- United Nations and Global Governance
- Three Key Objectives of the UN
- International Peace
- Human Rights
- Development, Education, and Environment
- Inter-Korean Relations and Reunification
Today, September 24, Park Geun-hye addressed the United Nations on the topics of:
On Tuesday, September 23, the Center for Strategic and Intentional Studies held a conference on Womenomics: Why it Matters for Japan and the World.
Equality of women in the global workforce would benefit both women and men. Seriously. According to Eileen Pennington of the Women's Empowerment Program for the Asia Foundation, when women make money, they invest more into their homes and childcare improving overall life, and even decreasing infant mortality. Increased labor force participation increases growth and for countries like Japan with both a shrinking population and an aging workforce, they need every boost they can get. The Middle East is the only region that has a higher gender gap in the workfoce than Asia, meaning countries like Korea, China, and Japan have a lot of room for improvement, and a lot of opportunities for economic growth.
In the U.S. we have tons of fall activities. Pumpkin carving, apple picking, finding costumes for Halloween, but a lot of our activities overlap cultures and countries. For example, we admire the changing colors of leaves, but Koreans take it to a whole different level...
Look, I get that often times men do not understand why women are so irate about small things, such as telling us to smile, but articles such as this one below really touch a personal nerve with me. As someone constantly [winning] suffering from RBF I find it quite insulting when men (yes, it is literally always men. Okay, okay ONE TIME the security guard downstairs always asked me why I looked upset all the time but that is NOT telling me to smile and she seemed honestly concerned so it's nice to know someone's looking out. you know what, that doesn't even count. It's only men) tell me to smile. Or tell me I look prettier when I smile. Or tell me to smile more often.
Therefore, I am telling all of you to read this article on the 33 Thoughts That Go Through A Women's Mind When You Tell Her To Smile. I like to imagine this girl thinking my favorites (below).
Okay, get ready for literally the creepiest thing (well, series) to ever hit this blog... No not the documentary title. Keep reading.
The largest democracy in the world recently elected a new leader, and to be successful at leading his already divided country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should turn an ear to the Indian-American population.
A domestic debate: The successful Indian Diaspora is considered one of India’s richest natural resources but remains mostly untapped by the Indian government. Modi must decide how close he wishes his government to be to the Indian migrants to the west. Traditionally, India has shunned those who left because of their western framework and a feeling of abandonment; however this closed idea of thinking is keeping out new ideas, expertise and modernization.
While the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs established “Overseas Indian’s Day” (Pravasi Bharatiya Divas) to makre the contribution of overseas Indian community to the development of India, the government still cannot decide what the role of Indian-Americans should be. Modi’s upcoming visit to New York City, where he is expected to deliver a major policy speech on the Indian Diaspora will be a pivitol decision on how the Indian government embraces those who left in the future.
Joining forces: The public reception organized by the Indian-American Community Foundation (IACF) in Madison Square Garden is an ideal stepping stone for Modi to embrace the leadership and promise the Indian American community can contribute. The 20,000 Indian Americans traveling Madison Square on September 28 presents itself as a unique opportuntiy for “a stronger relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies,” according to IACF spokesperson Anand Shah. This gathering is the largest scheduled public reception by a foreign leader on American soil in recent history.
A large number of U.S. lawmakers, community leaders, and congressmen are also expected to attend the event.
The Indian Diaspora witnessed a major boom in the United States during the IT movement in the 1990s. Currently, there are over three million Indian-Americans residing in the U.S. today.
Stumbled upon this gem when reading the Cup of Jo blog:
I think this..."perfectionist gene" that too many young women have holds them back, and instead they should be really aiming for "good enough." You don't have to be perfect. Most men never think like that. They're just trying to figure out what's the opening and how they can seize it.
I think a lot of women struggle with being perfect at their job. I am not sure exactly where this stems from (are "we" just like that? Is it to match up to male co-workers? whats going on here?) but I definitely see it often.
I have literally never been like that in my life in basically anything. My first "real job" (in an office, getting paid) the job description was essential to put out as many fires as you can while still moving forward. Essentially, as long as I contained the issues enough so that the company could forge ahead we'd be okay. Sometimes now I feel like everything has to be perfect (it's my new job description so it's definitely more important now). Being "perfect" is hard for me because it goes against how I function and how I've worked in the past but it has definitely allowed me to grow as an employee and as a person.
Now, it's all in the balance of how I do things. Yes, some things have to be perfect--as they should be! But other details that I get down on should just be let go so I can move on.
The quote originally came from a Glamour article chock full of more career advice from HRC, here.
While studying abroad at Korea University in Seoul I was super pumped when my parents visited, but was also super bummed when my sister couldn't. Therefore, I was beyond excited when my sister was able to stay with me for a week during my grant year. Not only would I have someone to show-off my uber knowledge on Korea but I would also have someone witnessing the hilarious struggles that I went through every day.
Coffee shops are BY FAR my favorite part of Korea. Well, Korean notebooks are also pretty awesome. But when Kitsi visited I had a great time showing her some of Korea's best soft power: coffeeshopatmosphere. Seriously, you can't beat it. Don't even try. Well, try a little, I MISS IT.
Maybe I am only just now starting to pay attention to these things but a few books by Korean-American authors have been hitting the top lists by sites like Buzzfeed and Bustle. For example, Follow Her Home was featured on Bustle's "Femme Fatale" list. A story on a Korean-American detective who finds herself in the middle of mystery involving her closest friends. Bustle reviews, "Cha’s book really sings when she brings the Korean American community in L.A. to life; part sleaze and part immigrant striving, it’s the perfect setting for an L.A. noir in contemporary times."
This summer while in the Barnes and Nobles at Union Square I picked up a copy of I'll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin. Laying on the " Must Read" table right next to Ready Player One this book is sure to be a hit stateside. Shin's English debut was in the powerful novel, Please Look After Mom, which sold over a million copies in South Korea. Both of her books depict contemporary Korea, with IBRT discussing the 1980s political revolution against an authoritarian leader from the point of university students who fawn after a beloved professor. To learn more about liberalism in South Korea, check out Steven Denney's recent feature in The Diplomat.
Know any other books focused on Korean or Korean-American issues? I'm interested to know what else is out there...