Saturday, June 26, 2010 • 2:16 pm
Everyone has World Cup fever and why not, it’s a beautiful game so I was thrilled to have my two teams advanced to the round of 16. Like a brilliant theologian, I tweeted the above
But apparently, God doesn’t answer prayers about sporting events or about my request to God bless Korea and USA and no one else… Don’t get all riled up and call the Theology Police Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , korea, prayer, soccer, south korea, twitter, USA, world cup
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 • 12:01 am
One of my readers sent me this video couple months ago because well, I somehow and mysteriously got on this video.
Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to create a viral video and tried with this one but no luck. But God answered my prayers (sarcasm here) and somehow, Kim Jong-Il (the notorious North Korean dictator) and I star in the same video that has been viewed at least 3 million times (and that’s just on YouTube). Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , asian, kim jong il, korea, racism, youtube
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 • 12:01 am
What is wrong with us?
So, President Obama bows in respect to the Japanese emperor during his recent visit to Japan and the next thing you know, all kind of crazy, nonsensical, and ridunkulous statements are flung through the newspapers, blogosphere, radio shows, and chit chats.
What exactly is wrong with the image above?
What are your reactions to the reactions?
Here are some of my thoughts: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, japan, korea, president obama, presidential bow
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • 12:43 am
Wow. I’m speechless.
I don’t have the energy to post anything substantive but wanted to share this video of a gospel choir called Heritage Mass Choir.
What makes them even a more pleasant surprise is that this is a Korean gospel choir. Who says we don’t have s(e)oul? They’re singing a song entitled, My Desire is to Worship God (Kirk Franklin), in Korean and if you only want a tidbit, start watching around 3:00. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , gospel, gospel choir, Heritage Mass Choir, Kirk Franklin, korea
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • 1:55 pm
Simple invitation: Join me to watch this award winning film – Crossing – at Q Cafe. Here’s the FaceBook Invitation.
Awareness can not be underestimated. One of my goals in life is to raise awareness and then see if and how people respond. I can’t control that response but I can work towards raising awareness.
There are certainly many issues but one that is still hidden to much of the consciousness of the larger world is the grave suffering and injustices in North Korea. And yes, it is close to my heart because North Korea is where my ancestors are from.
The special screening of the film – CROSSING – co-sponsored by Q Cafe and Quest Church on Monday, May 4 @ 7pm. Every person that I know that have seen the film says it is incredible. It was considered for an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2009 and stars an actor I respect immensely – Cha In Pyo – not just for his talent but for his compelling altruism and humanitarian efforts. Tickets are ONLY $5 and $3/students but if you can’t afford it for whatever reason, I will comp your ticket. ALL proceeeds go to support the work compassion and justice in North Korea. You can buy the tickets here. We are partnering with Liberty in North Korean [LiNK]. They will also be present at the film screening to introduce the film and conduct some Q/A.
Here’s the 2 minute trailer: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , crossing, korea, korean film, liberty in north korea, LiNK, north korea, Q Cafe, seattle, south korea
Monday, January 26, 2009 • 12:01 am
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of my friends, family, church community, blog readers, and the larger community a very Happy New Year!
As some of you know, today [Monday, January 26] is the celebration of the Lunar New Year. As we begin Year 4707 today - the Year of the Ox, Minhee and I extend heartfelt blessings to you and yours not simply so that we languish in our own blessedness but are compelled to live lives of blessing unto others and the glory of Christ.
Lunar New Year isn’t just Chinese New Year. Many of the Asian nations including Korea Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: family, chinese new year, korea, lunar new year, new year, seollal
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • 11:44 am
I’m not sharing this to propagate gossip. There’s enough of it – both in the secular and sadly, christian community as well. But, when I read this news of a famous Korean actress and her lover being “sentenced” this morning, it really intrigued me because even after living in Korea for several years as an adult and doing pastoral ministry for couple years in my birthplace referred to some as the Land of the Morning Calm, I had absolutely no idea that adultery was “illegal” and a crime. I enjoy following Korean films when and IF they’re available here in the States but I don’t follow pop culture in Korea especially since my reading capacity is elementary.
In addition, you know that I’ve been posting thoughts and stories about government, politics, religion, morality and how they all engage together. Simply, the question I keep coming to is,
“What is the government’s role in legislating morality?”
I vacillate back and forth regarding the government’s role and constantly feel conflicted. I agree that adultery is “damaging to the social order” in addition to the clear damage to the SOUL. For the record, I acknowledge that your assessment and/or criticism that I have inconsistent views about the government’s role have weight. And there are days when I just think we should run everything by LAW all over again. Why? Because all of us have such an undeserving and under appreciated entitlement to freedom and grace.
What do you think of the above and below? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, culture, family, adultery, divorce, korea, marriage, morality, ok so ri, park chul, south korea
Friday, December 22, 2006 • 1:43 am
What are the 10 Best Korean films?
Here is my list. Some may question the inclusion of some of these films but they fulfill my requirements -
- a compelling story
- superb acting
- captivating cinematography
- a larger societal impact and message
I make these recommendations not simply because I’m Korean-American and have a healthy level of pride in Korean art & culture but because anyone that knows anything about film can attest how the Korean film industry is making some serious waves around the world. Each year, you will see an increasing number of films being entered into international film festivals (and some that have walked away with notable prizes such as Oldboy in the 2004 Cannes film festival). With the emergence of Asian film festivals in growing urban cities around the world, you’ll be learning more and more about Korean actors, actresses, directors, and films. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, entertainment, asian-american, best korean films, best korean movies, korea, korean cinema, south korean, top korean films, top korean movies