October 27, 2010 |
The sea is restless as Kim Jae-yeon perches on the rocky shoreline, eyeing the churning waters at her feet. Slowly, she wipes her goggles with a fistful of grass to keep them from fogging underwater and offers a prayer to the pounding surf for her good fortune. Like six generations of women before her on this treeless speck of land in the East China Sea, the young mother of two is preparing for a dangerous job no man here is allowed to perform: free-diving for minutes at a time to catch abalone and other shellfish.
August 5, 1992
She walks through cemeteries to calm her nerves, and apparently her method works. Tuesday, a steady Cho Youn Jeong won her second gold medal of the Olympics, helping South Korea to the championship in women's team archery. South Korea beat China, 236-228, in the 27-shot final round. The Commonwealth of Independent States defeated France for the bronze, 240-222. "I get very nervous and fearful about every competition so I take long walks at night through the cemetery," Cho said.
April 14, 1995 |
In a tragic coincidence, two elderly Korean women walking to English classes at a Reseda church were struck and killed early Thursday while crossing Sherman Way, the second pair of pedestrians to die on San Fernando Valley streets in five days. Soon Nam Uom, 72, and Jung Kum Kong, 67--both enrolled in language classes to fulfill their dream of becoming American citizens--were jaywalking across the six-lane thoroughfare just west of Andasol Avenue at 7:10 a.m.
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July 2, 2005 |
Two criminal syndicates suspected of smuggling hundreds of South Korean women into the United States to work at brothels in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas have been broken up with the arrest of 45 people, including the ringleaders, federal authorities announced Friday. In raids on massage parlors, chiropractic offices and apartments at both ends of the state, federal agents and local law enforcement officers took into custody nearly 150 suspected prostitutes as material witnesses. U.S.
January 28, 2009 |
In a precedent for this male-dominated culture, the likeness of a woman will appear on a South Korean bank note, specifically the central bank's 50,000-won bill. The bill, worth about $36, will show a portrait and the work of painter and calligrapher Shin Saim-dang, who died in 1551. She has long been praised as a model of Confucian ideals.
February 14, 2002 |
It was a bittersweet night for South Korea on Wednesday in short-track speedskating at the Delta Center. Korean skaters won gold and silver in the women's 1,500-meter final, beating the fabled Yang Yangs of China in the process, but only after men's teammate Min Ryoung had been injured sliding headfirst into the retaining wall after a collision with American Rusty Smith in a preliminary race.