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Thursday's Link Attack: Entrepreneurs, David Choe, Bibimbap Burger

Born or Raised In the U.S., Why Are Entrepreneurs Returning to Korea?

Seoul is home to a burgeoning corps of young entrepreneurs, a shocking number of them born or educated in America. Why aren’t they starting companies here?

Two More Sought in Connection with Duluth Murder (Duluth, Ga.)

Two suspects are in jail and two others are being sought in the murder of Kwang Ko, who was found stabbed and bleeding Dec. 8 in the Aldi grocery store parking lot in Duluth and later died from his injuries.

Duluth Police Capt. Mark Hunter reported at a press conference Wednesday (Dec. 14) that arrest warrants have been obtained for Yeon-Tae Kang Hill, 20, and Dongsoo Park, 25, who are still at large.

Two suspects were arrested early Tuesday (Dec. 13) by Duluth Police investigators for their involvement in the Ko homicide case, the city’s first in 2011. Seung Won Lee, 24, and Dong Ho Shin, 30, both of Duluth, each have been charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. They are being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

The arrest warrants for Hill and Park list the same charges.

Ko, 32, a Duluth resident, was found stabbed and bleeding in the parking lot of the Aldi at 2618 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth about 7 a.m. last Thursday. He was discovered by a citizen using the ATM at the Bank of America who called police.

Hunter said that Ko had multiple knife puncture and slash wounds. Ko died either while being transported by EMS or after arriving at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, he said.


U.S., North Korea Hold Talks on Humanitarian Aid
New York Times

Officials from the United States and North Korea met in Beijing on Thursday to discuss the possible terms of resuming humanitarian aid shipments to the impoverished North.

The meeting followed a series of appeals from United Nations and private American relief agencies for urgent aid for the most vulnerable of North Korea’s population, especially its children and pregnant mothers, who they said suffered from life-threatening malnutrition.

Statue Deepens Dispute Over Wartime Sex Slavery
New York Times

The unsmiling teenage girl in traditional Korean dress sits in a chair, her feet bare, her hands on her lap, her eyes fixed on the Japanese Embassy across a narrow street in central Seoul. Within a day, the life-size bronze statue had become the focal point of a simmering diplomatic dispute as President Lee Myung-bak prepared to visit Tokyo this weekend.

The statue, named the “Peace Monument,” was financed with citizens’ donations and installed Wednesday, when five women in their 80s and 90s who were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II held their 1,000th weekly protest in front of the embassy, joined by their supporters.


Armed N.Korean Soldiers Defect
Chosun Ilbo

Eight armed North Korean soldiers defected last month across the Apnok (or Yalu) River separating North Korea and China, prompting security to be tightened around the Chinese border town of Dandong, the Daily NK reported Wednesday.

Citing border guards in Dandong, the online news outlet said the soldiers crossed the border in Kuandian around Nov. 20, and that two of them were shot and killed while six escaped. Kuandian is around 100 km northeast of Dandong.

Exams in South Korea: The one-shot society
The Economist

ON NOVEMBER 10th South Korea went silent. Aircraft were grounded. Offices opened late. Commuters stayed off the roads. The police stood by to deal with emergencies among the students who were taking their university entrance exams that day.

Every year the country comes to a halt on the day of the exams, for it is the most important day in most South Koreans’ lives. The single set of multiple-choice tests that students take that day determines their future. Those who score well can enter one of Korea’s best universities, which has traditionally guaranteed them a job-for-life as a high-flying bureaucrat or desk warrior at a chaebol (conglomerate). Those who score poorly are doomed to attend a lesser university, or no university at all. They will then have to join a less prestigious firm and, since switching employers is frowned upon, may be stuck there for the rest of their lives. Ticking a few wrong boxes, then, may mean that they are permanently locked out of the upper tier of Korean society.

The 16 step guide for Korean samgyeopsal dining
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You may have already dined at Korean restaurants that specialize in samgyeopsal (pork belly) cooked tableside. There are quite a few establishments — stretching from Buford Highway to Duluth — offering the sizzling piggy that diners can order a la carte, or as an all-you-can-eat format.

This Korean pork belly smorgasbord can be confusing to the uninitiated, so allow me to relay a general guideline for your samgyeopsal adventure.

1. Pick a spot. Honey Pig, Iron Age, Sun and Moon Cafe, Star Daepo are some options in Duluth. Dongnae Bangnae off Oakcliff Road and Buford Highway is a closer option for intown residents. (Addresses and contact information provided at the end.)

Englewood Cliffs resident earns gold place in annual Calligraphy contest
Northern Valley Suburbanite (N.J.)

Learning calligraphy is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the favorite activities of a fifth-grader.

But for college student Andrew Cho, learning the art of fancy letter writing was something that made him grow as a person during his youth.

It comes as no surprise that he would later go on to win gold place in calligraphy during the annual Calligraphy and Asian Brush Painting Competition.

“It’s an honor,” said Cho, a student at Harvard University and Englewood Cliffs resident. “For that to be displayed for others to see and experience the beauty of this art, I think it’s great to show the benefits and the values of what this can have for the community.”

Korean-American entrepreneur discovers new possibilities for Korean cuisine in New York
Yonhap News

When popular online dining and drinking site announced its search for the “Greatest Burger in America” in April, few expected the winning burger would be infused with a traditional Korean dish. The “bibimbap burger,” created by Korean-American entrepreneur Bobby Kwak, is a hamburger topped with ingredients from the popular Korean dish “bibimbap,” vegetables and meat mixed with steamed rice and hot pepper sauce.

The bibimbap burger was quietly nominated as a contender for the best burger in New York City, a surprise even to the owners of Social Eatz that served it. It won the honor soon after, and went on to win the title of “the Greatest Burger in America” via online voting, surpassing the best burgers from eight other cities.

75 guys we wish we were in 2011

#68: David Choe (Artist, Podcast Host)
David Choe is the second craziest Korean alive (Kim Jong Il is number one, silly). This year, the artist whose paintings grace the Facebook offices dropped a series of podcasts called Koreans Gone Bad featuring candid conversations with other prominent artists and childhood friends. It’s largely unedited (often running past two hours) with topics ranging from self-improvement classes, tossing prostitute salad, and first experiences with psychedelic drugs. Aside from that, he also broke into Pablo Escobar’s vacation home.

Young Sun of ‘Work of Art’ on hugs, history and Prop 8
Windy City Times

Bravo Channel’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist has openly gay rising artist Young Sun from Illinois as part of the competition. For this second season the artists once again face challenges in groups and solo to win an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000.

The future looks bright for Sun and we brushed up on such topics as Prop 8 and hugging for 24 hours.

Windy City Times: Hello, Young. Tell me a bit about your background.

Young Sun: I am Korean. I was born in Evanston. I went to school in Chicago. I worked for a year abroad in London and in Germany. I worked as a teacher in Korea for a few months. I really got bit by the travel bug as a student.


Wednesday's Link Attack: Korea vs China, Happy Hug Day, Debbie Lee

South Koreans furious at China over death at sea
AP via San Francisco Chronicle

Angry South Koreans slammed Chinese fishermen as “pirates” Tuesday, while President Lee Myung-bak pledged to spend more on policing the country’s waters after a Chinese boat captain allegedly stabbed a coast guard officer to death.

During a protest at the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, a right-wing demonstrator rammed his sport utility vehicle three times into a police bus guarding the building, while others defaced a Chinese flag. A popular South Korean Internet post called for the shelling of illegal Chinese fishing boats.

Man sentenced to three life terms for Tenafly triple murders
Bergen County Record (N.J.)

Convicted triple-murderer Kang Hyuk Choi was sentenced Wednesday to three concurrent life terms for the stabbing deaths of three members of a Tenafly family three years ago.

“The last thing you will see before you die will be the inside of a cell that you are about to enter shortly,” Superior Court Judge Donald Venezia said to Choi.

Defense attorney Francis Meehan said Choi had a serious gambling addiction that depleted his finances and ruined his credit.

He came into contact with Sean Kim, who had posted an online ad to help people repair their credit, Meehan said. Choi later began working for Kim, who promised him that he could earn up to $20,000 a month, Meehan said.

Choi became angry when the money never came, and after an argument at Kim’s home in May 2008, he stabbed Kim with a large kitchen knife, Choi said during his guilty plea in September.

Happy Hug Day, Korea

Hugs are dangerous things.

They can get you sued, banned or — worst case scenario — caught on camera in awkward poses that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

But even lousy huggers can be fearless today. (Hug Day was moved from December 11 to December 14 a few years ago in order to match all the other quirky unofficial Korean holidays that fall on the 14th of every month.)

Korean vendors are throwing mini-events in celebration, giving away coffee and hot chocolate via Twitter. Actors are also seizing the day as an excuse for marketing ploys promoting their latest movies.

So who do Koreans want to hug?

Park Tae-joon, Founder of a Giant in Steel, Dies at 84
New York Times

Park Tae-joon, a former South Korean general who created Posco, one of the world’s largest steel companies, helping to lay the foundation for his nation’s rise from an impoverished postwar society into an industrial powerhouse, died on Tuesday in Seoul. He was 84.

Interpreters in Korean Basketball League say job is tough
Korea Herald

There are only two men on the bench during a Korean basketball game that wear a suit and tie: the manager and the interpreter.

In the Korean Basketball League, each team has at least one overseas player and one interpreter.

Coaches say foreign players are crucial for their teams as they usually score the most points. And as the demand for foreign players grew, so did the importance of interpreters in the KBL.

Chef Debbie Lee cookbook signing in Tempe
Arizona Republic

Chef and author Debbie Lee is hosting a book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe Thursday, Dec. 15.

The Phoenix native, who was a finalist on season five of “The Next Food Network Star,” shares her spin on Korean dishes in “Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends.” Lee, who is also known for her popular food truck Ahn Joo in Los Angeles, fuses Korean and American fare with dishes such as flavorful grilled meats, Korean style pickles, nachos, meatloaf, meatballs and cocktails.

Tears, Gratitude and Anger Mark the 1,000th Protest
Wall Street Journal

It was never meant to last 20 years.

In January 1992, a group of Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II staged a protest outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. They timed the protest to a visit by Japan’s then-Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. They became known as the “comfort women” and their weekly demonstration became known as the “Wednesday Protest.”

Today, with a crowd of about 3,000 joining in, the comfort women staged their 1,000th protest in front of the embassy.


“Comfort Women” visit Palisades Park

The public is invited Thursday to meet two Korean women who recently arrived to share their story of captivity by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Yongsoo Lee, 83, and Ok-Seon Yi, 84, will meet with the public at 12:30 p.m. at the borough library. The women were brought to the United States by the Korean American Voters’ Council, and spoke at an art exhibit at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center in Queens earlier this week. The exhibit focuses on the struggles of the many women held prisoner during the war.


Far East Movement Shows LA Some Love

Photos by Michael Kovac/WireImage

Despite a late start, Far East Movement sent their diehard fans home happy following an impromptu performance last night at an event in downtown Los Angeles.

The electro pop group threw a party called “Dirty Bass Museum” at Hunter Studios to hype up their forthcoming album. Guests were encouraged to bring gifts for the Toys for Tots program which saw a $5,000 donation from the band in giant check format.

Legendary hip hop veteran DJ Quik was on hand to do a DJ set before giving way to FM’s DJ Virman. Kev Nish told the band wasn’t scheduled to perform but being back in their hometown compelled them to get on stage.

FM whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their chart-topping hit “Like a G6,” followed by “Rocketeer.” They then played a track off their new album “Dirty Bass,” set for release early next year.

The group, in town on their off day between tour dates, will be playing at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada, tonight.

The cognac was flowing like water at the event, which was sponsored by Remy Martin. Delicious tacos were also flowing like water with catering by #1 Taco Shop.

Check out the photos and video after the jump: Continue reading

Chan Ho Park To Finish Career In Korea

Pitcher Chan Ho Park is set to fulfill a longtime wish to end his career in his native country after Korean baseball officials waived a rule allowing the 38-year-old to avoid the draft and begin playing immediately.

Park, who was the first Korean-born baseball player in major league history, will play in the 2012 season for the Hanwha Eagles, a Daejeon-based team close to his hometown of Gongju. The Korea Baseball Organization allowed the former All-Star to skirt a rule which states that players who have not played professionally in Korea are required to enter the draft.

Park’s stint in Japan last year with the Orix Buffaloes ended unceremoniously with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 4.29.

After seeing success with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the late 1990s, Park signed a $65 million contract with the Texas Rangers but was deemed a bust as he was hampered by injuries. He later returned to the Dodgers and also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates, among other teams.

During his best years in Los Angeles, his starts were major events in Korea, prompting many to stop work to watch his games.


Church Enforcer Arrested For Felony Meh Meh

It was the spanking heard round the world.

The parents of an Irvine, Calif., teenager found a lighter in the pants of their 15-year-old son and came to the natural conclusion that their kid was taking trips to Flavor Country with the Marlboro Man. So what to do?

Call on the services of Paul Kim, Church Enforcer. The parents allegedly dropped off their problem child at the home of Kim, 39, in Chino Hills. Police said the family and Kim attend the same Lutheran church in La Habra, according to the Associated Press.

Kim hit the child with a metal pole about a dozen times, causing severe bruising on his legs, according to [San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy] Bachmann. The pole was about an inch in diameter, investigators said.

An adult at the boy’s school saw the bruises and called Irvine police, who in turn informed San Bernardino County officials, she said.

Kim was arrested Tuesday at his home and released Thursday after posting bail. He faces a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child. No court date has been set, according to jail records.

The names of the parents were Continue reading

Monday's Link Attack: Korean Zombie, Clara C, Kraze Burger

‘Korean Zombie’ ties UFC mark with 7-second KO of Hominick
USA Today

The Korean Zombie turned off The Machine so quickly it tied an official record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Popular featherweight Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung knocked out Mark “The Machine” Hominick in seven seconds Saturday at UFC 140 in Toronto. That tied UFC’s mark for fastest knockout.

Hominick praised Jung afterward, but also admitted that he started the fight recklessly. The fight began with Hominick moving forward with his hands down as he looked to land his own power punches.

Jung took advantage by connecting with a right hand squarely to the temple, sending the other man tumbling to the ground. The Korean never gave Hominick a chance to recover, immediately rushing to stand over him and throw punches at his face until he went limp for a moment, eliciting an immediate stoppage from referee Herb Dean.

Chick-fil-A worker fired for offending Asian customers
Los Angeles Times

A cashier at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at UC Irvine has been fired after she put offensive names mocking Asian customers on their receipts.

Rather than take the names of two Asian customers, she typed “Ching” and “Chong,” which appeared, respectively, on the two customers’ receipts, according to Kelvin Lee, a UC Irvine student and friend of the customers. He posted photos of the receipts on his Tumblr account.

Since then, the post has spread through the blogosphere, attracting negative attention to the fast-food chain, which has already garnered animus from some corners because of its openly Christian roots and connection to conservative stances.

Company officials say the incident doesn’t reflect corporate views and stands in stark contrast to its ethos.  It was “simply [a] case of immaturity, failed judgment and human error” on the part of one employee, said Don Perry, Chick-fil-A’s vice president for public relations.

Silent UC Berkeley protester detained
The Daily Californian

Alex Kim, a UC Berkeley senior and Occupy Cal protester who took a vow of silence, was detained Sunday by UCPD officers on Sproul Plaza, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.

At around 4:38 p.m., a few officers approached a group of demonstrators sitting on the lawn in front of Sproul Hall and handcuffed Kim before taking him away, said junior Katie Rapp.

“I was so surprised,” Rapp said. “They just grabbed him.”


Chinese Fisherman Kills South Korean Coast Guardsman
New York Times

A South Korean Coast Guard member was stabbed to death by a Chinese fisherman on Monday during a crackdown on illegal fishing near South Korea, the Coast Guard said.

Nine Chinese crewmen violently resisted South Korean coast guardsmen trying to impound their 66-ton boat about 120 miles west of Incheon, near the border with North Korea, according to a Coast Guard statement.

Another Chinese ship rammed into the boat, and amid the confusion, the Chinese rebelled, said Chi Geun-tae, a Coast Guard spokesman, citing a preliminary report from the scene.

Former female prosecutor arrested over corruption suspicion
Korea Herald

A former female prosecutor embroiled in a corruption scandal was arrested on Monday to be questioned over allegations that she received a luxury sedan and a designer handbag in return for peddling her influence, prosecutors dealing with the case said.

SHOWBIZ: Fine company with Clara C
New Straits Times (Malaysia)

It is the age of the YouTube artist — the ultra-engaging, crowd-friendly product of an environment where everything including love, sweat and tears is shared.

Clara C is a good example of this.

Despite having arrived on our shores in the wake of concerts by two other YouTube celebrity singers, Jayesslee and Greyson Chance, Clara dazzled the audience at the Bentley Auditorium in Damansara Mutiara recently with her infectious, bubbly brand of singing.

The Korean-American singer was spontaneous, funny and witty — and the 300-plus strong crowd loved every minute she was on stage.

Kuala Lumpur is the second leg of her five-city Asia Pacific tour, having already performed at Singapore’s Esplanade Recital Studio the day before. Clara will perform in three more locations: The Music Museum in Manila, Arrow on Swanston in Melbourne, and the Basement in Sydney.

L.A. film critics association names Yoon Jung-hee best actress of 2011
Korea Herald

South Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee was chosen as the best actress of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) for her lead role in the award-winning South Korean film “Poetry.”

The association announced a list of the 2011 award winners, including Yoon, on Sunday (L.A. standard time).

Yoon won the honor, beating her close competitor from Hollywood, Kirsten Dunst, the winner of the best actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her performance in “Melancholia,” the association said.

Korea’s Kraze Burger Aims to Cash in on US Craze
Voice of America

Americans are used to hearing about the latest McDonald’s opening in a remote part of the world, but it’s unusual to see a foreign food franchise setting up in the United States, especially one selling the most quintessential of American foods: hamburgers.

However, one plucky chain of Korean restaurants is doing just that, and recently opened its first U.S. branch in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Video: Student “freaks out” in library over others “breathing loudly”
Yahoo News

This video from the California State University, Northridge campus has ignited controversy across the Internet this morning. In the video, reportedly taken during finals week, a female student loses her temper with her fellow students, accusing them of being disruptive. (Be warned, there are a few choice words whispered during the rant):

[Recap] Saturday Night Live Korea, Episode 1 – Poking Fun at Politics

“Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea” finally aired its inaugural episode last weekend, and I have to admit I was more than ecstatic to see my favorite U.S. comedy show air in Korea. It did a pretty good job of living up to the “SNL” name with a lot of political/cultural parodies. Kim Joo Hyuk also did a flawless job of running the show live as the first host.

Student Develops Smartphone App About N.Korea
Chosun Ilbo

Kim Min-jong, a 26-year-old student in the Department of North Korean Studies at Korea University, made the country’s first Smartphone app providing expert information on North Korea. Over 1,000 people have downloaded it in the week since its launch, and the app is in the region of 20th on Podgate, which ranks the top 300 most popular apps.

Kim planned and produced the app, and spent W5 million (US$1=W1,126) to make the project a reality through an app developer. It can be downloaded for free on Android.

Penguins F Park has broken foot
Miami Herald

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Richard Park is slated to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured foot.

Pens head coach Dan Byslma made the announcement following Monday’s practice. Reports indicate that Park suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the late stages of Thursday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia.

The 35-year-old native of South Korea returned to the NHL after a one-year absence, signing on with Pittsburgh. He has totaled two goals and seven points in 21 games this year.

Wedding Announcement: Jung Pak and Jay Habermann
New York Times

Jung Hyun Pak and Jonathan Brewster Habermann were married Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Richard D. Sloan, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony at St. Paul’s Chapel on the campus of Columbia University in Manhattan.

The couple met at Colgate University, from which they graduated. They also have graduate degrees from Columbia; the bride received a Ph.D. in United States history and the bridegroom an M.B.A.

The bride, 37, was until December 2008 an adjunct assistant professor of American history at Hunter College. From 2003 to 2004, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she created an archive on the late Horace G. Underwood, a professor at the university and a Presbyterian missionary. The bride is a trustee of Colgate.

She is a daughter of Kwan Song Pak of Flushing, Queens, and the late Ok Sook Pak. The bride’s father owns and operates a tailor shop in Manhattan that bears his name.

Traffic in Vietnam
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Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.


Koreans Go Nuts For Gold-Infused Peanuts

It sounds like the world’s worst idea. Take perfectly good gold and infuse peanuts with it. Then sell those peanuts for people to eat. A Jeju Island-based company is doing just that and is turning legumes into cold, hard won, according to the Jeju Weekly.

“At first, people thought I was crazy,” Golden Woodo CEO Kang Chang Yoon told the publication.

Three years ago, Kang was inspired by a newspaper article he read about gold-infused rice. Some alternative health practitioners claim that gold particles provide anti-aging properties and improve intelligence. In recent years other companies have been producing a number of gold-infused food products such as dried persimmons and makgeolli rice wine.

So Kang did his research and decided to bust a nut and put gold in it.

“You could do mandarins and tangerines but peanuts are easy to preserve, transfer, and you could actually make money from it,” Kang told the Jeju Weekly. Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Yunjin Kim, Richard Chai, Steven Yeun

East Meets West: Actress Kim Yun Jin and Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise had a surprise meeting with actress Kim Yun Jin. A representative of the film, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” stated on December 8 that, Kim Yun Jin met with Tom Cruise and Paula Pattonon December 2, for a premiere press conference.

The meeting was made possible due to a common acquaintance in a producer for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, “Bryan Burk.” Bryan Burk is known to be very close to Kim Yun Jin, he was a producer for “Lost.” (Kim Yun Jin played a significant role on that show, it should also be noted that J.J. Abrams, the executive producer/director for “Lost” is also a producer for Ghost Protocol.)


The Happy Houseplant | Indoor Gardening with Richard Chai
New York Times Magazine

What Richard Chai calls his orchid cemetery is a narrow, north-facing window sill in the kitchen area of his Financial District loft. There, five flowerless orchid plants in uniform terracotta pots are getting indirect sunlight and enough water to keep the soil moist most of the time, and that’s it. “Just ignore them,” says Chai, who is literally –– a word he uses quite frequently –– bringing the gentle plants back to life (maybe rehab is a better word for the facility). “I used to obsess about orchids. But if you ignore them, they’re so much happier.”

Chai, who is the designer for the men’s and women’s line Richard Chai Love, is and has been for years a skilled hobby gardener. In both of the New York City apartments he lived in previously, which had outdoor space, he’d grow flowers from seed. “Morning glories and such,” he says. “I didn’t really do the orchid thing.” But trading those places for his current, garden-less loft –– it has more square footage, lots of light, many windows –– “there had to be a trade-off.” And houseplants were the solution. “When I moved here, that’s when I started rescuing.”

Baja Fresh CEO David Kim was memorable at Jemison Awards
Birmingham Business Journal (Alabama)

Ecstatic. A little nervous. Thrilled.

Those words best describe my wave of emotions as Baja Fresh CEO David Kim spoke today at Birmingham Venture Club Birmingham Venture Club Latest from The Business Journals Top 40: Julian DailyWant a ‘monster’ idea? Take a long founder to speak at Birmingham Venture Club Follow this company ’s 26th Annual Meeting and Jemison Award Ceremony at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Latest from The Business Journals Photos from our 2011 Best Places to Work AwardsBBJ ranks Birmingham’s Best Places to WorkTop of the List: Hotel Meeting Spaces Follow this company .

As a fan of CBS’ hit series Undercover Boss, I was first introduced to Kim a few months back as he wore a fake beard to disguise himself so he could get an inside look at what was going on at his company.

Check out our feature story on David Kim from the June 2011 issue of KoreAm.

North Korea swing toward China not good news [OPINION]
Los Angeles Times

The legacy of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung’s decision in the early 1990s to pursue a strategic partnership with the United States has run its course. In its place, the focus of Pyongyang’s policies has decisively shifted to Beijing. However wary the North Koreans may be of their neighbor, the fact is that from Pyongyang’s viewpoint, the Chinese have delivered and the United States did not.

‘Urban Umbrella’ Graces New York With New Scaffolding (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the first model of “Urban Umbrella,” a beautiful new design for the city’s scaffolding structures, in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday.

The design was the winner of the urbanSHED competition which sought to revamp the city’s current scaffolding designed more than 60 years ago. Project Engineer Sarrah Khan, Architect Andres Cortes, and Designer Young Hwan Choi who all helped bring the structure to life were also present for Wednesday’s unveiling.

U.S. ambassador hails growing partnership with S. Korea in development
Yonhap News

U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Sung Kim has praised the growing cooperation between America and South Korea on development issues, saying he believes their joint efforts will expand the scope of their alliance.

“U.S.-ROK cooperation on development is just beginning,” he wrote in his online blog Tuesday, referring to South Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Republic of Korea.

“It was only a few months ago that Secretary Clinton signed a memorandum of understanding with Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan on international aid cooperation, and I know that the implementation process has already begun. This is a great example of how we are expanding our partnership beyond the Korean Peninsula,” said Kim, who is the first Korean-American U.S. ambassador to Seoul.

The Walking Dead: Glenn & Maggie Fall for Each Other

In the past few episodes, we’ve seen Maggie really starting to fall for Glenn. In Episode 6 (Season 2), after Glenn saves Maggie from a “walker” (zombie) after another trip to the pharmacy where they first “did it,” Maggie expresses her concerns and feelings for him. Maggie explains that Glenn is the under-appreciated risk taker and unrecognized contributor of their group of survivalists. This statement could be mirrored I think how a lot of Asian American men and women feel in the workplace.


10 creative date spots in Seoul

Seoul is a city for couples. Everyone you turn, there seem to be young pairs with hands locked, oblivious to the bustle around them. And, we’ve all seen the matching couples’ shirts.

Needless to say, it can be hard to stand out. When you finally manage to get that number, make the date count and go somewhere unique. If you’re already dating, it could never hurt to try somewhere new.

1. Catch a baseball game at Jamsil Stadium


Can’t find a cab at Gangnam Station? Don’t worry, the city will catch one for you

There’s something about the Gangnam Station area at night that turns Seoul cab drivers into obnoxious, discriminating money-mongerers. While hundreds of bar-hoppers stand shivering in the streets, the normally easy-to-get taxis roll down their windows, then breeze right by as if the driver can’t hear the desperate yelling.

Luckily for Seoulites and bewildered travelers, Seoul has decided to take action this month: starting yesterday, nine city workers have been set the sole task of flagging down cabs at Gangnam Station, reported MBN. The idea is that the “Taxi-hailing Patrol” will call for nearby cabs, while the government will subsidize the cab fares.


Anthony Kim looking for a turnaround
Naples News (Florida)

Anthony Kim doesn’t need to look too far to see where he wants to be next year. The 26-year-old Kim struggled on tour this year but is playing with Webb Simpson, who finished second on the money list, in this week’s Franklin Templeton Shootout.

“I’m ready to start a new season, ready to play some better golf,” Kim said. “It’s happened before. I’ve had bad years and come back with good years.”


The King of Pigs: Film Review
Hollywood Reporter

A shocking tale of teen violence that’s as allegorical in its animalistic imagery as Lord of the Flies and Shohei Imamura’s works, The King of Pigs announces the arrival of a raw, dark, adult-oriented genre of independent animation in Korea that has hitherto only made as shorts. So far, Japanese manga and film arguably cornered the market on school bullying, but Yeun Sang-ho’s screenplay-direction stands out by situating it within the particulars of Korean society. Ugly, pitiless, and mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, his satire on class inequality burns like acid.

Korean Footballers Playing on European Pitches
Chosun Ilbo

More promising Korean footballers are heading for Europe to sharpen their skills, test themselves against the world’s best players and make their names at the pinnacle of world soccer. Park Ji-sung of Manchester United was the first to successfully settle in and seal his reputation among England’s t…