Monday Giveaway: Tickets to Broadway Musical ‘Godspell’
Author: Jessica Yoon
Posted: March 5th, 2012
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Attention all New Yorkers! KoreAm is giving away TWO (2) pairs of tickets for two lucky winners to the hit Broadway musical Godspell!

Debuted in 1971 under the direction of John-Michael Tebelak and renowned composer Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is a captivating and unique musical that is structured as a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. USA Today says, “Godspell is cause to rejoice! This irresistibly exuberant production will make you a believer in the power of musical theater!”

In order to enter, just simply leave a comment stating your favorite musical and why. The deadline for entries is next Friday, March 9. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see this amazing revived production!

Local Artist To Create LA Riots Memorial
Author: Jessica Yoon
Posted: January 12th, 2012
Filed Under: BLOG , Riot Spot
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by Jessica Yoon

Local artist Maggie Hazen has undertaken a project to create an art memorial in honor of the 20th anniversary of the LA Riots.

The memorial, commissioned by Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) and the SAIGU campaign, will be a modular installation consisting of approximately 6,000 miniature and individually crafted plaster vessels filled with basic food ingredients, which will represent the occupation and unification of the Los Angeles community.

“I just want to bring something beautiful to something that’s been destroyed,” Hazen told in a phone interview. “I think it will speak to the community in terms of the picture of harmony and unity. That’s what I really want people to look out for.”

The 22-year-old recent graduate of Biola University said the program’s manager, Bonnie Kim, was familiar with her previous work and approached her to do the memorial. Hazen said she realized her work was all about mapping geographical regions of human conflict.

“The motivation is kind of what is the essence of a human being and what is our shared point of common interest?” Hazen said. “I realized that it was food, and so I’m using flour, rice, and cornmeal as three main food staples that kind of represent a wide brush stroke of ethnic diversity and something that we share in common.”

The memorial will also invite the direct involvement of the community by having a select group of 25 to 30 representatives who were directly affected by the riots to take part in creating the installation. The entire process will also be filmed and made into a short documentary featuring the stories of the representatives and the building process of the project.

The memorial placement will be part of a three-day event leading up to the Art Show opening on April 28, 2012 and the L.A. Riots commemorative service on April 29, 2012.

“I’m really just looking forward to seeing the community’s reaction and how they see the piece and I really want to hear what people are saying,” said Hazen. “I’m looking forward to different cultures to shake hands and come to some conclusions and some peace.”

Visit Hazen’s KickStarter page if you are interested in donating to this important project. For more info on the artist, go to

Thursday’s Link Attack: North Korea, Bill Gates, K-pop Love
Author: Jessica Yoon
Posted: January 12th, 2012
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‘Eternal leader’ Kim’s body to be enshrined
AP via Google News

North Korea said Thursday it will enshrine Kim Jong Il’s body in the palace housing his father, the national founder, deepening its veneration of the Kim dynasty as the country transfers power to a third generation of the family.

Ahn Meets Gates, And The Oddity Goes On
Wall Street Journal

Ahn Chul-soo, the software businessman who the Korean media think will run for president even though he says he’s not running for anything, met with Bill Gates on Wednesday in Seattle for tips about setting up the charitable foundation he recently announced.

Kayla Ann Villanueva: I moved to Korea for K-Pop

Growing up on a quiet farm in rural Indiana, I never dreamed about living anywhere other than in the American Midwest.

In high school, my small group of friends and I were quite absorbed by our anime obsession. We gathered together, had sleepovers, watched countless different series, and squabbled about anime for several years.

My fixation continued as I attended a small, local university. I spent most of my first semester’s free time catching up on the latest subtitled shows and discussing them with my friends.

Margaret Cho Rightfully Loses Her Sh-t

by Margaret Cho

I have some wonderful new tattoos on my ass by the incredible Cris Cleen, who I love, and I posted a picture of them on Twitter, which got many favorable comments — but there were two negative ones, and I blew a f-cking gasket. I screamed out loud and tracked the perps down and blocked them, but not before really ramming it to them in the strongest language I could use. It was over the top and really kind of ridiculous, but I cannot help myself.

Macho soldiers of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces undergo torture training
Herald Sun

South Korea prides itself on its military might.

With its soldiers of the special warfare forces undergoing gruelling training in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, their reputation as one of the most elite armed forces in the world appears to be well deserved.

The pictures symbolise a show of strength of the South Korean warfare forces, who face a new era after the death of Kim Jong-il. Kim was succeeded by his youngest son Kim Jong-un.

Becoming Mr. Kim
Now Toronto

There’s nothing like seeing a terrific actor connect with a fantastic part, one that shows him or her off like never before.

That happened last summer when Paul Sun-Hyung Lee seized the role of the proud Korean-Canadian owner of a Regent Park convenience store in Ins Choi’s breakthrough Kim’s Convenience.

Korean baseball: Brand new Asian flavor
Arizona Daily Star

Eighteen hours after the Hanwha Eagles boarded an airplane in Incheon, South Korea – after stops at LAX, Sky Harbor and a bus ride from Phoenix to Tucson – they settled into their rooms at the midtown Doubletree Hotel.

Danny Lee turns to Aussie coach
TVNZ (New Zealand)

New Zealand’s Danny Lee has turned to Australian coach Steve Bann as he suits up for his rookie season on the US PGA Tour.

On the advice of KJ Choi, who has long been coached by the Australian, Lee has hired Bann to simplify and streamline his approach to golf hoping to gain an edge.

North Korea Open to Talks on Nuclear Program
New York Times

North Korea indicated on Wednesday that it was open to further negotiations with the United States, which it said demanded a halt of its uranium-enrichment program in return for food aid before the death of Kim Jong-il last month.

Knockstudy Program 2012 – Writing, Music Production and Film Classes

Wednesday’s Link Attack: Comfort Women, PGA Rookie John Huh, SNSD Freakout
Author: Jessica Yoon
Posted: January 11th, 2012
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South Korean protesters care for ‘comfort woman’ statue
Los Angeles Times

She sits there alone, day and night, no matter what the weather. Her gaze is fixed at the building just across the street –- the Japanese Embassy.

She’s a bronze statue in the shape of a young girl, placed here last month as a reminder of the 200,000 Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during World War II.

The life-size statue was placed in downtown Seoul to mark the 1,000th weekly protest that a handful of surviving former sex slaves, known here as “comfort women,” had waged at the embassy. Commissioned to a husband-and-wife sculptor team and placed by a nongovernmental organization in Seoul, the statue has prompted the Japanese government to call for its removal.

Welcome. Defector Count Passes 23,000
Wall Street Journal

The number of North Korean refugees who reached South Korea last year rose 15% to 2,737 from 2010.

That made 2011 the third-busiest year for welcoming North Koreans to the South, according to preliminary data issued by the Ministry of Unification.

US ringleader of ID theft, fraud ploy admits guilt
Canadian Business

The leader of an identity theft and fraud ring run by Korean immigrants has pleaded guilty in a scheme that federal authorities said operated as a veritable “crime superstore” that reached from northern New Jersey to U.S. territories in the Pacific.

Sang-Hyun “Jimmy” Park admitted in federal court in Newark on Monday that he had helped people fraudulently obtain credit cards, bank accounts and loans using illegally obtained Social Security numbers in a scheme that federal authorities say defrauded various credit card companies, banks and lenders out of about $4 million.

Jill Painter on Golf: L.A.’s John Huh, 21, gets his PGA card
Daily News

The first time John Huh walked into the pro shop at TPC Valencia a couple of weeks ago, he said he’d like to use the facilities as part of his PGA Tour benefits.

Exclusive: Hearst’s Kang Joins Wenner Media As Chief Digital Officer
Paid Content

Wenner Media is filling the chief digital officer position that Michael Bloom left in November, after just six months on the job: David Kang, who was Hearst’s creative director of content extensions for less than a year, will take on the role starting January 20.

What’s Behind the Video of Korean Soldiers’ Freak-Out Over Girl Group
The Atlantic

Americans are entranced by a video of South Korean troops reacting emotionally to a surprise concert by an all-girl pop group, but there’s more than just cultural differences at play.

K-Pop Hot 100: Singer IU Spends Fifth Week at No. 1

Teen solo artist IU has started the new year in exactly the same way she closed out 2011: On top of the world and the charts. Her recently released single, “You and I,” has been perched atop the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks and running.

Gochujang: Korean Go-to, All-In-One Magic Chile Sauce
The Awl

Our relationships with condiments can become rote: ketchup/fries, mustard/hotdog, salsa/chips—even sriracha/pho. We robotically dip, drizzle and douse without a conscious thought. In this column, we’ll be trying to shake up our collective condiment consciousness. Proust wrote, “The only real voyage of discovery consists in not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes,” and with that in mind, I thought I’d take you along in search of lost time—to my first condiment: Gochujang.

In Profile: John Choi
Architecture and Design

John Choi, director at Choi Ropiha Fighera and adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, was born in Seoul, Korea. He graduated in architecture from University of Sydney with honours in 1996 and established Choi Ropiha Fighera in 2000.

Choi has previously designed projects in New York, China and Australia. We speak to him about the New York approach to architecture, handling negative criticism and the importance of Asian art in Australia.

Steelers WR Hines Ward not retiring

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has two years and $4 million left on his contract, but word came Monday from that his teammates were thinking that the 35-year-old, four-time Pro Bowler was ready to hang up his cleats after a career that would leave him as the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yardage (12,083) and touchdown catches (85). He’s one of only eight NFL receivers all time to reach 1,000 receptions.

Why Do Many Celebrities Suffer from Mental Problems
Chosun Ilbo

Veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu (52), who regularly appears on several TV shows, recently confessed that he has been taking medication to treat panic attacks for four months. The revelation has instantly turned the spotlight on mental disorders or depressions many people in showbusiness are vulnerable to.

Hyundai Elantra, Land Rover Evoque win car, truck of year at Detroit show
Detroit Free Press

The Hyundai Elantra and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque were named North American Car and Truck of the Year by a panel of independent automotive journalists at the 2012 North American International Auto Show Monday.

Korean American Students Passed Up By UC Schools
Author: Jessica Yoon
Posted: January 11th, 2012
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Korean American students in California say they are being shunned by the state’s public universities in favor of international students, many from China, reports the Korea Times in Los Angeles.

According to the report, a growing number of in-state students are being passed over as schools struggle to plug in gaping holes created by a rapidly shrinking budget by admitting more international students, who pay significantly higher tuition fees.

UC schools took a $750 million cut in state funding last fiscal year, and could see a further reduction of $200 million if voters reject a tax hike proposal put forward by Governor Jerry Brown.

The Korea Times article noted the example of UC San Diego, where the number of students from China increased 12-fold since 2009. That compares to a drop of nearly 500 in-state Asian American students admitted to the university for the same period.

One recent high school graduate who is Korean American told the Korea Times that despite a higher than average GPA and SAT scores, he was rejected by all five UC schools that he applied to.

According to the American Institute of International Education, one in five undergraduate students in the U.S. is Chinese, the report showed.

This article was originally published by New America Media. Reprinted with permission.

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