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- On May 16, 2016, Korean female novelist Han Kang won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize with her novel "The Vegetarian," becoming the first Korean to receive the prestigious literary award.
- On May 7, a father who has lost his son to a harmful Oxy Reckitt Benckiser product made a protest visit to the U.K. headquarters, and intended to file a compensation suit against the British company while the Korean prosecutors are investigating what's wrong with the toxic humidifier sterilizer products which have claimed hundreds of lives.
- On May 1, President Park made a state visit to Iran for the first time since the diplomatic ties were established in 1962. The next day she held talks with her Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, to restore bilateral trade and investment in infrastructure and energy leading up to $45.6 billion business deals.
- On Apr. 21, it was reported that the shipbuilders, once representing the Korean economy with pride, are now in turmoil of corporate restructuring and massive layoffs because of money-losing prospects with few orders to build ships in the first quarter.
- In Apr. 13 general election, the Minjoo Party won 123 seats in the 300-member National Assembly, becoming the largest power in the legislature ahead of the ruling Saenuri Party's 122 seats. Ahn Cheol-soo's People's Party won 38 seats, making it a brand-new political force. If the opposition parties make alliance to occupy the legislative majority, it is the first time in 16 years that liberal lawmakers will outnumber conservatives in the legislature. They now have equal rank in state affairs with the administration.
Spring is ready to give way to Summer
when Phlox subulata L. (꽃잔디,
Flower grass) are in full
bloom at yards.