Are you interested in learning how to dance like your favorite K-pop idols without the crushing pressure of the South Korean entertainment industry breathing down your neck? If you happen to be in the cultural melting pot of New York City, you’re in luck.
Among the myriad of dancing classes available, K-pop dance classes aren’t well known to most casual dance enthusiasts, but one teacher from Bounce Dance Studios is looking to not only teach the moves, but the emotion and expression behind the songs, reports the New York Times.
“In K-pop, you need to express the emotion of the lyrics,” instructor Victoria Kang, who recently held her inaugural class, told the Times. “I want more people to love K-pop.” Continue Reading »
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 »
The process of making kimchi, Korea’s iconic side dish, entered the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritages on Thursday, according to the South Korean government.
UNESCO selected “kimjang,” a term coined to describe Korea’s tradition of making and sharing kimchi in the fall, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the eighth Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Bak Sang-mee, member of the Intangible World Heritage Section of the Cultural Heritage Committee, said the UN’s cultural body recognized “kimjang” as a significant social practice as Koreans often make kimchi ahead of the country’s long winter to share with family, friends and neighbors. Continue Reading »
Susan Ahn Cuddy, one of the early pioneers in the Korean American community, will be celebrating her 100th birthday (Korean age) in January. The Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles will be hosting the event for one of the most influential and trailblazing women on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bonaventure Hotel.
Cuddy was born in America in 1915 as the daughter of the first married couple to immigrate to the U.S. in 1902. Her father, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho was a freedom fighter during the Japanese colonial period, and her mother Yi Hye Ryon (Helen Ahn) was a central figure in the early Korean community in Southern California.
In what was to become an illustrious career, Cuddy joined the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 and became the first female gunnery officer, reaching the rank of lieutenant. She also worked for Navy Intelligence, the Library of Congress and the National Security Agency. Cuddy retired in 1959 and returned to Los Angeles. Continue Reading »
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Seoul Sausage Company, the former catering company that won The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, recently celebrated its first year of operation of their brick-and-mortar restaurant in West Los Angeles.
Yong Kim, his brother Ted Kim and childhood friend Chris Oh opened Seoul Sausage on the corner of West Olympic Boulevard and Sawtelle Boulevard in October of 2012. The trio from Cupertino, Calif., initially started Seoul Sausage as a passion project a few years ago in Oh’s apartment.
After learning that there was a large demand for Korean food to go mainstream in America, the boys capitalized on it, and eventually won a reality show and a food truck and turned their catering business into a restaurant.
“We started in Long Beach, and ended in Lubec, Maine,” Ted Kim told Eater.com about competing in The Great Food Truck Race. “We battled it every week, and were the last ones standing.” Continue Reading »