Too busy these days to put a post on, but here’s a heart-warming video about a military dad coming back home after fighting overseas as a giant box. Kids thought it was a present… well, it is a present – a good one.
This is an extremely saddening story. On June 20th, World Refugee Day, a North Korean family, that escaped from North Korea, came to the US, and settled in Rochester, NY, a year and half ago… was found dead. Police is suspecting a murder-suicide case.
The Seo Family, had little money, little education, no relatives, no one to truly relate to. All they had was language problems, shocking culture differences, and sorrow for whatever and whoever left behind in North Korea when they escaped with their lives at stake.
What a tragic end… I really hope the best for the children left behind, and hopefully this will lead to a better understanding of North Korean refugees living abroad.
Read the article here, by Angela Hong of 13WHAM at Rochester. It’s a well-written article.
|Arm the No. 2 Pencils!|
If this isn’t ridiculous beyond belief, I don’t know what can be.
This video is named “Pencil Artillery Shells”, and it is made for elementary school students in North Korea. Here’s the brief summary of the story :
the Protagonist comes back home after being scolded by a friend that he should do his homework first. Today’s homework is learning how to use a protractor. However, the protagonist didn’t pay attention during class, so instead he doodles things on his notebook (an American soldier’s helmet) and falls asleep.
In his dream, an American fleet invades North Korea. The protagonist and his friends try to defend by firing artillery shells made of pencils, but the protagonist doesn’t know how to use protractor to aim. Overwhelmed by the evil American fleet, he wakes up from the dream. He says something along the line of “I must study hard and pay attention in class so I can be a great soldier to fight against the Americans”. The rest is math lessons.
In the credit, it appears that “Children’s Film Creation Group”, which received Kim Il-Sung Medal (one of the highest honors available), made this video. Propaganda at its peak, really. Check out the video.
Found this on ABC.net.au.. Perhaps the first video footage (in English, too) of interviews with homeless children (Kotjebi) and soldiers of North Korea, where the entire society is being cracked from inside with famine and poverty. The journalist, who filmed and gathered information over months, escaped to China with this footage. More information can be found on the ABC article here.
Watch the video here… you can also download it too. Starving plight of N Koreans revealed
From now on, I will post some K-Pop oldies (well, not all that old – mostly from the 90s) now and then. Some of these folks are still in the field, some are not. But I believe that these artists contributed very important effort for K-Pop to be what it is today. You know what – honestly, these are just my favorite songs.
김건모 (Kim Gun-mo)
Kim Gun-mo is now 43 years old and began his career in 1992 with his first album, “Sleepless night, it rains” <Kim Gun Mo>. Since then, he has put out 12 albums, winning 22 prestigious awards. His 3rd album, <A wrong encounter> sold 2.8 million copies, setting the most number of albums sold record in Korea. He is known for his techno-isque, ballad style of music and his very unique voice.
Tears run down, I knew this was goodbye, weakly
you turned, and I watched your back
I should know that you’re just as sad as I am
But I must endure, so the memories stay beautiful
The short encounter we had, the sad love we had
Are all but bruises I must erase with tears
But I will keep you deep inside my heart
Because one sad love with you is just enough
Time keeps telling me to forget you in nostalgia, erasing all
But I feel like I’ll cry once in a while
I close my eyes and look back at those days, inside
there is the hidden love that belong to you and me
Always, I will be inside your heart
You will know, shrouded in nostalgia
Long goodbye tells me I must forget, but sad love
is looking at you in tears.
While surfing the web this morning, I stumbled upon this article. It may be a little bit of stretch, but interesting and informing article nevertheless. Below is the translation.
<Source : 6·25 전쟁은 오바마 대통령 당선의 일등공신, 어떻게?>
President Barrack Obama and the Korean War seem to have no relevance with each other; however, the emergence of a Black President had a lot to do with the Korean War. It is because the civil rights movement in the 60s essentially began with the Korean war.
Martin Luther King’s peace march in Washington D.C. might have happened a lot later if it weren’t for the Korean War. The social status of Blacks might be a lot behind as well.
|This, I believe, is one of the most important moments of the US History.|
6.25 War, or the Korean War as it is widely known, is recorded as the first war in which blacks and whites shared barracks together. Two races went through death valleys together and learned what it means to be “together” for the first time.
This war made black people dream about a society without discrimination. Now part of the proud American society, perhaps the African American community should look back at the history of this war.
For a very long time, blacks have been a part of the American Armed Forces. From major wars like the Civil War and other conflicts, blacks have been part of everything. Whites used to call them ‘buffalo’. For their dark skin color and big physical build.
Starting with the two World Wars, blacks really started becoming a big part of warfare. This is when the doctrine of ‘Separate but Equal’ prevailed the American society. According to this belief, they made blacks-only-units.
|Insignia of the 92nd Infantry Division|
A great example of this racial discrimination is the 92nd Infantry Division. All soldiers were black from all over the nation, but all officers were white. Commander of the division back then was Edward Almond. He always blamed the blacks when he couldn’t produce good results. His excuses always pointed at the supposedly ‘inferior’ race that was difficult to command and control. He even once said that they should send them all back to the US and make them hunt for buffalo instead of Nazis. (Later, he participated in the Korean War as well… and become a 3-star general)
|Monument for ‘Buffalo’ Soldiers, Kansas|
The first one to order for racially integrated units was the President Harry S. Truman. Knowing that if he pushed for a legislation in the Congress, he would be met with mad opposition, he issued an executive order as the commander-in-chief.
Starting with the Korean War, all soldiers shared barracks regardless of race. If an officer barred a person of color from using any facilities, he would be punished. So they couldn’t discriminate black soldiers… at least openly.
The point when white soldiers started treating black soldiers with real sincerity was towards the end of the war. Nearing the armistice, many fierce battles were taking place. At the point of life and death, they began to feel the companionship, comradeship. It was only obvious that white soldiers started feel differently.
|Integrated U.S. unit during the Korean War|
The first white ‘allies’ that participated in Martin Luther King’s movement were Korean War veterans. Could the movement succeed without the support of these folks? Without this vets, this movement could have turned deadly and bloody.
The war that brought division to the Korean peninsula brought unity to America. What an irony that is history.
The reason Obama could become the president of the USA is thanks to the civil rights movement. So, perhaps Obama should think more seriously about how to solve the problems and conflicts that hover the two Koreas today.
|Big Bang’s Daesung|
Hey, a quick update before I get off work. Big Bang’s Daesung was found responsible for the death of the motorcyclist he ran over after the motorcyclist was already involved in a car crash. For the past month or so, the problem has been whether the motorcyclist was already dead after the initial accident, or Daesung ran over the still-alive-but-injured motorcyclist. Today, police stated that the cause of death was due to the second accident.
2PM, a K-Pop Hiphop group, has released the video for their new song, Hands Up. It’s currently topping the music charts in Korea. It’s HD so put that full screen up!
This has been going around for a while. I saw it first on AngryAsianMan(http://www.angryasianman.com) and then on AsktheChineseGuy(http://ask-a-chinese-guy.blogspot.com/). I thought it was worth sharing. This is the political ad for Nevada congressional candidate, Mark Amodei.
I’m just going to quote AngryAsianMan on this one :
This campaign ad is racist bullshit. Amodei has figured out the best way to get voters on his side is to scare the crap out of them, and his campaign appears to have taken a few cues from that other freaky future China commercial, only with crappier special effects. (I guess campaign donations alone don’t get you very good CGI.) Unfortunately, I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of these ads — from both sides — as China becomes politicians’ favorite boogeyman.
Then, NMAtv does it again to lighten things up. (how the hell do they make these videos so damn fast?)