We’ve all seen 3D in movies, but for books?
Riverhead Books, the publisher for Chang-rae Lee’s upcoming novel, On Such a Full Sea, will be releasing 200 limited edition copies featuring a 3D-printed slip case. Each book will be signed by Lee and will go sale on Jan. 7 along with the standard formats of the book, setting you back $150.
Lee said he was a fan of the project as it “reintroduces the idea of book as an art object” and that the 3D art has a “physical presence,” according to makerbot.com.
The 3D cases were created by 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot, and they are made from PLA filament, which, according to Riverhead, is a “bioplastic made of corn.” These special editions with the 3D slip cases are currently available for preorder on Amazon (on sale for $90.84) and Barnes & Noble. A smaller number will also be available in bookstores. Continue Reading »
Korean Court Rejects Samsung Lawsuit Against Apple
New York Times
A court in South Korea on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from Samsung Electronics in which the company had sought to block sales of certain Apple phones and tablet computers in South Korea.
The ruling, by the Seoul Central District Court, is the latest twist in a global patent fight between the two companies, which dominate the smartphone and tablet businesses. For Samsung, the setback on its home turf follows a legal victory last year, when the court in Seoul, the South Korean capital, ruled that Apple had infringed on other Samsung patents.
In the decision Thursday, the court said Apple had not infringed on Samsung patents relating to mobile messaging technology. It rejected Samsung’s claim for 100 million won, or $95,000, in damages and a ban on sales in South Korea of older iPhone and iPad models.
At USC, incubator program grooms Korean-American leaders of tomorrow
Southern California Public Radio
For a first-time candidate for California’s State Assembly, Sam Kang has an unusually far-reaching political machine backing him.
Meet-and-greets have been thrown for him in New York and Washington. This year has seen six Kang fundraisers throughout California, including one this week in Los Angeles.
All events were organized in part by Kang’s colleagues at the Network of Korean-American Leaders. Known as NetKAL, the leadership incubator at USC has turned out more than 150 fellows since its inception in 2006 – top professionals from the worlds of finance, technology, law and more.
Ex-Merck R&D chief Peter Kim to join Stanford med school faculty
San Francisco Business Times
Former Merck Research Laboratories President Peter Kim will join the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine as a professor of biochemistry, the university said Thursday.
Kim, 55, who earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford in 1985, will also be a member of the new Stanford Institute of Chemical Biology after he joins the school Feb. 1.
The institute is a joint venture of the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and School of Humanities & Sciences that will look at the chemical foundations of biomedical science.
Hyeok Kim one of two deputy mayors
Northwest Asian Weekly
Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has announced key staff roles and hires within the Office of the Mayor and named several new City department head appointments.
Murray will hire two deputy mayors (salaries: $170,000 each) — an internal-facing one, “with a focus on what’s going on within city government,” and an external-facing one, “with a focus on what’s going on in our communities.” He named Hyeok Kim to the latter.
Kim is currently the executive director of InterIm Community Development Association. Murray called her “an incredibly well-respected voice in our community, and someone known near and far for her integrity.”
Weakness of dollar has Korean students in U.S. smiling
Korea Times US
The recent weakness of the U.S. dollar (USD) has Korean students studying abroad and travel agencies here smiling.
The 26-year old postgraduate student Lee in Los Angeles is a good example. He says he feels much better about receiving financial support from his parents back in Korea right now, because it takes less won for his parents to wire-transfer the same amount he has been receiving in USD.
As of Wednesday, the exchange rate was floating around 1,051 won for 1 USD – which means Lee’s parents, who had to wire 11,610,000 won to send 10,000 USD just six months ago, can now wire approximately one million less won for their son to receive the same 10,000 USD.
EXCLUSIVE – ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’: The racy model-turned-restaurant owner who married actor Terrence Howard after just a month
Daily Mail (U.K.)
He stunned onlookers by turning up to the premiere of his latest movie with a wedding band on his finger and a new wife on his arm.
And now MailOnline can reveal actor Terrence Howard has married Mira Cristine Pak, a 36-year-old restaurant owner from Orange County, California.
The couple hinted at their nuptials by both wearing gold bands on their wedding fingers to the premiere of The Best Man Holiday in Los Angeles on November 5.
Staff at Mira’s restaurant, the Shabu Shabu bar in Santa Ana, this week confirmed the couple had wed – but admitted they had no idea they were even dating until their marriage.
PSY Says He’s “Coming Soon” in Photo with Snoop Dogg
After the news of having picked his title song for his impending comeback, PSY has further excited fans with a new photo with Snoop Dogg.
On December 12, PSY tweeted, “COMING SOON” along with the photo of himself and Snoop Dogg.
In the photo, PSY is sitting down with Snoop Dogg behind him. Both are peering curiously into the camera, making fans wonder what the photo really means.
Interview: BC ONE Winner Hong 10 Talks Competition, Future Of B-Boys In Korea And More
Before the 2013 Redbull BC ONE B-Boys Finals in Seoul, South Korea, VIBE was on location to speak to a number of the dancers. Today, we present our second interview from our series with Korea’s Hong 10 (The winner!). The hometown hero was visibly nervous before the event but showed and proved for all to see.. Read on for the full convo. —Mikey Fresh
There’s B-Boys from all around the world in Seoul for the BC ONE finals. What does that mean to you, being that you are a native?
I think theres a huge meaning behind it, to have the world’s best bboys in such a big event in korea, I know its gonna be a really good turnout.
Did you take any special steps to prepare for the event?
In terms of preparation, it was just honing the skills that I already have, and that’s what I hope I can do.
Hines Ward talks life after football, path to success
The football afterlife. That’s something players don’t think about when they first head into the league. For most of us, football has been our lives — our entire lives. We have been playing since we were old enough to “carry the rock,” whether it’s backyard football or Pop Warner. We eat, breathe and live football. Life beyond football doesn’t really exist to many of us because there is no life after football. For me, football was not only a way of life, but also a way out of what could have been a very bad life. A life filled with racial discrimination, ridicule, and shame because of my heritage (being Korean and African-American). Instead, football was my outlet. It was my safe place where I was not only accepted, but also where I was respected and praised for my ability by my peers and my opponents. It gave me an identity to others that allowed them to accept me for who I was. Football was a blessing for me.
Having played in the NFL for 14 years for what I believe is the greatest football organization in the world, the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was fortunate to have had a productive and relatively injury-free career. To dedicate your life to playing a game you loved as a child and earning some of the league’s top honors while doing so is truly a dream come true. And having been able to enjoy some of the “once in a lifetime” experiences along the way was just icing on the cake. I tell everyone I meet that my life both on and off the field is a modern day version of “Forest Gump.” The odds were definitely stacked against me (another story for another time), but I was able to overcome all adversity, one game at a time. Now, as I look back on my accomplishments: four Pro Bowls, three Super Bowls, Super Bowl MVP, and the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, I have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s real.
Shin-Soo Cho free agency: OF has offers, ‘moving closer’ to decision
The biggest free agent left on the market is still mulling over his options, according to agent Scott Boras.
Prized free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has received multiple contract offers and is “moving closer” to a decision about where he’ll play next season, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday (h/t Jon Morosi of Fox Sports).
The former Indians and Reds outfielder is reportedly discussing his options with his wife, but there doesn’t appear to be any sort of timetable for how soon he’ll come to a decision. It was reported Monday that Choo’s negotiations were reaching a “critical stage,” but the rumor mill has been quiet since then.
Reds prepared to see Choo sign elsewhere
Some potential suitors for free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have gone in different directions this week at the Winter Meetings.
Does this mean that Choo could still wind up returning to the Reds? Don’t count on it.
Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, met with the Reds and general manager Walt Jocketty on Tuesday night.
“In Choo’s case, we haven’t made any progress,” Jocketty said on Wednesday.
What Does My Korean Name Mean?
Ask a Korean
Believe it or not, this is one of the most common types of question that the Korean would receive: Korean Americans, usually adoptees, asking about the meaning of their Korean name. Although the Korean previously dealt with this issue several times, it wouldn’t hurt to go over this one more time and have a post that is more explicitly focused on the name meanings.
Here is the short answer to Rebekah: there is no way to know the meaning of your name unless we know the Chinese characters behind your name.
Let’s first get a sense of Korean language generally. Remember this important point: (classical) Chinese is to Korean is Latin is to English. Just like many English words have a Latin origin, many Korean words have a Chinese origin. Those words are called Sino-Korean. As is the case with English, Korean words that are on the more sophisticated side tend to be Sino-Korean.
North Korea executed Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, the state news agency KNCA confirmed on Thursday.
During a military tribunal on Thursday, Jang reportedly admitted to forming an anti-state faction and plotted a movement to overthrow the current regime, according to KCNA. He was executed immediately.
“Jang pretended to uphold the party and leader but was engrossed in such factional acts as dreaming different dreams and involving himself in double-dealing behind the scenes,” the agency reported on Monday after photos of North Korean authorities pulling Jang out of a committee meeting. Continue Reading »
Korean American Movers and Shakers Converge at NetKAL Summit
The national leadership organization welcomes speakers who are spreading their considerable influence in business, entertainment and the world.
By NAMJU CHO
What do the creator of Project Runway, the founder of Hudson Jeans and Snoop Dogg’s producing partner have in common? They are all Korean Americans at the top of their game who gathered at a conference in Los Angeles in October to share their personal journeys with fellow community members.
The Oct. 26 summit was organized by the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL), a national group based in Los Angeles that seeks to nurture the community’s 1.5- and second-generation leadership through mentorship and programs like the recent summit.
This year’s theme was “Crossroads,” as NetKAL organizers said they hoped to help the 150 attendees—working professionals in a variety of career fields—navigate the “what’s next” question for themselves and for the Korean American community at large. On that note, they welcomed speakers who boast success stories today, but these same individuals shared that they also experienced unexpected career turns and early skeptics along the way. Continue Reading »
The captain of the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 admitted he wasn’t confident about landing the jumbo jet manually without computerized aid, according to a testimony from a daylong hearing.
Lee Kang-kuk, the pilot who landed the Boeing 777, told investigators that it was “very stressful” and “very difficult” to land the plane as the runway’s automatic warning systems were out of service.
“We at Asiana again express our sorrow for the loss of life and the injuries sustained in the accident, and restate our commitment to taking the steps necessary to ensure that such an accident never happens again,” the airline said in a statement after the hearing. Continue Reading »