North Korean Leader Takes a Defiant Stance as He Visits Border
New York Times
In a visit to the heavily armed border with the South, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his troops on higher alert, escalating his militaristic language in spite of American calls to improve ties with the Seoul just a week after his country agreed to a nuclear freeze in return for badly needed food aid.
Mr. Kim has been hailed as the North’s leader since the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December, and has frequently visited frontline military units. But his trip to Panmunjon, a compound straddling the border where the armistice ending the Korean War was signed in 1953, was the first time he had put himself in full view — and within the range — of South Korean border guards.
NK’s Propaganda Machine Goes Into Overdrive
Wall Street Journal
The food-and-weapons-freeze arrangement the U.S. and North Korea announced last week unsurprisingly drew criticism from the more hawkish corners of Washington. But over the weekend, it became clear that the arrangement also upset the hawks in Pyongyang.
It also became clear over the weekend why North Korea didn’t accede to U.S. entreaties to mend relations with South Korea. The North instead staged a massive rally against South Korea and issued more than two dozen statements over the weekend criticizing the South’s government, in what appeared to be the biggest-scale propaganda effort in years.
Nuclear Summit Nears, Seoul’s Biggest Red-Carpet Event
Wall Street Journal
Three weeks from today, South Korea will host more foreign leaders than it ever has before – 43 – for a two-day conference called the Nuclear Security Summit, a meeting on nuclear terrorism that started in the U.S. two years ago.
A North Korean Corleone
New York Times
WHAT kind of deal do you make with a 20-something who just inherited not only a country, but also the mantle of one of the world’s most sophisticated crime families? When Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be 28 or 29, became North Korea’s leader in December after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, he became the de facto head of a mafia state.
Adoptees deported by US
Many adoptees discovered, usually when applying for federal student loans or a passport, that they had never been naturalized by their foster parents. I know three Korean adoptees ― Monte, Tim, and Matthew ― who could not benefit from the act.
Monte was born in 1970 in Korea and was sent to the U.S. in 1978. Although he served in the U.S. military, he was deported to Korea in 2009. Monte claims that when he was arrested, he did not know that he had been set up by his truck driving partner to transport drugs. Like most other Korean adoptees sent to the U.S., Monte is culturally American and does not speak Korean.
Tim was born in Korea in 1974, and in 1977 he went to the U.S. as an adoptee. His adoptive parents cut their ties with him after he graduated from high school, so he left his home and wandered throughout the U.S. He became homeless and addicted to drugs for over 15 years. Ultimately he was arrested, imprisoned, and deported to Korea, where he became homeless again in April 2011. He has no trace of his birth family on his adoption records.
Matthew was born in Korea in 1978 and he went to the U.S. at the age of six months, but his parents did not naturalize him. He was not deported, but willingly returned to Korea in February 2011 to be close to his family and experience Korea as a young man.
Jungsik, inTriBeCa, Reinterprets Korean Cuisine
New York Times
A lot of what we call creativity in cooking is simply rearranging old patterns by swapping one ingredient for another, less-expected one. A talent for forming entirely new patterns is more rare.
It is that much more exciting when you encounter it, as you do in some of Jung Sik Yim’s menu at the refined and expensive restaurant he opened in TriBeCa at the end of last summer.
New Yorkers who crave Korean cuisine for its militant strafings of chile paste and raw garlic may find that Jungsik takes some getting used to. Its goal is refinement, for better and, at times, for worse.
Using Social Media to Bring Korean Pop Music to the West
New York Times
But now YouTube, Facebook and Twitter make it easier for K-pop bands to reach a wider audience in the West, and those fans are turning to the same social networking tools to proclaim their devotion.
When bands like 2NE1, Super Junior and SHINee hold concerts in Europe and the United States, tickets sell out within minutes, and fans have used Facebook and Twitter to organize flash mobs demanding more shows, as they did in Paris in May.
K-pop now has its own channel on YouTube, and the videos by bands like Girls’ Generation have topped 60 million views. Girls’ Generation signed with Interscope Records to release the group’s latest album in the United States last autumn and made its American television debut on David Letterman’s “Late Show” in January.
I’m on a Boat: Why So Many Places in Koreatown Have Nautical and Pirate Designs
At the center of the city, there is a 100-foot-long ocean liner dry-docked in a parking lot. It would seem out of place in many if not most L.A. neighborhoods. Except here. Landlocked Koreatown is bobbing with nautical-themed restaurants, and you can’t walk the length of a plank without stumbling into a pirate reference. Which, on a recent Sunday night, arrrrrr-med with a sailor’s tolerance and 10 mateys, was exactly what I aimed to do.
Rookie John Huh Makes a Splash on the PGA Tour
New York Times
In his first two months on the PGA Tour, John Huh has picked up a victory and a nickname, the Question Mark.
“That’s what we’re calling him now,” said Lee Westwood, the third-ranked player in the world. “He sounds a bit like Prince.”
Huh — rhymes with duh — was born in New York to parents of South Korean descent, but he could have been dreamed up by a vaudeville team:
“Did you see the score posted today by Huh?”
Huh, 21, appeared to come out of nowhere to make a big splash. He won his fifth PGA Tour start after barely creating a ripple on the high school, junior or college circuits. But Huh is not really an overnight success, his ascent owing as much to hard work and perseverance as to luck and timing.
Before ‘Linsanity,’ 2 Asian-American brothers were a fixture on the court
When Drew Lee and his younger brother Joe were in elementary school in the mid-1990s, they would sneak to the park during the summer to spend long hours playing basketball. Their parents were deeply involved with their Christian ministry and initially had no idea.
At the park, the brothers stood out for several reasons: They were little, just 7 and 9 years old, scrappy and tireless. They, and a friend, also were the only Asian-Americans on the courts.
Jeremy Lin inspires hoop dreams
Asian American leagues have been around for almost a century, and were intially a response to segregation, says Catherine Ceniza Choy, an associate professor in ethnic studies at UC Berkeley. Today, thousands of people still play on Asian American teams from the East Coast to California. In some cases, it’s their only chance to play basketball. The club that is now known as the Hurricanes got its start back in the 1970s when Boston’s Chinatown merchants decided to sponsor a group of kids to form a traveling team.
Korean “Frogs Friends” seek help from Man Utd’s Park
A South Korean environmental group is appealing to Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung, who said he used to drink juice made from boiled frogs to build his physique, to help it protect the amphibians from a surge in consumption.
Lobby group “Frogs Friends” said that consumption of frog juice had surged since Park’s 2006 autobiography in which he said he had drunk it as a tonic, and said they would lobby the international and Premier League star to join their campaign.
‘American Idol’ hopeful Heejun Han makes it through to the Top 10
The hopeful impressed with his brilliant version of Robbie Williams‘ “Angel“. Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman, Jimmy Iovine negatively critiqued Heejun and said that he belongs on a comedy show rather than an idol singing competition. Heejun was undisturbed and showed his quick wit when asked about Jimmy Iovine by quipping, “Who’s that?”
New Film Project Launched By CBS “The Mentalist” Actor Tim Kang Praised By the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
PR Newswire via Sacramento Bee
A new film project launched in January by actor Tim Kang is being praised by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the awareness it will bring to the issues of abducted and sexually abused children. Kang is best known for his role in the CBS hit drama “The Mentalist” as the fan favorite character California law enforcement investigator “Kimball Cho.”
Kang announced in January that his new film production company, One Shoot Films, had launched a short film competition. Story ideas for the competition will address the real life crimes of child abduction and sexually abused children. The competition is open to new and emerging writers and directors. The winning screenplay will be produced by One Shoot Films and submitted to U.S. and International film festivals.
White House honors Hee Joo Yoon
Asian American Press
The White House honor Hee Joo Yoon Thursday in Los Angeles.
Ms. Yoon is one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized as Champions of Change for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities. She has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.
Ready for the Catwalk…the amazing ‘haute CAT-ture’ for the fashion-conscious feline
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Forget a collar and bell, this stylish feline is turning heads with it’s range of glamorous accessories good enough for any catwalk.
The amazing ‘haute CAT-ture’ is the work of New Yorker Julie Song, who painstakingly designs and crafts the garments herself.
Working under the alias ‘CatAtlelier’, Korean-American Julie, 33, has created a wacky range of hats and collars for the fashion-conscious feline.
KOREAN MASTER CHEFS – DANJI