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Rising hallyu: 26 new Korean words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary adds Korean words

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the accepted principal dictionary of the English language, recently included dozens of Korean words in its September update. 

At the “crest of the Korean wave”: Citing South Korea’s culture, which “continues to rise in international popularity,” the dictionary announced on Tuesday that it added 26 words of Korean origin to its latest edition. 

How one UK educator convinced a publishing company to redo their flashcards depicting Asians with slant-eyes

cards get changed by Oxford

During his fourth year of teaching in the U.K., primary school educator John Luk noticed something concerning about his classroom resources. While looking at a set of phonics flashcards produced by Read Write Inc., he realized that the Asian characters were illustrated with slits for their eyes.

Instead of staying silent, Luk took action. He wrote a letter of complaint, noting that the flashcards in question — a revamp of a previous set of cards that depicted fewer POC characters —  are currently being used in schools worldwide. According to Luk, children aged 4 to 7 in the U.K. must learn phonics, and only a few organizations create phonics schemes to be distributed to schools across the U.K., with Read Write Inc. Phonics being one of them. Their popular phonics cards, which are published by Oxford University Press, are used in more than 5,000 schools in the U.K., as well as in nine states in the U.S. and hundreds of schools around the world.

Immigration officials approve first-ever ‘Dreamer’ Rhodes Scholar’s application to leave to study at Oxford

Jin Park's application to study at Oxford gets approved

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved a “Dreamer’s” application to leave to England to study at the University of Oxford, his lawyers, Boston-based WilmerHale, announced.

The details: In 2018, South Korean immigrant Jin Park became the first-ever Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He will join Santiago Potes, the first Latino DACA recipient and second “Dreamer” ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, at Oxford next month.

Aung San Suu Kyi to Be Stripped of Oxford Honor After Defending Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is reportedly set to be stripped of her Oxford honor after her controversial defense of the Rohingya crisis currently taking place in the country.

Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader who won the 2015 election by a landslide, came under fire for seemingly defending the country’s violent treatment of the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority group, which the United Nations dubbed as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” The Guardian reported.

Pakistani Activist, Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Accepted to Oxford

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who, at age 17,  became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, has recently announced that she has just won a spot to study at Oxford University.

Yousafzai announced on Thursday that she was “excited” after she was accepted to study Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at one of the leading universities in the world, according to NBC

Philippine President Duterte Says Oxford University is a ‘School for Stupid People’

Oxford University, which ranks consistently among the top five universities in the world, has recently been dismissed as a “school for stupid people” by no less than the brash-talking Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

The 72-year-old leader’s pronouncement was reportedly a response to a study from the institution that exposed his use of “keyboard trolls” which allegedly boosted his popularity on social media.