North Korea fires intermediate-range Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korea tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. According to NPR, The Japanese prime minister’s office stated that at least 4,000 kilometers ranged missile was fired from North Korea over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida expressed his anger toward North Korea to condemn the reckless act, and he will convene the National Security Council to discuss the situation.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has been no immediate damage after the missile landed in the waters outside of the exclusive economic zone. This test would be the response to the bilateral military drills between South Korea and the United States and its allies, especially Japan’s evolving on this drill last week.

North Korea has tested 40 different missiles in the 20 different launch events in 2022 and Kim Jung Un has expressed to expand his nuclear arsenal and refuses against the United State’s nuclear diplomacy. South Korean president Yoon said he called a National Security Council meeting to discuss this issue.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Concert at Tyson’s Corner Delights Many


Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Filipino folks gathered at the heart of Northern Virginia for an evening of vivacious celebration. They brought their traditional ceremonies comprised of songs and dances to show gratitude to their gods, families, and ancestors.

More than five hundred people came to enjoy this moment in the late summer night also known as the harvest festival in many Asian cultures.

Many bravos and applause were given to the performers on stage and to their origins. Chinese Culture Institute and Asian Chamber of Commerce hosted this tremendous collection of performances, providing the tense Asian American communities much-needed respite after the events of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Suspect of the Two Abandoned Children in NZ arrested in S.Korea

A New Zealand citizen bought a storage unit that included a suitcase. A resident found two dead children in the suitcase. The two bodies were that of 5-year-old and 10-year-old children. According to the New Zealand Authorities, a suspect in this incident was a Korean-born woman who left for South Korea in 2018. New Zealand law enforcement, Interpol, and South Korean authorities made an effort to solve this incident.

Korean authorities have since arrested the 42 years old woman suspect and are waiting to complete the extradition process to New Zealand. The unidentified woman covered her face with her hooded coat, and she was escorted to the local Ulsan police station.

New Zealand authorities must submit the formal request for her extradition to the South Korean Justice Ministry within 45 days. New Zealand authorities said the South Korean warrant was in connection with two murder charges. South Korean authorities will keep the woman in jail until she is extradited.

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A Cup of Poem – 거울/ 김호천

거울

김호천

거울 앞에 서면

호기심 어린 내가 있습니다.

얼굴이 갸름한

내가 고개를 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

그는 고개를 왼쪽으로 돌립니다.

거부의 몸짓에 바위가 뒤틀립니다.

그가 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

나는 어느새 왼쪽을 보고 있습니다.

그가 눈을 흘기며 얼굴을 붉힙니다.

내가 고개를 숙이면,

그때야 그도 나를 따라 고개를 끄덕입니다.

부드러운 눈빛으로.

내가 머리를 들어 하늘을 우러르면,

그도 이젠 나를 다라 흉내를 냅니다.

거룩한 기도의 몸짓으로.

드디어 내가 의미 잇는 웃음을 던지자

그가 환한 꽃송이로 다가와

가슴에 불을 밝힙니다.

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The Moon Festival Concert is coming to DMV

The Chinese Culture Institute and Asian American Chamber of Commerce will host the mid-autumn festival concert with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Foundation at the Capital One Hall in Tysons Corner, at 7 p.m. on September 17, 2022.

Most Asian countries celebrate their traditional harvest festival in the fall, similar to Thanksgiving day in the U.S. September 10 is Chusuk in Korea, and Mid-Autumn in China, Japan, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asia countries. The day is filled with celebration of good harvest, marked by special foods, family gatherings, music performances, and cultural games.

This Mid-Autumn Festival Concert celebrates families and togetherness, as well as the pursuit of harmony, joy, and unity as Asian-Americans. The featured performing groups include the Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra of the District of Columbia, JUB Cultural Center, Feitian College Middletown, Julia Meixuan Music Studio, and Cheng Song Drum.

Further information is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chinese Culture Institute at contact@cc-i.org.

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K-Pop Group Seventeen Successfully Performs to a Full Venue in DC; Continues to Atlanta

13-Member K-Pop hit group Seventeen is currently on tour in the United States and recently performed to a full arena of fans waiving the “Carat Bong” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D. C.

The Group’s tour is titled, “Be the Sun,” a derivative based on their newest 4th album titled “Face the Sun.”

The world tour was “hinted” by the group’s leader S. Coups (Seung-Chul Choi) during the 2022 Caratland fan meeting, which was met with ecstatic enthusiasm by its fans, “Carats” all over the world.

Seventeen first held a two-day concert in its home country of South Korea on June 25-26. Seventeen’s first location in the U.S. was in Vancouver and has performed in multiple cities across the nation, including Seattle, Fort Worth, and Chicago.

On August 28, 2022, Seventeen performed in Washington, D.C., opening with “HOT,” their title song in the “Face the Sun.”

The group performed some of their mega hits including “Rock with you,” which was awarded the Push Performance Award by the 2022 VMA awards during the Washington, D.C. concert, Very Nice, Mansae, and their first English single, “Dar+Ling.” Unfortunately, Hoshi and Joshua were confirmed positive for covid-19 and could not perform during this event.

The group is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, where their next concert will be held on August 30, 2022. Seventeen will perform in New York and Toronto afterward, before ending its US tour in Newark, New Jersey, on September 6, 2022.

Seventeen will then continue their tour in Southeast Asia.

Seventeen is a multinational group (Korean, American, and Chinese) and is comprised of 13 members in three teams: S. Coups (leader of the Hip-Hop team and the Seventeen), Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi (leader of the Performance team), Wonwoo, Woozi (leader of the Vocal team and producer of many of Seventeen’s hit songs), Dokyeom or DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino.

They debuted on May 26, 2015, with the song, “Adore U,” and the EP “17 Carat” which is where the Fanclub name “Carat” originates from. Their official colors are rose quartz and serenity blue.

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More than 1,000 people killed in Afghanistan due to M 5.9 Earthquake

Photo from USGS

An earthquake erupted at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan killing more than 1,000 and Injuring 1,600 people on early Wednesday. This earthquake struck 28 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Khost, the USGS stated.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, its economic crisis and humanitarian issues became further widespread. Now another disaster comes in a form of an earthquake, hitting the area which needed help,  “Nearly all government and private hospitals are full of victims,” said Awal Khan Zadran, a doctor in the Urgun district of Paktika. some of the victims were transported to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan by helicopters and other transportations.

According to The NYT, Afghanistan was operating off of foreign funds before the US troop withdrawal. Since the Taliban takeover, foreign aids from Western donors are being much withheld, especially after the Taliban issued edicts barring girls from attending secondary schools and restricting women’s rights.

The Biden administration states that it is seeking a way to help Afghanistan from the earthquake.

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Food Shortages Cause Riot in Shanghai as Lockdown Continues

China’s Zero Covid program is coming under high scrutiny as Shanghai residents begin rioting against the draconian lockdown against its residents. Some residents have taken to running out of their confinement to beating by regulators, and many are actively seeking food. That being said, food shortage is rampant in the city, despite regulators’ attempt to bring food to its residents.

Shanghai has confirmed 1,006 infections with 24,000 asymptomatic cases in the past 24 hours, and many have been under lockdown since March 28. Authorities said Saturday that areas with no new cases in the last 14 days following another round of mass testing will see easing of restrictions. Nonetheless, people are growing angrier and hungrier, which is never a good mix in the business of running a state.

Will Covid measures become the straw that breaks the camel’s back that is Xi Jinping?

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2022 Beijing Olympics and Fake Snow

The Winter Olympics at Beijing have begun, and the athletes are competing in entirely fake snow. Normally, the Winter Olympics are held in locations that see high snowfall; average of at least 300 inches per year or more, given the nature of winter games and generally needing snow.

However, as seen on the Olympics footage, the mountains and surrounding landscape in Beijing are brown, showing no snowfall. Beijing does not often see high snowfall or accumulation.

Real snow and fake snow are both made of frozen water, but most athletes can tell the difference, and it has to do with the process of freezing.

Natural snow starts as a tiny ice crystal in a cloud, and as the crystal falls through the air, the ice crystal grows into a six-sided snowflake. Human-made snow simply freezes from a single droplet of water, which results in snow with billions of tiny spherical balls of ice. The color may be the same, but when it comes to snowing on it, the results are very different.

Human-made snow is very dense, almost like ice. Powder snow or natural snow, has a weightless feel, as it is made of more than 95% air.

Of course, natural snow has its downsides; it’s harder to slide down natural snow, so Olympics organizers may pour water and harden the snow.

But the downsides are equally bad. The hardened snow made entirely of man-made snow, can be too hard which can make jump landings difficult. It also makes speed control harder for skiiers due to its smooth top.

Already, several athletes have lost control during the skiing events. It wouldn’t be too big of a deal, except these are world class athletes. How much performance this will impact is not yet known.

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Jimin from BTS hospitalized due to appendicitis and Covid-19

Several members of BTS have been found Covid-19 positive including Jin, RM, and Suga from BTS. However, Jimin from BTS has experienced the most intense symptoms: he was hospitalized after experiencing appendicitis on top of covid-19 infection.

He had to undergo appendix surgery to deal with the problem. The surgery on Monday was successful, and Jimin is now recovering from the surgery. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days to receive post-surgery treatment and for Covid-19.

South Korea has generally been successful with maintaining a lower Covid-19 infection rate; last updated figure shows nationwide infection of 17,532 on Sunday.

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