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‘Sounds cooler in English’: South Korean president’s unnecessary mixing of languages annoys citizens

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  • South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s “unnecessary” use and praise of English has some citizens alleging he has a “complex.”
  • Yoon has been heard using English terms on several occasions, even when the events did not call for a mixing of languages.
  • In a meeting on June 10, the president stated that “When you say ‘National Memorial Park’ in English, it sounds cool, but when you say ‘Gukrip Chumo Gongwon,’” referring to the Korean equivalent of the name, “it doesn’t.”
  • A representative from Yoon’s main opposition party told viewers on a radio show that Yoon appears to have “some sort of complex about English.”
  • The Sejong Institute of Korean Language and Culture Director Kim Seul-ong also argued that the president had a responsibility as the country’s leader to speak in a way that is most accessible to the public.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s “unnecessary” use and praise of English has some citizens alleging he has a “complex.”  

Yoon has been heard using English terms on several occasions, even when the events did not call for a mixing of languages.

South Korean senior official’s endorsement of gay conversion therapy sparks resignation calls

  • Kim Seong-hoi, the newly-appointed religion and multicultural secretary of South Korea, faced major backlash for his apparent endorsement of gay conversion therapy.
  • Kim was initially criticized for his 2019 Facebook post, in which he described homosexuality as “a type of mental illness.”
  • He faced further backlash for his post on Tuesday, in which he added that “some people have innate homosexual tendencies, but in many cases, I think people mistake their learned habits as natural qualities.”
  • Kim is a senior official under conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was sworn into office on Tuesday.
  • The Rainbow Action Against Sexual Minority Discrimination of Korea also responded, calling for Kim’s resignation and stating that “it has already been confirmed that the so-called conversion therapy is unscientific and goes against international human rights law.”

Kim Seong-hoi, the newly-appointed religion and multicultural secretary of South Korea, faced major backlash for his apparent endorsement of gay conversion therapy.  

Kim was initially criticized for his 2019 Facebook post, in which he described homosexuality as “a type of mental illness.” 

South Korea set to scrap ‘Korean age’ system

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  • During a press conference on Monday, South Korean President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee announced that the administration would amend laws to switch the country to the international age system.
  • South Korea remains one of the only countries to use “age reckoning,” in which a person’s age is measured starting from conception rather than birth. This means a person is born 1 year old and becomes a year older every Lunar New Year.
  • The practice originates from China, based on the idea that life starts well before birth.
  • There have been two previous attempts – one in 2019 and another in 2021 – by South Korean lawmakers to make the change.

South Korean President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee announced on Monday during a press conference that the administration would amend laws to switch the country to the international age system.

South Korea remains one of the only countries to use “age reckoning” as a means of measuring a person’s age. The traditional East Asian practice, in which a person’s age starts from conception rather than birth, calculates age by year rather than by date. According to this method, a person is born 1 year old at birth and becomes a year older every Lunar New Year.

South Korean president elect retreats on anti-feminist pledge to abolish Ministry of Gender Equality

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  • South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who vowed to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights”
  • Yoon’s transition team told reporters on Thursday that his administration intended to maintain the current government structure, although “the pledge [was] still valid.”
  • Yoon’s candidacy was met with heavy criticism from feminist groups after he claimed that South Korean women do not suffer from systemic gender discrimination.
  • He appealed to young, anti-feminist men who claim the country’s women have it too good.

Conservative South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who pledged to abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on his campaign trail, has retracted his promise after human rights groups called the idea “a regression on women’s rights.”

Ahn Cheol-soo, the People’s Party chairman in charge of Yoon’s transition team, told reporters on Thursday that the administration intended to keep the existing government structure.