Japanese Flip Book Video Will Make You Cry
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 23rd, 2012
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Japanese comedian Tekken took a not-so unique story but used a unique medium to create the poignant animated film Furiko (Pendulum). Continue Reading »

Wednesday’s Link Attack: John Cho, Benson Henderson
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 21st, 2012
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China Warns on North Korea
Wall Street Journal

China again expressed its “concerns and worries” over rocket-launch plans announced by North Korea ahead of an international nuclear summit in Seoul, as Beijing seeks to portray itself as a peacemaker amid rising pressure on Pyongyang from the U.S. and its allies.

But North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator warned during a visit to Beijing against any attempt to interfere with the launch, a day after Japan’s defense minister said he would consider shooting down a North Korean missile if it poses a danger to that country.

More Certain North Korea Has More Uranium
Wall Street Journal

The American scientist to whom North Korea decided in 2010 to reveal its uranium enrichment program, Siegfried Hecker, says he’s become more persuaded since that time that he didn’t see all of it.

Mr. Hecker, the former director of the Los Alamos Laboratory who is now a professor at Stanford University, is in South Korea this week for a series of conferences leading up to next week’s Nuclear Security Summit. During a panel on the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs at the Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference in Busan on Tuesday, he described the research he’s done on North Korea since his last visit there in November 2010.

Mom realizes dream to dance in Follies
Orange County Register

At rehearsal, a mother’s heart dances. At home, her daugher’s heart dances and she spins around the room until her wheelchair seems to disappear. Such is the magic of CHOC Children’s Hospital Follies where music and motion for 15 years have raised funds to help kids.

I’m sitting in Anna and Eugene Kim’s dining room in Brea to learn why a busy mom who works part-time as a county health nurse would battle rush-hour traffic for months to make it to Follies’ rehearsals.

Teenager Sentenced for Killing Grades-Obsessed Mother
Wall Street Journal

A Seoul court on Tuesday sentenced an 18-year old boy to three years and six months in prison for killing his mother, a crime he said he was driven to by the physical and mental abuse he sustained because of her obsession with his school grades.

The case came to light late last year after the boy’s father, who lived apart from his family, visited home after a year and found a bedroom door tightly sealed and his son acting suspiciously.

Indictment: Shop owner hid $1.2 million from IRS
Baltimore Sun

The owner of a Northeast Baltimore liquor store was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on suspicion of making strategic cash deposits totaling more than $1 million in order to avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said.

For more than two years, Kwang Sik Kim, 56, of Clarksville made more than 100 deposits at local banks in amounts less than $10,000 in order to avoid a federal reporting requirement, according to a statement Tuesday from Maryland’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. Kim is the owner of Limetree Liquors, in the 1700 block of E. Northern Parkway in Baltimore.

Life Coaches Help Kids Deal With Challenges
DNAinfo.com

As overworked and stressed adults look for somebody to help organize their chaotic lives, Upper East Side kids are now mixing traditional after-school activities, such as drama and art, with consultation sessions with their coaches.

“It’s about bringing out their full potential,” said Helen Kim, an instructor who opened the 91st Street Academy, which offers coaching among other, more typical, after-school activities such as drama and art.

The academy now coaches 12 kids. Prices start at $199 a month for a weekly three-hour session that includes supervised homework time, a consultation with a coach and an additional class. A half-hour, one-off coaching session costs $30.

Eden: SXSW Review
Hollywood Reporter

Winner of SXSW’s Audience Award for narrative feature, the picture takes a non-exploitative approach to lurid material. Jamie Chung plays Hyun Jae, a New Mexico teen who gets into a stranger’s car and winds up deep in the desert, imprisoned in a self-storage facility where dozens of girls are forced to work as call girls by a team whose boss (Beau Bridges) is a corrupt Federal Marshall.

After unsuccessful attempts at escape, the girl (nicknamed Eden) adapts, accepting her plight to such an extent that she helps drug-addled captor Vaughan (Matt O’Leary, more convincing here than in his other fest entry, Fat Kid Rules the World) recapture other escapees in order to curry favor.

North Korean National Symphony Orchestra Coming To The U.S.
Huffington Post

An Atlanta-based nonprofit is planning to bring North Korea’s national orchestra to the U.S. for a tour that would start in Atlanta, according to the group’s president.

The North Korean National Symphony Orchestra is planning a concert in Atlanta this spring followed by a tour of several other cities, said Robert Springs, the president of Global Resource Services, a humanitarian group that works in North Korea.

He said he hopes the visit will take place in the spring but that the details are still being worked out and the visit is still awaiting government approval. Springs’ group has sent three musical groups to North Korea over the last 14 years, including Christian rock group Casting Crowns.

Daniel Kim accused of punching infant son hard enough to crack his skull
Denver Westword

According to a police affidavit obtained by KRDO-TV, Kim’s stories were initially inconsistent. But he eventually told investigators that after being awakened by Ezra’s cries and failing to quiet him, he “snapped.”

What’s that mean? Kim allegedly said he slugged Ezra with “basically everything I could throw.”

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Reveals John Cho Is in GET A JOB, Tweets First Set Photos
Collider.com

Director Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger) started shooting Get a Job this week, and Mintz-Plasse has tweeted a couple revelations from the set. First, John Cho is yet another great addition to the cast. (I was shocked to learn that Cho will turn 40 this year, which adds a significant bump to the average age of the cast.) Second, he posted two amusing photos from the set to Instagram.

South Korea to push ecotourism near tense border with North
Mother Nature Network

Untouched by developers for six decades due to the military standoff, the scenic areas surrounding the world’s last Cold War frontier have paradoxically become a peaceful haven for wildlife.

The 155-mile-long borderline which bisects the peninsula was fixed when the 1950-53 war ended with an armistice. A Demilitarized Zone extending for two kilometres each side of the line was designated as a buffer zone.

Thousands of tourists who visit the truce village of Panmunjom within the DMZ each year get a grim reminder of the peninsula’s tragic past.

Now Seoul is trying to put a more positive spin on the border region, by promoting its ecological value and opening trekking routes which will also give visitors a glimpse of the secretive North.

Swimmer of the Year: Leo Lim, Tenafly
Bergen County Record (N.J.)

In four seasons, Lim never lost an individual race in a dual or county meet.

“It was a fun ride. It’s been a great four years,” Lim said. “Swimming was different before high school started. It was just little kids swimming, but swimming in high school with Jin [Roh], Alex [Liulakis], Greg [Spiropoulos], Marcus [Lee] and Parker [Huguley] made swimming fun for all of us.”

This is the third time Lin has earned The Record Boys Swimmer of the Year award.

Benson Henderson Is No ‘Prima-Donna’ Champion
Fightline

Whether or not you thought that Benson Henderson deserved to win a unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar — and, subsequently, the UFC lightweight title — or not, the fact can’t be denied that The Smooth One is championship material.

With the ending of their bout controversial in the eyes of many and Edgar’s history of doling out rematches as champion, Henderson was sympathetic to Edgar’s plight and went on record saying The Answer deserved an immediate second-go at the title. The rematch was eventually set up, despite UFC president Dana White’s repeated urgings for Edgar to drop to featherweight to free up the 155lbs division.

Adoptee looks to represent Korean cricket
Korea Times

For 15 years, he was Sazal Mahamud, a citizen of Bangladesh. Then in November 2010, he was adopted by a Korean family and looked forward to a new chapter in his life.

And the 17-year-old, now known as Kim Dae-yeon, encountered unexpected joy here, when he found he could resume his national youth team pedigree in cricket and furthermore represent his new country at the upcoming Asian Games.

YouTube Star of the Week: Sherry Kim
Mochi Mag

Sherry Kim, also known as Fantasiex3 on YouTube, is a Korean American pianist known for her beautiful and unique choices in piano covers. Raised in Las Vegas, she is currently studying piano performance at Northwestern University. We had the opportunity to interview the self-proclaimed “cheesy romantic” in between her busy schedule, and we’re enchanted by her confidence—something we hope that all Mochi readers can learn from. Read on to learn how she got started, her eclectic taste in music, and the huge project she has been working on.

Jessica Hyejin Lee Coming Out for the Undocumented Community
DreamActivist Pennsylvania via YouTube

Jessica Hyejin Lee and Tania Chairez, two undocumented youth from Pennsylvania, were arrested by the Philadelphia Police today after blocking the street in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office. Before their arrest, Jessica and Tania had entered the ICE Philadelphia Field Office building and declared their undocumented status. Unafraid of deportation, they acted to confront the unjust immigration system, reclaim their human rights, and call attention to the deportations that are tearing apart their communities. To learn more about the action and their cause, check here: http://dreamactivistpa.org/

Video Roundup: Dia Frampton, Japanese Vending Machine, Kim Jong Un Cartoon
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 16th, 2012
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Here are some videos we’re watching this week at KoreAm.

Heejun Han – Right Here Waiting – Top 12 American Idol
Korean American Idol Heejun Han sings the Dick Marx 1989 classic, “Right Here Waiting” as contestants are forced to sing a song from the year of their birth.

Dia Frampton Covers 2NE1′s “Lonely”
Dia Frampton, who stared on NBC’s “The Voice,” sits down and sings a cover of 2NE1′s hit “Lonely.” The acoustic cover fills the room with English lyrics to the K-pop song.

Interview with Dia Frampton
Dia answers questions about her upbringing, what to expect in the future and many more since she appeared on “The Voice.”

Ben Henderson’s Signature Moves
Fuel TV slows down some of Ben Henderson’s famous moves from his UFC fights. The fighter then explains the moves in detail.

Rolling in the Deep – Guzheng Edition
It doesn’t get more old school than the guzheng, the ancestor to Korea’s gayageum. This particular guzheng player meets old school with new school by plucking the strings to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

The Adventures of Kim Jong Un
College Humor animates a hilarious cartoon about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and his adventures running the country.

Japanese Hand-Crank Vending Machines
After the tsunami in Japan, vending machines became extremely important for the Japanese people as they recovered from the disaster. Vending machines carried items essential for living and the vending machine company Sanden recognized this instantly. Sanden created a vending machine that ran on a hand crank just in case power goes out so that people still had the chance to get needed items.

Sungha Jung – Isn’t She Lovely (Ukelele Version)
Famous for his amazing guitar arrangements, teenager Sungha Jung, brings another arrangement, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Instead of arranging for the guitar, however, Sungha plays the song on the ukelele.

Kobayashi Gets Cheesy at SXSW
At SXSW (South By Southwest), Japanese eating machine Takeru Kobayashi broke yet another world record. In one minute, Kobayashi scarfed down 13 grilled cheese sandwiches. The category for eating grilled cheese sandwiches in a minute was new and set on Sunday. Previously, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 49 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes.

North and South Korean Diplomats Scuffle
On March 13, at the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, North Korean and South Korean diplomats scuffled with one another. A number of people and cameras were caught in the middle and in the end, one diplomat repeats, “Please save North Korean refugees.”

If you have more videos you’d like us to see, email linda@iamkoream.com.

Friday’s Link Attack: Jamie Chung, Steven Yeun, Chef Sang Yoon
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 16th, 2012
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North Korea plans to launch long-range rocket
Associated Press via Google News

North Korea plans to blast a satellite into space next month to mark the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, which the U.S. quickly called a “deal-breaker” for a new agreement where the U.S. would exchange food aid for nuclear concessions.

After Friday’s surprise announcement, the United States warned it would not send food aid to North Korea if it goes ahead with the long-range rocket launch, and U.N. Security Council members said it may violate sanctions.

The North agreed to a moratorium on long-range launches as part of the food deal with Washington, but argues that satellite launches are part of a peaceful space program that is exempt from international disarmament obligations. The U.S., South Korea and other critics say the rocket technology overlaps with belligerent uses and condemn the satellite program as a disguised test of military missiles in defiance of a U.N. ban.


South Korea Sees Nuclear Plant Jitters Ahead Of Summit
Wall Street Journal

The Feb. 9 blackout at the 35-year-old Gori-1 plant—the oldest nuclear facility in the country–in Busan lasted 12 minutes, during which an emergency back-up diesel generator also failed. The power failure was caused by an error by an engineer during a routine safety check.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, which oversees the operation of the country’s 21 nuclear power plants, didn’t comply with safety guidelines and failed to make an immediate report to Nuclear Safety and Security Commission. By law, nuclear accidents must be reported to the commission within 15 minutes.

The accident remained unknown for more than a month before a Busan City Council member overheard a conversation between plant engineers in a local restaurant and made a formal request to verify what had happened. On Tuesday, news of the power failure became public.


Review: Jamie Chung does star-making work in harrowing SXSW award-winner ‘Eden’
Hit Fix

Based on the real life of Chong Kim, who gets a co-story credit, “Eden” tells the story of a young Korean girl who works for her parents in their store and who is just starting to experiment with freedom, sneaking out with her friend, smoking cigarettes. She’s very young, and despite her little white lies, she seems like a fairly innocent girl.

That ends one night when she uses a fake ID to go to a bar where she meets Jesse (Scott Mechlowicz). She decides to go home with him, and instead ends up abducted, then driven to her new home, a prison-like bunker where she’s kept with other underage prostitutes. The main face she sees each day belongs to Vaughan (Matt O’Leary), who works for Bob Gault (Beau Bridges), a law-enforcement officer who is running a fairly major network of flesh-peddling on many levels.


Exclusive Interview With Steven Yeun – Glenn Of ‘The Walking Dead’
ScienceFiction.com

Ever since ‘The Walking Dead’ premiered, its audience has been growing, breaking records, in fact with its season 2 mid-season premiere garnering roughly 10 million viewers. I personally am a fan of the show and, like many others who watch, started out by reading the comic on which the series is based.

I had the delight and pleasure of interviewing Steven Yeun, who portrays the character Glenn on ‘The Walking Dead’ television show. He’s everything you want an actor to be: witty, charming, kind and gracious. I was lucky enough to get a bit of his time to discuss Glenn’s abs, Enya, and the promise of a few answered questions in the season finale Sunday.

Family files claim in felled-tree death
Daily Pilot

The family of a motorist killed by a felled eucalyptus tree last year has filed wrongful death claims against the city of Newport Beach.

Haeyoon Miller’s mother and father filed separate claims within the past two weeks.

Her mother, Hyun Myung Suk, seeks damages “well in excess of $10,000,” the minimum amount stated by law, according to her filing. Her father, Sunyl Chung, did not specify an amount.

The claims allege that the city was negligent in its care of the 10-ton, 70-foot tree, which fell from Irvine Avenue’s median in September and crushed Miller’s small sedan.

Miller, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chang-rae Lee on War, Alienation, and the Power of Reading
Huffington Post

We won’t know the winner of this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize, until Thursday evening, March 15th, when the name will be announced at a ceremony in Hong Kong, so here’s the next best thing: an interview with one of the judges, Pulitzer Prize-nominated fiction writer, Chang-rae Lee.

The interview can be read here at The Huffington Post.

South Korean novelist announced as first woman to win Man Asian Literary Prize
The Man Asian Literary Prize

Kyung-sook Shin has tonight become the first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize, Asia’s most prestigious award for writers, for her novel ‘Please Look After Mom’.

The South Korean novelist attended the black tie Prize Dinner at The Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong to receive the award of US$30,000. The translator of the novel, Chi-Young Kim also received US$5,000.

The win is the first for a South Korean writer, and ‘Please Look After Mom’ is the first novel by a South Korean to make it to the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist in the Prize’s five year history.

‘American Idol’ Burning Questions: Who’s Funnier, Heejun Han or Will.I.Am? How Serious Was Phillip Phillips’ Surgery?
Hollywood Reporter

Who’s funnier, Will.I.Am or Heejun Han? “Whatever, he had a really weird haircut,” says Heejun of the Black Eyed Peas singer. The two went toe-to-toe on the funny. “He spoke Korean to me. Like he was trying to teach Korean to a Korean person, which was ironic. I couldn’t understand anything he was saying.”

L.A. City Council Set to Vote on Redistricting Map
Patch.com (Studio City, Calif.)

The Los Angeles City Council is set to vote Friday on a proposed new map of the members’ 15 district boundaries.

Those boundaries — recommended by the City Council’s Redistricting Commission — would be in place until after the next census in 2020.

The map is the product of months of contentious public and private meetings by the commission that drew the ire of some neighborhood councils and the threat of a lawsuit by two City Council members unhappy with the results.

Father encouraged by support in fight to have autistic son remain in Canada
Hamilton Spectator

Sungsoo Kim is encouraged by an outpouring of support after his family was refused residency in Canada because of potentially excessive costs to health care and social services to meet his 12-year-old autistic son’s needs.

“People in my office personally came to me and asked, ‘How can I help?’” Kim said of co-workers at Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Hamilton’s South Korean community has requested help from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Korean-Canadian Conservative Sen.

Korean American Founder of Morning Crane Tea: “Follow your Dreams no Matter what your Age”
Konnect Magazine

What inspired you to start your business?
That is a long story here is a shortened version. Morning Crane Tea grew out of another personal project Morning Earth Korea. I am a 3rd generation Korean American. My father was born in San Francisco in 1895 after my grandfather who was a palace guard sent my pregnant grandmother to America to be safe from the tragic events taking place in Korea. Grandfather stayed. Grandmother was sent back to Korea leaving my father with an immigrated uncle. I grew up without knowing my Korean roots. I have children and grandchildren carrying the Korean name Park. I want them and all other Korean children to grow up being proud of who they are – bring proud of being Korean. Morning Earth Korea promotes Korean Arts and Culture but we were denied non-profit status because we host tours to Korea. The tours are non-profit but that doesn’t matter.

Choi Sung-kuk banned for fixing
ESPN

FIFA has banned South Korean star Choi Sung-kuk from playing professional soccer anywhere in the world for his part in a massive match-fixing scandal.

Choi was the highest-profile individual among the more than 60 former and current players and brokers who were indicted last year for their alleged involvement in rigging K-League matches.

Choi, who appeared in 26 international matches for South Korea from 2003 to 2011, was hit with a lifetime ban by the K-League and given a suspended 10-month prison sentence.

Curtis’ Eunice Kim Will Compete Tonight to be Daffodil Queen
University Place Patch

Curtis High School senior Eunice Kim is among the 24 young women from high schools across Pierce County who will compete to become Daffodil Queen at 7 tonight at Life Center, 1717 South Union Avenue in Tacoma. Tickets are available at the door for $10 and $5 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The Daffodil Festival started in 1933 as a tribute to the Puyallup Valley Flower industry and has grown to be one of the largest festivals and parades in the nation. The Daffodil Queen is selected to reign over the many Festival activities throughout the year. She and her court are the festival’s official ambassadors.

Chef Sang Yoon
The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles chef Sang Yoon is famous for doing things his way. He refuses to provide ketchup at his two Father’s Office restaurants, where the burger is often cited as among the best in the nation. (“It just doesn’t need ketchup. I didn’t realize that would be so controversial,” he explained.) Mr. Yoon also pioneered a growing trend by insisting wineries sell him fine wine in kegs, to make it fresher and cheaper. In May, he’ll take his meticulous approach across the country, cooking a dinner at the James Beard House in New York as part of the Lucky Rice Festival, which celebrates Asian cuisine. Though Mr. Yoon, 42, is often identified as a Korean-American chef along with peers David Chang and Roy Choi, he’ll be cooking Chinese and Southeast Asian food, heavy on what he calls his “pet ingredient”: Sichuan peppercorns.

Wednesday’s Link Attack: Church Fire, Hines Ward, Top Korean Movies
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 14th, 2012
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Scuffle after North Korea rejects UN rights report
BBC News

A scuffle has broken out at the United Nations after a North Korean envoy rejected a report critical of the country’s human rights. Pyongyang said the report by special rapporteur on human rights Marzuki Darusman was “fabricated by hostile elements”.

As the North Korean delegate So Se-pyong left the meeting of about 500 delegates, a scuffle broke out. One man was detained and later released by security officials.

The report said that human rights conditions in North Korea ”continued to deteriorate” from September 2011 to January 2012.

China, South Korea in Row Over Submerged Rock
Wall Street Journal

Yet another maritime dispute between China and one of its neighbors has flared up in the last few days – this time over a submerged rock in a part of the ocean claimed by both Beijing and the South Korean government.

The spat over what South Korea calls the Ieodo Reef and China refers to as the Suyan Reef reignited after China’s State Oceanic Administration chief declared last week that it was part of China’s ”jurisdictional waters” and covered by its maritime patrols.

Officials investigating `suspicious’ fire that ripped through building at West Covina church
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Calif.)

A “suspicious” fire tore through the youth group building of a Korean-American church Monday morning, causing nearly $1 million in damage, authorities said.

The fire at the Union Evangelical Church, 705 N. Lark Ellen Ave., was reported about 5:15 a.m, said West Covina Firefighter John Lazette. He said heavy smoke and flames were visible when the first fire crew arrived.

About ten minutes later, a second fire truck was called in to assist. The fire was knocked out after a little more than an hour. Fire Captain Mike Fountain said one crew was forced to abandon their positions on the building’s roof when it began to sag.

Quit gerrymandering Koreatown: The API and immigrant communities won’t let the L.A. City Council play games
The Daily Sundial (CSU Northridge)

For the past 20 years, K-town, one of the most densely populated and diverse areas of L.A., has been carved up by legislators, denying K-town and the surrounding Asian Pacific Islander community a chance for stronger political power. Located smack in the middle of L.A., the area has no unique geographic borders to distinguish its perimeter, and due to its mostly immigrant and largely non-English speaking population, has been vulnerable to irresponsible politicians.

Korean-American activists thought that this time around, they would have their chance for fair representation. Much to their indignation, most of K-town is being drawn inside CD-10, capping off the enormous South L.A. region like the head of a ridiculous turkey.

Officer allegedly stabbed in Vancouver mall protest
CBC News (Canada)

A Vancouver police officer was allegedly stabbed by a despondent shopkeeper at the Harbour Centre mall food court Tuesday, Vancouver police say.

Shopkeeper Tai Hong Ahn was arrested during what his son said was a public protest about the family business being forced out of the mall.

Ahn set up a display with some food and kitchen equipment and Vancouver police were called to investigate, but the four officers who responded were too rough, said his son, Joseph Ahn.

Patrol Officer Leads Police Outreach to Local Korean-Americans
Patch.com (Centreville, Va.)

Officer Roy Choe had hardly finished the paperwork on the first car accident off Stone Road when another dispatch came in. Choe drove a mile in a light drizzling rain to the new accident—another car rear-ended near Braddock Rd. and Route 28.

Another patrol officer had already responded, but the information on Choe’s patrol car computer screen had grabbed his attention. One of the last names of a person in the accident was Korean.

“If any Korean people are involved in any incident, I always try to respond if I can,” he explained to a passenger in his car. If someone has difficulty with English or is new to the country, Choe can help.

Campaign Finance Lessons for Disillusioned Asian-American Group
New York Times

Concerned about the dampening effect that a fund-raising scandal involving the city comptroller could have on Asian-American voters, the New York City Campaign Finance Board held a workshop on Monday night on the dos and don’ts of campaign finance.

The workshop was requested by a new coalition of community groups, the Asian American Civic Alliance, which was formed after the fund-raising woes of the comptroller, John C. Liu, who had been regarded until recently as a likely candidate for mayor, came to light. Over the course of two hours, Daniel Cho, the board’s director of candidate services, responded to granular questions about house parties and in-kind contributions, while also offering, with a PowerPoint slide show, broad guidelines on disclosure forms and personal information.

Rising college tuition corners students in US
Korea Times

NYU is just one of increasing number of American colleges that charge more than $50,000 a year.

Only 58 schools charged more than $50,000 a year in the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the College Board. But now, 123 colleges and universities across the nation demand a combined tuition, fees, room and board exceeding $50,000.

“That’s like the new magic number,” says Choi Ki-tae, a college counselor in New Jersey. “It’s definitely more than what an average American worker makes.”

Average American workers earn $42,000 a year, according to government data.

“Even wealthy Korean parents are starting to wonder if these schools are worth the giant price tag,” said Choi, who helps Korean students and their parents with college visits and applications.

Before Sunset (Stories)
Austin Chronicle

[Sunset Stories] a gem of a festival sleeper, this, packed with great curation: from the actors – the wonderful leads Monique Curnen and Sung Kang and a cast of familiar faces (see below) , to the soundtrack (a gorgeous unreleased track by Sia, as well as delicious nuggets from Girl in a Coma, Zoë Lewis, Imperial Teen, and more), to the director of photography (Austin’s PJ Raval), to the animator (the brilliant Giles Timms), to the poster artist (Austin’s Yen Tan) and a mission to cast outside the dominant paradigms and portray those of us characters who do not fit within the strictures of Hollywood expectations as the real people with real lives we are.


NFL’s Hines Ward feared DUI arrest getting out
Atlanta Journal Constitution

One of Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward’s worst fears was realized last summer when he was arrested in DeKalb County on a DUI charge: The word got out.

Dash cam video from the police car used to transport the former UGA receiver to jail July 9 shows him repeatedly asking the officer whether newspapers and especially ESPN would find out about the charge of driving under the influence.

In the video, obtained by TMZ, Ward is seen handcuffed in the back seat, hunched forward and questioning the officer through a protective see-through partition about whether his arrest will be in the media.


Players Charged In Match-Fixing Scandal
Wall Street Journal

After a month of investigation, South Korean prosecutors have indicted 31 people, including 18 professional sports players, for taking part in match-fixing in return for up to 5 million won, or $4,400 per game.

In volleyball, 16 players were involved in 18 cases of match-rigging since 2010, in which players intentionally made mistakes during matches, prosecutors said. And in professional baseball, pitchers Kim Seong-hyun and Park Hyun-jun, both of whom played for Seoul-based LG Twins, deliberately walked batters five times during the first innings of games in return for bribes, according to the allegations.


Korea United FC
ESPN.com

For Koreans on either side of the 38th parallel — the world’s most heavily fortified border — there can be severe consequences for fraternizing with the enemy. The armistice that ended the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953, but a peace treaty was never put in place; technically, the two countries remain at war. In the Communist North, those suspected of mere contact with South Koreans are, according to the Human Rights Watch World Report 2012, subject to lengthy terms in “horrendous detention facilities or forced labor camps with chronic food and medicine shortages, harsh working conditions, and mistreatment by guards.” Though the democratic South has far more freedoms, its far-reaching National Security Law continues to stifle any exchange with, and interest in, North Korea. In short: A South Korean and a North Korean should not be shooting the breeze on a sunny afternoon in Spain.


Top 20 Best Korean Films of All Time
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Bookmark and then see the best Korean films of all time – From eerie horror to surreally quirky romance and unique action thrillers with beautiful cinematography. Mookychick proudly presents the best Korean films ever…

Seriously, if you haven’t experienced it yet, Korean cinema is great. It creates wild, inventive, clever, beautiful, gripping genre-busting movies with twists and turns so you’ll NEVER guess the endings. Korean horror, comedy, revenge thrillers… they’re all amazing, and we bring you 20 of the very best films the korean movie industsry has ever made. And here they are, in no particular order (a bit like Pokemon, you gotta watch ‘em all…

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