Friday, November 16, 2007

Paris In A Hanbok

Okay, the last Paris post for awhile, I promise.

I think these are some great photos. They're from Paris' visit to Seoul last week. They show Paris in a hanbok, which is traditional Korean clothing. The type she's wearing is still frequently seen at formal events like weddings. In fact, the one she has on is REALLY pretty. I think the hanboks for women are some of the nicest traditional formal wear I've seen, really.

I'll be getting myself a nice formal one before I leave, just so I can go all out when I return to the States and finally throw that "I've Finally Left Korea, But Korea Will Never Leave Me" party - complete with soju, anju and kimchee.

Paris Hilton in Hanbok (top) and with co-stars of MBC-TV's variety show ‘Infinite Challenge’./photos captured from the People magazine website.

Click on the photo to go to the Chosun Ilbo article.

Now where are the Bey in a hanbok photos?

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  1. Okay I will admit to my utterly embarrassed consternation that, at first glance, Paris does look rather lovely in that gorgeous hanbok...until you notice her right hand gracelessly clutching chopsticks like a chicken claw! Ouch, that ain't sexy... ;-P

  2. LOL...see? this is how much I've still yet to learn about Asian culture. The way you hold chopsticks can be sexy?


    Yes, she looks totally cute. Love her or hate her, you've got to give that to her. She did that hanbok good.

  3. Am I confused, or is this blog a new look?

    Paris --there's a very good article about her in this month's trash-tastic Vanity Fair. Seems her parents never raised her to be anything except "Paris Hilton."

    Yes, a very pretty hanbok, and I am slightly amused that she's trying "to play the role of international humanitarian or whatever after spending time in the clinker.

    Hey, I"ve got a question for you.
    My daughter came home the other day and said, "Those Korean kids are mean."
    What do you mean, "mean?" I asked.
    "They act snobby," she said. "They only hang out with other Koreans."

    So, what gives?

  4. You mean the format? I just changed my template. The blog is the same as it's just me writing.

    It is a pretty hanbok. Her visit here was more business than humanitarian. She's the spokesmodel for Fila-Korea and stepped off the plane at Incheon Airport with a Fila outfit on. She did loan her noteriety to a charity here: Paris Hilton: FILA Korea’s Fast Forward. But even Paris has said she's done philantrophic work for years. It's pretty much essential to NYC's elite society. What she's famous for is being famous and a party girl, so, honestly, we've only seen a specific aspect of her. You don't get fortune with humanitarian work. You might get a certain level of fame. But when you are rich and famous you can use that power to help others. I'm glad she is.

    I won't knock her humanitarian hustle if it helps those in need. There is a lot of good that could be done if more people stepped up from celebrity heiresses to your everday person.

    As for Korean kids in America, I have no more of a clue than you do. But Koreans have always had the reputation of being xenophobic and their country wasn't called the "Hermit Kingdom" for nothing. If you look at their history, it's one of being a vassal state to China or repeling Japanese attacks and being an unwilling colony to Japan (and that last one was incredibly cruel and very brutal.)

    The nation has a great position on a peninsula which makes it vulnerable to attack from three sides. I mean imagine if San Francisco were a nation-state, it would have to have naval forces on the Pacific, naval forces in the Bay facing Marin and naval forces in the Bay facing Oakland and then would have to have a land force on its southern border too.

    I think it gives Koreans in particular an "us against them" mentality. Now whether than crosses over to Korean-American kids I have no clue and I'm not really armed with the experience to even talk about it because I live in Korea and not in Koreatown ;) You're Chinese-American, right? There are race issues between the three I've heard: Japan, China and Korea, so maybe that has something to do with it too.

    Beyond that someone with knowledge of the Korean-American community is better qualified than I to comment. There are some great Asian diaspora websites and forums out there. I'm sure it's been discussed.

  5. I'm with Kai, which is why I came to the comments in the first place. The hanbok is nice, but am I evil for giggling to myself at her ineptness with the chopsticks? I'm sure whoever she was eating with complimented her skills all the same.

  6. and Kai are just mean to poor Paris ;)

    I'm just too clueless to even notice.

  7. Yikes! Not only is the way that she holds the chopsticks off, but they look like they are made of plastic or wood... maybe bamboo? Whatever it is, it certainly isn't metal, which is what we Koreans usually use. Flat, metal chopsticks are something that Koreans use that sets us apart from the Japnese and Chinese. ^.^ But of course, China is nice, too.

  8. @Kai

    You're right, but the way she's holding them isn't the only thing. They look like they are made out of wood, or plastic... bamboo, maybe? Whatever it is, those aren't the flat metal chopsticks that Koreans use, which set us apart from Chinese and Japanese. Of course, China is nice, too. ^.^

  9. At this point, I'm just impressed that in 2011 a 2007 post is still being found. ;)

    Thanks for your comments!


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