Get to know a few of the bands that will be touring the U.S. this month, including at the renowned SXSW music festival, and showcasing the diversity of today’s Korean indie scene.
Love X Stereo: Make ‘Em Dance
by JONATHAN CHA
With roots in skate punk from their first collaboration as the popular band Skrew Attack, Love X Stereo seamlessly combines punk and ’90s alternative rock into an electronic harmony of “danceable music.” Inspired by alternative rock superheroes New Order, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, the artists’ indie punk sound has spun aficionados with K-pop curiosity towards the evolving indie scene in Korea.
Most of the band’s lyrics are in English, a result of singer Annie Ko having lived in L.A. for six years as a youngster. Her silvery vocals and hypnotic synthesizer have melted crowds from Hongdae to New York with poignant lyrics of hope in the face of despair.
Guitarist Toby Hwang, “the quintessential skate punk rock kid,” according to Ko, boosts the unique sound with echoes of his past grinding melodic riffs. Meanwhile, the jazz-influenced, rhythmic variations of bassist Sol Han provide the indelible groove behind the band’s hit singles “Fly Over” and “Lose to Win.” Continue Reading »
Name: Andrew J. Lee
Location: Los Angeles
Occupation: Actor and writer
Describe your background.
I was born in Chicago and raised in a suburb that didn’t have a lot of Asians. I spent a lot of my time reading, writing and dreaming of being a professional skater and causing a bit of trouble in the neighborhood. The skating thing didn’t work out, but I loved movies and TV and thought, maybe someday I’ll try that, and here I am in L.A. collecting parking tickets in between auditions trying to make dreams come true.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Parents obviously, for teaching me about work ethic and hustling and just being a good human being who contributes something to this world. Growing up, they wanted me to study medicine and law and business like every other Korean parent, but once they realized that I wasn’t built the same way and they couldn’t talk me out of it, they supported me 100% to go after acting and writing and be the best, nothing has meant more to me. Also, all those that came before me and inspired me like Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho, Tim Kang, etc. for playing against stereotypes. Continue Reading »
A look back at the incredible life of this Korean American glass ceiling breaker, who recently turned 100 (by Korean age reckoning).
Compiled by Julie Ha, with Philip “Flip” Cuddy and John Cha
Actually, the Korean American Navy officer and NSA code-breaker technically turned 99 last month, but about 175 of her admirers gathered Jan. 18 at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate her centennial birthday, based on Korean age. Cuddy grew up the eldest daughter of two of the most revered Korean independence patriots (and among the earliest Korean immigrants to the U.S.), Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Helen (Hye Ryon) Ahn. The couple’s tireless work to liberate their mother country from Japanese colonization would play a crucial role in Cuddy’s upbringing, identity and values. At the same time, their heroic shadow didn’t seem to keep her from paving her own unique and trailblazing path. Here’s a look back at the incredible life of Susan Ahn Cuddy.
Susan Ahn is born in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 1915, the third child of Ahn Chang Ho and Helen Ahn, the first married couple from Korea to arrive in America, in 1902. Their Korean passports were 51 and 52. Susan’s name—“Soo-san” in Korean—means “embroidered mountain.” In this photo, Susan is pictured with her parents, older brothers Philip and Philson and baby sister Soorah. The youngest, Ralph, was not yet born. Continue Reading »
by ETHEL NAVALES
The March issue of Marie Claire Korea is certainly one to look forward to. What are we most excited to see? Park Shin-hye’s gorgeous looks as she pays homage to Audrey Hepburn– the film and fashion icon during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Clearly, Hepburn’s legacy is one that has endured long after her death in 1993. In fact, the American Film Institute named Hepburn third among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
Although it is impossible to recreate a legend, we are awfully impressed with Park’s stunning tribute spread titled “My Fair Lady.” For the spread, the South Korean actresses reenacts iconic Audrey Hepburn styles from Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Continue Reading »