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South Korean Helicopters patrol the Southern edge of the DMZ.

Unease between South Korea and the DPRK was exacerbated today when a North Korean ship fired 30 rounds into the Demilitarized Zone in the Yellow Sea as part of a “training exercise”.  South Korean guns countered with nearly 100 warning shots, but the tension momentarily ceased as South Korean officials filed a complaint to the DPRK via fax.  The protest was met only with obstinance and the offending party shot another few dozen shells off.  No warning shots were returned, however, and the conflict simmered down.  Regardless of the outcome of this incident, a frightening precedent has now been set as the DPRK got away with firing artillery into what it formerly considered to be a no-sail zone.  Provocation such as this has been all too common since the DMZ’s establishment in 1956.  The latest incident took place just last November when a North Korean vessel was fired upon after straying too far south.  South Korea’s main fear, at the moment, however, is that North Korea will begin testing short range missiles in the Yellow Sea as they have before.

A 68-year-old farmer has become famous after passing the driving theory test on the 950th attempt. After 791 hours of examinations, 949 failures and about 10000 dollars, a South Korean vegetable merchant, Cha Sa-soon has successfully passed her theory test. Cha Sa-soon has struggled to master the rules of the road but that did not stop her from trying, she did not give up and was determined to pass the test. In fact, she wants to pass so much that she has taken the test every day since April 13, 2005 in addition, she attended a few hours of intensive private lessons a day. After 4 years of persistence and determination, Cha Sa-soon’s dream of driving a small truck to take vegetables to the local market has gotten closer; all she has to do now is to pass the practical examination! Not even Tiger Woods has this kind of tenacity! Now let’s hope she will be able to drive on the roads before 2013.

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Chang-Won Han of Korea Wins Inaugural Asian Amateur

Chang-Won Han of the Korean National Team won the Inaugural Asian Amateur Championship this past Sunday Nov. 1st, 2009. With this monumental win and a place in history, Han also earns an invitation to the 2010 Masters at Augusta National on the PGA Tour.  He also earned a spot in the International Final Qualifying Field for the 2010 British Open which is being played at the historic Old Course @ St. Andrews. Han shot a final round 2 under par 70 to post a 4 day 12 under-par 276 total to win by 5 shots over Northwestern University standout Eric Chun. Although he bogeyed three of his last five holes, he had built such a commanding lead that he still won by 5. With this win, Han has solidified the fact that he is one of the best amateur players in the world and the best in the Asia-Pacific Region which also includes Australia and New Zealand.

The tournament was played at the world famous Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course in Shenzhen, China. It is considered the world’s largest golf facility with over 10 18 hole golf courses, all designed by world famous golfers and designers. The field was comprised of the best amateurs from countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Just last month, Han had also won the individual title at the Nomura Cup, which is the Asia-Pacific Team Amateur Championship. Han has become the third Korean and third teenager to be in the 2010 Masters Field. This is the first time 3 Koreans have been entered and includes PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang and US Amateur Champ Byeong-Hun An of Bradenton Prep.

This tournament is a catalyst behind the rise of golf dominance in Asia. It was established with the Augusta National Executive Committee and the R&A’s backing. Next year, it will be played at the prestigious Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.

_44150448_aaaaroh_ap416Roh Moo Hyun was the second president of South Korea. Before he died, he wrote a letter, in debt to so many people.  “I have caused too great a burden to be placed upon them. I can’t begin to fathom the countless agonies down the road. The rest of my life would only be a burden for others. I am unable to do anything because of poor health. I can’t read books, nor can I write. Do not be too sad. Isn’t life and death all a part of nature? Do not be sorry. Do not feel resentment toward anyone. It is fate. Cremate me. And leave only a small tombstone near home. I’ve thought on this for a long time.”  This was what he wrote in the small suicide letter, discovered after he jumped off a cliff near his home.  It was really sad when he said that. In South Korea, we are hoping that Roh Moo Hyun may rest in peace.


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