A Cup of Poem~~ 설날/김병규

설날 / 김병규

흩어진 얼굴이 그리워서

부지런한 고향은 아침 일찍

저마다 편지 하나씩 들고 있다

섣달 그믐밤 불을 밝히시던 할머니

마을 어귀 느티나무만큼 목을 높이고

기다리던 마음 끝 자락에

색동저고리 손녀가 웃는다

설은 즐거운 만남이 있다

아파트에 고향이 없다는 손녀

알바로 늙어버린 딸

온돌 아랫목에 둘러앉아

웃음꽃 하나씩 흔들고 있다.

** 한국 설날이다. 미국은 섯달 그믐이다. 고향을 떠나 사는 우리 실향민은 명절이 가장 마음이 쓸쓸한 날이기도 하다. 김병규 시인의 “설날” 을 실으며, 인생의 희노애락을 이 시를 통해 들여다 본다.

할머니의 자식을 기다리는 마음과 할아버지의 손녀를 바라보는 즐거움은 기다리던 마음의 끝 에 맛보는 환희다. 성냥갑처럼 네모난 아파트를 가진 우리 세대와 우리의 차세대에겐 실종된 고향이 있을 뿐이다. 그럼에도 설날엔 웃을 수 있는 것은 지치고 곤한 마음이 비로소 온돌 아랫목에 앉아 넉넉해지는 풍경이 있기 때문일 것이다.

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The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China in US?

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Originating from Wuhan City in China, the coronavirus infected more than 400 people and caused at least 17 people to die. With one confirmed case of infection reported in Washington State, it is unclear whether another infection has taken hold in New Jersey. However, the hospital officials are taking all precautions in attempting to verify the diagnosis.

The coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and can develop into pneumonia. While China has quarantined Wuhan to prevent the spread of the virus, people who traveled to Wuhan recently could have been exposed to the virus.

It seems however, the general concern is that the risk to the public health is still low.

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Japan’s Nuclear Levels Still Too High for Safe Olympics

The Japanese national safety standard for allowable radioactivity is 0.23 microsieverts per hour. For a good example, Tokyo averages at about 0.04 microsieverts per hour.

Greenpeace urged Japan to abandon Olympic activities including the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the site of extensive radioactive damage from the 2011 tsunami. Based on reading as high as 1.7 microsieverts per hour measured at one meter above the surface, and a reading of 71 microsieverts per hour at the surface level.

In response, Japan argued that it read 0.111 microsieverts per hour at the main entrance one day, and one of the fields showed a rating of 0.085 microsieverts per hour.

Given that Japan has been very inconsistent in acting upon its nuclear waste policy, it is unclear whether the data from Japan can be trusted. It is also questionable as to whether Greenpeace’s data can be trusted, given the organization’s reputation.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

Japan’s data may show that it is safe for olympic athletes to engage in sports in Fukushima, but if Greenpeace’s data is correct, then the international community is putting the lives of these valuable athletes in great danger.

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Florida Will See Iguanas Rain Upon It

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On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a warning to Florida via Twitter regarding the unseasonably cold temperatures and their effect on the local cold-blooded species.

In the Tweet, the NWS stated, “Iguanas are cold-blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s.” Iguanas however, do not die from the cold temperatures.

Similar situation arose in 2018 when Florida dealt with yet another unseasonably cold temperature.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 산다/김서경

 

산다

산다고, 살아보자고, 그렇게 살아왔다

고개고개 마다 흘렸던 눈물 방울 방울

뚝..뚝.. 떨어져 길이 되었다

오늘도 숨 자락 자락 앞서고 뒤 따르며

끌고 끌리어 간다

“세상 사는 일, 고거 쉬운 일 아녀”

넋두리 하면서도

살아간다는 것과 살아 있는 것을 확인 하듯

자꾸만 자꾸만 꼬리를 자르며 뒤를 돌아본다

사는 것이 쉬운 것이 아니듯,

간신히 붙잡고 있는 의지

“Inhale blessing, exhale all my stresses out”

숨 하나 길게 길게 엿 가락처럼 늘리고 있다

길어지는 만큼 가늘어지는 것을 애써 외면하면서…

 

김서경

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Suspected Neo-Nazi members Arrested Before Anticipated Race War

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On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the FBI arrested three men allegedly arming and anticipating a race war at the Richmond Gun Rally planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The three men arrested are 27-year-old Patrik Matthews, former Canadian soldier who illegally snuck into the US, supported by 33-year-old Brian M. Lemley Jr., former US army soldier, and 19-year-old William G. Bilbrough.

Suspected members of a violent extremist hate group known as The Base, the men were apprehended in Maryland, after the Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and banned all firearms and weaponry from Capitol Square.

The event is hosted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and is expected to attract thousands of demonstrators angered by Virginia’s attempts to strengthen gun laws.

The Base to whom all three of these men belong to, has a goal of creating a white ethno-state and committing violence against minorities. Both The Base and Atomwaffen are FBI’s top priority.

Lemley and Bilbrough were charged with transporting and harboring an illegal alien, with conspiracy.  Mathews, former combat engineer and explosives expert, and Lemley are facing charges of transporting firearms and ammunition with the intent to commit a felony.  Mathews was also charged with illegal entry into the US and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Affidavit states that the two men had purchased 1,650 rounds of 5.56mm and 6.5mm ammunition, and had successfully made functioning assault rifle in December.

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African-American Students Leadership Conference (AASLE) expands to include the Asian-Americans and Latino Americans

After New Year Ball drops down at the Time Square in NYC, Dr.Aminata Njeri starts to pack her travel luggage for the annual student leadership conference.

She carefully places the projector, cords, and all other belongings into her pink luggage.

Every year, she adds new gadgets. She changes out an old part with something new, as she professes to be an early adopter to keep up with the changes.

With longer than 20 years of service in public, She has taught students from all over the states, and now does so worldwide. Dr. Aminata has brought up many influential people through African-Asian Students Leadership Conference, an annual educational event.  She travels coast to coast to give encouraging messages to students everywhere.

At this conference, the Conference decided to open its services to Asian and Hispanic students.

During the 2020 Conference, Dr. Aminata and Dr. Bryant raised the importance of bringing in Asian and Hispanic students to create a more universally represented student conference.

This year, more than 300 college student leaders from North to South, West to East gathered at Fairmont Hotel in DC.

They stayed from Thursday to Sunday (Jan.9, – Jan.12, 2020) to learn from others and to connect with other like-minded students.

 

The main theme of this year conference is “The Year of Yes, No Is Not An Option”.

Full of energy, enthusiastic attitudes, and positive thinking being the focus of this conference, Dr. Aminata explained how to transform obstacles into something positive in our lives.

Dr. Jennifer, who is working to open this event to Asian and Latino students also gave hopeful insights for the future of the Conference.

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Mark Keam Proposes October 9 be known as Hangul Day for Passage by Virginia Delegates

Mark Keam, House of Delegate in VA

RICHMOND — As the state legislature convened its 401st session, Delegate Mark Keam (D-35) filed a resolution designating October 9 of every year as “Hangul Day” in Virginia.

House Joint Resolution 134 recognizes the historic significance of Hangul as Korea’s official alphabet, which was estimated to have been established on October 9, 1446, and the current global popularity of the language which many non-Koreans are learning today for business, military, cultural, and other social reasons.

Exactly 10 years ago, on the nationally recognized Korean American Day of January 13, 2010, Del. Keam was sworn as the first Korean American elected to state level office in Virginia.  A decade later, on January 13, 2020, Del. Keam celebrated the annual Korean American Day by publicly announcing the introduction of Hangul Day resolution.

If adopted by the House of Delegates and State Senate, Virginia will join California in recognizing Hangul Day, encouraging similar efforts to be pursued in other state legislatures.

Upon passage, the Clerk of the House of Delegates will transmit a copy of the resolution to The United Korean School of Greater Washington so that the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia.

Below is the full text of the resolution:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 134

Designating October 9, in 2020 and in each succeeding year, as Hangul Day in Virginia.

WHEREAS, Hangul, the official alphabet of both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was invented in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great of Korea and has been used to write the Korean language since its creation; and

WHEREAS, in 1446, the 28th year of his kingship, King Sejong published the Hunminjeongeum, the realization of his decree to research and develop a writing system that would replace the complex Chinese characters used at the time and be simple and easy for Koreans to master and communicate; and

WHEREAS, the Hangul system consists of 24 characters, including 14 consonants and 10 vowels; the consonant characters are formed with curved or angled lines, while the vowels are composed of vertical or horizontal straight lines together with short lines on either side of the main line; and

WHEREAS, in 1928, the Korean alphabet was named Hangul, and in 1940 Korean language scholars Lee Hee Seung and Lee Byeong Ro discovered the Hunminjeongeum Haerye manuscript and calculated October 9, 1446, to be the birth date of Hangul; and

WHEREAS, the Korean language is one of five strategic languages, along with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, as designated by the National Security Language Initiative, that Americans are encouraged to learn; and

WHEREAS, the Korean language is one of nine foreign languages the College Board approved to be on the SAT Subject Tests in languages, which assess a student’s ability in reading and listening to a foreign language; other approved languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Hebrew, and Spanish; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 50,000 Americans, including Americans with Korean heritage, learning Hangul throughout the United States; with the popularity of K-pop, K-dramas, and Korean food rising, the Korean language is now taught throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to one of the largest and fastest-growing populations of Korean Americans in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Korean Americans have become an integral part of mainstream American society and have made important contributions to the Commonwealth in the fields of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, media, the arts, the military, and government, as well as in other areas; and

WHEREAS, as the Korean American community prepares for a new era and builds upon its history, Korean Americans must instill in younger generations the proper appreciation for the courage and values of their forebearers, a deep sense of their roots, and pride in their own cultural heritage, including Hangul, so that they may better contribute to the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate October 9, in 2020 and in each succeeding year, as Hangul Day in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to The United Korean School of Greater Washington so that the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly’s website.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HJ134

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A Cup of Poem ~~ 老家回來/Henry Seo

老家回來

 

憶滿溪流塞罷草

蟬張櫸樹老盡傾

父墳衰陷顔無地

母走搖揚冷汗生

    (庚韻:傾,生)

고향에다녀오다

추억가득한개천은

막혀버려풀더미만무성하고

매미소리짱짱하던느티나무

다늙어쓰러졌네.

부친묘소허름하고가라앉아

얼굴을못들겠는데

모친마저걸음걸이흔들리니

식은땀이나는구나!

 

*** 새 해 첫 한 시를 올립니다. 카자흐스탄에서 살고 계신 Henry Seo 님의 시는 조국을 떠나 사는 사람들에게 던지는 화두이기도 합니다. 고향을 떠나 외지에서 살고 있으며, 고향을 그리워하는 사람들도 이 시를 읽으며 공감을 갖게 될 것 같네요.

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Fotis Dulos’ Former Attorney Arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Murder

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Fotis Dulos posted $6M bond in the case of his missing wife now suspected to be murdered. His attorney, Kent Douglas Mawhinney was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder of Jennifer Dulos on Tuesday, January 9, 2020.

He had represented Fotis Dulos in the $2.5M lawsuits filed by his mother-in-law. His Bar record was shown to be clean and in good standing; however, he had previously been charged with violating a protective order in his own divorce and for sexually assaulting his wife after they agreed to a divorce.

Criminal charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault, violation of a protective order are still pending; Mawhinney now sees Conspiracy to Commit Murder be added to a growing list of criminal charges.

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