Letter to the Editor

Great Korean in a Tijuana mall

I’m Gwang-chul Chang from Global Error Monitoring Staff under the KOCIS (Korean Culture and Information Service) of Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korean Government and also from Korea Industrial Field Professor in Korea. My volunteering is for changing the wrong image about Korea, including Korean language, Korean culture, history, territorial issues, and her country brand. Not only that, I also try to promote Korea through various events. I research errors on web pages and request for its change. While reading your story, I found the editorial error about ‘Gimbap’, that you wrote as ‘Kimbap or Kimbab’. Although it is spread error, I think that using the right term about small contents would be the first step to fully understand Korea. According to MIFAFF (Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and NIKL (National Institute of Korean Language), ‘Gimbap’ is the only right one. Therefore if you change the word from ‘Kimbap or Kimbab’ to Gimbap, it would be better for the meaning of report by using “Gimbap.” The use of right terms about Korea would be better for the future development of your media. (Based on the following:) 1) International Korean Menu Guide : http://www.hansik.org/en/board.do?cmd=list&bbs_... 2) Korean Menu Guide (PDF File) : http://www.hansik.org/kr/board.do?cmd=list&bbs_... 3) English (Romanization of Korea) : http://www.korean.go.kr/front_eng/roman/roman_0... 4) SmartPhone App (Translation of Korean Food in Your Language) : http://www.hansik.org/en/article.do?cmd=html&me... 5) SmartPhone App (HalalKorea for Muslim) : http://www.hansik.org/en/article.do?cmd=html&me... Best Regards, Gwang-chul Chang
— May 28, 2016 12:02 p.m.

Some things to check on Chargers' stadium plan

Before you vote in November, I’d ask you to drive by Qualcomm Stadium one day this summer and try to imagine that huge, empty, silent fortress plopped down in the middle of your neighborhood. Because that’s what the Chargers are asking you to fund — acres of walled-off dead space in the middle of my neighborhood. I’m not talking about game day — I’m talking about the other 300+ days of the year when there are no fans, no income for the neighborhood, no excitement, nothing. Contrast that with the plans being generated by the innovative (and volunteer) group of architects, urban planners, designers, and residents of the East Village South Community Vision Group. Envision high-paying high-tech jobs, a respected university, family-friendly sidewalk cafes, preservation of key historic buildings, dog parks, a soccer field, a farmers’ market, attractive lighting, street signs in multiple languages, and, most important, lots of pedestrians strolling through a series of tree-lined boulevards and a necklace of pocket parks all the way from the Convention Center or Horton Plaza or City College to Barrio Logan or across a park covering Interstate 5 into Sherman Heights. Also imagine the Convention Center widened right over Harbor Drive, the railroad tracks, and the trolley tracks, so that you could stroll right across those barriers without waiting for a traffic light, and have easy egress from the bay to the Gaslamp and ball park neighborhoods. Before you cast your vote about this precious, undeveloped acreage (the only large, undeveloped area left Downtown, please ask yourself which alternative would provide more higher-paying jobs, more tax income for the city, more housing, more recreation and value to the city of San Diego? For more information, visit East Village South Community Vision on Facebook. Valerie Hansen, East Village
— April 5, 2016 2:41 p.m.

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