2008
KoreAm
Author: KoreAm
Posted: September 15th, 2009
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December 2008

The people, events and issues that shaped 2008. Plus: Proposition 8 sparks division and debate, KoreAm hosts an “Unforgettable” gala, ANTM contestant Sheena Sakai struts her stuff, Start Here founders Tina Chang and Esther Mun say bye-bye to bling, Barack Obama is one of us (kinda).

November 2008

Smith Cho, who plays the ditzy sexpot on NBC’s Knight Rider, talks about her dogs, her fashion woes and her perseverance in the cutthroat world of Hollywood. Plus: Internet startups make a splash, Kam Redlawsk spreads the message about a rare orphan disease, the real deal on ethnically correct plastic surgery, a former Jehovah’s Witness explores her past, the dish on budae jjigae.

October 2008

In the game of life, Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher puts his mother, father and sister in the starting lineup. Plus: A young man fights his way out of trouble, the Asian American vote shades blue, KA reality stars: then and now, cityscape painter Kim Cogan invites us to check out his view, grills go wild at Gyenari.

September 2008

Amped with energy and armed with talent, actors Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo and Justin Chon join the hottest crop in Hollywood. Plus: Why more KAs are educating their kids at home, singer/songwriter Ken Oak plays a mean cello, Charles Lee protests against slavery without saying a word, a woman finds healing on the open seas.

August 2008

Young millionaire Steve Sung is changing the face of poker, but is he at risk of losing it all? A look at the high price of gambling. Plus: Koreans get swept up in ballroom dance, Ed Park loosens his tie to pen Personal Days, a Peace Corps volunteer shares his journey as an Asian American in Zambia, Koreanized Chinese food keeps crossing borders.

July 2008

MMA star BJ Penn attributes his hot-blooded fighting chops to his Korean roots. Plus: A heavy influx of Koreans to L.A.’s Little Tokyo ruffles some feathers, Miss Asia USA contestant Diane Yoo shares the ugly truth about the cutthroat race to be queen, KAs on the road to the 2008 Summer Olympics, Big Phony keeps it real, behind the scenes with banchan makers.

June 2008

Indie folk musician Priscilla Ahn sails on a new adventure with the release of her debut album, “A Good Day.” Plus: Seven writers share one lesson they learned from their fathers, Korean Brits on life in the U.K., KA adoptees weigh in on overseas adoption, actor Tim Kang‘s got commerical appeal, Kollaboration founder Paul “PK” Kim dreams big, cupcake queen Hyo Kwan follows her sweet tooth to success.

May 2008

As parents of twins and sextuplets, the stars of the hit reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 get eight times the laughs and tears. Plus: Korean Americans in same-sex relationships make their case for marriage, KoreAm Pro-Am links Korean LPGA members with the Korean American community, a San Diego news anchor‘s fascinating journey to family, behind the white mask of JabbaWockeeZ star Ben Chung, Bonjuk dishes up bowls of nostalgia.

April 2008

The sweet life: Three female CEOs rise to the top and taste success. Plus: An agressive form of leukemia can’t stop 13-year-old Julia Byon, a guide to Korea-based study programs, L.A. Riots: then and now, Kim Sunee‘s Trail of Crumbs serves up food for the soul, streetwear megastore Attic dares to be big, a tall girl reflects on the hype over height.

March 2008

Four years after Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, John Cho and Kal Penn are back for a second helping. Plus: A guide to Chicago’s Koreatown, Poketo makes affordable art you can touch, one-on-one with Planet B-Boy filmmaker Benson Lee, Rescue Beauty Lounge founder Ji Baek cleans up the concept of the nail spa, chef Ani Phyo takes a bite into the raw food movement.

February 2008

Young music artists struggling to catch a break in the U.S. discover a welcoming spotlight in Korea’s pop scene. Plus: Business blooms for celebrity florist Kevin Lee, friends and family of Michael Cho search for answers, long-married couples share their secrets on love, Ki Yong Sung paints portraits from an underground subway, artist Saelee Oh draws her world, photographer Stephen Stickler shoots the stars.

January 2008

Taking a hands-on approach to success, pop-rock duo Meg & Dia Frampton carve their musical destiny. Plus: KAs on the frontlines of the domestic violence fight share their stories, a writer gets to the point of acupuncture, KoreAm’s annual “Unforgettable” event puts on the glitz, tennis player Evgenia Kim is a smash hit, a compelling list of KA children’s authors and their books.

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