Monday’s Link Attack: Jamie Chung, 2NE1 Concert Review, North Korea
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: August 27th, 2012
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N.Korea’s Kim threatens war over S.Korea-US drill
AFP via Google News

North Korea’s leader has warned of an “all-out” war against the South while denouncing its ongoing joint military drill with the United States, state media said Sunday.

The US and South Korean militaries on Monday began a two-week exercise aimed at testing defences against the communist North, insisting it was defensive in nature but Pyongyang called it a drill for a preemptive nuclear attack.

Asian American youth culture is coming of age in ‘the 626′
Los Angeles Times

San Gabriel Valley locals celebrate the ‘fusion lifestyle’ they’re forging. It draws on U.S. hip-hop and Chinese dialects, includes Instagram and pho. Boba is a must.

Should Asians Be Excluded From Affirmative Action Programs/Diversity Scholarships In The United States?


The argument for race-conscious affirmative action is that, all other factors being equal, people of color still experience obstacles to pursuing an education based on subtle discrimination in policy or daily practice. This certainly applies to Asian Americans. Sure, the benefit given to an affluent Asian student should not be as great as that given to a lower-income Asian student, but I’m open to the possibility that this affluent Asian student still experiences more educational obstacles than similarly affluent white students.

For Korean American pastor, being open-minded builds relationships
Washington Post

Peter Chin was a toddler when his father came home from the hat store he owned in Glenview, Ill., his eyes bloodshot. A man had sprayed bleach in them after beating him repeatedly with the butt of a sawed-off shotgun while demanding money. The man was black. It’s the kind of inchoate memory that helped shape Chin’s early understanding of black and Korean American relations.

Despite Chin’s early memories, he did not jump to the conclusion that the criminal might have been African American. That’s because as interim pastor of Peace Fellowship in Northeast Washington, who has chosen to live in a mostly black neighborhood and work at a mostly black church, Chin is leading a much different life than what his parents experienced.

Chef’s Redemption Tells of a Softening North Korea
New York Times

For years, the Japanese sushi chef who spent over a decade working for the Kim family in North Korea lived in dread of a knock on the door by an agent sent to kill him for returning to Japan and writing a tell-all book exposing the rulers’ extravagant lifestyle.

That visit came in June, but instead of a gun, the agent who surprised him in a convenience store whipped out an invitation bound in red cloth from Kim Jong-un, the leader he last knew as a pudgy, precocious teenager he had called the Prince.

A North Korean love story: Defectors to marry in group ceremony
Toronto Star

They met two years ago at a rooming house for refugees in the Chinese city of Yanji, a river and a day’s walk from the country they fled.

Stuck at a midway point between past and future, Taesung Lee and Solmi Choi bonded over a shared history of despair: the hunger, the fear, the dangerous escape from a country known to imprison dissenters in concentration camps; their parents and siblings dead or missing; life on the run.

Man fined for throwing feces at Japanese embassy
Yonhap News

A local man was caught Monday throwing human excrement at the Japanese embassy here in protest against Tokyo’s territorial claim to South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo.

Tension has risen sharply between the two countries over the rocky outcroppings of Dokdo in the East Sea, after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak made an unprecedented visit there on Aug. 10.

Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo
Chosun Ilbo

Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan’s Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea’s independence from Japanese colonial occupation.

Live Review: K-Pop’s 2NE1 at Nokia Theatre
Los Angeles Times

2NE1 had subverted another American dance-rap cliché with feminine swagger – a sly move from maybe the most exciting new pop group since Lady Gaga first donned hotpants.

The quartet – Dara, CL, Minzy and Bom, leads a tide of South Korean pop groups who currently dominate Asian charts and are beginning to make major inroads with American audiences.

2NE1 – Nokia Theatre – August 24, 2012
LA Weekly

2NE1′s first international tour brought the K-pop girl group to Nokia Theatre on Friday. The show felt like a stellar girls night out, and you could tell they were feeling quite at home, too.

There’s no denying that group leader CL is a star, and not just back at home. While it’s true that another K-pop star PSY is hot in America right now with his song “Gangnam Style,” CL is arguably the crossover messiah K-pop has been waiting for.

‘Premium Rush’ Star Jamie Chung on Her Road From ‘The Real World’ to Hollywood
Daily Beast

Eight years after appearing in one of the most controversial Real World houses ever, Jamie Chung has made the transition from reality-show castmate to film star with a breakout role in Premium Rush. She talks to Marlow Stern about her uphill climb as a Korean-American actress, how real MTV’s flagship show is—and the role she refuses to tell her parents about.

‘Hannibal’ Adds Potential Love Interest for Hugh Dancy
Hollywood Reporter

NBC’s Hannibal has cast a new member of Laurence Fishburne’s investigative team.

Hettienne Park, whose credits include Young Adult, Bride Wars and episodes of Mercy and The Good Wife, has joined the upcoming adaptation of the Thomas Harris books, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Psy to Visit U.S. Again Next Month
Chosun Ilbo

After emerging as a YouTube sensation, Korean rapper Psy has returned home from the U.S. Speaking with the media, he said his future looks bright overseas as he has set up talks with U.S. producers on possible collaborative projects.

5 things to know about Momofuku founder David Chang
Toronto Star

Want to buy David Chang a drink? Better make it ice water.

Chang, 35, is the Korean-American chef behind Momofuku, the ballsy, pork-centric international restaurant phenomenon. He brings his “Lucky Peach” brand to Toronto with four restaurants: Noodle Bar, Nikai, Daisho and Shoto. They will occupy a three-storey glass cube adjacent to the Shangri-La hotel at University Ave. and Adelaide St. W.

Long-Exposure Photo Exhibit By Atta Kim At NBMAA
Hartford Courant (Conn.)

Change is the only constant in life. That philosophy drives the work of Korean-American photographer Atta Kim, both in his cityscapes and his depictions of human interactions. His artist’s statement declares “Disappearance is the reality of all existence. Reality is not clear to us; it must be interpreted to be revealed.”

A new exhibit of long-exposure photographs by Kim at the New Britain Museum of American Art, six photos in all, emphasize this transitory nature of human existence, a key feature in Buddhist philosophy, which Kim studies.

Husker linemen continue walk-on tradition

When the phone rang early Sunday morning in Seoul, Yu Mi Chu responded like any parent would. She worried. Her son, Nebraska offensive lineman Seung Hoon Choi, never called home at 4 a.m.

“She thought I got in some kind of accident,” Choi said.

Choi quickly put his mom at ease. He had good news. Nebraska had awarded him a scholarship. No accident. “They said they’re proud of me,” Choi said. “That was the best part.”

Indians, with admittedly no chance to sign Choo, will again listen to trade offers in winter
CBS Sports

The Indians, resigned to the idea that they won’t be able to sign star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to a contract extension, will listen again to trade offers for Choo this winter.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said they have tried to extend Choo “multiple times” over the past few years, to no avail. Antonetti was asked how much reception he’s gotten to the possibility of a multiyear deal, and the GM answered candidly, “None.”

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