KoreAm Journal - Korean America's Premier Magazine http://iamkoream.com KoreAm Journal | Official Website Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:14:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Korean American Diplomat Accorded Rank of Ambassador http://iamkoream.com/korean-american-diplomat-accorded-rank-of-ambassador/ http://iamkoream.com/korean-american-diplomat-accorded-rank-of-ambassador/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:14:28 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72821 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

C.S. Eliot Kang, the deputy assistant secretary of state for nuclear affairs, has been accorded the rank of ambassador by President Barak Obama ahead of an international conference on the convention on nuclear safety that will be held next month, said the State Department on Wednesday.

According to the State Department’s press release, Kang’s appointment became effective Jan. 26, 2015. In his role as ambassador, Kang will lead the U.S. delegation to the Diplomatic Conference for Feb. 9-13, 2015, at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He will continue to serve as the deputy assistant at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN).


Kang joined the State Department in 2003 as a William C. Foster Fellow and served as a senior adviser in the Arms Control Bureau. His previous government positions include serving as the principal deputy assistant secretary for ISN and deputy assistant secretary for threat reduction, export controls and negotiations. He also worked as the senior advisor for North Korean denuclearization.


A former tenured professor, Kang used to teach international security at University of Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois University and held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, according to the State Department.


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Claudia Kim Named the First Asian Ambassador for Bobbi Brown http://iamkoream.com/claudia-kim-named-the-first-asian-ambassador-for-bobbi-brown/ http://iamkoream.com/claudia-kim-named-the-first-asian-ambassador-for-bobbi-brown/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:41:56 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72811 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

South Korean actress Claudia Kim, also known as Kim Soo-hyun, has been named the face of Bobbi Brown in Asia, becoming the first-ever Asian model to represent the brand.

This is the first time Bobbi Brown has ever chosen a model for one specific market rather than globally, according to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). While Kate Upton will remain as the brand’s global face, Kim will debut as the brand’s Asian spokesmodel later this month by appearing in a series of online how-to videos, TV spots, print ads and on-counter visuals. The campaign will be exclusive to South Korea through June. In July, it will be extended to other Asian countries.

Kim is known for her role as “Khutulun” in the Netflix original series Marco Polo. She will be making her Hollywood film debut in the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is slated for a May 2015 release.

“I am thrilled, as an Asian woman, to become the first Asian face of an international brand like Bobbi Brown,” Kim said, according to BNT News. “Bobbi Brown is a brand that I loved before that, I especially like its Long wear gel eye-liner, it’s my essential. The brand’s products completely enhance a girl’s beauty in the easiest way.”

Asia is Bobbi Brown’s largest market outside of America, estimated to bring in about 35 percent of the brand’s global business, compared with the U.S.’s 40 percent, writes WWD.

“We’re about maximizing what you’ve got — and in Asia, particularly in Korea. The current Korean beauty trends share many similarities with Bobbi’s philosophy: natural makeup that focuses on glowing skin,” said Maureen Case, president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.


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Donkey Milk and Horse Oil Are South Korea’s Latest Skin-Care Trends http://iamkoream.com/donkey-milk-and-horse-oil-are-south-koreas-latest-skin-care-trends/ http://iamkoream.com/donkey-milk-and-horse-oil-are-south-koreas-latest-skin-care-trends/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:34:07 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72794 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

South Korea is no stranger to bizarre ingredients in beauty products. After all, Koreans have been using snail slime, bee venom and bird’s nests in their 12-step skin-care routine for the past few years. But two new unusual ingredients are gaining traction in the Korean beauty scene.

Donkey milk and horse oil are the latest skin-care trends in South Korea, according to Alice Yoon, CEO of beauty site Peach and Lily.

memebox-special-7-milk-box-07Skin Ceramic’s Donkey Milk Steam Cream. Photo courtesy of Helloprettybird.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Yoon explained that donkey milk is “gentle and soothing for those with sensitive skin and eczema, and [has] four to five times more vitamin C than cow’s milk and [is] rich in proteins.”

Apparently, donkey milk is a tried-and-true beauty treatment because Cleopatra used to bathe in it.

Yoon also said that horse oil is renowned for its healing and highly moisturizing capabilities. It is “featured front and center” at some of the flagship stores at Olive Young, one of South Korea’s largest cosmetics and supplements distributors. The product is very popular with Chinese tourists.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 1.20.52 PMGuerisson Miracle Korean Horse Oil. Photo courtesy of Aliexpress.

When asked why South Korea uses such experimental ingredients in its beauty products, Yoon answered that Korean women tend to be “more open to exploring” while American women tend to stick with well-known ingredients, such as retinol and vitamin C.

While donkey milk and horse oil may be a bit too adventurous for the American beauty market at this time, some Korean skin-care trends are already making their way to the States. Sheet masks, essences and overnight sleeping packs are expected to “make a huge splash” in the U.S., according to Yoon.


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S.Korean Airlines Tell Passengers to Be Nice to Cabin Crew http://iamkoream.com/s-korean-airlines-tell-passengers-to-be-nice-to-cabin-crew/ http://iamkoream.com/s-korean-airlines-tell-passengers-to-be-nice-to-cabin-crew/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:35:27 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72783 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Starting next month, South Korean airlines will start broadcasting a new inflight announcement: Don’t go nuts on your flight attendants.

The transport ministry said on Wednesday that seven domestic airlines will be required to make an etiquette announcement before takeoff that asks passengers to follow the cabin crew’s instructions and requests, reports the Wall Street Journal. Korean Air and Asiana are among the carriers that will carry out this new protocol.

The protocol is part of an effort to reduce the number of safety violations, including assault, sexual harassment and smoking, by air passengers. According to the ministry, there has been a sharp increase of these violations on Korean airlines as a whopping number of 190 cases were reported from January to July last year.

Many passengers may regard flight attendants as waiters or waitresses, but the cabin crew also serves as security guards during the flight, said an official ministry official.

According to South Korean aviation laws, flight attendants have the authority to restrain dangerous passengers with plastic handcuffs and ropes until the police collects the passengers upon landing.

Earlier this month, Heather Cho, the eldest daughter of Korean Air’s chairman and former vice president of the airline, was indicted over violating aviation safety laws when she ordered a taxiing plane to return to the gate because she was furious with the way she was served macadamia nuts.

If Cho is found guilty of all charges, she faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.


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Chanel to Stage Its First Seoul Fashion Show http://iamkoream.com/chanel-to-stage-its-first-seoul-fashion-show/ http://iamkoream.com/chanel-to-stage-its-first-seoul-fashion-show/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:19:00 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72770 by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

French luxury brand Chanel has announced that it will be debuting its cruise collection in Seoul on May 4. This will be Chanel’s very first fashion show in South Korea, reports Donga Ilbo.

Bruno Pavlovsky, the president of Chanel fashion, told WWD that show will be held at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), or DDP, a neo-futuristic exhibition hall designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo. Chanel is no stranger to the DDP as it held its Culture Chanel exhibition “The Sense of Places” at the venue last fall.

As for why the brand chose Seoul as the stage for its May collection, Chanel said the city was a “place where old tradition and state-of-the-art technologies coexist in perfect harmony.”

Seoul is one of three cities Chanel will host its fashion shows. On March 31, the brand will reprise its Paris-Salzburg show in New York before heading to Korea. On Dec. 1, the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld will debut his next Métiers d’arts collection in Rome.


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Samsung Engineers Unveil Stroke Detector Prototype http://iamkoream.com/samsung-engineers-unveil-stroke-detector-prototype/ http://iamkoream.com/samsung-engineers-unveil-stroke-detector-prototype/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:37 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72676 by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

There’s more to wearables than just having a cool watch face, counting steps or measuring your heart rate. Engineers at Samsung recently announced that they were working on a headset that can detect signs of stroke, gauge stress levels and analyze sleep by monitoring brainwaves.

Two years ago, five Samsung smartphone and washing machine engineers began an independent project at the company’s Creativity Lab, or C-Lab, where employees are able to test and develop any ideas they might have. The team came up with the Early Detection Sensor and & Algorithm Package (EDSAP).

EDSAP doesn’t introduce a new technique–monitoring electrical activity from the brain isn’t anything new–but the headset has new sensors that can read a much higher quality signal. Current headsets require a gel or saline solution to be applied to create a good electrical connection with the scalp, but a new material discovered by the group of engineers allows the sensors to pick up a better signal without a gel.

The headset can sync with a user’s smartphone or tablet to display the results of a scan, which can be done in under a minute. An algorithm then compares the results of a scan to a larger database, which includes scans of stroke patients, in order to spot any indicators of stroke. The material of the headset also allows EDSAP sensors to be attached to the backside of hairpins or eyeglass temples, allowing for longer periods of monitoring.

While EDSAP still has a ways to go, including full clinical trials, the technology has plenty of potential uses. The engineers saw EDSAP’s capabilities being expanded to other neurological health issues, such as depression, and even heart muscle activities.


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Maryland’s Yumi Hogan Is Good to Go as First Lady http://iamkoream.com/marylands-yumi-hogan-is-good-to-go-as-first-lady/ http://iamkoream.com/marylands-yumi-hogan-is-good-to-go-as-first-lady/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:17:24 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72717 by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

It’s a season of firsts for the Maryland governor. Larry Hogan, a Republican in a state that is considered to be widely Democratic, never held public office until he pulled off an upset this past November. His wife, Yumi, is believed to be the first Korean first lady in the United States, according to the Washington Post.

Yumi probably never even considered that title before she met Larry in 2000. After growing up in a rural area outside Seoul as the youngest of eight children, she immigrated to the United States in her 20s, married to her first husband with whom she had three daughters.

After a divorce, Yumi was left to take care of her children on her own, teaching art in her basement and working as a cashier to make ends meet. As an aspiring artist, she continued working on her abstract landscapes, until she caught the eye of Larry at an art show. According to the governor, he was “more interested in the artist than the art” and gave Yumi his number. She never called, but the couple eventually met again and got married.

Fast forward 15 years, and the two are moving into the governor’s mansion with the kimchi refrigerator in tow. Larry encouraged Yumi to pursue an art degree; she now has two, including a masters degree. Her artwork has been on display in various locations around the country.

Yumi plans to continue her regular job of teaching painting while also making arts a priority as first lady. She may be new to a public office, but she’s fine with the responsibilities. All she wants is her studio space once things are settled in their new place.

KoreAm‘s February/March 2015 issue will include a full profile of Yumi Hogan, so stay tuned!


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S. Korea Reaches Asian Cup Final for the First Time in 27 Years http://iamkoream.com/s-korea-reaches-asian-cup-final-for-the-first-time-in-27-years/ http://iamkoream.com/s-korea-reaches-asian-cup-final-for-the-first-time-in-27-years/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:35:31 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=72721 by STEVE HAN | @steve_han

After notching a 2-0 win over Iraq in the rainy semifinal of this year’s Asian Cup in Sydney, Australia on Monday, the South Korean men’s soccer team has booked its place in the final of the Asian Cup for the first time since 1988.

Forward Lee Jung-hyub opened the scoring in the 20th minute after he leaped past the Iraqi defenders to head home Kim Jin-su’s sweeping diagonal free kick from the right side. The 23-year-old striker, who was largely an unknown player before Korea’s head coach Uli Stielike selected him in the roster for the Asian Cup, now has two goals in the tournament.

Only five minutes into the second half, Lee rose to the occasion again when he chested down a lobbed pass for Kim Young-gwon, whose left-footed half volley deflected off of an Iraqi defender and found the net, sealing the historic victory for Korea.

“The coach just asked me to do exactly what I’ve done in training,” Lee said after the match. “A forward has to score. That’s my job. I spoke to Coach Stielike privately after we came to Sydney. He told me, ‘Don’t feel pressured. I’ll take responsibility regardless of how well or bad you play.’ His trust helped me a lot and I’ve been getting better every match.”

The final will take place at the same venue in Sydney on Saturday at 1 a.m. PT. Korea will play the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal match between Australia and United Arab Emirates.

“The first reason we have to win this competition is for the pride we have for the Korean national team,” said Ki Sung-yueng, Korea’s newly-appointed captain. “The second reason is for the players [Lee Chung-yong and Koo Ja-cheol] who got injured and had to leave the team during the tournament. Now that we’re in the final, we’ve got to win the title. Our desperation is higher than ever. We would feel hugely undone if we don’t win it now.”

South Korea hasn’t won the Asian Cup since 1960 when it hosted what was then only a four-team competition, which has grown into a 16-team affair over the past half-century. In addition, the last time Korea even played in an Asian Cup final was in 1988 when it lost to Saudi Arabia after a penalty shoot-out. Since then, the Taegeuk Warriors haven’t advanced further than the semifinals.

Going into Saturday’s final, Korea is carrying an all-time record of a 15-match undefeated streak in the Asian Cup (losses in penalty shoot-outs are considered as draws). In addition, Korea has not conceded a goal in this tournament for 480 minutes, which is also an all-time record.

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