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minneapolis
08-04-2010, 07:59 PM
http://www.universalsports.com/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=486615.html

According to The Korea Times, August 7 is officially "Yu-Na Day" in Los Angeles, California.

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And..
According to the reports, Yuna will also receive an honorary citizenship from the L.A. mayor!!! It's incredible how the city of Hollywood is rolling out its red carpet for the queen of ice!!

iarispiralllyof
08-04-2010, 08:08 PM
I can understand why the korean-american community would honor yu-na, but this award sounds like an honor bestowed by the general city including the LA mayor. unless it really is primarily a korean-american award but just with some acknowledgment by the city including the mayor. I'm probably misreading it.

I mean we've heard of other celebs and even skaters having days dedicated to them by the mayor but it's usually an honor for a figure whom the entire city is aware of and honoring, and not just a figure being honored by an association dedicated to a specific subset of the population (korean-american population, I mean the award is called the "proud korean" award...)

Sylvia
08-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Here's the link to the original July 9th article about the Korean American Leadership Foundation awards to 90-year-old Dr. Sammy Lee (Olympic gold medalist in platform diving at the 1948 and 1952 and the first Asian-American to win a gold medal for the U.S.) and Yu-Na Kim: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/07/09/2010070900439.html

miki88
08-04-2010, 08:15 PM
I don't think it's a big deal. I guess it's similar to how special holidays of ethnic groups are celebrated in big cities like NY and LA. The mayor gives recognition for it and they are allowed to have parades but not everyone celebrates it.

iarispiralllyof
08-04-2010, 08:16 PM
I don't think it's a big deal. I guess it's similar to how special holidays of ethnic groups are celebrated in big cities like NY and LA. The mayor gives recognition for it and they are allowed to have parades but not everyone celebrates it.

probably. either way congrats to yu-na :hat1:

El Rey
08-04-2010, 08:22 PM
Not that it probably has anything to do with the award, but LA is also the city where she won the world championship.

cadavis
08-04-2010, 09:36 PM
More detailed articles about 'Yuna Kim day' in LA. (These are second-hand sources which basically translate original Korean reports into English.)
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100804000620
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/08/178_70825.html

An official document from the City Council of Los Angeles:
http://web.mac.com/waltermoore/PDF/Yu-NaKimDay.pdf

Also, there are reports that Yuna Kim will receive an honorary citizenship of the city of LA from the mayor, but I was unable to find a source.

(All sources cited above are from YNKF (http://yunaforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=1974).)



Off-topic. Korean Athletes to Star on U.S. Network TV
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/08/04/2010080400630.html


Kim Yu-na is referred to as "the most popular sports star in Korea." The production team interviewed Kim and her Canadian coach Brian Orser to hear about the difficulties she had to overcome to reach the top.

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The film airs in 120 cities across the U.S. between August and September on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. In Los Angeles, which has a large Korean-American community, it will air at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 on ABC and in San Francisco at 3 p.m. the same day. New Yorkers can watch it later in August.

Sylvia
08-04-2010, 09:39 PM
Off-topic. Korean Athletes to Star on U.S. Network TV
FYI, I posted this info/article link in a thread in the TV Alerts forum yesterday: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=74549

leon
08-04-2010, 10:22 PM
Last month, the Korean American Leadership Foundation announced Yu-Na as recipient of their "Proud Korean" award which they ordinarily would give to a Korean American but Yu-Na has had such a global impact on Korean pride and confidence that they decided to pick her. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/07/09/2010070900439.html

When Yu-Na said she would come to LA to accept the award (Sat Aug 7 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel) they told the councilmen representing Koreatown and they came up with the resolution and a meeting with the mayor and the Lollipop Guild (just kidding about the guild).

LA has the largest Korean population of any city outside of Korea so it makes sense to honor her there,

Sylvia
08-04-2010, 10:27 PM
Last month, the Korean American Leadership Foundation announced Yu-Na as recipient of their "Proud Korean" award which they ordinarily would give to a Korean American
The other award recipient this year, Dr. Sammy Lee, is Korean-American, as I mentioned in my above post with the article link. :)

amaro
08-05-2010, 06:38 AM
Great news. She sure made the community proud, and now the city is giving the honor of naming a day after her. Wonderful. Thanks for the news.

Lanie
08-05-2010, 06:59 AM
I live right outside of LA and I haven't heard a thing about this. Huh.

paskatefan
08-05-2010, 10:49 AM
Last month, the Korean American Leadership Foundation announced Yu-Na as recipient of their "Proud Korean" award which they ordinarily would give to a Korean American but Yu-Na has had such a global impact on Korean pride and confidence that they decided to pick her. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/07/09/2010070900439.html

When Yu-Na said she would come to LA to accept the award (Sat Aug 7 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel) they told the councilmen representing Koreatown and they came up with the resolution and a meeting with the mayor and the Lollipop Guild (just kidding about the guild).

LA has the largest Korean population of any city outside of Korea so it makes sense to honor her there,


Makes sense to me too. I think El Rey has a good point too, considering that Yu-Na did win Worlds in LA last year.

riveredge
08-05-2010, 05:16 PM
I live right outside of LA and I haven't heard a thing about this. Huh.

I think this is only a celebration for the Korean-American community around LA area.

stjeaskategym
08-05-2010, 08:20 PM
I realize this is for the Korean-American community only, but it's still kind of amusing to me that a Korean skater can get a "Yu-Na Day" in LA while someone like Evan Lysacek, who actually lives in that area, also won the Olympics and Worlds in LA, does not get a day. :lol: