Let’s keep it real here. When it comes down to these end-of-the-year reviews, no one wants to read through a block of text. So I made sure to add some pictures and videos for your viewing pleasure. You can thank me later. No, really.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. But it is a list and it’s my list. So don’t come at me saying why didn’t you add this and that. Go be a negative nancy somewhere else. Everything was ranked based on my personal interest (as far as I can remember, that is). And no, I did not google random things about South Korea. Only a little bit.
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Top 3 “Proud To Be A Korean” Moments
“Apple’s (AAPL) reign as the world’s No. 1 maker of smartphones, it turns out, was like the life of a grasshopper: It overtook Nokia (NOK) in June and was overtaken by Samsung in September”.
Enough said. When I ask people what they know about South Korea, most say Kimchi or cell phones. So it’s only right that we stay competitive in the cell phone market. I personally prefer Apple products (shhh…) but hey, I’m not against Korea climbing up the ranks and getting what they deserve.
2. Seung Hoon Choi starts as an offensive lineman for the 9th-ranked University of Nebraska
Okay, I did not know that Koreans played football beyond the high school level. Apparently, Seung Hoon Choi does. The 6’2″, 298-lbs Choi plays left tackle for the nationally ranked Nebreska Cornhuskers (currently ranked 20th in the BCS standings). And he recently got his first start. That’s remarkable. Since when were Asians blessed with such capable frames?
Seung Hoon Choi’s Sports Illustrated Feature
1. Tiger JK on the front page of the LA Times
If you know me, then you know that I love hip-hop. You also know that I’m pretty Asian. So imagine the excitement level when I read the words “Asian” and “rapper” mentioned in the same sentence…on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. The article focuses in on Tiger JK and the brand of Korean hip-hop that he hopes to share overseas (the Sun Zoo movement). For those that aren’t familiar with the artist, Tiger JK is one of the pioneers of South Korean hip-hop. DT has released 8 studio albums to this date and the latest one (released in 2009) dominated the music charts. In the past, he’s worked with Rakim, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Roscoe Umali, just to name a few. The point is, he finally put us on the damn map! It’s about time.
Sun Zoo (Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, Roscoe Umali & Illmind) – “Get Down” Directed by Rik Cordero
Tiger JK (of Drunken Tiger) – Good Life & I Want You
Top 2 “Are You Serious? Stop Making Us Look Bad” Moments
SMH. Why would you cheat on TV? According to the sources, they supposedly added $2000 of their own money to the truck sales. Idiots. Korilla BBQ was a crowd favorite in the show and had made it to the final four. Unfortunately, they made us look bad.
It’s okay though. Kogi BBQ is still holding it down out west.
WTF Lance Bass. Seriously, what the fck. Even if it is fake, stop it b. Heart2Heart is the worst boy band name ever and “Facebook Official” is a terrible title for a single. Oh, what could possibly go wrong? Everything. Could you confirm to this request/ Agree to the terms of service/ The message has been sent/ And all I wanna do is/ Put a heart on your page, heart – heart on your page/ Let’s make it official/ Baby you and me -/ Facebook official. Seriously? STOP. Just stop. After K-Pop went international, Lance was quick to jump on the hype…only to make the most disliked video on YouTube. Dude, stop trying so hard to fit in.
Heart2Heart – Facebook Official (Music Video)
Top 1 “That’s Not A Good Look” Moment
First of all, Koreans in general aren’t too fond of the Japanese. I’ll give you two examples. 1) The two of us are STILL fighting over Dokdo Island. 2) International “friendly” games (especially soccer and baseball) between South Korea and Japan are always super intense. Then the media goes nuts afterwards. Anyways, the underlying reason for this divide obviously has to do with the whole Japanese occupation that left a permanent scar in our history. And because of that, Koreans have built this unspoken (and at times outspoken) hatred towards the Japanese. So I’m not sure what Toyota is thinking. The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between U.S. and South Korea is great news and all, but using it to introduce Japanese cars into the Korean automotive market? Uh…that’s not a good look. I’m sure a lot of us younger kids wouldn’t mind but remember that it’s our parents’ generation that currently runs the country.
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