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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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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Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Car Crash in Her Home State

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-ID) was killed in a car accident in her home state of Indiana on Wednesday. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” her office informed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed her death through his Twitter account.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (58) was an American politician and U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until her death in 2022. She served as a ranking member of the House Ethics Committee from 2021-2022.

Her office said “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” in a statement.

Rep. Walorski and two other staff in the vehicle were killed in this accident, and the other car driver was killed. The other vehicle was traveling northbound and Rep. Walorski and their staff headed southbound. The other vehicle crossed over the driving line and hit Walorski’s SUV. according to the sheriff’s office.

The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi ordered half staff for the loss.

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Homicide rises in Washington D.C. and Children’s health concern

As of June 23, 2022, Homicides are rising in Washington D.C. and it is having an impact on children’s health, physically and psychologically. As Children are less safe while they are playing outside, after school. As such, most of the children remain stuck in their houses. In recent years, parents fear unexpected events happening in their kid’s schools and playgrounds.

In less than half a year, 80 homicides occurred, and only 33% of cases resolved to date. According to DCHomicides.com, children who live in the Southeast, Northeast, and Central zone of D.C. are prone to get exposed to the crimes.

Homicide methods are by gun (69 cases), knife (7), and others (4). Average victims’ ages are 35 and the average arrestee’s age is 29.

Recently, A 15-year-old teenage boy was shot and died at the scene of a small musical event, where he called his mother before death. No one could help him despite there being a crowd, other than a wounded police officer.

Why do we hear about homicide news which is related to gun violence every single day? Don’t we have any solutions? Do we have any preventive programs? IF there are no healthy children, there will be no healthy future.

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Poetry Review in Korean by Ho-Chun Kim

<명시 감상 >

가재미

문태준

김천의료원 6인실 302호에 산소마스크를 쓰고 암 투병 중인 그녀가 누워있다 

바닥에 바짝 엎드린 가재미처럼 그녀가 누워 있다 

나는 그녀의 옆에 나란히 한 마리 가재미로 눕는다 

가재미가 가재미에게 눈길을 건네자 그녀가 울컥 눈물을 쏟아낸다 

한쪽 눈이 다른 한쪽 눈으로 옮겨 붙은 야윈 그녀가 운다 

그녀는 죽음만을 보고 있고 나는 그녀가 살아 온 파랑 같은 날들을 보고 있다 

좌우를 흔들며 살던 그녀의 물 속 삶을 나는 떠올린다 

그녀의 오솔길이며 그 길에 돋아나던 대낮의 뻐꾸기 소리며 

가늘은 국수를 삶던 저녁이며 흙담조차 없었던 그녀 누대의 가계를 떠올린다 

두 다리는 서서히 멀어져 가랑이지고 

폭설을 견디지 못하는 나뭇가지처럼 등뼈가 구부정해지던 그 겨울 어느 날을 생각한다 

그녀의 숨소리가 느릅나무 껍질처럼 점점 거칠어진다 

나는 그녀가 죽음 바깥의 세상을 이제 볼 수 없다는 것을 안다 

한쪽 눈이 다른 쪽 눈으로 캄캄하게 쏠려버렸다는 것을 안다 

나는 다만 좌우를 흔들며 헤엄쳐 가 그녀의 물 속에 나란히 눕는다 

산소호흡기로 들어 마신 물을 마른 내 몸 위에 그녀가 가만히 적셔준다 

                                             <2004년 ‘현대시학’, 문태준(文泰俊); 1970년- > 

시에 대한 감상은 사람마다 다 같을 수가 없다. 자신의 느낌에 맞게 감상하는 것이 좋을 것 같다.

자칫 잘못하면 어느 유명 시인이나 평론가가 해설, 감상해 놓은 것이 붕어빵 굽는 판이 되어 다르게 해석, 감상할 여지를 잃게 할 수가 있다. 좋은 예가 학교 교육에서 문학작품을 어느 유명 시인이나 평론가가 해석, 감상해 놓으면 학생들이나 독자들은 오직 그들의 해석, 감상에만 따른다. 자신의 느낌을 개입할 여지가 전혀 없는 것이다. 물론 원작자의 의도와는 전혀 다르게 해석, 감상할 수도 있다. 그러나, 나는 그게 시라 생각한다.

자작시를 해설해 놓은 것도 있다. 그것은 독자를 염두에 두지 않은 것이다. 개성이 다르고 생각이 다르고 삶의 방식이 다르고 인생관이 다른 사람들이 왜 작자의 생각을 따라야 하는 것인가?

그래서 문태준 시인의 ‘가재미’는 여러 해설과 감상의 글이 있다. 그렇지만, 나는 내 나름대로 적어 볼 뿐이다.

시의 제목 ‘가재미’는 사투리를 그대로 쓴 것 같다. 사투리를 쓴 것부터가 평범한 인간들 사이에서 빚어지는 일로 전체 시의 정서와 닿아 있다.

가자미는 심해에서 사는 동물로 어린 고기일 때는 좌우 대칭으로 눈이 양쪽으로 있다가 자라면서 왼쪽 눈이 오른쪽 눈 곁으로 쏠리게 된다. 왼쪽 몸은 바닥을 향하다가 색이 본래의 색을 버리고 하얗게 되고, 오른쪽 몸은 어두운 주위 환경에 적응하여 검은색을 띠게 된다. 가자미의 이 생태가 이 시에 적절하게 적용 되었다고 생각한다.

이 시에서 가자미의 눈은 ‘암 투병 중인 그녀’요, 시적 화자이다. 병상에 누워있는 ‘그녀’는 가자미의 왼쪽 눈처럼 자신의 모든 것을 버리고 가자미의 오른쪽 눈인 ‘나’에게 와서 살아 준 ‘그녀’다. 본래 왼쪽의 검은 본성을 접고 하얗게 변하면서 오른쪽 ‘나’에게로 와 준 것이다. 

 런 ‘그녀‘가 가재미처럼’ 병상에 누워 있는 것이다. 다른 한쪽 눈인 ‘나’가 애처로이 지켜보는 가운데.

마음을 서늘하게 하는 장면이 아닐 수가 없다. 애초 상황 설정이 병원으로 되면서 슬픔의 정서를 이끌어내고, 그것도 그냥 병원 침대에 누워서가 아니라, ‘김천의료원 6인실 302호’라고 구체적으로 밝혀 놓음으로써 추상에서 구체적 상황으로 전환 되면서 한층 실감을 이끌어내고 있다.

형식 면에서도 대조의 기교를 잘 살리고 있다고 본다. 

‘그녀는 죽음만을 보고 있고 나는 그녀가 살아 온 파랑 같은 날들을 보고 있다.’를 통해 죽음을 앞두고 있는 ‘그녀’의 슬픔과 젊었던 시절의 아름다운 날들을 되돌아보아야만 하는 ‘나’의 아픈 마음이 대조 되어 애처로움을 더한다. 이제 머지 않아 죽음의 세계로 떠나 보내야 하는 ‘그녀’.

‘나’는 ‘그녀’와 함께 펼쳤던 지난날의 추억을 되새긴다. ‘그녀’와 함께 오솔길 걸으며 뻐꾸기 울음소리를 듣던 일, 호화로운 음식이 아닌 가락국수 삶던 일, 흙 담조차 없었던 가난을 떠올린다.

이러한 되새김이 한층 이 시의 슬픔의 정서와 한의 정서를 짙게 드러나게 하고 있다.

이제 다시 현실로 돌아와 거친 숨을 몰아 쉬는 ‘그녀’ 숨소리가 가슴을 도려내게 한다. ‘나’가 ‘그녀’에게 해 줄 수 있는 것은 지금 상황에서는 아무것도 없다. 가자미처럼 ‘그녀’ 곁에 나란히 눕는 일밖에는.

시의 구성도 연을 구분하지는 않았지만, 현실 상황에서 과거를 회상하고 다시 현실로 돌아오는 삼분 법을 취하고 있다. 시어 사용도 어렵게 표현하지 않고 일상 쓰는 용어를 그대로 사용했다. 그러나 약간 변화를 주어서 시적 표현으로 바꾸었다. 이런 점은 시작하는 사람들은 본받아야 하리라 생각한다. 이승을 볼 수 없다고 하지 않고, ‘죽음 바깥의 세상을 이제 볼 수 없다’로 표현하고 있다. 사물을 보되 남 다르게 보고 독특하게 표현하는 방법도 익혀야 하리라고 본다.

나는 이 시의 소재가 무엇이고, 주제가 무엇이고 따지기에 앞서 그냥 읽고, 이 시가 나에게 나름의 어떤 느낌을 가질 수 있게 했다면 그것으로 충분하다고 생각한다.

-김호천

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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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Taliban Justifies No-Shave Order in Southern Afghanistan as being faithful to Islam

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On Monday, the Taliban issued an order to forbid shaving or trimming of beards in the southern provinces of Helmand, and threatened to punish barbers that violated this directive. The order was issued by the vice and virtue department and directed it to areas in Lashkar Gah, provincial capital of Helmand, justifying it as being in line with Sharia law, which is the law as defined in the Islamic holy scriptures called the Quran.

Punishment was promised but not specified; those breaking the order would be punished with no right to complain.

Since overtaking Afghanistan upon U.S. and NATO’s departure, the Taliban has set an interim government, with many hardline leaders from the previous reign in late 1990’s; of course, there are no women leaders.

Since the Taliban ousting in 2001, men have been shaving or cleanly trimming beards in Afghanistan.

The current outlook of Taliban rule doesn’t seem to be looking too well; just last weekend, the Taliban hung a body from a crane in the main square of Herat, which is a third-largest city in Afghanistan. A bystander who witnessed the event recounted the event, stating that four bodies were brought to the square, and three were taken to other parts of the city for public display.

The barbers are speaking up and asking Taliban to reconsider this order, to “give freedom to people to live the way they want, if they want to trim their beard or hair.” Barbers in the area are already seeing reduction in income.

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Pres. Biden offers $100 to newly vaccinated Americans

President Biden announced on Thursday that he wanted the state and local governments to spend the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan funds to give away $100 per individual to encourage vaccinations.

President Biden stated, “I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already but here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them,” and “We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated.” in the announcement Today.

This payment will be offered to the newly vaccinated Americans encouraging get vaccinations to “protect communities and lives.” The Treasury Department has reported that it would be willing to assist the local and state governments to manage this process.

Biden administration has put effort to eradicate this pandemic as soon as possible but has found the Delta variant a huge hindrance to that goal. Biden signed this $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law which includes $350 billion in funding to assist states and local governments battling the coronavirus.

It is not sure whether this will encourage the 30% or so of the unvaccinated Americans from being vaccinated; however, those that have been vaccinated already are voicing their general dissatisfaction at Biden’s new proposal.

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