December 30th, 2010

4% of Women Suffer Sexual Assault in Their Lifetime

Four out of 100 Korean women fall victim to rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, a nationwide survey on sexual violence published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family suggests. The poll found 5.1 out of 1,000 women experienced rape or attempted rape over the past year and 42.1 in their lifetime.

The number in 2010 was more than double the 2.2 in 2007, and 20.6 out of 1,000 women said they suffered sexual assault, including groping in 2010, up from 4.7 from 2007.

Lee Jeong-eun, a researcher at Yonsei University Graduate School of Social Welfare, attributed the high rate to "improved awareness" of sexual violence. As an example, she cited the increased rate of reports of rape to police from 7.1 percent in 2007 to 12.3 percent in 2010.

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source: Chosun Ilbo

Glad to know that victims are more open to report rape attempts to police. Now next question is: how is their case solved? (I still can't find enough media sources to know what's happening next after reporting to police. Anyone?)
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SBS wasn't just fail onstage. Horrible backstage conditions.

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The 2010 SBS Gayo Daejun has ended hours ago. However, even as the stage left an overall positive impression on the viewers, there were many problems with the show.

The SBS Gayo Daejun is staged at the Kintex every year, but every year there are many problems. The temperature was below freezing, but the celebrities did not have a fully functioning heating system since 8 AM and had to deal with the cold.

The backstage waiting rooms were made with tents and it was too small for a large number of celebrities to use at the same time. Many celebrities resorted to renting hotel rooms in the vicinity to do their hair and make up. Not only so, but electricity went out in three of the tents, forcing the celebrities to wait outside.

One of the celebrities' representatives complained, "This happens every year. There's nothing that gets better as time passes. And it's freezing today, so everyone's suffering."

Not only so, but the show had many sound errors where viewers could not hear the celebrities, the mics were malfunctioning, and at one point there were backstage noises on stage because the mics were not turned off properly.

As the SBS Gayo Daejun is one of the biggest stages of the year, many viewers thought that these mistakes should not happen.

Source: Star News
Translated: Koreaboo (support an akp competitor, bitches)

worst production of a major annual music show ever y/y?
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Super Junior Siwon and BoA say "Don't call us slaves" and express their strong dissatisfaction

SM Entertainment has been taking heat regarding slave contracts. Super Junior Hangeng and DBSK members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu have even gone as far as suing the company because they claimed to be under such a contract. A judge has recently judged in favor of Hangeng. SM Entertainment has even gone to fix all "slave contracts" to avoid the "slave contract label".

Asia's star, BoA, and Super Junior Siwon have both tweeted about accusations of being in a slave contract. Koreaboo reported a few days ago that Siwon was asked whether he was in a slave contract under SM Entertainment.

After reading said reports, Siwon said, "Again yesterday, the word slave-contract climbed to the surface .. We ran hard towards the same dream with faith and trust. I want to continue to leap forward and I hope that this feeling of restriction & the thought of a slave-contract doesn't surface again :)"

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source: daum + koreaboo | @siwon407 + @BoA_1105

also to add, two twitter accounts (1 & 2) have been attacking them both since this morning, although it's stopped since then.
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IU is concerned with media misrepresentation

Despite being at the prime of her career, IU sat down for an interview with TV Report on December 28th with a gloomy expression.

Fans, who are used to her large eyes always smiling brightly, will be surprised to hear that her killer schedule isn’t the only issue behind her glum face.

She began by stating, “I’m really scared now how the things I want to express are cut and manipulated and interpreted in ways I didn’t mean. I’m just thankful that so many people love me, but I’m also more aware of how careful I need to be now. Every thing I say, every action I make is becoming an article, and that’s really scary.”

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source: akp + Nate

bonus IU baby picture!

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G-Dragon Interview with 10Asia

The reporters of 10Asia spent three days, starting December 24 till 26, working. It was the weekend that included Christmas. However, who cares about working? During those three days, we watched the performance by G-Dragon (from here on GD) and T.O.P, we interviewed them on the set of their show and took pictures of them on stage. We just feel bad for them having to spend Christmas with the two who said they feel bad for each other.
Below are the excerpts from 10Asia’s interview with GD.

10: You seem to have some dark bags under your eyes. (laugh)

GD: Yes, I performed all night yesterday as well. (laugh)

10: You have returned to living a busy life. I know that you enjoyed some free time after your solo activities.

GD: I partied hard for about a month or two after receiving permission from the CEO of YG Entertainment [Yang Hyun-suk] as soon as I finished my solo activities. (laugh)

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Great interview, you can really tell he has mellowed out a lot.

Original source: Asiae
source: bigbangupdates

TOP's Interview with 10Asia

During the performance of their new song “Knockout,” T.O.P, during most of the time, either stood still or moved slowly when he rapped while his partner G-Dragon (GD) moved wildly around the stage. But no one would dare say he moves less for their performance of "Knockout" only becomes complete when GD’s swiftness is combined with T.O.P’s heaviness along with the presence of their unique characters that are as different as their hairstyles. Furthermore, T.O.P has the ability to 'eat up' the audience with the most unexpected movements. He once used to be one of the five members of Big Bang who worried over his lack of dancing skills but he can now capture people’s attention without so much as moving a muscle. Here is T.O.P's remarks about performing on stage, his thoughts and his confidence.

10: Of all the days, I'm interviewing you on Christmas (Laugh). You must already be exhausted from yesterday's concert and here I am bothering you with this.
T.O.P: It’s alright (Laugh). What did you think of our performance?

10: I posted few photos from your concert on my Twitter account and was hated by a few followers. They called me selfish for having fun by myself (Laugh).
T.O.P: I guess I'll have to say I'm thankful if they think of our concert that way. (Laugh) When doing concerts something can always go wrong such as problem with sounds but it is our duty to make the best out of even the worst situations. I’m also grateful to everyone who was there with us and how they put in much effort to help us enjoy ourselves. It's been a while since we've performed on televised shows as well but I feel heartened and happy performing thanks to their consideration and great stage preparations.

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Source: AsiaE 1, 2, 3, 4
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4Minute soon to have a new variety show!

4Minute's really ending this year right by announcing that they will have a new show for their fans to look forward to!

According to different sources, the name of the show will be "4Minute's Mr. Teacher." The concept of this upcoming show will be about featuring the girls to visit different countries and at the same time, learn their language and culture with love and passion. It was reported that the girls started filming the show's teaser on the 27th and will be coming up with a theme song for the show.

As what the title says, the girls will be meeting a variety of male tutors/teachers coming from a variety of countries such as: Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand. The staff of the show is actually looking for men to play this role until now so if anyone here would like to grab the opportunity to teach the girls their language and culture in TV and the chance to meet them and eventually, become closer to them, just browse the links below to see the more detailed information.

Good luck to everyone who would join the screening and may we all look forward and support this new project of 4Minute!
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Microphone Incident _handled_ at KBS Gayo Daejun

The audio breakdown during the 2010 KBS Music Festival could have brought damage to the broadcast but CN Blue Jung Yonghwa’s quick thinking solved the issue.

During the 30th December 2010 KBS Music Festival broadcast, CN Blue appeared on the dark stage, with their costumes and musical instrument in blue fluorescent outlines, raising interest from all the audience and viewers.

However, when Jung Yonghwa started singing the first verse of “I’m A Loner” on stage, the microphone suddenly stopped working causing him to look rather confused and embarrassed.

Thankfully at that time, Jung Yonghwa’s professionalism helped him to escape the crisis. He missed a few lines of the song, but seeing Lee Jonghyun standing near him, he quickly grabbed Jonghyun’s microphone and then went out front to carry on with the performance.

Ignoring the incident, Jung Yonghwa continued performing. Excited by the audience’s response, he jumped off the stage and in an instant the atmosphere (in the hall) changed as if it was a CNBlue concert.

The MC of the show watched the performance in amazement and remarked “That was quite something. I thought we were in CNBlue concert just now.”

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credit to consumertimes(source), cnbluestorm(trans), unknowncarrot170(vid)
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Wife can't spy on agent's pay packet, S Korea court rules

South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that the salary of an intelligence agent is a state secret even from his wife, court officials said today.

The judges upheld lower court rulings that pay details are confidential, a spokesman said.

The woman, whom local media said is aged 46 and surnamed Oh, filed suit against the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in 2008.

She demanded that it disclose details of her husband's monthly pay, severance package and pension so that she could seek a divorce settlement.

"Information about NIS employees' pay is part of the agency's budget spending, which is defined as confidential under the National Intelligence Service law," the spokesman quoted the court's ruling as saying.

"The information should be kept confidential even if the disclosure request is made by a spouse."

Previous rulings have said the spy agency's spending should be kept secret even during parliamentary budget reviews, on the grounds that disclosure could be used to estimate the scale of its operations.

The agency, established in 1961 as the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and later renamed, collects information on matters related to national security including North Korean affairs.

Source: economictimes
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Taiwanese back S.Korean boycott after taekwondo row: poll

More than half of the Taiwanese public support a boycott of South Korean products after the controversial disqualification of the island's taekwondo fighter in the Asian Games, a poll showed Wednesday.

Some 50.3 per cent of the 1,002 people interviewed by Global Views magazine from December 19-21 supported a boycott against South Korean products launched by fans of female taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun.

Yang was disqualified from last month's Games and taekwondo's world governing body is based in South Korea.

In the poll 32 per cent opposed the boycott while the rest had no comment.

About 65.6 per cent said their impression of South Korea had turned negative due to the incident at the Games in China, while 57.6 per cent said the controversy would hurt ties between Taipei and Seoul, the survey found.

Yang has denied accusations of wearing extra sensors in her socks to score at the Games, while angry fans blamed South Korea for her disqualification and called for a boycott of the country's food, television dramas and other goods.

No figures are available about the extent of the boycott, but after Yang's disqualification some Korean restaurants told local media that they had lost business, while a Korean school in Taipei had eggs thrown at it several times.

Taiwanese hackers attacked the website of the Seoul-based World Taekwondo Federation earlier this month after it suspended Yang for three months over the incident.

Officials at Taiwan's Sports Affairs Council said they would press for an appeal on her behalf at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Source: asiaone
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Trot Music Is S.Korea's Best Propaganda Weapon

An old-fashioned style of Korean pop music called trot is South Korea's most powerful psychological weapon against North Korea.

Most songs the military has broadcast to North Korean soldiers across the military demarcation line over tannoys along the DMZ were trot (pronounced "teuroteu" and short for "foxtrot").

They stopped in June 2004, but on May 24 this year, after the North sank the Navy corvette Cheonan, the military started airing propaganda programs on FM radio frequencies beamed across the border.

On Wednesday, the Defense Ministry submitted a list of the most frequently broadcast songs to lawmaker Song Young-sun of the Future Hope Alliance. Songs by Na Hoon-a, a big-time trot star in the 1960s and 70s, were broadcast most frequently during the 1980s. Many of the jaunty tunes were still at the top of the list in the 1990s and 2000s.

The FM radio programs targeting North Korean soldiers are broadcasting a playlist of 184 songs that North Korean residents would like, many among them sung by new-generation trot singers such as Jang Yoon-jung and Park Hyun-bin.

"Pop music can be a powerful psychological weapon targeting the oppressed in the North," Song said. "We should immediately resume tannoy broadcasts in response to the North's recent provocations."

Source: chosun
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137 religious leaders call for inter-Korean dialogue

Criticizing the Lee administration’s current policy, leaders said policy should aim at preventing war and establishing peace

Elder representatives of the religious sector and civic society sit behind a banner that reads “There must not be any more war on the peninsula” during a press conference at the Korea Press Foundation,

A total of 137 elders and leaders from the country’s six main religious groups - Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Won-Buddhism, Cheondoism, and Sungkyunkwan - along with civil society issued an appeal Wednesday urging efforts between North Korea and South Korea to “prevent war and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

“There must not be any more war on the peninsula,” the appeal stated.
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Beneath the Surface: the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan

A documentary about unknown story behind the mysterious sinking of the warship.
On March 26, 2010, the South Korean Navy's patrol combat corvette Cheonan sank, and with it took the lives of 46 of the 104 sailors aboard.
Journalists have worked to uncover the facts behind what happened, and this documentary is a gathering of our investigation findings to date.
Our findings uncovered significant flaws in the Civilian-Military Joint Investigation Group's report, and suggest that the next necessary step is a reinvestigation.

Source: hanitv
I know, over a month old. I haven't watched this neither. But better late then never. O and ignore those stupid ass comment from some (ex)youtube user over there. He/she even deteled half of their comments

John Park Plus Some Others Are Recruited

I don't want to translate the whole article... (AKP will do that)
I'll just translate what matters.

  • John Park (everyone wanted him) has signed on with Yong Sama's agency Key East. (OP: I think this is a mistake x:)
  • John Park with all his skills (good looking, sings, speaks English, is tall) they expect him to a "multi-tainer" which probably means sings & acts. They plan on making him the next Lee Seung Gi. (OP: LSG >>> John Park  >>> Bae Yong Jun >>> Kim Hyun Joong)
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Hello mods! I translate this. The source is the Naver article i linked as my source. Does it not work? :(
Please ignore the other one, it had no title! This one doe :D


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Super Junior Foresight Episode 4 Cuts & Full Show (All Unsubbed)

New Freestyle Version of Sorry, Sorry (watch the entire thing, it's so worth it because i'm pretty sure it's impromptu?)

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ok, yeah, most of them are kyuhyun cuts because i can't find any other cuts anywhere else. if you have any, more let me know and i'll edit it in!

A nobody rejects Jung Yup! Probably crying about it now.

Singer Jung Yup, of Browned Eyed Soul, and writer of mega hit, Nothing Better, shared a little story from the past on his MBC radio show, "Blue Nights, This is Jung Yup." This incident came up while he was on the phone(?) with Min Hyo Rin.

On the 29th, Jung Yup spoke about how he had offered a song to Min Hyo Rin in 2007 only to be rejected. "I gave  a song I wrote with my heart and soul titled "Spring Days" to Min Hyro Rin only to be rejected. If she had debuted with that song, I'm positive she would have made it big."

Min Hyo Rin was originally a trainee to become a singer and debuted in 2007 with the song "Stars." She stated, "If I have an opportunity later on, I would definitely like to received a song from Jung Yup." She showcased a short verse from the song.

After the song Min Hyo Rin concluded with, "I want to practice a bit more and show a more polished side of me." Jung Yup then asked Min Hyo Rin to guest on the live corner "Alive." In which Min Hyo Rin stated, "If you invite, I will definitely come and sing."

Translated: FizzJizz (me)
Source: Naver Article
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Chinese artists in Korea: their achievements and struggles


Over the years, many foreign artists have been scouted and debuted in the Korean music industry. Chinese artists have made up the majority of these foreign artists. Some of these artists include Super Junior's Hangeng, Zhang Li Yin, f(x) Victoria Song and Miss A's Jia and Fei.

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Source: QQ Entertainment + Koreaboo

Why u mention no Zhou Mi, QQ? >:(


KARA impersonation on Waratte Iitomo

On December 29th, the TV show “Waratte Iitomo!” aired its year-end special live, and there was a corner in which regular members confronted each other regarding the impersonation of popular artists.

AKB48’s “Heavy Rotation” was performed by Sasaki Nozomi, Yanagihara Kanako, and three announcers: Hirai Rio, Saito Maiko, and Kato Ayako.

KARA’s “Mister” was performed by Becky, Akimoto Sayaka (AKB48), Oriental Radio (comedian duo), and Audrey (comedian duo).

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Sources: marchonsvite5, Tokyohive, Akimoto's blog
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North Korea bends it like Beckham in UK film first

North Korea's state-run television has broadcast British film Bend It Like Beckham.

In a tweet, the UK Ambassador to South Korea, Martin Uden, said it was the "1st ever Western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea.

Originally released in the UK in 2002, the film was broadcast across North Korea on 26 December. Although the original is 112 minutes long, the version broadcast was cut to 104 minutes, suggesting some editing.

It was a rare treat for North Koreans whose state television normally broadcasts animations, hagiographies of its leaders and images celebrating the country's army, model farms and model villages.

Mr Uden said the broadcast had been arranged by the British embassy.

During the film, a message was broadcast saying that it was being shown to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between North Korea and the UK.

It was reportedly the first time that North Korea has observed such a diplomatic anniversary by showing a film from that country.

Bend It Like Beckham features a sport beloved among North Koreans, but it also depicts some taboo topics - like interracial relationships, homosexuality and religion.


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A HBIC/nugu post.

Seo In Young and ZE:A will team up to deliver a powerful collaboration stage on the ‘2010 MBC Music Festival.’

MBC has announced that the solo artist and the idol group will be covering Eminem and Rihanna’s hit track, “Love The Way You Lie.”

For the performance, Seo In Young will sing Rihanna’s part, while ZE:A’s Kevin is determined to do right by Eminem’s work and deliver a powerfully emotive performance. Additionally, member Dong Joon will partner up with Nine Muses’ Min Ha for a cameo on stage.

As Min Ha and Dong Joon have already worked together as a ‘couple’ for ZE:A’s “All Day” MV, the duo must tackle the challenging portrayal of more bittersweet relationship.


infinite's woohyun is hurt; my heart aches for him ㅠㅠ

For 2 months, Woohyun took action training from basic movements to high leveled movements so it was possible to film all the scenes without any stunt men, but to create a music video with true emotions, he filmed without thinking of his body and injured his back which will take 4 weeks to heal. Since they planned for a stable comeback, he enforced practice for the ‘2010 MBC Gayo Daejun’, airing on the 31st, and injected painkillers. Eventually, he had to go to the emergency room.

However, despite Woohyun’s injury, Infinite plans to go on stage for ‘MBC Gayo Daejun’. To Woohyun’s injury, Infinite’s member, Sungyeol, showed a warm friendship with a post of “Woohyun hyung has a back injury ㅠㅠ My heart hurts. I wish there would be good results as much as our efforts.”

A representative from Infinite’s company, Woollim Entertainment, responded, “The music video filming for ‘BTD’ took place during the coldest day this winter, the 23rd, but Woohyun and L put all their efforts into it, even causing a couple of staff members to show tears of pity.” They added on, “We’re going to make sure his condition is better so that there is no problem for the comeback.”

On the other hand, Infinite will reveal a preview for their 2nd mini album on January 3rd of next year and on January 6th they will release the full album, and have a showcase on the same day to start their official comeback.

sauce: infiniteupdates @ tumblr
translation by hyejin @ infiniteupdates