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Korean Meetup Announcements, News, Events, Thawing

From: Paul
Sent on: Monday, January 11, 2010 6:55 AM
Hello, Annyong, and Welcome New Members!

This is partly a "state of the meetup union" message to start the year off. It's a new decade... let's have some fun, make noise this year, and also make a difference!! The 750 unique members in the two largest DC-area Korean meetups are a part of thousands in a community of local people sharing Korean-related interests. With a little effort, this community can be a model of what can happen thanks to sites like Meetup. I've been speaking with some of the assistant organizers over the last few weeks, and have proposed a "20 in 10" list (announced further below). But first...

Events outside the group: tonight is The Emography of Huh-hwe Tae at KORUS House. KORUS House is also starting their spring Korean Language & Culture Classes (link) on Feb 1. And in Manhattan next month there is the Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY), and if you are interested in going, then post your interest on our meetup event page here.

News: * Last Tuesday, South Korea has it's biggest snow storm in 70 to 100 years (10 inches) - coverage includes the Washington Post and Yahoo pictures and Korea-based Joins.com.
* S. Korea's population trends (Joins.com) shows more foreigners every year (with or without snow storms)
* Seoul is #3 on The 31 Places to Go in 2010 (NY Times)
* DC's Michelle Rhee tied for #1 most influential Korean American - Educators are tops in 2009 (Korean Beacon)

Announcing... "20 in '10": 20 accomplishments to do in 2010 - our own roadmap for activities and projects. From charity-related, to the fun party-related, to the educational. Members can help out, or just watch, as the year rolls out. To build suspense the list will be unveiled in pieces - first six are below:

  • Singing (like a K-pop star!) - Noraebang events, plus at least one singing event with a special twist.
  • Understanding Korean - for people who want to learn to hear, speak, read, or write the language.
  • Career & Jobs event - cultural differences between Korean & American job scene, & interviewing tips.
  • Charity - supporting local & other charitable organizations with fund-raising & help - planning meeting in 2 weeks
  • ESL - English as a Second Language - lessons, conversation events, help finding partners.
  • Spa World - relax & feel renewed at Virginia's Spa World facility.

Upcoming items in the 20 in '10 list will be in the areas including food (eating & cooking), Korean language events, film, and this year's versions of events such as our Travel Talks, road trip #2, and expanding on understanding cultural differences.

And, recently when the organizer of the Baltimore Korean Meetup stepped down the group was a few days from being removed, so I kept it alive as organizer temporarily. We'll schedule a joint meetup event in the Inner Harbor & have a road trip to B'more later this year when it's warmer. And this news just in... Honey Pig Korean BBQ (restaurant) coming to Baltimore.

Korean Word Of The Week: Thawing 해빙 (hae bing). Anyone hoping for our snow thawing by the weekend?

Have a great week!

Paul

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