Friday’s Link Attack: Dokdo Tensions Persist, Psy Mania, 2NE1
Author: Linda Son
Posted: August 17th, 2012
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S. Korea vows ‘stern measures’ against Japan over Dokdo
Yonhap News

South Korea vowed to take “stern measures” on Friday unless Japan withdraws its proposal to take the issue of Dokdo, Seoul’s easternmost islets claimed by Tokyo as its territory, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“We make it clear that the Japanese proposal does not deserve even a passing notice as there is no territorial dispute over Dokdo because it is clearly a Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law,” Seoul’s foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said.

The proposal, which was immediately rejected by South Korea, is not feasible because Tokyo must secure Seoul’s consent to have the issue heard at the ICJ, Seoul officials said.

Uncle of North Korean Leader in Beijing
New York Times

China’s official media said the trip could be a prelude to Mr. Kim’s first visit, but the official focus was economic development. The meetings between Mr. Kim’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and the top Chinese leaders came toward the end of his six-day trip to China, during which the government in Beijing promised to help North Korea develop two special trade zones near the Chinese border. Such zones, if successful, would provide the North Korean government with badly needed money as it tries to revive its staggering economy.

Fort Lee school board looks to fill open seat

Trustees this week elected Yusang Park to serve as president until the board reorganization meeting in January.

Park, a Korean-American who has been on the board for five years, declined to comment on any specific agenda for the next five months, saying he’d wait until the board’s goal-setting session in September to discuss concrete plans.

Woman killed in three-vehicle wreck on 101st Parkway
The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.)

Knoll said the Arcadia failed to yield to a westbound Honda Accord, driven by Dae Kang, 64. The Honda crashed into the Arcadia and continued onward to hit a stopped Toyota 4Runner, driven by Jacquelynn Jackson-Bunch, 34, and finally came to rest after running into a stop sign.

Kang and his wife, Tae Kang, 65, who was a passenger in the Honda, were transported to Gateway Medical Center by ambulance, according to Knoll. Tae Kang died at Gateway shortly after the crash. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Interview: PSY on ‘Gangnam Style,’ posers and that hysterical little boy

Thanks to PSY (real name Park Jae-Sang), the whole world is talking about Gangnam, Seoul’s ritziest district, and wondering where — or what — it could possibly be.

And over on Facebook, feeds continue to be peppered with posts about the comic K-Pop singer-songwriter’s frenzied “horse dance,” which foreign media is calling “the second Macarena” because of its catchiness.

Top of the K-pops: Korean musicians must export or starve
The Economist

Korean pop (known as K-pop to fans) is turning into an export success. Groups such as Super Junior and 2NE1 now sell millions of CDs and concert tickets in other parts of Asia. As K-pop zooms up the foreign charts, share prices of leading labels, such as SM Entertainment, have soared too.

But the outlook at home is less rosy. With the world’s fastest broadband connections, Koreans have embraced downloading. This in itself is not a problem, but the way they do it is.

Korean Music Report: 2NE1 To Launch “New Evolution” In NY Area

Meet CL, Dara, Bom, and Minzy. The group 2NE1 burst onto the Asian music scene with the hit “Fire” in 2009 and have been red hot ever since. Now they’re headed to New York. But what sets them apart from the other Korean groups tryng to find success in the United States?

“I think it’s our music and our loving fans that give us energy on stage,” said 2NE1′s CL.

’4 Wedding Planners’ available on VOD

Director Michael Kang’s latest feature, 4 Wedding Planners (formerly Knots), is available on Video on Demand and as a digital download starting today.

Unlike his previous features, The Motel and West 32nd Street, his latest film was written by and stars Kimberly-Rose Wolter. Wolter plays Lily, the oldest of three sisters, all by different dads. Mom Miriam (Illeana Douglas) believes in love and marriage, but maybe not so much the everlasting nature of either. As you might expect, that’s left all three of her daughters with some issues.

Sole Sisters
T Magazine/New York Times

Cole Haan’s recent collaborations — with the musician Theophilus London on a pair of blue suede bucks and with the recording artist and designer Hiroshi Fujiwara on neon-accented wingtips — have offered men of style a new view of the venerable footwear brand. This fall, the company is giving its women’s line a similar treatment. For the first limited-edition women’s collaboration, Olivia Kim, Opening Ceremony’s vice president of creative, and her pal Jen Brill, a brand ambassador for Chanel and creative consultant, have created a collection of shoes that can be worn from day to night.

Knockout loves being the ‘heel’
The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa)

For more than 13 years, Gail Kim has used her athleticism and charisma to entertain audiences around the world performing in the ring, and most recently, as one of the top performing Impact Wrestling Knockouts.

N.Korea Olympic squad returns to heroes’ welcome
AFP via Google News

North Korea’s Olympic squad has returned home to a heroes’ welcome, with cheering crowds lining the streets and the cabinet hosting a celebration banquet, according to the official news agency.
The North won four gold medals and two bronze at the London Games, finishing 20th in the table in the country’s best result since Barcelona in 1992, and its athletes have credited the ruling dynasty for their strong performance.

If history is any indication, Na Yeon Choi could be player to watch in Safeway Classic
Oregon Live

Aside from the winners, no player has performed better at Pumpkin Ridge than Choi, who was runner-up the last two years. Last year, Choi controlled the tournament through 36 holes and had a three-shot lead going into the final round before shooting 73 Sunday and losing in a playoff to Suzann Pettersen.

“I think I can read the greens very well,” Choi said. “That’s why I played well the last two years, and I think even this year, I have really good confidence on this golf course.”

Every boyfriend’s nightmare: Inside Seoul’s new handbag museum

The brainchild of Kenny Park, 57, the CEO of Simone Acc. Collection Ltd., a Korea-based supplier of handbags for labels including Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Tory Burch, the museum houses more than 300 European pieces in its permanent collection over two floors and reserves the top floor for special exhibitions.

Built over three years, the building itself cost US$3.53 million while another US$1.59 million was spent on securing pieces for the collection.

Hester Street Fair

The Hester Street Fair is an outdoor community market in the Lower East Side of New York City created by The Big Social team of Ron Castellano, SuChin Pak, Adam Zeller, and Suhyun Pak. HSF is a hybrid incubator and launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists specializing in unique handmade goods and artisanal food. Hundreds of vendors rotate over 60 spaces every Saturday at The Hester Street Fair to create one of the most dynamic outdoor events in New York City. Listed as Time Out New York’s #1 Thing To Do in New York City, The Hester Street Fair has become one of New York’s most beloved destinations.

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