Friday’s Link Attack: Jim Yong Kim, Monk Robbed in Canada, Shin-Soo Choo
Author: Linda Son
Posted: July 6th, 2012
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New leadership at World Bank is a new beginning for the world’s poor
The Toronto Star

It is a mission Kim is well equipped to lead. As a co-founder of Partners in Health, Kim pioneered the treatment of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. As director of the World Health Organization’s department of HIV/AIDS in 2003, he launched the first ever global goal for AIDS treatment with his “three by five” initiative. Aimed at treating three million patients living with HIV with antiretroviral drugs by 2005, the ambitious program reached its ultimate goal a bit late in 2007, but was recently touted by the Lancet medical magazine as having “helped change forever the way we thought about AIDS.”

Kim’s impressive credentials and achievements in the field of global development have left him primed to usher in a new era at the World Bank. As in most big institutions, there is the risk of the bank resisting change. It is important, therefore, that we set high expectations for change, especially in reaching the bottom billion, the world’s very poor who have not been reached by basic health and basic education efforts.

South Korea Says Reaching China Free Trade Deal Won’t Be Easy

South Korea said reaching a free trade agreement with China “will not be easy” after three days of talks in Seoul.

“There were significant differences in opinion,” Deputy Trade Minister Choi Seok Young told reporters today in Seoul, a day after he concluded discussions with Chinese counterpart Yu Jianhua. The two sides exchanged “very basic views” on service and manufacturing criteria and each other’s domestic legal procedures.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song
The Guardian (U.K.)

Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm across Asia and Latin America. Across the Korean border to the north, meanwhile, broadcasters are prompting a track somewhat less likely to find international success: a new signature song for youthful leader Kim Jong-un.

The anthem – catchily titled Onwards Toward the Final Victory is part of the propaganda drive to build up the image of the “great successor”. Radio and television are airing it several times a day and the score has already been printed in the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Korean monk on continental bicycle odyssey robbed in Toronto
Metro News Canada

Korean Buddhist monk Daeung Sunim is on the spiritual journey of a lifetime as he cycles across North and South America, relying on the kindness of strangers for a bite to eat or a place to stay.

But on a recent stop in Toronto, Sunim met with harsh hospitality when a car his belongings were in was broken into and his laptop, GPS and $200 cash stolen — crucial items for his journey.

Two get jail terms for defaming hip-hop singer Tablo
Yonhap News

Besides the two, identified only by their surnames Won and Lee, the Seoul Central District Court also sentenced six other members of the Seoul-based Internet cafe to eight to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, for “maliciously” claiming that Tablo, whose Korean name is Daniel Lee Seon Woong, didn’t attend Stanford University.

Forging a More Successful Multicultural America – Ron Takaki and Asian American Leadership
Psychology Today

Today we live in a society where multi-cultural America is generally considered a positive and diversity is sometimes taken for granted. We have a bi-racial president and in the coming decades every single person in our country will be a member of a minority group. For Asian Americans, many challenges remain. The glass ceiling is real. Asian American women and men are still commonly perceived through the narrow lens of cultural stereotypes, and in many places we’re still considered foreigners in our own country. At the same time, undeniable progress has been made. If we believe Asian American children today are growing up in a country that’s more inclusive of people who look like them than just one generation ago, we can be grateful for the contribution made by the life work of Ron Takaki.

Stuntman Ilram Choi puts the Amazing into Spider-Man
Angry Asian Man

Have you seen the new Spider-Man? Meet the man behind the mask. Oh, you thought it was that dude Andrew Garfield? Nope. Meet Ilram Choi, the real guy behind the mask: Secrets Straight from Spiderman’s Stuntman.

In this clip, Yahoo’s Michael Yo talks to Ilram Choi, a seasoned stuntman working behind the scenes on The Amazing Spider-Man, who put on that skintight Spidey suit and made the dangerous stuff look easy: link.

Choi Min-sik , Oh Dae-su In The Original OLDBOY Has No Desire To See The Remake
Comic Book Movie

And speaking to Flixist Choi Min-sik revealed that he’s actually been following the press for the film very closely and is in favor of the remake, although he has no plans to see the film. It’s nothing against Spike Lee but he’s been waging a long battle against the saturation of the Korean film market with American films in his native country.

Language-exchange cafes and groups promote cross-cultural understanding, friendships
Yonhap News

Ross Kang didn’t see a future as an industrial parts buyer at LG. What he really enjoyed doing was learning English with native speakers, but couldn’t find comfortable places to conduct the meetings. So Kang left his stable job to create a business based on that experience. The first Culture Complex language and culture exchange cafe opened in 2005 and the CEO hasn’t looked back.

Indians 3, Rays 1: Choo sparks offense
AP via The Columbus Dispatch

Despite some flaws, the Indians are staying near the top of the American League Central. And Shin-Soo Choo is leading the way.

Thriving at the plate since moving into the leadoff spot in May, Choo set the tone by homering in the first inning and Josh Tomlin pitched seven stellar innings as Cleveland defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 last night, its sixth victory in the past eight games.

Dong Hyun Kim a key in UFC’s Korean expansion
USA Today

Standing in stark contrast to the hype that surrounds Saturday’s UFC 148 PPV headliner between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is a welterweight matchup between South Korean judoka Dong Hyun Kim and Demian Maia.

But for the UFC’s plans in Kim’s home nation, the matchup could be as important as any main event.

Samsung’s 75-inch ES9000 Smart TV launches in South Korea for just over $17,000
Digital Trends

Samsung may have set its sights on AMOLEDs this year, that doesn’t mean old-school LCD technology will fall by the wayside. It’s just getting bigger. This week, Samsung launched its 75-inch ES9000 Smart TV in South Korea just this week for 19.8 million KW ($17,463 USD).

If bigger is better, this might be the next best option of watching the 2012 summer Olmypics, after Panasonic’s monstrous IMAX-competing 145-inch Ultra High Definition TV. Besides its size, the TV has Wi-Fi, access to Samsung Apps, its own app store with apps from Pandora, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus and others.

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