Korean-American residents hoping old foes will bury the hatchet at last

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt also came just a day after North Korea signed on to an international deal to disable its nuclear facilities. “I don’t pay attention to politics and politicians,” said Soo Oh of Woodland Hills, manager of the receiving area at a supermarket in the Reseda shopping center, “but this seems to have promise.” “This raises hope. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint.” Some Korean-Americans especially expressed hope for the disabling of North Korea’s nuclear facilities – which the country has promised to do after decades of moving to become a nuclear power. “It is a good sign for world peace,” Moon said. A historic pledge by North and South Korean leaders Thursday to bring peace to the two countries was greeted with optimism by local Korean-Americans, who hope a long-awaited reconciliation is in sight to unite a country divided by war more than a half-century ago. “Korea is a great country, and peace will go a long way in the world seeing its greatness,” said Carolyn Moon, operator of an organic health store in a Korean shopping center in Reseda. Leaders of the two countries vowed to bring peace by seeking talks with China and the United States to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. The agreement came at the end of only the second summit between the divided Koreas, where war ended with an armistice and created what is now the last bastion of the Cold War. The optimism was echoed by Korean-Americans in the Koreatown area west of downtown Los Angeles, which is home to 200,000 Koreans. At a Koreatown driving range, golf pro Hun Park said a peace treaty would be a welcome boon to next year’s Beijing Olympics. “Wouldn’t it make a great statement for the opening ceremony?” Park said. “Korea’s joint team to be emblematic of the two Koreas finding their way to come together?” Coming to L.A. Many Korean-Americans who now make their homes in L.A. emigrated in the wake of the Korean War, including families such as that of Jane Kim Chang, 46, of Porter Ranch. “My father fought in the Korean War and didn’t like what happened (afterward),” said Chang, former president of the Valley Korean American Parents Association. “He didn’t want his son to go through what he had gone through, so he brought us all to America.” In the San Fernando Valley, Korean-Americans have largely settled in Northridge, Granada Hills and Chatsworth, where good schools were a magnet for education-conscious Koreans like Chang. An artist, she has a fine-arts degree from UCLA. Her oldest child is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. “I hope this is just the first step of interacting between North Korea and South Korea and of them working together,” she said. “They should be working hand in hand.” Some local Korean-Americans said that in addition to the economic and nuclear ramifications of the agreement, the deal will have a strong emotional impact. “So many families have been separated for generations because of the way Korea has been divided,” said Kim Lee, a spa owner in Koreatown. “There are entire families in the South who have never known their relatives in the North.” In the 54 years after an armistice ended the Korean War, two profoundly different Koreas have evolved – a democratic South that is a world economic power buttressed by 28,000 American troops on its soil, and an impoverished, totalitarian North. Steps toward peace But North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed their peace agreement after three days of meetings in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in only the second such summit between the countries. The two Koreas “agreed to closely cooperate to end military hostility and ensure peace and easing of tension on the Korean peninsula,” according to their statement. Substantive progress on any peace treaty would require the participation of the U.S. and China, which also fought in the conflict. South Korea never signed the 1953 armistice ending the war. The United States already has pledged to discuss peace, but has insisted that any final settlement would be contingent on Pyongyang’s total nuclear disarmament. The summit ended a day after an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. – along with other regional powers at China-hosted arms talks – in which Pyongyang promised to disable its main nuclear facilities and fully declare its nuclear programs by Dec. 31. Many Korean-Americans in L.A. said they believed today’s global economy made it inevitable that the two governments would eventually sign a peace and economic agreement. “South Korea has too much to offer – it could only be to the advantage (of North Korea),” said Justin Shim, a store manager in Reseda. “This is a first step of maybe many steps. The future is very promising.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgREPUBLIC of Ireland WU17 head coach Dave Connell has named his squad for the forthcoming UEFA WU17 Championships Qualifying Round Group 4 in Serbia next week and has included Lagan Harps Zoe McGlynn in his line-up.The Irish will meet Lithuania, Romania and the hosts Serbia over the course of the tournament. The winners and runners-up of the groups go through along with the required number of third-placed teams with the best record against the first and second-placed teams, to ensure there are 24 sides in the next phase.Ireland recently had two friendly games against Denmark in preparation for this campaign. They won the first game 1-0 then lost the second game 5-3. “We have everybody back fit after a couple of players picked up knocks in the friendlies against Denmark and they all should be ok,” said Connell.“Jamie Finn has returned after a stress factor and she had been close to the U19s so her experience will be a boost to the squad. Goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan is also fit again after a fractured thumb.”Connell is hoping to make up for the disappointment of our U19 side failing to progress to the elite phase with the younger squad. He believes that this group of players can be an attacking threat.“There’s potential to be a good attacking side here with this squad. In the previous squad we’ve been tight at the back and lacked fire power whereas this squad could be a little the other way around,” he said. “We’ll work very hard once we come in to train together on making sure we’re not conceding goals as we do have a lot of players in the squad who can score goals.“There’s nothing easy at this level and we saw that with the U19s last month. We were very disappointed to go out as we’d got off to a good start and it didn’t work out the way we wanted.“Lithuania will be a venture into the unknown, we played Romania in the last campaign and they were tricky enough. Amanda made a few good saves that day.“Serbia will be a big test in their own patch. We know from experience that it’s never easy there.”REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne)Courtney Higgins (Shelbourne)Dearbhaile Beirne (Shelbourne)Jamie Finn (Shelbourne) Nadine Ryan (Shelbourne)Sophie Watters (Shelbourne)Fiona Donnelly (Shelbourne)Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Peamount United)Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United)Lauryn O’Callaghan (Peamount United)Lucy McCartan (Peamount United)Danielle Murray (Peamount United)Niamh Prior (St Joseph’s)Evelyn Daly (Lakewood)Saoirse Noonan (Douglas Hall)Sarah McKevitt (Peake Villa)Chloe Maloney (Connolly Celtic)Zoe McGlynn (Lagan Harps)FIXTURESUEFA WU17 Championships Qualifying Round Group 4Friday, October 17Republic of Ireland v Lithuania, Gradski, Subotica (SRB)(3.00pm Irish)Serbia v Romania, Backa, Subotica (SRB) (3.00pm Irish)Sunday, October 19Republic of Ireland v Romania, Backa, Subotica (SRB) (3.00pm Irish)Lithuania v Serbia, Gradski, Subotica (SRB) (3.00pm Irish)Wednesday, October 22Romania v Lithuania, Gradski, Subotica (SRB) (3.00pm Irish)Serbia v Republic of Ireland, Backa, Subotica (SRB) (3.00pm Irish)LAGAN HARPS STAR ZOE NAMED IN IRELAND U17 SQUAD was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ireland U17sLagan HarpsZoe McGlynnlast_img read more

Indian fans buying more World Cup tickets than English – despite India not qualifying

first_imgAlmost 400,000 World Cup tickets have been sold in the latest FIFA allocation, but England fans have remained reticent buyers.The latest sales window opened on March 13 and saw a total of 394,433 tickets purchased.Hosts Russia accounted for the vast majority of that number, with 216,134 going to home supporters, with the North and South America the next best market.Read it at Evening Echo Related Itemslast_img