The United States and South Korea prepared for war games on Sunday, as a reaction to the North Korean attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island.
Four South Koreans, two civilians and two military personnel, were killed after North Korea fired shells at the Island,making it one of the worst attacks on South Korean soil since wartime. Many believe the increase in aggression is linked to the North’s upcoming transfer of power from Kim Jong-il to his heir, Kim Jong-eun.
President Lee Myung Bak, who has vowed severe retribution, replaced former Defense Minister Kim Tae-young with Kim Kwan-jin, after the public criticized Kim Tae-young for a slow and inadequate response to both the Yeonpyeong attack as well as the Cheonan torpedo incident.
The North, on the other hand, has been issuing statements attempting to deflect blame, claiming that civilians were used as a “human shield” around artillery positions on the island.
The North also claimed that the United States was “the arch criminal who deliberately planned the incident and wire-pulled it behind the scene,” after learning about Sunday’s war games.
The U.S. has insisted that the war games were planned well before Tuesday’s attack, and will continue as planned.
It’s official! San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is the first woman, African-American, Asian-American attorney general in California and the first Indian-American attorney general in the United States.
Although the California elections were nearly three weeks ago, counties were still counting mail-in and provisional ballots up until last night. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who had originally claimed victory on Nov. 2nd, finally conceded defeat on Wednesday, as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes.
Harris will join San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in Sacramento next year.
The situation with North Korea right now is definitely serious and something we should all be concerned about, but come on, Sarah Palin, really?
Palin was recently on Glenn Beck’s radio show, where she so intelligently remarked, “This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy. But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”
CO-HOST: How would you handle a situation like the one that just developed in North Korea? [...]
PALIN: But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies. We’re bound to by treaty –
CO-HOST: South Korean.
PALIN: Eh, Yeah. And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.
Palin making mistakes is no surprise, and while it may have been a slip of a tongue, do we really want this woman running for president, as she’s hinted she might be?
November 23rd, 2010-
11:44amPST UPDATE: President Barack Obama has gone on record condemning the North Korean attack, calling it an “outrageous act.” According to Yonhap News, two marines have been killed.
November 22nd, 2010-
11:50pmPST UPDATE: KBS is reporting that several people have been killed in the attack; other media outlets are reporting one marine killed.
North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at South Korean island, Yeonpyeong, on Tuesday, setting multiple buildings and residential homes on fire.
Yeonpyeong, which has a population of about 1,200, has been evacuated, and South Korean television footage showed smoke and fire on the island. At least four South Korean soldiers have been reported to have been seriously wounded by the attack, and more are being reported as injured. At least 200 rounds were fired at Yeonpyeong, and is being reported as the biggest shelling the two nations have seen in years. According to South Korean media and military reports, South Korea returned fire and deployed a fighter jet to the west coast after the shelling.
This is the second attack of the year by North Korea against South Korea and only further indicates the deterioration of North-South relations.
This past Saturday, the Korean American community gathered together at the Wilshire Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles for KoreAm’s 10th annual gala, Unforgettable. The night celebrated the achievements of both the entire KA community, as well as notable individuals.
We also celebrated the 20th anniversary of KoreAm Journal – thank you to every single person who has helped sustain and make KoreAm what it is today!
Afterschoolspecial, a 6-member rock/rap group based in San Diego, recently dropped its first full length album, It’s All In Your Head, which features some familiar faces – Dumbfoundead, Just Kidding Films, Paul Dateh, to name a few. The group has also released a music video for the single, “Name,” directed by Wong Fu Productions.
Oliver Wang recently wrote an excellent piece on Far East Movement for the L.A. Times – by now, all the coverage FM is getting standard business (Yahoo! Music, AP, etc.) – Far East Movement has made it and every one is taking notice – but we’re still so excited about FM’s success!
Check out FM’s newest single, “Rocketeer” featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic: