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Yu-Na Day in L.A.

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by minneapolis, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. minneapolis

    minneapolis Banned Member


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

    ADMIN EDIT: Please DO NOT copy entire articles, however short they may be. A link and a couple of lines will suffice!! Thank you :)


    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!!
  2. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    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...)
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  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  4. miki88

    miki88 Active Member

    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.
  5. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    probably. either way congrats to yu-na :hat1:
  6. El Rey

    El Rey Well-Known Member

    Not that it probably has anything to do with the award, but LA is also the city where she won the world championship.
  7. cadavis

    cadavis New Member

    More detailed articles about 'Yuna Kim day' in LA. (These are second-hand sources which basically translate original Korean reports into English.)

    An official document from the City Council of Los Angeles:

    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.)

    Off-topic. Korean Athletes to Star on U.S. Network TV
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  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  9. leon

    leon Active Member

    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,
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    The other award recipient this year, Dr. Sammy Lee, is Korean-American, as I mentioned in my above post with the article link. :)
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  11. amaro

    amaro Active Member

    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.
  12. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

    I live right outside of LA and I haven't heard a thing about this. Huh.
  13. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member


    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.
  14. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

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

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    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:
  16. jaws12345

    jaws12345 Banned Member

    Yuna will be in LA in a couple of days, and then it will be clear whether it is citywide or just for the community.
  17. lowtherlore

    lowtherlore New Member

    "Yu-Na Kim Day" will be declared by the City of LA, whereas the "Proud Korean" award is of course the Korean-American community event. It makes sense politically for the LA Mayor and the city council members, given a large Korean-American population in the LA metropolitan area. And LA was the site for 2009 Worlds which Yu-Na won, adding significance to the occasion.

    It seems that Yu-Na will also be granted an honorary citizenship from the LA Mayor. Not a big deal, but it is odd that a similar thing has not happened in Toronto, given that she has been spending most of her times in Toronto and the city also has substantial overseas Korean and Korean-Canadian population.
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  18. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Maybe that will eventually happen in Toronto?
  19. rvi5

    rvi5 Active Member

    While not visiting her home in Korea, Yu-Na lives and trains in Toronto at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. She has more of an association with Toronto than L.A. Hence, it would have been less of a surprise if the Korean-Canadian population in Toronto had announced a Yu-Na day. She was even selected to carry the Olympic torch through a part of Hamilton (a nearby city) prior to the start of the Olympics.

  20. minneapolis

    minneapolis Banned Member

  21. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member

  22. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

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  23. query5

    query5 New Member

    why should a NON-Citizen get an day in U.S.
    does other countries give days to atheles from other countries, no
    I think it is a slap in the face to all American Born Citizens, who are atheles , saying they aren't good enough. YOU have to be a non-citizen to get a day here in the U.s
    They have officially politicized this.
    Korea american has a right to be proud of yu-na, but not a right to declare a day for a non-citizen. sorry-it is how i feel.
    Than tara should have a day, michelle should have a day, kristi should have a day, lorena ochoa should have a day, serena and venus williams should have day,
    can't single her out just because she is korean /
    I can see the American korean citizens being proud of yu-na as well as jewis people being proud of sasha , tara, german people of carol heiss, katarina witt, but did they get a day in the U.s. why single her out of korea-why not a ye yang day, or si rei pak day here int he us. too many other good atheles from other sports in korea than should get they own day, like chinese should have they day for their skaters (athletes,) i am one if you give a day for a non-citizen for one you should give them for al

    for me now they have officially gone overboard and to much yu-na
  24. dawnie

    dawnie Well-Known Member

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  25. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    Chiiiiiiillllllllll. :lol:
  26. FSUSF

    FSUSF New Member

    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: I will give you a big LOL. Stop being so jealous :) Calm down!
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  27. cadavis

    cadavis New Member


    News clips
    KBS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umNL1oTrq6k
    SBS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JbfVqD3Tgg
    MBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iWmXEEFVW8
    LA18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdZ1fGQ2IS4

    Yonhap news
    (Source: YNKF)
  28. lowtherlore

    lowtherlore New Member

    Career highlights of Dr. Sammy Lee, who will be receiving the "Proud Korean" award later today along with Yu-Na Kim.

    - Born in 1920 to a Korean immigrant family, who first came to the US as plantation worker.
    - Retired Physician (MD from USC).
    - Retired Major, US Army Medical Corps.
    - First Asian-American to win an Olympic gold for the U.S. (1948 London, 1952 Helsinki, both in 10m Platform).
    - 1948 London Olympic Bronze medalist in 3m Springboard.
    - First man to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.
    - 1953 James E. Sullivan Award, awarded to the most outstanding US amateur athlete.
    - Inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame and the Int'l Swimming Hall of Fame.
    - The WHOSAM Award given by USA Diving is named after Sammy Lee.
    - Served on the President's Council for Physical Fitness during five US presidential administrations.
    - Coached US Olympic gold medalists Pat McCormick, Bob Webster, and Greg Louganis.
    - Coach of the 1960 US Olympic diving team.
    - Coach of the 1964 Japanese and Korean Olympic diving teams.
    - It was not until 1948 at the age of 28 that Dr. Lee first competed in the Olympics, since the games were suspended in 1940 and 1944.
    - In 1952 London games, Dr. Lee was then the oldest diver to win an Olympic gold.
    - Dr. Lee introduced "The Sammy", a small towel used by virtually all divers.

    Dr. Lee is 90 and reportedly in good health. It is surprising the Korean-American community waited this long to give him the award. The former recipients were mostly politicians and high-rank government officials.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010
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  29. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    Is it true that Yuna will going to host an ice show in LA on Oct. 2 and 3? :confused: Someone who attended the ceremony just said that Yuna announced it.
  30. cadavis

    cadavis New Member

    Let's just wait for the official announcement.