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U.S. Citizen,Early 30s, Caught Trying To Swim From South Korea To North Korea To Meet Leader “Kim Jong-un”

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Source:Koeaboo – Korea Herald

Media:Koreaboo – Korea Herald

Posted:Wednesday September 17,  2014 @6:30 p.m PST


South Korean government officials revealed on Wednesday that a U.S. citizen was caught attempting to cross the river border between South and North Korea.

The man, who reportedly is in his early 30s, was taken into custody by South Korean Marines. The man was attempting to swim across the Han River, to head into North Korea around 11:55pm from Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province.

A U.S. citizen was caught trying to cross a river border between South and North Korea, government sources said Wednesday.

When asked, the man responded, “My purpose was to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un”.

Officially revealed that the man was swimming with the current when he grew tired and laid low near the riverside, and was arrested by Marines. They continued to say, “I believe this is the first time an American tried to flee to the North through Gimpo area”


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Ashley Perez Writes On Being Too Dark, Too Fat ,Too Tall (Narrow Definition of Beauty) In South Korea

Blogged By: La Tray

Source: Daily Mail

Media Credit:Daily Mail via Ashley Perez Facebook / YouTube (Lee Won)

Posted: Monday June 3, 2013 @1:54 p.m. PST



South Korea, which last year overtook Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world, is now home to the highest number of cosmetic procedures performed per capita.

And for one young writer, the country’s extreme emphasis on appearance and immersion in western celebrity culture was so overwhelming that she decided to quit her teaching job and move back to America.

In an essay for Buzzfeed, Ashley Perez, who identifies as Cuban, Filipino and Korean-American, reveals how during a year teaching English to fourth-graders in Daegu, she was ridiculed for her ‘very big’ U.S. size 8 body, ‘too dark’ skin tone, and ‘plain face’ features.

‘I quickly learned that despite sharing the genetic traits of many Koreans (round face, high cheekbones), I would not be accepted as a true fellow Korean,’ wrote Miss Perez, who is in her twenties.


‘In a culture where so many people strive to look the same way, any slight difference in appearance rapidly singles you out.


‘In my case, I was too tall, too fat, and too dark — traits that are not typically considered beautiful by Korean standards. In many ways, being partially Korean actually made my experience more difficult than that of my foreign white friends.


‘Whereas Koreans admired their white skin, small faces, and upturned noses, I remained a vaguely Korean-looking girl who didn’t quite stack up.’


Recently it was revealed that in South Korea, double eyelid surgery, which creates the Caucasian crease many Asian women do not naturally have, has become as common as going to the dentist.


Going behind the scenes of Seoul Fashion Week for Vice magazine’s online series Fashion Week Internationale, host Charlet Duboc last year uncovered the country’s quest for a stereotypical vision of a western face – something Miss Perez is now very familiar with.

‘I also sat next to a crying student and tried to comfort her after all the boys in her class called her the “mayor of Africa” for having slightly darker skin than the rest of the students,’ Miss Perez recalled.

‘I watched my 28-year-old co-teacher (who is already smaller than I’ll ever be) starve herself every day on a diet of black beans, grapes, and weight-loss shakes. And I saw high school students get handed pamphlets on plastic surgery as they left school.’

While she described her experience as ‘largely positive,’ after being ‘thrilled to live in a place where I expected my heritage to make me feel like I belonged,’ she said that ultimately, the year was ‘soul-crushing’.


She explained: ‘I tried to fit in. I made multiple trips to Korea’s seemingly endless makeup stores, only to find there was no makeup for me: My skin was too dark. “No, no — very, very dark,” the saleswomen would say.’

And despite having access to large quantities of ‘cheap, trendy clothing,’ Miss Perez found it impossible to find anything that fit her.

‘Whereas in the United States I’m smaller than the average woman — size 8 bottoms, medium tops, and a size 8.5 shoe — in Korea, I truly felt like a whale.

‘Walking into shops where everything was “free size” (one size fits all), I felt like I was playing Russian roulette with my waist size. Nothing will destroy your confidence faster than a store clerk shouting at you from across a crowded store, “no, no — very, very big” as you hold a dress up to your body in the mirror.’

Though she attempted to try on clothes in department stores, she said it was hard to find places that carried her size.

‘In the U.S. I fit very comfortably into a medium-size shirt; in Korea I was always an extra-large. Always.

‘And though I understand the system of sizing is different in every country, the fact that clothes bigger than a U.S. medium were mostly unavailable means even larger Koreans can have a really hard time finding things to wear.’

In a bid to change their looks, 20per cent of women between the ages of 19 and 49 in Seoul, the country’s capital city, admitted they had gone under the knife.

According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the most popular surgical procedures include double eyelid surgery, lipoplasty – which uses high-frequency sound waves to eliminate fat – and nose jobs.

I think South Korea has a very rigorous and narrow definition of beauty because we’re an ethnically homogenous society and everyone looks pretty much the same, said Joo Kwon, the founder of JK Plastic Surgery Center – one of the country’s largest clinics.

Tired of living in a culture she ‘literally couldn’t fit into,’ Miss Perez said that she eventually had had enough of ‘getting looks of disgust from strangers if I walked two blocks from the gym to my apartment in my workout clothes,’ and was ‘sick of feeling of ugly in a country that was once home to my ancestors.’

Before she decided to sever her teaching contract and return to America, Miss Perez, who felt that she ‘couldn’t be beautiful or fully accepted as Korean because [she] had fallen short of mainstream Korea’s unattainable beauty standards,’ said she tried to dissuade her forth-graders from falling into the same beauty-standard traps.

But in the end, Miss Perez said that her attempts were futile.

‘When I told my students they were all beautiful on the inside, I was met with nothing but blank stares. Eventually I realized they couldn’t understand what I was saying, they had no idea what “inner beauty” even meant.’
Inadequate: Ashley Perez, who identifies as Cuban, Filipino and Korean-American, reveals how during a year teaching English to fourth-graders in Daegu, she was ridiculed for her 'very big' U.S. size 8 body, 'too dark' skin tone, 'plain face' features


Soul crushing: For Miss Perez (pictured), the country's extreme emphasis on appearance was so overwhelming that she decided move back to America

Soul crushing: For Miss Perez (pictured), the emphasis on appearance was so overwhelming that she decided move back to America




Beauty standards: An advertisement in a Seoul subway encourages women to have double-jaw surgery in order to have a smaller, more ‘delicate’ face shape


U.S City Going Up In Flames After Missle Attack

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Posted: Monday April 1, 2013  @ 12:15 a.m PST



CNN reported on April 1, 2013, that the United States sent F-22 Raptors to South Korea on Sunday as part of ongoing joint military exercises between the two countries.

The fighter aircrafts were flown to the main U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea amid spiking tensions between the two countries.

The U.S. military officials in South Korea issued a statement that also urged North Korea to tone down its rhetoric.



JYJ – SM Lawsuit Ends TVXQ Will Remain With 2 Members

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Source: Koreaboo

Media Credit: Koreaboo

Posted: Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 4:54 p.m PST



TVXQ Fans from all over the world have been waiting for the JYJ / SM Entertainment lawsuit to end.  An representative from SM Entertainment said through a press release on the 28th, “The three no longer wanted to be part of TVXQ as there is no reason to be under the management of SM Entertainment. And so, it was decided to end the case and negotiation today with the agreement that there will be no mutual connections.”









Leeteuk – Lee Hyun – Sangchu (K-POP) Starts Military Duty October 2012

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: allKpop

Posted: Monday September 24, 2012 @5:27 p.m PST


According to allkpop,   Super Junior’s Leeteuk, 8eight’s Lee Hyun, and Mighty Mouth’s Sanchu’s enlistment dates have all been finalized and it seems we will have to get ready to say goodbye to the three stars this October.

8eight’s Lee Hyun will be entering first as his enlistment date is on October 8th. Leeteuk and Sanchu will then enter for their basic training for five weeks on October 30th.

All three will be serving as active duty soldiers for 21 months after their basic training.

Yoochun Celebrates His Birthday On June 4th (Fan Video)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source: La Tray / YouTube

Media Credit: Photo (The Star) / Video (fightinh4jyj)

Posted: Monday June 4, 2012 @12:18 a.m. PST



Yoochun of JYJ /TVXQ  was born on June 4, 1986 in South Korea.

In Korea, Yoochun is 27; however, in the USA, Yoochun is 26.

Happy 26th Birthday Yoochun and hopefully, next year, you can celebrate your birthday with all five members of TVXQ. 

Yoochun. Photo Credit: The Star


Yoochun. Photo Credit: The Star


Yoochun.Photo Credit: The Star


North Korea Threatens To Put South Korea To Ashes In Less Than 4 Minutes (Video)

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Source & Story Credit: The Envoy Dylan Stableford

Video Credit: ITN News

Posted: Monday April 23, 2012 @ 12:25 p.m PST


According to The Envoy, North Korea’s military vowed a new and unusually specific threat to its neighbors, saying it would reduce South Korea “to ashes” in less than four minutes.


The statement, released Monday when programming was interrupted on North Korea’s state TV by a special report, comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.


Earlier this month, North Korea was unsuccessful in a long-range missile launch, prompting worries that North Korea may conduct another nuclear test. South Korean officials say new satellite images show that North Korea has been digging a tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third atomic test.


According to the Associated Press, the statement from North Korea was unusual in promising something soon and in describing a specific period of time.


The North Korean military threatened to “reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, (or) in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.”


For months the North has castigated South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and the conservative  administration for insulting their leadership and criticizing a  new cruise missile capable of striking anywhere in the south.


South Korean officials responded, urging North Korea to end the threats. “We urge North Korea to immediately stop this practice,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk said, according to the Associated Press. “We express deep concern that the North’s threats and accusations have worsened inter-Korean ties and heightened tensions.”


Meanwhile, in a meeting Sunday with a North Korean delegation in Beijing, China’s senior official on foreign policy praised the leadership shown by North Korea’s new young leader, Kim Jong Un.


The meeting follows the April 13 launch of what the United States called a disguised ballistic missile test by North Korea. The rocket disintegrated minutes after launch.