Friday, January 12, 2007
North & South Korea: heavy contrasts
- Nuclear warheads vs. Samsung & Hyundai
- communist dictatorship vs. free market democracy
- near-famine levels of poverty vs. one of the highest standards of living in Asia.
- China vs. the US
Sea of Japan
US Korean War, 1950 - 1953
"the forgotten war"
Gen. McArthur vs. Pres. Truman
The China factor: don't wake the sleeping giant.
M*A*S*H, the sitcom.
Sports, acc to wikipedia.org
Taekwondo, a popular martial art, originated in Korea. Taekwondo means the way of the foot, the way of the fist, and the way of life. It became standard military training in South Korea, and in 1961 the rules were standardized and taekwondo became an official Olympic sport in 2000. Taekwondo in the military is a integral part in the Korean land forces.Other Korean martial arts include hapkido and taekkyeon.
Baseball was first introduced to Korea in 1905 by an American missionary named Phillip Gillette and has since become the most popular spectator sport in South Korea. The first South Korean professional sports league was the Korea Baseball Association, established in 1982. During the 2006 World Baseball Classic, South Korea reached the final four before losing to Japan. Prior to that final match, the South Korean team was the only undefeated team, and had beaten Japan twice and the United States once.
Other popular sports in South Korea include basketball, football, golf, tennis and ice hockey. Women's golf is especially strong, with over thirty South Koreans playing on the world's leading women's tour, the U.S. LPGA Tour, including stars such as future Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak.
South Korea is also the cradle of the e-sports (electronic sports) world. Home to KesPA, e-sports has become popular in Korea with two broadcasting stations broadcasting live matches on television. South Korea has been regarded the birthplace of e-sports and also the future of e-sports. The Koreans are widely known for their e-sports, and especially in the WCG, World Cyber Games.
The real time strategy computer game, Starcraft, is extremely popular in South Korea. Live matches are broadcast on television and large sums of money are awarded to winners of various tournaments.