Multicultural Families in Korea Visit Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea over Weekend 2012/07/14, Source,
At Yongsan Station in Seoul, 17 families with multicultural backgrounds are excited about a weekend trip to the southern port city of Yeosu, to visit the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea. The spouses come from five countries, including China, Mongolia and Vietnam. Current lawmaker Jasmine Lee, Korea's first naturalized citizen to be elected to the National Assembly, visited the station platform to see them off. [Interview : Jasmine Lee, Lawmaker Saenuri Party] "Well, actually the very main reason that I am actually where I am right now is to be the voice of all the multicultural families here in Korea",...More
Now playing, films on multiculturalism 2012/07/14, Source,
As of 2011, over 1.4 million non-Koreans have come to call Korea their home. On June 27, the fourth annual Multicultural Film Festival, organized since 2009 to spotlight the themes of multiculturalism and diversity that have emerged in Korean society in recent years, kicked off at CGV Daehangro. Sponsored by CJ CGV and Movie Collage, the first theater dedicated to indie films in Korea, the 15-day festival will screen 15 movies at CGV Guro and Incheon in addition to the Daehangro branch,...More
Philippine envoy celebrates multiculturalism in Korea 2012/06/16, Source,
Philippine Ambassador Luis Cruz, right, poses for a photo with Rep. Jasmine Lee of the ruling Saenuri Party during a festival in Seoul on June 3. / Courtesy of Philippine Embassy
By Kim Se-jeong Filipinos celebrated multiculturalism and the success of migrant workers in Korea last Sunday, at an outdoor festival in Hangang Park, Yeouido, Seoul for their country's independence day which is June 12. Ambassador to Korea Luis Cruz, welcomed the families and friends of Filipinos and the Philippines saying how proud he was of Filipinos contribution to Korean society and how South Korea is well on its way to becoming a truly multicultural societ,...More
'I want to make it better for my kids' 2012/06/10, Source,
Rep. Jasmine Lee of the ruling Saenuri Party
1st ethnic lawmaker vows to work for correct understanding on multiculturalism Rep. Jasmine Lee of the ruling Saenuri Party said in an interview with The Korea Times Friday that she joined politics with the hopes of promoting multiculturalism and creating a better environment for children with a multicultural background. "I joined a program aimed at making a marriage migrant a local government represent2ative in 2008 not because of my ambition to become a big name politician, but to make a better society for my kids", the 35-year-old Philippine-born naturalized citizen said,...More
Pernod Ricard CEO wins CICI award 2012/05/27, Source,
Choi Jung-wha, fourth from left, president of Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), poses with winners of the Korea CQ award and guests during a celebration at the British ambassador's residence in Seoul, Tuesday. From left are Jean-Manuel Spriet, CEO of Pernod Ricard Korea; Francois Provost, CEO of Renault Samsung Motors; Vincent Bernard, general manager of Christian Dior Korea; Choi; British Ambassador to Korea Scott Wightman; Jocelyn Collette Clark, a professional "gayageum" (traditional Korean zither-like instrument) player; Jordanian Ambassador to Korea Omar Nahar; Jasmine Lee, a Saenuri Party lawmaker-elect; and Singaporean Ambassador to Korea Peter Tan. / Courtesy of CICI
By Kim Se-jeong
CEO of Pernod Pricardo Korea Jean-Manuel Spriet won a grand prize of the "Korea CQ" award Tuesday, given by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI).
Choi Jung-wha, president of CICI, said Spriet's abilities to communicate, cooperate, concentrate, communicate and to mingle in different cultures shown throughout the institute's getting-to-know-Korea session has gotten him the recognition,...More
Korea's 'invisible' gays 2012/05/20, Source,
By Jason Lim
Whether you agree with him or not, President Barack Obama's recent pronouncement supporting gay marriage was certainly a courageous one. Critics may argue that it was cynical political calculation that drove him, but that doesn't discount the fact that he took a solid stance on an issue that he didn't need to. You don't have to be a prophet to see that this issue will be a huge wedge in the upcoming presidential election in November. But it wasn't the election that sprung to mind when I first read about this. It was summer camps,...More
High expectations greet Filipina-Korean lawmaker 2012/04/24, Source, Philippine envoy says community feels pride in Jasmine Lee
By Philip Iglauer
The Filipino community here is abuzz with pride and high expectations of lawmaker-elect Jasmine Lee, the first naturalized citizen ever elected to the National Assembly in the history of Korea.
"Jasmine Lee is a source of pride in Korea for Filipinos in particular and for the migrant community in general", said Philippine Ambassador to Korea Luis Cruz, Wednesday, during a musical performance at the Philippine Embassy that spotlighted Jimmy Tagala, jr., a 21-year-old violin virtuoso invited here to compete in the Seoul International Music Competition,...More
Korea required to do more to enhance foreigners's rights 2012/04/22, Source, By Yun Suh-young
The government began efforts to enhance the human rights of foreign residents in Korea four years ago, but apparently without much success.
In 2008, the United Nations recommended the country take active measures to improve 33 criteria in which human rights were abused. But the measures to protect the rights of foreign workers and married migrants are still insufficient.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council Wednesday on how the country has implemented the U.N. recommendation,...More
'We are unkind hosts to foreigners' 2012/04/21, Source,
Are Koreans ready to embrace multiculturalism? A survey showed that there is a long way to go before the Confucian-steeped country becomes a truly multicultural society.
A government-sponsored survey showed that only a third of Koreans agreed to the coexistence of various races, religions and cultures,...More
Jasmine Revolution, Korean style 2012/04/21, Source, By Jason Lim
Korea has come of age, of sorts. Jasmine Lee, a naturalized Korean citizen originally from the Philippines, became the first foreign-born lawmaker. Granted, she didn't run for a seat herself, but became a member of the National Assembly as a proportional representation candidate when the Saenuri Party won a majority in the recent parliamentary elections.
This is actually big news. Not necessarily the fact that Jasmine Lee became a rising political star; she was already a minor celebrity in Korea with a complete package of looks, smarts and a compelling narrative. The real news is the fact that Jasmine Lee has ― as a result of her background as a transplanted Southeast Asian woman who came Korea after marrying a Korean husband ― become the face and voice of 210,000 similar women and their 150,000 children who live in Korea today and their struggles to join the mainstream society,...More
The 2 Faces of Multiculturalism 2012/04/19, Source,
A survey by the government shows less support for ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in Korea than in other countries, but also less negativity toward foreigners. The survey was released amid flaring xenophobia after the election win of Philippine-born Jasmine Lee as a Saenuri Party lawmaker and the murder of a Korean woman by an ethnic Korean from China,...More
Jasmine Lee faces racial backlash 2012/04/17, Source,
By Kim Rahn
Jasmine Lee, the Philippine-born naturalized Korean citizen who became a ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker, is becoming the target of racially-based online attacks.
Some bloggers and tweeters have said Lee's election will pave the way for interracial families to gain at the expense of Koreans and producing more illegal aliens,...More
Jasmine to help Seanuri lure naturalized voters 2012/04/09, Source, This is the second and last of a two-part series examining the voting behavior of naturalized citizens. - ED.
By Lee Tae-hoon
The ruling Saenuri Party has placed a naturalized citizen high on the list of proportional representatives, obviously hoping to draw the support of the majority of 110,000 foreigners who have been accepted as Koreans in the upcoming April 11 parliamentary elections.
Jasmine Lee, a 35-year-old naturalized woman from the Philippines, was given No. 15 for seats granted according to the number of votes a party gains. Saenuri is expected to win at least 18 out of 54 such proportional representation seats at stake,...More
Korea Is Home for Philippine-Born Parliamentary Hopeful 2012/02/15, Source, Jasmine Lee, the Filipina who is being considered as a candidate on the ruling Saenuri Party's party list, came to Korea in 1994 after marrying her late husband, who was a sailor. Lee was attending medical school in the Philippines at the time.
"My husband came into the store my parents ran in Divao to buy a drink. He seems to have fallen in love with me at first sight", Lee recalls. "I watched the store at weekends at the time. He came back again and again to buy candy, beer and other things during his three-day stay. Finally, he asked for my name, address and phone number",...More
The CICI Korea Image Awards 2012/01/18, Source,
Actor Ahn Sung-ki gives his heartfelt words of encouragement to Lee(right) at the Korea Image Awards ceremony (photo courtesy of the Corea Image Communication Institute).
Jasmine Lee received the Korea Image Stepping Stone Award at the Corea Image Communication Institute's (CICI) award ceremony in the Grand Inter Continental Seoul on January 17. CICI awarded its grand prize to the bid committee in recognition of its ceaseless spirit in successfully winning the bid to host the sporting event in Pyeongchang and its help in enhancing Korea's brand image overseas,...More
Cho, Lee win awards for promoting Korea 2012/01/17, Source,
Cho Yang-ho, right, chairman of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Bid Committee, and other winners of the Korea Image Awards pose with Choi Jung-hwa, second from left, president of Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), at an award ceremony at the Grand InterContinental Seoul, Tuesday. Other winners are Jasmine Lee, third from left, a Filipina migrant and secretary general of Waterdrop, and Choi Jong-il, left, representative of Iconix Entertainment which created Pororo an animated penguin character that was also awarded. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
By Yun Suh-young
Cho Yang-ho, chairman of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Bid Committee and Jasmine Lee, a Filipina migrant, won awards Tuesday for contributing to enhancing the image of Korea abroad at a ceremony hosted by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Punch" 2011/12/03, Lee Han's "Punch" is based on Kim Ryeo-ryeong novel entitled "Wan-Deuk Yi" which was published in March 2008. The film is said to have largely stayed true the popular novel and its success on the big screen has placed it currently as Korea's forth highest grossing film of 2011. This comedy drama deals with a range of sociocultural issues currently being experienced in Korea, but this is not what defines the film as a whole. With its excellent screenplay and captivating acting performances, "Punch" is a truly character-driven story that paints a silver lining around its characters' misfortunes as they discover the impact others can have on their own lives,...More
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