Asia’s Millionaire Tutors

Picture a young, well-dressed man, who earns over $1 million dollars a year, owns several exotic sport’s cars, dresses in the best suits money can buy and is idolized by tens of thousands of teenagers. You might think this person is a pop star, professional athlete, or famous actor, but you probably wouldn’t expect to find out this person actually a tutor from Hong Kong. Asia is the home to an interesting phenomenon where tutors can earn over a million dollars a year and are treated like celebrities.

In Hong Kong, big name tutors are multimillionaires, and even average celebrity tutors earn more than US$120,000 a year. Government teachers take home less than half that. In South Korea celebrity tutors can make more than $4 million per year. This phenomenon has been driven by a number of variables but a major one is the strong desire students have to perform well on high-stakes entrance examinations that can determine the future success of an individual. The following article looks at several tutors from countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore who have turned their tutoring careers into a source of wealth and celebrity.

Rose Lee English Teacher, South Korea

Korea is home to many celebrity tutors who have become wealthy in large part to the growth of online tutoring. Companies in South Korea such as MegaStudy allow South Korean students to buy access to videos of tutoring classes through their website. This has enabled the top tutors in the country to reach tens of thousands of tutors, and take a share of the revenue. One celebrity tutor benefiting from online tutoring sales is South Korean English teacher Rose Lee. Rose Lee is one of the most successful, and famous English teachers in Korea. She goes buy the title “Queen of English” and makes most of her money through online classes. In 2009 the “Queen of English” expected to make about 7 million dollars.

Richard Eng English, Hong Kong

Richard Eng is one of the first celebrity tutors from Hong Kong and ultimately helped launch the trend in the Hong Kong tutoring market. Twenty years ago Eng began working as a teacher. He would teach his school students during the day and at night he worked as a tutor. Over time he was able to grow his evening classes through word-of-mouth, and eventually opened up his on tutorial school. It was around this time that Eng ramped up his expansion efforts and began advertising in local newspapers and on television.

Richard Eng recognized the fascination and obsession with celebrities of many young people and began marketing his tutoring business with this in mind. Using billboards, glossy brochures, eye-catching TV commercials and model photo shoots to promote his business and his tutors, Eng was able to change the image of his tutoring company. Eng and his tutors wore designer clothing, had fashionable hairstyles and began to resemble pop stars promoting their latest album more than tutors searching for students.

Eng’s unorthodox strategy paid off, his company Beacon College now has 12 schools in Hong Kong and has just opened one in Tokyo. He has a total of 50,000 students, employs 300 staff and brings home about 1.5 million dollars a year.

Phang Yu Hon Physics, Singapore

Named one of Singapore’s most sought-after “Super Tutors”, Phang Yu Hon is now also the highest-earning private tutor in Singapore. Mr Phang Yu Hon was previously a research engineer and began teaching in 1997. In his first year he had 8 students and earned less than $10,000 which was a huge pay cut from his previous job. Despite his friends thinking he was wasting his education by pursuing this career Phang Yu Hon persevered, and it paid off. By 2010 he had 200 students and earned $520,000, expecting to earn $600,000 – $700,000 the following year.

Woo Hyeong-Cheol Math Teacher, South Korea

Another tutor from South Korea that has benefited from the country’s education obsession and the online tutoring trend is Woo Hyeong-cheol, one of South Korea’s most well-known and highest-paid math tutors. Woo is not affiliated with any institution that is part of the official school system, but is considered one of the best cram school tutors and makes $4 million per year. Although he teaches in cram schools (South Korea’s exam preparation schools) the majority of his income comes from his tutorials on the Internet, where they are accessed by about 50,000 paying subscribers.

Karson Oten Fan Karno English, Hong Kong

Known as K. Oten and the “Tutor King”, this well-known Hong Kong tutor is both a celebrity tutor and even has a side career rapping with local pop singers. He uses his stage name “K. Oten” in both the classroom and the recording studio. At one point in his tutoring career K. Oten earned as much as HK$2.65 million ($340,000 USD) for 40 days of work in 2006. Evidence of his loyal fans was seen in 2006 when Fan was fired by King’s Glory (one of Hong Kong’s top tutoring companies) and began teaching in Modern Education. He conducted an extensive advertising campaign and invited his students from his former employer to transfer to Modern Education. As a result of Fan’s departure, King’s Glory claimed student numbers fell by about 7,000.



Source by Christie M Van Arragon

Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata

Sometimes known as yellow waxbells, Kirengeshoma palmata is a late-flowering rhizomatous perennial up to 1.2m high with arching stems and is native to the woods and mountain lowlands of Korea and the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Kyushu.

The unusual name? No, it doesn’t come from an obscure Danish botanist called Kirengeshom. It’s really just a Latinised version of the original Japanese name. Palmata, a common specific epithet, means shaped like a hand and refers to the foliage.

Formerly classified in its own family, it is now a member of the hydrangea family, although its flowers, which are around 3cm long, are more reminiscent of those of a single-flowered Japanese anemone. The flowers of most of the plants seen in gardens are a fairly deep yellow, though the colour of wild specimens ranges from white to apricot. While beautiful and graceful, the fleshy-petalled flowers, which are borne in sprays on wiry stems that bend under their own weight, never really open fully. The buds start to burst in early autumn.

While the flowers can be something of a disappointment, it isn’t too great a disadvantage that they don’t open fully as this is a plant grown as much for its foliage as its flowers. The leaves are up to 20cm long and wide with pointed lobes that are deeper on the basal leaves and very shallow on the reduced leaves found on the flower stems.

The generally accepted opinion is that it the only species in its genus, but some botanists prefer to classify the Korean plants separately as Kirengeshoma koreana. As far as gardeners are concerned any differences between the plants are very minor, though there is some suggestion that the Korean plants may eventually be larger than their Japanese cousins and that their flowers open more fully.

As you would expect, considering its origins, Kirengeshoma palmata prefers a moist, leafy, humus-rich soil in partial shade. In other words, typical woodland conditions. In late autumn it dies back to its rootstock, which is extremely hardy and quite capable of withstanding -15°C. It is propagated either by division in winter or early spring, or by raising from seed. The seed prefers cool temperatures, around 12 to 15°C and the germination time is variable, anywhere from 30to 300 days. I’ve found that sowing fresh seed in the autumn and leaving the seed tray in a shady place for germination in the following spring satisfies any stratification requirements and gives good results.

Kirengeshoma palmata is an ideal companion for any Japanese or Chinese woodland plants and looks magnificent under maples, the leaf shape of which it complements perfectly. Because it needs ample summer moisture it thrives at the edges of a bog garden with candelabra primroses, Rodgersia and irises. Its late flowering habit is invaluable in providing interest at a time of year when other woodland plants may be becoming rather dull.

So why isn’t it far more common? I have absolutely no idea.



Source by Geoff Bryant

The History of Samsung Mobile

Samsung Group is a Korean company. It has a great name in Electronic Market. This company was established by Lee Byung-chull in 1938. The name of this company is Korean word which means three stars into English. On the starting period its name Samsung Sang hoe and its shape is small trading company which has Forty Employees. In 1947 Lee moved its head office in Seoul.

In 1960s, This Group came in the field of electronics industry and started several electronic related divisions, such as Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunication Co. Samsung Electronic Devices, Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co. In 1980 Samsung made first Black and white Television. After acquiring Hanguk Jeonja Tongsin Company came in field Telecommunication devices and started to build telecommunication devices. After passing some time He put his step in the field of Mobiles. Company produces 800 mobile phones now. Company grouped all of them under the Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Samsung produces a series of stylish and an attractive designer Phone in the Market. This company launches his Mobile phone around 1983. Company launches their mobile phone under the Samsung Electronics. This was the parent company. This was founded in 1969. It has two branches first is known for Television and other known for Home Appliances. On the time of launching company found a great competition from Motorola and Sony Ericsson, but soon company makes their position between them.

Samsung first time offering was a car Phone. It was taken by in 1986, but it does not success to leave a good effect on the Market. Mobiles have poor reception and sales so manufacturing was broke down. Seeing this point they introduced many models till 1990s, but its sale was low because their reception was poor and their size was bulky.

In 1993, A turning point came in company when it released the SH-700 series. Mobile of this Series have sleeker design and better sound Quality, being this quality it make a specific place in the market.

At 1996 first time Samsung Mobile phone reached in American hands.



Source by Radha Rani Trivedi

Are You Crazy for K-Pop Clothing and Accessories?

K-Pop culture has taken the whole world within its grip and one by one the songs have definitely captured the top slots of music rankings. Whether it’s BTS or EXO, everyone loves to hear them and everyone loves to wear T-shirts, cap, and bags featuring the Band’s logo, artists name and the song’s lyrics too.

The K-Pop clothing and accessories are quite popular among teenagers. All school going girls and boys just feel so connected to these artists and songs that they want to own T-shirts and accessories representing their names and songs. The craziness associated with these pop bands among teenagers can only be understood by another fan only. These fans want to purchase clothing and accessories of their favorite artists like Jimin or Suga.

These T-shirts and all other accessories are becoming popular day by day and their demand has gone up quite quickly. There are many online clothing stores solely dedicated to these K-Pop culture. Their all clothing has been manufactured representing the Korean Pop culture and features the most favorite bands for the customers.

What are the benefits of buying them online?

  • The online stores surely understand the craziness associated with these K-Pop songs and artists. That is why they manufacture and supply you the T-shirts and accessories with names of your dearest artists inscribed/printed on them. These online sites never question your fondness towards your ideal. Right?
  • The standard online shopping sites deliver the best products at best process. The prices of the products are kept at a reasonable rate than any other physical store of your locality so that no individual would be disappointed.
  • The quality of the products purchased from the standard online store will be of great quality. They will be color fats and non- shrinkable. At the same time, they will make you look great with your favorite star’s name written on your clothes. Isn’t it?
  • These online stores supply these T-shirts and other related items at the shortest time possible. These items can be sent not only to local areas, but out of that region too. Therefore, a fan living far from the place can also order and wear their favorite stars T-shirts or caps. The courier services can be trusted well.

What problems can you face while purchasing these clothing from a physical store?

  • The shop usually says the product is out-of-stock either due to shortage or fast sale.
  • The desired artist’s T-shirts could be out of stock. Suppose you want a Jimin T-shirt, but they want to give you some other artist’s item. It is so irritating.
  • The other problems could be higher prices, low quality of the product and bad behavior of the staff. It could possibly be anything.

There are few people and organization that understands your fondness and love towards your ideal and favorite artists of K-Pop culture. There are definitely some clothing sellers who genuinely want to cater to your love towards your favorite artists.



Source by Shalini Mittal

The Super Cool Korean Movies and the Northeast Indians

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to Korean movies. So are thousands in Mizoram, Manipur. Well basically the whole of Northeast India. I have heard it is more so in countries like Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, etc.

It has been some time now since I watched my first Korean movie – it was My Sassy Girl. (Incidentally, My Sassy Girl was the most popular and exportable Korean film in the history Korean film industry according to Wikipedia. So popular that it outsold The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter which ran at the same time. It sold 4,852,845 tickets!) That was around two years ago. By now I have watched scores of them – Windstruck, Sex is Zero (Korean version of American Pie?), My Wife is a Gangster 1, 2 & 3, The Classic, Daisy, A Moment to Remember, Joint Security Area, My Little Bride, A Dirty Carnival, You are my Sunshine, Silmido, etc to name but a few!

I am completely totally hooked!

When a friend first invited me to watch My Sassy Girl I was frankly not sure if I would enjoy it. But the spunky, don’t-care-a-damn-tomboy heroine in that movie made me fall in love with Korean movies (and soaps even!). It is not particularly surprising to me that I fell in love with Korean movies considering the fact that I love French movies. Korean movies have the same treatment of their subjects like that of French movies. I regularly watch TV5 French movies and Arirang TV whenever my cableguy allows me! Of course different genre of movies give you a different perspective on Korean movies. I think comedy is where Korean movies are the best.

Now the Korean movies and soaps, as I have said, are very popular in the Northeastern states of India. Even in New Delhi there is a video library or two where you can get Korean movies. You can be sure I am a regular! In a more serious note, the question is why… why do the northeasterners love Korean movies?? Even after decades of Hindustanization with Bollywood, Hindi lessons and Indian politics are we somewhat longing for HOME!

It is really good to see one of your own (read chinkies?) on the screen after so many decades of it being filled by the Amitabhs and the Khans and the Roshans of Bollywood. Korean dramas are like a breath of fresh air after so much stale Bollywood movies which I seldom watch except for Ram Gopal Verma movies. The intricate plots of twists and turns and much more urbane emotions are what attracted me to Korean and French movies. Maybe, just may be, race does have a role here. Being racially similar, our habits and cultural nuances are so similar! Their body language and facial expressions are so similar to our expressions. The rather alien Punjabi or Bihari nuances of Bollywood deters me from so many good movies!

Korean movies are also technically superior to Bollywood movies and can even compete with Hollywood movies. Awards and recognition even in the Cannes Film Festival are becoming a yearly occurrence for the Korean film industry. In fact Hollywood biggies Dreamworks has paid $2 million (US) for a remake of the 2003 suspense thriller Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) compare that to $1 million (US) paid for the right to remake the Japanese movie The Ring.

It is true that we, Northeasterners, love everything that is new to our culture unlike our mainland Indians. We actually welcome change and changed we are to an extent. We effortlessly copy the western style of dressing jeans, T-shirts and et al. That may be another reason for our recent addiction with Korean movies. But somehow I doubt that it is a passing thing like teenage love affair. It has got cultural affinity overtones written all over it. Bollywood will have to counter this onslaught of Korean movies with more Chak De characters! It has already lost much audience to Korean film industry.

A couple of weeks back while having a chit-chat about our lives in New Delhi – the awkward stares, the down right patronising calling of names and the abuses in workplaces – with a friend of mine he remarked,”Are we in the wrong country?”. “Will you be happy if you are treated like a guest in your own country?” asks one of the two Northeast characters in Chak De India. As for me it is bearable with the help of movies like My Sassy Girl and the like from our kin Korean film industry. Laugh your heart out and forget the troubles of this country until, of course, Chak De India has bigger roles for Northeasterners!



Source by Carey Suante

Boseong Spring Green Tea, a Korean Classic

A careful selection that results in an aromatic infusion

But it also has, of course, outstanding infusions. Such is the case of spring green tea, which stands out above the rest.

Did you know that excellent teas are also obtained in Korea? Well that’s the way it is, as in almost all of the Far East.

One of the most notable examples is the spring green tea, since all agree that it is a quite peculiar variety for its flavor and aroma.

How is it obtained?

It is a tea that is collected in the Boseong region and that has as a particularity that of being selected by hand and resulting in a high grade tea. As its name makes clear, its leaves are picked in the spring and are those that end up giving a completely characteristic infusion.

What characteristics of flavor, aroma and color does it have?

It is a tea that many surprise because it does not have the typical characteristics of green tea. Or yes, but present in another way. It is usually a fairly clear color, with a very noticeable aroma, which for many oscillates between the herbal and the related to nuts. It is delicate to the palate, but full of flavor, despite being prepared at low temperatures and with

How do you prepare?

It is a tea that needs barely hot water for its preparation. Some even say that the best thing about it is when it is infused at 60 ° Celsius. If the water warms a little more, there will be no problems. But do not leave it much more than two or three minutes before consuming it.

For what moment is it indicated?

Being a green tea, but with a much more marked flavor and not so conventional aromas, maybe not for all times of the day. But you can always look for a moment. At night, after dinner; in a relaxing afternoon break where you need to make a break with what you are doing; in a chat with friends, which will also be a good excuse to make it happen to them. In short, you will know when the right moment will be as soon as you try it.

Within the section of Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea varieties you will know many other options that will come very well if what you want is to go getting more and more into this pleasant world. You can know from a classic Sencha, to a high mountain Tun Lu.



Source by Demarcus Martin

A Thought While Translating a Korean Basic Certificate

I understand if you haven’t heard of ‘Basic Certificate.’ I was, too, totally unaware of its existence for the first thirty plus years of my life. Only after I was assigned to translate the document did I have to look up what it was and found out. This article will give a brief explanation of the document and a small lesson I learned from translating it.

It is a legal document issued by the government of Korea since 2008. The name of the document is self-explanatory. It displays the most basic information about the applicant, and, of course, certifies that he or she is a Korean citizen. It starts with the name of the applicant followed by the date of birth, ID number to which every Korean is assigned at birth, and sex. A bit more detail is listed below, such as the place of birth (often the name of the hospital), the date of registration, the person applying for registration, and a state government who accepted the registration. Up to this point it might sound very much like a birth certificate but it isn’t. Korea has its own form for birth certificate. It is what follows after the information mentioned above that separates itself from others. Depending on the purpose of the document, it can contain extra information such as change of name, change of nationality or else. It is not a complex form and is often done in a single sheet. The document replaces and improves another form of document which has been very familiar to Koreans for decades. Legality and complexity behind the reason as to why the country had to make such a big step on getting rid of the previous form which Koreans have been too accustomed to might be beyond the scope of this article. Instead, I would like to finish by sharing what I realized while translating this document.

Being Korean myself, I was reminded while doing a research on this basic certificate that I know very little about legal system of my own country. Quite frankly, why this document had to replace the old one was beyond my ken, and it is why I could not further elaborate above. Of course, as a translator I am not obligated to know the whole story. I just have to translate the words to appropriate English ones and I’m justified. It was, however, an opportunity for me to think about something: when it comes to something legal, how much is done in my life with full trust without having a slightest clue. It is quite a flimsy life.



Source by Eunsuk Ian Yoon

Quick & Easy Korean Cooking by Cecila Hae-Jin Lee

I love Korean food and found “Quick & Easy Korean Cooking” by Cecila Hae-Jin Lee to be a nice little cook book full of Korean recipes. My wife is Korean, and she liked it too. (Just because she is Korean does not mean she knows how to cook every Korean dish without a reference)

The photographs in the book are great, especially some of the ones from different places in Korea. However, I would have really liked to have had a picture of each dish that was in the cook book. My wife commented that she would have liked a picture of each dish too.

The recipes are divided into the following categories: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Hot Pots, Small Side Dishes, Chicken Beef and Pork, Fish and Shellfish, Kimchi and Other Pickled Things, Rice, Noodles, and Sweets and Drinks. There are short chapters on sauces and other basics, quick and easy Korean menus, and some other resources on the Internet and other books. The beginning of the book also included some notes on Korean food, a glossary of Korean ingredients and useful utensils for cooking Korean food.

Each recipe has the Korean name under the English name, but not in Korean characters, or Hangul. The name is in Romanization. That is the only Korean in the book. Lee also included different facts about the foods such as history of the dish, or when it is served. The recipes themselves are just like the title states, easy and quick to make.

If someone wants an attractive book of quick and easy Korean recipes with additional information on the dishes, this is a great book to get. We are looking forward to trying each and ever recipe in the book!



Source by Alain Burrese

Korean Baby Names – What Are Their Characteristics and How Do You Select the Right One?

Korean baby names are very unique! Did you know that only three surnames account for over half of the Korean population? So it’s important to parents to assign a Korean given name that will stand out for their child and make them a bit unique.

A Korean name consists of a family name first, followed by a given name. Over the centuries the family names have eventually faded into three different names. These are Kim, Lee, and Park. Koreans often have a name that includes a syllable of their generation, as well as a distinct syllable. The generational name syllable is always shared by siblings in a family.

In Korea, names are generally based on the Chinese character alphabet. For many years parents could choose only from a list of approved names as issued by the government, but in recent decades, that trend has fallen by the wayside. Now children are often given names derived from traditional Korean words, and even two-syllable names, though these are usually reserved only for girls.

Keep in mind, however, that given names are rarely used in polite company. An individual is usually addressed by their family name. The given name is only used by very close friends and family members. So whatever Korean baby name you give your child, it might only rarely be heard outside of the circle of your family and friends of the family. Thanks to this tradition, the Korean baby names you choose for your little one will be much more intimate than names bestowed in other cultures.

A few of the more common two-syllable Korean baby names for girls include Haneul, meaning “heaven” or “sky”, and Areum, meaning “beauty”. The name Gippeum means “joy” and the name Iseul means “dew”.

If you are looking for a simpler name for your little girl, why not consider one of the most popular names of late: Shin, meaning “belief”. Other common names include Moon, Min, and Kyon. These names usually mean something positive about the baby, such as how clever they are, or how beautiful.

What are some of the more common Korean baby names for boys? “Kwan” is a popular name, meaning “strong”. Other favored names for Korean boys are Jung, Chin, Bae, and Gi. All of these names have very powerful connotations and are meant to convey a sense of purpose and strength.

Some names, such as Sun, are permissible for both a boy and a girl. The name means “goodness” in Korean. In Chinese, it means “bending”. Another unisex name is Jin, meaning “jewel” in Korean and “golden” in Chinese.

Korean names will always be popular, and parents will always be looking for ways to make their children stand out from the crowd. With very few surnames to go around, the uniqueness of your Korean baby names is very important! Take your time in finding one that is just perfect for your little one.



Source by Janet Kimbrell