Daughter Of A Dictator Favored In S. Korean Election
Her presidential campaign rallies present blaring pop music and dancing supporters, but Park Geun-hye’s campaign involves managing some tricky legacies.
Her father, Park Chung-hee, was a military dictator who ran the country from the time he carried out a 1961 military coup until his assassination in 1979. His memory still stirs mixed emotions among South Koreans.
In September, the daughter publicly apologized for her father’s suppression of democracy. Then again, some older Koreans remember Park fondly for his role in transforming their war-torn, impoverished country into the world’s 11th largest economy.
In ‘Madame Park,’ S. Korea sees its first potential female leader
South Korea has the chance Wednesday to elect a woman to its top office, an unprecedented step in a nation long dominated by boardrooms of men and ranked only slightly ahead of most Islamic countries when it comes to gender equality.
The outcome of the presidential election is hardly clinched: Conservative Park Geun-hye — known to her supporters as Madame Park — must hold off liberal Moon Jae-in, who in recent weeks has slashed Park’s lead in polls from several percentage points to nearly zero.
Remembering Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Sandy Hook Elementary/Newtown Shooting Victim
This is a sad post that I haven’t wanted to write. My spirits have been heavy ever since I heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14 and while my heart goes out to all the victims, their loved ones and a community shattered, one victim’s name stood out to me as the editor of a blog covering Asian Americans: Madeleine F. Hsu, aged 6.
North Korea Duped by Hackers’ Attack on Time Poll
Wall Street Journal
In what looks a lot like the recent outbreak of Onion-itis at China’s People’s Daily, the Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that Mr. Kim was selected by Time subscribers, “including politicians, businessmen, artistes, sportspersons and announcers” as the magazine’s “man of this year.”
Mr. Kim did indeed come top of the online poll, but thanks to some skullduggery on a large scale by members of the 4Chan website, who hacked into the poll to help Mr. Kim to 5.6 million votes, over 3 million more than the second-placed Jon Stewart. In fact, the hackers appear to have successfully manipulated the entire top 14 places of the poll.
Kim Jong-un’s Wife Heavily Pregnant
A screen grab from North Korea’s official KCNS news agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s wife Ri Sol-ju heavily pregnant.
Shooting prompts call for more security in Towson when bars close
The alleged shooter, Francis Minsgung Kang, 26, barely drove a block away in his pickup truck before police stopped him.
Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police, said Kang, of the unit block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville, was leaving the pub at closing time when two women asked if they could get him a cab. Police said Kang yelled at the women and then left and got behind the wheel of his white Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
As he drove down Pennsylvania Avenue past the two women Kang threw an open Gatorade bottle at them, and a group of bystanders chased him around the corner. Police said Kang exited his vehicle in the unit block of West Chesapeake Avenue to confront them.
Jamie Chung stars in the upcoming horror thriller ’7500′
Jamie Chung stars in Japanese director Takashi Shimizu’s upcoming horror thriller “7500,” which follows a group of passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean who encounter a supernatural force.
The cast includes Chung, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Aja Evans, and Jerry Ferrara from HBO’s “Entourage” series.
Lin shows Knicks why he’s a keeper
The artist formerly known as Jeremy Lin was back on his preferred stage, throwing himself fearlessly at the Madison Square Garden basket while recreating something he swore he did not want to recreate.
Yes, this was a worthy sequel to Linsanity. Some sentimental New York Knicks fans showed up in their Lin jerseys, maybe for the last time, and their former point guard showed up with some of his old flash and dash, definitely not for the last time.
Anthony Kim won’t return from Achilles surgery until March
Following an Achilles injury in June that led to surgery, the once-promising American star Anthony Kim won’t be playing competitive golf again until March at the earliest, according to The Desert Sun.
At just age 27, Kim’s career has had incredible highs, like his debut Tour win at the Wachovia and a starring role on the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup squad in 2008; and lows, like his chronic injuries and murmurs that his Entourage-like lifestyle was holding back his golf game.
Former USC Walk-On Kim Staying Optimistic
Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio College offensive lineman Patrick Kim will be the first to tell you he’s taken an unconventional football journey, from walking on at USC to joining the Mounties team. He also isn’t making an apologies.
“I had about ten to twelve offers in high school, like UTEP, Villanova, Texas State, San Jose State. I’m really big in my faith; the reason I play football is for the glory of God. I prayed about it with my family, and I just didn’t feel like any of those places were where I was meant to be. A lot of people said it was a terrible mistake, but I feel like the last two years that I spent at USC out of high school were the two years I grew up most as a man. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything,” he said.
North Korea: Rally celebrates Kim Jong Un
Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country’s young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.
Wednesday’s rocket launch came just eight months after a similar attempt ended in an embarrassing public failure, and just under a year after Kim Jong Un inherited power following his father’s death.
N. Korea displays Kim Jong Il a year after death
AP via Google News
North Korea unveiled the embalmed body of Kim Jong Il, still in his trademark khaki jumpsuit, on the anniversary of his death Monday as mourning mixed with pride over a recent satellite launch that was a long-held goal of the late authoritarian leader.
Kim lies in state a few floors below his father, national founder Kim Il Sung, in the Kumsusan mausoleum, the cavernous former presidential palace. Kim Jong Il is presented lying beneath a red blanket, a spotlight shining on his face in a room suffused in red.
Wails echoed through the chilly hall as a group of North Korean women sobbed into the sashes of their traditional Korean dresses as they bowed before his body. The hall bearing the glass coffin was opened to select visitors — including The Associated Press — for the first time since his death.
A year at helm, Kim Jong Un asserts himself
Speculation about internal displeasure among some of those replaced by Kim Jong Un may be easing since last week’s successful rocket launch, the second attempt in a year. “I think it earned him a lot of patriotic points,” says Jasper Kim, founder of Asia-Pacific Global research Group. “So that will basically placate the military so this will give him extra room to maneuver in terms of making modernization efforts if that’s his plan.”
Kim Jong Un’s use of the media has been a drastic departure from his father’s time. Live broadcasts and televised public speeches are no longer so unusual.
Jasper Kim adds, “Kim Jong Un basically grew up on Google and his father grew up on letters and stamps. It’s a new era and Kim Jong Un realizes the more he can kind of shape the narrative to the international community, the more it is to his benefit in terms of getting security and money and everything else that he wants for his country.”
Kim Jong Un Marks First Year as Dictator Since Father’s Death
North Korea commemorated the first anniversary of late dictator Kim Jong Il’s death, five days after his son and successor Kim Jong Un defied international sanctions and successfully fired a long-range rocket.
Kim Jong Un presided over a commemoration ceremony at the Kumsusan Palace in Pyongyang, where his father’s body lies in state, the official Korean Central News Agency said today. The anniversary caps off weeks of celebrations that included a biographical film, building mosaics of the late leader and schoolchildren writing poems and songs in his honor.
North Korean Satellite Tumbling and Most Likely Dead, Astronomers Say
New York Times
The North Korean satellite launched into space last week is out of control and most likely dead, astronomers reported Monday. The apparent failure will not cause the spacecraft to fall quickly back to earth but represents a major setback in Pyongyang’s bid to portray the launching as a patriotic and technological success.
An American NGO… In North Korea
The story of an Arizona rancher who moved to the most oppressive country on earth — and is attempting to reconcile two countries that have been enemies for decades.
Ahn Headed for U.S. to Ponder His Future
Software tycoon Ahn Cheol-soo will leave for the U.S. immediately after casting his vote in the presidential election on Wednesday. Ahn suddenly pulled out of the race last month.
Ahn’s spokesperson Yoo Min-young, said the ex-candidate will stay in America for a month or so. “He doesn’t have anything planned yet. He just wants to rest and think about what to do next.”
One hurt as shots fired into late-night bar crowd in Towson
A fight in downtown Towson early Sunday morning ended when five shots were fired from a handgun into a crowd of people near the Charles Village Pub, one striking a man in the hand, according to Baltimore County police.
Francis Minsung Kang, 26, of the first block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses in the shooting — the third in the county seat and the second in its downtown bar district in recent months.
A huge, rowdy crowd gathered for a charity event at the Recher Theatre in September and became out of control for more than two hours along York Road, leading to one person being shot and seven being arrested — including three charged with assaulting officers.
Eddie Huang And Roy Choi Discuss The Pop-Tart-Hot-Pocket-Hamburger-Helper Generation
In Part Two of the Los Angeles episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Eddie Huang meets up with Roy Choi to explore the uber-realness of East LA. Eddie praises the general lack of schmoozing afoot east of Hollywood as the two go off in search of “West Coast pizza dough”, a.k.a. masa.
13 things you’ve got to do in Seoul
If you don’t believe Seoul is one of the world’s great cities, you haven’t experienced this ‘best of’ whirlwind of shopping, culture, food and photos. Lots of photos.
North Korea’s rocket launch: Kim Jong Un’s pyrotechnics, although alarming for the world, are driven chiefly by domestic considerations
THE boyish dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, is showing a liking for publicity stunts, albeit defiant and dangerous ones. On December 12th his regime caught most people off-guard by firing a rocket into space and apparently putting a rudimentary satellite into orbit. For the tinpot state, it was a first.
The launch came less than a week before the first anniversary of the death of his rocket-loving father, Kim Jong Il. The timing suggests that the chief aim was to solidify the young Mr Kim’s leadership clique within the regime, as well as his popularity among an oppressed citizenry. But as is the habit with North Korea, the launch also reverberated internationally.
N. Korean missile not capable of hitting U.S. yet: White House
The White House said Thursday it does not believe North Korea has developed a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland despite its one-time success in orbiting a satellite.
To a question about whether the U.S. maintains the view that North Korean missiles are incapable of reaching the American homeland, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “I think it’s certainly still the view that is the case.”
Carney’s remarks were the first concrete public comments by a U.S. official this week on speculation that Pyongyang has mastered a technology for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.
About North Korea’s Rocket Launch: It Was All Kim Jong Eun
Wall Street Journal
Two days after successfully launching a rocket into space, North Korea’s propaganda apparatus kicked in to make sure the world knows that dictator Kim Jong Eun played an important role in making it happen.
The initial reports from North Korea on Wednesday mentioned that the rocket launch was done on the wishes of Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, who died on Dec. 17 last year, to honor his father, Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea and its supreme ruler for about 46 years. They said nothing about Kim Jong Eun.
Asian-Americans’ increasing political power
Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
The survey found that the economy, health care and education were the top issues for Asian-American voters.
Despite the overwhelming support Obama enjoys among Asian-Americans, the report found that the Democrats hardly have a lock on the Asian American electorate. Nearly half of Asian American registered voters don’t identify with either the Democrats or the Republicans.
South Korea’s Forgotten War
Many young South Korean men today describe the two years they are required to serve in the military as “wasted time.” It is an imposition on their prime years — when they could be getting ahead in their education, getting a job, or meeting their life partner, they spend 21 to 24 months in a sort of man camp. Of course, they are trained to defend the country from North Korea, but that is usually the third or fourth thing they mention, when asked to talk about what the military experience means for them.
“The day I completed my service was the best day of my life by far,” said Chung Minjae, 24, who served 23 months as a Korean Augmentation To the United States Army (KATUSA) at the American base in Seoul from 2008 to 2009.
David Choe and RZA Collaborate on a Print to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief
David Choe and RZA are among a group of artists and brands (Crooks & Castles, Steve Aoki, Mishka, Sage Vaughn, SSUR, Blek Le Rat, Black Scale, and more) contributing to “The Gift Show,” an exhibition where all proceeds benefit Hurricane Sandy victims who still need our help.
The Next Jeremy Lin?
Jay Caspian Kang profiles high school star Chris Tang of Oak Hill Academy and discusses the pressures of being the “Great Yellow Hope.”
Kim Jong-un Earns Cachet With Rocket’s Success
New York Times
For North Korea’s inexperienced young leader, Kim Jong-un, the largely successful launching on Wednesday of a long-range rocket could not have come too soon.
Analysts say the launching was sure to bolster Mr. Kim’s grip on power after months of political purges meant to tame the elite class and hints of dissatisfaction among his hungry people. It was also expected to serve as an antidote to a humiliating failure early in his rule: a rocket test in April that fizzled before an international audience.
U.S. wants collective effort to rein in North Korea
Los Angeles Times
Obama administration officials said they intend to put more energy into working with other major powers, especially China, to pressure impoverished North Korea with new sanctions following Pyongyang’s defiant launch of a long-range rocket.
U.S. officials huddled at the United Nations Security Council to try to work out an agreement on new penalties that could generate change by the government in North Korea, which is already the most heavily sanctioned country in the world.
N. Korea’s satellite circling Earth: Seoul official
North Korea’s satellite delivered by its long-range rocket was circling the Earth with an orbital period of 95.4 minutes, Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday, but it was not yet known whether it was functioning properly.
A day after the communist state’s successful, surprising multistage rocket launch, the defense ministry acknowledged that the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite was circling the Earth at a speed of 7.6 kilometers per second, with the oval radius spanning 500-588 km, citing data by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
After First Glance, North Korea’s Missiles Not As Fearsome
Wall Street Journal
North Korea’s rocket shot on Wednesday may have been the greatest success it has yet had in a decades-long effort to develop the technology for long range missiles. But there’s also less to it than meets the eye.
A technical report published by the Rand Corporation in September concludes that the threat posed by North Korea’s missile program is not as significant as widely portrayed. It says the main driver the North Korea regime is political: “to create the impression of a serious missile threat and thereby gain strategic leverage, fortify the North Korean regime’s domestic power, and deter other countries, particularly the Republic of Korea and the United States, from military action.”
Irvine mayor, councilwomen sworn in before big crowd
Orange County Register (Calif.)
Visitors overflowed council chambers at Irvine City Hall to witness the swearing-in of newly elected mayor Steven Choi and City Council members Beth Krom and Christina Shea on Tuesday night. Mayor Choi was sworn in for a 2-year term, while Krom and Shea will both serve a 4-year term of service.
Newly-elected Irvine Mayor Steven choi takes his oath of office at City Hall on Tuesday night as he is sworn in by California appelate court justice William Rylaarsdam.
“I love Irvine,” Choi said to the standing-room only audience. “I am humbled that you have chosen me as your mayor. I am strengthened by the confidence that you have shown in me.”
Choi was born in a small farming village in Korea and lived through the Korean War, “when my country was split in half,” he said. He served as an artillery officer in demilitarized zone, facing North Korean soldiers.
First Vietnamese American mayor of Westminster sworn in
Los Angeles Times
Bankers, laborers, teachers and lawyers, many of them immigrants, were among the crowd that swarmed Westminster City Hall to witness the swearing-in of the first Vietnamese American mayor of the city, birthplace of Little Saigon.
A diverse group of about 200 packed the Westminster City Council meeting, with plenty of Asian and Latino faces cheering for Tri Ta when he took the oath of office Wednesday night standing next to his wife and daughters.
Jim Sturgess raves about co-star Bae Doo-na
Korea Daily via Yahoo Singapore
While at a press conference for their movie “Cloud Atlas” on Dec. 13 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, Jim Sturgess raved about his Korean co-star Bae Doo-na.
“I didn’t know who she was at first and so I was a bit nervous about meeting her,” said Sturgess, reminiscing about the time they met for the first time in Berlin.
Despite his misgivings, Sturgess said that Bae won him over with her friendly nature. The Hollywood actor also added that language barrier was a concern for him from the get to.
Lyric, Larry Coen Get Serious About Local Asian-American Acting Community
WBUR (NPR Boston)
Coen gets serious, though, when he talks about issues affecting Boston theater. I bumped into him on my way into “Chinglish,” David Henry Hwang’s play about cultural differences – and similarities – between America and China and he was saying how thrilled he was with the local Asian-American acting pool.
You can see why. The actors playing the five Chinese roles are all excellent – the two Caucasians aren’t tuna fish either. In a recent phone chat, Coen said, “People in the theater community had said to me, ‘You’ll never be able to cast it locally. There aren’t enough good Asian actors. There certainly aren’t enough good actors who speak Mandarin.’ ” Wrong, wrong, wrong. Coen says there was enough talent in the auditions to have been able to cast the play two or three times over. “There was a huge turnout for the audition. I was able to cast it in one session, which is extremely rare. The interest and depth of talent went well beyond what conventional wisdom said was possible.”
How much does Choo upgrade the Reds?
The Reds needed a leadoff hitter and a center fielder. They got their leadoff guy in Shin-Soo Choo, who posted a .373 OBP with the Indians in 2012 and owns a career mark of .381. But did they get their center fielder? Choo has played eight innings in center field since joining the Indians in 2006, and his defensive metrics in right field — once respectable — were terrible in 2012, as he had minus-12 defensive runs saved (DRS).
Two Koreans Likely to Square Off in MLB as Choo Joins Cincinnati
Korean baseball fans now face the exciting prospect of a showdown between Choo and Ryu next year. The Indians, which play in the American League, did not play the Dodgers during the regular season this year, and will not play them next season either.
But Choo’s move to the National League changes the picture entirely. The Reds will play against the Dodgers seven times next season. The first four games will be held at Dodger Stadium from July 25-28, with the next three-game series scheduled to be held at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati from Sept. 6-8. Including three pre-season games in March, the two teams will play 10 games against one another.
36-year-old Korean closer says he’s headed to Cubs
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
South Korean closer Lim Chang-Yong is set to sign a deal with the Cubs, though the sidearm pitcher is unlikely to be able to take the mound again until late next season.
The 36-year-old right-hander, who had elbow surgery earlier this year, told reporters at Incheon Airport on Thursday he had long dreamed of signing for a major league team.
The Cubs declined to confirm the report.
Lim tallied 296 saves in his 18-year career in Korea and Japan and could wind up pitching against compatriot Choo Shin-soo, who was acquired by the Reds on Tuesday.
From Manhattan, with respect for the working class food of Korea
A week before the grand opening of Hanjan, in the midst of loud drilling of the last few wooden panels in the new dining room, the chef-owner Hooni Kim’s voice was filled with excited anticipation. Kim gained recognition and a Michelin star when he opened his first restaurant Danji only two years ago.
“It’s like writing a new storybook. And ‘Hanjan’ is about authentic Korean food and drinks in an old tavern setting,” said Kim.
The buzz on Hanjan has been brewing throughout the year among foodies in New York City. Kim’s first restaurant Danji had quickly become a favorite Korean spot by critics and foodies alike shortly after the quiet opening in Hells Kitchen in December 2010, where its 36 seats seemed constantly occupied with an expected wait of an hour on an average night. Its tight and cozy space made the locals feel like they were hanging out at a friend’s apartment. Only that this friend, along with the easy-going, professional staff, served up consistently flavorful Korean dishes worthy of a Michelin star.
Local Cake Artist, Instructor Vies To Become ‘Sweet Genius’
Beverly Hills Courier (Calif.)
Is she a “Sweet Genius?”
Viewers will find out Thursday when Jiyeon Kang, purveyor of Beverly Hills’ Ji’s Cake Boutique & Baking Studio, makes her debut on the Food Network competition show. The pastry chef appears in the show’s “Twinkling Genius” episode premiering at 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, with fellow chef competitors Neely Cohen, Malcolm Livingston and Stephan Willemin.
Each Sweet Genius episode features four pastry chefs battling through three rounds of timed “tests”—chocolate, candy and cake—using mystery ingredients and inspirations; finally eliminated down to the final two.
Post-election Poll Finds Record Turnout of Asian American Voters
UCR Today (U.C. Riverside)
Asian American voters showed an enthusiastic and rapidly growing electorate that turned out for candidates and issues that impact Asian American and Pacific Islander families and communities, according to preliminary findings of a post-election poll released today.
The preliminary report, “Behind the Numbers: Post-Election Survey of Asian American Voters in 2012,” was released by the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, along with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and the National Asian American Survey (NAAS). The NAAS was directed by Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside.
Political shift of Asian Americans
While there is less polling than in some other communities, Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Taeku Lee’s National Asian American Survey provides useful insight into a group that gave 73 percent of its votes to President Obama, according to exit polling. Indeed, support for the president grew more among Asian Americans than in any other segment of the electorate, and Democrats have improved their showing each cycle for 20 years.
The political evolution of this community is nothing short of remarkable.
Family of man pushed on subway tracks speaks
Daughter Ashley Han, 20, said that her father was someone who helped members of the community and would not turn his back if needed. She said she is relying on her family, friends and church to help her get through her father’s death.
“I really wish I had a chance to tell him how much I loved him,” she said.
K-pop Fizz Fizz: Life After Psy
Despite the record-shattering success of “Gangnam Style,” the most fascinating pop phenomenon of the year sputtered in its attempt to dazzle the U.S.
Non-CNN Translation of Psy Lyrics: He’s More Anti-Torture Than Anti-American
So remember Friday, when we all discovered that PSY, (formerly) the world’s favorite horse-dancing Asian pop star, had rapped some (seriously) anti-American lyrics in 2004? And remember Monday, when everyone freaked out that President Obama would still shake his hand at the White House? Well, about that: something may have been lost in the original translation — including all of the explicit parts, and most of the parts about killing American soldiers. The Washington Post’s Max Fisher, an Atlantic alum who has been on the PSY beat before your ears even heard “Gangnam Style” for the first time, did his homework and asked Korean experts about PSY’s (not so) anti-American lyrics that got the YouTube sensation of 2012 into so much trouble.
Korean Rapper G-Dragon Talks K-Pop Hype, New EP and Past Scandals
And while the obedient ones make high sales and earn national darling statuses, what the critics and the kids want is someone who’s edgy. Enter: Big Bang’s G-Dragon. First came onto the scene as South Korea’s answer to Lil Bow Wow, the 24-year-old Kwon Ji-yong made his mark as a future star at an early age. Under the tutelage of South Korea’s de-facto hip-hop imprint YG Entertainment, Kwon made appearances on tracks of the label’s then poster acts throughout his teenage years. So his official debut as a member of boy band Big Bang initially came as a surprise. The results, however, were staggering, as the quintet spread across Asia’s pop market, with G-Dragon’s self-produced and written songs (“Last Farewell” and Lies”) amassing tremendous success.
Lee Byung Hun talks about his character Storm Shadow in ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’
The sequel to the original ‘G.I. Joe‘ held a press conference in Hong Kong and a never before seen trailer was unveiled. Lee Byung Hun was present for the press conference and when asked about playing an antagonist, Lee Byung Hun said, “Of course, I was conflicted in playing the role, but I think if I play any sort of role very well in a large blockbuster, I have diversification and I’ll be able to pick up any scenario later. Storm Shadow is not a simple villain. He’s charming because he’s a dogmatic character that aims to have a world according to his ideals. You’ll see his secret story in this movie.”
‘Top Chef Seattle’: Kentwood’s Kristen Kish goes back to her roots tonight
Tonight’s episode is called “Even The Famous Come Home” and has the chefs cooking sweet and savory dishes that represents their heritage. The twist? There’s only one knife that all 12 of the cheftestants must share.
If the sneak peek videos are to be trusted, we won’t see much footage of hometown favorite and Kentwood native Kristen Kish this week. Some say that’s a good thing as she continues to fly under the radar early in the competition. But it would be nice to see more camera time for our local contestant!
Orlando’s Grandmaster Y.K. Kim just wanted to make a good taekwondo movie
Orlando Weekly (Fla.)
Twenty-five years ago, Miami Connection almost drove Grandmaster Y.K. Kim to bankruptcy. It was 1987, and Kim, a martial arts instructor, had invested just about everything he had in producing the film, which he’d embarked upon on a whim after doing an appearance and taekwondo demonstration on a Korean TV talk show.
“A very famous action-movie director named Richard Park watched my performance in his home,” Kim recounts in a canned Q&A he dropped off at the Weekly recently. “He immediately planned a trip to Orlando, where I had my martial arts school, to meet me. … I was so excited – like a teenager – to produce a movie and become a famous action-movie star. I felt my dream was becoming a reality.”
On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part Two
What is your ethnic background?
I was raised by a Swedish father and a Korean mother, so I’ve lived the Asian world, and I’ve lived the “white kid” apple pie and ice cream. Til this day, even at Thanksgiving, a lot of my family thinks I work for J.J. Bakery.
I took my Asian brother-in-law, who eats rice and kimchee all the time, to The Golden Truffle. We ordered wine and the tasting menu. He liked it, but he doused everything with Tabasco sauce. Alan Greeley (of The Golden Truffle) is one chef who makes me laugh. His (potty) mouth is worse than mine.