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Introducing: Speaker’s Corner

September 30, 2014

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Oh man: we’ve been working on this project for a long time now. Almost a year! For as long as we’ve been planning the coffee shop we’ve been planning this as well. And now we’re ready to share it with you! Ladies and gentlemen, people of all ages, check out the Speaker’s Corner Video Booth!

In a nutshell, think of the video booth as your way of leaving us a message. Lots of people stop by the You Are Here Cafe and leave us notes. Some of you, even, are nice enough to come to the cafe and write your note while you’re there. Well, let’s make things a little bit easier. Step into our booth, push a button, and record your message. Think of it like a Korean Sticker Booth, but with video.

Now, the video booth isn’t just for people that want to leave us messages. It’s also a chance, we hope, that you all can share your ideas with the world. We know that Eatyourkimchi is mostly just the two of us, Simon and Martina, sometimes the four of us when we include Leigh and Soo Zee, talking about our experiences and thoughts on Korea. But we’re not the entire picture, of course. We don’t represent all of Korea, or all of Seoul, or even all of Hongdae. We don’t even represent all of our studio!

But we’d like to do more. We’d like to give other people a chance to speak and share with you all as well. Korea’s news has a history of going hand in hand with the government, and free speech is at times stifled. Well, the government doesn’t control our site. Come, and feel free to speak your mind about anything you want. If you’re worried about anonymity, we have masks and things to cover your face in the booth, if you’d like to use them, so you can feel more comfortable in getting your message out there. While we’re not as big as a cable TV channel, we still are a somewhat sizeable platform, I think.

So, talk to us about the election, about the Incheon Asian Games, about school, about your hagwon, about getting married, about getting a job, about your parents’ expectations, about your own expectations. About anything. Push a button, talk for two minutes, and you’re done. We’ll do the rest of the heavy work. We’ll edit it all, put your videos together, make it look pretty, upload it, and share it with the world.

I think we can get some really meaningful discussions happening here. You commenters here at Eatyourkimchi.com are always really insightful and thorough and respectful. Let’s keep the conversation going in more directions.

On the other hand, if you’d rather not talk about anything serious, feel free to share any talent you have or any event you’re organizing. Got a concert coming up? A fundraiser? Organizing something with the animal shelters next month? What did you learn at LanguageCast on Monday? Come by and let us know.

Don’t speak English? Don’t feel intimidated. Speak in either English or Korean. We’ll subtitle the video in both languages, so your message isn’t lost.

So, if you’re at You Are Here Cafe, please use the booth! If you don’t know how to get to our cafe, you can find the directions here. And, once we’re done editing the videos, we’ll put them up on our You Are Here Cafe YouTube Page. Subscribe! We plan on publishing these videos weekly, and we should commence publishing by the end of October.

Let’s get something awesome going. Let’s start something different here in Korea.

와아… 이 프로젝트 준비하는데 정말 오랜 시간이 걸렸어요! 거의 1년동안 준비한 것 같네요! 커피숍을 준비하는 동시에 이 프로젝트를 함께 준비 하고 있었거든요. 그리고 이제 여러분에게 보여드릴 준비가 되었습니다! 신사숙녀, 남녀노소 모두 다, 여러분께 Speaker’s Corner 비디오 부스를 소개합니다.

이 비디오 부스는 작은 공간 안에서 저희에게 메세지를 남기는 수단으로 생각하시면 됩니다. 많은분들이 You Are Here Café에 들러 저희에게 편지를 남기고 가시기도 하고, 심지어 몇몇 분들은 카페에 와 계신 동안 쪽지를 남겨주시기도 합니다.

그런 여러분을 위해 준비했습니다! 저희 부스에 들어오셔서 버튼을 누른 후, 메세지를 녹화해주세요! 한국의 스티커 사진기처럼 생각하시면 되요, 하지만 사진이 아닌 비디오인거죠!

이 비디오부스는 저희에게 메세지를 남기고자하는 분들만을 위한 것이 아닙니다. 여러분의 생각을 세상과 나눌 수 있는 기회가 되었으면 합니다. Eatyourkimchi는 대개 Simon과 Martina 이렇게 저희 둘, 가끔 Leigh와 Soo Zee까지 넷의 한국에 대한 의견을 이야기를 합니다. 하지만 저희는 한국 전체, 또는 서울 전체, 또한 홍대도 충분히 대변할 수 없습니다. 심지어 저희 스튜디오의 전체를 대변할 수도 없는걸요!

하지만 저희는 더 많은 것을 해보고 싶습니다. 다른 분들에게도 자신의 생각을 나눌 기회를 드리고 싶어요. 오셔서 자유롭게 여러분의 생각을 말해주세요. 얼굴이 노출되는게 부담되신다면 얼굴을 가려줄 마스크와 기타 소품들도 준비되어있습니다. 케이블 TV 채널만큼 큰 규모는 아닐지라도 저희도 꽤 큰 규모의 매체니깐요.

선거, 인천 아시아게임, 또는 여러분의 학교 생활, 학원, 결혼 생활, 직장 생활, 부모님의 기대, 스스로에 대한 기대, 뭐든지 말해주세요. 녹화 버튼을 누른 후, 2분 동안 말씀하시면 됩니다. 이후의 일들은 걱정하시지 않아도 되요. 편집하고 비디오를 모아, 예쁘게 만든 후 업로드하여 세상에 공유해드릴께요.

이곳에서 정말 의미있는 논의가 이루어질 수 있을 것 같습니다. 여기 Eatyourkimchi.com에 댓글을 달아주시는 여러분은 항상 통찰력 있으시고 좋은 의견을 나누어주시니까요! 이런 분위기가 웹사이트 이외에 이 비디오 부스에서도 일어났으면 하는 바램입니다.

만약 진지한 얘기가 싫으시다면 여러분의 재능 또는 여러분이 준비중인 이벤트를 공유해주셔도 좋아요. 공연을 준비중이신가요? 준비 중인 모금운동이 있나요? 다음달에 동물 보호소와 무언가를 준비중이신가요? 월요일 Language Cast에서 어떠한 것을 배웠나요? 오셔서 저희와 공유해주세요!

영어가 어려우신가요? 겁먹지 마세요. 영어 또는 한국어로 말씀하시면 되요. 여러분의 메세지가 잘 전달될 수 있도록 두 언어에 자막을 넣어드립니다.

You Are Here Café를 방문하셨다면 꼭 부스를 사용해보세요! 카페 오시는 길을 모르신다면 여기에 상세한 방법을 알려드렸습니다. 녹화해주신 비디오는 편집이 끝나면 10월말부터 매주 You Are Here Café 유튜브 페이지에 업로드 하겠습니다. 구독해주세요!

함께 멋진 일을 해보자구요! 한국에서부터 뭔가 새로운걸 시도해봅시다!

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  1. I just really wanted to share this with Simon:
    http://i1.wp.com/images.viralnova.com/000/096/252/desktop-1417491675.jpg?w=650

    its the child he never had lol

    5 years ago
  2. Are you gonna put up the TL;DR questions, before filming ?

    5 years ago
  3. This is pretty awesome. I think there was a booth like it in Ottawa’s Byward Market (dunno if it’s still there) and the segments would be published via CBC. Also: love the little animated bits/editing on this video. The designs look great :3

    5 years ago
  4. I remember how popular this was on TV here in Canada and how it always drew a fair mix of both Canadian residents sounding off and tourists leaving a message to a country they enjoyed visiting. I hope it’s as popular for you guys! I’m sure it will be :) I think it’s a great idea.

    To anyone wondering if this is something worth watching, the Speaker’s Corner television series was equally thought provoking, endearing, heart warming, hilarious, and entertaining. Sure, you got a few that made you face palm, but a lot of the videos were well worth watching.

    5 years ago
  5. As much as I really, truly have loved your videos for a long time now, I’m pretty excited to see what other people that stop by have to say! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing these videos!

    5 years ago
  6. This seems like a cool idea. BTW, you guys should get this for the cafe – it’s perfect! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/wall-decor/here-and-now-wall-decor

    5 years ago
  7. Hey guys! Long time fan, first time post. I’m about your age (I think) went to U of T as well and I have to say I love this speakers corner. As a Canadian around my age, I know many people who grew up with CITY-TV’s speaker’s corner, and remember how the Barenaked Ladies got their big break there. I’m so happy that you’re bringing this concept back!

    5 years ago
  8. Nooooooo! Why?! You make it AFTER I’ve left Korea for who knows how long. T__T That’s it, I’m sending my friends over. No questions.

    5 years ago
  9. This is beautiful and such a phenomenal idea! It really is great to hear from all kinds of people about their feelings and thoughts – and sharing something through this community is a great to learn and develop out thoughts. Big thumbs up! When I come back to Korea I will make sure to use this booth! I might not have anything important to say – but I know how to lick my elbow, I could show you that.

    5 years ago
  10. Pretty cool idea guys, great way for everyone to interact with each other. BUT!! What if a couple was formed cus of this…. -le cry of cuteness-

    5 years ago
  11. I’m not sure why some are complaining that they ‘stole’ the idea. Maybe it was inspired from some other show but as far as I know, nothing like this is in Korea? If you know anything about Korea and the Kpop scene in general is that they like to cover up the truth or only leave half truths. A place where people can freely share their ideas without fear or censorship seems like a great idea to me.

    5 years ago
  12. I’m not sure if this is something that I’ll actually be interested in watching – I’m here for EYK after all ;) – but we’ll see! I do think the idea is a great one, and I can really appreciate all the time and effort you guys put into what you do.

    5 years ago
  13. Yes! When I think of you guise… this is what I keep saying… HOW TOTALLY AWESOME you two are!

    Thank you! for bringing a HUGE avenue for folks to share and express their experiences and for all of us to enjoy and learn and become better as people of this ever smaller world.

    We are planning to visit South Korea to pick up our son next year and without a doubt will come visit!
    Our son just turned two (Sept 24!).

    I personally hope to meet you two in person. It would truly be my honor.

    5 years ago
    • How wonderful that you are coming to get your son, that makes me really happy and excited!

      5 years ago
  14. That Suju Sorry Sorry cover tho XD you did amazing Martina!! :D

    5 years ago
  15. This is totally amazing!!! *O*

    How I wish I could fly to You Are Here cafe now!!

    5 years ago
  16. Inspired by Much Music I see :)

    5 years ago
  17. Awesome! I can’t wait to see all the footage ^^

    5 years ago
  18. Waah! You guys are the coolest! I can’t wait to see what amazing videos come out of this. I hope it becomes a great way to experience the “now” of Korea from the perspective of the people. There’s so much potential in this it’s mindblowing. I’m so excited to see what happens!

    5 years ago
  19. This sounds like an awesome idea! I can’t wait to see the videos that come from it and I think that there is going to be a monster line to this room all the time. XD

    Don’t let the haters get you down. Miserable people always try to make others as miserable as they are.

    5 years ago
  20. This is a great idea! Wish I could go to South Korea someday and try it out at You Are Here Cafe. However, I won’t say much except for a Hello and proclaim that I’m an EYK Nasty. Lol!

    Anyways, here’s my own 2 cents on something. It doesn’t matter to me whether or not you guys do KMM. You guys are awesome with or without KMM. :)

    5 years ago
  21. This reminds of me of Speakers Corner that Much Music had back in the day (do they still have Speakers Corner anymore?). I remember it was so popular, I can’t wait too see what videos come from this :)

    5 years ago
  22. I would first off like to say, this sounds absolutely lovely. :) The very reason I found EYK was because I was interested in South Korea and had started researching it. So being able to hear thoughts and opinions of different types of people living there sounds great to me!

    With that being said, I just wanted to put my two cents in on some of the topics I have seen people discussing here.

    1) Speaker’s Corner Name : A “Speakers’ Corner/Speaker’s Corner” is not a new thing and has been around for a while. It has been used in several countries, as Fruity (love your icon!) previously mentioned, most notable in Hyde Park, London. So I think using the name Speaker’s Corner was a great idea as it already has meaning to its function.

    2) Consent and Content: After watching the two documentaries, “Hot Coffee” and “Terms and Conditions May Apply” I have a whole different view on signing a consent form. We pretty much give up most of our rights when we sign up for cellphone plans, credit cards, social media sites, downloadable music sites, even some companies will have you sign agreements if hired that you cannot later sue or hold them accountable for anything. A lot of these things are important and often essential for our daily lives. So even if I don’t wish to sign one of these consent forms, if I want a cellphone or a credit card, I don’t really have a choice.

    However, the Speaker’s Corner at You Are Here Café is not something you HAVE to do. It looks to be completely optional and is a platform for you to voice your opinion that will be heard on a large scale. Unless you want to just send those thoughts out to the universe, you are going to have to consent to that material being used. Also, considering how many people they probably get in their café, a paper consent form doesn’t sound possible (or environmentally friendly) and would require too much time for the café workers. Additionally, unlike a lot of companies that don’t disclose what your information will be used for, Simon & Martina explained up front that these clips will be made into a video and shared on the You Are Here Café channel.

    So I guess what I am getting at is you don’t have to give them your free content if you don’t want to. If you have a lot to say and are passionate about it, start a YouTube channel. I think a lot of us are always looking for another great YouTuber. But for a lot of people who don’t have the means or time to put into a video, I think this is an amazing opportunity.

    For taking the time to create this space in your café and being willing to put in all the effort needed to create another video (on top of the massive amount of content you are already producing!) just for us, regular people to be heard, I would like to say thank you!!

    5 years ago
  23. great idea!!!
    though i would probably never use it since i hate cameras!!! unless i come in wearing a mask….

    5 years ago
  24. This is just sooooooooo unfair, I really want to go there, but I live in sweden and I’ts just a litle to far!

    5 years ago
  25. I saw this when I went to the cafe on Sunday! I know what I am going to be doing when I go back! I love this idea!

    5 years ago
  26. On the one hand, this is a great idea for sharing a wider view of Korea, while also enabling people to easily share their video “responses” now that youtube doesn’t do that any more. I can also see how you can now work skits into your videos without having a KMM format. I remember the old “Speaker’s Corner” from CityTV back in the day, it was quite fun but…….

    On the other hand, this just seems like an easy way to get others to create free content for your channel. Who owns the IP of these videos? Do you have a statement on the booth detailing this? Editing the video and adding a few sfx doesn’t make it yours. Just because the booth is on your property and you own the video equipment doesn’t make it yours, people have to consent.

    While I like to believe that your intentions are good, I don’t know if you’ve thought this all the way through. I also don’t know if I am very interested in seeing any of these YouAreHere-Speaker’s-Corner videos, we’ll have to see. Interesting as a one-off or as a tag-end to TL;DR perhaps, but maybe not interesting enough for me on a daily or weekly basis.

    While I enjoy your videos, I am just not *that* interested in Korea per se. I watch them because I think you are funny and interesting and apart from KMM, I like your food segments especially. Why do I like KMM so much? It’s hard to really break it down, it certainly doesn’t have to be about Korean music, it could be any music – kpop is so easy to build material on though – but perhaps music is really the glue that holds it together. I don’t know. I would have to say that even YouTube thinks KMM is your best bit based on your intro on YTFF. Or you do, if you made that intro. I’m just saying.

    By the way, the links are still broken. Please fix it so that I can watch your videos through the blog again. Thanks.

    Cyber_3 – Could write a whole treatise on how KMM may actually be improving things for the kpop artists but, I digress, like most things, there are good and bad effects, I guess.

    5 years ago
    • Also, I forgot to address your other point, about how this might not be interesting to you, which – I totally agree – may not be your thing. We don’t know how well this will go. Some people might not be comfortable on camera. Some others might be phenomenal, and hopefully it’ll be able to introduce you to other people here in Korea. I like the idea of hopefully getting more potential creators comfortable on camera :)

      5 years ago
      • I think it will go well, despite my lack of interest. Certainly it would be even more beneficial to your cafe partner.

        5 years ago
    • Heya! Can you tell me what links are broken? I don’t know which ones you’re referring to.

      And, yes, our video booth has a consent form, and won’t record if people don’t agree to it :)

      5 years ago
      • The link at the end of the video leads to a ‘Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here’ page!

        5 years ago
      • I am glad about the consent form, people are a lot more savvy about these things nowadays. Still, free content, but I see how it gives a broader opinion of your academic topics. Still, not that people need an incentive at all, but a free coffee or milkshake would probably smooth any questionable edits.

        Every. Single. Video. On. Your. Blog. For. Roughly. The. Last. Two. Months. I click on the play button or on the image and I get sent right back to the front page in a loop. Sometimes the link you put up in Twitter puts me directly to a large screen version of the video on YouTube *but* I cannot back out (is it a popup?) nor view the description nor comments. The only way for me to currently view your videos is to go to YouTube, go to your channel, click on the video. It’s not my setup, eatyourkimchi.com is completely whitelisted for me in all ways.

        5 years ago
        • To Cyber_3: thanks for the info. I’ll let our developer know :)

          5 years ago
        • To Simon and Martina:

          I am using Firefox 32.0.3 for Linux Mint. I don’t think that this is a Linux issue though, your site is the only one I’m having trouble with. If you know a similar site I could try for comparison, let me know.

          Just tried your site on my Android phone – whoa. Weird. No go there either.

          5 years ago
        • to tippingout:

          I guess that I was unclear in my “wall of text” comment. I was suggesting that there might be a literal wall of text that was “printed out” with sheets to sign whereas I realized that divodivo was referring to a figurative wall of text on the screen before you record which is actually, from S&M’s comment probably what it likely is. I don’t really approve of these either, it’s not like you can look at it later to review what you signed and they tend to be so wordy that people are lazy about reading them. I think it’s a very low bar for consent, but at least the thought is there, which is what I was asking about.

          I agree that S&M often have more excuses why they are not doing videos than videos themselves, not so much the first half of this year, but definitely around when the cafe opened and exceedingly last year. I disagree about the live chats, though, they are trying to make people feel included, to make the chat actually “live” and it’s interesting to find out where everyone is from, they have always done it this way. At least now they don’t spend the first 5-10 minutes wondering if it’s “on” any more though :P. Personally, I more object to the way they have phased out KMM, especially since it was the main one I watched/enjoyed but it’s their content. It *has* gotten to the point where I wonder what the excuse for no KMM will be THIS week every week (if there is an excuse at all) and I am tired of even wondering.

          Do I think that S&M are more conciously promoting themselves to get feedback/comments/likes/trending on social media and youtube? You betcha! They sure are over doing it a little though lately, eh? That cafe must be expensive!

          5 years ago
        • As for the videos not loading on the site, I’ll let our developer know. We have one in house now, full time. She’ll fix this ASAP. I thought we got around it, but it still seems to be an issue. Sorry :(

          EDIT: can you tell us what browser you’re using? Our developer can’t replicate the issue.

          5 years ago
        • to divodivo:
          I think you’re jumping the gun there a bit. They didn’t specify where the consent form was printed and I saw no wall of text near the booth, which is why I didn’t think they had any at all.

          Do they just care about the money? Personally, I don’t believe so. I would attribute some of their more thoughtless (in)actions more as oversights than maliciousness, they don’t seem very organized when it comes to the details of their online presence. They certainly are partnering with more firms, which likely is adding revenue streams, like with G-Market, but I don’t think they are quite shills yet. They are at a tipping point, no doubt, because even they seem to feel a little forced in the videos sometimes, or a turning point maybe where they veer off towards a different kind of content but I have yet to see that they are malicious or uncaring in any way.

          Do you have any other examples?

          5 years ago
        • I’ve noticed a big problem with watching videos from the website on the mobile version (well maybe not mobile version, but when opening the site from my iPhone), maybe that’s connected to the problem. I just watch only from my desktop now. Maybe that’ll help you guys pinpoint this issue :)

          5 years ago
  27. This is Super Cool! I think this will be absolutely Splendid & I look forward to seeing lots of fun & thoughtful stuff from fellow Nasties! <3<3 This is gonna be GREAT! :D

    5 years ago
  28. this is a really cool idea! good job

    5 years ago
  29. This is a great idea :)! I probably won’t ever be able to use it, but I’m REALLY looking forward to the messages! Will there be a video for every week, or will you edit them together monthly?

    5 years ago
  30. Oh the possibilities!

    5 years ago
  31. Simon and Martina, you completely ripped off the idea and implementation of Speakers’ Corner – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakers%27_Corner_%28TV_series%29

    You complained on Twitter how you felt due to the WTF Box, yet you go ahead and do the same thing. https://twitter.com/eatyourkimchi/status/511548378652495872

    Do you have any standards, or do you just prostitute yourselves and steal ideas from others like the K-pop industry?

    5 years ago
    • Do you have any idea what the word “prostitute” means? And, if you do, I would hope that you’d use it less flippantly.

      The idea of people speaking in a booth/corner/box/room/anywhere to speak their minds on a topic is so far from being original that I doubt anyone has any right to say that the idea is “theirs”. It’s a glorified comment box, a forum, if you will. And forums have been around for a very long time. And, if you’re upset about people using the idea of letting people speak their minds in a room where the video will then be edited into something else, I hope you’re outraged that the Fine Bros have been doing almost nothing BUT that with their very popular “react” series on youtube. And you should be even more angry at all of the hundreds of “reaction” videos that people post on youtube. That’s basically the same concept as well, isn’t it?

      As for the “Wonderful Treasure Find” box… Those people literally took the exact wording which Simon and Martina use. And that is NOT a common thing, as opposed to speaking in a booth. Besides, one tweet saying that they feel a bit ripped off is barely complaining. If they dedicated a video to how upset they were, then I’d say you’d have more ground to stand on, but right now you’re just making yourself look foolish.

      Seriously, if you have a real gripe with the segment, come out and say it instead of hiding behind your false sense of self-righteousness. If what your comment boils down to is that you don’t like the idea, that’s fine. If it boils down to you don’t like Simon and Martina… then why are you even here? Spoiler alert- this is their website. No one forced you here.

      5 years ago
      • And, holy cow, I just felt like googling “Speakers’ Corner” just to see what the results are, and now I know that the OP here is just trolling for no reason. Do you want to know why they call their booth “Speakers’ Corner”? That’s because *that is literally what that sort of thing is called*.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakers'_Corner “A Speakers’ Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed”

        So, obviously, this is something that people have been doing for a while. And the fact that you picked out the Canadian show and ignored the fact that the FIRST thing to pop up when you search for it is the general purpose word describing the function of such things makes you seem even more, excuse my language, butt-hurt.

        Again, no one forced you to come to this site, Michelle. But there are a lot of people opening the door to show you the way out.

        5 years ago
    • They said they were introducing a “speaker’s corner”. They never said they invented the term nor the concept.

      5 years ago
    • You do realize that the CityTV Speaker’s Corner was not the original “Speaker’s Corner”, right? I’m sure there are others but the most famous is the Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakers'_Corner . Personally I’m a bit skeptical about this EYK idea but I’m definitely open to be proven wrong! Also the Speakers Corners in Canada didn’t encourage people to discuss specific topics, and really often it was just drunk people talking nonsense. Anyway, let’s just wait and see how this goes! I agree the name could have been a bit more original, but I don’t consider this a “rip off” at all, as I think a Speaker’s Corner by definition is something that is open and free.

      5 years ago
    • I don’t understand why you’re angry. Do you understand why you’re angry? I don’t know if you’re actually angry about a booth where people can chat about things. That would be a weird thing to be angry about.

      5 years ago
    • You make a good point, especially since “WTF” isn’t copyrighted or the like, at least not that I know of, but neither is “Speaker’s Corner”. I also don’t think that EYK outright complained (they didn’t sound pissed off at all), it was brought to their attention by someone else :). I sincerely hope you’re just having a bad day today. Consider this an effort to lift your mood and have an awesome day instead :D!

      5 years ago
      • Er…..I agree with your sentiment but any creative work that you do, that you sign or that it is clear that it was made by you (i.e. like it’s on your channel on youtube with your name on it) is defacto copyrighted. Is it trademarked? I don’t actually know, but that’s a whole different matter. You don’t actually have to patent or trademark your work for it to be a crime to copy it, that’s what copyright is for. However, enforcing the copyright is a lot harder without those other two things, you would have to go to court in any case. I would definitely say that Simon and Martina *coined* the “Wonderful Treasure Find” term, and it is therefore copyrighted by them, but it is likely not worth the effort to take everyone to court (especially in Korea) over this sort of thing unless the violation was really affecting them. The Nasties calling out the copier is probably enough satisfaction in the short term ;).

        5 years ago
        • Aaah geez, I wish I could edit, too! Of course I meant: “the process where you actually make it illegal for other to use whatever term you COINED”. Maaan, it’s been a long day xD!

          5 years ago
        • Well, I wasn’t sure if I should use the word “copyright” or “trademark” (you know, the process where you actually make it illegal to coin whatever you “invented” as YOURS). My mastery of English isn’t perfect just yet (it’s my third language :P…), but I’m making an effort! Thank you for explaining the difference to me! And I didn’t want to intellectually elaborate or even pick on someone who seemed to already be angry and down for no reason :).

          5 years ago
        • wish I could edit: I mean, I don’t know if “Wonderful Treasure Find” has been trademarked by Simon and Martina, it’s a completely separate process from copyright, no work is defacto trademarked.

          5 years ago
    • Oh, so because they took an idea from a show they probably watched before (being from Canada), and decided to try & implement it with what they do now to try & do something really cool & thoughtful, they’re nothing but attention whores & thieves? Did you really make an account on their own site just to comment such spiteful rubbish? Why are you even here?

      5 years ago
  32. I really appreciate all the work you do, it’s really inspiring. Thank you :)

    5 years ago
  33. I’m going to try to get a few of my friends from the LPGA Tour to drop by when they’re in Korea for the KEB HanaBank Championship in a few weeks. Why do you pick that time to go on your European tour? Yeah, I know; it’s just a coincidence. I was hoping that you would cover the event in your own unique way to show what interesting people these ladies are, particularly since many of the top players on the Tour are Korean. Oh well, maybe next year, or perhaps Kia could arrange for you to cover the tournament they sponsor every March in southern California. ;)

    Anyway, the Speakers’ Corner is a jim-dandy idea. Shy little me may try it out myself should I ever find my way to Seoul: I’m hoping for October of 2015 so that I can include the KEB HanaBank Championship in my itinerary along with the You Are Here cafe. I’ve been going to LPGA tournaments since 2002, including a trip to Ottawa in 2008 for the Canadian Women’s Open, but I’ve never been to a tournament outside of North America and it would be special given all the star players from Korea or of Korean descent to actually see an event in Korea among fans who truly appreciate them.

    In the meantime I do hope you will do a TLDR on how big golf is in Korea, especially women’s golf. Despite it being expensive for the average person to actually play the sport given how expensive land is and how it has limited how many golf courses can be built the game has a big enough following to support two cable networks (SBS Golf and J-Golf) as well as domestic men’s and women’s tours.

    5 years ago
  34. +1 more reason to visit Korea…soooonnnnnn

    5 years ago
  35. That is awesome, what a good idea. One more reason to go to the YAH cafe (You Are Here.) If I went there one time, I would pres that button and talk over and over again

    5 years ago
  36. This is an awesome idea! I’ll be coming by the cafe a lot when I study at Yonsei in the spring, so I’ll be sure to take a turn in the booth :D

    5 years ago
  37. Oh my, such a neat idea! I love it. I hope to make use of it one day :P !

    5 years ago
  38. I love this, it’s very meaningful and inspiring. I’m glad you’re even providing masks so people feel more comfortable opening up, especially if they’re being critical of the government or other powerful organizations. Can’t wait to see what sort of messages people leave!

    5 years ago