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Yoo Seung Joon sues to get a visa to move into South Korea

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Yoo Seung Joon sues to get a visa to move into South Korea

Singer Yoo Seung Joon has no longer given up yet. It was once published via felony reps in an exclusive by Korea Daily on November 17 that he has sued the los angeles consulate total to cancel its refusal to factor a visa for him.

Back in September, he had asked a visa from the los angeles consulate general to enter South Korea, yet became rejected, leading him to publish a complaint to the Seoul Administrative Court previous this month. The visa Yoo Seung Joon had carried out for became out to be an "F-4" visa this is most effective given to Koreans living overseas. He wrote in his complaint, "I am no longer an effortless foreigner and feature as much a correct to stick in Korea as Koreans residing overseas under the law of an in a foreign country countryman, so the guidelines of exclusion don't practice to me."

Previously, he has been denied reentry into Korea for the remainder of his existence for "underhandedly" evading crucial army carrier by getting an American citizenship below what seemed to be the guise of a talk over with overseas.

This marks his first time filing a complaint to the court for being denied front into the country. Do you watched he must surrender already or that he have to be allowed entrance?

KCON Finally Hits Home Turf On South Korea's Jeju Island

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In 2015, the world"s biggest Hallyu convention, KCON, expanded its realm beyond Los Angeles with satellite gatherings in New York, Japan, and now South Korea.

Held Nov. 6-7, KCON 2015 Jeju took place on South Korea"s largest island, was organized to give more exposure to fans about the Hallyu wave and allow Korean culture fans the fans a chance to be in the same place where some of the hallyu magic happens.

KCON set up in Jeju Stadium with a line-up that boasted appearances by artists who could appeal to a variety of ages.

By 5pm, fans were flocking into the stadium in high spirits dispite the looming threat of rain. Attendees were made more excited when it was revealed that the complimentary LED bracelets given to the crowd as they entered were actually part of an elaborate light show planned for the night.

Block B opened the stage with their powerful performance, showing off their hip-hop energy. Performing three songs which includes "Nalina" and "HER," they made the fans feel more pumped up for the show.

Up next was M.I.B"s Kangnam, who also pulled double duty as one of the MCs that night. Showing off his playful persona on the stage, he pulled the crowd into dancing along with his latest single "Chocolate" and also a cover of Psy"s "Gangnam Style."

After the loud and upbeat performances by Block B and Kangnam, it was a nice change to be swept over by Roy Kim"s mellow and soulful voice. Performing "Bom Bom Bom" and "Home" with his acoustic guitar, he definitely melted the hearts of the crowd members that night.

Teen Top picked the pace of the show up once again, showing off their sleek dance moves, performing "Rocking" and "Ah-Ah" while SPICA, being the only girl group to perform that night, mesmerized the crowd with their dance moves and vocal performing "You Don"t Love Me" and "Home."

Chen Zi Tong, the runner-up of the Chinese reality tv show, The Voice of China, was up next, showcasing her diversity in performing as she performed both a slow tempo song and an upbeat song that night. Although she needed a little bit of help translating on stage, she tried speaking a little bit of Korean when announcing the song that she was going to sing.

Shin Seung Hoon took to the stage next and this was the time for the older fans to rejoice as he performed his hit songs. He conquered the stage with his performance and stage presence, cementing the fact that age is just a number. It was apparent that the audience enjoyed his performances so much that they even got up and dance to one of the songs he performed.

Before long, it was time for the last act of the night. Judging from the sea of fans wearing orange raincoats in the stadium, it was clear that Shinhwa was the most anticipated act of the night and these guys definitely did not disappoint! Performing "Sniper," "This Love" and "Brand New," the group exuded stage presence like no other, showing that they are truly a force to be reckoned with. They even closed the event with a bang as there were fireworks show as they finished performing their set for the night. All in all, KCON Jeju was definitely a successful event as it had brought a lot of international fans into Korea to experience Hallyu wave for themselves.

D-Day Is Here: The Suneung and South Korea’s Education Craze

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20120211_seoulbeats_koreanstudents D-Day Is Here: The Suneung and South Koreas Education Craze Written by Chelsea On November 12, 2015 On November 12th, planes were temporarily be grounded, work was delayed, cheer groups lined the roads, prayer circles were held, and the majority of the nation held its breath as approximately 630,000 students took the College Scholastic Aptitude Testor Suneung.  The test, offered only once a year, is seen as the make or break exam not only when it comes to college admissions, but also a teenagers entire future.

Alongside the masses of High School seniors, were also a few K-pop celebrities who took the exam as more of a rite of passage than a gateway to a good college. While some JYP idols sat out the test this year (Park Jimin and Twices Jihyo) to focus on their career, GOT7s Yugyeom did sit for the exam. Many other rookie group members also took the exam this year, including: G-Friends Yuju and SowonSeventeens Mingyu, DK and Seungkwan, DIAs Chaeyeon, Eunjin and Yebin, Oh My Girls Jiho and Binnie, and Aprils Chaewon, to name a few.

While the Suneung isnt something all idols choose to endure, every November many idols take to social media to cheer on not only their label-mates, but all students preparing for the exam.

Taking place over the course of eight hours, the notoriously challenging College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT) is understood as the ticket to a position in a top universitypreferably one of the SKY Universities (Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University)and ultimately a better job in the future. With more than 80% of South Korean high school students continuing on to higher education, positions in these universities become more and more sought after each year.

High school students spend years preparing for this exam, both in and outside of school. Hagwon (private academy) schooling begins as young as preschool and only becomes more intense with age. Similarly, the hours of study increase each year, with daily study hours sometimes exceeding 13 daily by high school. Korean students already spend 220 days a year in school (compared to 180 for the U.S.), but school vacations are more often than not also spent in hagwons the closer one gets to their final year of high school. By the time students reach November of their hell year and the CSAT exam, they have been pushed to their limits both physically and mentally to prepare for a single test that will determine their future. With so much significance placed on a single testand the fact that it is only offered once a yearCSAT season unfortunately also becomes a particularly high time for suicides.

This obsession surrounding the exams is part of the larger culture of the country, one that is firmly rooted in academic — and, thereby, economic — success. Teenagers are told that by doing well on the exam, that means you’ll get a spot at one of the top three or four Korean Universities, then get a job at a top company — Samsung or Hyundai, generally.

College entrance exams are nothing new, nor are they unique to South Korea. However, the emphasis and importance placed on the CSATwhere it becomes a defining moment in a young adults lifedoes set it apart from other countries. How did the test come to bear such significance that an entire nation waits with bated breath for an entire day every November? Like most matters when it comes to South Korea, its a good mix of traditional history and the impact of industrialization that has shaped not only an education system centered around a single exam, but also the larger education craze that South Korea has become known for.

Joseon Dynasty State Exams Korea has a long standing history of state testing and strong investment in education, as such, South Koreas education craze did not begin in the 20th century. In fact, state issued exams date as far back as the latter years of the Three Kingdoms period in Korean history. By the time of the Joseon Dynasty (1392) the state held exams that were considered just as make-or-break as the CSAT. Tests were held to determine both vocation and social position. Depending on the desired vocation of the test-taker, citizensaristocracy and peasants like  could spend years studying to pass any particular state exam, and ultimately raise their rank within society.

The most prestigious and revered of all these exams was the Gwageo, or Civil Service Exam (modeled after the Chinese Imperial Examinations), which was offered only once every three years. Passing the Gwageo would not only unlock the test-taker a position in aristocracy or government, but ensured a high status for both the test-taker and their family within the social hierarchy of the Confucian orderfor a certain amount of generations at least.

The Gwageo was a test so comprehensive and difficult that families would spend their entire savings to send their children to Seoul to study for years before braving the test. Since nearly any citizen was allowed to take the test, many families saw the examination as a chance to improve their status, which made it very much worth the investment. Takers of the Gwageo had to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of literature and government principals, as well as composition skills. One stand out factor of the exams was that test takers also were required to critique government policies and offer solutions (daechaek). Even with so many families banking (literally) on their sons passing the exam, in the over 500 years that the Gwageo was offered, only around 15,000 passed the literary portion known as the mungwa. 

Education During the Japanese Occupation The Joseon education and examination system maintained itself, with minor changes, up until the Japanese colonial rule. While the Japanese claimed to promote education in South Korea, and laid the groundwork for a national elementary education system, educational opportunities were purposely limited for Koreans throughout the occupation. This was demonstrated by the 4:1 ratio of elementary enrollment, 20:1 in middle and high school and 30:1 in Universities, all in favor of the Japanese students.

The result of such a system was that the end of the Japanese occupation, many South Koreans were illiterate, and a majority of citizens had no more than an elementary education.

Following the Japanese defeat in 1945, South Koreaand the rest of the worldexperienced a massive expansion of public and private education. South Korea, with the ire of occupation still very much alive, hit the ground running in terms of catching up the population educationally. Education became a key factor in economic and social rebuilding.

The (re) Birth of the Education Craze In this time, South Koreaalongside a few other East Asian nationsbuckled down on not only increasing enrollment through at least primary school, but also on curriculum, student discipline, and highly regulated teacher training as a means to shape a new labor force and a stronger sense of nationality. The South Korean government focused on educating the masses at the same level, and examinations were issued at every level of education to ensure the same standard of education before continuing onward. Such exams from primary to secondary levels, along with heavy focus on class rank, lead to the exam culture that South Korea still emphasizes today.

South Koreas educational system, with its stress on teacher authority and intense competitiveness, driven in part by very competitive school entrance examination, produced a workforce that was highly literate and disciplined and ready for the competition characteristic of a capitalistic industrial regime.

The highly disciplined nature of South Koreas education system paid off immensely, and both economically and socially: Elementary school enrollment increased from 1.4 million to 5.7 million between 1945 and 1971; between 1945 and 1970 high school enrollment increased from 40,000 students to 2.3 million. In terms of higher education (once virtually a non-possibility for many Koreans) now 80% of High School students continue on to college (compared to 22% in 1945). South Korea is able to now boast a nearly 100% enrollment rate through High School. Internationally, South Korean students are lauded for their test scores and dedication.

The focus on education maintained through each of the subsequent Republics following liberation from the Japanese contributed greatly to the nations increased economic output. In the latter half of the twentieth century, South Korea became a remarkable success story; transitioning from a country torn with poverty in 1945 to a member of the OECD by 1996.

The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 instead of putting a damper on the education boomonly added fuel to the fire, as many families realized the security a college degree could provide. A degree from a top university ensured a social status and job security that could better weather the economic struggles of the time.

Through all of the economic turmoil and success, South Korea also saw many incarnations of the CSAT. Originally, individual colleges ran their own entrance exams; however, in the early 1960s the state began to reinstate state-run College entrance exams. The tests transformed with each Republic but maintained their significance as the gateway to a good future. The current version of the CSAT was introduced in 1994, and is written and scored by the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE).

As earlier stated, a good score on the CSAT is the pathway to a spot at in a top university, and overall a more comfortable lifemuch like the Gwageo of the Joseon Dynasty. South Koreans still understand education as a major factorif not the major factor  for social mobility. As such, families pour millions and millions of won into private schooling in hagwons, fighting to give their students the mostand bestpreparation possible to pass the CSAT.

Ironically, whereas the Gwageo was established to prevent the same few families from dominating the government, the CSAT in many ways only reinforces the socioeconomic divide between those who can afford private education, and those who cant. This is one of the major downsides of the massive success of South Koreas education system: competition for university positions has only increased, while the status assigned to higher education has not.

The Current Struggles of South Korean Education Its a classic model of high investment high results, but at what cost?

With the reliance on private education in order to pass the CSAT, as well as the increase in college enrollment, the costs and competitiveness of South Korean education continues to rise. Hagwons continue to charge more to parents who can afford it to teach students how to beat the test. Additionally, the education craze forces many teachers to push and rush through material in school, and reliance on hagwon continues to increase not only as a means for students to stay ahead, but simply to keep up with curriculum.

Ironically, for all the fierce competition and emphasis placed on getting into a SKY University, none of Koreas universities rank in the top 100 world universities in various University Ranking systems. Additionally, though South Korea boasts one of the best education systems in the world in terms of test results (2nd place after Finland), the country ranks 24th out of 30 developed countries in terms of study effectiveness. Meaning, the amount of time Korean students spend studying is disproportionate to the amount they learn.

Even more worrying, is that the South Korean education system is often criticized for its focus of rote memorization as opposed to the promotion of critical thinking. This explains why South Korean students can out-score native speakers on English grammar questions while at the same time they can hardly hold an English language conversation. While many international politicians praise South Korea for its test scores and motivated students, many of the same politicians fail to see the actual toll such a grueling education system takes on the children who endure it.

What this goes to show is that, while there is incredible motivation to be well educatedor at least a strong competitive drivethe system in many ways is still failing to make the most of all the effort being put in by students.

Returning to the CSAT itself, every year the South Korean Government discusses the need to downplay the importance of the CSATand universities reliance on itas well as considers the idea of offering the test more often than once a year. However, the next year the test rolls around with few changes, aside from perhaps decreased difficultly.

In the weeks following the CSAT we can expect to see some protests by students regarding question wording especially in regards to the English sectionand perhaps a few stories of students caught cheating on the exam. Hopefully, this year will be less noisy than last year, where a few inaccurate questions lead to a nationwide change in scoring, multiple apologies and ultimately the resignation of the KICE exam chief, Kim Sung-hoon.

On a final note, though it seems daunting, best of luck to all idols and students who took the exam today. In reality, the CSAT is nothing more than a test, but the students who work hard for this moment deserve all the support and well wishes they can get.

(The Korea Times: [1] [2], The Korea Herald, WENR, Terri Kim: Confucianism, Modernities, and Knowledge: China, South Korea, and Japan, CBS News, Michael J. Seth: Education Fever: Society, Politics, and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea, PRI, Washington Post, 3WM, The Hankyoreh, The Economist [1] [2], CNN, The Conversation, ICEF Monitor, Chung Yon-tae: Koreans Colonial Experience under Japanese Rule and Their Pursuit of Modernization. Jung-Hoon Jung: Hakbeolism: A Historical and Curricular Consideration of Korean Test-Focused Education Images via Getty Images, CNN, News1, Nate, JYPE.)

How does new Raina member Alexandra feel about debuting in South Korea?

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How does new Raina member Alexandra feel about debuting in South Korea?

New Raina member Alexandra opened up about debuting in South Korea with the song "Demonstrate".

It"s the primary time that an African-American artist is making her way onto the scene in the country, and the rapper has been making some noise. At the exhibit for Raina"s newest mini-album "Demonstrate", Alexandra shared how she felt about her Korean debut.

She said, "I"m glad that i am getting to advertise in South Korea. It"s been some time since I"ve promoted, and it"s a totally unique opportunity. I truly like the individuals appropriate now."

How did you favor Raina"s "Demonstrate"?

EXO is the 1st artist to hang a Dome concert in South Korea with its hugest attendees

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EXO held their first ever Dome concert, which is terribly well-attended by way of their dependable supporters referred to as the EXO-L.

On October 10th, EXO used to be ready to fill Seoul Gocheok Dome Baseball Stadium with its more than 20,000 attendance for their "2015 EXO-Love CONCERT in DOME." EXO changed into the primary artist/ workforce in Korea who was capable of accumulate such massive choice of target market in an indoor concert venue.

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EXO effectively Holds South Korea’s First Dome Concert

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EXO Successfully Holds South Korea’s First Dome Concert EXO currently made history by capability of being the primary artists to hang a dome concert in South Korea.

“EXO-Love CONCERT in DOME” came about on October 10 in Seoul’s newly built Gocheok Sky Dome, filling all 22,000 seats. EXO had prior to now damaged records as “double million sellers,” promoting 1 million copies in their first studio album “XOXO” and any other 1 million copies of their 2nd album “EXODUS” and its repackaged version, “Love Me Right.” In addition, they were given first position on quite so much of track charts and held the No. 1 spot on music techniques a overall of 30 times. It was once expected that if the concert became successful, the Gocheok Sky Dome would continue for use as a concert venue like the Olympic Gymnastics Arena.

The Gocheok Dome currently holds 10,000 more other folks than the Olympic Gymnastics Arena and the roof is insulated with movie that blocks outside noise. EXO made complete use of the dome’s advantages, functioning on a enormous major degree accompanied by LED monitors and a moving stage that allowed the crowd to get even closer to fans.

EXO opened the concert with “Call Me Baby.” After the hole number, member Kai said, “I’m happy that the 1st dome in Korea was built so temporarily and that we will experience a concert with Korean EXO-Ls.” Fellow member Baekhyun cautioned fanatics to watch out with their protection in the packed venue. “Those in the 3rd and fourth degrees might fall whenever you rise up and wave your glowsticks around, so please be careful,” he said.

Fortunately, the 22,000-seat, two-hour concert passed without incident. In the first half, EXO carried out fan favorites comparable to “Don’t Go,” “XOXO,” “Thunder,” and a mashup of “Peter Pan,” “3.6.5,” and “Run.” After a dice-throwing game, the contributors got to show off the person performances they had specially ready for the concert.

Lay played his self-composed song “Yixing,” Chanyeol sang “All of Me” by John Legend, and Suho covered Kim Jo Han’s “I Wish to Fall in Love.” Sehun keen a dance performance, Kai performed “Beautiful Goodbye” by G.Soul, D.O sang “Boyfriend” (accompanied by Chanyeol on guitar), and Chen, Xiumin, and Baekhyun teamed up to hide SG Wannabe’s “As We Live.”

In the moment one part of the concert, the crew performed their largest hits such as “Growl,” “Overdose,” and “Love Me Right.” Leader Suho ended the evening by saying, “I think we had a wonderful time with our fans. this night could be a reminiscence that either EXO and EXO-Ls will treasure.”

EXO will be liberating their debut unmarried in Japan on November 4, followed by a Tokyo Dome concert from November 6 to 8 and an Osaka Dome concert from November thirteen to 15.

South Korea wins first gold medal at Rio 2015 Olympic examine event

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South Korea wins first gold medal at Rio 2015 Olympic examine event

World Archery Federation (WAF) praised the Korean archery team as the maximum productive in the arena and presented the feminine archers who won the gold with best ranking at the Rio 2015 Olympic verify match (pre-Olympic).

Korea team that qualified instantly to the quarterfinals won in straight sets, 6-0, in quarters, semis and ultimate matches. (London) Olympic Champion Ki Bo-bae, 27, put all her arrows yet one into the 10-ring, acknowledged the WAF said on Sep. 21 by approach of its homepage. the only arrow that Ki ignored struck the 9-point ring.

Korean feminine archery team, represented via Kang Chae-young, 19, Choi Mi-seon, 19 and Ki, beat Georgia (quarters), China (semis) and very last fit (Ukraine) in straight sets of 6-0 in the recurve womens occasion at the Rio 2015 Olympic test event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sep. 20 (local time). At the recurve team event which accommodates of 4 sets, 3 archers shoot two arrows in step with set at the distance of 70m. The team earns 2 issues when they win a set. If the team ties for a set, it obtains 1 point. The team that obtains five features or more wins the game.

The WAF quoted a observation of a Korean team respectable that Ki, who was once the last shooter (anchor), is an experienced athlete who knows how to shoot an arrow at the last moment of the sport which supplies fantastic pressure. Korean archery groups first shooter (opener) become Kang Chae-young and the 2nd one shooter (middle) was Choi Mi-sun.

Korean womens archery team targets to win the team event for 8 consecutive times in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The team hasn't ever lost the gold in the team event since 1988 Seoul Olympic Games when the archery was selected as the official Olympic event.

Share Your Vision of Peace and Win a loose Shuttle to South Korea!

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Share Your Vision of Peace and Win a Free vacation to South Korea! Let’s celebrate 70 years of independence together! The Korea Organization of Culture and Data Provider (KOCIS), which is a department of the South Korean government, has introduced the global Peace Flag crusade to commemorate Korea’s freedom and share the message of peace with all and sundry round the world. In particular, KOCIS would actually like to invite Soompiers to precise their ideas in their new Peace Flag Contest. Proportion your mind about peace and win a five-day excursion around South Korea!

input the contest now! Function Use video, illustrations, or words to respond to the next questions about peace:

What does peace mean to you? Where are you ready to to find peace to your life? Where is peace wanted on your life? Categories You can depict your vision of peace as a short film, a flag, or in your own handwriting. Discuss with the Peace Flag Contest site for more details:

Peace Film (short film) Peace Flag (drawing) Peace Words (drawing) Prizes A overall of 70 prizes might be awarded:

Grand Prize (3): The Grand Prize winner in every category will receive an all-expenses paid five-day tour around South Korea. Excellence Award (67): the distinction Award winners will receive a different K-pop prize. closing date The final day to pass into is Sunday, October 4.

Learn more about the contest at the Peace Flag Campaign website. Good luck!

North and South Korea Agree to hang Reunion for Families Separated After Korean War

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North and South Korea Agree to carry Reunion for Families Separated After Korean WarSource: YouTube/Shin Sul Amid the anxious scenario between North and South Korea, a reunion for separated families after the Korean War will take position once again.

The resolution used to be made after a discussion between the South and North Korean Red Go representatives which happened from September 7 to September 8.

In this reunion, one hundred folks every from South and North Korea will participate. For the ones with difficulties ambulating, one or two members of the family will accompany them.

The South Korean Red Cross will substitute the survival and fitness prestige of 500 applicants to the North Korean Red Cross. From there, the overall candidates may be chosen, with instant circle of relatives and older candidates taking priority.

The candidates who are selected will congregate in Sokcho, Gangwon on October 19 and after schooling from the supervisors, they are going to go back and forth to Mount Geumgang for the reunion.

The tournament will take place over seven days in general from October 20 to 26, with part of the families assembly over the primary 3 days and the alternative half of for the following three days.

Meanwhile, here's the twentieth circle of relatives reunion since the 1st one in August of 2000.

South Korea blasts K-Pop tune against North Korea

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South Korea blasts K-Pop tune against North Korea

Hearing your favourite K-Pop songs blasted on loudspeakers sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, that isn't the case for North Korea, who is resisting with all their would possibly the South Korean propaganda that has been flowing into their aspect of the DMZ. 

The South Korean military is reportedly blasting K-Pop track in opposition to the north, together with domestic and foreign news, in the hopes of receiving an apology for the landmines that crippled two of the south"s soldiers. A rep from the Department of Defense relayed, "The K-Pop songs which would possibly be being played as a a phase of the propaganda are IU"s "Heart," Girls" Generation"s "Genie," and big Bang"s "Bang Bang Bang." Further, it used to be published that South Korea is broadcasting its trendy evolved economy whilst pinpointing the north"s sorry situation by the use of the loudspeakers. 

According to the department of Defense, the propaganda announces are nicknamed "The Sound of Hope," very identical to the contents of North Korea"s FM broadcast "The Sound of Freedom." Currently, the announces are going down at a general of 11 places at the front lines of the border. 

HBO"s John Oliver also discussed this on his program "Last Week this night with John Oliver":

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