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A trip down memory lane

On the 22nd of March, new laws came into force in South Korea. One of the laws which has gained interest in the public eye is a law on indecent exposure. People wearing mini-skirts shorter than a certain length are to be fined ₩50,000 (around £30.00). There seems to be many flaws with this law.

I am far from a lawyer or anyone who has a full understanding of law in general. This is my personal view and opinion on the matter. I do not mean to cause any offence.

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It is public knowledge that South Korea and North Korea are in constant conflict, yet the fact that one of the first laws put into place during Park Geun-hye’s presidency, is the law against short skirts, is shocking.

I do understand how a ban on mini-skirts can be a positive but this is not a law that needs to be put in place before other laws which could help the country.

Aside from me not thinking that this law is necessary, the law is not even clear enough.

According to Korea Bang, the law states:

“Those who show their bare skin excessively in a public place or expose parts of the body that should remain covered, thus making others feel embarrassment or discomfort, are guilty of indecent exposure.”

There is no particular length mentioned. This means that police officers can charge people with indecent exposure when they see fit. This is not fair as there should be a standard length put in place if this law is going to be fair and work to it’s fullest potential. It seems like not much thought has been put into this law.

In the 1970’s during Park Chung-Hee’s (Park Geun-hye’s father) presidency, also had a law in place in regards to indecent exposure and skirt lengths.  During the 1970′s, there was a ban on skirts which ended higher than 20 centimetres above the knee. Mens’ hair length was also regulated.

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The difference is that Park Chung-Hee made it clear what skirt length was considered as indecent exposure.

Although the Government has stated that they will publish clarification of the law and implement guidelines, I believe this law is still flawed. This is due to it’s timing and what seems to be a priority over other laws which should be implemented first.

However, as stated above, I can see positives to this law if it is looked into further.

I was shocked at the lack of length of skirts and shorts in Korea, but to me it wasn’t much of a big deal. A friend of mine said to me that she agrees with the law.

It starts with short skirts, and then it ends up being teen pregnancy and Korea turns out the same as the UK and US with crime rates increasing and a high number of teen pregnancy.

At first I thought my friend was over looking into it but then I realised it could happen. Women are seen as sexual objects in this world. Could this law be a benefit for young girls? If their Idols are wearing short skirts, teens tend to do the same in the hopes of being similar to their favourite celebrity. Therefore the banning on short skirts will mean celebrities won’t be sporting short shorts or skirts and in turn, their fans will follow them in wearing decent clothing.

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Finally, when there are problems with South Korea scared of becoming under attack from North Korea launching missiles and testing underground nuclear weapon, is skirt length and indecent exposure really the first law that should be enforced in Park Geun-hye’s presidency? If so, South Korea has an interesting time a head of itself.

I hope that this changes as I want Park Geun-Hye to be a great president. As a woman, I want her to succeed and I am hopeful that she can do well in the rest of her presidency, in spite of her fathers mistakes during his presidency.

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박근혜, 화이팅!!

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K-Pop success in Western Countries?

Recently I have been reading blog posts which discuss K-Pop & Western success. The main thing I noticed was that there are a lot of people who think K-Pop Artists need to release songs in English, in order to get successful in Western Countries. This blog post is going to be about why I think this shouldn’t happen.

The band I am going to use as my main example is… 빅 뱅 (BigBang)!

So BigBang were in America recently and there were many blog posts about BigBang becoming successful in Western Countries. While I was glad to read about BigBangs success, I had a problem, every blog post that I read suggested that BigBang should have an English album. Now, I must state that this is purely my opinion, and I am sure people will disagree. I think, if BigBang or any other K-Pop band started singing in English rather than Korean, it would be a disaster.

I think that K-pop works so well because it is sang in Korean! There is something enticing ad attractive about listening to people talking Korean and I believe that K-Pop is the best way to show how interesting, beautiful & sexy Korean Language is! Singing or Rapping in Korean is what sets K-Pop apart from mainstream music in Western countries. I completely understand that some people won’t listen to K-Pop because it is in Korean, but people who appreciate well made music that is catchy, will listen to any kind of music, regardless what language it is sang in.

Being someone who hangs around with a lot of people who don’t listen to K-Pop, I realised that they tend to think that K-Pop is cheesy and sounds like the type of songs you hear when you play dancing stage in an arcade. So when I showed them songs such as G-Dragons ‘One of a kind’ and a few songs by Jay Park, they were shocked that they sound like songs they would hear in western countries. Some of them even liked the songs so much that they downloaded a few! The point I’m getting to here is that, if K-Pop had more coverage in the press, people will know that it does not sound like the music you hear on Dance Dance Revolution! And they might be more open to listening to K-Pop.

Recently, Psy (Park Jae-sang) has had a lot of media coverage, but as a comical music act, he does not and cannot represent the whole of Korean music. It’s like saying that Taylor Swift can represent western music as a whole. There are several different genres within Korean music, as there is in western music. There is Hip-Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop, R’n’B & Jazz to name a few, the only difference is that they are sang in Korean, by Korean artists!

Now, I was originally going to make one big blog post about K-Pop, but it might not be easy on the eyes! This post is already a bit long so I am going to do a small series of follow up blog posts. The next one is going to be posted today.

Please stay tuned for ‘Why I listen to K-Pop’…

featuring BigBang!

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Review: Looper

What a film!! It has been a while since I have seen a Hollywood film that has had my full attention, so I am super glad that I went to see Looper yesterday!

This is going to be a short review because I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that this film is a must see.

If you like films that keep you on the edge of your seat and have you think ‘What the hell?!’ This is the perfect film for you. I will say, make sure that you get into the cinema on time and do not miss one minute of this film because too much is going on. If you miss something, you might not understand the whole film. So, no drinks before or during this film, because I do not suggest toilet breaks!

This film has an original idea and is not like your generic action film. Although there is running, killing and blood, the story is so interesting that I think this film could work with out all the killing. (However the killing does have a big part to do with the film!)

I thought I knew what the ending would be and thought I had everything sussed out, but boy was I wrong!

If I had to compare it to another film, I would have to say it is a mix between Time Travellers Wife and Inception. Both genius films with an amazing concept, awesome visuals and great acting.

This has been a very brief review of the film because I fear that if I talk more about it, I might give away too much of what the film is about. But it is a film that keeps you guessing and is original.

***** 5 out of 5 for me!

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Missing Seoul.

This is an entry in my diary that I wrote yesterday morning. I wrote this as soon as I woke up and I just want to post it here. I enjoy reading personal blogs and blogs that are raw thoughts, so I thought I’d have a go at it!

Missing Seoul.

The view form my class room in Hanyang university.

This day, two months ago, I was getting ready to go to Seoul for one month. On June 28th, I boarded my flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi to Incheon South Korea.

I had the best & craziest month of my life. I met amazing people and seriously fell in love with Korea. A month flew by so fast, it felt like two weeks.

On the 28th of July, the torturous pain began because I was leaving Seoul.

I knew from the very start that saying goodbye to the people I met would be hard, but I didn’t predict that I would be so attached to South Korea. I felt like I was saying goodbye to my home. That I would be going to a foreign land. That I would never return.

Today is the 28th of August. I have been back in London for a month. Not one day has gone past where I haven’t thought about Korea.

I have plans to return to Korea next year, but until then, I will have an empty void in my heart, soul and mind. That void will be filled when I return to Korea. Until then, I can only reminisce.