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Great job opportunity for a Korean American or Korean Canadian or Korean [fill in the English speaking country]
June 21, 2007, 8:56 am
Filed under: Job opportunities

So, my company: Injung Education REALLY values Korean Americans.  As a matter of fact, lots of Korean companies do, but they just don’t say it in public usually.  Well, I’ll tell you straight up we REALLY VALUE Korean Americans (et al.) who have (1) pride for Korea, (2) the ability to speak Korean at least on a basic level, (3) who work like Koreans do — very hard for their money and honestly may be here for the long haul.

Well, we have some really great opportunities for you KA’s who want to avidly want to build a business.  I am (A) helping us build one of the best set of Academies in the country, (B) creating a website that will do esl related work & is estimated to drive approximately $500,000 to $13,000,000 in annual revenues (& NO, I’m not talking won, but PURE dollars) — it deals with the GROWING Chinese market, (C) create other online businesses in the affiliate marketing, search engine marketing and many other disciplines taking advantage of current and future trends. 

So, if you’re willing to come here first & prove your worth teaching for a year+ or maybe even less like 6 mos or 3 mos – depending on the situation, work on these projects on the side for future potential profits & ownership, and be willing to stick it out for the long term, this is going to be ONE WILD RIDE which will probably benefit you INCREDIBLY well financially along with work experience you will never be able to trade, business intelligence you can go back home with & leverage in other areas, and maybe even great experience for that future Harvard or Stanford MBA.

Trust me, you’ll work with some incredible people.  I was considering going back home to do this on my own, but I looked around and realized one day in a meeting, I’m not going to find better people to work with moving forward.  If interested, email me at


This one brings back memories of hanging out with other Kyopos
June 15, 2007, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Kyopo Summers

It’s truly amazing how much technology has changed over the years.  When I spent my summer in Seoul during college hanging out with my fellow Koreans like James “Jim” Min, Sue Ahn,  Helen Park, Gina Kim, Julie Kim, Joe Kim, Anna Song, Kessely Hong, Christine Jun, Young-mee Kim, Maggie Park (?), Byung Kim, Lynn Park, and the many others, all we could do was make Korean Pop Song collections, but now we can add pictures or videos to it & put it all together for all to share on YouTube.  I have no idea who these pretty people are, but I’m happy for them.  Very impressive…

Faking to be a Stanford Student – Azia Kim outsmarts the administrators at the prestigious University
May 26, 2007, 10:20 am
Filed under: Interesting Characters

We were improving our image in the public for a bit there with a winner on Survivor, but we, as Korean Americans seem to find ways to make us look unlike the “ideal minority.”

Azia Kim, an 18 year old Orange Country resident duped students into believing she was a student enrolled at Stanford, but had “housing problems.” For eight months, she snuck into the dorms daily to sleep with the real Stanford students.  People are unsure why she did it.

More on the story here.

Google Verification
April 23, 2007, 3:31 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Koreans shouldn’t apologize for the Virginia Tech Tragedy
April 22, 2007, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Opinion pieces

 by Adrian Hong, 4/20/07

“Monday’s events at Virginia Tech were tragic. As our nation mourns, countries around the world continue to send condolences and words of encouragement to the American people.

Included in the aftermath of these shootings has been the response of Koreans in the United States. Many first-generation immigrants, part of a diverse and vibrant community, have taken it upon themselves to apologize for the actions of gunman Cho Seung Hui, citing a sense of collective guilt and shame simply by virtue of a shared ethnicity.

Korean Americans do not need to apologize for what happened Monday. All of us, as fellow Americans, feel tremendous sorrow and grief at the carnage. Our community, as it should, has expressed solidarity with and sent condolences to the victims, and as Americans, Koreans certainly should take part in the healing process.

But the actions of Cho Seung Hui are no more the fault of Korean Americans than the actions of the Washington area snipers were the fault of African Americans. Just as those crimes were committed by deranged individuals acting on their own initiative, and not because of any ethnic grievance or agenda, these were isolated acts by an individual, not a reflection of a community.

Moreover, it is absurd to think that the United States would somehow pursue retaliatory measures on international students from Korea, or any nation, as a result of such an attack. The other 100,000 Korean nationals studying in the United States are largely model citizens and tend to be quite engaged on their campuses and in their communities. Perhaps this fear stems from our collective experience in April 1992, when Koreans became scapegoats for simmering ethnic tensions and, somehow, were seen as responsible for the Rodney King beatings, and nearly 2,000 Korean businesses were the targets of rioting and looting. But I believe America has moved beyond that. Today, no Koreans should be afraid to leave their homes or to attend school.

I have great faith in the American people. We have come a long way as a nation and understand today that the actions of an individual do not reflect on a community. I believe we have moved beyond the days when we would assign guilt and penance to an entire race based on isolated incidents.

While the past two days have brought random acts of juvenile hate and immature racial slurs and acts, the vast majority of Americans understand that Korean Americans were victims along with the rest of America — that we all took part in the tragedy at Virginia Tech, regardless of race or ethnicity.

So I ask the Koreans of America to please continue expressing your heartfelt condolences. They are helping the healing process. But please do not apologize. The actions of Cho Seung Hui were not your fault. If our heads are hung low, they should be in grief, not in apology and shame. This tragedy is something for all of us to bear, examine and try to prevent as Americans, together.”

More here…

Thanks to Korean Girl Poetic’s blog for publicizing this.  Wouldn’t have been able to read the good opinion piece by Adrian Hong, the Director of the Mirae Foundation, a mentorship & empowerment organization for Korean American college students.

Poignant & Entertaining Opinion about the Virginia Tech Tragedy & Korean Americans
April 22, 2007, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

by By Tom Plate

Pacific Perspectives Columnist

“The tragedy of Virginia Tech is starting to trigger anger-management issues in me. By “anger-management issues” I mean that I am getting kind of angry (just in case you’re not savvy with hot-air, overblown professional jargon).

Here is how a telephone conversation started the other day:

“I just knew it had to be a Korean who did it.”

I paused. I was about to reply angrily, but then he continued:”

More here… 

Young Koreans in America: a Generation on Edge
April 20, 2007, 7:56 am
Filed under: Articles

from…Chosun Ilbo

Cho Seun-hui, the shooter in the Virginia Tech University massacre on Monday, came to the U.S. with his family when he was eight years old – a fact, experts say, that may have played a part in the tragedy. Shin Min-sup, an associate professor of psychiatry at Seoul National University’s Children’s Hospital, said, “A sudden environmental change like immigration must have caused enormous stress to Cho. It seems the anger which he had locked inside exploded all at once.” Youngsters who come to the U.S. at an early age are sometimes referred to as the “1.5 generation” of immigrants, poised between the first generation, who emigrate as adults, and the second generation, who are born abroad.

◆ Generation gap

The generation gap between the first and “1.5” generation has been a problem in Korean-American communities. The first generation struggle to adjust to American society, while the 1.5 generation steadily build a new identity as Americans. Most first-generation migrants have to put all their time and effort into managing a laundry shop or small store and simply did not have time to talk to their children. Kim (39) works for a software maker. “I was angry with my parents, who are ignorant of American culture and English,” he recalls. “I complained that we had to come here. To overcome this self-hatred, I studied hard and hung out with Korean-Americans to relieve stress.”

For more on this article…click here.