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Comfort women doubt today's talks will matter

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Kim Bok-dong, 88, a former sex slave for the Japanese military during World War II, touches a newly erected statue of a Korean girl to honor the women, dubbed "The Girl Statue for Peace", in front of Seongnam city government, Gyeonggi, yesterday. [NEWSIS]

Lee Ok-seon, who is 87, has scars on her right hand and right foot. The scars are more than seven decades old, but Lee has no trouble remembering when she got them...More

Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [11]

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

"New Year's Shopping, Seoul" (1921), Elizabeth Keith

*This is the eleventh part in our series, "Gat, traditional headgear in Korea".

Traditional Headgear as Depicted in the Arts-- A Gallery of Hats

Official Hats in Paintings

The nambawi, as interpreted by Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956)

The above image is a woodcut by the English artist Elizabeth Keith who visited Korea around 1920. It depicts a mother and two little daughters, holding hands and walking in front of Gwanghwamun Square, with a statue of a haetae in the background, a mythical fire-eating, horned, lion-like animal that fights for justice, knows between good and evil and protects against disaster. A nambawi style of headgear was used by both men and women of all ages, also going by the name of pungdengi, meaning "beetle", or nani, meaning "ear warmers", or ieom, meaning "ear covers". It is also said that the hat was initially named after its inventor, Nam Ba-wi. The traditional winter hat with a fur-lined base is designed to fully cover the forehead, ears and back of the neck...More

Director Defends Sexy Show for Women Only

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Kolleen Park

Director Kolleen Park is sorry that her new musical "Mr. Show" for female audiences only is embroiled in controversy due to the sexually explicit content. "I never thought that men who haven't even seen the show would denounce it as obscene", Park told the Chosun Ilbo.

"Mr. Show" is open only to adult women and features eight well-built actors stripping on the stage. Since it premiered on March 27, the show with the tagline "Women, awaken your desire" has been over 90 percent booked every night...More

Galaxy S5 Sets Sales Record on Day of Release

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

People line up to buy the Galaxy S5 at a launch event in Shanghai, China on Friday. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, set a new sales record on the first day of its release last week. The achievement comes amid a slowdown in global sales of high-end smartphones.

Samsung on Sunday said the Galaxy S5, which went on sale in 125 countries on Friday, sold 30 percent more on the first day of release than the Galaxy S4. The electronics giant did not reveal how many of the gadgets it sold...More

Pawn shops thrive, even in Gangnam

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Jeon, a 54-year-old pawn broker, looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer of his pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul. Iron bars and handwritten notices make this store look old and surreal, but the number of pawn shops is increasing these days, especially in Gangnam, Seoul's most affluent area. By Kim Kyung-rok

Behind a set of iron bars, a man clad in a neat suit looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer. Handwritten notices are plastered here and there across the bars, and his face peeks out from behind a small window cut into the middle.

Through this hole, Jeon, the 54-year-old owner of this rundown pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul, communicates with his customers. He takes collateral, mostly watches and jewelry, and gives loans...More

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