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IT’S OFFICIAL.

Starting next month I am attending a private dance studio in Gangnam ! (heard they have a lot of trainees there and ent companies have auditions there heyyooo lol) 

Oh guys I am so excited. Dancing is the most important thing to me ever and I am gonna be so broke but it will be worth it. It will so be worth it. 

They offer e.g. hip hop classes, girl group kpop classes, boy group kpop classes, and a bunch of other stuff too I think. Next month I’m gonna start with the hip hop class and we are learning this choreo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=64&v=9TZYvud_ngY

SO EXCITEEED

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Sewol protest in Berlin, Germany on 18 July 2015 (Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany, 2015)

on april 16, 2014 the mv sewol (세월호 침몰 사고) sank en route from incheon to jeju island, south korea. of the 476 people aboard – the majority of them students from danwon high school – 304 died. nine bodies remain missing.

every month since the disaster south koreans in london have been staging a silent protest in the heart of the city. their aim is to join ‘in solidarity with victims’ families and the concerned people of Korea who demand a thorough transparent inquiry’ (quote: remembering sewol disaster) due to the serious failures on parts of the crew as well as the south korean government both during the disaster and after.

note: i have been documenting the monthly london silent protests for sewol in an effort to create a record of how south koreans living away from home show their solidarity with the victims of the disaster. in july 2015, i attended the protest in berlin.

Sewol Berlin group

Sewol London group

Fresh Korean Useful Phrases 321-330 (Hangul, English, Romanized)

Fresh Korean Useful Phrases 321-330 (Hangul, English, Romanized) #LearnKorean

It’s been a while so we thought we’d recap our recent Korean Phrases! We’re now well on our way to our next target of 350. If you don’t already know we upload new phrases on to both our Facebook and Twitter pages a few times a week. We post a new useful words or phrases which we hope anyone studying Korean, living in or just visiting South Korea might find useful. These phrases don’t really…

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WARNING TO MEMBERS OF NAVER ~~ V APP

Just briefly reading through the Terms of Use.

ANY CONTENT REMOVED FROM THE SCOPE OF THE APP (that meaning reposting on Tumblr and other SNS) WILL BE HELD CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE.

(Terms of Use § 5-6)

NAVER IN THE AGREEMENT IS HOLDING YOU UNDER SOUTH KOREAN JURSITICTION. Regardless if you live overseas, in the agreement you are accepting the condition to be REPRESENTED BY THE KOREAN SEOUL COURT!

(Terms of Use § 11/end)

Just saying your forfeiting your rights and safety as an international fan.

Since you agree to be held under Korean law. Anyone who is discovered by company to be found under 14 yrs old your account will be terminated.

Also they might change the agreement later and ask you to pay for their “servicss”… Which they haven’t completely expressed in the the Terms.
Living in the US as a Minority

Specifically speaking, the South. I’m a second generation Korean American who lives in Southern Georgia. Growing up, I guess I could always feel that there was something different between me and the other kids my age. I mean, we obviously looked different, but I could never really understand why I was treated differently… When I was in early elementary school, I never really felt the barrier because I was very innocent and naïve, so I never really noticed these things. However, I would get the occasional, “Your eyes are so small.” And soon, I became so used to that sentence that to me, it sounded just like, “Hello, how are you?” As the years went on, I was always asked, “Where are you from?” I always answered, “Here. (Georgia)” But strangely the next question I was always asked was, “No… Where are you FROM?” This question always seemed so silly to me. Are you asking where my parents are from? Are you asking my ethnicity? If this scenario was switched to two White people, I’m guessing the conversation would have ended at “Oh, I’m from Georgia too.” No other questions asked because it’s not normal to ask white people where they are FROM, and this should apply to Asian Americans also.

Now let’s talk about actually feeling the divide that is made between the minorities and majorities. Right now I’m in high school, and the divide is very clear to me. Everyday I am constantly reminded that I am different. That there is something about me that is different from other teenagers my age. And sadly, I still do get the occasional, “Ching chong chang.” in hallways and classes. Why is it so hard to understand that we are all people and that we should all be treated equally? One time I asked my White friend, “How come you don’t hang around other Asians besides me?” She answered, “It’s hard because all of you are always together.” I didn’t say anything after she gave me this answer; however, I did have a few thoughts in my head. I wanted to tell her that it’s hard for us too. I became friends with her because I approached her, and when I approached her, I was aware that she was always around White people. I wanted to tell her to look around. Look at the lunch tables. That table is full of White people. That table is full of Black people. That table is full of Indians. That table is full of Koreans. Need I say more? Don’t just pinpoint one specific group because we look different. And just because I hang around people who have the same background as me doesn’t mean that I'm hard to approach, and it certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t want to become friends with you.

My hope is that in the future these divides and reminders won’t be around. That we could all be seen as just people. And that I could look around the lunch room and see interactions between all sorts of people. I understand that this may be the case for some places in the US. Trust me I know. I’ve talked to other minorities about this. My friend who used to live in Atlanta has told me that when she lived there she never really felt like she was different and that she was in fact, a minority. However, after moving to the South, she was constantly reminded that she was a minority. And this is exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t want to be reminded of that fact. I already know. I feel like this is such a problem in the South right now. Racism and discrimination should be gone. This type of problem is something that should be so small, but it is still so big. We are all people; why is that so difficult to understand?

What is love?
What is happiness?
What do we live for?
Where do we go to?
To climb up a big mountain called life, we only look at the top and live hard our whole life trying to reach the top.
But if you look to the side a little, you will find flowers bloomed all over. The scent is so pleasing.
You tried to climb to the top to be happy, but knowing that taking a walk with your loved ones smelling the flowers is the happiness.
I think I know now that that should be the purpose of life.
That is how we’ll love.
That is how we’ll be happy.
I made a vow to myself.
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The Food Porn Superstars of South Korea: Mukbang
In Korea, people can tune in on their laptops and cell phones any time, any day and watch people eat—and talk about eating. These "online eaters" are neither...

Notes

“As I did more broadcasts I became more gear greedy and tried to upgrade everything one by one” -as a result> “very powerful computer now so I can edit fast” 
relationship between desire and greed?


why are they watching and who are they?
one spectator watched the online eater as they found him “charming”
as they were idolising him they start to copy him

desire and fetish?


the majority of the South Korean population are living alone so they get attracted to these programs as it feels like eating with someone else
loneliness
what instigates desire? the desire to connect with other people?


this job offers the BJs popularity, wealth, a purpose in life, feel loved, strong sense of connection to other people
            vs.
serious consequences due to its binge eating practices
one Broadcast Jockey retired due to the pressure of the mukbang lifestyle


the BJs are constantly researching to improve, wanting to stand out from the crowd
there’s a chain reaction of competition. in order to keep up but “no psychological warfare”

INCREASED KNOWLEDGE <-> DESIRE

fans vs. friends
fans do not know about BJ so they tune in to know more about them


desire for more knowledge in order to connect and fit in

desire is never ending in order to keep up and fit into our changing world
desire and the new, new content + new desires
increased pressure

“GENERATION GEARED TOWARDS INSTANT GRATIFICATION”

According to many superstitious Koreans, writing a person’s name in red ink will lead to that person’s death.

Therefore, when grading tests or correcting papers, I’m careful. A few times I made the mistake of writing a student’s name in red pen.

Some of them laughed nervously when they saw their names, but one boy actually screamed.

Soju on Armistice Day

Soju on Armistice Day This morning Barbara, the wife of a Korean War Veteran, sent me an email. She asked me for the name of the white vodka Barry, her husband, was served yesterday at the dinner reception for Korean War Veterans living in South Florida. Barry must have liked the white vodka; I told Barbara it was called "Soju." The Korean-American Association of South Florida hosted the dinner…

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South Korea Declares End of MERS Outbreak: Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer A Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea infected 186 people, and claimed 36 lives. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn declared the end of this biggest MERS outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. In a meeting with government officials, Hwang said, “After weighing various circumstances, the medical personnel and the government judge that the people can now be free from worry.” The MERS outbreak has … http://dlvr.it/Bg1lZk