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Video Roundup: Adele Cover, Dumbfoundead, K-pop Tot

Here’s a look at some of the videos we are watching this week at KoreAm.

15-Year-Old Korean Girl Covers “Rolling in the Deep”
On KPOP Star, an American Idol-esque reality show, teenager Park Jimin amazed the judges with her rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” BoA, J.Y.P. and Y.G. were the three judges and during the teenager’s fermata, the former two judges showed pleased reactions by applauding and cheering. J.Y.P. even made a comment about wanting to kidnap her and bring her back to his company if he could.

Sh-t Asian Girls Say
There are certain phrases and sentences that girls just seem to repeat over and over again. This video captures those priceless moments of the things Asian girls tend to say.

Dumbfoundead Spotlight
Dumbfoundead had a spot on Last Call with Carson Daly where he talked about his latest album, DFD, and his early start with freestyle and battling in L.A.

Toddler K-Pop Fan
This screaming and cheering toddler may be one of MBLAQ’s biggest fans. He jumps around as he awaits the results of that weekend’s M!Countdown winner to be announced in hopes that MBLAQ wins. Toddler Hajin has to be a huge MBLAQ fan since his uncle is Mir, the group’s rapper.

Kindergarten Students sing ‘Space Oddity’
These adorable 4- and 5-year-old South Korean kindergarteners love singing along to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The kids read off the lyrics from the big screen to the tune of their English teacher’s guitar strumming.

2011 in Review
With only a couple of days left in 2011, Google and Yahoo create videos to show the historic year we just had. Both search engines use pictures and video clips from the biggest events and changes that occurred to recap the year.

Google’s Video:

Yahoo’s Video can be viewed here.

If you have videos to share, email linda@iamkoream.com.

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K-Pop Concerts Across America: A Year in Review

Photos via MTV K

by Linda Son

Last April, when a car pulled up to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, it became hard for those waiting in the crowd to breathe, let alone move, as throngs of young people flocked to the automobile.

The group of diehard fans of Korean pop music, or K-pop, whispered among themselves as they craned their necks and stood on tiptoes to get a clearer look into the car. “Who is it? Is it someone I know?” Their hopes were usually dashed as an average hotel guest would emerge from the car. But sometimes, the person in the car was actually the pop music celebrity they were waiting for to arrive and pandemonium would ensue.

The evenly dispersed group would transform into one enormous mass of people and many would find themselves being pushed into nearby strangers. Cameras would begin flashing and the air became filled with shouts of different Korean phrases: from simply calling out the artists’ name to declarations of love and adoration. Decked out in big sunglasses or hats to hide their makeup-less faces, the stars would try to make their way through the fans, sometimes stopping for a few autographs, never a picture, until their staff members or managers would usher them inside. When the star successfully made their way to the elevators, the crowd would simmer down until another car pulled up to the Sheraton, then the madness would start all over again and continue until the wee hours of the morning.

The hotel, famous for housing K-pop stars this time of year, sees this scene almost every April and this year was no exception to the fangirl madness as scores of people waited outside the Sheraton to catch a glimpse of their favorite singers. The reason? L.A.’s annual Korean Music Festival.

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Nine years in the making, KMF, as it’s known to many of its patrons, has featured top K-pop acts such as TVXQ, Girls Generation, Big Bang, Wonder Girls and Super Junior. This year, the Korea Times and other sponsors brought out Jay Park, 4Minute, G.NA, U-Kiss, Secret, Sistar, Baek Ji Young, K.Will and DJ DOC among other singers of trot music and traditional Korean music.

“There is much more excitement in seeing the band you love live than through a computer screen,” said Ann Yang, a first-time attendee of KMF. For much of the show, Yang was up on her feet, dancing and singing to the songs she knew, along with the thousands of other fans in attendance.

G.NA and DJ DOC’s own Kim Chan Ryul played hosts for the star-studded event, which was seen by thousands of people who traveled from all over North America and beyond.

K-pop garnered more attention in 2011 than ever before. YouTube announced its official categorization of K-pop as a genre on its music page, providing easy access to videos. This year also showed K-pop’s popularity in the United States where a number of concerts were held and dozens of Korean artists not only delighted their overseas fans but also performed to sold out crowds or at venues that were near capacity.

The Korean Music Festival used to be the only concert where North Americans could travel a reasonable distance to see K-pop artists perform live. These artists, however, are more frequently stopping by the U.S. to perform for their international fans.

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Friday's Link Attack: Tiger Mom, Kim Jong Un, Nosaj Thing

Tiger Mom’s Long-Distance Cub
The Wall Street Journal

When our kids go off to college, we want them to have the confidence, judgment and strength to take care of themselves. Even critics of my approach to parenting would probably concede that, after years of drilling and discipline, tiger cubs are good at focusing and getting their work done. If instilled early, these skills also help them to avoid the college-prep freak-out that traumatizes so many American families.

But one of the biggest knocks against tiger parenting is that it supposedly produces kids with no initiative or social skills. This might be true in China, where so much of the educational system is still harsh, authoritarian and based on rote learning. But it’s definitely not true in the West, where tiger parenting is done in the context of a society—or, in my case, in a home, thanks to my husband—that celebrates irreverence, independence, humor and thinking outside the box.

North Korea Condemns South Korea, Vows No Policy Changes
The Washington Post

“Taking this opportunity,” North Korea said, “we solemnly declare with confidence that the south Korean puppets and foolish politicians around the world should not expect any change from the DPRK,” or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

With its first formal policy message since the elevation of Kim Jong Eun as supreme leader, North Korea indicated that it will navigate this latest transition by relying on a familiar strategy, using outside enemies to keep its people united.

Mom gives Kidney to Save her Tot’s Life
The Orange County Register

Two and a half years later, the Chos drove from their Fullerton home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In one operating room, surgeons opened up Cherity. Next door, they cut into Cho. They removed her left kidney and put it inside Cherity.

For a second time, Cho gave life to her daughter.

Cherity, now 3 ½, is effervescent even while dragging around an IV pole that keeps her kidney hydrated and delivers anti-rejection medication.

“She’s a gift, a gift from God,” said Arnold Cho, 42. “She’s like a walking miracle.”

Lure of Chinese Tuition Squeezes Out Asian-American Students
San Francisco Chronicle

“I was shocked,” said Park, who also was rejected from four other UC schools, including the top-ranked campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles, even with a 4.0 grade-point average and an SAT score above the UC San Diego average. “I took it terribly. I felt like I was doing well and I failed.”

The University of California system, rocked by budget cuts, is enrolling record numbers of out-of-state and international students, who pay almost twice that of in-state residents. Among those being squeezed out: high-achieving Asian-Americans, many of them children of immigrants, who for decades flocked to the state’s elite public colleges to move up the economic ladder.

Judge awards $17.8 Million to Family of Military Jet Crash Victims
CNN.com

The family of Don Yoon — who lost his wife, two young daughters, and mother-in-law — said it believed it was a “thoughtful, fair, and reasoned decision” by the judge, said Brian Panish, lead counsel for the family.

Relatives had sought $56 million from the federal government, but in the end were awarded $17.8 million.
“I think the judge was trying to send a message that family is important,” Panish said of the judgment ordered by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller.

Person of the Year: Kim Jong Eun
The Wall Street Journal

It seems incredible that our person of the year is someone that we know so little about, but Kim Jong Eun was the clear winner in a recent poll of the staff of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Seoul.

Of course, what makes him so important is the potential and power he now has rather than anything he has already done. One way of looking at it is that we’re acknowledging that the tubby 28-ish guy could be our winner again next year by an even bigger margin if he starts to bring change to North Korea.

Va. Tech Killer Cho’s Calculator for Sale, Renewing Debate on ‘Murderabilia’
The Washington Post

Seung Hui Cho’s calculator is also a rarity. Experts and murderabilia collectors say it is the first item with a connection to the gunman to be available for purchase in more than four years — since the first 48 hours after his mass murder. It is the only item of his on the market, experts say, at a time when Virginia Tech is back in national news after the December shooting death of a police officer in Blacksburg.

Soundtracks for a Year’s Last Parties
The New York Times

NOSAJ THING
Among the calmer characters coming out of Los Angeles’s fertile post-hip-hop underground, this producer balances thrust and reserve in his ambient glitch music. His 2009 album, “Drift” (Alpha Pup), is full of airy, elegiac music that sounds as if it belongs in a particularly meaningful video game.

Kim Jong Il look-alike Admits it May be Time to Hang up his Dark Glasses
MSNBC.com

South Korean shopkeeper Kim Young-Shik has been impersonating Kim Jong Il for over 15 years, making appearances in advertisements and at birthday parties and even singing at weddings.

NBC News’ Ian Williams visited the pot-bellied pseudo dictator at his shop in Seoul just over a year ago, when the signs were already looking ominous for his acting career. Now, he wistfully admits that it may be time to hang up his dark glasses, and for a younger man to step forward to play the role of the new “Great Leader”, Kim Jong Un.


12 reasons to visit Korea in 2012
CNNgo.com

2012, the year the world supposedly ends. All the more reason to visit Korea — the Land of Morning Calm — to soothe your terror before the world is destroyed by a meteorite.

And 2012 is also the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. And not only that, but it’s also the Year of the Black Dragon, which only comes once around every 60 years.

But there’s more than cool East Asian symbolism to make 2012 a great year for visiting Korea.

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Video Roundup: Weeping N. Koreans, Pacman Frog, 2NE1 Light Show

Here are some videos we’re watching this week at KoreAm.

North Koreans Weeping Hysterically Over the Death of Kim Jong-Il
The news of Kim Jong-Il’s death earlier this week rang through news stations across the world, causing shock for some and causing non-stop grief for the North Koreans in this video. Men, women and students all weep openly in large groups. In public squares and in front of huge statues of the former dictator, North Koreans cry and wail for their deceased leader.

Meme Proposal
Love them or hate them, it’s near impossible to avoid memes, if you frequent the world wide web. A man in Malaysia took his love, and his girlfriend’s love, for Internet memes a step further and allowed them to to do the asking when he had to pop the question. Tim used a variety of well-recognized memes and a small crew of cameramen to propose to his then-girlfriend, Audrey.

2NE1’s “I’m the Best” Christmas Light Show
Nothing says Christmas like a house decorated in bright, festive lights and we all know that one neighbor, or few neighbors, who have to go full out to be the best, the brightest, and the house with the biggest electricity bill. This house takes it to another level with an elaborate, dancing light show timed to 2NE1’s “I’m the Best.”

Pacman Frog Catches Touch Screen Bugs
The graphics of this touch screen phone must be extremely realistic, at least realistic enough to fool this African bull frog. The green amphibian unleashes its tongue in attempts to grab the onscreen insects but fail in its goal, although it scores on the app. In the end, it’s the frog’s owner that has to pay for teasing the frog.

Former Child Soldier Demines Cambodia With a Knife and a Stick
Aki Ra was forced into being a soldier of the Khmer Rouge regime where he learned to lay thousands of mines in the fields of Cambodia. As an adult, Aki Ra uses his skills to undo the damage caused by the Khmer Rouge. With no money for fancy demining tools, Aki Ra uses a stick and a knife to accomplish the task.

Best Table Tennis Shots of 2011
A British website compiles the best table tennis shots of the year. Matches of the world are featured with insane saves and crazy tricks to win the matches.

Seoul’s Balancing Expert
This Korean man can balance just about anything. As a part of the Visit Seoul campaign to promote tourism in South Korea, this man showcases his unique skill of balancing objects. From small cell phones to huge scooters, the man puts all sorts of items in unnatural positions.


If you have more videos, email them to linda@iamkoream.com.

Wednesday Link Attack: North Korea, Debbie Lee, SK Soccer

Kim Didn’t Die on his Train, says South Korean Spy Chief
The Week

According to The Times, Won Sei Hoon, director of the South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), was reported by Seoul media as saying: “We confirmed through US satellite surveillance photos that Kim’s personal train was stationary in Pyongyang [before his death].”

“We kept tabs on Kim’s whereabouts until Thursday but could not locate him starting Friday. There are signs that he tried to go somewhere [on Saturday morning] but died.”

This is at odds with the official North Korean version. Kim is said to have died of a heart attack at the age of 69 while travelling on his official train due to “great mental and physical strain” brought on by a “high intensity field inspection”.

S. Korea’s Top Spy Under Pressure to Quit Over Kim’s Death
Bloomberg Business Week

Park and Kwon joined the growing criticism directed at the spy agency for its shortfalls in collecting intelligence on a regime that’s still technically at war with Asia’s fourth- largest economy. South Korea’s government wasn’t alone in being blindsided as President Barack Obama learned of Kim’s death half an hour after the North Korean broadcasts, according to the White House.

Kim Jong Il Rumors Take Flight
The Wall Street Journal

…since the blogosphere hates an information vacuum, there are numerous rumors flying around about the circumstances of the Dear Leader’s death and who knew about it first.

One of the most bizarre is that Samsung Group, South Korea’s biggest business conglomerate, knew about Mr. Kim’s demise a day ahead of the announcement to the world by North Korea’s state media.

The rumor was started by a local newspaper, which subsequently deleted its report. That didn’t stop the talk catching fire on Twitter and online forums. Samsung was forced to deny the rumor twice.

Aid Groups Don’t Want U.S. to Delay Food Shipments to North Korea
Los Angeles Times

U.S. State Department officials said they intended to wait out the announced 11-day official mourning period to mark Kim Jong Il’s death in North Korea before assessing the nation’s food needs.

“We’re going to have to keep talking about this, and given the mourning period, frankly, we don’t think we’ll be able to have much more clarity and resolve these issues before the new year,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news conference.

The regime is in the process of transitioning power to Kim’s youngest son and untested heir-apparent, Kim Jong Un.

Edgewater Woman Sentenced to Jail for Role in Fraud Ring
NortheJersey.com

Kim was among 53 people arrested in September 2010 following an investigation into a Palisades Park-based identity theft and fraud ring. She previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, possession of 15 or more unauthorized credit cards with intent to defraud and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities said Kim also admitted to carrying at least 20 fraudulent credit cards to make purchases without ever intending to pay the bill.

An Identity Through Cooking
The Boston Globe

Before garnering fame by blending Korean and American Southern dishes as the second runner-up on season five of “The Next Food Network Star,’’ Lee endured taunting as a Korean-American growing up in Arizona. But her TV success helped her come to grips with her identity and launched a culinary career that includes a popular Los Angeles-based food truck and restaurant. This fall, she wrote “Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share With Family and Friends.’’

Nepali Student, 14, Adjusts to Life in Boston
Boston.com

This is an interesting story about a teenager from Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, who moved to Boston to live with a Korean American couple as part of a new social welfare program.

[14-year-old Manisha] Sapkota spent most of her childhood in the central Nepal village of Arba, in a three-room house with a large extended family — her great-grandmother, grandparents, two aunts, three uncles, her parents, her brother, and one cousin. Now she has her own room, like any other American girl, plastered with posters from the “Twilight” movies.

Chen originally planned for Sapkota to live with him and his wife in a Jamaica Plain triple-decker, but that became impossible when they agreed to take in another Trinity Academy student who needed a home.

Instead, she lives downstairs with their friends Dan Lee, 38, pastor of Highrock Covenant Church of Brookline, and Diana Choi Lee, 34, a seventh-grade history teacher at Weston Middle School, who both visited Nepal with Chen’s group and knew Sapkota before she came to the United States.

North Korea’s Tears: A Blend of Cult, Culture and Coercion
The New York Times

A day after North Korea announced the death of its longtime ruler, Kim Jong-il, televised video and photographs distributed by the reclusive state on Tuesday showed scenes of mass hysteria and grief among citizens and soldiers across the capital. The images, many of them carefully selected by the state Korean Central News Agency, appeared to be part of an official campaign to build support for Mr. Kim’s successor, his third son, Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-il, the Sportsman
The New York Times

In his first match at Pyongyang Lanes, Kim bowled a perfect 300, according to state-run news media, which did not say whether the bumpers were raised. But that is nothing compared with the five holes in one and 38 under par that Kim reportedly shot in his maiden round of golf. No word on whether the course included a windmill, lion’s head and pop-up gopher.

Of course, in a closed, isolated nation like North Korea, it is difficult to separate the milk of fact from the crème of fiction. Some accounts had Kim shooting 11 aces, not merely five.

Steelers’ Hines Ward had a ‘blast’ with ‘Dark Knight’ role
USA Today

[Hines Ward] and several other Steelers teammates were asked by producer Thomas Tull to take part in the Christopher Nolan-directed film, which is due out July 20. Ward normally does not take kickoff returns, but this is Hollywood, after all.

“I hadn’t run back a kickoff in forever,” says Ward of the scene, filmed at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. “It was a little bizarre. But I scored on the return and any time I score it’s a lot of fun.”

Choi Kang-hee is surprise pick as S. Korea coach
AP via SI.com

South Korea sprang a surprise by appointing Choi Kang-hee as the new coach of the national team on Wednesday despite the fact he had already turned down the job and that a foreign coach was widely anticipated.

Choi, who had been coach of club side Jeonbuk Motors, replaced Cho Kwang-rae, who was fired earlier this month after a shock defeat by Lebanon jeopardized the country’s chances of advancing in Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Korea needs a draw against Kuwait on Feb. 29 to be certain of a place in the final phase of qualification, and the importance of that game was a decisive factor in Choi getting the job.

“We thought long and hard about it,” Korean Football Association technical chief Hwangbo Kwan said. “We decided to appoint Choi because we wanted to make the most of the short time we have before the game against Kuwait on February 29 and Choi can led the team in stable manner.”

Submission of the Year: ‘Korean Zombie’ Twists to the Top
USA Today

Jung learned his twister skills from Youtube videos of jiu-jitsu teacher Eddie Bravo, who took the basic technique from amateur wrestling, where the hold is known as a guillotine. He put out a DVD in 2005 and a detailed book two years later, but the twister before Jung was successfully applied only a few times in MMA, including twice by female fighter Shayna Baszler and once by Japanese fighter Shuichiro Katsumura, all on smaller shows.

By doing it at the UFC level, Jung exposed the twister to most MMA fans for the first time. Even Bravo was impressed.

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Video Roundup: Dumbfoundead, Finals Freakout, Taekwondo Babies

Here are some videos we’re watching this week at KoreAm.

Dumbfoundead at Jungle Concert

Dumbfoundead drops backstage at the Wiltern Theater during Jungle Concert earlier this month and joins Tiger JK, Tasha and other members of the Jungle Family. He chats a bit with everyone and talks about hip hop’s ability to be all over the world be it Seoul, Los Angeles, or anywhere.

Asian Freakout During Finals

Finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year for students around the country. A student from Cal State Northridge lets the stress get to her when she has an episode and vents her frustrations on other students, calling for respect and quiet in the library.

Traffic Rush in Vietnam

Navigating the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is not for amateurs. The fast-pace hustle and bustle of the city is heightened once you add in the fact that the streets of Ho Chi Minh City don’t even have traffic lanes. It’s a free-for-all of cars and hundreds of motorcycles that zoom by with the goal of not running into other people. Rob Whitworth creates an amazing and beautiful time-lapse of the city’s intense traffic.

The Cutest Taekwondo Fight

The only thing more adorable than last week’s kindergarten class jamming to 70s punk rock is this Taekwondo fight between two bouncing children. Swallowed by their protective gear, the two children start off instantly, but their kicks fall just short of actually making contact with the other. The two continue to bounce around, kicking, with one of the kids spinning around trying to do fancy back kicks, making the video of these two fighters all the more adorable.

Unorthodox Japanese skateboarder

This Japanese skateboarder can do all the flippity tricks, grinds and slides but chooses not to. He uses his environment to come up with some really inventive tricks that will wow casual fans and diehards alike. The incessant boneless tricks and Rodney Mullen-esque 1980s era freestyle moves also give his tricks a decidedly retro feel.

Arcade Overachiever
This man takes trying to get a high score to a different level. Using all the basketballs from the other stalls, a man continually shoots into the hoop. His robotic free throws are mesmerizing.

K-Pop Goes Global
Korean pop, love it or hate it, is growing into a world-recognized genre. Fans for the sugary pop music can be found on all continents.

Far East Movement Surprise Taco Shop Set
FM hits up their favorite taco shop in downtown L.A. for a surprise performance of “Jello” for VEVO.

If you have videos to suggest, email linda@iamkoream.com.

Friday's Link Attack: Gucci at 7-11, Hettienne Park, North Korea

Third Suspect Arrested in Duluth Man’s Stabbing Death
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The investigation began the morning of Dec. 8, when a Bank of America customer walking through the parking lot between the bank and an Aldi store on Pleasant Hill Road saw Kwang Ko lying on the ground and called police.

The 32-year-old Duluth man died later of apparent stab wounds.

North Vancouver Home Invasion Trial Continues
North Shore News (Canada)

Gong Oui Choi, 23, of Burnaby, came to court under a subpoena and described how he and three other men – including Duck Joong Yoon, of Burnaby and another friend, Yum Lim – were recruited into committing the home invasion on Tempe Knoll Drive by a fifth man he didn’t know.

Choi was called to testify in the trial of Yoon, who faces nine charges in connection with the home invasion on Dec. 9, 2008. He has pled not guilty.

Selena Gomez Makes Surprise Visit To Terminally Sick Fan At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
RyanSeacrest.com

A 13-year-old Korean American girl with an extremely rare genetic disease was visited by singer Selena Gomez. Very sad story.

“On Air With Ryan Seacrest” has made miracles come true for families in need that deserve a little extra love this holiday season for KIISmas Giving. Earlier this week Sara from Los Angeles, a tutor for a 13-year-old girl named Hana, wrote an endearing letter about Hana’s fatally genetic disease called progeria that dramatically accelerates aging in children 8 to 10 times faster than normal. In an email to Ryan, she describes that it’s a “race against time” for her, as the average life span of this disease, which only 10 people in the US have, is just 13-years-old. Hana just recently turned 13, and being treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

New York Actors Reveal the Naked Truth About Doing Nudity On and Off Broadway
New York Daily News

“I knew what I was getting myself into,” says the Korean-American actress, adding that the flashing scene “is right there in the script. It speaks volumes about who Izzy is. She’s not a stereotype or cliche.”

Dramatic truth is one thing; going topless in the 800-seat Golden Theatre is another.

“I can’t say I wasn’t nervous,” admits [Hettienne] Park, who has impressed Off-Broadway playing a straight-shooting spouse in Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.” She can also be seen as Charlize Theron’s friend in the film “Young Adult.”

“But the nudity in ‘Seminar’ wasn’t a dealbreaker,” Park adds. “ I love Izzy, so I was game.”

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12-year fugitive arrested by customs officers at LAX
Los Angeles Times

A fugitive wanted for shooting two men 12 years ago in Koreatown during a dispute over gang affiliation was arrested at LAX as he arrived from South Korea, officials said Friday.

Richard James Kim, wanted on an outstanding warrant on a charge of attempted murder, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department, said airport spokesman Jaime Ruiz.

Kim, 33, was listed as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive by the LAPD when he was 21 and he and two juvenile accomplices allegedly became embroiled in an argument with two victims over gang affiliation.

LAPD investigators say Kim shot the victims with a .38-caliber handgun.

Luxury Gets More Convenient
Wall Street Journal

The convenience store (7-Eleven) operator is planning to offer luxury goods for a limited period after a successful trial during the September Korean thanksgiving holiday, during which it sold eight Gucci product lines.

The company hasn’t settled on which luxury brand it’ll feature this time around, but the tactic reflects an increasing desire by the country’s retailers and global luxury brands to tap into consistently strong demand for high-end goods in the Korean market.

MTV to Show Girls’ Generation in New York on Saturday
Chosun Ilbo

MTV will feature a tour by Korea’s most in-demand girl group Girls’ Generation to New York on Saturday. For the show, the girl band already gave an interview at MTV’s TRL Studio in Time Square in New York on Nov. 24.

Fans all around the world tweeted questions for the girls, and Tiffany and Jessica offered answers in fluent English as they used to live in the U.S.

YouTube Opens K-Pop Section
Chosun Ilbo

With the creation of the new channel, K-pop has become more accessible to foreign fans. Over 5 million videos by K-pop groups have already been uploaded on the site, including 400,000 featuring boy band TVXQ, 340,000 of all-girl dance group Girls’ Generation and 260,000 by the Wonder Girls.

But the difference is that most of these videos were posted by the bands’ respective management companies. This means that fans had to search for each artist or song separately, limiting their exposure to other bands. The new K-pop channel addresses this problem by grouping videos together.

Website Offers Rare Glimpse of North Korean TV
AFP via Yahoo News

“I started live streaming three years ago mainly to let people here witness what North Korea is really like,” Lim, 47, told AFP.

North Korean television is relayed by satellite to most of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. But its terrestrial signal south of the tense border is jammed by Seoul.

While some South Koreans have been arrested for posting North Korean news, SPTV appears to be tolerated, though under close surveillance by the security authorities.

“It’s not like we’ve been approved by the government, but they simply turn a blind eye to us in order to create a favorable atmosphere for unification,” he said.

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Survey: South Korean Men Second Most Unfaithful

South Korea has the second highest proportion of men who are unfaithful to their partners, according to a recent poll.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for condom maker Durex, reported that 34 percent of Korean men said they have cheated on their partners.

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