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South Korea presidential scandal : What you need to know.
South Korea has been plunged into a political scandal that treatens to engulf the presidency of Par has seen thousands of protesters take to the streets.
Park sacked the country’s prime minister wednesday, amid an ongoing cabinet reshuffle and the resignations of several of her key aides.
The drama surrounds Park’s friend and informal adviser, Choi, for whom prosecutros issued an arrest warrant wednesday on charges of abouse of power and attempted fraud following accusations she had access to secret government documents and intervened in state affairs.
Who are the Chols?
Park relationship with Choi and her fathe Choi tae-min has long been controversial in Korea.
The lelder Choi first became close with park following the death of her mother at the hands of a North Korean assassin in 1974, while park’s father, dictator park ws presdient.
Accoriding to the Korea Times, choi founded the eternal life church in the 1970s, mixing aspects Christianity, Buddhism and indigenous Korean religion Cheondism, which incorporates elements of shamanism. CHoi named himself a modern day Buddha and called for all people to strive for eternal life.
A confidential 2007 US diplomatic cable, published by Wikileaks, referenced rumors tht Choi had complete control over Park’s body and soul during her formative years and that his children accumulated enormous wealth as a result.
After Park’s father was assassinated in 1979 by the then director of the Korean CIA, his killer cited Choi’s relationship with the young Park as one of the reasons.
Even members of park’s family expressed concern. Her younger sister Guen brother Ju-man filed a petition in 1990 to then-presdient Roh Tae-woo expressing concerns that Choi was manipulating park.
to influence or control someone to your advantage, often without that person knowing it.
South Korea’s golfing women : You are either a champion, or nothing
Yo are either a champion, or you are nothing.
It is a line that encapsulates the sporting mentality that has seen South Korean golfers swarm the upper echelons of the women’s game.
Since 2008, nearly 40% of the major championships on the LPGA Tour have been won by South Koreans. It boasts six of the world’s top 10 ranked players and 40 of the top 100.
A fiercely competitive society married with an intrinsic dedication to getting better has fostered a generation of women that has transformed and revolutionzed the game. korans are the most disciplined people on earth, PGA coasch Brian Mogg, who has an academy in Seoul, told CNN’s Living golf show.
You tell them to do something but they don’t just do it, they do it to the nth degree, and they do it hard and passionate. When you put hard work and discipline together you are going to create some success.
Se Ri Pak’s kids
The pioneer for this influx of golfing prodigies was Se Ri Park.
She became the first South Koran to capture a major at the 1998 LPGA Championship. Such was her limited grasp of English at the time ,Pak didn’t realize it was amajor until after she’d clinched the title.
Pak would go on to win a whopping 39 professional tournaments and five majors in a career that was spawned by a fastidious father who would occasionally make her spend the night alone in a cemetery to toughen her up
Ten years after her breakthorugh triumph, Se Ri’s kid began to permeate the LPGA’s ranks and started a trend that now sees its women dominate. There have been 11 more major winners from the country since.
Inbee Park has seven to her name at just 28. Lydia Ko, who won her first pro tournament aged just 14, was born in Seoul before moving to New Zealand.
Se Ri has raised the standard of Korean golf and helped the careeres of so many players, In Gee Chun, a two-time major champion, said. Not only that, her success had lifted the whole golf industry in the country.
Ha Na Jang, who has three LPGA Tour victories and $2 million career earnings to her name, adds: Se Ri is a golfing legend in Korea. It’s an honor for me to try to follow her path.