North Korean flag used in huge US, South Korean live-fire drills meant as warning to Pyongyang
Live-fire drills by the allies are fairly routine, but using the North’s national flag as part of target practice is unusual — and will be seen as a provocation by Pyongyang, which has previously threatened war for what it called South Korean insults to the country’s national symbols and leadership.
As Korean War anniversary nears, dozens gather in Palisades Park to thank veterans
Bergen County Record (N.J.)
As Monday’s 62nd anniversary of the start of war approached, more than 60 people gathered in a ballroom at Pine Plaza on Broad Avenue on Thursday to honor the veterans with traditional Korean music, dance and food.
“Because of your sacrifices of service, South Korea can enjoy freedom, economic prosperity and democracy,’’ said Hubert Lee, president of the Korean American Foundation.
Michelle Rhee to For-Profit College Industry: “You’re Doing Incredible Work”
Republic Report was the first to report that Michelle Rhee, the hard-charging former chancellor of the District of Columbia public schools, would be addressing the Las Vegas annual convention of APSCU, the largest trade association for the controversial for-profit college industry. Not everyone is a fan of Rhee’s approach to education reform, but she is a prominent figure, and we expressed concern that, unless Rhee used the opportunity to sharply criticize her hosts, her appearance would look like an endorsement of an industry where many schools offer a toxic mix of deceptive recruiting, high prices, and weak programs. It’s an industry that gets more than $32 billion a year in federal aid and leaves many students jobless and deep in debt. It’s an industry now being investigated for fraudulent practices by more than 20 state attorneys general.
Motorist killed in fiery crash on 10 Freeway is identified
Los Angeles Times
A motorist who was killed in a fiery crash on the 10 Freeway has been identified as Kyong Shin, 56, of Los Angeles, coroner’s officials said Friday.
Shin’s 2002 Ford Expedition veered off the right shoulder of the westbound 10 at Robertson Boulevard about 2:35 a.m. Thursday and went over the side of the roadway into an embankment, the California Highway Patrol said.
Drought returns to threaten North Korean food
Wolfgang Jamann, the head of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, said he saw children using bottles and buckets to water crops by hand in the absence of large-scale irrigation systems in two southern provinces.
“We were repeatedly confronted with the statement that we are in a drought, the most severe drought in 60 years,” he told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, after getting back from an almost week-long visit to North Korea.
Leonia siblings excel in annual math competition
Leonia Life (N.J.)
Jordan, 11, and Jessica Lee, 8, placed at the top of their respective age groups in the New Jersey division of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers’ National Mathematics Competition — a feat they worked mornings, nights and weekends to achieve.
Coached by their father, Daniel Lee, and their grandfather Jong Lee, the siblings trained extensively for a month, poring over formulas and concepts from various branches of math to learn quick problem solving skills.
Asian American actors find a home on YouTube
Los Angeles Times
Performers such as Ryan Higa and Kevin Wu have built large followings on the video site. The new channel You Offend Me, You Offend My Family looks to capitalize.
Koreans and Jews find common cause
This is the long way into a story about Jews and Koreans, about ways in which two cultures that come from entirely different parts of the world, grown out of traditions that have no common roots, can discover shared values.
It also is a story that explains why the Rev. John Choi of Ridgefield Park learned Hebrew in an ulpan at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly.
Doo-Ri Chung to depart the Doo.Ri brand
Doo-Ri Chung is set to exit the fashion brand she begun. According to WWD, the Korean American designer could not be reached for comment and it is unclear at this stage what her future plans are. Tharanco Group, which owns Doo.Ri, said it “wishes Chung well in all her future endeavours.”
Deaf Beauty Pageant Winner a Shining Star at Incheon Airport
A strikingly attractive sign-language interpreter is helping hearing-impaired people at Incheon International Airport. Roh In-young, 27, won last year’s Miss Deaf Korea, a beauty pageant for the hearing impaired, and also finished as the third runner-up at the Miss Deaf International Pageant in the same year. She has been working for Air Korea at the country’s main gateway since June 4.
Details Names Ruxbin a Best New ‘Asian’ Restaurant. Huh?
Details has named Ruxbin one of the best new Asian restaurants in the U.S. Don’t get us wrong: Ruxbin rocks. But to say it’s one of the best new Asian restaurants because chef Edward Kim is of Korean descent and incorporates some Asian influences doesn’t make it an Asian restaurant. Even the restaurant says, “Diners can expect American comfort punctuated with Kim’s Chicago-born, Le Cordon Bleu trained, Korean American palate.”
Check out our story on Edward Kim and Ruxbin from the January 2012 issue of KoreAm.
Look East Film Festival Preview
Look East kicks off Saturday with dual honors for actors Lee Byung Hun and Ahn Sung Ki, who will become the first Korean actors to be added to both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the collection of hand and footprints at Grauman’s. The festival will feature a Q&A with Ahn after a screening of his film “Unbowed,” as well as a Q&A with Lee after a screening of “A Bittersweet Life.”
Park experiments with indie music, expands musical range
It was exactly a year ago that Lena Park stunned millions of viewers of “I am a Singer.” The 36-year-old singer, who is also known as Park Jung-hyun, mesmerized the audience with the powerful but touching voice that emanated from her small frame. Her popularity soared and so did people’s interest in her background ? being a Korean-American and an Ivy League graduate.
After receiving much unexpected attention, she is back with her eighth full-length album “Parallax,” the first in three-and-a-half years. She could have taken the safer way, including a few R&B songs on the album. But this time, Park took the hard way.
86: Galbi Jjim at Soban
Los Angeles Weekly
At Soban, a bright modern space on the western edges of Koreatown, the spicy pot of short ribs arrives looking like the centerpiece of the best Sunday dinner you could dream of. Impossibly tender cubes of beef are covered in rich gravy with hints of chile paste, roasted chestnuts and sweet, sauce-plumped dates. The flavor is as deep as an abandoned well, developed during hours of slow and deliberate braising. Is that orange rind? Ginger? Sesame oil? You ladle huge spoonfuls over mixed-grain rice, making sure to sop up every last drop of sauce. Maybe you’ll convince Grandma to add some gochujang to next year’s holiday brisket.