February Issue: From Ivy League to Slums of Kenya, Eddo Kim Tackles Global Poverty
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: February 12th, 2013
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , FEATURED ARTICLE , February 2013
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Kim goofs off with the young scholars from The Supply’s first secondary school project site in the slums of Lenana in Nairobi, Kenya.

Beyond The Ivy Gates

Eddo Kim is using his Ivy League education to try to help end extreme global poverty — one school and one slum at a time.

by CRYSTAL KIM

Lacrosse players with their sticks pitched over their shoulder walking to practice; girls dressed to the nines in Lilly Pulitzer and Ralph Lauren; peers lounging on picturesque quads reading Aristotle.  These were just a few scenes from Eddo Kim’s daily life on the pristine University of Pennsylvania campus. But at this institution known for its elite student body and endowment in the billions, it’s hard to believe that just outside its gates in West Philadelphia is one of the country’s most blighted communities. For Kim, that place would serve as a classroom of another sort.

Kim, a graduate of UPenn, Columbia University and Harvard University, knows a fair bit about the Ivy League lifestyle. But as the founder and CEO of an international nonprofit called The Supply, he’s using his education for another good: to build schools in slums around the world and give these children living in extreme poverty a chance to empower themselves. What’s notable about The Supply is that it’s focused on creating schools that not only teach core school subjects, but also customizes a civic and human rights education curricula, so that these youth also learn how to help their own communities.

“It’s the idea of us supplying the education to these children, so they can, in turn, become the supply to their communities,” said Kim, during a recent phone interview from New York, where the 29-year-old is based. Continue Reading »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Season Finale Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: January 9th, 2013
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Season 2 of “K-Town” comes to an end with Young and So-young’s long-awaited wedding. A slight cake debacle is nothing next to Steve’s disastrous best man’s speech — and yes, it is as bad as it looked on the previews. It’s definitely in my Top 5 cringeworthy moments, to say the least. You might have to follow Steve’s steps and have a bottle of something strong on hand just to get through the speech. You’ve been warned.

Joe and Jowe try to nip the speech in the bud, resulting in one angry mohawked fellow. When Joe surprises Jessica with a promise ring and Steve ruins the moment, drama ensues. The funny thing out of all of this is that Jessica’s reaction to Joe’s news appears pretty lukewarm. What a gal. To top off the craziness, Scarlet somehow manages to temporarily save the wedding while Joe and Steve have a heart-to-heart. Continue Reading »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 6 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: January 2nd, 2013
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Despite the drama we saw in last week’s episode, things somehow get resolved and everyone pulls themselves together for Young and So-young’s wedding. Even Jessica and Violet share a laugh by making fun of Jowe — probably the one thing they do have in common. Despite the failed bachelor party, the crew goes shopping for gifts and the wedding cake at the Koreatown Plaza. Maybe all this optimism is a good sign for ringing in the New Year?

Scarlet teaches Violet how to fight properly, just in case she finds herself in any more squabbles over a blog post or anything. Christine and Jasmine tackle each other over some ginseng and a boot gets thrown down a floor. Yes, things get nasty between the Chang sisters indeed. Continue Reading »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 5 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: December 26th, 2012
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Sadly, it’s already time to start packing up the tree and tinsel in your cozy little house/apartment/dorm. But if you’re in Koreatown, it’s safe to say that the drama of the season isn’t going anywhere. There’s plenty of it to share in this episode of K-Town. 

Although I’m certain that you are, just as I am, recovering from Christmas dinner coma, leave your stomach empty for a serving of Jessica’s Drunk Vengeance with a side of Scarlet Insanity and topped with Steve’s Mohawk’s Delight. The claws break out between Violet and Jess concerning a certain blog post. Then, Jess tries to instigate a fight between Jowe and Joe. The Grinch has got nothing on this girl. Continue Reading »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 4 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: December 19th, 2012
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Young’s bachelor party turns into a bachelorette party when the girls not only bring themselves, but the drama — and lots of it. What starts off as a fun night of celebration turns nasty when the gossip mill churns and past histories are revealed.

Colonel Sanders from Season 1 makes a surprise cameo and pretty much voluntarily becomes a stripper. Let’s just say that his run in with a bewildered Young is a, er, close shave. Jowe and Steve, on the other hand, stay on the prowl for girls and demonstrate clearly to the world why they are both still single. To top it off, Steve meets a girl briefly and sounds like he’s narrating a show on the Animal Planet in his commentary.

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