Dr. Cho's thank you letter       2010-11-10 14:36:18
The President of ARF, Dr. Cho wrote an article in Seoul City Racquetball Association website to thank those who were involved in a program he started to help underprivileged students who live in Seoul area.  He applied for a fund to Seoul City Committee to raise money to help the children.  Being the racquetball player he decided to give racquetball lessons to the students.  The fund was approved and he recruited racquetball instructors and started giving lessons.  Yuni Cobb, the Sec General heard about it so she did two things.

1.         Contact the Mr. Grimes, who is the president of E-Force and he was more than glad to donated racquets to help the students.

2.         Contact US 8th Army in Seoul Korea to see if any unit is willing sponsor the program and help any way they could.  She was able to get a contact with Dental unit.  The commander thought it would be great if his soldiers could teach English to the students.

The program has been big success and students are very happy and they have told Dr. Cho what they thought about the program.

1.         They like racquetball a lot and want to know when next lesson is
2.         Learning English from American and Korean Soldiers helps them to understand English much easier.
Dr. Cho wants to thank you those who made this program successful.
They are Seoul City Sports for all, Korean National Sport Committee, E-Force, Gum Chun Racquetball Instructors.  

You made the students feel loved and gave them hope for their future.

Again, thank you very much for your support.


ARF President
DR. Cho Wangki


  Japanese Junior Player       2010-11-08 13:43:49
At last ARF is going to have a Junior Player from Japan to not only reprent his country but ARF as well.  Thanks to Mr. Hokoishi who is Sec general of Vice-President of Japan found the player.  The president of IRF, Dr Calkins said during the World Racquetball Championships that success of the future racquetball will be determined by the sucess of junior programs.  This is start for the Japan.  Korea sent several junior players in the past and unfortunately there will be no Korean junior player this year.  

Here is the profile of the Japanese Junior Player:

Name:  Hiromichi Sakurai
DOB:    Apr 1, 1994
Age: 16
Home Club: JAC-Tsuchiura  (IRT-J)
Miromichi lives in Mito City in Ibaragi prefecture. He started playing racquetball in 2003.

Racquetball background:
2003   started racquetball
2004   Korean Junior Championship Anyan (Elementary division: got 1st place)

Good luck to you Hiromich, and have fun and play hard
We are cherring for you!!!!!!!

  ASIA'S LATEST MIRACLE       2010-11-08 11:52:42

When I relocated from New York City to Seoul, South Korea's capital, in 1996, I found the city vibrant and fascinating, but also surprisingly provincial. Koreans preferred their fermented kimchi over any other food, and though I grew to enjoy the spicy staple, a longing for familiarity and the feebleness of my digestive system occasionally demanded a respite from the chili-laden cabbage. That proved challenging. Aside from some fast-food joints and wallet-straining restaurants at five-star hotels, foreign cuisine was hard to come by. It's why I have such fond memories of Lee Je Chun. While studying and working in Germany, Lee acquired a taste for things European, so in 1992, he opened the Jell, a shop that sold wine, cheese, pasta, sausages and other imported delicacies. The occasional chunk of cheddar I'd buy was a cherished reminder of a home far away.

A few weeks ago, I returned to my old neighborhood in Seoul for the first time in 10 years, and much to my surprise, Lee and the Jell are still there. But it wasn't the same place where I shopped in the 1990s. Lee no longer sells food: foreign goodies can now readily be found at supermarkets and Costco outlets. Instead, Lee has built a private club for wine lovers, where he hosts tastings for members who pay a $900 annual fee. In its earlier form, the Jell catered largely to expatriates; today the wine club's members are nearly all locals. Koreans have caught on to the pleasures of a good wine. "Korea has changed a lot," Lee says. "Koreans are opening their minds."
(See pictures of Seoul — the world's most connected city.)

The results are striking. Thirty years ago, Korea was poorer than Malaysia and Mexico. Since then, its GDP per capita has surged by a factor of 10 to $17,000, more than double the levels in those countries. GDP growth was 0.2% in 2009, when much of the rest of the world was contracting, and is estimated to be 6% this year. Yet when I left Korea in 2000, it was an open question whether its success could continue. The embarrassing memories of the 1997 Asian financial crisis were still fresh, and Koreans were worrying that they would lose out to a rising China.

Over the past decade, however, Korea has reinvented itself — it's an Asian miracle again. Korea has become an innovator, an economy that doesn't just make stuff, but designs and develops products, infuses them with the latest technology, and then brands and markets them worldwide, with style and smarts. Samsung and LG, not the Japanese electronics giants, are dominating the hot new LCD-TV business. In 4G phone technology, Samsung is poised to become a leading force, while Hyundai Motor, an industry joke a decade ago, is a top-five automaker, its rising market share fueled by quality cars and nifty marketing. "'Made in Korea' used to be synonymous with cheap and imitative," says Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective, a start-up that markets Korean pop music internationally. "Now it's become premium and innovative." New industries, from online games to pop music, have emerged as powerhouses. Politically as well, Korea is stepping out of Washington's shadow and becoming an influential voice in its own right. Symbolic of that new role, Seoul is hosting the G-20 summit on Nov. 11 and 12, the first Asian country to do so. This nation is a global leader-in-waiting.

Part of Korea's success is simple commitment. Koreans spend some 3.5% of their GDP on R&D, compared with 1.5% in China and less than 1% in Malaysia and India. Innovation, however, isn't something that can be conjured up in government offices or corporate boardrooms. You can tell people to work harder or build a more modern factory, but you can't order them to think better or be more creative. That change has to take place inside people's heads. In Korea, it has. Koreans have become more accepting of diversity and outside influences and quicker to shed old prejudices. Such an outlook was brought about by a fundamental (and continuing) reformation of Korean society. Koreans are breaking down the barriers that held the nation back, a process fostered by political freedom and a passionate embrace of the forces of globalization. Says Cho: "Korea has gone from being a hermit kingdom, from a closed door, to open arms."
(See pictures of South Korea's brawling legislators.)

A Stranger No More
Globalization has always been the engine behind Korea's economic miracle. Beginning in the 1960s, a destitute Korea capitalized on its cheap labor to competitively export toys, shoes and other low-tech goods to consumers in the West. That jump-started income growth; as costs rose, Korea shifted into ships, microchips and other advanced products. Yet to Koreans, globalization was a one-way street. They were happy to sell things to the world, but wanted no more than the profits in return. Koreans didn't care much for foreign cars, foreign investment — or foreigners. Empty taxis would ignore my frantic hails, while locals sometimes swore at me while I walked in Seoul with my Korean-American girlfriend (now wife). Behind its crenellated walls, the Korean economy developed on its own dynamic, and boosted by their unexpected economic success, Koreans came to believe their system was special, even superior. But dangerous problems were festering. Companies were shielded from competition and heavily supported by tight links to the government and banks, allowing them to borrow and invest willy-nilly while building up frightening debt burdens. When I would mention these flaws to businessmen or officials, I got brushed off. The normal rules of economics didn't apply to Korea.

That self-delusion evaporated during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. As Korea's most prominent companies collapsed into bankruptcy and the government endured a humiliating $58 billion International Monetary Fund bailout, Koreans had to rethink the ways they did business, managed their careers — even their entire economic system. The crisis "was the catalyst" for change, says financier Tom Kang. "The old ways didn't work."

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  Samsung targets 1m sales of Galaxy Tab       2010-11-05 10:11:48
Samsung targets 1m sales of Galaxy Tab
2010-11-04 19:51

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Samsung Electronics on Thursday said it targets global sales of up to 1 million units of its new portable PCs the Galaxy Tab.

“We believe it will be possible to sell 1 million units of the Galaxy Tab by the end of this year,” said Shin Jong-kyun, president of the firm’s mobile business unit during a press event where Samsung unveiled its tablet PC.

Experts noted that the 1 million unit goals seemed a highly feasible goal.

GALA XY TAB — Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung Electronics’ mobile business unit, introduces its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab, at its headquarters in southern Seoul on Thursday.
(Ahn Hoon/The Korea Herald)

“Related parts suppliers have already received orders for 2 to 3 million units,” said Park Kang-ho, an analyst at Daishin Securities. “The Samsung executive seemed to be speaking of a minimum target.”

Park predicted that by next year, Samsung may sell up to 7 million Galaxy Tabs to global consumers.

Local customers can expect to meet the new PCs in stores on Nov. 8.

The Android-powered, 7-inch mobile computer comes on the heels of Samsung’s latest hit product, the Galaxy S handsets.

The smartphones have already sold more than 5 million units globally.

The Galaxy Tab will be the first such mobile computer with wireless and 3G network connections that’s realistically portable, industry sources said.

Conscious of Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad whose launch here is imminent, Samsung was busy drawing attention to the lightweight of the Galaxy Tab at the press event.

The tablet fits inside a man’s suit pocket and weighs just 386 grams about the weight of a paper cup full of coffee.

But the PCs were still a bit unwieldy to be used as phones, critics said.

Next year, Shin hinted that Samsung will be rolling out different sized tablet PCs to diversify its models.

Touching upon concerns that the 2.2 Android operating system built exclusively for smartphones was incompatible with the tablets, Shin said future decisions on whether to switch operating systems would depend on consumer response.

“At this time, we have no plans for changes in the operating system,” he said.

Experts pointed out that Samsung can always fall back on upgrades if the system does indeed prove to be incompatible with the tablet PCs.

The Galaxy Tab has already debuted in other countries such as the U.K. and Indonesia, where initial supplies have already been sold out, Samsung said.

Prices will be quite hefty at around 900,000 won ($808) but they will become cheaper for consumers who purchase through SK Telecom, sources said.

SK Telecom is the distributor for Galaxy Tabs.

By Kim Ji-hyun  (

  ASEAN Center opens digital contest       2010-10-31 19:54:34
The ASEAN-Korea Center will hold the “2010 ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition” in November for university students and young artists.

“The competition is organized to promote mutual understanding and create avenues of exchange between the young generation of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and Korea through multimedia including photography and video artworks,” ASEAN-Korea Centre secretary general Cho Young-jai said.

Established in 2009, this year’s competition with “ASEAN-Korean Cities: Urban Culture and Green Life,” as its theme aims to present unique lifestyles, cultures and traditions of cities in ASEAN member states and Korea as well as environment-friendly images portrayed in the cities of both regions, creatively showing the beauty and charm embedded in their culture.

The Philippines Jophel Botero Ybiosa’s winning entry from last year’s ASEAN Multimedia Competition. (Courtesy of ASEAN-Korea Center)

The competition is divided into two categories photography and digital media arts, including video and animation.

Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 10, both online and by mail.

Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries and the winners residing in ASEAN member states will be invited to a six-day trip to Korea for the opening ceremony of the exhibition and workshop with all travel expenses and accommodation provided.

The Korean first prize winners in each of the two categories will win 1.5 million won, the second place 1 million won and the third place takes 300,000 won.

All artworks must be exclusive to this contest, unpublished, and must not have been submitted to any other contests.

Participants must be responsible for their own artworks’ image rights and intellectual property issues.

For more information regarding the competition, visit the center’s website at or contact the information and data unit at or (02) 2287-1141.

By Yoav Cerralbo (

  Brazil may elect Rousseff president to maintain Lula policies, end poverty       2010-10-31 19:36:58
Brazilians are likely to elect Dilma Rousseff as the country’s first female president today after she pledged to continue the policies of her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and end poverty in the world’s eighth-largest economy.

Rousseff, who had never before run for political office, was favored by 51 percent of those surveyed in a Datafolha poll taken Oct. 30, compared with 41 percent for her opponent Jose Serra, a former governor of Sao Paulo state. The winner will take over Jan. 1 from Lula, who has a record 83 percent approval rating as his presidency draws to a close.

Dilma Rousseff, presidential candidate of the ruling Workers Party, waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. Rousseff will face Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party in a presidential runoff on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap News)

Maintaining the current economic policies may be insufficient to allow the next government to match Lula’s successes, which include Brazil’s first investment-grade credit rating in 2008 and record job growth. Traders are pushing up borrowing costs for Brazil, which has $974 billion in public debt, on bets that Rousseff will fail to curb public spending, forcing the central bank to raise interest rates next year.

“You can’t turn on auto-pilot when you’re just taking off,” Carlos Pereira, a visiting Brazilian research fellow at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, said in a phone interview. “It’s something you like to hear from the captain at 30,000 feet and Brazil isn’t there yet.”

Since Lula took office in 2003, 21 million Brazilians were lifted from poverty and the unemployment rate fell to a record low 6.2 percent in September. Under his watch, stocks rose six- fold as the economy expanded at almost twice the pace of the previous eight years and inflation fell by a third from a peak of 17.2 percent.


  Separated families bury lost time       2010-10-31 19:31:48
MOUNT GEUMGANG, North Korea  -- Animated voices were buzzing at a North Korean hotel Sunday, the second day of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, as families began to put behind the painful six decades and share memories of the good times.

“I still cannot believe we are both alive and reunited,” said Kim Weol-hwa, 77, who met her elder sister Seon-a, 80, who had left home to earn some money for the household just before the war and never came back. “I have cried enough and now want to hear more about how my sister has been all these years.”

“I am so, so happy,” the elder Kim said, holding tightly on to her younger sibling’s hand, now crinkled with age just as her own.

The two sisters were one of the 97 families reunited at this scenic mountain resort in North Korea for the first time since the war separated them across the heavily fortified border, underscoring the tragedy on the divided Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas technically remain at war as their conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, the inter-Korean law forbidding the family members from contacting one another across the border.

Ri Jong-ryol (center), 90-year-old former South Korean soldier, looks at a photo album of his family in the South along with his sister and son at the Mount Geumgang resort in North Korea on Saturday.  (Joint Press Corps)

On Sunday, the second day of the three-day reunion, families were given private time in their own rooms for some more personal stories and presents-sharing. These sessions were not disclosed to the media.

Sobbing and singing a doleful Korean folk song, Lee In-sook, 74, looked up and grabbed her 81-year-old brother’s hand protruding from a bus window outside of the hotel.

“Thank you, brother, thank you for being alive (to see me),” Lee told her brother after finishing the song, “longing for my brother.”

Three days being apparently too short to make up for the past six decades they spent separated from one another, families reunited here exchanged gifts that appeared to deliver unspoken words and unexpressed feelings.

“I received handcrafted artwork from my uncle, who said he tried to recreate features of his old hometown Gwangju,” said Yun Sang-ho, 50, who traveled from the South Korean city to meet his 80-year-old uncle Yun Jae-seol.

“My father often spoke about the village before he passed away four months ago. Uncle said he began to make the piece four years ago, when he first applied to meet with us.”

Jeong Gi-ok, 62, who came to meet her brother Gi-hyeong, said she had brought new shoes for the 79-year-old brother, who had “been taken away in bare feet” during the war.

“After finishing all the work the North Korean military has told me to do, I wanted to return to my family. But I couldn’t. I felt sorry that my family has lived with many worries about me,” said the brother, surrounded by his three younger sisters in traditional Korean costumes from the South.

Like the Jeongs, South Korean families brought gifts that were either considered rare in the North like bananas, medicine and instant noodles or ones that had a special meaning for the family like shoes and wind-up clocks.

“We brought all we could and all we could think of,” said Kim Weol-hwa who brought four separate packages of clothes, socks, fruits and other daily necessities, just below the 30 kilogram-limit the Red Cross had attached to the weight of the gifts.

The new round of the reunions came on the heels of easing tensions between the two Koreas, who had been at odds since May, when Seoul officially accused its North Korean rival of torpedoing its warship and killing 46 young sailors.

While continuing to deny the accusation by a team of multinational experts, Pyongyang was first to propose holding a new round of the temporary family reunions in 13 months.

The two Koreas are also continuing talks on ways of regularizing the reunions of family members, most of them now in their late 70s to 80s.

Some 20,800 families have reunited through the family reunions, the first of which was held in 2000 after the landmark summit of the leaders of the two Koreas. Still, some 80,000 applicants in South Korea alone are waiting for a chance to briefly meet with their family member in the North, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.

The families will be bidding farewell perhaps for good, unless the two Koreas are reunited in the near future on Monday, after which South Koreans will travel back to their capitalist country.

On Wednesday this week, a group of 96 South Koreans randomly chosen for reunions will arrive at the North’s mountain resort to be reunited with their loved ones in the North.

North Korea, which relies mostly on outside assistance to feed its impoverished population of 24 million, requested Seoul to send 500,000 tons of rice in aid last week, linking the support with regular family reunions.

The totalitarian state, which reportedly is suffering from deepening food shortages after the flooding this summer, is in need of more food aide to secure stability as its ailing leader Kim Jong-il prepares to transfer power to his youngest son Jong-un, analysts say.

The Korean War broke out when North Korean forces stormed into South Korea in June 1950 and advanced as far as to the perimeter of the southeastern port city of Busan. Upon intervention by U.S.-led U.N. forces, the North rolled back forcing many South Koreans to join its retreating army. Many also voluntarily joined the North. Hundreds of then-South Korean soldiers are believed to be still living in North Korea.

By Joint Press Corps (

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