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Who was Kim Jong Nam, North Korea's wayward son? The leader's son, Kim Jong Nam, was caught sneaking into Japan on a fake diplomatic passport -- so that he could visit Tokyo Disneyland. His choice of destination wasn't the only reason for red faces in Pyongyang. More pertinently, it was that he had exposed that members of the regime used fake passports to travel overseas, according to Michael Madden, a frequent contributor to North Korean monitoring organization 38 North and visiting scholar at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University. It was a rare window into the workings of the North Korean elite, seen through the prism of former leader Kim Jong Il's first-born son, an overweight playboy, but also a smart and open-minded man, according to Yoji Gomi, the author of the 2012 book "My Father, Kim Jong Il, and Me." Gomi interviewed Kim for the book. Early years Kim Jong Nam was born in 1971, the result of an affair between Kim Jong Il and North Korean actress Song Hye-rim, said Madden. Overseas education Adult life

Korean Hangul in 20 minutes If you have never tried to learn another script, anything that you see in a different script looks mysterious, strange and difficult to understand. There are many different kinds of scripts in the world, but few as simple as the Korean Hangul. Creating Hangul If you’ve seen the writing systems that look like strange scribbles from the far eastern countries, you probably also come across the Korean writing system known as Hangul. Well, if the idea was to make a simple writing system, why does it look so complicated, you may ask. Hangul is Easy I believe that anyone can learn to read and write Hangul in less than an hour, no matter what excuses you may come up with, that you just don’t have a mind for languages, that you are too old, or anything else. Let’s learn Hangul! Glossika – Korean Alphabet in 10 minutes. This video is 10 minutes long and gives you a head start in learning to read and write hangul. Once you have checked out the video, read through the comic below.

Kim Han Sol, Nephew of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, To Attend University In France | The Huffington Post The teenage nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will study at France’s prestigious Sciences-Po university, an official said Tuesday. Kim Han-Sol, 18, who studied in Macau and Bosnia, is due to start at Sciences-Po’s campus in the northern city of Le Havre in this year’s Europe-Asia undergraduate programme, university official Caroline Allain said. The English-taught course addresses the relationship between Europe and Asia. Students have to learn French and pick one Asian language — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi or Indonesian. The teenager’s father Kim Jong-Nam is the eldest son of Kim Jong-Il, who took power in 1994 and like Kim Il-Sung — the founder of the ruling family — led the hermetic state until his death in late 2011. His family has lived in virtual exile mainly in the Chinese territory of Macau ever since his father fell out of favour with Kim Jong-Il following a botched bid to enter Japan in 2001 with a fake passport and visit Disneyland.

Basic Letters and Korean Word Structure | How to study Korean Click here for a workbook to go along with this lesson. Click here for a free PDF of all the lessons in Unit 0. This Lesson is also available in Italiano, Deutsch, Español, Русский, Français and Português For now, don’t even think about words or grammar or anything until you can read and pronounce Korean letters and syllables. In the Unit 0 lessons I will provide the Romanized equivalents to the Korean alphabet. 학교 (hak-kyo) = school You should study like this: 학교 = school At any rate, study these characters like crazy. Note that the letters I teach you in these lessons in Unit 0 are not in alphabetical order. ㄱ ㄲ ㄴ ㄷ ㄸ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅃ ㅅ ㅆ ㅇ ㅈ ㅉ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ ㅏ ㅐ ㅑ ㅒ ㅓ ㅔ ㅕ ㅖ ㅗ ㅘ ㅙ ㅚ ㅛ ㅜ ㅝ ㅞ ㅟ ㅠ ㅡ ㅢ ㅣ The following are the first set of Korean consonants that you need to get into your brain. *(This sound is very difficult to write in English, and is the reason why people from Korea/Japan have trouble pronouncing the R and L sound in Engrish. For example, you will often see: 1. 4. Final Consonant: ㅂ

« Madame B, histoire d’une Nord-Coréenne » : le périple d’une battante entre les deux Corées Vendue comme épouse à un Chinois, une Nord-Coréenne retrouve ses enfants dix ans après, devant la caméra de Jero Yun. LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Isabelle Regnier L’avis du « Monde » – à voir On ne pourra pas reprocher à ce documentaire son style brut de décoffrage, à l’arrache même. Lire l’entretien avec le réalisateur Jero Yun : « Ma génération a grandi dans la propagande » On met du temps à comprendre qui est cette femme que l’on découvre la nuit dans une voiture, donnant des consignes sur un mode paranoïaque, que l’on retrouve ensuite dans une ferme, rabrouant son mari sans ménagement. Un dévorant désir de vivre La force du film tient à la tension qu’il instaure entre le tableau cataclysmique des conditions de vie de ces migrants d’Asie extrême et la personnalité fascinante de son personnage, bloc de volonté qui oppose aux coups de massue du destin un désir de vivre dévorant, et une capacité de résilience qui laisse pantois.

Natal Chart Report What follows is your personal natal chart information, as well as interpretations of the positions and aspects in your chart. With this report, you will find out the positions of the planets in your natal chart by sign. The most personal of these are the Sun sign, Moon sign, Mercury sign, Venus sign, and Mars sign. Most people already know their Sun sign. If your time of birth is known, you will also find out your Ascendant, or rising sign, as well as the positions of the planets in the houses of your chart. Each paragraph of interpretation refers to an individual position in your chart. Some of the interpretations that follow are detailed, while others are brief. The tables here show the technical details of your natal chart, personalized based on your birth data. Agnes Sex FPreili 0 Latvia 11/04/1993 09:05 - Julian day 2449295.96Adjust 2.00 ST 15.47 Lat 56.18 Long -26.43 Planet Positions, Ascendant, & Houses Aspects The following table shows the planetary aspects in your natal chart.

Jero Yun : « Ma génération a grandi dans la propagande » Le cinéaste sud-coréen raconte l’aventure épique de son documentaire, « Madame B, histoire d’une Nord-Coréenne ». LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Propos recueillis par Noémie Luciani Présenté à l’ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion) lors du dernier Festival de Cannes, le documentaire Madame B, histoire d’une Nord-Coréenne fait le portrait d’une héroïne dont la fiction n’aurait pas osé rêver : Coréenne du Nord évadée, vendue par ses passeurs à un Chinois, Madame B est elle-même devenue passeuse et se partage entre deux pays et deux familles : la Nord-Coréenne, qu’elle a quittée, et la Chinoise, qu’elle forme avec son acheteur, devenu son mari. L’histoire du film, et de son réalisateur, le Sud-Coréen Jero Yun, n’est guère moins rocambolesque. Comment avez-vous rencontré Madame B ? J’écrivais un scénario de fiction en résidence, en 2012, mais il me manquait quelque chose de vrai pour l’achever. A vous entendre, on dirait presque que c’est facile de rencontrer des passeurs…

Japanese calendar 1729 calendar, which used the Jōkyō calendar procedure, published by Ise Shrine. Japanese calendar types have included a range of official and unofficial systems. At present, Japan uses the Gregorian calendar, together with year designations stating the year of the reign of the current emperor.[1] History[edit] The lunisolar Chinese calendar was introduced to Japan via Korea in the middle of the sixth century. Japan has had more than one system for designating years.[3] including The Chinese sexagenary cycle was early introduced into Japan.[4] It was often used together with era names, as in the 1729 Ise calendar shown above, which is for "the 14th year of Kyōhō, tsuchi-no-to no tori", i.e., 己酉. Official calendar[edit] Years[edit] The traditional dating system known as nengō has been in use since the late 7th century. The imperial year system (kōki) was used from 1872 to the Second World War. Seasons[edit] See also "Seasonal days", below. Months[edit] Subdivisions of the month[edit]

Sulli, l’affranchie de la K-pop sud-coréenne Dans le monde du divertissement sud-coréen au marketing ultra maîtrisé, la jeune chanteuse fait fi des règles, se met en scène de façon autonome et fait grincer quelques dents. M le magazine du Monde | • Mis à jour le | Par Philippe Mesmer (Tokyo, correspondance) Certains la surnomment « la Kim Kardashian de Corée », « la folle » et, plus récemment, « Lolita ». La chanteuse et actrice Sulli, 22 ans, secoue le monde hypercontrôlé de la K-pop, très rentable industrie sud-coréenne du divertissement, et vecteur du soft power national. Starlette amorale À l’origine, c’était une starlette comme les autres. Début janvier, une photo prise par le sulfureux photographe Rotta – connu pour ses images osées d’adolescentes – a enflammé l’« instagramosphère ». Lire aussi : Les starlettes sud-coréennes victimes du refroidissement des relations entre Séoul et Pékin

South Korea Welcome to our guide to South Korea. This is useful for anyone researching Korean culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Korea on business, for a visit or even hosting Korean colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Korean people you may meet! Facts and Statistics Location: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea and the Yellow Sea Capital: Seoul Climate: temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter Population: 48,598,175 (July 2004 est.) Ethnic Make-up: homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese) Religions: no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1% Government: republic The Korean Language The Koreans are one ethnic family speaking one language. Why not learn some useful Korean phrases? Korean Society & Culture Etiquette & Customs in South Korea

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