Dennis Rodman must ask North Korea about Kenneth Bae [OPINION]
Dennis Rodman landed in North Korea Tuesday and is reportedly backpedaling on his earlier promises to personally ask his friend, Kim Jong Un, to free American prisoner and former Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae.
Pay no attention to Rodman’s public statements so far. Judge his actions after he returns. Who can blame him for saying he’s not in North Korea to save Bae? Look at what happened to the U.S. envoy Robert King, who explicitly stated he was visiting Pyongyang to secure Bae’s release. The regime told him not to come.
Rodman was smart to say he was just entering North Korea to have some fun with Kim. They let him in, right?
Pyongyang, where ordinary life will surprise you
Global Times (China)
As the green train slowly pulls out of Sinujiu station after some two hours of security, the bars on my Chinese cell phone begin to drop off, one by one, until they all disappear. No service.
Welcome to North Korea.
Before making our way to Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea by the international community, we were stopped at Sinujiu. The North Korean border city just minutes away by train from Dandong, Liaoning Province in China is a major trading city that has welcomed Chinese visitors for years, but only recently opened to Western tourists for day-trips in May.
We hadn’t arranged to have a look around though. We were simply there for a security check. At this stop, there are no X-ray machines and every piece of luggage in question is physically checked by a North Korean officer.
Like entering any other country, we were required to fill in an arrival form. Though it was a different case not long ago, visitors are now allowed to bring in pretty much any electronic device, so long as it doesn’t have a GPS function.
Kelly Aramaki — 2013 Visionary Award Recipient
Northwest Asian Weekly
Before he’d taken his SATs, driven a car, or even knew which high school he was attending, Kelly Aramaki had a profound experience that would influence his future career.
It happened during his years as a student at Hazelwood Elementary in Renton.
“[My teachers] instilled in me a belief in myself — in my abilities, in my unique talents, and in the power of hard work and determination,” Aramaki said.
Educators at all levels of education are critical. But Aramaki was drawn to the influence one can have in a child’s earliest years of education.
The half-Korean and half-Japanese American has made a lasting impression on the students, families and colleagues he’s encountered in his 14 years in education.
Andrew Choi of Springfield, Va. pleads guilty to producing child pornography
WUSA 9 (Virginia)
A man has pleaded guilty to charges of production of child pornography after authorities reportedly found 600 videos showing underage boys performing sex acts.
U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia says 35-year-old Andrew Choi of Springfield, Va., pleaded guilty Firday to charges of production of child pornography.
According to court documents and court proceedings, Choi had online video chats with at least 10 boys under the age of 18 between May 2012 and January 2013, say MacBride. In a press release, MacBride writes: “The underage boys performed sex acts on camera and Choi recorded it using a screen capture program. Approximately 600 of these types of videos were discovered on Choi’s computer.”
Prodigy trades her musical career for the Army
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Soldiers seem to always have an interesting story for why they joined the Army but if you heard Spc. Pyungan Cho’s, a native of Los Angeles, you would probably be left a little stunned.
Cho is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 15th Sustainment Brigade “Wagonmasters” based out of Fort Bliss, Texas, and is currently on her first deployment in Afghanistan.
What makes her story so fascinating is the successful music career she walked away from to join the Army.
Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and started playing the piano at the age of five.
Mnet America Kicks off New K-Pop Biography Series with Feature on PSY
Mnet America has started its new K-Pop biography series with a special on the artist who blew up the K-Pop scene with his unexpected hit, “Gangnam Style.” Mnet shared a preview of “Headliner” on YouTube and the full episode can be viewed on their website.
“Headliner” is a monthly biography series that profiles top K-Pop stars such as PSY, G-Dragon, Big Bang, 2NE1, and Girls’ Generation. The show will give English fans a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the most famous K-Pop stars and follow them on their journey of success and hard work.
S. Korea defeats Haiti in football friendly
Yonhap via GlobalPost
South Korea defeated Haiti 4-1 in their football friendly on Friday, aided by three unanswered goals in the second half.
In a rare display of offensive onslaught at Incheon Football Stadium, west of Seoul, Son Heung-min of Bayer Leverkusen scored twice and South Korea converted two second-half penalties, giving head coach Hong Myung-bo his first win with the national team.
Since Hong took over the national team in June, South Korea had previously managed three draws and one loss, while scoring just once.
Shin-soo Choo reaches 20-homer mark for third time in MLB career
Choo Shin-soo of the Cincinnati Reds reached the 20-homer plateau for the third time in his Major League Baseball (MLB) career at home on Thursday.
At Great American Ballpark, the South Korean center fielder took St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn over the center field in the bottom of the fourth for his 20th home run of the season. The solo shot gave him 48 RBIs for 2013.
He finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. The Reds defeated the Cardinals 6-2.
TNA Knockout Gail Kim likes getting physical
Gail Kim is a talented artist. Unlike Picasso’s, her canvas is 18×18 with steel, wood, foam and mat.
Kim is a pro wrestler, one of today’s best, and her base is TNA Impact Wrestling, contracted as a TNA Knockout.
The artistry she creates is in the squared circle against many shapes and styles — big, small, fast, strong, technical.
It’s because of women wrestlers like Kim that women as wrestlers can be believable, comparable to their male counterparts.
Korean Fashion Designers Are About to Take Over New York
While Korean fashion has taken Asian markets by storm, it has only recently has it begun to expand to New York City’s fashion scene, where Korean brands are mostly featured in high-end Fashion Week runway shows and pop-up stores. But permanent stores are also opening in Manhattan, such as Boyoung Kim’s boutique, which will debut on the Upper West Side. From classic-chic fashionistas to Lower East Side hipsters, young New Yorkers are constantly searching for the latest in fashion, and Korean designers might satisfy their craving.
Korean brands feature prominently in fall 2013′s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, from Son Jung Wan’s elegant pastel colors to Beyond Closet, which could be described as “Tommy Hilfiger with a distinctly Korean sensibility.” Both designers’ pieces allude to their Asian roots without being overwhelmed by them.
The designers’ universal appeal isn’t unprecedented. Phillip Lim, the cofounder of the fashion label 3.1 Phillip Lim told the New York Times that Chinese American designers have been successful because their work is tailored towards the “global citizen.” Take, for example, Taiwanese American designer Alexander Wang; the Huffington Post found that his “minimalistic” contours appeal to “every stylish woman in America.” Popular Korean brands have managed to blend their influences, making their clothes marketable on a global scale.
Designer Kim Hongbum Brings Korean Fashion To NYC
On the night of September 4th, Korean Fashion designer Kim Hongbum revealed the Spring/Summer 2014 collection for his brand, CRES. E DIM. The designs are edgy, but highly wearable. Move over, K-pop, and make room for K-fashion!
The event took place at the X’Tige showroom in midtown Manhattan. Attendees included Korean government officials and Concept Korea representatives. SHK (Seen Heard Known) Magazine, a blooming digital fashion forum, hosted the party, which included live models sporting the garments atop pedestals that were sprinkled throughout the showroom. SHK also created the CRES. E DIM. Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook, which is available online here.
Hongbum, a former Project Runway Korea contestant, has been focused on introducing his CRES. E DIM. fashions to the U.S. marketplace over the last year. “I’m very excited to get my brand’s name out in New York, to buyers and other investors,” he told Meniscus Magazine last fall. Hongbum was one of five designers to participate in New York Fashion Week’s Concept Korea show in February 2013, an instrumental step toward his goal of international expansion.
This Isn’t a Korean Fashion Magazine, It’s The Sims 3
When I think of The Sims 3, I don’t think great hair. Sure, there are plenty of serviceable options, but they aren’t the kind of locks you’d see on celebs in, say, South Korea. Well, there are now.P
Korean digital artist “Hooney One” creates polished, attractive tableaus by modding and reshaping Sims 3 characters and textures to make them look all pretty—like K-pop stars or famous actors. Just check out their hair!
Unique Situations You’ll Have with Korean Toilets
If you’ve never travelled in Asia, there are some thing about the bathrooms here that you may notice are… different. You may need to adjust your toilet-going habits a little, so hold on to your butts, it’s going to be an interesting ride!
If you are unaware of what a squatty potty is, count yourself lucky. It’s literally a small porcelain basin in the floor which you need to… squat over! You’ll find these in older buildings, schools, and many subway stations. These toilets take some getting used to, but eventually you’re reaction will be: “Oh, a squatter… oh well.” These are mostly in public buildings, not in apartments or homes.
‘Room Cafes’ for Amorous Korean Teens: Dens of depravity or a necessary evil?
Sex, however, is still a different matter, with young lovers having no more options — and probably much less free time — than their parents did at their age. Not for nothing did a 2006 study of over 70,000 13-18 year-olds find that only 5.1% had sexual experience, and just last week I would have wagered it was still in single figures.
Then I read about ‘room cafes,’ and for a moment I was no longer sure. I learned that, paralleling developments in the prostitution industry, where ‘kissing rooms‘ — the Korean equivalent of massage parlors — have proliferated to avoid the 2004 Special Law on Prostitution, but in which it is “highly likely that after kissing, additional, actual sex might be arranged,” these establishments likewise avoided love hotels’ legal restrictions against admitting teens by being classified as food establishments instead.
However, judging by image searches, many room cafes — perhaps most? — are indeed cafes or coffee shops, and it’s telling that the following, alarmist article doesn’t mention those. Instead, it focuses on rooms’ lack of locks, and all of the smoking, drinking, and wild sex allegedly occurring within.