Friday’s Link Attack: eBay’s New K-pop Store, Tae Kwon Do, Na Yeon Choi
Author: Linda Son
Posted: June 8th, 2012
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Korean Americans create the Vangrace Project to help school for orphans in Uganda
Northwest Asian Weekly

Donor Effect was launched in December 2011 as a nonprofit corporation. Community-based organizations are featured on its main page with links to donation pages. E-mails started flowing in from organizations, asking to be featured on Donor Effect.
This was how they met Ssewankambo, founder and director of Vangrace Compassion Uganda. Ssewankambo’s e-mail struck the three with its well-prepared and detailed spreadsheets of Vangrace’s budget, but soon for another reason entirely.

Move Follows Six Month 9 News Investigation
9 News Now (Washington, D.C.)

Kim expressed many regrets after being sentenced for selling beer and vodka to a 17 year-old high school student. Police witnessed the transaction in February and arrested the teenager and Kim minutes later.

“I don’t want the business anymore. I want to go back to construction,” said Kim.

Queens Family Shocked That Leaning Electric Pole Is Not Fixed
New York 1

A leaning electric pole in Little Neck, Queens looms large over homeowner Yoon Suk Kang, who has seen the pole fall many times.

“The Verizon cable wire was a lot lower than average. The garbage pickup truck tried to get in to pick up the garbage and they hit the line and the electric pole fell down,” says Kang.

EBay Creates K-Pop Store Online
The Wall Street Journal

YG Entertainment, one of South Korea’s three biggest entertainment companies, on Thursday became the first Korean management firm to open up its cyber shopping mall, ‘YG Store,’ at the world’s largest e-commerce site, a move designed to meet a soaring demand for the “Hallyu”, or Korean Wave, items overseas.

Has Manufactured K-Pop Run Its Course?
Chosun Ilbo

Some industry sources believe the focus on manufactured bands is losing its luster. Singer Kim Chang-wan said, “Those who are leading the Korean Wave are professionally trained bands manufactured by mega management agencies. Most them sing the same way in similar productions and tend to launch their careers abroad. Their goals are far too commercial.”

Tae Kim: Co-founder and creative director
San Francisco Business Times

What it does: Camping gear for urbanite beginners.
We thought we had an interesting opportunity with an underserved customer base — people who have never gone camping and just starting out.

Tae Kwon Do Issue Gets Britain’s Attention
New York Times

In a country with plenty of experience debating the merits of soccer players chosen for the national team, the far less British sport of tae kwon do has been thrust into the gantlet of the frenzied press in recent days, ever since Aaron Cook, ranked No. 1 in the world in his weight class, was left off the team in favor of Lutalo Muhammad, who is ranked No. 59 in the same weight class.

Unheralded No. 2 Na Yeon Choi positions herself for major No. 1
Golf Digest

Na Yeon has yet to win this year, but has been second twice and picks up a check every time out, currently sitting at No. 6 on the money list this year and having amassed $6 million in career earnings.

“I think it was almost a perfect game today,” Choi said despite hitting only nine of 14 fairways and 10 greens. But her wonderfully-rhythmic putting stroke was needed only 25 times, and that’s the kind of effort on the greens that turns over-par play into an under-par round.

Se Ri Pak is sharp in return from injury

In late April, it looked as if the LPGA Championship this week would be a no-go for Se Ri Pak. It was reported then that she had a tear in the labrum of her left shoulder after falling on stairs, and the rehab was expected to take a couple of months.

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