KoreAm Journal http://iamkoream.com Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:46:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Unforgettable 2015: This Year’s Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award Recipient http://iamkoream.com/unforgettable-2015-this-years-royal-salute-mark-of-respect-award-recipient-2/ http://iamkoream.com/unforgettable-2015-this-years-royal-salute-mark-of-respect-award-recipient-2/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:33:57 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83443 We are honored to have Royal Salute, one of the most coveted and admired luxury whisky brands, back with us for Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal‘s Unforgettable Gala of 2015. The Unforgettable Gala is a celebrity studded, black tie event where individuals of the Asian- American community are honored for their achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. Taking place on Saturday, December 12, 2015, the gala will include highly anticipated performances, a gourmet three course dinner, and attendance of over 500 Asian- American professionals, celebrities, and high-profile community leaders.


Additionally, Royal Salute will be honoring one individual from the Asian-American community with their Mark of Respect Award to “..celebrate inspirational leaders that exemplify the highest level of excellence in their respected fields and community.”


This year’s selection committee comprise of four individuals who are also leaders and notable names in the Asian-American community:

  • Stewart Kwoh (far left of above picture), founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Lisa Ling (center), television journalist, best known as host of This is Life with Lisa Ling
  • James Ryu (far right), Publisher of KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine
  • Chris Chen (not pictured), Vice President of Business Development at Endgame Entertainent. Also known for producing documentary films such as A Chorus Line, which was shortlisted for the Oscar-award for Best Documentary Feature


Recently, Royal Salute hosted an exclusive dinner at the London West Hollywood to celebrate this year’s selected honoree, Randall Park. We shared a four course meal that was prepared by Executive Chef Anthony Keene, paired with some of the finest from the Royal Salute collection.

Randall Park is an actor, writer, and filmmaker who has appeared in numerous television shows and movies. He currently plays Louis Huang in the groundbreaking hit ABC series Fresh Off The Boat. He also appears in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix, and he recurs on HBO’S Veep as Minnesota Governor Danny Chung. Randall has also recently been seen in Trainwreck, Wong Fu Production’s Everything Before Us, and in one of the most controversial moves of our times, The Interview. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jae Park and daughter, Ruby.


​”I am so happy to be part of this year’s Mark of Respect award committee and to present the award to Randall Park at the 14th annual Unforgettable Gala. I have known Randall for many years and have the utmost respect for him as an artist. I am thrilled to see the success he has had in the past year with both Fresh Off the Boat and The Interview. Randall truly exemplifies the spirit of this award as a veteran of the craft and always happy to give back and inspire the community as an inspirational role model for the up and coming generation of Asian-American entertainers. Randall has been an active supporter of Unforgettable in the past and I am sure all of our guests at Unforgettable will be delighted to see him receive this well deserved award this year.” —-James Ryu, Publisher of KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine


We too, are excited to see this exclusive award presented to Randall. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on this year’s Unforgettable Gala’s performers, award recipients, and honored attendees.

For more information visit: UnforgettableGala.com

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‘Korean Food Made Simple’ Recipe: Salted Caramel Hotteok Pancakes http://iamkoream.com/korean-food-made-simple-recipe-salted-caramel-hotteok-pancakes-2/ http://iamkoream.com/korean-food-made-simple-recipe-salted-caramel-hotteok-pancakes-2/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 01:41:29 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83441 by JUDY JOO

These oozing, decadent treats were my sister Sonya’s favorite when we were kids. I love the fried dough’s toothsome texture and the sweet filling. I’ve jazzed up my recipe making a salted caramel version. Feel free to make up your own version as well — I’ve seen these pancakes with everything from walnuts and honey, to sesame seeds inside. You’ll love the texture. In each bite you’ll crunch through a crispy golden crust, then through a chewy dough, and finally into a gooey center. These will quickly become a hit at home with adults and kids.


• These are great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream on top for an extra treat.

• When shaping, make sure your dough disks are even in thickness. This will ensure that your hotteok will have filling from edge to edge.

• If you can’t find muscovado sugar, substitute dark brown sugar. I found that muscovado melts the best to get that oozing center result.


• 1 1/2 cups (360 milliliters) whole milk

• 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

• 1 packet (7 grams/0.25 ounces) instant dry yeast

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

• 1 1/2 cups (225 grams) strong or bread flour, plus additional for dusting

• 1 cup (150 grams) sweet glutinous rice flour

• 4 1/2 teaspoons (20 grams) corn flour or corn starch


• 1/2 cup (125 grams) muscovado sugar, firmly packed

• 1/2 cup (75 grams) peanuts,

crushed roughly

• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt

• About 1 cup (235 milliliters) vegetable oil for frying, or any neutral flavored oil

For the dough: 

In a small saucepan, warm the milk up slightly and whisk in the sugar and yeast, making sure they are dissolved completely. Let stand in a warm place to activate, about 3-5 minutes, or until bubbly. In a large bowl, combine the salt and all three of the flours. Slowly pour in the warm milk and yeast mixture. Mix gently with a wooden spoon until a uniform but slightly sticky dough forms. Shape into a ball and cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place, until doubled in size, about 1.5 to 2 hours. Knock the dough down and let rise again until doubled in size, another 1.5 hours.

For the filling:

In a small bowl, mix together the muscovado sugar, peanuts, cinnamon and salt. After the dough has risen the second time, dust a clean surface with flour and knock the dough out on to it. Dust the top of the dough with some more flour and knead it a couple of times. Shape the dough into a fat long log. Divide the dough into 10 even pieces and shape into balls (about 75 grams/2.6 ounces each). Cover with plastic wrap.

Dusting with flour as necessary to prevent sticking, press a dough ball into a 4-inches/10 centimeters in diameter round disk using your fingertips. Place the disk in your hand and cup it slightly. Scoop in about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the sugar mixture into the center of the disk. Seal closed by pinching the edges together at the top wrapping the dough around the filling.

Once sealed, reshape gently making a round ball. Set down with the seam side down on a well-floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap. Repeat forming pancakes with the remaining dough and filling.


Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat generously with oil, about 3 to 4 tablespoons. Working in batches of 3, place the pancakes seam side down on the frying pan and immediately flatten them gently with a spatula. Fry over medium to medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes each side, until dough is golden crispy brown and slightly springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack when done. Wipe your pan clean with a paper towel in between batches and use fresh oil with each batch. Let pancakes cool slightly before eating. Be careful not to burn yourself in your haste to gobble these up, as the insides are hot and oozing.

Yield: Makes 10 pancakes

Copyright © 2014, Judy Joo. All rights reserved. 

To learn more about Chef Joo and her show Korean Food Made Simple, check out our interview with her.

This article was published in the August/September 2014 issue of KoreAm.  To purchase a single issue copy of the August/Sept. issue for $9.95 free shipping, click the “Past issue” button in our subscribe tab. (U.S. customers only. Expect delivery in 5-7 business days).


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Announcing Award Recipients http://iamkoream.com/announcing-award-recipients/ http://iamkoream.com/announcing-award-recipients/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:00:14 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83414 The much-anticipated 14th Annual Unforgettable Gala, hosted by Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal, subsidiary of London Trust Media (LTM), is rapidly drawing near!  The event, filled with glitz and glamour, is committed to celebrate and honor outstanding Asian American achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment.  The evening of festivities will take place Saturday Dec.12, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.


Among the honorees is Randall Park who is best known for his performances as ‘Luis Huang’ in the highly rated  ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and as ‘Kim Jong-Un’ in Sony’s The Interview. He will be receiving this year’s Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award. The recipient of this award is selected by an esteemed committee of Asian American leaders. Park will be recognized for his accomplishments and contributions in the Asian American community.


This year’s Journalism Achievement Award will be given to Lisa Ling for her impressive work as a host and an executive producer on CNN’s This is Life. In the show she covers controversial topics such as a notorious biker gang and the pill addictions crisis in Utah. Ling has a remarkable portfolio with past works as an Executive Producer and host of OWN’s Our America, a field correspondent for the The Oprah Winfrey Show, and on ABC News’ Nightline.



Steven Yeun’s performance as Gleen Rhee on AMC’s top rated show The Walking Dead has earned him this year’s Actor of the Year Award. On the big screen, Yeun recently starred opposite Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in Mike Cahill’s independent Sci-Fi Drama, I Origins, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film festival where it earned raves and was sold in one of the biggest deals at the festival. It was also recently announced that Yeun will star in and executive produce The Aquariums of Pyongyang, the film adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s autobiography. Hwan was the first survivor of one of the brutal North Korean concentration camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.


This year’s Actress of the Year Award honoree is Chloe Bennet. The actress and singer first found her fame in China with her single “Uh Oh”, released in both English and Mandarin Chinese. She performed her single in the Zebra Music Festival to benefit victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.The three day music festival opened new doors for Bennet. She was featured in print and billboard advertisements and sponsored in China for Nike, Ports 1961 and Umbro. Bennet has co-starred in Nickelodeon’s The Nightlife and she currently stars in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Eugene Lee Yang has earned this year’s Male Breakout Star Award for his exceptional work as a producer, writer, director, editor, and actor at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. His performance behind and in front of the camera has made him one of the most noticeable Asian Americans on social media. As a producer, he has earned millions of views in BuzzFeed videos, including “If Disney Princes Were Real” and “Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History”. Yang’s on camera work also includes The Try Guys, a BuzzFeed’s comedic documentary series.



Constance Wu will be awarded  with this year’s  Female Breakout Star Award for her portrayal as the strong willed and hilarious character ‘Jessica Huang’ in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Wu’s performance has earned her nominations for this year’s Critics Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” and Television Critics Association Award for ‘Individual Achievement in Comedy’.


Click here for full biographies on this year’s award recipients.

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Save the Date: Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal Present Unforgettable 2015 http://iamkoream.com/save-the-date-audrey-magazine-koream-journal-present-unforgettable-2015/ http://iamkoream.com/save-the-date-audrey-magazine-koream-journal-present-unforgettable-2015/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 01:54:13 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83395 banner_ad_830x360

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal subsidiary of London Trust Media (LTM) are pleased to announce the 14th annual Unforgettable gala presented by Royal Salute.

Unforgettable is the premiere entertainment event of the year for the Asian American community.  The celebrity studded black tie event celebrates and honors Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. Additionally, the gala will include highly anticipated performances, a gourmet three course dinner and the attendance of over 500 Asian American professionals, celebrities, and high-profile community leaders.


Returning as our Title Sponsor DuraCoat Products, Inc. an environmentally conscious manufacturer of resin and coating products since 1986.  Special thanks to our corporate sponsors PIA, CBS, Pacific Palms Resort, BBCN Bank, Grayson Luxury, Ten Advertising, Royal Buna, Pechanga, Shiseido, Fantasy Springs, Hustlers Casino, Daewoo Securities, Caly Wire, and 011 Communications.


The night of celebration is hosted by London Trust Media, Inc., (LTM) now parent company of Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal. London Trust Media Incorporated is a diversified business focused on the technology, media and lifestyle industries. Its core companies include Private Internet Access, Hollywood Media and La Vibe.


For more information on award recipients, performers, and event details, visit Unforgettable Gala

For sponsorship opportunities please contact: James@iamkoream.com


When: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Where:  The Beverly Hilton

International Ballroom

9876 Wilshire Blvd.,

Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Highlights of last years Unforgettable gala 2014

Award Recipients:

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Actor John Cho giving his acceptance speech for the actor of the year award and for the Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award.




















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Ming Na Wen gleaming as she gave her acceptance speech for actress of the year award.



















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Female Breakout Star of the Year recipient Arden Cho.


















Unforgettable 2014 solo performers

Tessanne Chin, David Choi, Arden Cho, and G.N.A perform.

kinjaz perf

Kinjaz performs their amazing choreography.

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Terry Im (KRNFX) and Mike Song mesmerize the crowd with their beatbox-dance combo.

More information coming soon.

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About a Boy, About a Dog: An Uber Cute Photo Series http://iamkoream.com/about-a-boy-about-a-dog-an-uber-cute-photo-series-2/ http://iamkoream.com/about-a-boy-about-a-dog-an-uber-cute-photo-series-2/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:24:03 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83391 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, justtake a look.

The photographer has been snapping photos of her dogs Zoey and Maeby dressed in absurd outfits for years, but after she had Jasper, she realized that dogs look “amazing and ridiculous” wearing baby hats. “I took a photo of Zoey wearing Jasper’s hat, and my sister had the brilliant idea of sitting them side by side in a single shot,” said Chon, describing the origins of this photo series.

Guess which one of us likes to work out? (Here’s a hint, it rhymes with Shmasper.) xoxo Zoey and Jasper

“Zoey is an extremely shy rescue dog and hates new things—they make her shake in fear. But for some odd reason she loves clothes and absolutely loves posing for the camera,” adds Chon. “Jasper, being a photographer’s kid, loves the camera, too.”

For more of these precious photos, visit http://zoeyandjasper.tumblr.com/. Here’s one more to hold you over.

Korean sauna is fun with your best friend! xoxo Zoey and Jasper.


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Parents Throw Amazing ‘Game of Thrones’-Themed First Birthday Party http://iamkoream.com/parents-throw-amazing-game-of-thrones-themed-first-birthday-party-2/ http://iamkoream.com/parents-throw-amazing-game-of-thrones-themed-first-birthday-party-2/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:41:02 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83389 by RUTH KIM

We rarely see events that can be described as both “epic” and “cute.” But then we landed upon Emma’s first birthday

Her dad Eric Cheung (aka “weirddad”) posted photos of the party on Reddit. “Might have gone overboard,” he warned.


Details included “Stark’s Head” candy apples, “dragon eggs,” and a felt banner that read, “Happy Nameday Emma.” Sitting on her throne, she looks like a bonafide Khaleesi, complete in the tiniest, traditional Korean hanbok. Be right back, dying of cuteness.


The Iron Throne replica was crafted from a Pottery Barn kid’s foam chair by the Cheung family, according to Mashable. The throne was wrapped in linen and ornamented with swords made of foam board and construction paper. Even the cats, Hastings and Poirot, approve.

Eric and his wife, Lisa, told Mashable that the party was completely appropriate and rated PG, despite the show’s rather violent and, uh, “graphic” reputation. Don’t worry, baby Emma has not actually seen Game of Thrones, and Eric says that “her entertainment is mostly limited to wooden toys, children’s songs, and books for now.”

“I suspect she’ll find it amusing that she had her 15 minutes of Internet notoriety,” said Eric. “At the very least it’ll make for an interesting wedding slide presentation.”

Photos via Reddit and Mashable

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‘Calculus Chocolates’ Offer Sweet Relief for Korean Students http://iamkoream.com/calculus-chocolates-offer-sweet-relief-for-korean-students-2/ http://iamkoream.com/calculus-chocolates-offer-sweet-relief-for-korean-students-2/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:26:05 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83387 by JAMES S. KIM

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

That is, unless you buy a box from Piaf Artisan Chocolatiers in South Korea. And if your life revolves around studying, like most Korean students during the annual college entrance exam season, a box of Piaf Artisan chocolates might be exactly what you’re looking for.

The latest work from the Seoul-based chocolatier features candies decorated with calculus equations. Assuming the chocolate is delicious, this could very well be the perfect food for thought.

Chocolate 1

“I hope these can bring a smile to their faces as they get themselves prepared for the exams,” creator Ko Eun-su told the Wall Street Journal.

Ko, who left a seven-year career as a computer engineer to pursue his passion in chocolate-making, explained that he took the project “very seriously.” But the feedback wasn’t quite what he expected.

“[Customers] said people cracked up when they got these [chocolates],” he said.

The calculus chocolates are sold in box sets of four, nine and 15, and they will run you 13,000 won ($12), 25,000 won ($23) and 39,000 won ($36) respectively. Each box also comes with a helpful booklet explaining the equations.

Chocolate 4

Chocolate 5

You can check out the rest of Piaf Artisan Chocolatier’s creations at their Facebook page.

Images via Piaf Artisan Chocolatier

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South Korean Startup Ybrain Targets Brain Disorders With Health Care Tech http://iamkoream.com/south-korean-startup-ybrain-targets-brain-disorders-with-health-care-tech/ http://iamkoream.com/south-korean-startup-ybrain-targets-brain-disorders-with-health-care-tech/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:56:37 +0000 http://iamkoream.com/?p=83384 by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim


Wearable technology isn’t just relegated to fitness tracking and reading text messages off a $10,000-plus gold Apple Watch. Tech companies are exploring different opportunities to integrate devices with improving how we go about our lives, and healthcare is an open field.

South Korean health care startup Ybrain is going for our noggins—specifically, what’s impairing our memory. Their devices tackle some of the most degenerative brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and they may be available for consumer use by as early as next year.

“Our ambition is to challenge one of the toughest problems humanity faces today,” Ybrain CEO Kiwon Lee told Forbes. “Cancer is nearing a cure. But we don’t yet have a cure for Alzheimer’s, even with today’s most advanced medical technology.”

The devices work though a “very non-invasive form of brain stimulation” that is much more favorable to taking pills to combat symptoms, according to Lee. The wearable band for Alzheimer’s patients has two sensors embedded in the front, providing electronic signals at 2 mA at regular intervals to stimulate brain activity and combat the effects of the disease. Ybrain’s goal is to eventually get the synapses to function optimally on their own “more naturally without any failure.”

Ybrain began clinical trials last year on Alzheimer’s patients, and results were promising—Business Korea said the devices were the “best solution for combatting Alzheimer’s at [that] time.” After raising $4.2 million in funds last summer, Ybrain began clinical tests for similar treatment for clinical depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is characterized by memory problems beyond those associated with normal aging and may signal a serious decline of dementia in the future.

The Korean company plans to release two devices: the Brain Wellness and Brain Fullness. The former will be geared towards treating brain disorders, while the latter will be an option for those who want to enhance normal brain functions and condition their brain to work at a higher level. In other words, “brain fitness” is going to be a thing.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 5.22.05 PM(Screenshot captured from Ybrain.com)

Ybrain plans to follow up the initial line of headsets with ones that can treat depression and a number of other mental health conditions, including addiction, trauma, eating disorders and schizophrenia—all while being worn at home.

Further use of the technology could significantly lower the cost of research and treatment. Ybrain is developing a diagnostic platform that collects data from headset users, then relays the information to doctors and medical researchers. Usually, Lee said, devices can only be operated by experts.

“When we started the company we felt that everyone should be able to use it by themselves,” he continued. “Our device is connected to our platform, so brain management, neuromodulation can be operated remotely and closely studied to assess brain wave patterns.”

Ybrain’s products are expected to hit the market next year.


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