Suggestive Poster Causes Seoul to Cancel Promotional Campaign In New York

The poster does seem to suggest the model is taking her hanbok off which considering all the sexual harassment cases going on in America, it is probably not a good way to promote your city:

The promotional posters that were going to be used in busy parts of New York. The image shows, from left, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. / Courtesy of Seoul City

Seoul City has dropped promotional posters after they drew criticism for sexually objectifying women.

The posters were going to be exhibited in New York City’s Times Square and SoHo, among other areas, including 150 bus stations, from Dec. 18 to Jan 14.

“I thought she was undressing,” said Alex Costilhes, an engineer graduate who lives in New York.“The tagline doesn’t help either. The tagline, with the woman pulling on her dress, gives it a sexual connotation. It could be fixed easily with her just not tugging on that ribbon.”

New York resident Paula Martinez said it had not crossed her mind at first that it was a sexualized image. But “the directorial choice to have the model pulling on the ribbon is kind of weird,” she said. “I can definitely see how it might play into the Western fetishization of East Asian women.Like, that being used to draw white men to come to Korea for tourism. I feel like it’s not that overt, though.”  [Korea Times]

You can read more at the link.

Picture of the Day: Comfort Woman Statue In New York City

Choo Mi-ae

Choo Mi-ae, leader of the ruling Democratic Party, holds the hands of a “comfort woman” statue at Museum of Korean American Heritage in New York on Nov. 17, 2017 (New York time). Comfort women refer to those who were forcibly taken to Japanese front-line military brothels during World War II. (Yonhap)

What Would Happen If Kim Jong-un Visited New York City?

This prank video was pretty funny, but what amazed me the most was how many people thought this was the actual Kim Jong-un.  It just goes to show despite all the headlines how little people still know about North Korea to think he would just pop up in New York and walk around with a one-man escort.  However, doing this again with Dennis Rodman walking with him would be hilarious!:

North Korea Owes New York City $156,000 In Parking Tickets

Good luck New York City trying to get this money out of North Korea:

As if the U.S. and North Korea hadn’t had enough bilateral tensions, outstanding parking fines from North Korea’s diplomatic mission to the U.N. add insult to injury. According to NBC New York, the mission owes as much as $156,000 to the city of New York for more than 1,300 unpaid tickets that date back to the 1990s.

Jong Jo, identified as secretary of North Korea’s U.N. mission, came to his country’s defense. “It is false,” Jong told NBC New York. “Whenever we have a ticket, we pay. Because, you know, if we have three tickets the city does not allow us to renew their permission.”

In fact, a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding between the State Department and New York does allow the city to deny a diplomatic parking decal from vehicles that have three or more unpaid parking tickets, NBC New York reported. Even though the majority of tickets accrued by the diplomatic mission occurred after 2002, the city said that debt from parking tickets prior to that year still has to be paid.  [Newsweek]

You can read more at the link.

Man Acquitted of Killing Korean Man After Pushing Him In Front of New York City Subway

This whole incident is very unfortunate, but it seems what happened was caused by Mr. Han being drunk and harassing Mr. Davis in the first place thus influencing the jury’s decision to acquit him:

Naeem Davis, right, was acquitted of murder

A man accused of pushing a stranger to his death by shoving him on to the tracksof a subway has been acquitted of murder.

Naeem Davis, 34, was cleared on Monday of murdering Ki-Suck Han, 58, after he shoved him on to the tracks at the 49th Street station near Times Square in New York on December 3, 2012.

Mr Davis said he was defending himself when he pushed Mr Han off the platform. At least a minute passed before a train pulled into the platform and it Mr Han, killing him.

The scene was captured by a photographer for the New York Post, who controversially put a picture showing Mr Han on the tracks, seconds before his death, on its front page.

Mr Davis said that Mr Han, who was drunk at the time, had picked a fight with him after the pair bumped into each other accidentally near the subway turnstiles.

A court heard that Mr Han then followed Mr Davis down to the platform, shouting obscenities at him – including death threats – and grabbing his shoulder.

Mr Davis said Mr Han shouted at him, ’I’ll kill you!’, and that he was slurring his words and staggering.  [Yahoo News]

You can read the rest at the link, but Mr. Davis spent four and half years in jail before being acquitted of the crime.

US Authorities Crackdown on Korean Prostitutes In New York City

It looks like New York City has a few less Korean prostitutes today.  I wonder how long this will last?:

Joint federal and local Police authorities cracked down on Korean brothels in New York’s Koreatown. According to the police, many of the women who worked at these brothels came from Korea thru a visa waiver program.

The group that operated these businesses attracted customers through elaborate internet website and operated in 11 different premises by disguising to be lawful spa establishments. The arrested group was found to have more than 70,000 customers in a database.  [Korea Times]

You can read more at the link.

New York City Woman Accused of Keeping Two South Korean Teens as Slaves

Via a reader tip comes the below story of two South Korean teenagers allegedly kept as slaves in New York City.  I don’t know who is worse, the woman treating them like slaves or the parents who apparently abandoned them with this woman in the first place:

Authorities say a New York City woman kept two South Korean children as slaves in her home for six years.

District Attorney Richard Brown says Queens resident Sook Yeong Park took the sister and brother into her home in 2010 and cut off contact with their parents. The children are now 14 and 16.

Brown says Park seized the children’s passports, forced them to do household chores into the night and made them work at a grocery store and turn their earnings over to her.

Park was arraigned Saturday on charges of labor trafficking, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her attorney did not immediately return a call.

Brown says the abuse came to light when a high school assistant principal noticed bruises on the girl’s legs.  [Fox News]

Picture of the Day: ROK Navy Ship Conducts Port Call In New York

S. Korean Navy ship visits New York

South Korean naval destroyer Gang Gam-chan and its sailors are welcomed at a New York port on Nov. 22, 2015 (local time), as they arrive as part of a trip to 15 nations that participated in the 1950-53 Korean War. The 4,400-ton destroyer and a support ship left South Korea on Aug. 27 for the trip to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule and the establishment of the country’s Navy. They head out for Colombia on Nov. 25. (Yonhap)

New York City Councilwomen Upset that Too Many Asians are Moving Into Public Housing

Could you imagine what the media reaction would be to this if it was a white Republican claiming too many (enter ethnic minority) group was moving into public housing?

A Brooklyn city councilmember on Thursday made the bizarre claim that a wave of Asians has invaded public housing developments in her district.

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo made the unusual statement at a hearing Thursday on the Housing Authority’s funding problems.

Addressing NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye, Cumbo — who represents a wide patch of Brooklyn from Fort Greene to Crown Heights — asked why “certain ethnic groups come in” to a NYCHA development “in blocks.”

NYCHA has a waiting list of 250,000 hoping for public housing, and tenants are picked strictly in chronological order, with preference given for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

So a clearly perplexed Olatoye asked Cumbo to elaborate.

Cumbo then stated, “We have a large Asian population in our district — and we love them.”

Without identifying specifics — such as which development she meant — she claimed that this particular ethnic community “had the opportunity to move into a development in large numbers.”  [NY Daily News via reader tip]

So I guess the councilwoman loves the Asian community, just not enough to allow them to move into public housing.