Friday’s Link Attack: Jay Park, Shin Soo Choo, North Korea
Author: Linda Son
Posted: May 18th, 2012
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New Jersey Town’s Korean Monument Irritates Japanese Officials
The New York Times

Two delegations of Japanese officials visited Palisades Park, N.J., this month with a request that took local administrators by surprise: the Japanese wanted a small monument removed from a public park.

Has North Korea Now Crossed China, Too?
International Herald Tribune

China is North Korea’s closest ally. Yet for many Chinese, exasperated tolerance seems to be turning to anger as reports spread of the abduction last week of 29 Chinese fishermen in the Yellow Sea by unidentified North Koreans, with the kidnappers reported to have demanded payment for their return.

UN: N. Korea evades luxury ban to smoke, drink, drive

Ten thousand rolls of tobacco, 12 bottles of Sake, and a handful of second-hand Mercedes-Benz cars are among the latest reported breaches by North Korea of a U.N. ban on luxury goods sales to the reclusive state, according to a confidential draft U.N. report.

Japan told a U.N. panel of experts that Pyongyang also imported thousands of computers and thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics and that almost all the goods were shipped through China, it was reported in the draft seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Thousands Pay Tribute to 1980 Gwangju Victims
The Wall Street Journal

Thousands of people gathered in Gwangju on Friday to mark the 32nd anniversary of the one of the most tragic and disgraceful episodes in South Korean history – the suppression of democracy protesters by the South Korean military.

Several hundred people in the southwestern city died at the hands of South Korean soldiers during three days of violence that began on May 18, 1980.

Kim Jong Un Is an Internationally-Renowned Author
The Atlantic

North Korea’s state-owned press is known for making up flattering things about its leaders. Kim Jong Il, for instance, invented the hamburger and routinely shot “3-4 hole-in-ones” every time he played golf. Now, with Kim Jong Un sitting atop the throne, it’s time to nurture a new cult of personality. Today, that means hyping The Outstanding Leader’s authorial genius. With this earth-shattering headline, the Korean Central News Agency is proud to report: Kim Joung Un’s Work Carried by Bangladeshi Paper.

Korean-American Business Leader and Newsman Eying Meng’s Seat
City & State (New York, N.Y.)

A former newspaper editor, who is now the CEO at Korean American Chamber of Commerce of New York, has taken an initial step towards running for Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s seat.

Myungsuk Lee, who for 15 years worked as editor of the Korea Times, has registered a campaign committee to fundraise for a run in the Flushing-based district.The seat is 78 percent Asian-American, and Lee’s strong business credentials and community ties would appear on paper to make him a contender if he goes forward.

Momofuku Restaurant Plans To Introduce Mold & Bacteria To Its Menu

David Chang is a famous Korean-American chef who is known for his trendy restaurant group Momofuku. Now, the celebrity chef and his team have teamed up with Rachel Dutton, a Harvard microbiologist, to develop a one-of-a-kind tasting menu. Chang hopes to find unique strains of bacteria and mold to introduce in his dishes.

FDA bans Korean shellfish from U.S. distribution
The Washington Post

An agency analysis of the Korean shellfish program found unacceptable water pollution levels in shellfish-growing areas and periodic detection of norovirus, a common cause of acute gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

Illustrator finds beauty in Toronto’s back alleys
Globe and Mail (Canada)

[Michael] Cho, well-known in comic-book circles for his off-beat illustrations of superheroes, has spent years drawing the lanes and jumbled backyards around Little Italy for his new book of drawings, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. Like the artists who painted the city before him, stretching back to the Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris and Albert Franck, Mr. Cho set out to capture the beauty that’s in the ordinary. It was a highly personal project for him.

Little women of Korean cinema
The Korea Times

The women in these works are of decorative value; they may have onscreen presence and beauty yet strikingly little depth in character. Their lines are cringe-worthy (conveniently lost on most Cannes audience and jury members who will watch with subtitles). Most of all, they are weak, accessories to male co-stars.

One of the oldest stories — beaten to death, really — in Korea’s epicenter of motion pictures Chungmuro, is the supposed lack of leading ladies who are both bankable stars and gifted thespians.

Korean Adoptee Becomes French Deputy Minister
Chosun Ilbo

Fleur Pellerin, a Korean orphan who was adopted by a French family when she was six months old, has been appointed deputy minister in charge for small business and the digital economy by France’s new President François Hollande. Hollande announced his 34-member Cabinet on Wednesday afternoon.

Into the Next Stage: Lots of Asian American Regulars Among the New Fall Television Shows
Rafu Shimpo

This week, we got the annual “out with the old, in with the new” reports as the television networks announced their new 2012-2013 line-up. Although a few shows featuring Asian American regulars got canceled, a lot more seemed to be green-lighted to series for the fall or as mid-season replacements for the shows that fail.

Edmonds-bred K-Pop star Jay Park’s ‘Fresh Air’ mixtape
Seattle Times

Korea-via-Edmonds singer/rapper/dancer Jay Park has a new mixtape out, “Fresh Air: Breathe !t.” Download using the link below. Listen to my pick for the best song above, the slumping Bay Area-inspired rap track “You Know How We Do.”

‘Mrs. Eastwood’: Easy to see why Clint took a liking to her
Chicago Sun Times

Clint Eastwood’s wife Dina is getting her own reality show on E! and apparently has a quirky Korean American housekeeper.

Inside the home the vibe is casual, controlled chaos presided over by the family’s longtime Korean-American housekeeper, Lisa, who’s bursting with spin-off potential. In the pilot, Lisa gets a nose stud, which is funny. And then she pulls it out, which is even funnier.

Choo a quick study in leadoff role

It is still unclear who will be the Indians’ best leadoff option over the long term. For now, though, they seem to have found a temporary solution in Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo — who has also hit third, fourth and sixth in the lineup this season — was hitting .462 (6 of 13) entering Thursday, with two doubles and a home run in three games since moving to the leadoff spot. He had a season-high three hits in Wednesday night’s 9-3 win over the Mariners.

MILLER: Injured vet’s guns stolen by D.C.
Washington Times

After being pulled over, handcuffed, arrested, thrown in jail overnight, [Augustine Kim's] guns were confiscated by the city.

In the end, the platoon leader felt forced to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, which was later dismissed, but the District still refuses to return to him $10,000 worth of firearms and parts. The national guardsman will deploy to Kosovo this summer. The city should return his property before he leaves to serve our nation overseas for the third time.

Why Facebook Matters to This White Mom Raising a Kid Who’s Not

To help this person understand, I  explained that I needed to reach out to other families like mine and to people of color who might have faced similar situations. I needed perspective, and didn’t know if, in fact, my husband I were over-reacting and needed a reality check. I needed to “talk” to those I know and respect and hear what opinions others had.

This was not something that was possible in the smaller community of my son’s school. Yes, it’s fairly diverse, but not enough for the  kind of feedback I was looking for. Thus, I went to Facebook. And yes, it helped.

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