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Team Sejong Shines at the 2014 Asian Cultural Festival On May 10th 2014 Team Sejong made their mark at the 2014 Asian Cultural Festival on Convoy Street electrifying the capacity crowd with spirited “Annyonghaseyo� greetings, recruiting new team members, and providing entertainment such as having their name written in Hangul, participating in Korean Knowledge Quizzes with rare prizes which included Dokdo Wine, free Korea Daily magazines, and a Photobooth to commemorate their meeting with Team Sejong.



On behalf of Team Sejong, we would like to thank all the people of San Diego who visited our booth and shard with us their thoughts, stories and enthusiasm about Korean culture. You made our experience that much more enjoyable, entertaining, and enriching. With a polite nod and a trademark 90 degrees Korean bow, we say: Gam-sa-ham-ni-da! Thank You!

We hope to see you again soon! |


The People Many other Korean words related to ‘the people’ or ‘the public’ have the sound 민 (‘min’) in them. This sound comes from the Chinese character 民which means ‘The people.’ For example, one word for ‘farmer’ or ‘peasant’ is농민 (農民– ‘Nong-min’). The first syllable 농 (‘Nong’) comes from the character 農 which means ‘farm’. When combined with 민 (‘min’ - people) it literally means ‘Farm People’. Though we generally refer to Korea as 한국 (韓 國 – ‘Han-gook’), the official name is 대한민국 (大韓民國 – ‘Dae-han-min-gook’), or ‘Republic of Korea’. 대한민국 literally means ‘Great Nation of Han People’, and the 민 (‘min’) in this name comes from the character for ‘people’. The word 민속 (民俗 – ‘Min-sok’) means ‘folk’, as in ‘folk music’ or ‘folk crafts’, etc. If you add 촌 (村 – ‘Chon’ - village) at the end you get 민속촌 (民俗村 – ‘min-sok-chon’) which means ‘Folk Village.’ It also happens to be the name


of a popular restaurant in San Diego! Here are some other military related words with군 (‘Goon’) in them: 국민적 (國民的 – ‘Gook-min-jeok’): National 민간 (民間 – ‘min-gan’): Civilian, private, nongovernment 민족 (民族 – ‘min-jok’): people, ethnic group race, 민주 (民主 – ‘min-ju’): Democratic 민주주의 (民主主義 – ‘min-ju-ju-eui’): Democracy 서민 (庶民 – ‘seo-min’): Ordinary people, commoner 시민 (市民 – ‘Shi-min’): Citizen 이민 (移民 – ‘Ee-min’): Immigration 주민 (住民 – ‘Ju-min’): Resident, inhabitant Have a word or character that you would like to know more about? Send your questions and comments to

Gary Routh is an engineer at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). He began learning Korean in 1994 using various methods, including the study of Hanja as a helpful tool in building vocabulary.


INTERVIEW WITH CAROL KIM, DISTRICT 6 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE Carol Kim is a District 6 San Diego City Council Candidate. She hopes to become the first Korean American to be elected to the San Diego City Council. Ms. Kim will face 4 other candidates in the June 3 Primary Election.

Q: Please tell us about yourself. A: I am a San Diego resident and mother living in Mira Mesa with my husband and children (ages 4 and 9). Currently, I evaluate grant proposals and training for school staff for an education non-profit. My work focuses on determining impacts and outcomes for the effectiveness of public school programs. I am a former teacher and HIV prevention awareness educator. Q: Why do you want to get into politics? A: San Diego is the 8th largest city in the nation and I believe it’s important to establish a community that promotes growth and allows its residents to thrive. Currently, residents are disengaged in local politics and I want to involve them in the policy decisions that affect them. Q: What is your favorite Korean Holiday? Do you have any family traditions on this holiday? A: Seollal설날(Korean New Year). This holiday is usually held on the first day of the Korean Lunar Calendar, but my family and I celebrate it on January 1 (New Year’s Day). My husband and children, 3 siblings, and parents usually eat Ddeokguk떡국 (rice cake soup), make and eat Ddeok 떡(rice cake), and play Yutnori 윷놀이(Korean board game). Q: What do you think about KPOP and K Dramas? A: I think KPOP is fun, interesting, and exciting. K Dramas are unique because they are often dramatic and depict real life problems and issues. KPOP and K Dramas serve as a gateway

to Korean culture and language. They peak interest in Korean tourism, media, and food. Q: What is your favorite Korean food? A: Jjimdak찜닭 (steamed chicken with soy sauce and vegetables). My mom would always make this dish and I enjoyed it the most! It is similar to the Filipino dish, “Chicken Adobo.” Q: What are your thoughts in promoting Korean culture in San Diego? A: Korean culture in vital to community growth and awareness. I want to establish a more established and incorporated Korean culture through more Korean Festivals, a Korean Community Center, a new House of Korea cottage at Balboa Park, and more Korean programs. As a City Council member, I will help facilitate this process by organizing Korean businesses, community leaders, educators, and cultural liaisons to fundraise and initiate these programs. Joel Mojica is an ESL teacher at LSI San Diego, who previously lived and taught English in Seoul. Joel is passionate about travel, food, and art. His travels across 30 countries have taught him to appreciate and adapt to different cultures, customs, and cuisine. He holds a BA in Political Science and History (UC Riverside) and an MPA (SDSU). He aspires to become a diplomat to foster international cooperation, communication, and cultural awareness. |


Chilling Out Korean Style Part Deux Five of Our Favorite Korean Ice Cream Desserts (Sequels are so Cool) The following article was inspired on April 30th, 2014 where San Diego was hit with a humid, sweltering, sticky, (consults thesaurus) scorchingly hot 100 degree day. As many retreated to the pools, Team Sejong retreated to the frozen foods section of the local Korean Grocery Store. In no particular order, below is our list of Favorite Grocery Store Korean Ice Cream Desserts in San Diego:

1. Pangtoa

The American Ice Cream Sandwich is a paradox. We want to savor the ice creamy goodness, however within a minute of holding the sandwich we always end up with a vexing mélange of chocolate cake and melted vanilla all over our fingers. How does one mitigate such a thermodynamic quandary? Enter my favorite iced Korean Dessert, the Pangtoa Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a more porous and thicker vanilla cake cross-section, allowing for less thermal conductivity between your fingers and the sandwich and increases the time for confectionary enjoyment for the end user. Genius! The cookies and cream filling is also pretty tasty. –Fateh

2. Wangsubak ba My favorite Korean ice cream bar is Wangsubak ba (왕수박바) which means "Big Watermelon Bar" by Lotte brand. It's a popsicle shaped like a watermelon slice. The triangle shaped bar is made up of 3 parts: short green colored base (watermelon shell), pink center (watermelon flesh), and chocolate covered peanuts (like watermelon seeds). It is the most creative and unique ice cream I've tried while living in Korea. It's very refreshing and not too sweet. It's perfect for a hot day! Try one for yourself and you won't be disappointed!:) - Joel



3. Crunky “Pig” Ice Cream

My favorite Ice Cream Bar is Pig Ice Cream. It has a good harmony of three delicious flavors (cream, strawberry, and chocolate), and three tantalizing textures- creamy, jelly, and crunchy. - Min

4. Melona Bar

Melona. Oh how I love thee, let me counteth the ways. 1. You are an obelisk shaped popcicle the size of my hand, insuring maximum satisfaction. 2. Your flavor is that of the delicious honeydew fruit, nectar of heaven and envy of all herbivores and omnivores alike. 3.You are a green food and my doctor says I should eat more green for health. Score! 4. You are cold, a breath of the arctic on a swelteringday in Korea where the sun threatens heat stroke. 5. You are creamy as a cube of solid moonlight, floating in a cup of half and half. If you have never experienced Melona, these are not exaggerations. Getcha some! - Simeon

5. Jaws

With the combined fruit flavors of Valencia Orange and Strawberry, the Jaws Ice Bar is a refreshing and tasty way to cool down this summer. Shaped like the notorious shark for which its named, this popsicle provides Korean children with a true novelty bar challenge- eat it before it eats you! -Dani |


It’s Almost Impossible Not to Love GeorgeTakei

On April 17th, I got to profess to the first Japanese American I ever saw on television, how much he impacted my multi-racial Japanese American family. All while making a few of them insanely jealous. Opening night of this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase screened To Be Takei, a documentary film about the life of meteoric star, George Takei. Sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League, one of Hollywood’s most popular personalities paid a visit to San Diego to premier his film recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

telling George he missed a few lines. He’s a businessman, handling everything from appearances to constructive criticism. But Brad has softer moments like when they’re playfully bickering. The viewer can see him as a gentle, kind-hearted soul just trying to keep up with the youthful, comedic George. “I just have to admit I’m a pretty lucky human being to live with George Takei. And I do love him,” Brad stated. But Takei’s life has a been a rollercoaster of adversity and the film doesn’t shy away from showing the more serious side of being Asian American and trying to make it in show business.

“It was not a vanity project,” professes Takei on the documentary. His husband Brad was not always painted in the most flattering light. Throughout To Be Takei, it’s evident that Brad is not entirely comfortable with the limelight and fast paced life.

Born in Los Angeles, Takei spent much of his childhood in camps in Rohwer, Arkansas and Tule Lake, California during the Second World War. These tumultuous years motivated Takei to be a lifelong civil rights advocate.

After opening night of Allegiance, George’s Broadway bound musical on the Japanese American internment, Brad can be seen

Takei became one of the pioneering Asian Americans in Hollywood acting with legends Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Cary


Grant. The typecasting of Asian characters is prominent in the film when Takei discusses his early years in the industry. In 1965, Takei was cast Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu. Only lasting a few seasons, the dedicated fans of the franchise have elevated the series to historic levels. Though he worked steadily in Hollywood, Takei was never far from the world of politics. He was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to the Los Angeles Rapid Transit District board of directors. During his tenure, the board initiated and planned the Los Angeles subway system. He was an outspoken activist during the 1960’s African American civil rights movement and peace movement during the Vietnam War all while hiding a suffocating secret. During the Reagan Administration, Takei testified before Congress advocating for an apology and compensation for the unconstitutional imprisonment of Japanese Americans. Takei knew his career would be over if he revealed his sexuality. Openly gay actors didn’t get cast in the past which is hard to believe among younger generations considering Takei’s immense popularity on Facebook and Twitter. “You’re living that life, and you get used to living that life with your guard up,” Takei confesses to Kim. His very public com-

ing out in 2005 was in response to the veto of a marriage equality bill in California. Ever since, the couple has been on the forefront of the marriage equality movement. Seeing Brad and George together, and the tremendous obstacles they have overcome, that profound love they have for one another is undeniable. When George was bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan in 2004, Brad was prohibited from entering the Emperor’s Palace in Tokyo to witness the ceremony. It’s a moment both discuss in the film. Ironically, after his coming out Takei couldn’t have expected his status to skyrocket to heights rarely seen by an Asian American actor and he accomplished just that. A regular fixture on Howard Stern’s show, he was cast in Heroes in 2006, and has appeared on popular television shows like Celebrity Apprentice and The Big Bang Theory. After five minutes with the icon, I can honestly say, George Takei is much more than the guy that says “Oh Myyy”. His cheerful demeanor, optimism, and sense of justice are infectious to those around him. He’s that witty, vocal, goofball, yet inspiring uncle that is universally admired. The documentary will be in theaters later this year and also available for viewing on Showtime. |


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