BTS and Its fan club donate $2 Million to BLM

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K-Pop Megastar BTS and its fan group, “One in An ARMY” has raised funds to support the Black Lives Matter movement and donated $2 million.

BTS initially donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, and its fan club raised the additional $1 million more, matching the group’s donation.

BTS tweeted last week, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter” on its tweet account.

The BTS is the first donor to donate to Black Live Matter movement as a foreign figure.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2010 and managed under Big Hit Entertainment. The group is ranked #4 in Billboard’s Top Social Artists of the 2010s, and the highest group on the list.

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Coronavirus Fears Lead US to Telework

As universities and government agencies employ telework policies in fear of coronavirus, Alphabet, Google’s parent company has recommended its North American employees to work from home through April 10.

Although governments and schools have implemented telework or online course policies regionally or within its city boundaries, Google is asking everyone in the entire continent to follow this system.

As COVID-19 spread throughout Washington state, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook had encouraged its employees to work from home.

Google has also cancelled its annual developer conference Google I/O, due to COVID-19 worries. Furthermore, Google will establish COVID-19 fund which will enable temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or cannot work due to quarantine.

The US executive branch plans to meet with representatives from tech companies to discuss COVID-19 response efforts, where they will meet remotely.

Unwittingly, it seems that a virus may trigger a permanent shift in business and administration in the American workforce.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 담쟁이/김서경

담쟁이

새벽을 가르며,
잠이 덜 깬 하늘을 싣고
열차는 달린다

빼곡빼곡 싱싱한
삶의 알갱이들 가득 채운
길고 긴 하루를 베어 문 아침,

너도 나도
비애와 인생의 암벽
그 땀내나는 등판에
쫙 달라붙어 오늘만
정말 오늘만 하며 깊게
깊게 새기는 생존

먹물 길게 주사하는
땅에 선 저들의 혈관
슬프고 명료하다.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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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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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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