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Links 1 through 10 of 16 by Latoya Peterson tagged korea

"An all-girl Korean pop act set to make its debut later this month will be the first K-pop group to be comprised mostly of biracial Korean Americans.

"The quintet known as Chocolat has three Korean American members who are half-Caucasian with an average age of 18, although one member is as young as 14 years old."

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"'It is very meaningful that valuable cultural assets of our nation and the world forcefully taken away 145 years ago in 1866 have been returned to us today through peaceful negotiation,' South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, dressed in traditional Korean clothing, told dignitaries.

"The books, which number 297 in total, detail protocol for royal funerals, weddings and other ceremonies during the dynasty, which ruled the Korean peninsula from 1392 to 1910.

"French troops raided a royal library on an island off the west coast of the Korean peninsula and took away hundreds of manuscripts. They burned 5,000 more."
France agreed last year to allow the books to return to South Korea on a renewable lease basis, the culmination of about 20 years of negotiations.

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"A Korean woman in Arizona, who was adopted and brought to the U.S. when she was eight months old, is facing deportation after a second conviction for theft, reports the Korea Times. The 31-year-old mother of three is currently being held in a federal detention center in Arizona...[a]ccording to Korea’s L.A. Consul General Jae-soo Kim, it would be “impossible for the woman to live a normal life in Korea given that she has no contact with relatives or friends there.” That aside, he adds, being a single mother, her deportation would leave her three children at the mercy of government institutions."

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"Although it's unclear exactly how many comfort women survive (since many are believed to have refused to admit to it, out of shame) the number of those, like Jung, who protested for compensation is growing smaller every year; nine women died in 2010 alone. For several years, Jung lived in one of the houses established by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, and was a regular participants in protests outside Seoul's Japanese Embassy. Said a representative from the Council, "The strain of time is upon the government and our society to make efforts [to remunerate these women] as soon as possible."

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"To reconnect with the public, Ouwehand believes they need to put themselves out there, swapping scary thoughts of English teachers with positive images.

"The perceived reputation of foreign English teachers in Korea, fueled by the Anti-English Spectrum group and perpetuated by the media, had long been one of drinking, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity and disease."

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"About 20,000 Koreans have been temporarily reunited since the two Koreas held their first summit meeting in 2000. The last such reunions were a year ago, and thousands of older South Koreans wait for a chance to meet relatives not seen for 60 years.

"The scenes of teary people hugging long-lost parents and children have previously helped sway South Korean opinion in favor of engaging the North. Meanwhile, North Korea has used the reunions to win economic concessions from the South."

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"The production company signed a deal with the Korean broadcasting network, optioning the rights to two KBS dramas, 'Resurrection' (2005) and 'Lucifer' (2007), for the purposes of transforming them into television shows that will cater to an American audience. 

"This is big news for Korean television dramas, because if Kapital succeeds in producing and selling these remakes to a U.S. network, 'it will be a first,' said Sung Tae-ho, KBS Content Business Office senior manager."

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"More significantly, the protests also signaled the emergence here of a new type of ultranationalist group. The groups are openly anti-foreign in their message, and unafraid to win attention by holding unruly street demonstrations.

"Since first appearing last year, their protests have been directed at not only Japan’s half million ethnic Koreans, but also Chinese and other Asian workers, Christian churchgoers and even Westerners in Halloween costumes. In the latter case, a few dozen angrily shouting demonstrators followed around revelers waving placards that said, 'This is not a white country.'"

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"While the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it accepted Mr. Kan’s apology, anger at Japan still runs deep across the region.

"The abuses of Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula pale in comparison to its documented atrocities during World War II — including mass killings of civilians and human experimentation. Grappling with that legacy continues to split the country, even as many Asians and Westerners urge Tokyo to come to terms with the past."

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Even a harsh life in South Korea is far better than the one they left behind in China's northeastern provinces of Jilin, Heilongjiang or Liaoning. And with the remittances they send home, the workers help improve the lot of their families.

Korean Chinese "make an economic contribution in sectors most Koreans don't want to work in but need to be covered in society," says Yoon In-jin, sociology professor at Korea University. "Their incorporation as foreign labor is smoother because they speak the language and are considered from the same race."

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