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Forum revisits lives of first-generation of Koreans in Hawaii

Forum revisits lives of first-generation of Koreans in Hawaii

HONOLULU - It was on Jan. 13, 1903, when the first organized group of Koreans arrived on the shores of Honolulu. Numbering slightly over 100, they became the first-generation Korean immigrants in Hawaii. Over the next two-and-a-half years, nearly 7,400 Koreans immigrated to Hawaii in search of a new future, escaping famine and the turbulent political climate in their home country amid imminent Japanese colonization. But life wasn't as glorious as they had expected. They worked in sugarcane and pineapple fields from early morning to sundown, earning about 60 cents per day. Despite the hardships, the immigrants stayed on and continued living in Hawaii. After their contracts on farms ended, many Koreans left for better jobs in cities, where they formed families, established schools for their children and built churches to fulfill their spiritual and communal needs.

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North Korea blames balloons from South for COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea blames balloons from South for COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea has blamed balloons from South Korea for its COVID-19 outbreak, claiming that two people in the border area started showing symptoms after coming into contact with “alien things coming by wind” from the South. Citing health authorities, the Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang's official mouthpiece, reported Friday that a soldier, 18, and a child, 5, at Ipho-ri in Kumgang County were its first official COVID-19 patients. The broadcaster did not specify what they touched but, in a warning, it added that people living in border areas should be cautious of balloons and “the things attached to the balloons.”

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Institutional investors dump Samsung shares amid macroeconomic uncertainty

Institutional investors dump Samsung shares amid macroeconomic uncertainty

Institutional investors are engaging in a selling spree of Samsung Electronics shares on protracted fears of an economic recession here and abroad. Samsung shares hit a 22-month low of 55,900 won ($43.13) at one time on Friday. The Samsung fall also dragged down the KOSPI. The main bourse narrowly defended the 2,300-point mark, closing at 2,305.42, down 1.17 percent or 27.22 points. Samsung shares finished at 56,200 won, down 1.4 percent from a day earlier.

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Xi praises 'one country, two systems' framework at 25th anniversary of Hong Kong handover

Xi praises 'one country, two systems' framework at 25th anniversary of Hong Kong handover

HONG KONG ― Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the "one country, two systems" principle on his two-day visit to Hong Kong, marking the 25th anniversary of the handover of the city by the U.K. to China. The remarks come as Beijing increases its influence over the city, with the passage of the national security law in 2020. It was the Chinese leader's first trip out of the mainland since the outbreak of the pandemic, and also since the passage of the controversial security law. Xi last visited the former British colony in 2017, for the 20th anniversary of the handover.

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'97 group' lawmakers throw hats into DPK leadership race

'97 group' lawmakers throw hats into DPK leadership race

A group of younger lawmakers in the main opposition party announced their bids for the party's leadership position, calling for a generational shift inside the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK).

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Negative views of China among Koreans hit all-time high: survey

Negative views of China among Koreans hit all-time high: survey

Negative views of China among Koreans are at a historic high of 80 percent, a recent survey shows. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank, unfavorable views of the neighboring country among Korean nationals have increased substantially over the last several years after China's economic retaliation for Korea's decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system and the emergence of COVID-19, a contagious disease Chinese authorities initially tried to hide following a report from Wuhan.

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