine we’ve got an athletics world championship event! My long time dream finally came true! I, along with my team from Ukrainian Federation promoted this idea for IAAF as well as for Ukrainian people. Our nation believed in us – and the IAAF believed as well. I was absolutely delighted. But now I realize – it was just the first step. We need to take the next steps to continue hosting global sporting events. And I believe we can do this.’’ In your own personal opinion, who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time? Mr. Diack - ‘’Again – there have been so

many marvelous athletes who I have found truly inspirational. I would say though that as a former Long Jumper myself I have a particular soft spot for the legendary Jesse Owens, the hero of the 1936 Olympic Games, who I had the privilege to meet and spend

time with. I found him to be a humble and exceptional human being as well as a phenomenal talent. But really, I could spend an hour discussing all the top athletes I have known and admired greatly.’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’Every generation has its own greatest athletes. But still there are some of them who helped change the world, who showed the maximum amount of human power. Usain Bolt, Jesse Owens, Bob Beaming, Irena Szewińska-these are athletes who changed the world.’’ Finally, I would like to know, hypothetically speaking of course, if you were not working currently involved in your current position with the IAAF, what would be another sought after role you desire? Mr. Diack - ‘’I have had a long career both in

politics (I was once the Mayor of Dakar and the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Senegal) as well as sport, in which I have been involved for more than half a century now. But I can sincerely state that I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the sport of athletics as President. The job I have at the moment is the ideal one for me.’’ Mr. Bubka - ‘’Hypothetically? In any case I would be involved in sports – no doubt about that! I can’t imagine my life without sports. I have vast amounts of experience and knowledge to use for the sake of sports. I have a desire to serve the Olympic ideas. Sports bring harmony to the world. It teaches to fight not with an enemy but an opponent, to win over yourself first – and then over your rivals. Your role or position does not matter after all. I would be glad to work at every position where I could be useful and effective for the values of sports and Olympic movement.” ■

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Your Inner Dragon: A guide to Daegu’s Traditional Martial Arts Written by Robert Williams Translation by Yujeong Lee

It is not an exaggeration to say that over the past few decades, Asian martial arts have exploded in popularity and can be found in some form or another in even the most remote corner of the globe. In this regard, having the opportunity to learn and practice various martial arts in Asia adds a sort of mystique in comparison to learning them in our home countries. While Korean arts, such as Taekwondo, Hapkido, and MMA related styles have saturated the globe, being here in Korea provides a unique opportunity to learn arts that are more rare, arts that every

Dick-and-Jane hasn’t tried, and arts that you may very well never have the chance to experience again. Here are a few that fit that category, which can be found in our city. Tuk Gong Mu Sul – Developed as a military martial art in the early 1970’s and designed to contain a wide array of techniques and styles, it is surely a workout (especially for the legs). The stances and hand techniques are very similar to traditional Kung Fu styles, while the kicking, groundwork, and joint locks are like Hapkido on steroids. Aside from that, military tactics and

Interview with Betty Heidler Written by Kenneth Quillinan Betty Heidler is a German hammer thrower and recent world record holder. On May 21st, 2011, in Halle, she set a new target for her competitors to try and match with a throw of 79.42 metres. I want to thank her for taking the time to conduct a brief interview with me before the games commence.

1. How are your preparations for the World Championships going? What is your daily routine?   

At the moment we’re preparing for the German National Championships in three weeks. After this, we will go to a training camp in South Germany. One week before Daegu, we will come to South Korea for another training camp. I currently train two times per day and after four sessions I have one day off.

2. Being a hammer thrower, I presume your diet differs from other athletes. What are your essential daily food intakes to keep up your strength?

I do not have to eat anything special; just what is necessary to compete in sports at a high level. I take in a lot of protein and vitamins, eat low fat and not that much sugar, but sometimes a cake or burger or ice cream is also OK! 3. Am I right in saying that on May 21st of this year you threw a new world record? Congrats! How did it feel?

You’re right! I was shocked, surprised and really happy, but I needed a lot of days to get it really in my mind. 

4. Have you been to Daegu before? If so, what are your impressions of the city?

occasionally on T.V. Somewhat similar to Capoeira, in that movements originate from a rhythmic dance like pattern, the lightening fast kicks and trapping motions make this the most unique art on the list, and surely one that would be very difficult to find outside of Korea. UngBi Junsukwan – Located in Buk-gu, near Kyungpook University and Daegu station. Taekkyeon Hwarang Junsukwan – Located on the east side, accessible by Sinmae station. Kuk Sool Won - An art that began in the late 1950’s that was designed to incorporate many of Korea’s indigenous arts into one form, Kuk Sool Won is an art in which a student not only learns about self-defense in various forms but also learns holistic aspects such as healing and meditation. Training includes joint manipulation, throws, pressure point strikes, internal breathing and healing. Kuk Sool Won (yes, that is the name of the school) – A huge facility located near the InterBurgo hotel- a very reputable place to practice this art. Kuk Sool Won/Hapkido – A short walk away from Sinmae station Sibpalki – A weapons art that dates back hundreds of years; the name literally translates to “eighteen techniques”, referring to the 18 practices or techniques used in cutting, slicing, or destroying the opponent with weapons ranging from spears, short bladed swords, staffs, sword and shield, and others in the prefirearm battlefield setting. Daegu Sibpalki Association – One of the chapters of the national Sibpalki association, and the best place in the city to get reference on top-quality instruction, located next to Banwoldang station. SangMu Academy – Located near Yongsan station (green line, it is one of very few schools in Daegu still teaching this art, as well as other teachings from the Muyejebo Korean military manual published in 1610.

weapons such as bayonet M16s, machetes, and others are included in training at upper levels. Dae Han Tuk Gong Mu Sul (Daegu) – Located a short taxi ride from either Dongdaegu or Manchon subway station. The master of this school is a professor of fighting arts at Daekyeung College and a very widely respected man. Do not be fooled by his appearance! Taekkyeon – Taekkyeon is a rich and colorful part of Korea’s martial arts culture, often seen at traditional festivals and

Please see the “Daegu Martial Arts” Facebook page for a complete map to these locations and more.

I was there last year for the Pre-Championships meeting. I didn’t see much of the city but the area around the stadium and the stadium itself was very nice. I’m looking forward to coming back!  

7. Finally, can you tell me an interesting fact about yourself?

Mystique - 신비로운 ■ saturate - 흠뻑 적 시다 ■ Dick and Jane - 보통 사람들 ■ encompass - 포함하다, 망라하다 ■ on steroids - 비교할 수 없는 ■ bayoneted - 총검 으로 된 ■ indigenous - 원산의 ■ holistic - 전체론의 ■ joint manipulation - 관절 수 기요법 ■ pressure point strikes - 급소

There are a lot of interesting facts about me!  

5. Are you still working for the German Federal Police or on work leave for these games? Any interesting stories from this profession?

I’m still working for the Federal German Border Police but in a system for professional athletes. There’s a system of athletes who belong to the German top athletes in different kinds of sports, like rowing or cycling and others. Our training is our work and after our sports career we can work as normal officers. 6. Any particular duels you are looking forward to seeing in Daegu?

At first I will compete in my own competition and then I will see. august 2011 ■ InDaegu ■ 19


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