Friday’s Link Attack: Kim Jong-un; Road Rage Gunman Arrested; K-pop Meets Country Music
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: February 15th, 2013
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North’s Test Re-ignites Debate in South on Nuclear Weapons
Wall Street Journal

North Korea’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 stirred debate on the southern side of the peninsula about Seoul arming itself with nuclear weapons in response.

The debate predictably flared up again this week after Pyongyang staged its third such test on Tuesday.

Several lawmakers from the ruling conservative Saenuri Party as well as right-leaning newspapers have been vocal in calling for the South to respond in kind against the mounting nuclear threat from the North.

What’s Kim Jong Un’s intention with the nuclear test?
CNN International

On Tuesday, the international community reacted to North Korea’s third nuclear test by calling its action “provocative,” while South Korea’s foreign minister warned that it was a “clear threat to international peace and security.”

It was what Kim Jong Un, the nation’s young leader, wanted.

From the North Korean government’s view, the more pressure the international community places on its nuclear testing, the better. They enjoy the chatter among the world’s leaders and at the U.N. about how North Korea’s nuclear program must be stopped at all cost.

UC student takes Dream Act case to YouTube
San Francisco Chronicle

Terrence Park has done plenty of work – in laundries, in restaurants and tutoring in private homes – to realize his dream of getting a college education.

But the 24-year-old UC Berkeley math club leader and biostatistics major from South Korea said Wednesday that he never dreamed he would reveal his biggest secret – that he is an undocumented immigrant – on YouTube.

Park is the star of a new video in which he reveals that he is a one of an estimated 2.1 million American youths whose undocumented parents brought them to the United States as children. Without passage in Congress of the legislation known as the Dream Act, he and the others could have their dreams dashed.

Driver disarms gunman in Newton road rage incident
Boston Globe

A 21-year-old Newton man pleaded not guilty to assault and gun charges Friday after police said he pulled a sawed-off handgun on another driver during a road rage incident in Newton’s Oak Hill neighborhood.

The other driver, whom police did not identify, wrestled the gun away after employing some calm talk and martial arts skills, police said.

Byung Jin Kang was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail at his arraignment in Newton District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and illegal gun possession.

For ‘Last Stand’ Director, a Tough Hollywood Debut
Wall Street Journal

Hollywood is a rough place when you’re the new guy in town, even for a celebrated filmmaker.

Kim Jee-woon was well out of his comfort zone directing his debut Hollywood movie, “The Last Stand,” starring governator Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first leading role in a decade. At a Seoul press conference this week, Mr. Kim described the experience as “lonely,” “difficult” and “controlled.”

K-Pop Meets Country Music (and New Jersey)
TIME.com

On these shores, Korean pop music—more popularly known as K-Pop—is perhaps most identified with the club-ready electronic beats and slickly tuxedoed look of global phenomenon (and newly crowned “King of YouTube”) PSY. So why is K-Pop duo 2YOON heel-toeing in a barnyard in their new video? Why are they wearing overalls? Why is there a saloon in the background? And more important: what’s with their new K-Pop-goes-country sound?

Country music and K-Pop may seem like strange bedfellows right now, but musicians and producers are betting that this unlikely union could yield the next chart-busting hit. Meaning: we could start hearing American-music influences in one of the world’s most popular and dynamic pop genres.

Conger looking to stick in majors
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Calif.)

Hank Conger made his first career Opening Day roster two years ago. He would like to do so again – and stick around this time, too.

The 25-year-old catcher knows what he needs to do.

“In this organization, we really take pride on our defense,” he said. “That’s the No. 1 thing as a catcher, our defense. As long as we keep focusing on improving on the defensive part, hopefully things work out.”

South Korea Digests White House Kimchi Recipe
Wall Street Journal

For the past week, South Korean netizens and media have been chewing over the revelation of a White House kimchi recipe with pride, humor and a bit of debate.

On Feb. 6, the Twitter account of First Lady Michelle Obama dispatched word that the White House cooks had taken a new harvest of Napa cabbage grown in the South Lawn garden and made kimchi out of it.

Lee Young-ae Promotes Bibimbap in NYT Ad
Chosun Ilbo

Actress Lee Young-ae has been featured in a full-page ad in the New York Times promoting bibimbap, the healthful Korean dish of rice with assorted vegetables.

The ad was paid for by enthusiastic promoters of Korean cuisine including Seo Kyoung-duk, a public relations expert and professor at Sungshin Women’s University.

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