SKorean Child Abuse Case Implicates Father, As Media Warned to Leave Surviving Sister Alone
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 10th, 2014
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The woman standing trial for fatally beating her stepdaughter tells Korean media,

“I never abused [my stepdaughter]. I raised her with love.”

The unsettling story of a South Korean stepmother accused of fatally beating her 8-year-old stepdaughter has just gotten even more disturbing after it was revealed that the deceased’s older sister is accusing their father of also beating them on several occasions and even of videotaping the little sister dying.

The dead girl’s 12-year-old sister, only identified by her last name Kim, apparently told police that her biological father videotaped her sister dying and later showed it to Kim, allegedly as a way to frighten her from telling authorities the truth, according to the South Korean daily newspaper The Chosun Ilbo.

The father is facing up to seven years in prison after the prosecution charged him for negligence.

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Yuna Kim Sings (Yes, Sings) Popular ‘Frozen’ Song
Author: Julie Ha
Posted: April 10th, 2014
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Anyone still bitter about South Korean skater Yuna Kim not winning gold at the Sochi Olympics under a cloud of controversy?

Then, it might be worth viewing a neat new video of Kim singing and skating to a popular song from the hit film Frozen. The video is from a newly released commercial for Samsung Consumer Electronics’ new Smart Air Conditioner Q9000.

Can you guess which song from the movie? Hint: “The cold never bothered me, anyway…”


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NKorea to Consider Broadcasting ‘Teletubbies,’ ‘Top Gear,’ ‘Doctor Who’
Author: James S. Kim
Posted: April 9th, 2014
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The Doctor has traveled to the ends of the universe across time and space, but even he hasn’t been to North Korea. That may be about to change, however, as Pyongyang is in talks with the BBC to bring three of its most popular programs to North Korean viewers: Doctor Who, Top Gear and Teletubbies.

The BBC began an initiative last year to come up with a list of programs that North Korea could consider airing, according to The Independent. Foreign Secretary William Hague said it would be “a good way to improve understanding about the outside world within such a closed society.”

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New York Woman Still Missing After More Than a Week
Author: Julie Ha
Posted: April 9th, 2014
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Authorities are still searching for a Columbia University dental student who has been missing since April 1, when she left her New York apartment and never returned.

Jiwon Lee, who was just weeks away from graduating from dental school, was last seen at her West 98th Street apartment at about 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday night. Her roommate and family reported her missing the next day. Authorities said they tracked the last ping from her cell phone to 179th Street, near the George Washington Bridge, according to local news reports.

This past Sunday, the family of Lee, also known for her work as a comedian in the New York area, made an emotional public appeal for information leading to their daughter.

“Please save my precious daughter,” said Soduk Lee, Jiwon’s father, as his wife broke down in tears.

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Korean Artist Creates Whimsical Self-Portraits Sans Photoshop
Author: Ruth Kim
Posted: April 9th, 2014
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Intricate, whimsical, dreamy and sometimes hauntingly captivating are just a few words to describe the innovative photography of Korean artist JeeYoung Lee. A recent graduate from Hongik University in Seoul, Lee creates simple yet surrealistic worlds that blur the line between reality and fantasy—and without the use of Photoshop!

Although she lives in a tiny 3-by-6-meter studio in the Mangwon-dong neighborhood of Seoul, there’s just no limit to her imagination. In this small space, she creates thematic sets that document her memories, dreams, emotions and whimsies, and then photographs herself in these environments.

The 30-year-old’s self-portraits were recently featured at the Opiom Gallery in France. Her exhibit, titled, “Stage of Mind (Prolongation),” depicts her character with giant ants, trapped in a warped room or being reborn in a huge water lily.

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