“I PLEDGE TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO VOTE, MY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, MY RIGHT TO VOICE MY POLITICAL BELIEFS, AND MY RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY SOCIAL VALUES.”
—18 Million Rising
You’ve seen the multitude of headlines this year about how 2012 is the year of the Asian Pacific American vote. This is the year the nation will finally bear witness to this sleeping giant in our electorate. This is the year the APA vote may just swing an election. And, tomorrow is the moment of truth—our community’s chance to make sure APA voices are heard at the ballot box.
If you haven’t already sent in an absentee ballot, go out on Tuesday and vote at the polls. Make sure the unprecedented level of civic engagement initiatives by various community-based APA groups have not been in vain—efforts like 18 Million Rising, a project leveraging the power of technology and social media to promote APA civic engagement, and the boots-on-the-ground work by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, just to name a few. Here’s a sampling of the work that various groups have done just in recent days to get APAs around the country to vote: Continue Reading »
Park proposes office in Pyongyang
The Korea Herald
Saenuri Party candidate Rep. Park Geun-hye said on Monday she would push to establish representatives’ offices in Seoul and Pyongyang to normalize strained bilateral ties.
During a press conference on her diplomacy, security and unification policies, she promised a “flexible and balanced” approach in handling North Korea, expressing her willingness to meet its leader Kim Jong-un.
Park also stressed “comprehensive defense capabilities” to deter Pyongyang’s provocations through the long-standing alliance with the U.S. and other measures.
Chicago-area native Dan Suh finds his groove with Korean pop star Psy
Such is life on the road with Psy (pronounced “sigh”), a South Korean pop star and the worldwide cultural phenomenon of the moment. Suh, who graduated from Barrington High School and the University of Illinois, has been Psy’s day-to-day manager for nearly two months, joining him about a month after Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video went viral on YouTube.
Suh’s Tumblr account, cleverly called “korean tom cruise, the,” shows photos of tables of Korean food, a chartered jet, Psy performing on stage (shot from backstage), Suh with Betty White, Suh on the sets of “The X Factor” and the “Today” show, and lots of pictures of his dog Bunny, whom he misses on the road.
Rick Yune, Cung Le and Byron Mann Talk THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
After years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member Rza’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. Some of the coolest elements of the film come from Rick Yune’s knife-wielding Zen-Yi and the villainous duo of Byron Mann and Cung Le, playing the power hungry Silver Lion and Bronze Lion.
Mao Asada claims gold at ISU Grand Prix in Shanghai
Two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan rallied to win the Cup of China after a strong performance in the free skate on Saturday.
Hyundai, Kia admit to overstating gas mileage
The South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia built their brands around the idea that their cars got better gas mileage than competitors, promoting that fact in ads that often took swipes at less efficient rivals.
But on Friday, the companies admitted that they had overstated the fuel economy of 900,000 vehicles sold in the United States over the last two years — about one-third of the vehicles they sold during that period.
This writer wanted to rock the bass guitar when he was 12, but his parents had other plans for him.
by ROGER PARK
Nearly all Asian American children must play an instrument.
I was ordered at the end of the sixth-grade to choose one. I would be joining the junior high school orchestra in the fall, I was told by my parents, as we sat in a large concert hall of a Southern California community college. We were waiting for my older sister’s high school orchestra to perform. I had to wear a tie and jacket, but also wore my gray basketball high top sneakers—punk rock rebellion.
It was 1983. I loved The Clash, Pac-Man and breakdancing.
“I want to take wood shop,” I told my mom, before the performance began.
“No. You have to be in orchestra,” she snapped.
“But I play piano already.”
“Just do what you’re told,” my dad chimed in. “When I was young I wanted to play the piano, but we had to escape North Korea.” He shook his head and waved his finger like a metronome on high speed.
“I’ll just take woodshop or photography.”
My mother squeezed the program tightly in her hand.
“You’re playing a stringed instrument,” she said calmly, through her teeth, in Korean. “That’s it.” Continue Reading »
Name: Amber Jolley
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Describe your background.
I was born in Salt Lake City Utah, but I grew up in Orange County, CA. My family (my dad, mom, brother and I) all moved from Utah when I was about 2, to a small city called La Palma which is in Orange County. I grew up there, from pre-school all the way until college. My parents are still there today.
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
Bibim naengmyeon. I AM OBSESSED… and I’m not even kidding.
What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I want to become a successful actress so I can take care of my parents and my family. Kill two birds with one stone. :)
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
Before any audition, on the drive over I will listen to “Unstoppable,” which is a instrumental pump-up song. UFC fighters will listen to it before a match; I figure my auditions are pretty much the same thing :)
What do you feel is your most attractive physical feature? Continue Reading »
North Korea’s First Lady Appears Pregnant
The latest North Korea rumor mill is a possible fourth generation Kim in sight for the ruling family.
In film footage released this week, its first lady Ri Sol-Ju appeared for the first time in two months with a visible baby bump. Ri and her husband Kim Jong Un were filmed together at a musical concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the Kim Il Sung Military University.
S. Korean Candidate in Late Dictator Dad’s Shadow
AP via ABC News
Carrying a bouquet of flowers, South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye stepped forward to honor one of the martyrs in her country’s long struggle for democracy. A protester threw himself at her feet.
“How dare you come here?” the man shouted, sitting between Park and a statue of activist Chun Tae-il. Chun’s 1970 labor protest suicide is seen as an expression of dissent against the rule of Park’s father, the late president and longtime dictator Park Chung-hee.
North Korea Ryugyong ‘Hotel of Doom’ may open next year
The 105-storey hotel which dominates the skyline of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, may open next year, 26 years after construction began.
The pyramid-shaped building has become known as the “Hotel of Doom”.
The chief executive of the Kempinski group, which will manage the Ryugyong hotel, said only 150 rooms on the top floors would be used as a hotel.
Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on Immigrant Workers, Organizations
Manhattan’s Koreatown is open for business, but things are not quite the same. “Let me see…” said the woman who answered the phone at Cho Dang Gol restaurant, speaking in Korean. “It took me three-and-a-half hours to get to work today from Flushing.” When I asked about the rest of her co-workers, she explained, “We are taking taxis and some of us are getting rides, but it is so hard.” Many of the restaurant’s workers lived in Flushing, and even though the restaurant subsidized the taxi cost, she was not looking forward to the ride home. Likewise, a commuter from Bayside, Mr. Lee Yong Nam, told The Korea Times that his Bayside-Midtown Manhattan minivan commute, which normally took 40 minutes, now took four hours.
Asian Americans Push for Political Clout
Voice of America
A record 21 Asian Americans are vying for seats in the U.S. Congress on Election Day. The numbers reflect the fact that Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic group in the country.
Teen Gets $100,000 to Live on DIY Commune
When Yoonseo Kang left home at 18 earlier this year, his hometown paper in Mississauga, Ontario, wrote a story about the event. Kang had not accomplished something significant as a young go-getter. Far from it. He had simply decided to skip going to college—a move that baffled his family and townsfolk.
A Korean-Speaking Elephant
You Offend Me You Offend My Family
What makes Koshik unique is that he may be the only known elephant that has managed to mimic human speech. In this case he can speak several words of Korean including: ”annyong” (“hello”), “anja” (“sit down”), “aniya” (“no”), “nuo” (“lie down”), and “choah” (“good”).
IMF Crisis to Gangnam Style: Korea Rebounds
Kang Man Soon wept on the day 15 years ago that she gave her gold wedding ring to the government, joining the millions who donated heirlooms to boost South Korea’s reserves during the Asian financial crisis.
Juvenile Offender: Tokyo Review
The Hollywood Reporter
Tightly written and delicately wrought, the affecting South Korean family drama Juvenile Offender, winner of the special jury prize at the recent Tokyo International Film Festival, wears its social conscience lightly.
Kyung Ho Kang Gets Hurt, Won’t Fight Alex Caceres at UFC on FUEL TV 6
Kyung Ho Kang will not be making his UFC debut in November, as an injury has knocked him out of a planned bout with Alex Caceres. The two bantamweights were expected to compete at UFC On Fuel TV: Franklin Vs. Le on November 10 from Macau, China.