Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Koreans claim Japanese make the movie but the man in the movie speak Italian.
In my guess, Italian mimic the behavior of Korean.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Please see report first.
Dokto(Korean name)=Takeshima(Japanese name)=Liancourt Rocks(English name)
Japan have proposed the trial about the island to South Korea in the international court every year. International court needs both country's agreement.
The judgement needs both coutry's agreement.
If Korea is right, Korea should go Hague(International court). Why Korea deny it?
The victorious nations of World War II decided Takeshima belog to Japan in San Francisco Pease Treaty. This is the latest decide.
Five college students will travel around the world by motorcycle to publicize Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo later this year.
After leaving Korea on March 1, they will traverse the U.S. and Canada, cross the Atlantic to Europe, and then travel through the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China. Their 34,000 kilometer around-the-world trip will cover 23 countries. “Whenever Japan lays claim to Dokdo, I want to inform the world about the Dokdo issue in person,” team leader Kang Sang-kyun said. “If we drive around the world on motorcycles, perhaps more people will take interest in the issue.”
The students will travel to Los Angeles first. After working to raise the awareness of the Dokdo issue among Koreans living there, they will meet the mayor of Los Angeles to ask for his support. They will then visit San Francisco, the official departure point for their journey. San Francisco was chosen because the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty between the U.S. and Japan omitted a specific resolution to the Dokdo sovereignty issue. While traveling, they will visit prestigious universities around the world, such as Harvard, and hold seminars and mock trials to reveal the falsity of Japan’s claims to the islets. They will visit leading foreign media outlets such as CNN and the BBC, and mapmakers, such as World Map, to inform them about the Dokdo issue and to call on them to correct popular fallacies related to it. They also plan to inform people around the world about Dokdo through Samulnori performances, signature-collecting campaigns, and distributing pamphlets.
The five, who met each other in 2003 while serving in the army, created a group called “The Dokdo Riders” last March. To pay for the trip, they earned and saved money through private tutoring and other part time jobs. They fell far short of the expected expenses of the trip, 130 million won, however. People close to them also tried to talk them out of the plan, saying, “Your intentions are good, but it is a reckless plan.”
Their “reckless” plan became a reality, thanks to help from some patrons. Last December, the Seoul Young Korean Academy participated in their plan as a co-sponsor after hearing about it from Shin Yong-ha, the chairman of the Hansung University board of directors, who leads an academic society on Dokdo. On January 24, GS Caltex decided to provide them with 50 million won.
They said in unison, “Though our travel around the world won’t lead to a full resolution of the Dokdo issue, we hope that this will make many people take interest in it.”
For those who want to donate, the trip’s account number at the Industrial Bank of Korea is 277-028253-01-025 (the depositor is the Seoul Young Korean Academy). For more information, call 02-3672-6262.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Korean Problem Solving Flowchart
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---original text in Korean---
<민족정기모임 `동해찾기' 운동 본격화>
[연합뉴스 2006.01.22 14:42:16]
(서울=연합뉴스) 류지복 기자 = 여야 의원들로 구성된 민족정기의원모임(회장 김희선)은 22일 `일본해(Sea of Japan)'를 `한국해(Sea of Korea)'로 바꿔나가는 작업을 본격화했다.
지난해 `한국해'라는 명칭을 되찾기 위해 총력전을 벌이자고 결의했던 이 모임은 최근 동해의 고유명칭이 `Sea of Korea'임을 설명하는 홍보책자를 제작, 89개국의 주한 외교공관에 발송했다.
모임은 동해 표기문제가 독도 영유권 분쟁과도 무관치 않다고 보고 올해 안에 국회 결의안 채택을 통해 `Sea of Korea'에 대한 국민적 공감대를 형성하고 전문가, 시민사회단체 등과 공동으로 해외 홍보단을 구성할 예정이다.
모임은 또 세계 지도제작의 표준을 마련하는 내년 모나코 국제수로회의(IHO) 총회에서 이 문제가 집중 논의될 것이라고 판단, IHO 이사장 등 주요인사 면담과 국제전시회 개최 등을 통해 국제사회의 인식 제고에도 진력할 계획이다.
<저 작 권 자(c)연 합 뉴 스. 무 단 전 재-재 배 포 금 지.>
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Korean labor union will send 1000 people to Hong Kong and hold a demonstration
It seems that
【香港９日聯合】全国民主労働組合総連盟（民主労総）は、香港で身柄を拘束された韓国人農民団体が無罪で釈放されない場合には、さらに１０００人を香港に 派遣し、大規模なデモを行う構えだ。香港では世界貿易機関（ＷＴＯ）閣僚会議が開かれた際に、ＷＴＯ反対を叫ぶ韓国の農民団体が大規模なデモを行い、１１ 人が警察に連行されており、１１日に裁判が開かれる予定だ。
デモ参加のため９日に香港を訪れた民主労総のチョン・ジェファン委員長によると、１１日の裁判で無罪が確定しなければ、２０日から２２日の間 に３００人を派遣し、合わせて１０００人の遠征デモ隊を派遣する計画があるという。チョン委員長は、香港警察当局の様子では釈放の可能性は高いとは言えず ２次闘争も平和的に進めるとしているが、「デモに参加する農民たちの感情が激化すれば、指導部でも統制は難しい」と予測している。
デモ参加者１１人は保釈されているが、現在無罪釈放とＷＴＯ反対を主張し、４日間にわたりハンストと座り込みを続けている。ハンスト に参加している民主労総のヤン・ギョンギュ委員長は、民主労総と全国農民総連盟、社会団体で決定した方針であり、組織ごとに２次遠征デモを準備していると 述べた。
Monday, January 09, 2006
China required press restrictions for China negative reports of Japanese govermnet.
I expect that humanity support of the United Nations will become better.
Seized in Oil-For-Food Case (Update2) South Korean Tongsun Park
Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- South Korean businessman
Tongsun Parkwas arrested today in Houstonon charges that he worked as an unregistered agent for in the United Nations oil-for-food program and received millions of dollars for his efforts. Iraq
Park, then in
South Korea, was charged in a criminal complaint in April and had not appeared in federal court to defend himself. Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed new charges against him today after his arrest. New York
``Saddam Hussein's government paid off
to corrupt the oil-for-food program from its inception,'' U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement. ``Park's arrest is an important step in the federal government's efforts to bring to justice those who broke the Tongsun Park law in undermining the humanitarian purpose of that program.'' U.S.
U.S.investigation into the oil-for-food program has resulted in criminal charges against 11 people, including oilman Oscar Wyatt and Russian diplomat Vladimir Kuznetsov. Former UN procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev pleaded guilty to fraud in August. Texas
The UN imposed sanctions on
Iraqafter its 1990 invasion of . In 1996, it modified the sanctions and allowed Kuwait to sell oil, provided payments went into a UN-monitored account and were used to buy humanitarian goods for Iraqis. Under the program, Hussein chose the companies that could buy Iraqi oil at a discounted price set by the UN. Iraq
's Middleman Iraq
The complaint says Park and another person, who isn't identified and is now aiding the prosecution, agreed to work on
's behalf starting in October 1992. Park served as Iraq Iraq's intermediary to an unnamed high-ranking UN official, arranging meetings with himself, the UN official, and representatives of , the complaint says. Iraq
Park helped negotiate the terms of the oil-for-food program without registering as an agent of the Iraqi government, the complaint says. The UN Security Council authorized the program in April 1995.
``Park received at least $2 million from the government of
as compensation for his efforts,'' Garcia said. It was understood that ``some of the Iraq money Parkreceived from the government of would be used by Park to `take care''' of the UN official. Iraq
Park will appear in
federal court on Jan. 9. He faces charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government without notifying the Houston U.S.
``Park actively lobbied UN officials to establish the program, while extracting millions of dollars from profiteering Iraqi officials for his efforts,'' said Mark Mershon, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's
office. New York
Park's lawyer, Jamie Gardner, didn't immediately return a telephone call.
Park was indicted in the 1970s for bribing
congressmen in what became known as the ``Koreagate'' scandal. The indictment was later dropped. U.S.
Wyatt, the founder of Coastal Corp., is accused in the oil- for-food case of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Iraqi officials. He was arrested on Oct. 21. Coastal was acquired by Houston-based
El Paso, owner of the largest network of natural-gas pipelines, in 2001. U.S.
To contact the reporter on this story:
David Glovin in
at firstname.lastname@example.org. New York
Last Updated: January 6, 2006 18:31 EST
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Koreans are happy to hear other country’s ill fortune.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Why do South Korean mothers give birth overseas?
It seems that Korean mothers want to give babies other country's nationality.....
Don't South Koreans like their country?
quotation from http://www.asianpacificpost.com/news/article/131.html
New Zealandacts to stop passport babies while dithers Canada
Sep 9, 2004
New Zealandis moving to deny automatic citizenship to all babies born to non-residents in the country — a move that has said is not necessary at this stage. Canada
Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins said the Government intends to amend the Identity (Citizenship and Travel Documents) Bill, currently being considered by a parliamentary committee, to cancel automatic citizenship for babies.
Hawkins could provide no figures to back the proposed amendment but said it was a “substantial number and it varies from year to year“.
“But basically a number of people do come.
is an attractive place to have your child have citizenship rights for,“ he told National Radio. New Zealand
“It provides a free education, medical services better than many of the countries people have come from. In the end, of course, it puts more burden on New Zealanders.“
The bill also extends the amount of time permanent residents have to wait to become citizens and makes passports valid for five years instead of 10, because of increasing international passport and citizenship fraud.
The Asian Pacific Post in an exclusive report published June 3 showed that a similar trend involving so called “passport babies“ was occurring in
Our story showed how pregnant Korean mothers were flying to the west coast in organized “birth tours“ to deliver their children at local hospitals.
The babies become instant citizens and travel home within weeks on Canadian papers.
For the boys, Canadian citizenship means they can avoid mandatory military duty in their homeland.
For the girls, it is mainly about getting to study overseas without having to pay high foreign student fees. For their parents, it is a foothold in
The Asian Pacific Post story quoted Coquitlam businessman Wohn Su-hyeon, a birth-tour agent, who had placed ads in
Seoulseeking pregnant women who were interested in having their babies in . Canada
For $22,000 Wohn and his travel agent partner in Seoul were promising pregnant mothers medical check-ups, delivery at a Vancouver area hospital, two months of postnatal care, a return flight, a local guide providing services ranging from airport pickup to getting the baby‘s birth certificate, social insurance number and eventually Canadian citizenship.
According to Wohn who runs Granville Health centre out of his
Thompson St.home in Coquitlam there are at least five other companies in the Lower Mainland catering to expectant Korean mothers who want to give birth here. In , he estimates there are at least 10, who like him are publicly promoting birth tours. Korea
The Korea Times recently estimated that the number of Korean mothers who take the distressful and expensive tours to foreign countries to deliver their babies is expected to increase to more than 7,000 this year, an increase of more than 100 percent from 3,000 in 2001.
Following the story, which was picked up by national media, Immigration Canada said the situation is not alarming enough nor the numbers high enough for it to move to plug the loophole.
Spoksperson Maria Iadinardi said there is no indication of high numbers of Korean women coming to
to deliver babies in so-called arranged birth tours. Canada
|Passport babies delivered in B.C. for $22,000|
Jun 3, 2004
It did not take long for Coquitlam businessman Wohn Su-hyeon to get the response he was looking for.
The bold newspaper ad two weeks ago in Seoul seeking pregnant women who were interested in having their babies in Canada got more than 10 responses within a few days of its publication.
Wohn and his travel agent partner in Seoul were promising pregnant mothers medical check-ups, delivery at a Vancouver area hospital, two months of postnatal care, a return flight, a local guide providing services ranging from airport pickup to getting the baby‘s birth certificate, social insurance number and eventually Canadian citizenship.
The cost was $22,000 or 19 million Korean won.
Wohn, who runs Granville Health centre out of his Thompson St. home in Coquitlam is a “birth tour“ agent, one of many who are cashing in on the desire by Korean parents to have their babies in Canada to secure them a future.
But unlike many who operate discreetly through Korean Internet sites or by word of mouth, Wohn says he has nothing to hide.
“My company is Granville Health,“ he told The Asian Pacific Post in halting English.
According to him there are at least five other companies in the Lower Mainland catering to expectant Korean mothers who want to give birth here. In Korea, he estimates there are at least 10, who like him are publicly promoting birth tours.
“Depending on the client they stay at motels or if they have relatives they can stay with them,“ said the landed immigrant from Korea.
“Sometimes we use the local hospital and sometimes private centres,“ said Wohn, whose company is about a year old.
In an earlier interview Wohn said many Korean parents believe they are actually saving money by going overseas.
“You are thinking ahead, preparing for your child 20 years later..You are paying $20,000 now. But if you were to send your child overseas to study or to local foreign schools, the cost would be about 10 times greater. You are saving at least 150 million won (C$175,000) for your child.“
Wohn says there were more than10 inquiries since his ad in Seoul went out last week, and the callers were mostly in their late 20s and early 30s. Only one out of 10 people, he said, voiced concern about the cost, even though their medical fee needs to be paid in cash before the trip.
Lower Mainland hospital officials when contacted by The Asian Pacific Post expressed surprise at hearing about Korean “birth tours“
Marisa Nichini, spokesperson for the B.C. Women‘s Hospital & Health Centre said her facility like others charge people who are not B.C. residents.
The fee for a non-complicated vaginal birth at B.C. Women‘s Hospital is $1,000, for a cesarean-section delivery it is $2,000 and then a per diem rate is charged for the mother ($2,500) and for the newborn rooming in with the mother ($1,000).
“I‘ve checked with our birthing program staff and there isn‘t any anecdotal evidence that we‘re seeing an influx of non-BC resident, Korean women,“ said Nichini. But then she said they don‘t check for country of origin or ask for passports.
She said that all of the birthing rooms at her hospital are assigned based on medical necessity and priority.
“We do not reserve rooms for people who are non-BC residents,“ said Nichini.
The Korea Times recently estimated that the number of Korean mothers who take the distressful and expensive tours to foreign countries to deliver their babies is expected to increase to more than 7,000 this year – an increase of more than 100 percent from 3,000 in 2001.
Park Soo Mee, a Korean journalist, who researched birth-tours for a recent article in the Joong-Ang Daily newspaper says the phenomenon is also expanding to Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In the case of Koreans, Canada is a preferred destination mainly because you do not need a visa when coming in as a tourist. Other favoured destinations include New Zealand, Hawaii and Guam
In a telephone interview from Seoul, Park told The Asian Pacific Post that many women are now openly discussing birth tours to Canada on Korean websites and even setting up support clubs.
In addition, there is an expanding network of Korean expatriates abroad that caters to young mothers in Korea, including immigration lawyers and obstetricians.
Canada does not see birth tours as illegal, even though the purpose stated at entry point is tourism. Others say they are attending short-term language courses to enter the country.
Like the United States, Canada grants citizenship to anyone born on its soil. Britain and Australia repealed similar laws in the 1980s.
“Previously, such birth tours were prevalent only among the people with high income, such as doctors and lawyers, or those who are privileged enough to provide their children with U.S. citizenship. But now it has become so popular that anyone with enough money is willing to make the trip,“ Kim Sung-hoon, a representative at a Korean travel agency specializing in birth tours told the Korea Times.
Kim argued anyone and everyone would want to give their children such opportunity if only they had the means and money.
“It is the mandatory military service system in the country that compels these parents to resort such tours to give their children foreign citizenship. But more importantly, it is about education,“ Kim said.
Oh Si-yoon, a representative of Anemom, a Busan agent for a post-natal care based in Vancouver, agreed the numbers are going up.
“The demand seems to be increasing,“ Oh was quoted as saying in a recent Korean article.
“But a growing number of mothers are finding their own ways to arrange the trip for themselves through friends or relatives, which would make it even harder to know how many go.“
South Korean-run Hana was among the first to cash in on this trend.
It has three centers for expectant mothers in the Los Angeles area and has opened an elegantly furnished postnatal facility called Larchmont Villa, in L.A.‘s Koreatown, where women can stay until it is time to fly home. Their services include such conveniences as a private car for pickup at the airport and a guide to help get the baby a Social Security number and passport.
They deliver about five Korean babies in the Los Angeles facility a month for between US$20,000 to US$30,000.
While the demand for birth tours is burgeoning, the industry has a dark side.
Last September, Korean police launched an investigation into the so-called “birth tours“ industry, which involved doctors suspected of illegally identifying the sex of the fetus for expectant mothers prior to their trips overseas.
Sodaemun Police in central Seoul said they had secured testimonies from two women, who had been on birth tours, that they had their unborn child‘s sex identified by a doctor before departure.
While there is no law that expressly prohibits organizing or partaking in birth tours, it is however, illegal for any medical personnel in Korea to identify the sex of a fetus.
This law was originally passed to prevent parents, who generally prefer male children, from seeking an abortion on discovering their unborn child is a girl.
“Because birth tours are aimed at dodging military service, many females may try to identify the sex of their fetus before leaving the country,“ a Seoul police official told reporters.
In another attempt to clampdown on the birth tour industry, Korean prosecutors have also targeted at least four travel agents for establishing illegal travel agencies without the required license from Korea‘s Culture and Tourism Ministry.
The travel agents, local media said, are suspected of arranging birth tours for 50 pregnant women who paid US$17,000 each.
In California, last year, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, trying to plug the loophole detained six Korean mothers who had just given birth to their children.
These and other cases have triggered a raging controversy on birth tours in Korea where many decry such trips saying it will lead to the military being stocked with only the sons of the poor and add to nation‘s social inequality.
“The government must publicize their names as they are to blame for selfishly wasting tens of millions of won abroad, while there are less privileged people in this country who kill themselves over just a few thousand won,“ a person wrote on Chong Wa Dae Internet message board.
A mother of two Korean-born children in Chonan, South Chungchong Province was quoted as saying: “A son of an ordinary man is expected to study in Korea and take an examination to enter a college.
Then he is expected to serve two years and two months in the military for a pay of 10,000 won (C$12) a month..all this only because he doesn‘t have enough money to send his pregnant wife overseas.“
Journalist Park Soo Mee said while many feel that having babies abroad erodes Korea‘s national integrity and is considered something of a betrayal, there is an increasing number of people who are openly supporting birth tours as matter of choice.
She quoted Park Hwa-seo, a professor of migration studies at Myungji University in Seoul, who sees birth tours as a sign of globalization, based on the idea that citizenship should exceed the meaning of ethnic belonging.
“But it should become more of an exchange, unlike now where we pour cash into their bags,“ she says. “It could get problematic when birth tours start to form an industry.
They could also bring social insecurity, giving a false impression that American or Canadian citizenships are more superior than Korean.“
But even among those who don‘t go on birth tours, many seem to understand how Korea‘s problems would lead parents to have their children overseas.
“The whole system makes you question how your life is going to be after 40,“ writes a father who says he supports birth tours, at I-mom Club, a Web site for parents.
“The unemployment rate is getting higher, retirement age is getting younger, and the economy is getting worse.
“Call me a traitor,“ he says.
“But you shouldn‘t criticize people who are making choices about their own future.“
Choi Jong-mi, has no regrets having her baby abroad, saying it was all about the choice she made for her child.
“People may point fingers at me,“ she wrote recently on a community website at Daum, an online portal. “But I have no regrets for giving birth to my child the way I wanted it. That‘s the way I have lived, and I‘ll continue to live that way with anything concerning my family.“
Choi, who speaks very little English, recently had her first child in a Los Angeles hospital, her first trip to the United States. The trip was part of her overseas “birth tour“.
The procedure cost Choi a little over US$11,000 for a two-month stay, she says. Other women belonging to the community site have said they have spent double that.
Unlike many of those who take the “birth tour,“ Choi said her husband makes only a modest income at a small firm.
“My husband was very supportive, but he said he could only pay US$10,000,“ she said. “Right away, I knew that wasn‘t going to be enough. But I told him that it would.“
To cut costs, Choi, who had no relatives in the United States stayed with her mother‘s friend until her delivery date.
She said she received four medical check-ups from a Korean doctor in Los Angeles and counted every penny to pay for her medical bills.
She saide she didn‘t buy medical insurance in the United States either, which would have covered her fee in case she had needed a Caesarian section or emergency help for her or her child.
Choi said the trip was for a “future investment,” which will allow her daughter to receive a North American education for less money than if she were a Korean citizen.
In the long run, she says her family plans to move permanently to Los Angeles.