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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 11 -- December 22, 2008



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When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.



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Making sense of my family's wartime struggles

Minha Lee (USA): When the survivors of a tragedy are unwilling to share their experiences, the tragedy gets erased as the generations go by. This happens to every war and every genocide, events that get remembered by dates and important figures, maybe some gruesome pictures, but as the survivors leave this Earth one by one, their stories, the real human history, gets forgotten by most people. .  Full Article


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The drunken swagger of the twilight

Minha Lee (USA): I never understood the touching relationship between Korean people and their soju. Its presence is ubiquitous, from billboards and night clubs to funerals. Soju is an alcoholic beverage that looks like vodka, but tastes a little sweeter. If every nation could be identified by an alcoholic beverage, soju would be synonymous to what it means to be a Korean. Full Article



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The Korean language, logically

Minha Lee (USA): The Korean language pretty much has all the sounds English has, but in Korean, there are no sounds for Z, V, R, and F. There are few sounds that the Korean language has that English doesn’t. Those sounds are (bb) , (jj) , (gg), (ss), and (dd). You will have to hit the roof of your mouth with your tongue while pronouncing the regular consonant to make a harder consonant sound.  Full Article


More of Minha Lee's pictures from Korea:


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The hustle and bustle of tiny Korea

Minha Lee (USA): The constant hustle and bustle of this society never seems to fade. On every street are numerous original stores and specialty shops. Though Korea has its fair share of globalization – McDonalds and Starbucks are well established – the real spirit of the Korean economy lies in small, independent restaurants, shops and vendors.  Full Article



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How to fix an Emo teen

Minha Lee (USA): Do you often find yourself too sad to tie your shoelaces? Do you ever slave over your hair to flip exactly the right way to hide your sorrow stricken eyes? Have you ever written a tear stained break-up song, somehow sounding a lot like My Chemical Romance? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you might be stranded in Emoland, U.S.A.

Teens such as yourself make this place a home and are often reluctant to leave. But before you drown yourself in tears, there is a road to your salvation, if you have about $1,500 and a month or more to spare. What you need to do is fly to a country called Korea. Full Article


Teen writer returns to Korea

Born in Seoul, Korea, Minha Lee lived in Korea, Romania, and Ukraine as a young girl. She moved from Korea to Minnesota with her family at age 11. On a high school visit to Korea, she began to see her home country from a different perspective. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York and attends Pratt Institute.  Photo above shows Minha Lee in Seoul, Korea. Below Is Minha Lee And Her Younger Sister.


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And watch for a special edition soon featuring the reaction of more than two dozen teens from all over the world to the election of President-elect Barack Obama.


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