Kumho Asiana Leader Joins French Legion of Honor

Kumho Asiana Leader Joins French Legion of Honor

Kumho Asiana Team chairman Park Sam-koo (right) shakes hands with French Ambassador Fabien Penone at the diplomat's place of abode in Seoul on Monday. /Courtesy of Kumho Asiana Community

Kumho Asiana Organization chairman Park Sam-koo on Monday accredited his club in the French Legion of Honor, an extraordinary award for a Korean.Park was once given the ornament at French Ambassador Fabien Penone's house in Seoul for his contribution to bilateral exchanges and the aviation industry. The legion d'honneur is the absolute best French decoration for army and civil merit and changed into established in 1802 by capacity of Napoleon.Other Korean participants are POSCO founder Park Tae-joon, the overdue Hanjin Group founder Cho Joong-hoon, Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee, Lotte chairman Shin Dong-bin and Hanjin Group chairman Cho Yang-ho.Penone expressed his admire for Park's efforts in boosting bilateral relations. Park stated it was a "tremendous honor" to acquire the accolade this year, which marks the 130th anniversary of bilateral ties.Asiana Airlines opened an Incheon-Paris direction in 2008 after decades of domination by rival Korean Air. Asiana could also be a visitor of Airbus, the Ecu aerospace firm.The carrier has already purchased an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet and plans to shop for five more this year.

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miss A’s Suzy Joins Charity Honor Society through Large Donation

miss A’s Suzy Joins Charity Honor Society through Large Donation

miss A member Suzy has become an Honor Society member of charity organization Community Chest of Korea after she donated over 100 thousand dollars to the group.

A press release issued by the charity on April 1 detailed her donation, saying, “Through her donation of over 100 thousand dollars to Community Chest of Korea, she has become the 791st member of our Honor Society of biggest donators.” On March 17, Suzy pledged a donation of 100 thousand dollars to the Kwangju Community Chest of Korea, expressing her intent to join the group’s Honor Society. Unable to attend her official induction ceremony into the group, Suzy’s parents made an appearance instead.

Suzy also made a statement regarding her donation to the charity, saying, “I came to learn of the Honor Society through my parents and other good people around me. I joined because I wanted to give a little bit of strength to those in need. I want to aid in providing treatment to children who suffer from pediatric cancer and terminal illnesses.”

With the donation, Suzy becomes the second girl group member (Girl’s Generation’s YoonA is also a member) and seventh entertainer overall to have joined the Honor Society.

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Seoul stands out as guest of honor at French biennale

Seoul stands out as guest of honor at French biennale

Seoul has been selected as the guest of honor for the 2015 Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale. Exhibited works include the collaborations of internationally renowned designer-architect Alessandro Mendini and Korean craftsman Gang Geum-seong on "Poltrona di Proust Coreana", far left, and Daniel Libeskind and Yang Byeung-yong"s collaboration on the low table "soban", center. Korean sculptor Lee Bul is also exhibiting her work at the Musee d"Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne Metropole. Above is "Mon grand recit Weep Into Stone" (2005). Provided by the Biennale

SAINT-ETIENNE, France - Seoul has been chosen as the guest of honor at the recent International Design Biennale in this city located south of Paris. Saint-Etienne has hosted the event since 1999. It was the first French city to be appointed a Unesco City of Design, in 2010, for successfully transforming itself from a heavily industrial area to one renowned for art and design - largely thanks to the biennale. The ninth edition of the event kicked off on March 12. Under the theme "Experiences of Beauty", the show will run for a month. A stunning feature of the biennale is its venue. It is mainly held in the old Manufacture d"Armes, a former rifle production factory for the French Army. The building, which dates back to 1896, closed down in 2000. The modern design objects displayed against the shabby structure creates a visual sight that is next to none.

The Design Biennale"s poster, designed by two students from ESADSE.Provided by the Biennale

And creations by Koreans catch the eye against the backdrop of the armory. "The experiences of Korean beauty in this exhibition lie in the materials used", said Choi Kyung-ran, Dean of the Graduate School of Techno Design at Kookmin University, who curated the Seoul exhibition, "Vitality, Beyond Craft and Design", at the biennale. Breaking down the boundary between craft and design was a point of interest for Choi. "I"d like to present the beauty of natural materials from Korean traditional culture such as rice paper, wooden craft and ceramic materials", she said. "All these works are related to those materials. Moreover, the experiment of collaboration between craftsmen and designers is also something to take note of in this exhibition".

The main venue"s "Grotesque and Design" section. Provided by the Biennale

Alessandro Mendini, an Italian designer and architect, collaborated with Korea"s jogakbo (patchwork) artisan Gang geum-seong to come up with the piece "Poltrona di Proust Korea". Another collaboration includes a low Korean table by Daniel Libeskind, the world-renowned architect behind the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York and Korean craftsman Yang Byeung-yong. "Why did they collaborate?" asked Choi. "They like to open a new vision in developing objects and products in ordinary life and to foster production."Craftsmen are always dependent on their hands. There are certain limitations in quantity, and sometimes quality. So what we wanted to do was to demolish their limitation by collaborating with designers. Particularly this year, we invited world-famous designers to collaborate with Korean craftsmen", said Choi.

Benjamin Loyaute"s "Hypervital" exhibition. Provided by the Biennale

"The outcome is amazing. Daniel Libeskind even said he loved this low table more than some of his past architectural designs".According to Choi, France has been more familiar with Chinese and Japanese designs when it comes to East Asian art. But through the Seoul exhibition, "visitors are able to experience the beauty of Korea, which they haven"t seen before - something that"s very oriental yet very modern. Something that they want to use", she said. About 30 Korean designers and craftsmen have been invited to showcase their work in Saint-Etienne. At the Musee d"Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne Metropole, Korean sculptor Lee Bul"s works are exhibited, along with Korean designers Song Seung-yong and Park Ye-yeon.There are 55 exhibitions altogether at this year"s design biennale by 26 curators who all interpret their experiences of beauty in their own languages.

Glass work on display at the Musee de la Mine, as an "off exhibition" of the biennale. Provided by the Biennale

For example, one of the exhibitions, titled "No Randomness - The Coherence of Shapes", displays the usual objects we see every day. The exhibition"s French curator, Oscar Lhermitte, asks visitors whether they"ve ever wondered why Manhole covers are round, or why a meter measures a meter, or why an A4 sheet of paper measures 210 millimeters by 297 millimeters and so on. Lhermitte says the answers to these questions themselves are "Beautiful"."A ratio to determine the size of an image, an octagon to represent a pictogram, a smell to materialize the intangible .?.?. These ideas are not new, there is nothing original about them, no one knows or can remember the name of the person who thought of them, these are ideas for mass consumption", explained Lhermitte. "But they are beautiful". Vivid reds, yellows, greens and blues were added to the usually greyish city as visitors from across the globe began to swarm there last week for the biennale. Colorful visuals representing the event were plastered on buildings and trams. "For each edition, the biennial looks for international works that are able to reveal designers" proposals to address different societal challenges", said Ludovic Noel, director of the Cite du Design, which organizes the event. "The biennial reveals young talents and their creations in all the exhibitions. The ESADSE [Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design] accompanies the emergence of personalities in art and design, through the completion of personal projects, exhibitions or projects with partners".The visual art that is plastered all over the city has been designed by two students at ESADSE. About 30 students proposed their work and two, Sylvain Reymondon and Lucas Ribeiro, were chosen. "The idea was to oppose two ideas of the shape", said Reymondon. "We positioned identical shapes next to each other, but one is filled with color and the other is just an outline of the shape".Following this year"s theme, the students said they tried not to push a notion of what beauty is, calling it "very personal and subjective". Instead they wanted to engage in some kind of graphic discussion. "We didn"t want to define it, but to raise questions", Reymondon explained. Such an important visual identity could have been created by one of the designers invited to the event. The biennale works closely with the students of ESADSE. "In the beginning, it was more of a school project. Of course, the aim was to produce graphic design for the biennale, but the primary objective was really for the students to make the project for the school and for them to learn things", said Michel Lepetitdidier, a teacher who supervised the work. The biennale also exhibits many of the works by the students. BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [[email protected]]

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BTS leader Rap Monster joins forces with Warren G to unleash a solo single in March

BTS leader Rap Monster joins forces with Warren G to unleash a solo single in March

BTS leader Rap Monster joins forces with Warren G to unleash a solo single in March

Get ready for Rap Monster"s takeover as he will be unleashing a solo track with the help of Warren G!

The BTS leader is apparently dropping the solo single in March, which he worked on with the American hip hop legend Warren G. The project was made possible as the twopreviously worked togetherduring the group"s stay in LA for their reality show.

According to one rep who"s involved with this project, "Rap Monster is hoping that this project will become a stepping stone for him on his maturation as an artist. We are currently negotiating on possible interviews with the U.S. media and various promotions."

Rap Monster left for LA on the 23rd to finish up the song and just landed in Korea today (26th). In addition to this new solo single coming up, he"ll also be featuring in MFBTY"s upcoming release, proving himself to be not just your average idol rapper, but a rapper who acknowledged by big names in the scene.

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Kumho Asiana helps classical musicians find wings

Kumho Asiana helps classical musicians find wings

Pianist Kim Da-sol, who debuted through Kumho Asiana"s "Young Artist" concert series, holds a show with the New York Philharmonic, led by world-renowned conductor Alan Gilbert last February. Provided by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation

For a classical musician to succeed, it takes more than talent and persistence. From buying the right instrument to receiving expensive lessons, it costs a fortune just for basic tuition fees. And even after that, it is a constant battle to compete against others in the industry in order to be picked for solo concerts and receive recognition from the public. This is especially difficult in Korea, where appreciation of classical music was limited to a particular group of aficionados until the 1990s. The country"s prospects for producing the next homegrown classical music virtuoso therefore seemed unlikely to happen.However, Kumho Asiana, the parent group of the nation"s second-largest carrier, Asiana Airlines, took notice of the grim situation in the 1970s and started to give support to young and talented musicians. What differentiates Kumho Asiana from other companies that indiscriminately give a helping hand to musicians in need is that it is determined to take full responsibility of the artists it sponsors until they advance into the global scene.

Left: Park Sam-koo, the chairman of Kumho Asiana Group (center), poses with two prodigies who borrow traditional instruments from Kumho Asiana Instrument Bank. Right: Kim Hyo-eun plays her harp during an audition for the "Prodigy" concert series.

Kumho Asiana, which has been running its own cultural foundation for nearly 40 years, uses its experiences to provide rising artists with opportunities to push themselves into the limelight internationally. Excavating hidden jewelsEach year, hundreds of young and talented students are admitted to middle or high schools that specialize in music and art, but not all get a ticket to perform at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. And many of their dreams go down the drain when they confront this harsh reality.Because of this, Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation started to hold private auditions twice a year from 1998 to excavate hidden jewels. The qualified musicians are offered an opportunity to debut through a concert series at the company"s own classical music concert halls - Kumho Art Hall and Munho Art Hall in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. So far, the program has given more than 1,000 young musicians a chance to perform in front of a crowd."The audition has earned a great reputation for itself in that hundreds of students apply for the auditions on their own even if there isn"t any prior notice from us", said Shim Ji-ah from the foundation"s PR team. Every year, 300 students on average apply for the audition, according to Shim.

Kumho Asiana Soloists, comprised of seven members who debuted through the company"s concert series, holds regular shows at Kumho Art Hall in central Seoul.

Currently, there are three types of audition programs that are available to up-and-coming musicians under 30. The Kumho Prodigy Concert Series receives students under 14 while the Kumho Young Artist Concert Series is for amateur musicians between 15 and 30 who haven"t had the opportunity to perform professionally.The Kumho Young Chamber Concert Series, the most recently established project, has the same age limit as the "Young Artist" series, but it only accepts applications from groups of amateur musicians, who are then given a similar opportunity to play in front of a crowd.Full-fledged supportA chance to debut is not merely what the foundation provides to young musicians, however.Once a gem is unearthed, that is when the company buckles down to turn it into a real, pricey diamond.First, a select few students are provided with rare classical instruments for free in a program that was first launched to lessen the financial burden on students.

In an aim to make classical music accessible to all, musicians who debuted through the company"s programs tour suburban areas of the country. Provided by the foundation

It is said that the quality of the instrument dominates the sound of the player, which has a crucial role in the development of budding young musicians. The loan period is three years, but it can be extended as long as the player qualifies again."It is said that our late honorary president Park Sung-yong told the young artists to pick out the instrument they would like to play and got them for the young ones", said Shim. "That is how the Instrument Bank system begun".Last year, 20-year-old prodigy cellist Kim Bum-joon borrowed a Maggini cello created in 1600 while a Guadaginini violin from 1774 was lent to 19-year-old violinist Lim Ji-young. Both are members of the foundation"s concert series. The Kumho Instrument Bank currently holds 15 instruments.

Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, left, and pianist Son Yeol-eum are two representative beneficiaries of Kumho Asiana who were able to advance onto the international stage due to the support provided by the company. [JoongAng Ilbo]

Along with the free access to prestigious instruments, the company also pays tuition fees and funds airline tickets if the students have to head overseas to receive lessons or perform.Pianist Son Yeol-eum, one of the representative beneficiaries of the company"s sponsorship project, said in 2011 that financial support plays a big part in a musician"s life until age 18. In addition to monetary aid, the company also offers a general management service to the students.Just like a celebrity has an agency and a manger to promote them, professional classical musicians are also in need of similar assistance. Helping hands from experts who can take care of the musician"s affairs is mandatory, especially when the person in question is young. For example, the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation regularly sends out press releases to prominent musicians and media outlets overseas in order to arrange meetings, concerts and auditions for their artists.As a result, in 2008, Son was able to hold a joint concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on Park Sung-yong"s personal request to world-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel when the ensemble visited Korea. After holding a private audition, Son was able to stand on the same stage with the classical music virtuoso.A similar incident happened last year when the 26-year-old pianist Kim Da-sol from the "Young Artist" concert series was able to hold an accompanied concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Alan Gilbert."It was possible because of the foundation"s strong suggestion to the conductor about having Kim as part of the orchestra in the Korea performances", Shim explained to the Korea JoongAng Daily.Creating special performances that will add a shining line to the musician"s resume is one big part of Kumho Asiana"s cultural patronage, but as the company has emphasized, providing stable and persistent support is at the core of its sponsorship. Its intention is clear in the establishment of Kumho Asiana Soloists, which started eight years ago. The group is made up of the most active performers from the foundation"s concert series. It is a regular chamber orchestra that performs annually at Kumho Art Hall. "Kumho Asiana Soloists shows our foundation"s strong will in supporting our prodigies in the long term and watching them grow instead of stopping at one-shot", said the foundation through a press release. Last year, seven soloists, including the pianist Son and violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, came together around the Christmas season to play their music to fans. All-access classical music In addition to nurturing skillful local musicians, Kumho Asiana aims to create an environment where classical music is easy for everyone to access. Every Thursday evening the Kumho Art Hall holds high-quality chamber orchestra performances. The concert invites not only classical music virtuosos in Korea but also those from abroad. The admission fee, which is capped at 50,000 won ($45), is also reasonable. Classical music concerts that are usually held in big concert halls can cost more than 200,000 won. The regular event was first held in 1997 in order to bolster the barren environment for classical music in Korea by fostering a more relaxed ambience - one where musicians and the audience can freely experience music.Another project the foundation participates in to boost classical music in the nation by donating talent.Each year, the foundation selects a group of suburban villages that don"t have much access to classical music and brings its own musicians to perform in front of hundreds of villagers. Last year, Chungcheong was selected as the destination and six performances were held in small concert venues in the region, such as at school auditoriums. In line with the program"s original intention to ensure classical music is easy for all to access, the playlist includes some of the most widely known pieces from the genre, such as those from Mozart and Schumass. Auditions for Kumho Asiana"s three concert series are held twice a year, in May and October. For more information about the auditions, visit www.kumhoarthall.com.BY JIN EUN-SOO [[email protected]]

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ZE:A"s leader Lee Hoo (Junyoung) participates in a street performance with French Knot during his hiatus

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ZE:A"s leader Lee Hoo (Junyoung) seems to be doing well since his temporary hiatus from SNS and activities while still pursuing his love for music as he was seen on the streets performing with female indie duo, French Knot!

He and a French Knot member harmonize beautifully in this "Don"t Go Today" duet, but also shine well on their own during the individual portions of the song. The three of them even snapped a photo together to remember the occasion.

Check out the lovely duet above!

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Fleur power: Ethnic Korean joins French cabinet

Fleur power: Ethnic Korean joins French cabinet

Fleur power: Ethnic Korean joins French cabinet

Fleur Pellerin, a 38-year-old Korean-born advisor to the newly elected French President Francois Hollande, was appointed yesterday as the administration's minister for digital economy. Hollande was elected last week as France's first Socialist president since 1995.

Pellerin, an adoptee also known by the Korean name Kim Jong-sook, is the first ethnic Korean in France to rise to a ministerial-level post.

Yesterday's appointment came as France's new Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault named his 34-member cabinet, dominated by moderate left-wing figures including Pellerin.

Half of the posts were given to women as Hollande had promised during his campaign. The highest-ranking woman in the new cabinet is Christiane Taubira, who was named minister of justice. She also ranks as the nation's first black presidential candidate in the wake of her failed bid in 2002. Other female figures granted posts include the new minister for health and social affairs, culture minister and minister of housing.

Pellerin was adopted by a French family when she was six months old in 1973. A precocious student, she received her high school baccalaureate two years early at the age of 16. She later graduated from Essec, one of France's top businesses schools, as well as the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris and the National Administration Institute.

Pellerin became associated with the Socialist Party in 2002 when she worked as a speech writer for the presidential camp. She was also in charge of dealing with the media as the party's digital economy adviser during the 2007 presidential elections, and ranked as a close adviser to Hollande during his presidential campaign.

Her current responsibilities include overseeing culture, audio and visual media and national education at the Board of Audit and Inspection. She is also the chair of the 21st Club, a group of elite female politicians in France.

Additionally, Jean-Vincent Plac, another Korean adoptee and a Green Party Senate, is considered a strong candidate to join the cabinet next month should a reshuffle take place after the legislative elections.

Plac, who was adopted by a French couple at the age of seven, became the first ethnic Korean to win a seat in the French Senate last September, when he appeared as a Green Party representative. He was subsequently elected as the party's floor leader in December.

Plac, also known as Kwon O-bok, studied economics and worked as an accountant before entering politics in 1993 as an aide to a left-wing lawmaker. He joined the Green Party in 2001.

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Actor Jin Goo Joins Star-Studded Cameo Lineup For “Entourage”

Actor Jin Goo Joins Star-Studded Cameo Lineup For “Entourage”

Actor Jin Goo Joins Star-Studded Cameo Lineup For Entouragejun2yng July 24, 2016 0 Actor Jin Goo Joins Star-Studded Cameo Lineup For Entourage Actor Jin Goo can be joining an outstanding lineup of cameos in the impending tvN drama “Entourage,” a remake of the HBO series of the similar name.

According to reports, the actor filmed for the display today, even thoughinformation about his role haven't begun to be revealed.

Other cameos showed for the provecome with Ha Jung Woo, Kang Ha Neul, Kim Sung Kyoon, Song Ji Hyo, MAMAMOO, and more.

“Entourage” stars Lee Kwang Soo, SEO Kang Joon, Lee Dong Hwi, and Park Jung Min, and is these days slated to air in October.

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Air Seoul Takes on 2 Routes from Parent Asiana

Air Seoul Takes on 2 Routes from Parent Asiana

Korean Air and Asiana Airlines are taking other approaches to handleadjustments in industry stipulationsbecause of the enlargement of cheap carriers. Asiana has made up our minds to divide up flight routes with its budget daughters Air Seoul and Air Busan, whilst Korean Air is sharing routes with its less expensiveassociate Jin Air.Air Seoul acknowledged Friday it's going to take on two of Asiana's 20 routes to Japan and start flights on Oct. 7. They are Incheon to Shizuoka and Takamatsu. It should also release new flights to Nagasaki and Ube, while taking on from Asiana some Southeast Asian flights. An Air Seoul staffer said, "Air Busan will center of attention on domestic flights, while Air Seoul will pay attention to short-range global flights, leaving Asiana to address mid- to long-distance foreign flights and minimizing overlapping routes and useless costs".

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Actress Han Bo Bae Joins “Doctors” As Park Shin Hye’s Half-Sister

Actress Han Bo Bae Joins “Doctors” As Park Shin Hye’s Half-Sister

Actress Han Bo Bae Joins Doctors As Park Shin Hyes Half-SisterJiwonYu July 4, 2016 0 Actress Han Bo Bae Joins Doctors As Park Shin Hyes Half-Sister Actress Han Bo Bae could be joining the drama Doctors as Park Shin Hyes half-sister!

In the drama, Han Bo Bae will be acting as Park Shin Hyes half-sister Yoo Yoo Na. She has a robust personality and is stuffed with leadership. She has a hidden beyond alongside her mom and is friendly in opposition to Park Shin Hye. She is the handiest real tie Park Shin Hye has to her family.

Han Bo Bae has already been praised through the workforce on her first day of filming thank you to her acting skills. Since she is understood for her acting, fanatics are excited to peer more of her charms in the episodes to come.

Meanwhile, Doctors airs each Monday and Tuesday, and you'll catch up on the newest episode below:

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