Friday’s Link Attack: Google’s Dokdo ‘Blunder’; Psy on Cover of Billboard Magazine; Jay Caspian Kang
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: October 26th, 2012
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Rocket Launch Delayed After Fuel-Line Leak Found
Wall Street Journal

South Korea delayed its third attempt to launch a satellite-carrying rocket on Friday after technicians discovered an apparent leak in a fuel line to the rocket’s first stage.

The launch was scrubbed until at least Monday, officials initially said, because the rocket needed to be removed from the launch pad to replace a seal in the fuel connection. Even if that could be done in one day, the countdown process resets with at least two days of preparation time.

Later on Friday, officials said they couldn’t be sure precisely when the launch could be rescheduled. There’s no immediate time pressure on a launch; officials said they have until mid-November to send a rocket up and have the satellite reach its designated trajectory.

Online ad led to man’s arrest and federal prostitution case
Sun Herald (Miss.)

An online escort service ad for a “super hot and sexy Korean girl” led authorities to a Biloxi house where a man from Korea is accused of harboring an illegal immigrant for prostitution, a federal agent said Thursday in U.S. District Court.

A search of a house in the 100 block of Azalea Street and other evidence are indicative of human trafficking and prostitution, a Homeland Security Investigations agent testified at the preliminary hearing of Moonseop Kim.

The federal case against Kim, 54, began with a Biloxi police investigation in which an undercover officer found a website advertising escort services in Biloxi and called to hire an escort for $300. Police arrested Kim and a 26-year-old woman on a prostitution charge after the woman showed up at a hotel on Cedar Lake Road in a car driven by Kim. Police questioned them and searched the car, and called in the HSI.

Google’s Dokdo Blunder Could Have Been Prevented
Chosun Ilbo

Web search giant Google recently deleted the Korean address of the Dokdo islets on its map service. In the past, the map listed the address as “799-800 Ulleung,” referring to the nearest habitable Korean island, but as of last Friday that address had disappeared.

Google also changed its policy of placing no name on the body of water separating Korea and Japan and now refers to it as the “Sea of Japan” or “East Sea,” depending where the search is made.

Google dominates 80 percent of the global web search market. Japanese media reported that Google made the change following protests from Japan’s Shimane Prefecture, which maintains a flimsy claim to Korea’s easternmost islets that dates back to the colonial occupation.

Protesters call H-Mart’s hiring racist
Queens Courier (N.Y.)

An Asian supermarket chain is under fire from a trio of picketers who say the company is not colorblind in its hiring practices.

Jim MacDonald and his two pals, Craig Kinsey and Vincent Middleton, say H-Mart only employs Korean or Chinese cashiers and Hispanic backroom workers at its northeast Queens and Long Island stores. The threesome has been picketing outside the location on Union Street in Flushing since late August.

“It’s unfair to block out other ethnic backgrounds and only hire specific ones,” Kinsey said. “Flushing is a diverse community. If you want to show diversity, put your money where your mouth is. Have some diversity in employment.”

‘World Star’ Psy Featured on the Cover of Billboard Magazine

Today, Psy wrote on his twitter, “I am the cover of Billboard!” along with a picture.

In the picture of the cover, Psy is posing in different moves from the “Gangnam Style” dance.

The cover also reads, “500 million fans can’t be wrong,” which is referring to the views he recorded on YouTube, currently surpassed 531 million views.

South Korean girl group Wonder Girls tackle Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ in ‘Cover the World’ music project
New York Daily News

Hot on the heels of viral sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” fellow South Korean export the Wonder Girls are proving that their music’s global reach is here to stay.

The five-member girl group, which previously toured with the Jonas Brothers back in 2009, kept things mellow in a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” released earlier this week.

“We wanted to make it more rhythmical with a drum, and we also wanted to give it some more energy so that we would put out a new sound,” group member Yeeun told the Daily News of their rendition.

Why K-Pop is sweeping the world
Christian Science Monitor

K-Pop’s international strategy has paid off. A “hallyu” – or Korean wave – has spread across Asia, similar to how the British Invasion brought The Beatles and The Rolling Stones stateside in the 1960s.

Jay Caspian Kang impresses with ‘The Dead Do Not Improve’
Los Angeles Times

Jay Caspian Kang’s richly observed first novel explores the troubled mind-set of a Gen-X Korean American.

‘World’s worst airline’ launches world’s worst booking site

North Korea’s national carrier Air Koryo, which has the lowest airline rating on Skytrax, has discovered the Internet.

The state-owned company — regarded by some as the “world’s worst airline” — recently launched a bilingual website ( to provide travelers with “easier, quicker, reliable booking and ticketing services,” according to Air Koryo.

Online booking is currently available on three routes: Pyongyang-Shengyang, Pyongyang-Beijing and Pyongyang-Vladivostok.

Asian Americans Show Ballot Box Power
AP via YouTube

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