With her child’s birth, an adoptee discovers a priceless bond
Los Angeles Times
Former KoreAm editor Corina Knoll writes this great first-person piece on her adoptee experience.
Abandoned in Korea and arriving in the U.S. at 2 not knowing how to hug, a mother who had feared that detachment was part of her nature takes joy in her infant son.
A Day For Forgotten Moms of Korean Adoptees
Wall Street Journal
But even less talked about than that goal is the fact that most children put up for adoption are the product of relationships between men and women who don’t marry. And the shame over that is heaped most heavily on the woman carrying the baby.
That’s why, for the second year in a row, several groups that promote the rights and welfare of single moms (unwed, divorced, widowed, you name it) have banded together to declare that Adoption Day also be recognized as Single Mothers’ Day.
North Korean women sold into ‘slavery’ in China
The Christian Science Monitor
“A lot of women come to China not knowing what they are getting into,” says Ms. Kim, who escaped the farmer with her family but was caught by Chinese police and then sent back to North Korea. “Women are secretly sold in China.”
‘Comfort Women’ Controversy Comes to New York
International Herald Tribune via The New York Times
Now, a New York lawmaker’s proposal to memorialize the plight of the women, often called sex slaves, through a monument and a street in a largely Asian neighborhood of New York City, has brought the passions here.
The legislator, Peter A. Koo, a Hong Kong immigrant, and 50 other lawmakers on the New York City Council have been flooded with letters from angry Japanese from around the world.
Congratulations, Supervisor Jane Kim, On Your First Self-Propelled Bike To Work Day
For some San Francisco city officials today was just another beautiful day to ride a bike to work, but for District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim today marked her first solo expedition on Bike to Work Day. City Hall/bike activist watchdogs will remember Supervisor Kim spent the last couple of Bike to Work days looking sharp on the back of a tandem bike. This year, however, Kim finally took off her training wheels for a spin through the city’s bike lanes.
How Live Tweeted Brain Surgery Reached 14.5 Million People
A live tweeted brain surgery this week reached an online audience of more than 14 million people, according to the hospital that used social media to broadcast the operation.
Dr. Kim Dong of Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital system performed a brain tumor resection surgery on a 21-year-old patient Wednesday morning.
Robert Irvine Marries Professional Wrestler
On Thursday, “Restaurant: Impossible host Irvine,” 46, wed professional wrestler Gail Kim, 35, in Napa Valley, Calif.
Kim is the reigning titleholder of the TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Women’s Knockout Championship. Also a former WWE Women’s champion, she once wrestled under the ring name “La Felina.” The couple met on the set of Irvine’s show, “Dinner: Impossible.”
Actor Lee Byung Hun confirmed for a role in upcoming Hollywood film, ‘Red 2′
After Bruce Willis sang the praises of Lee Byung Hun for his work on G.I. Joe 2, it seems they will be working together once again. Actor Lee Byung Hun who plays the role of Storm Shadow in the Hollywood blockbuster G.I. Joe series has also been cast in ‘Red 2‘.
Super cars and avatars: Seoul’s mind-blowing future technology museum
Launched in 2008, T.um is the future technology museum run by SK Telecom, Korea’s largest telecommunications provider.
The interactive tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle of the future, and how technological advances will impact the experiences of driving, shopping and home life.
Park Chu-young Tipped to Serve as Olympic Captain
National team captain Park Chu-young has struggled this season as a benchwarmer for English Premier League outfit Arsenal following his summer transfer there, but he may have a shot at redemption by leading Korea’s Olympic team at the London Games.
Hurdle tosses BP to former Steeler Ward
The guy pitching batting practice early Thursday in PNC Park to Hines Ward, and gregariously enjoying it, was Clint Hurdle. Unlike some others who maybe couldn’t ignore their athletic-challenge DNAs against the recently retired NFL and Steelers great, the Bucs manager figured he’d be good for teeing up some cookies.
LAAPFF ’12: Can an Asian Fetish Lead to True Love?
At its core, Seeking Asian Female is a thoroughly entertaining relationship story (dare I say romantic comedy?), and left me with a few takeaway questions to chew on. If it works out for Steven and Sandy, does that validate his means of finding her? If yellow fever at its base is about sexualized stereotypes, domination, and power, how do you pass judgment when the beholder gets to know the object of desire in a genuine way, and starts to see her with depth and agency? Who am I to judge what someone’s dream girl looks or acts like? Are Steven’s online dating tactics so much worse than how my friends filter through OK Cupid? The film does not put its stake in the ground one way or another, but opens up the opportunity for real dialogue around these questions.