November 12, 2000 |
Six-hour traffic jams, nine-hour lines, five-deep crowds at crap tables and a mad dash for slot machines. Gambling fever has hit South Korea in a big way with the arrival of the nation's first casino for locals. "This is phenomenal, unbelievable," said Lee In Sung, manager of the new Kangwon Land Casino Hotel, which opened Oct. 29 here in Kangwon province. "I'm just delighted. We're breaking every record in the book."
September 11, 2000 |
On a recent warm afternoon, members of Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers splashed through the waterfall at downtown's California Plaza--for a reason. They were rehearsing for Saturday's performance of "Ancient Mariners." The troupe will incorporate the fountains of the plaza into the performance, which will include a full-sized boat, 300 floating balloons and fish. "Mariners" is billed as a meditation on the powers of water to transform one's life.
April 18, 1997 |
To Zbigniew Dabek, 45, a Polish auto worker, globalization means learning not only to make Korean cars but also to eat fiery kimchi with chopsticks. He will pass on the half-cooked octopus. And his lip could not but curl when asked about the vivisected, still-wriggling fish dish. "But I like very much this kimchi," said the diplomatic Pole of the spicy pickled cabbage that is Korea's culinary passion.
September 25, 1996 |
Ji-Hye Kim sits scrunched on the floor of the packed auditorium in Koreatown, listening intently as Harvard Law School graduate Simon Lee gives pointers on how to succeed in college. Her son, Jason, is only a seventh-grader. But already she is preparing him--for Harvard. Jason, an honor student who plays the cello and reads Chinese for fun, recently completed Lee's seven-week course on study habits in anticipation of a long academic journey. Now, it's his mother's turn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1995 |
Suzanne Buchanan is a newcomer to the world of cross-cultural adoptions. She and her husband adopted a Korean baby only last spring. With James Hyun Soo Buchanan about to turn 1, the couple wanted to celebrate their son's birthday with some of the customs of his homeland. So on Saturday, the Buchanan family joined the hundreds of guests jammed into the Bethel Korean Church in Irvine for a dose of Korean tradition tailored for Americans who have adopted Korean children.
December 10, 1995 |
Imagine the JFK assassination, Watergate, the Kent State student slayings, the McCarthy hearings and a couple of major business scandals all rolled into one and you begin to get a sense of the political convulsions shaking South Korea.