Friday’s Link Attack: Shari Song Enters State Senate Race; Samsung Galaxy S5 Hits Shelves; In-bee Park Awarded Player of the Year
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Posted: April 11th, 2014
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Shari Song to run for key state Senate seat
Seattle Times

Democrats have finally recruited a candidate for the key state Senate race in South King County’s 30th district — Shari Song, a real-estate agent who last year unsuccessfully challenged Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn.

Song, however, will have to combat carpetbagging charges as she is moving from Bellevue to Federal Way just in time for the race.

In a Thursday news release, Song stressed her ties to the district, noting that she previously lived there for years, founded the Federal Way Mission Church Preschool and served on the Federal Way Diversity Commission. She said she was moving back to be closer to husband’s elderly parents.

Korean-Born Woman Back in French Cabinet
Chosun Ilbo

Fleur Pellerin has been appointed to France’s top foreign trade post after the Korean-born woman stepped down as deputy minister for small business and digital economy.

Pellerin (41) was named state secretary for foreign trade, tourism on Wednesday in the roster of new ministers after a cabinet reshuffle last week.

Assemblyman Ron Kim slams Tiger Mom author Amy Chua for sending the wrong message
Daily News

Call him the Tiger Mom slayer.

Assemblyman Ron Kim, the first Korean-American elected to the state Legislature, slammed “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” author Amy Chua on Thursday, saying her latest tome about cultural distinctions “sends the wrong message.”

Just two days before the Flushing assemblyman is slated to speak at a conference for Asian-American students at SUNY Albany, Kim took a shot at the controversial author’s new book, “The Triple Package,” which hit bookshelves January.

Apple and Samsung trial judge orders court to turn phones off
Irish Independent

US District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated during the first few days of the trial of Apple versus Samsung as the many personal Wi-Fi signals interfere with a network the judge relies on for a real-time transcript of the proceedings.

The phones also ring, vibrate and can be used to take photos; a serious violation of court rules.

Park In-bee Collects Female Player of Year Award at Augusta
Chosun Ilbo

World No. 1 Park In-bee was officially named Female Player of the Year at the annual Golf Writers Association of America awards at Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday. She collected the gong one day before the Masters, the first major of the U.S. PGA season, got under way at Augusta National Golf Club in the city.

Park claimed six titles on the LPGA Tour last year, including a historic run that saw her win the first three majors of the season. This helped her garner an overwhelming majority of 91 percent when the association held its ballot in January to determine who should receive the award for 2013.

90% of Foreigners Would Date a Korean
Chosun Ilbo

Some 90 percent of foreigners would be happy to date a Korean, a straw poll by a dating site suggests.

Korea’s largest matchmaking company Duo and social media side Korspot in a survey asked 1,147 people in North America, Southeast Asia and Europe whether they would to date a Korean — 505 men and 642 women — and 90 percent said yes.

Can Samsung’s Galaxy S5 take on the next iPhone?
CNBC

Galaxy S5 boasts a variety of new features, but does it have what it takes to prevent users from jumping back on the Apple bandwagon when the next generation iPhone with a potentially larger-screen is launched?

The new flagship Android smartphone is being rolled out worldwide on Friday amid an increasingly tough environment for smartphone makers as the industry moves toward commoditization.

The phone’s stand-out features are its ability to survive when submerged in water, or to act as a heart-rate monitor for personal-fitness tracking. There is also a fingerprint scanner for biometric screen locking – a feature introduced by Apple in its iPhone 5S last year.

Holt under inspection after adoptee’s death
Korea Times

Holt Children’s Service being inspected for its practice of sending adoptees in and outside of Korea, after a 3-year-old sent to the U.S. through the agency was allegedly beaten to death by his adoptive father.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Wednesday that it has been inspecting the adoption agency since Monday over its adoption procedures, and the commission fees it receives from foster parents for adoption.

Holt authorities said that inspectors were looking into its financial statements.

Survey shows the effects of smartphone addiction
Korea Joong Ang Daily

One out of every five students residing in Seoul is addicted to smartphones, the city government announced on Tuesday, a trend it claims has contributed to a rash of societal problems, such as cyberbullying.
The figure is part of the results of a survey of 4,998 students in the fourth through 11th grades across 75 schools in Seoul who were evaluated over two weeks last November on a diagnostic scale developed by the National Information Society Agency.

Yuna Kim to perform to ‘Frozen’ soundtrack in farewell ice shows
NBC Sports

Yuna Kim‘s program for her farewell ice shows next month will include music from the Disney animated film “Frozen,” according to Arirang News.

The 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 silver medalist will open her shows May 4-6 in Seoul by performing to the song “Let it Go” from the film. She will skate to other song medleys from “Frozen,” too, according to the report. Kim’s closing performance will be to Francesco Sartori‘s “Time to Say Goodbye.”

Light Sentences in Child Abuse Cases Trigger Public Outrage
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 11th, 2014
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The stepmother and biological father implicated in a child abuse case appear in court for their trials. 

Public outcry turned rampant Friday in South Korea when the court handed out relatively light sentences to parents convicted of beating their stepchildren to death, in two separate cases, according to the Korea Times.

A 35-year-old woman, only identified by her last name Lim, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she fatally beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter in Daegu. Her daughter died two days later in the hospital.

In Ulsan, a 41-year-old stepmother received a 15-year jail term for beating her daughter and breaking multiple ribs, one of which  pierced her lung and led to her death.

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About a Boy, About a Dog: An Uber Cute Photo Series
Author: Julie Ha
Posted: April 11th, 2014
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Never go on adventures without your trusty sidekick. xoxo Zoey and Jasper

There are dog lovers, and there are baby lovers. But both audiences can appreciate a series of oh-so-adorable pictures recently released by L.A.-based photographer Grace Chon.

The Korean American, who previously shot photos for KoreAm’s feature story on the most popular dog breeds among Koreans, is a commercial animal photographer, but since becoming a new mom 10 months ago, she’s added babies (human ones) to her repertoire.

“I’m a total crazy dog lady and first-time mom,” Chon confesses. Her 7-year-old dog Zoey and 10-month-old baby boy Jasper, of Korean and Chinese descent, inspired this photo series called “Zoey and Jasper.”

Chon said that both “inexplicably love the camera, and when they’re together, it’s adorable.” Well, just take a look.

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Korean American Poet Wins Walt Whitman Award
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 10th, 2014
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Photo courtesy of Poetry Foundation

A Korean American poet has won the Walt Whitman Award, the prestigious prize awarded by the Academy of American Poets to debut writers, the academy announced on Wednesday.

Hannah Sanghee Park will receive $5,000 in prize money as part of the award, established for writers who have never had their books of poetry published. Her debut book, The Same-Different, will be released next year by the Louisiana State University Press, and the academy will purchase thousands of copies for distribution to its members.

Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout, who chose Park for the honor, said The Same-Different is a “literally dazzling debut.”

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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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