Beauty queen says 'I was offered votes for sex'
A BRITISH beauty queen claims she fled an international pageant - after she was groped by officials and offered votes in exchange for SEX.
Stunning Amy Willerton, 19, quit the contest in South Korea after three "shambolic" days.
The pretty brunette claims she was sexually assaulted by organisers and sponsors, invited to give sexual favours to secure votes and fed just one meal a day.
Disgusted ... Amy learnt the eventual winner of the home beauty, Miss South Korea
When she reported the corruption to police she was stunned to see officials openly bribing local officers with cash.
After arriving home Amy was disgusted to learn that the eventual winner of the £12,700 first prize was none other than the local entrant, Miss South Korea.
She said: "It was absolutely horrendous. I had two of the organisers sexually assault me - one tried to pull my top down. When we posed with sponsors they also tried to stick a hand somewhere inappropriate.
"Girls were pulled aside and told they knew what they had to do if they wanted to win - we all knew they meant sex.
"When we complained we were told that we would have no chance of winning if we carried on.
"We called the police but I then saw one of the competition chairmen pull out his wallet straight away when they arrived.
"I was petrified but more than anything I thought I had to get control of the situation and just get out of there."
Amy currently holds the titles Miss Bristol, Miss Bath and is the Welsh representative to Miss Asia Pacific. She also appears in the Sky Living show 'Signed By Katie Price.' She was contacted by organisers of Miss Asia Pacific online and signed a contract assuring all expenses would be paid.
But from the moment she stepped off the plane in Seoul on October 3 organisers refused to pay for a £600 flight as promised.
To her horror, she then discovered her hotel room did not even have a bed.
Amy, who is single, said: "There was just a blanket on the floor. I put up with it for two nights but then complained and they moved me to another hotel.
"The next thing I knew we weren't being fed - they only gave us one meal per day. They would say things like 'we cannot give you lunch because we haven't been paid for it'."
After three days, the 50 beauties were taken to Daegu for the next stage of the competition.
By this time allegations of corruption and bribery were rife and several complained of being sexually assaulted and harassed.
The final straw came when an optional "talent" round was won by Miss Venezuela - who had not even entered that section of the competition.
She said: "We were putting up with so much and realised there was no way we were going to win anyway.
"A lot of the girls wanted to win the 20,000 dollar prize money, but were told they could only do it if they did favours.
"They basically relayed to me that 'I know what I can do for you - what can you do for me?' I decided to leave. I ordered a tracking service from the UK to make sure I got back ok.
"The organisers said to me they would take my luggage in a different car - but I refused because I didn't trust them.
"I made it back alright, but two of the other girls who wanted to leave had their bags confiscated. I was so relieved to get home."
She arrived home to Horfield, Bristol, on October 14 and says she is £1,000 out of pocket after having to book a new flight home.
She has since heard of other contestants being locked into their hotel after refusing to pay bills for their accommodation.
Most of the girls have now returned from the competition - won eventually by home beauty Park Sae Byul.
Amy is now looking to launch legal action against the competition organisers.
In emails to her - one of them admitted the competition had been a "shambles".
Korean men are not very considerate of their sexual partners,
but they are more interested in sex.
Those are the findings of a Bayer HealthCare team in charge of the erectile dysfunction treatment Levitra,
who conducted a two-year extensive survey of 1,000 men in Korea between 2004 and 2005.
Korean men are inconsiderate
Most men both in Western and Asian nations consider the satisfaction of their partners an important factor in their sex life.
And while 60 percent of men in Germany answered that the satisfaction of their sex partners is a crucial thing to consider,
only 30 percent of men in Korea agreed.
Dr. Schweitzer of the Dark Side, South Korea’s Larry Flynt
those are some of the nicknames appearing on the Internet describing Kim Bonj-wa, a 28-year-old who was caught after circulating more than 15,000 pornography films since 2004.
More than 1,300 Internet users in two days have signed a petition on the Daum portal site calling for his release,
after the porn mogul was arrested by the Pusan police on Wednesday. The organizer of the signature collection drive aims to gather support of 100,000 in a month.
Kim is the real reason behind the high-speed Internet’s rapid growth over the years.
According to the police, Kim started sharing Japanese adult videos in 2004 via Toto Disk, a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. He soon became a kind of celebrity on the Internet, quitting his day job and indulging in the porn business.
Everyday he uploaded gigabytes of X-rated films, many of which are considered illegal to view in South Korea.
South Korean men have more sex
South Korean men are having sex more times a week than anyone else in the world, though Brazilian men are at it with a wider range of women, suggests an international survey published on Monday.
The poll of 40,000 men for Men's Health magazine found that Britons spent the most time on foreplay but flopped when it came to endurance, with Mexicans coming first for stamina in the bedroom.
Pi:Korean Superstar Who Smiles and Says, 'I'm Lonely'
Korean Sexual Culture: An Historical Overview
Not many people are aware of the fact that the Korean comfort women movement grew out of feminist and
nationalist opposition to the phenomenon of the so-called kisaeng tourism, which is a euphemism for prostitution
tourism. The term kisaeng traditionally referred to professional female entertainers. The institution of kisaeng or
kinyo was firmly established in Korean society by Koryo dynasty (918-1392) and continued throughout Choson
dynasty (1392-1910).(12) Kisaeng were chosen from among young females of the lower classes and trained in
the arts of entertainment for men, such as playing musical instruments, singing and dance. By the time of King
Sejong (r. 1418-50), prostitution came to dominate the life of kisaeng. There were several proposals to abolish
the institution of kisaeng by high-level Confucian scholar-officials. However, the opponents to the proposal successfully defended the institution by arguing among other things the likelihood of increased sex crimes if it
were to be abolished.(13)
In the masculinist sexual culture, it is not surprising that such a biological-determinist argument would win the
debate with relative ease and could continue to defend masculinist interests in satisfying men's desire for
sexual recreation by supporting the social institution of kisaeng and the customary practice of acquiring a chop
(concubine). The masculinists upheld the double standard for sexual behavior of men and women by classifying
women into two types according to the main functions of their sexuality: women to marry for procreation and
women to hire for recreation. The custom helped to further discriminate women according to their marital status.
While married women as mothers and wives were accorded due respect for their contributions to the family life,
unmarried women working as professional entertainers were social outcastes and were commodified as sexual
playthings. Even when a kisaeng was taken as a concubine of a yangban (upper-class) man, she suffered legal
and customary discrimination as a secondary wife. She could not participate in any formal events of the family.
Her children were labeled as soja (illegitimate offspring) in contrast to the chokcha ('legitimate children' born of
the lawful wife).
Typically, men in traditional Korea, especially those belonging to upper classes and working for the government
engaged in recreational sex supported by the state-run system of kisaeng and the customary practice of
concubinage. Traditionally, the masculinist sexual culture in Korean society rigidly controlled women's sexuality by
means of the cult of female virginity/chastity while it condoned, if not encouraged, sexual freedom for unmarried
men and generally overlooked infidelity of married men. As mentioned earlier, unmarried women were expected to
maintain their virginity until marriage and widows, especially of the upper classes, were prohibited from re-marrying.
Regardless of the individual circumstances, women who lost their chastity were considered sullied, made to feel
ashamed, and likely to be ostracized by their own families. In this cultural context, many women committed suicide
after being raped or in order to avoid being raped during the two Japanese invasions of Korea in the late 16th century.
Their deaths were recognized as honorable deeds of yollyo (virtuous women), whose families were honored by royal
Roh Supporter's Remarks Reveal Culture of Hate
The leader of President Roh Moo-hyun’s support club Nosamo, Noh Hye-kyong,
posted five articles about the slasher attack on Grand National Party chairwoman
Park Geun-hye on the group’s website Sunday. “Basically, what happened is
that a citizen who failed to adapt to our society and had a measure of spirit
caused injuries to Park’s face with a box cutter,” Noh writes. “At first, we were
told she had 17 stitches, later she was said to have had 60. That suggests she
had some plastic surgery, too, so she won’t end up with a scar on her face.”
Learning to Hate Revisited
However, several of my students recently asked me about how much damage
could be inflicted on Japan, if North Korea were to "nuke" it. Rather shocked,
I responded, "Lots." To that I heard, "Yeah, but how many people would die."
I then told them that the problem with a nuclear bomb is that people can die
from it even 50 or 60 years later. I specifically pointed out that there are people
dying in Hiroshima and Nagasaki today as a result of the bombing half a century ago.
To this, one student responded, "Good."
Koreans' Kimchi Adulation, With a Side of Skepticism
By Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer May 21, 2006
Kimchi is a matter of great national pride, and much of the research has been government-funded.
"I'm sorry. I can't talk about the health risks of kimchi in the media. Kimchi is our national food," said a researcher at Seoul National University, who begged not to be quoted by name.
Among the papers not to be found in the vast library of the kimchi museum is one published in June 2005 in the Beijing-based World Journal of Gastroenterology titled "Kimchi and Soybean Pastes Are Risk Factors of Gastric Cancer."
The researchers, all South Korean, report that kimchi and other spicy and fermented foods could be linked to the most common cancer among Koreans.
Rates of gastric cancer among Koreans are 10 times higher than in the United States.
"We found that if you were a very, very heavy eater of kimchi, you had a 50% higher risk of getting stomach cancer," said Kim Heon of the department of preventive medicine at Chungbuk National University and one of the authors.
"It is not that kimchi is not a healthy food ? it is a healthy food, but in excessive quantities there are risk factors."
'Love Motels' An Asia Summit Perk
Round beds and red lights are among the amenities on offer to guests attending a regional summit in this port city.
"A lot of visitors have requested rooms at super-deluxe hotels, but due to the limited number of hotels available, not everyone was able to stay at the hotels they desired," said Koo Yu-na, an official with the APEC accommodation team.
The room shortage sent organizers to the "love motels," which often have fanciful English names like Crystal or Luxury. Nearly half of these motels are fully booked during the summit, Koo said.
A hybrid form of Korean yoga
has really caught on in America over the past few years. It's called Dahn Hak,
and while it's popular with tens of thousands of students, for many, it feels like a religious cult.
Dozens of former Dahn students have alleged that brainwashing and mind control techniques are used,
along with high-pressure sales tactics.
They use something called brain respiration to stimulate and energize the mind.
Others say this is a religious cult.
Dahn Hak yoga has made major inroads in the ten years since it made the jump from South Korea to the U.S.
It now has 147 centers in 14 states, including two centers in Southern Nevada. An estimated 50,000 Americans enjoy the unique blend of yoga, martial arts, and eastern spirituality.
Dahn Hak was born in Korea in the mid 80s, created by Il Chi Lee, now known as Master Lee. Lee essentially hopes to change the consciousness of the planet,
in part by helping people to make better use of their brains. After getting into trouble in the early 90s for manufacturing illegal health supplements,
Lee brought his expertise to a new headquarters in Sedona, Arizona and turned it into a multi-million dollar business empire with legions of devoted followers.
But not everyone sees Dahn Hak in a positive light. In fact, many former students believe it's a cult that depends on mind control, brainwashing, and pushy sales tactics to win converts.
Cult expert Steve Hassan said, "This is a totalitarian, authoritarian Korean cult that wants you to stop thinking and become a clone." Hassan says he has counseled, and deprogrammed, 14 former Dahn Hak students and that,
in his opinion, this organization fits the classic mold. "I see a lot of people after they've left the group. They're still distraught having panic attacks, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, nightmares."
When Only Slabs of Pink, Jellied Byproduct Will Do
By Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
If you're looking for a gift that bespeaks elegance and taste, you might try Spam.
The luncheon meat might be the subject of satire back home in the U.S., but in South Korea, it is positively classy.
With $136 million in sales, South Korea is the largest market in the world for Spam outside the United States.
But here, some consider the pink luncheon meat with its gelatinous shell too nice to buy for themselves, and 40% of the Spam is purchased as gifts.
Touching young kid’s penis
Back to my childhood, I remember that some Korean adults love to touch young kid’s penis.
It was part of male-oriented or male-favored Korean phallus-envy culture.
People love to see and touch a little boy’ penis as a compliment to the kid. I am glad that
I was not a boy, because my gender protected me from possible abuses
Scandal Puts Focus on South Korean Culture
"I suspect it's a question of whether nationalism and the public spotlight kind of swept them along a little bit,"
said Michael Breen, author of "The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies."
"In that kind of rush to be first, they kind of cut corners," he said.
It's symbolized in everything from the hellish traffic in Seoul and Mad Max-esque bus drivers,
to South Koreans' love of quick-hit coffee and energy drinks and downing shots of alcohol in a single gulp.
A government campaign seems to have stemmed citizens' penchant to crowd in front of subway cars
and not let exiting passengers leave before trying to push inside.
In 1995, a Seoul department store collapsed, killing 501 people,
in an accident blamed on faulty construction because of illegal design changes made after bribes to officials,
payments referred to as "hurry-up" money. A bridge also collapsed in the city in 1994 for similar reasons, killing 32.
A Country of Liars by Kim Dae-joong
In every country there are crimes that uniquely reflect its society. National Intelligence Service director-designate Kim Seung-kyu, in a lecture he gave late in May when he was justice minister, said: "The three representative crimes of our country are perjury, libel and fraud." In simple comparison, not taking into account population ratio, South Korea saw 16 times as many perjury cases in 2003 than Japan, 39 times as many libel cases and 26 times as many instances of fraud. That is extraordinarily high given Japan's population is three times our own.
The common denominator of the three crimes is lying; in short, we live in a country of liars. The prosecution devotes 70 percent of its work to handling the three crimes, the former justice minister said. And because suspects lie so much, the indictment rate in fraud cases is 19.5 percent, in perjury 29 percent and in libel 43.1 percent. "Internationally, too, there is a perception that South Korea's representative crime is fraud," Kim said, adding that recent major scandals show how rampant lying is in this country.
The prosecution is not free from responsibility, since there is a sense in which its ingrained attitude in dealing with suspects for libel, fraud and perjury has contributed to making the crimes the scourge they have become.
Lying is so common in our society because few recognize that it leads to crime. "What's wrong with telling a little lie?" they think. And here the big problem is that men of power, rather than ordinary citizens, indulge in lying on a massive scale, to the point where it is regarded as a necessary means of survival in some circles.
A recent example that hurt us all is the lies of Kim Dae-yeop, finally punished by a court for fabricating a charge against the opposition presidential candidate in the 2002 elections. That lie determined the fate of a government. When the opposition party demanded an apology, he laughed in their face by sending apples -- phonetically, both apples and apology are “sagwa.”
More staggering lies were told by the president's associates in the KORAIL “Oilgate” scandal. Deft alterations of wording by an influential lawmaker close to the chief executive and sudden failures of memory and brazen denials by others have all turned out to be false. Nonetheless, they managed to slip the clutches of the law, as if to show us that they can. We can well imagine why the ex-justice minister made his complaint.
Such behavior generally has its roots in the arrogance and egotism of those who feel that what they do is always right and anything that gets in the way is wrong. It also springs from a perception that the best strategy is to reject anything that does not fit in with your beliefs -- for example by thinking that you don’t have to abide by laws you have decided are "evil".
We can glimpse in the way our presidents wield their enormous power a sense that it is all right on occasion for you to distort a situation or slander others short of outright lying if that is what it takes to achieve your aims. Nor can it be denied that our cultural climate has justified the perception that if you manage to get out of a tight spot by lying first, you will be able to overcome the whole matter one way or the other.
In Western European countries, the life of a politician or bureaucrat comes to an end when their lies are revealed. Mistakes they forgive; lies never. The lies of leaders and men of power are subject to punishment tens and hundreds of times heavier than that given ordinary people, and to call someone a liar is the ultimate insult. In Japan, children are taught from infancy that honesty and frankness are the highest personal values.
We, too, need nationwide education to foster a public perception that lying is a crime that degrades human nature and causes a plethora of social evils. We must thoroughly punish slander and deception of others. Our leadership and the entire country have much to learn from the mother in Gwangju who early in June sent her son back to police after false testimony got him off an assault charge, with a request that he be taught some honesty.