Our resident mental health expert shares insights and advice on separation anxiety in children.
by DR. ESTHER OH
You’re dropping off your second-grader at school, but she refuses to let go of your leg. When you try to gently remove her, she clings even harder. “I’ll be back later to pick you up,” you reassure her, as the tears stream and screams erupt. A quick glance at your watch shows you’re late for work—again. Your goal at this point is to find a quick and painless way to escape this situation.
Does this sound familiar?
If so, your child may be dealing with an issue called separation anxiety disorder (SAD), which occurs in 5 percent of children. Separation anxiety is developmentally normal for infants from 6 to 30 months of age, with a peak around 15 to 18 months. But it should decline between the ages of 3 and 5, as children begin to realize that separation from loved ones is only temporary. This anxiety becomes a problem if it continues in children, aged 7 to 9 years old.
What does SAD look like? Continue Reading »
Having a Ball
Seong Hwang gets to enjoy two of his passions—basketball and cooking—as the personal chef to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers
by YOUNG RAE KIM
Seong Hwang sits on the edge of his seat as the Los Angeles Clippers take the court. His eyes are fixed intently on point guard Chris Paul’s every crossover dribble, no-look pass and jump shot.
Since childhood, Hwang has loved basketball and ran the point guard position for his high school team in Garden Grove, Calif., though he quickly realized he wasn’t cut out for the NBA. Still, his passion for basketball never died, and years later, he would feel a natural connection with Paul, whom critics also deemed undersized when the rookie from Wake Forest first entered the NBA in 2005. However, Hwang never would have guessed that one day that connection would become even closer and he’d be cooking up meals for the six-time NBA all-star as his personal chef.
“Growing up I only had one passion, constantly, from the time when I was a kid until now, and that’s basketball,” said Hwang. “It’s so weird how God brings everything together.”
The journey to becoming the personal chef for the one of the world’s top professional athletes was quite unexpected for this University of California, Irvine graduate, whose cooking skills once began and ended with instant ramen, cereal, and rice with spam. Continue Reading »
D.J. Yoon speaks at a press conference announcing the launch of “Fast 4 Families,” at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He is one of several activists fasting to pressure the government to pass immigration reform.
Fasting for Immigration Reform
There are few gestures as powerful as fasting for a cause, and a group of community organizers, labor leaders and activists are fasting at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., vowing to continue until immigration reform is passed.
by STEVE HAN
Dae Joong “D.J.” Yoon didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with his children this year. The best he could do was make frequent phone calls to see how they were doing. He was in Washington, D.C., about 2,500 miles away from his home in Torrance, Calif., fasting to pressure the government to pass immigration reform.
“Obviously, my family is worried,” Yoon, the executive director of the nonprofit National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), told KoreAm in a phone interview, which fell on the eighth day of the fast. “But we have to remember, there are millions of immigrant families who are separated already. This is a crisis. My family and I both understand that I’m doing this for a bigger cause.”
Yoon is part of Fast 4 Families, a group that, as of press time, consisted of 13 fasters who had been on the National Mall since the second week of November, vowing to stay until no longer physically able to continue, or until immigration reform passed, whichever came first.
President Obama and the First Lady also visited the fasters during the Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 29. They thanked Yoon and all of the other fasters for their sacrifice and assured them that his administration is fully supporting the immigration reform. Continue Reading »
Kia Soul Parties On
As its redesigned 2014 Soul is unveiled, the carmaker revels in the success of the car that made Kia cool.
by STEVE HAN
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO started ringing from the speakers inside the ballroom of the Graves 601 Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, as Kia Motors unveiled its redesigned 2014 Kia Soul this past October. The buzzing beats of that song seemed apropos; after all, the cool, hipster-chic styling of the new Soul—with giant wrap-around headlights, a beefed-up sound system and futuristic colors—certainly inspires the rock star label.
The boxy vehicle, which looks a little like an oversized boombox on wheels, is Kia’s second most popular model behind the Optima.
This four-door mini-wagon offers consumers on a budget an alternative to traditional hatchbacks such as the Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic and Scion xB, with a starting price of $15,495.
The new Soul has already earned several plaudits in the auto industry, winning the ALG Residual Value Award for subcompact utility vehicles in November. The ALG Residual Value Award determines the winner based on a number of factors, including the car’s performance, quality and price. Continue Reading »
by RANDALL PARK
I’m currently working on a movie. It’s a great part with a great cast in an awesome project. But there is one caveat: My character speaks with an accent. Now, Asian people, before you light up your torches and gather at my house steps with an angry lynch mob, give me a second here.
I understand that playing these types of characters can be a sensitive subject in our community. They’re often one dimensional, foreign, the butt of the joke. And the last thing we need is another Long Duk Dong. But as an actor, I can’t be quick to judge. Some great, complex characters just so happen to speak with accents. It can be a tough call.
That’s when I ask myself the following questions:
What is my gut telling me? Continue Reading »