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Ada Liu (34) met Korean singer Hwang Chansung (24) when they were participants on the Chinese dating entertainment show “If You Love.”

She told the press, “I’m thankful that the program introduced me to someone who shines so much and makes my heart throb.”

“My boyfriend has met my parents, and my parents liked him.”

Chan-sung’s seniors at agency JYP Entertainment (whose owner is a nephew-in-law of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byeung-eun) were quick to deny Hwang’s love for Liu with the implication that the relationship was only for publicity purposes for the Chinese Noona Market.

Chung Joo-won, The Korea Herald, 7 July 2014

Update

Park Jin-young has engaged in strenuous activity to deny the jilted noona story of Ada Liu. Park Jin-young’s time and energy would be better spent helping Korean law enforcement authorities catch his fugitive uncle-in-law, Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the ferry that sank with the loss of more than 300 lives, many of them children, on 16 April 2014.

Koh Dong-wan. The Korea Times, 8 July 2014 

Park Jin-young’s agency in further neglect of aiding in the capture of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, have expended enormous amounts of time and energy in promoting Chansung’s 2PM stablemate and fellow noona idol Nichkhun.

“Nichkhun has established himself as an actor through ‘One and a Half Summer,’ and became a new rising star in China. Please root (sic) for his success,” his agency JYP Entertainment is quoted as saying.

 Kim Min-jin, The Korea Herald, 1o July 2014

In 2013, 1 in 6 marriages in Korea were Noona Marriages and TV dramas and songs that highlight this phenomenon have become popular marketing techniques for selling young Korean male entertainers into Chinese and Japanese Noona markets.

All the members of 2PM, except Minjun, have assiduously courted the Noona Market as can be seen from this transcript of an interview with Ginger Magazine.

Wooyoung: Age wise, it would be about 5 years older than me.

Taecyeon: It’s the same for me. I am okay with someone 10 years older.

Chansung: .I don’t care about age.

Junho: I don’t make a fuss over age too.

Nichkhun:  I love older women in general.

Minjun: Her outer appearance should be cute with a lovely smile. If on the inside, she has good judgement and is able to hold her own opinion then that’s perfect!

Following the failure of the City of Busan to persuade foreign theme park owners, such as Disney and Universal Studios, to invest in the designated tourism precinct in the east of Busan, Korean entertainment agencies are considering forming a consortium to construct Noona World, to attract Chinese and Japanese noonas to provide employment for young Korean men, thousands of whom have left Busan over the last decade to seek similar work in Seoul.  The consortium is also considering the formation of a super group to be called Noona Boyz.

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The smell of desperation in the entertainment industry is more powerful than …?

Consider this tale: it is 2 pm in the south river section of the metropolis. Two young entertainers are sitting in the outer office of a TV producer, who is casting for a new soap opera: The Koffee Klown King, to be sponsored by Kimchi Koffee and Kreepy Krene.

The first girl, accompanied by her agent, is wearing green camouflage hotpants and a skimpy medium green singlet that displays her implants to advantage. The sounds of the latest pop hits are leaking from her modish earphones. Her golden heifer bobble earrings bop along to the tunes. The pert young thing sings in a teen group known as: Golfclub Villa Girlz.

The other girl, whose nose seems to have been sculpted by the same surgeon, is sitting demurely in a white blouse, pleated navy blue skirt and knee length white socks. Her mother, seated next to her, primly holds a French trombone case labelled Juillard and also sports a surgically enhanced nose.

Due to their similar appearance, the TV producer relies on his usual metric to decide between actresses aspiring to star in coffee commercials: a French roast examination.

He calls in the first girl’s agent and explains his dilemma and his demands. The agent quickly says: “My girl is sponsored by KK Donuts and last week she went to a famous golf club, going doggy style multiple times with the CEO of KKD and milking the full eight centimetres of the president of Kimchi Koffee Corporation with her pouty lips.”

The producer calls in the other aspirant’s mother to tell her that the other girl has the right specifications for the role.

The mother calmly informs the producer: “Au contraire, mon petit champignon. There is a fait accompli.”

“Last night my daughter was down on all fours while your company president rogered her from behind and the full eight centimetres of the KKC’s president was gobbled lustily by a younger one of my daughters in your president’s villa, while the rest of the golf club fapped furiously to the live feed of my youngest daughter servicing all the TV critics from famous university media outlets.”

The teenage secretary of the producer has overheard this interchange on the office intercom, he quickly minces into the producer’s office, girlishly flicks back his bangs, places his arms akimbo and mewls: “I have been pwactising Fwench with our company pwesident’s son for the last four months and scwewing the pooches of his lusty fwiends for two! I was pwomised the part!”

The TV producer slumps back in his chair, slaps his forehead and croaks: “Doh!”

A catfight ensues.

The bra ripping and panty tearing is captured on CCTV, stolen by security guards and twenty minutes of video is uploaded onto a website, where it is advertised for sale to over 18s by 3:00 pm.

By 3:30 pm a middle school boy has cracked the code and by midnight the video has been downloaded more times than Golfclub Villa Girlz’ latest youtube hit: “Getting groped by creepy old guys in the golfclub.

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“The International Finance Center (IFC) in Yeouido is struggling to attract tenants for its two newly-opened office towers, denting Seoul City’s ambitious plan to make it Northeast Asia’s financial hub.

Seoul City signed a contract with AIG Real Estate allowing the latter to use the IFC site for 99 years in return for paying annual rent. From 2006 to 2010, AIG did not pay rent but from 2011 through 2017, it is required to pay 1 percent of the site’s appraised value.”

If Asia is a bicycle wheel, then the Hub of Asia is presumably Hong Kong.

Korea is on the rim.

Lee Hyo-sik, Korea Times, 26 November 2012

A Korean woman had more success in the Korean courts than Lone Star in dealing with Korean financial products, as is related in the following story.

A 35-year-old Korean woman met a 33 year old Korean man through a friendly movie-going group in May 2010.

They dated until March 2011 then married in July 2011, after the Korean man artfully pretended that he had graduated from the economics departments of a leading private university in Seoul, was working for a trading company and had an apartment in Sillim-dong in southern Seoul.

After demanding a divorce the woman took the case to court and was awarded compensation of 67 million won ($60,000), including money spent on the wedding.

Korea Times, 26 November 2012

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“A Korean court recently denied the request of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) to ban the Oriental Medicine Doctors Union from changing its name to the Association of Korean Medicine.

Oriental medicine doctors had been using the name the Association of Korean Oriental Medicine, but they changed the name to the Association of Korean Medicine in March … the KMA is adamant that the names are easily confused.”

Yoon Ja-young, Korea Times, 23 November 2012

People all over the Korean Peninsula laughed this off saying: “Do you think Koreans are so gullible? What next? You think people can be conned into believing that Starpreya is the same as Starbucks? Or that BMW Room Salon is Bavarian Motor Werke Room Salon? Totally, laughable. Everyone knows that this is just a marketing gimmick. Like saying a Hyundai has lower fuel consumption than a Honda.”

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“North Korea’s state-run media has issued rare criticism of a Chinese mining company that accused it of being a “nightmare” to do business with.

Chinese firm Xiyang was working on an iron ore venture, but said it stopped after facing unreasonable demands.

Xiyang failed to honour investment promises and was to blame, KCNA news agency says.

A North Korean spokesman issued a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) saying that Xiyang “is chiefly to blame from the legal point of view”.

“It [Xiyang] has carried out only 50% of its investment obligations though almost four years have past since the contract took effect,” the spokesman said.

Xiyang said it invested more than $37m (£23.32m) on the project, but shelved it after North Korea asked for significant changes to the contract.

The company also said that North Korea violated its own investment laws, telling Reuters news agency that it had been “cheated”.

“They just don’t have the conditions for foreigners to invest. They say they welcome investment but they don’t have the legal or social foundations,” Wu Xisheng, vice-general manager, told Reuters.”

BBC 5 September 2012

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“Clinton Jeff, of Unleash the Phones, was offered free flights and accommodation by Samsung to attend the IFA 2012 tech show in Berlin, Germany as part of its “Mobilers” ambassador program.

Jeff said he was told in advance that he would be completely independent and under no obligation to become a Samsung promoter at the event.

But when he landed in Berlin, Jeff said he was told that he had to wear a Samsung uniform and man the Samsung booth at the show everyday, demonstrating the company’s wares to the press.

Jeff told Fairfax Media he protested against the request, arguing he and and another Indian writer were in Berlin as independent journalists. “We then got a call from Samsung saying, you can either wear the uniform, or get your own hotel and flight tickets home,” said Jeff.

Nokia soon stepped in offering to cover for his accommodation for the whole of IFA and his flight home.

Samsung has since emailed Jeff to “sincerely apologise” for his experience in Berlin, admitting “we put you through undue hardship and we are trying to rectify the situation”.”

That was a comfort to them.

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After Chuseok, prices are gonna tumble down.
After Chuseok, realtors are gonna frown.
Lee Myoung-bak is gonna stimulate some action;
But we’re not gonna get any satisfaction.

JJ Cale and Eric Clapton

Park Won-gap, head of the real estate business department at KB Kookmin Bank.

“Let’s face it, apartments will never be the low-risk, high-reward financial item they were during the housing boom. The nation is too heavily in debt and we simply don’t have enough people willing or able to continue rolling the dice like that.”

Korea Times, 29 August 2012

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시드니회장 농담해요! ㅋㅋ

“Figures supplied by the Department of Immigration to the Sydeny Morning Herald (home of the Sydeny Opera House) show that over the past three years, 402 Korean working holidaymaker visas have been cancelled, 233 visas from Ireland and 221 visas from the United Kingdom were also cancelled.

The Department of Immigration began investigating rorts surrounding the second-year visa in 2009. It followed the discovery of internet advertisements offering to buy or sell fraudulent documents, which allowed backpackers to falsely claim they had worked in rural jobs to extend their stay.

One backpacker told the Herald she recently obtained a second-year visa by falsely claiming she had worked for three months on a farm south of Sydney.

She said for a fee, a farmer had agreed to hand over his Australian business number and lie to immigration officials if they called. His details had been passed among various backpackers, allowing them to apply for a visa extension. Farmers usually charged $400-$500, she said.

Rorting is rife across the working holiday program that enables Koreans – between the ages of 18 and 31 – a second-year stay if they work for three months in rural areas, or in other primary industries such as fishing.”

Sydeny Morning Herald, 13 August 2012

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Prosecutors said they have found police officers in Seoul receiving bribes from more than 100 room salon (hostess bar) owners regularly in return for covering up the owners’ violations in the last five years.

Each owner paid 2 million won to 10 million won monthly.

The prosecutors said they have secured a list of names of room salons in Yeoksam-dong and Samseong-dong in southern Seoul, as well as illegal massage places, that bribed Lee.

The prosecutors said these shops are very famous for their sex services, disguising themselves as normal bars but employing their hostesses or masseuses as prostitutes.

The prosecutors also said that the officers traveled to Thailand seven to eight times since 2007 for golf, staying for more than 10 days on each occasion. Officer Lee plainly asked the room salon owners to pay his golf fees.

The prosecutors detained four officers including Lee Sang-yoon yesterday for receiving bribes including cash, golf lesson fees and luxurious designer goods, four days after they filed warrants to detain them.

The prosecutors also raided their homes, vehicles and offices simultaneously on the same day and confiscated 200 million won worth of designer goods, including brand names such as Hermes, Mont Blanc and Armani, as well as golf clubs.

Joongang Ilbo, 3 April 2012

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On the south side of the Imjin River, the Korea Communications Commission has twice withheld approval for the discontinuation of KT’s 2G mobile phone service, as there are still approximately 160 thousand subscribers and there were insufficient user protections.

‘The Hankyoreh acquired an audio file Monday of operational orders given in mid-October at a KT branch in the greater Seoul area. In it, specific mention is made of causing disruptions to customers’ landline phone service and approaching the customers to urge a change to 3G service.

A supervisor is heard gathering employees and giving specific orders, stating, “Today, we are going to cause disruptions. I’ll give you a list, and you go in pairs to take care (of) it appropriately, by taking out the terminal box key or cutting the line or whatever have you.” ‘

© 2006 The Hankyoreh Media Company, November 15, 2011

ROK on the way to becoming a first world capitalist nation.

North of the Imjin, the Kim Gang are doing their best to uphold Han Pride in ripping people off.

‘ “In April last year, the North granted to two foreign companies the exclusive rights to develop a mine that a European venture capital firm had invested earlier. Upon learning this, the chairman of the venture firm reportedly visited the North in October last year and demanded an explanation from North Korean officials.

Another European entrepreneur who had been running a joint venture pig farm with the North since 2008 moved to halt operations there, citing unpaid account receivables. He then faced a murder threat.” ‘

The Donga Ilbo, November 15, 2011

DPRK still Number 1 capricious, hereditary monarchy.

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