S. Korea Seeks to Extend Missile Range Against North Threat
Bloomberg Business Week
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak is seeking to extend the range of the country’s ballistic missiles in response to possible nuclear and missile attacks from North Korea, a presidential spokeswoman said. Lee yesterday told reporters that the government is in discussions with the U.S. to amend a 2001 accord that restricts South Korea’s missile range to 300 kilometers (186 miles), spokeswoman Lee Mi Yon said.
An agreement will be reached shortly because conditions and realities have changed, she cited the president as saying. The talks come as North Korea, under new leader Kim Jong Un, plans to launch a satellite atop a long-range rocket next month that the U.S. says will nullify a deal to provide the impoverished totalitarian state with food aid. President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul next week to attend a summit on checking nuclear proliferation, where the agenda will include North Korea’s atomic weapons program.
Koreans Shrug at Nuke Terror, Bin Laden, Threats
The Wall Street Journal
Among the things that South Korea will bring to the table during next week’s discussions is some new technology for tracking nuclear materials and for helping other countries use medical isotopes produced from low-enriched uranium instead of highly enriched uranium, which can also be used to make nuclear weapons.
“Korea has been technically a leader in coming up with some of these new fuels and new technologies to minimize highly enriched uranium,” Miles Pomper, Washington-based senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said at a conference at Seoul National University.
Such efforts have gotten little attention in South Korea. And the summit itself hasn’t generated the excitement locally that Seoul’s hosting of the G-20 did in 2010.
Overseas Korean journalists donate to Seoul’s unification effort
An association of Korean journalists working in foreign countries donated 2 million won (US$ 1,700) to South Korea on Thursday, in a symbolic gesture to help cushion the cost of potential unification with North Korea.
Lee Jong-kook, a Korean-American journalist in Washington who heads the Overseas Korean Journalists Association, gave the donation to Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik in a ceremony in Yu’s office that marked the first financial contribution by the general public. Lee came to Seoul for a meeting with about 50 fellow journalists of his association.
Lee said he hoped the small donation will be of help in unifying with North Korea. Yu expressed deep gratitude for the donation, saying it will give a boost to his ministry. South Korea has drafted a bill on how to finance the unification and announced a plan to provide seed money and collect voluntary financial contributions from citizens as soon as the parliament endorses the bill.
The Walking Dead Burning Questions: The Cast and Creator Weigh In
The March 18 season finale of The Walking Dead, featuring an epic zombie attack on the Greene family farm and the revelation that everyone on the show is infected with the zombie virus, was so scary and shock-a-minute outrageous that it nearly made our heads explode. (Now we know how those walkers feel when they meet the wrong end of a pickax!)
What’s in store for the survivors? Is there any hope left for mankind? And who was that weird hooded figure at the end of the episode sporting the ultimate Walking Dead fashion accessory – two armless zombies on a chain? We took our burning questions to executive producer (and comic-book creator) Robert Kirkman and several of the show’s top stars.
Sang Yoon Looks Back on Year One of Lukshon
For years chef Sang Yoon was revered as the king of Los Angeles’ burger scene thanks to the success of Father’s Office 1.0 and Father’s Office 2.0. Looking to expand with a new concept, in early 2011 Yoon debuted Lukshon, a sleek and modern number focused on the exploration of Southeast Asian flavors typically associated with street food, but here elevated to haute cuisine. Located on Helms in Culver City just next door to Father’s Office 2.0, from the get-go critics and diners entered Lukshon with high expectations, and last May the LA Times granted the restaurant one and a half stars.
Seattle restaurant Joule moving to Fremont Collective
Puget Sound Business Journal
“The new Joule will still be casual and offer eclectic, unique and bold Korean and Asian-inspired flavors that our guests have come to really love,” Yang said in a press release. “We think the menu will encourage family style dining that will be great for sharing.”
Their work at Joule made Yang and Chirchi semifinalists for a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Best Chef Northwest and landed them an appearance on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” show. Revel was named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by Seattle Weekly.
Drifting House by Krys Lee: review
The Telegraph (U.K.)
In her first collection of stories, Krys Lee, a South Korean who was brought up in the US, explores a modern Korean identity forged out of these upheavals. It makes for bleak but compelling reading. She starts in contemporary California’s Korean enclaves, before spinning back through stories set in her homeland at the start of its transformation.
Many of her Korean-American characters are unable to disengage from what they have left behind, and are trapped in limbo between places and cultures. In “At the Edge of the World”, a young Korean-American boy detachedly observing his moping parent is “angry at the past that kept taking his father away from him”.
Q&A: Lloyd Suh’s ‘Great Wall Story’
PBS News Hour
In 1899, three bored — and slightly drunk — newspaper reporters decide to concoct a story that the Great Wall of China is being torn down. The story takes off, and suddenly the reporters find themselves at the center of the swirling controversy. That’s the premise for “Great Wall Story,” a new play produced by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and which is based on actual events.
Lloyd Suh is the Korean-American playwright who wrote “Great Wall Story.” The play was developed, in part, during a three-day Colorado New Play Summit in 2011. Art Beat caught up with Suh in Denver before Friday’s premiere.
Korean activist Hahn wants Senate seat
Sunny Hahn, 59, a Flushing activist in the Korean community, plans to run for the 16th Senatorial seat as a Republican. The seat is held by Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), but under the new redistricting plan her district is part of that now held by fellow Democrat Tony Avella of Bayside. Stavisky has not announced her plans, but Avella said earlier this week he will run for re-election.
Hahn is associated with the Korean American Association of Queens and helped organize the Lunar New Year Parade in 1999. Her platform includes promoting the history of religious freedom in Flushing, unifying the look of downtown buildings and restoring the RKO Keith’s Theatre as an arts theater.
For Anthony Kim, a return to form?
Kim, who seemingly has been around for years, is just 26. He’s already been on a Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team. He made 11 birdies in one round at the Masters. He’s won at Quail Hollow, AT&T National and the Houston Open. But in six previous starts this year, he made just one cut, at the Honda Classic. He had shot in the 60s just three times. A tie for fifth at the British Open last summer — where it was last thought he was emerging from the doldrums — was but a distant memory. Same with some success in the fall in Asia. “That was more a flash in the pan,” Kim said. “I’m trying not to do that because that’s what I’m known for, I guess.”
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