World Bank Officially Selects Kim as President
New York Times
The World Bank on Monday named Jim Yong Kim, a global health expert and the president of Dartmouth College, as its next president in a widely expected appointment that continues the longstanding tradition of an American leading the Washington-based development institution.
Like Grandfather, Like Grandson: Kim Jong Un Plays to North Korea’s Generals
On April 15, the 100th anniversary of the his grandfather’s birth, beefy 29-year old Kim Jong Un stepped up to the microphone and for the first time, the citizenry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as well as a world of curious onlookers, could actually hear what the young man sounded like. — The spitting image of his forefather’s propaganda portraits, “Lil’ Kim” — as he has been called by the foreign press — spoke clearly and with confidence for 20 minutes with the military’s general staff at his side and thousands of troops at attention in front of him in central Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square, named after the founding dynast and “Great Leader.”
Reporters Visiting Pyongyang Get Rare Chance to Meet North Koreans
Voice of America
Celebrations in Pyongyang marking the 100th birth anniversary of North Korea’s first leader, Kim Il Sung, gave a few foreign journalists a rare chance to visit the reclusive and impoverished nation, and to talk with some of its people. VOA’s Sungwon Baik was one of them and has this report from the North Korean capital.
Security Council Expands Sanctions on North Korea
New York Times
The United Nations Security Council officially censured North Korea on Monday over the failed rocket launching of a satellite last week, saying it “strongly condemns” the action and had ordered its sanctions committee to expand the blacklist of North Korean goods, companies, and individuals connected to that country’s nuclear and missile programs.
Jasmine Lee Faces Racial Abuse After Election Win
A Philippine-born naturalized Korean who became a ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker has become the target of racist-tinged attacks on the Internet.
Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan Talk ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3
Yeun and Cohan were greeted enthusiastically by the crowd at the event, prompting both to talk about how the show’s success has changed their lives; when they walk down the street now, they’re recognized as Glenn and Maggie. For Yeun, it even meant meeting a fan in Korea who waited for an entire day at a coffee shop near his hotel because he had gone there once earlier. Said Yeun: “I felt bad that she’d waited for me, so I bought her a hot chocolate.”
Actor reflects on Asian-American heritage
Yale Daily News
Actor John Cho — famous for his role as Harold Lee in the “Harold and Kumar” films — discussed the intersection of acting and Asian-American identity Saturday evening.
Cho, who has also appeared in “Star Trek” and “American Pie,” said he has always practiced a policy of “not doing stereotypical parts” that typecast Asian-Americans. He told anecdotes from his childhood and talked about his Korean heritage in front of more than 200 students in the Berkeley College dining hall as part of the Asian American Cultural Center’s annual celebration of Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month.
Lessons for my 5 year old, the tragedies at Oikos and Virginia Tech
San Francisco Chronicle
Tomorrow my daughter turns five years old. And having endured the San Francisco Unified School District “lottery” she will begin kindergarten in the fall. So I have been thinking a lot about how to prepare her for the classroom environment and, in a way, life. The tragedy last week at Oikos University, though, brought to mind another five-year anniversary, the massacre at Virginia Tech.
The day before my daughter was born, a Korean American student, Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed thirty-two people and wounded another twenty-five, one of the worst massacres on a college campus in US history. But on April 16, 2007, I had other things on my mind. My wife was in active labor and I was devoted to the futile effort to keep her comfortable. I rushed her the hospital and in the wee hours of the next morning we had a medically uneventful delivery. I was overwhelmed with relief. As a pediatrician I have seen too many bad delivery outcomes to take for granted a pink screaming baby and a happily recovering mother.
New guidebook helps boro Koreans find help
TimesLedger (Queens, N.Y.)
Korean-speaking immigrants will have an easier time understanding what services they are entitled to after a new guide was jointly released by the city and a nonprofit group.
State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) lauded the newest translation of the Immigrant Rights and Services Manual at a news conference Monday.
“This is exactly what government should be doing — improving access to vital services and increasing engagement and participation,” she said in a statement.
Q&A with Director Joseph Kahn
I sat down with Director Joseph Kahn to talk about his new film Detention. One of the most successful music video directors or our time has released an independent film written, directed, and funded by himself. We discuss his past shooting music videos, our new generation of kids, and the difficult transition from music to feature films.
I was doing research before this interview and saw you’ve directed a lot of music videos I really like. I was surprised with how many early 90’s hip hop videos you did.
Joseph Kahn: I started doing Gangster Rap videos. [laughs]. If you want to trackback my early years, it’s the odyssey of an Asian nerd from the suburbs doing Gangster Rap videos.
North Korean press bus’s wrong turn shows off ugly side of Pyongyang
AP via San Jose Mercury News
The press bus took a wrong turn Thursday. And suddenly, everything changed in the official showcase of North Korean achievement.
A cloud of brown dust swirled down deeply potholed streets, past concrete apartment buildings crumbling at the edges. Old people trudged along the sidewalk, some with handmade backpacks crafted from canvas bags. Two men in wheelchairs waited at a bus stop. There were stores with no lights, and side roads so battered they were more dirt than pavement.