French Korean War vet laid to rest in Busan 2015/05/17, Source,
K-pop singer Lee Seung-chul, right, attends the burial ceremony for Raymond Joseph Benard, a French veteran who fought in the Korean War (1950-1953), on Friday with Mrs. Benard, left, holding her husband's remains, at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan. By Song Bong-geun
A French war veteran who fought in the Korean War (1950-1953) was buried in the nation of Arirang, the traditional song that he loved. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in Busan held a burial ceremony for Raymond Joseph Benard on Friday. It said it was the first case of a foreign veteran's remains being sent back to Korea for burial,...More
For one couple, movie hits home 2015/01/24, Source,
From left: Lee Byeong-jong, Seo Won-suk and Shin Byeong-yun recall the days they worked as miners and nurses in Germany at a memorial hall dedicated to guest workers in the German Village in South Gyeongsang.By Song Bong-geun
For married couple Shin Byeong-yun and Seo Won-suk, the plot of the hit movie "Ode to My Father", now in theaters nationwide, was nothing new. The heart-wrenching film depicts the life of a man who survives the 1950-53 Korean War and works to become a breadwinner during South Korea's modernization era, considered to be the toughest period in Korean history,...More
Welfare policies strain local funding 2015/01/04, Source,
Cars pass by a road in Suseong District, Daegu, on which the center line is barely visible. By Gong Jeong-sik
Earlier this month on a frosty cold day, a welfare center in Buk District, Busan, was bustling with some 40 senior citizens waiting in line to receive a free lunch. But despite the fact that they were seated indoors, they refused to remove their heavy coats and gloves. With no heating system, the cafeteria was freezing, leaving the elderly there with no other option,...More
Around Korea, comfort women groups neglected, underfunded 2014/03/01, Source,
The civic group's hall in Busan for comfort women is located on the second floor of an old, run-down building. By Song Bong-geun
BUSAN - Euphemistically known as "comfort women", the Korean women who were forced into sexual enslavement by the Japanese military during World War II have been one of the most talked-about issues in recent weeks. Just last Friday, Tokyo's Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan could revisit the "Kono Statement", the 1993 apology made by the then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono for mobilizing tens of thousands of comfort women,...More
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