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It’s the Year of the Dog

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

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SHINee’s Jonghyun Commits Suicide

A tragic news spread yesterday and left the Korean entertainment industry, fans and other celebrities worldwide in shock. SHINee’s main vocalist Jonghyun committed suicide in an apartment on December 18th 2017. Although he was brought to hospital after discovery, he didn’t survive. His death note and last Instagram post reveals that he lost the battle against depression, giving into his longtime death wish in the end. Many activities of his label SM Entertainment and other celebrities have been halted and netizens withdraw from online activities the K-pop world is morning. There is a public memorial for fans and a private one for family and close friends. Many celebrities paid their last respect and bid farewell to Jonghyun.

So I’ll also halt the Christmas Calendar for today, I already struggled posting yesterday. I keep on tearing up thinking of such a young (27!!), talented, loving and straight forward man leaving this world far to early. Jonghyun wants to be remembered and praised as an artist, let’s try to do that.

#RIPJonghyun #종현_끝까지기억할께

If you want to read about the incident, I’ll link you Korean, English and German articles here:

  • SM Entertainment official statement, Koreaboo
  • Police official statement, Soompi
  • “Shinee singer Jonghyun dies”, BBC
  • “SHINee Sänger Jonghyun ist tot”, Spiegel
  • Overall article on Jonghyun’s suicide, BBC
  • Jonghyun’s suicide letter, translated by Korean Harald or Koreaboo
  • “Jonghyun’s death sends shock waves through K-pop scene”, Korean Harald
  • Profile on SHINee’s Jonghyun, Korean Harald

Picture source via Twitter @gehenna1986 Thank You!

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It’s the Year of the Rooster

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

To be more precisely, it’s the year of the fire rooster. People born this year are said to be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. In all the rooster-born are said to have great characteristics such as being observant, communicative, frank, quick minded and multi-talented which leaves them with a certain confidence in themselves. On that point, however, they might tend to an eccentric and boastful life-style, being moody and impatient or impassive as the quickly lose interest after being overenthusiastic about something.

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I just enjoy Google Asia’s New Years banner every time :3

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Demos gegen Koreas Präsidentin auf Höhepunkt

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Find the English version

Jeder Lichtpunkt ist ein Mensch – Hunderttausende sind in Südkorea am 03. Dezember 2016 gegen Präsidentin Park auf die Straßen gegangen. Schon seit mehreren Wochen protestieren jeden Samstag tausende Koreaner gegen Präsidentin Park Geun-Hye – sowohl in Seoul auf dem Gwanghwamun Platz als auch im Ausland. Sie fordern den Rücktritt von Park nachdem diese schon seit Monaten in eine Korruptionsaffäre verwickelt ist. Trotz eine öffentlichen Entschuldigung Parks, hat sie bisher einen Rücktritt nicht in Erwägung gezogen, weswegen vor allem die Stimmen junger Koreaner laut geworden sind. Sie hoffen, die vor allem durch die ältere Generation gewählte Präsidentin Park endlich absetzen zu können. Park ist die Tochter des früheren 3. Präsidenten Koreas Park Chung-Hee. Offiziell darf dieser in Korea nicht mehr als Diktator bezeichnet werden, obwohl er durch seine Militärdiktatur Südkorea zu einem Industriestaat (Tiger-Staat) und zu Wohlstand gebracht hat.

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It’s the Year of the Monkey

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

If you’re born in this year your character traits are probably somewhere around these: sociable, intelligent, optimistic, quick-witted, confident, romantic, restless, selfish, stubborn and reckless.

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I liked this pic from Google 😀