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The Debut of The South Korean Garlic Girls at The Olympics

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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.

 

Abducted Legendary South Korean Actress Dies At 92

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Choi Eun –hee

Choi Eun –hee is an actress whose name will remain in the archives of theater for life. Choi was born on 20th November 1926. She began her career early in life, and during the second world, both South Korea and North Korea had enlisted her.

The author Paul Fischer gives an account of her story in the documentary “The Lovers and the Despots.” Her life has been all roses; she has her part of fears to tell. She came to the face of the world when North Korean Agencies abducted her.

Choi Eun –hee

The abduction occurred on her way to Hong Kong where she had been promised a better deal in filming. She remembers a speeding boat approaching and three-four men grabbing her and bundled her on the boat. That was the turning point of her story.

She was put into prison for eight years with her ex-husband, Shin Sang-ok whom she had divorced for having a secret family. That was after she had her first divorce with the first husband. The two, Shin and Choi, produced 130 films while in the North Korean Custody.

Choi got an award of being the best actress in Moscow film award ceremony while still in North Korea. The leader North Korea, Kim Jong II was pleased with their productivity and allowed them to attend international film festivals.

The fact is, Kim Jong II was unhappy with the film content in North Korea and had the zeal to improve it. During one of such visits abroad, Choi and Si escaped. They lived in America for a decade before going back to South Korea. Shin died in 2006 while Choi died at 92 years. They had remarried in 1983 after their divorce in 1976.

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

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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.

 

 

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

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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.

 Education

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

Career

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.

 

 

South Korean “Birth Strike”- Wage Gaps, Lack of Child Care and Gender Bias

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South Korean "Birth Strike"- Wage Gaps, Lack of Child Care and Gender Bias

While many other countries in the third world are in fear of the rapid population increase, the Government of South Korea spends more than $70 billion on unsuccessful campaigns to encourage its citizens to let the “birth strike” go and bear more children.

The chief statistician of Gangneung, Dae seong Jeong says the country is at risk of future low economic productivity because of the increase of the elderly and low birth rate. The dependency ratio on the welfare will create a strain on the working population. He adds that there is a 7.3% drop in birthrate in the past one year which is a clear indication of the looming danger.

South Korean “Birth Strike”- Wage Gaps, Lack of Child Care and Gender Bias

But then, where did the rains begin to beat? The 22-year-old Yun-seol Choi attributes the “birth strike” to the high cost of university cost and the housing. Generally, she says the cost of living is unfavorable and makes children a luxury like a Porsche.

From other reliable sources, men in South Korea spend very little time with their children leaving the women to task. Women end up carrying a double burden at their workplace and home. They get discouraged because of the lack of support from their spouses.

Yun- shick Chae has a contrary opinion and feels “birth strike” is an act of selfishness and negligence of civic responsibilities. He urges the women to sacrifice for the country and give birth. It irritates him to see the newly wedded shelving the idea of having children.

Women In South Korea Politics

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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.

 

 

Unjust Beauty Norms

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Unjust Beauty Norms

There is no doubt that South Korea is the hub of beauty in south Asia. The women don’t step out of their doorsteps without makeup on their faces. And someone asked why South Korea’s women look so beautiful. This is what Michael hurt says.

“Korean skincare products are amazing,” he also adds on that, women in South Korea have prioritized their bodies above all other interests. Michael is a sociologist and professor at Hankuk University of foreign studies Seoul.

Unjust Beauty Norms

The K-beauty is still the norm in Seoul. With products like the v-line masks that aims at slimming puffy cheeks and angular jaws. Hair markers that hide hairlines. The body tints for roughing ashy knees, elbows and nipples.

In South Korea, women’s’ pursuit of beauty is like a political battle. Most of them who want to get to greater heights in their social and professional success is under the norm of beauty. It is a trend that is deeply entangled in the system of Seoul.

A young financial accountant in her 20s faces the real perspective of makeup in Seoul. Whenever she does not use them, the colleagues wonder why her face is tired and melted looking. She gets pressure when she goes out for audit jobs. The workmates insist that older clients love pretty faces.

In the recent past, the social media has hyped the “zombie” face mask with bloggers touting the “glass skin.” The campaign is stimulated by one of the top ten market controllers of beauty products.

Jun Ahn The Self-Portrait Photographer

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Jun Ahn

Jun Ahn is a professional photographer with a rich education background in photography. Jun has many years of experience working both in New York and South Korea.

Education

Jun acquired her first degree in Art History at the South California University in 2006. She continued to pursue her post-graduate degree at Pratt Institute where she began her project; the Self-Portrait.

2009-2011, Jun acquired a Dean’s scholarship from Parsons The New School of Design. In 2011, she acquired both the Dean’s and departmental scholarships. Parson Awarded Ahn Jun a masters in fine arts (honors) which gave her the mileage to pursue a Ph.D. in photography at Hongik University, Seoul.

Jun Ahn

She has had her introductory joint exhibition at PS 122 with Kazue Taguchi in New York.

The journey of self-portrait began in Pratt when she was still a student. She took a photo of her feet while seated at the edge of a building. It excited her, and she pushed on thereafter.

Ahns photos center on Invisible Seascape, Self-Portrait, and Float. She seeks to get legitimacy to access the buildings, and at times, it takes months. She agrees that it is dangerous to take the photos from the top buildings though she tries to play safe at the same time.

Five Important Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul, Seoul Korea

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Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul

Generally, Seoul city, like many other parts of South Korea, has elements of conservativeness that make it safe for women. If you need to have a visit to this great city keep in mind the following:

Be Apt In The Dressing

Seoul is like the heart of outfits for women. They are always on point right from their office to casual and party attire. So, get yourself one of those masterpieces from the 24-hour-working boutiques and shopping malls which are several.

Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul

Welcoming Personality

The people of Seoul respect women due to their conservative nature. You will always find help from the passersby. However, due to the heavy drinking beware of men who will move closer, though in sobriety they don’t. The security in town is neat and enhanced by the numerous CCTV cameras.

Bridge The Language Deficiency

In case you do not understand the local language, be close to your Wi-Fi or data. The city has a public Wi-Fi which is free-to-use. Cafes and hotels provide Wi-Fi for their customers as well.

Medical Emergencies

If you need medical emergency; dial 1339 at the medical emergency center where they will sort you out with ease. You can inquire about clinics or any other technical medical advice you need.

Accommodation

This should be the least of your worries. The town has a range of hotels that will cater for your needs. Both the luxurious hotels and resorts have all the amenities for your stay.

Consider the Myedong, Gangnam, Insadong, Itaewon, and Hongdae, universities due to their proximity to the commercial and tourists centers.

Winter Olympics Kim Jong Un Calls For Further Reconciliation

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Kim Jong Un

The tension that has been building up between South Korean and North Korea seemed to take a slightly different direction. North Korea sent waves of worry to the international community n her at the nuclear bomb and missile tests.

The President of North Korea Mr Kim Jong -un sent a hand of gratitude to the President to South Korea Moon Jae for hosting his team well at the Olympics in PyeongChang. He also commended for giving his team a priority in the attendance of Olympics.

Kim Jong Un

This comes after Kim’s sister attended the Olympics with an aura of friendliness. The attendance of Kim Yong at the Olympics, her invitation of Moon to the North sends a signal of warmness between the two countries.

Besides, Kim Jong sending his regards is an indication of a relationship that is warming up. Even though Mr Moon did not reiterate with a detailed response, he said that the US is ready for negotiations. The statement has gone through a lot of interpretations from different quarters.

A picture released by Korean state agency of Kim, Ceremonial President and his sister before the Olympics seems to suggest more on the motivation towards the reconciliation between the two nations. Analysts are linking it to the instructions of how the two; Kim Yong and the ceremonial President would give the relations a lively preamble.

It is therefore projected that the two leaders are warming up for further negotiations on improving their bilateral relationship.

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