Lim Ji-Young-The First Korea Ever to Win Queen Elisabeth Competition

Lim Ji-Young-The First Korea Ever to Win Queen Elisabeth Competition

The young violinist was born in 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She is a great and renowned violinist who has gained momentum due to her aficionado in violins. She obtained the first prize as the winner in Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2005 that was held in Brussels.  She studies at the Korea National Arts University with Yun Kim.

Lim young has always become successful in numerous other competitions. After she became the second runners-up in the 2011 International Violin Competition Henri Marteau, Ji won the 2012 Japan’s Ishikawa Music Award.  She also performed exemplary in the Concerto Competition which was held at Korea’s International Great Mountains Music Festival. Similarly, she succeeded at International Eurasia Music competition in the year 2013 in Japan. She couldn’t fail to show her expertise in playing the violins at the Indianapolis music competition where she got a Mozart and MIMC prize.

Lim Ji-Young-The First Korea Ever to Win Queen Elisabeth Competition

The professional in general has performed in Belgium, Germany, United States, Korea, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Joell Smirnoff, and Maxim Vengerov.

What happened in the 2005’s Queen Elisabeth competition was weird and amazing at the same time. At the time of prize announcements for the violinists, her name got misheard which made a fellow competitor by the name Lee Yoon to get the prize but unfortunately, for her Lim Young was the real winner hence she got the prize which was inclusive of twenty-five thousand Euros. In that same prize, she was offered a loan of four years of “Huggins” Stradivarius violins, Antonio Stradivari explicitly made that in 1708 who was a violin expert by then.

Single Mothers In South Korea Struggle To Remove Social Stigma

Single Mothers In South Korea

Being a single mother in South Korea is an experience you would not wish to encounter. In the 1980s children were sent for adoption abroad; 90% of them were from the unmarried mothers. The communities in South Korea have become too conservative to accept the presence of single mothers.

Testimony from Choi Hyung –Sook is evidence enough of what you are likely to face as a single mum in South Korea. Her family cut ties with her and bonding again has not been a walk in the park. She had to quit her job because of the underground talks.

Single Mothers In South Korea

According to Shannon Heit, who was adopted by American parents after her grandmother gave her out when her mother had gone to work, she feels it is disgusting to value other parents with more money to raise your child.

The Deputy Director for the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family says the government has expanded its budget to create more awareness campaign to alleviate social prejudice against the single mothers.

Ironically, according to Heit, the government of South Korea offers twice the financial support to domestic adoptive parents than the single biological mothers.

There is a need for the cultural and government support to create a conducive environment for the single mothers to raise their children. The children need to be happy like any others in South Korea. Choi hopes that one day the society will appreciate the fact that raising the child alone is a personal choice.

Choi and Heit have taken leading roles in the awareness campaigns through rallies and celebrating the single women’s day.

Shin Kyung –Sook First Korean Writer to Win The Man Asian Literary


“Please Look after My Mother” is the first novel to be nominated in the Man Asian Literary Prize from South Korea. Shin Kyung –Sook, the author stands to be the first Female writer and national to be named for the same prize.

The book is one deep experience of evoking emotions of sadness and almost grief and uncertainty. The skillful approach of the second person narration easily makes the reader transpose personal life to the experience in the novel.


One would ask, do you know your mother? The rhetoric hits the children of Park So-nyo when she vanishes at the Seoul station someday on her way to see her children. The first born daughter, the eldest child too, launches the search in vain.

The book stretches your imaginations to all limits of disclosure to your inner self. It hits a rubber bullet to your conscience, and indeed, you learn that everyone has a saga within them. At the same time, you feel the extent of a mother’s love.

Through the children trying to define their mother, you learn the dynamics of the culture and customs of South Korea as the mother fends from the village to come and supplement her children in the city.

Please Look after My Mother is set for nominations in 35 countries. The book has sold 1.93 million copies so far and is yet to be published in 32 countries. The author Kyung soon- Shin is one in a million in the styles she uses and the relationship between characters that she builds in the book.

Han Myeong-Sook-South Koreas’ First Female Prime President

Han Myeong-Sook-South Koreas' First Female Prime President

She was nominated to be the first Prime Minister of South Korea by the President, Roh Moo-hyun, following the resignation of Lee Hae-chan. She served as the Prime Minister for 11 months and resigned on April 2007. She is a graduate of Ewha Woman’s University in French Literature.

She is a vibrant woman who attempted to run for presidency though she did not succeed the presidential nominations. Before being appointed as a Prime Minister, she was a member of the United New Democratic Party. Her role in the party played a significant part in her nomination as PM.

Han Myeong-Sook-South Koreas’ First Female Prime President

After she resigned from being the Prime Minister, she was elected as the chairperson of Democratic United Party. She led the DUP which was the opposition party, where she pushed for reforms for the newly formed government. She later stepped down due to political pressure and opposition.

Her role as the first female PM made her get recognized. She remains to be a key influencer to many women who are afraid to lead. She is a powerful leader and a vibrant person as illustrated by the role she played as a Prime Minister and a leader of the opposition.

Despite Hang being a great influence and fighting for women to be recognized, she was sent to prison. In 2012, she was accused of obtaining money illegally and was imprisoned for two years. She faced a major fall in her political career as she could not participate in politics for the next 10 years. Han is a great influencer who motivates women not shy away from politics, but dominate.

The Debut of The South Korean Garlic Girls at The Olympics

The South Korean Garlic Girls

Curling is one game that is rising in popularity across the world and especially in South Korea where the “Garlic Girls” have given it a whole new look. It is a game with the least resources in South Korea regarding participation and training facilities.

Nevertheless, the Southern Korean Curling Girls went out of their way to create an exemplary achievement at the Olympics in PyeongChang. Despite the heavyweights who have tasted the Olympics finals twice, like Sweden and Canada, they managed to scoop a silver medal.

The Garlic Girls (a nickname) are known to have a personality of their kind unlike many other athletes in the field. They are media evasive and hardly do they give in to the public frenzy. Their character inclines widely on their personal choice and the will of the coach.

The South Korean Garlic Girls

They cocoon from external excitement by switching off their phones. The nature of their game dictates the discipline because it is both a physically and psychologically demanding game. Being away from the public reduces the demanding pressure because of their rising popularity.

The Curling team

The first recruit in the game, Kim Eun-Jung, recruited her close friend Kim Yeong –mi. Yeong –Mi recruited her sister. The last recruit was Kim Cho-hi. Cho-hi had a dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher though Curling took it away.

She has not given up the dream, and today she partners with other organizations like World Vision to support the less fortunate children. She desires to see children who come from a less wealthy background like herself live a better life.


Jiha Moon, The Famous Contemporary Artists


Jiha Moon was born in 1973 in Daegu, South Korea. She has based her international art in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is widely into the heart of painting in the world through her unique approach of using a variety of media from diverse cultural and historical backgrounds.

Ideally, Moon makes collections of the Eastern (China, Japan, and other countries in Asia), and finally, blends with the Western sources to express the in-depth composition of world’s stories. In these collections, she carefully infuses technology, racial approaches, and folklore.


Jiha Moon is a scholar on matters of fine art. She graduated from Korea University with a degree in Fine Arts. She later mastered in Fine arts and Western Painting, at Ewha Womans University. Moon crowned her education with a Masters of Arts in painting at the University of Lowa in the United States.



She specializes in painting, printmaking, and sculptural ceramics objects. She uses sophisticated techniques like the acrylic prints with Korean paper to bring out the best two and three-dimensional paint finishing. Besides, she uses a variety of fabric, embroidery, and print collage to intensify perfect final products.

Jiha Moon has worked at headlands center of the Arts, Omi International art Center, Mac Dowel Colony, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion.


Moon has many exhibitions on record both the solo and group exhibitions; the solo exhibitions include cheekwood Botanical Garden, “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here,” at Taubman Museum and Hasley Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Art in Nashville, etc, to mention a few.


Among many other honors, Jiha Moon has been awarded Trwak Prize, Joan Mitchelle Foundation, and Museum of Contemporary Artist Georgia, etc.



Kim Young-Me- Independent Producer and Journalist in a Male-Dominated Field

Kim Young -me

The gender wage gap in the OECD is a factor of concern in Asia and especially in Korea. Since the recognition of the Women’s day in Korea in 1920, very little took place until the first rally in March 1985. The Korea Women’s Association United (KWAU) has worked intelligently to unite the different women’s unions to fight for gender equity.

The mandate of KWAU has been to recognize the women who have made a step in the fight for women’s rights in politics, cooperate, and social development. The union has also taken a forefront role to celebrate women figures and stories. A good example is Kim Young-Me.

Kim Young -me

Professional Risks Of Kim Young-Me

Kim Young is an independent documentary director and producer. She has taken a profession that is flooded by the male. The courage in her is beyond imagination. She has endangered her life to cover stories in the Islamic state operations in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

Her documentaries, Himalaya coffee road, 2010 (covers the fair-trade coffee story), and Blue Angels of East Timor Expresses the lives of the East Timorese people) are among the most daring stories she has put on the platform.

In the quest to establish her career, she has traveled to 80 countries across the world and earned special accolades. Some of the awards include YMCA Korea’s Women Leadership Award and MBC Broadcasts High achievements Award.

Every year the KWAU recognizes individuals like Kim Young in their annual 8th March women’s Rally.



Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) – Kpop Sensation

Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) - Kpop Sensation

Lee Chae, popularly known as CL, was born on 26th February 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. She is a singer, songwriter, and rapper. She spent most of her early years, life, in France and Japan.

Lee Chae received her singing training at JYP entertainment, and later moved to YG entertainment and joined the 2NEI girls’ group. At 2NEI, she became the leader rapper, and the vocalist of the team. She, like any other artist with role models, draws her inspiration from the big names like Lauryn Hill, Madonna, ITYM, and Queen.

Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) – Kpop Sensation

Her first single solo, The baddest, was released on 28th May, 2013. The second album which she also wrote the lyrics of its tracks was called CRUSH. Some of the songs in the CRUSH album that Lee wrote l are If I Were You, I Miss You, and Crush.

On 4th January 2018, she made her debut in Hollywood as an actress in the film Miezz by Peter Beng. The star, Mark Walberg, starred in the film too. On February 25th 2018, Lee presented at the Olympics summer in Pyongchong Olympic Stadium. After which, she met the President of South Korea, Jae-in, his wife, and daughter.

Myeong-Hee Yu Scientific Advisor To The President Of South Korea

Myeong-Hee Yu scientific advisor to the president of South Korea

Myeong learned of her scientific skills while in middle school, and she chose to pursue a career in microbiology which she successfully did. She was born in Seoul, South Korea on 5th September 1954. She is the president of the Korea Federation of Women’s science and Technology Associations.


Myeong attained her first degree in microbiology in 1976 at Seoul National University. She later achieved a doctorate in Microbiology from the University of California in 1981. Myeong worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

Myeong-Hee Yu scientific advisor to the president of South Korea


On coming back to Korea, Myeong worked at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and biotechnology until 2000. She served as the Principal Research Scientist at The Korea Science and Technology. Here she researched on, among other researches, the amino acids that can suppress mutations like tsf.

Her work has appeared in many publications among them Nature, The Journal Proteome Research, Journal Of Molecular Biology, Etc.

She has equally served at the Republic of South Korea in high positions. She worked as the Director of the Functional Proteomics Center. From 2002-2010, she served as the senior official for National Future. Her mandate was to oversee the communication of the government on promoting low carbon and green technologies in South Korea.

Myeong was the president of biophysical Society from 2009-2010, and the president of Genome Korea organization in 2010. Her contributions in research, administration and advisory are so immense in South Korea government and to the institutions of learning and research.



Women In South Korea Politics

Women in South Korea Politics

The growth of South Korean women’s participation in politics has been prolonged since independence. After they achieved their freedom, it took forty years for the political system to begin articulating women issues and gender equality into the politics of South Korea.

Women in South Korea Politics

Constitutional Metamorphosis for the South Korean Woman

The first changes in the constitution of South Korea came into place in 1948 where the gender equality in politics was addressed. This law was amended six times between 1948-1988. That is a very rapid amendment in a country that was suffering from political instability.

In 1987, the South Korean parliament put into action the Equal Employment Act which was to allow women to engage more in public participation and development.

Further amendments that could allow women to have the financial muscles that could facilitate their participation in politics and general development were empowered by the 1999 Gender Discrimination and Prevention Relief Act. This law allowed women to own property and access services employment among other fundamental rights bestowed by the law.

Fruits of this amendment have been boosted by the rising of the South Korean women into high positions. An example is Hye Myeong who became the first South Korean woman to become a Prime Minister.

The political party Act in 2004 saw many women participating in elections more than the previous years. 50% of the representation was to be composed of women as stated by the law.

The step by the government to give additional funding of 10% of its budget to the empowerment of women in politics saw the participation of women rise by 13% in 2002.



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