Korean War Memorial Dedication – June 14, Friday

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Korean Dignitary To Attend Sedona Korean War Memorial Celebration

The “South Korean Minister of Veterans Affairs” from Seoul, Korea, will attend a June 14th celebration hosted by Sedona’s Korean-American Association to celebrate 60 years’ Friendship and Gratitude since the cease-fire of the Korean Conflict.  Local area veterans are invited to join the delegation at a 10am at Sedona Military Service Park, at the intersection of State Route 89A and Northview Drive.  There will be a short musical performance and Korean War photo exhibition, followed at 12pm with a complimentary lunch at the Sedona Meditation Center, 340 Jordan Rd. Sedona, to which all area veterans in cap or uniform are invited.

Sedona Korean-American Association has worked with the Sedona Marine Corps League to create the Sedona Military Service Park. This project was dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served their country during times of peace and war.

Sixty years have passed since the cannons ceased in the Korean War. According to Korean culture, 60 years has special meanings associated with the blessings of longevity and wisdom. Banya Lim, president of the Sedona Korean-American Association said, “We believe this applies to the relationship between South Korea and the United States, too. Underlying the purpose of the Sedona Korean-American Association is the Korean people’s appreciation for the years of continuous friendship and support from the United States.” She also added, “The importance of the strong ties between Korea and the U.S. is highlighted by the recent military tension on the Korean Peninsula.”

That was the spirit that moved Korean-American Association to participate in the Sedona Military Service Park Project. According to Lim, “we wanted to demonstrate and establish a good example of how this tie can be strengthened by voluntary activities in a local community.”

Please RSVP luncheon attendance at 928-282-3600.

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[RedRock News] Locals to honor Korean War’s end

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The Korean War raged across the tiny peninsula before ending nearly 60 years ago.

More than 2.5 million Koreans from both North and South Korea were killed as communist and democratic forces waged a proxy war pitting the rival world powers of the United States, Great Britain, China and the Soviet Union against each other during the early years of the Cold War.

To commemorate the end of the war, Sedona will soon welcome South Korean Minister of Patriots and Veteran Affairs, Sungchoon Park, who will attend the Korean-American War Memorial celebration hosted by the Sedona Korean-American Association on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Sedona Military Service Park.

[RedRock News] Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year

Written by Corwin Gibson
Saturday, 09 February 2013 00:00

Saturday, Feb. 9, marks the eve of the lunar new year, and the Sedona Korean-American Association plans to start the year off right with its third annual Lunar New Year Festival at the Sedona Meditation Center.

Local merchants and restaurants will be present at the event, which goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a wishing tree, traditional Korean games and a Korean film screening.

Guests can put their own wishes and dreams for the year inside paper cranes, which will then be hung from the wishing tree for the full 15 days of the Lunar New Year observance until the Full Moon Ceremony on Monday, Feb. 25. The games include a kickbag-type game called jegi chagi and a stick-tossing game called yunnori.

Groundbreaking Ceremonies Held for Sedona Veteran’s Park

ImageMany Sedona residents and veterans from across the Verde Valley attended the Groundbreaking Ceremonies for Sedona’s new Veteran’s Park on February 7th, 2013. Mayor Rob Adams officiated at the ceremony and expressed his thanks to the major contributors which included Joel De Tar, President of “Sedona 30”; Ray Stueve, Commander of the Sedona Marine Corp organization; Banya Lim, President of the Sedona Korean American Association; and Ray Scott, who will be the contractor for the park.

The park is a joint effort between the Sedona Marine Corps and the Sedona Korean American Association, both who worked tirelessly to make this project come to fruition.

Located at 273 N Highway 89A (next to the Bank of America), the Sedona Veteran Park will honor all the local veterans that participated in the various wars and conflicts. Any veterans interested in being honored should contact Ms. Rachel Murdock at 928-203-5011.

Contact: Banya Lim, President, Sedona Korean American Association
Tel: 928-274-2957
Email: sedonakorean@gmail.com
http://www.sedonakorean.org

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Congratulatory Message from the Consulate General of The Republic of Korean Los Angeles

ImageDear Friends,

I am so pleased to extend my warmest greetings to all the participants of the 2013

Lunar New Year Festival.

Thanks to this magnificent event, the dynamic Korean community of Sedona may share its heritage with their neighbors. The last two years, the goal of this festival was to raise money for the Korean War Veterans’ Monument. And this year, I am very happy to hear that the monument will be unveiled in March at the Sedona Veteran Military Park. Your generous support and donations have made this possible! Congratulations!

The memory of the War between 1950 and 1953 is still vivid to many Koreans. We will never forget the blood and sweat that was shed to protect us. Your courage and dedication will forever serve as a reminder to people across the globe
of the true value of democracy. We will always be indebted to the Veterans of the
Korean War, and we want everyone to remember their sacrifices.

Taking this opportunity, I’d also like to express my gratitude to the Sedona Korean-American Association for hosting this wonderful annual festival, and helping to spread Korean cultural awareness. Your tremendous efforts to raise money for the Korean War Veterans’ Monument are deeply appreciated.

May you all have excellent health, wealth and wisdom in this Year of the Snake. Happy Lunar New Year!

Yeon-Sung Shin
Consul General

[Press Release] The Third Annual Lunar New Year’s Celebration

Press Release

The Third Annual Lunar New Year’s Celebration

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Sedona, Arizona—January 22, 2011

On February 9th the Sedona Korean-American Association will host the third annual Lunar New Year Festival.  This unique opportunity for cultural exchange will offer traditional Asian food, games, film, fortune telling and New Year blessings for all visitors and residents of Sedona.

This ancient celebration is observed the first two weeks of the Lunar year, and is enjoyed by billions of people in Asia and Asian communities in North America.  This year is the Year of the Snake, which is known as being a time of wealth and wisdom.  The holiday kicks off on February 10, 2013 and concludes February 24, 2013. The Lunar New Year festival is a time for families to reunite, elaborate meals, and special ceremonies to honor the family ancestors. The Sedona Korean-American Association (SKAA) is excited to bring a taste of this celebrated Asian holiday to Sedona for its third consecutive year.

The festival will present a variety of cultural experiences for curious Sedona residents and visitors: traditional Asian food, folk games, authentic performances, personal Calligraphy, Lunar Zodiac readings, screening of a Korean film, and a wishing tree available for all guests. Paper cranes containing visitors’ wishes, hopes and plans will be placed on a Wishing Tree and displayed for 15 days, ending in a Full Moon Ceremony, February 25th.

This is a free and public event hosted at the Sedona Meditation Center, located at 340 Jordan Road from 11am to 3pm on February 9th.  Banya Lim, president of SKAA, will serve as the master of ceremonies and host of the Korean New Year’s tradition and games. She will also present a message of gratitude to all of the supporters of the “Korean War Veterans’ Monument”, to be unveiled March of this year in the Sedona Veteran Military Park.

Banya shares, “Every year more and more people join this event. Our first year around 150 people participated, whereas last year over 300 people came. We are proud to bring inter-cultural inspiration for this community through this event.”

As the snake is a symbol of wealth and wisdom in many Asian cultures, the year of the snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. This bodes well for the Sedona and the Sedona Korean American Association, introducing this tradition during a peaceful year.

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About the Sedona Korean American Association:

The Sedona Korean American Association is a non-partisan, community-based, non-profit organization.  It is dedicated to serving the Sedona community, particularly the needs of its Korean-American residents.  It endeavors to promote inter-cultural understanding, educational activities, and communication with other ethnic groups in the United States.

Lunar New Year Festival 2013

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Lunar New Year Celebrates “Year of the Snake” at Sedona Meditation Center

January 17, 2013, Sedona, AZ

 Local festivities on Saturday, February 9th at the Sedona Meditation Center will kick off the Year of the Snake for the Lunar New Year celebrated over the span of a week around the world.  The Sedona Korean American Association and the non-profit center at 340 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona will be in full celebration between 11am and 3pm. Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Korean food will be featured at an Asian Food Court, punctuated by a noon performance of Sedona’s Rhythm, a dynamic, synchronized drum corps. Start early with the 10 am showing of a classic, light-hearted Korean movie at 10 am, repeated again at 1:00 pm.

2013 wouldn’t be the Year of the wise Snake – or a year governed by the intuitive element of Water – without a fortune or two being told in the bargain. And it wouldn’t be a Lunar New Year celebration without Asian Calligraphy being put to paper, or paper cranes dangled in a public Wishing Tree. It’s a time to proclaim, “out with the old and in with the new”, and make YOUR vision for the new Year of the Snake come true!

For more information, call (928) 282-3600.

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CONTACT: Program Director, Haejung Jung

PLACE: Sedona Meditation Center, 340 Jordan Rd, Uptown Sedona

PHONE: 928 282-3600

EMAIL: info@sedonameditationcenter.org

Korea’s most popular TV station broadcasts a 10 minute promotion for Sedona

image004KBS2 (Korean Broadcasting System), the biggest out of the four major South Korean television networks, recently broadcast a 10 minute segment on Sedona, Arizona.  The very popular Korean TV program, “Good Morning Korea”, one of the more famous morning shows in Korea, airing nationwide, (like “Good Morning America” in US), is watched by a large percentage of the 50 million people in South Korea for entertainment and as a way to determine where they should go on their next vacation.  With South Korea’s high economic growth, much of the population is traveling abroad and taking in the wonders of the world.

Sedona Korean American Association President, Banya Lim, stated that “these two “Good Morning Korea” segments will definitely be a big impetus in bringing many more Korean visitors to the Sedona area.  Every Korean seeing this will put Sedona on their travel-wish-list”.

In addition to being broadcast in South Korea, the 10 minute segment can also be seen on You Tube  < http://youtu.be/IUhtAPEAy8A >.  Although currently only in Korean (except for the interviews with Sedona residents and visitors), it will shortly have English sub-titles added.  On January16th, the 2nd episode aired <http://youtu.be/zMBteh1AXBM >.

The introduction to the segment states (loosely translated) that “A Meditation Healing craze is blowing in the world! In the Western United States go to Sedona.  Sedona is located in Arizona! “If God created the Grand Canyon, Sedona is where he lives.””

 “Sedona is a place with natural beauty. Particularly spacious, it is reported to be a region of strong magnetic field energy with its Red Rock vortexes; Sedona is for all to hear and feel where you can taste the essence of a refreshing Healing Trip!  Let’s overlook the breathtaking beauty of nature. In the United States, Sedona Healing Meditation Energy is Healing the world.”

The TV segment shows Sedona in an extremely popular light.  It shows Uptown Sedona very positively, as well as the Red Rock State Park and Bell rock. It has numerous interviews with Sedona residents and visitors and views a “Full Moon” celebration and people from the Sedona Meditation Center meditating near Cathedral Rock.

After the show, “Sedona” ranked as one of the “hot searching key words” in two major search engines in Korea, Naver.com and Daum.net.   This means many Koreans, web searched Sedona to know more, after watching the broadcasting. “Sedona(세도나)” hit number 1 in Daum.net and hit number 5 in Naver.com. What a big plus for Sedona.

Hopefully, we can all look forward to many more visitors from Korea in 2013.

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For more information, contact: Banya Lim, President, Sedona Korean American Association
Tel: 928-274-2957
Email: sedonakorean@gmail.comwww.sedonakorean.org

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