2009
KoreAm
Author: KoreAm
Posted: January 16th, 2009
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December 2009

Education reformer Michelle Rhee took over D.C.’s crumbling schools in 2007. After firing some 500 teachers, she is nowhere near satisfied. PLUS: Veteran Sandra Lee‘s hidden war, an “Unforgettable” affair, Korea’s Berlin Wall, a photo essay on immigrant life, Rain‘s starry night, Annabel Park‘s lens on liberty, columnist Emil Guillermo says Ken Jeong is good for us.

November 2009

Why healthcare reform could change your life. PLUS: The young and unemployed, a Korean adoptee comes to the defense of single moms like herself, a Koreatown mega-church forces low-income families and the elderly to relocate, choppin’ it up with Justin Chon, Lodestone Theatre takes a bow.

October 2009

South Korea made Daniel Henney a star. Now all he has to do is live up to the hype. PLUS: Ban Ki-Moon has trouble making the grade, teachers and families warn against the pitfalls of hagwons, community leaders want KAs to be counted in 2010, C.S. Lee‘s wedding album, Asia’s stinkiest foods.

September 2009

With the release of her first American album in four years, R&B diva Amerie, once dubbed the “second Mary J. Blige,” warns that she’s back on the scene. Plus: Dr. Jim Yong Kim chats about his vision for Dartmouth and his hopes for the next generation, college students dish on everything from relationships to racism, KAs debate the legacy of the late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, filmmaker Eddie Chung delves into The Big Lebowski, recipes for dorm-friendly dishes.

August 2009

In his fight against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq War veteran who faces discharge for coming out as gay, has rejuvenated a national movement. Plus: Glee‘s Jenna Ushkowitz takes center stage, designer Christina Kim goes eco-chic, Korean actress Kong Hyo Jin dishes on dating, Cynthia Park gets wiggy with it, parks boom in Seoul.

July 2009

A comprehensive look at why North Korea matters to Korean Americans, with a personal essay by KoreAm editor-in-chief Kai Ma, a photo essay by award-winning photojournalist Hyungwon Kang and insight from experts on war, peace, food and the future in the DPRK. Plus: Koreans carve a niche in Atlanta, underground artist Miru Kim photographs an abandoned world, Korean fusion dishes roll out.

June 2009

Momofuku maverick David Chang and other culinary stars dish on their craft. Plus: San Quentin State Prison teaches Korean history, a police shooting spurs investigation, immigrant dads put the focus on their families at Father School, author Paul Yoon pens Once The Shore, Una Kim kicks up success with Keep sneakers, Dr. Tai-June Yoo makes modern miracles with stem cell treatments.


May 2009

Asian pop star BoA takes on the world. Plus: War veterans confront the battle within as they make the difficult transition from soldier to civilian, Bacon Is My Enemy blogger Giyen Kim tackles weighty issues, filmmaker Yun Suh documents the persecuted gay community, the Wonder Girls bring their bubblegum hits to the masses.

April 2009

Dragonball Evolution stars Jamie Chung and Joon Park make their Hollywood marks. Plus: The inspirational story of paralyzed doctor Suzy Kim, an unlikely school for Seoul’s homeless, Secret Identities comes to save the day, Susanna Chung Forest dresses the world’s most powerful, ice darling Yuna Kim glides to the top, a Harvard alum’s cautionary tale.

March 2009

A in-depth look at Los Angeles’ Koreatown. The ethnic enclave that once served as a first-stop for new Korean immigrants is emerging as a major city player, with a plethora of nightlife venues and the upspring of luxury condos. But the extreme makeover also calls into question how to reconcile high-end developments with the ground-level reality of the working poor, who make up the bulk of the neighborhood’s population. Plus: Memorializing journalist Sarah Park, Atlanta rapper Kato cranks it, a writer meets the man whose life she helped save.

February 2009

KoreAm treks to the nation’s capital for the inauguration of Barack Obama. The cover story includes illustrations of the 44th president by KA artists, a roundup of KAs who help turn the wheels of democracy in Washington, D.C., and voices from Koreans across the globe on what the future might be like under an Obama-led nation. Plus: Hyundai sheds its stigma, KAs get lovey dovey on Valentine’s Day, 94-year-old Susan Ahn Cuddy defines herself.

January 2009

The making of Se7en, an international star. Plus: An uncensored conversation on what women want, KAs making a difference, Kogi serves up Korean/Mexican hybrid eats, John Park enters the contemporary art scene, filmmaker Juli Kang gets campy in Damn the Past!, exploring the complex relationship between Korean mothers- and daughters-in-law.

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