Thursday, December 07, 2006

Reunite Korea!


Lunch time in front of Paddy's Market. Standing on a milk crate and dressed as a Christmas tree, this man is sure to be seen. His purpose is to draw the public's attention on the plight of the Korean people whose country was divided in 1948. Now at the age of 73, he is pleading for the reunification that will enable him to see his family who lives in North Korea. I caught him as a dramatic figure when he was chanting and wailing but at other times, never ceasing to do the hoola hoop (see the white line at his waist?) he chatted smilingly with the public. What amazes me is that fellow DP blogger Michael of Melbourne caught him there on the 18th of November (see his photo), so the man obviously travels around...

Devant Paddy's Market à l'heure du déjeuner j'ai trouvé cet homme debout sur une caisse et déguisé comme un sapin de Noël. C'est un Coréen qui veut attirer l'attention des passants sur la tragédie de la division de son pays en 1948. Aujourd'hui, à l'âge de 73 ans il milite pour la réunification qui lui permettra de revoir sa famille, restée en Corée du Nord. Je l'ai saisi ici dans une pose dramatique où il chantait mais à d'autres moments, sans cesser de faire le hoola hoop (voyez le cerceau blanc autour de sa taille ?), il souriait et bavardait avec le public. Le plus étonnant c'est que mon confrère Michael de Melbourne l'a vu aussi le 18 novembre dernier (voir sa photo), nous le suivons donc dans ses déplacements...

14 comments:

Carol said...

Very interesting that you and Michael both caught the same person! Thanks for the information about why he does his public show. Poor man... he misses his family. He does not look like he is 73! Maybe hula-hooping keeps one young.

Michael said...

Thanks Natalie - Perhaps in Paris next?

Olivier said...

c'est un beau combat pour cet homme, mais malheureusement surement a perte. Son histoire sera donc a suivre sur tous les blogs australiens ;o)


it is a beautiful combat for this man, but unfortunately surely has loss. Its history will be thus has to follow on all the Australian blogs ;O)

Kate said...

i would love to see more of his face--quite a story.

Zsolt72 said...

its a very impressive photo...i like this portrait..and the red dressed lady who matches with her environment is also a great shot from the other day:) congratulation

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

festinating--

bv said...

Sounds weird to spot around Australia, a Korean standing up for the reunification of his country. But Koreans are legion down under, students, expatriates, tourists, most of them from the South part I presume.
And Paddy's Market is a hotspot of China Town in Sydney, very visible.
Not that mad the old chap!...

Cela peut paraître bizarre de voir un coréen faire le tour de l'Australie pour réclamer la réunification des deux Corée. Il faut savoir que les coréens sont très nombreux ici, étudiants, expatriés, touristes, la plupart venant vraissemblablement du Sud.
Et Paddy's Market est un haut lieu très exposé du quartier chinois de Sydney.
Pas si fou le vieux bougre...

photowannabe said...

Very interesting information. Vivid outfit. He really doesn't look 73.

Nathalie said...

I agree with you that he doesn't look 73. I read it from the cardboard note he had placed at his feet. Maybe he lied because he thought it would make people more sympathetic to his cause, or maybe the wig can change a man ?!???

If you enlarge the photo you'll see his hands don't look young....

Sally said...

Interesting....haven't seen this fellow around. Wonder where he'll pop up next?

Bill said...

In old vaudeville shows, they had a large white cane that would be used to pull entertainers off the stage from a position off stage. It kind of looks like someone off camera is trying to remove this guy from the picture the same way!

Annie said...

A glimpse of another life-story. Thank you, Nathalie, for posting this.

Nathalie said...

Bill I hadn't seen things that way but your comment is hilarious!

ruth said...

Can't believe that hoolahoop (or cane)! Great catch.