[Editing] KAI expects record year with fighter project

ORIGINAL South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries grabbed a chance to boost its profile as it was chosen as a preferred bidder for a long-awaited homegrown 8.5 trillion won ($8.3 billion) fighter jet project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the country’s arms procurement agency, selected Monday the Korea Aerospace Industries, or KAI, as a preferred bidder for the he Korean Fighter Experimental aircraft project to develop the country’s mid-level jets to replace the aging F-4s and F-5s. “The KAI will lead the next generation fighter development project successfully based on its technology and experience accumulated with the development…

[Editing] Gunman kills 3 in Sejong City

ORIGINAL Three people were killed Wednesday after a man fired a shotgun at them in Sejong City, according to police. A few hours after the incident, the assailant was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head. The shooting took place at around 8:10 a.m. The 50-year-old gunman, identified by his surname Kang, opened fire at a 50-year-old man who was about to get in his car to go to work. The victim is the elder brother of Kang’s ex-girlfriend surnamed Kim. Kang also shot Kim’s 74-year-old father residing near her brother’s house. He then moved to a…

[Editing] State child care policy turns back on have-nots

ORIGINAL The Gender Equality Ministry has been seeking to inflate the success of its child care program by pushing to recruit families that do not require extra funding, while blanking those most in need. According to a public document released by the ministry last year, it offers separate incentives to those who recruit families whose financial standings are relatively stable. Families in those income brackets can be included in the ministry’s child care program without the need for extra government support, allowing it to claim that the uptake of child care has risen, without having to pay the extra cost…

[Editing] P.M. nominee apologizes for concerns, denies accusations

ORIGINAL Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan-koo apologized for causing concerns but denied allegations made against him by opposition lawmakers on Tuesday, as his two-day confirmation hearing began. Rep. Lee, the former floor leader of the governing Saenuri Party, was nominated by President Park Geun-hye to the Prime Minister’s Office late last month. But accusations that Lee had profited from real estate deals and blackmailed reporters have endangered his appointment. Lee will have to convince legislators that he deserves the government’s No. 2 job by Thursday, when a plenary vote will decide the politician’s fate. Lee’s failure to secure a majority…

[Editing] The off switch

Being in the limelight isn’t easy. Expat funnyman Sam Hammington reveals life behind the laughs

[Editing] Korea’s black racism epidemic

OriginalFinal Beauty Epps, of undetermined age and from Chicago, tells this story of being a black woman on the subway in Seoul. “Someone came up to me and said, ‘Africa’,” Epps says.  “I said in Korean, ‘No, migukin.’  She said, ‘No, Africa.’”  Which wasn’t a big deal – Epps doesn’t mind necessarily being confused with an African, and it doesn’t happen very often.  But then the woman said, “‘We domesticated you.’”  Epps couldn’t believe it.  “My jaw just hit the ground.”  She walked away and went to the next subway car. Most foreigners would agree that, even if their experiences…

[Editing] Two roads to art

The journey of an artist For an artist, sometimes the creative process is inspired by curiosity, wonderment, awe of their subjects or surroundings. Other times it is fueled by reactions to love, life, pleasure, pain, culture or society. This month, Groove Korea examines the journeys of two expat visual artists with very different approaches: one an optimist who finds inspiration in observing and embracing the world around him, the other a critic of society who practices no restraint in confronting the issues relevant to himself and his peers. Wherever the artists find their muse, two characteristics propel both of their…

[Editing] Today’s Grapes, Tomorrow’s Wine: Vendimia Festival 2009

ORIGINAL Several hundred people chat away, the smell of multiple barbeques, fried empanadas and live music fill the air, glasses are in hand and wine bottles are everywhere. Chile does not let the start of the grape harvest pass by without a party. La Festival de la Vendimia (wine harvest festival) is the way to experience the best Chile has to offer. In many ways it resembles the national independence day, Diezyocho de Septiembre (the 18th of September). There is plenty of the traditional music and dance, the cueca, at least three empanadas for every man, woman and child, but…