Monday’s Link Attack: Korean Americans for Obama; Fashion Designer Richard Chai; Psy
Author: Steve Han
Posted: September 17th, 2012
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Massive typhoon slams North and South Korea
AP via New York Daily News

A powerful typhoon lashed North and South Korea with strong wind and heavy rain Monday, killing at least one person, leaving dozens of others homeless and cutting power to many homes and businesses in the South.

Korean-American voters for Obama
Korea Times

With less than 50 days left till the U.S. presidential election, it’s unclear how swing voters and swing states will tilt the vote in a remarkably stable, yet tight race. But it seems as if Korean-Americans have generally decided which candidate they’re going to stand behind come November.

Despite a struggling economy, polls show one after another that the majority are ready to give President Barack Obama one more chance.

Korean students, parents do their pre-college homework
Los Angeles Times

He’s only 11. Still, BJ Bae blended in with the thousands of people of Korean heritage who swarmed an Orange County college fair this weekend. He stopped to sign up for a concentration test so “I can know what job might be good for me.”

Korea-Japan Standoff: Why Americans Should Care
Huffington Post

Korea and Japan have spiraled into their worst relations in decades over tensions surrounding a few rocky islets in the ocean between them. Koreans call the islands “Dokdo” and Japanese know them as “Takeshima.” Politicians in both countries assure supporters that these barely inhabited spits of land will be defended as theirs at all costs, and the respective foreign ministries have announced multi-million dollar ad campaigns to further publicize their claims.

Korean-American liaison focused on community
NorthJersey.com

Steve Chong already has made his mark on this year’s Bergen County election ballot.

As the recently hired liaison between the County Clerk’s Office and Bergen County’s fast-growing Korean-American community, Chong recently found some mistakes while proofreading the Korean language ballot provided by the state.

For example, near the top of the general election presidential year ballot were the Korean words for “Primary Election.” Another Korean ballot incorrectly described a referendum question as an election to fill a vacant position, he said.

The Strange Fate of Kim’s Video
The Village Voice

From 1995 until January 2009, a music and movie megastore called Mondo Kim’s took up the bulk of a five-story building at 6 St. Marks Place in the East Village. The top floor was rented out as apartments, and the fourth floor was used by Yongman Kim—the owner of the building and of Mondo Kim’s—as office space. The third floor held what was widely considered to be the best, most diverse video-rental collection in New York City.

Toronto Sun

North Koreans find love and refuge in Toronto
Toronto Sun

There is no fear in love, said one speaker, after 15 North Korean refugee couples filed into City Hall Saturday, quietly occupying chambers normally used for council meetings.

To wed a group of refugees in Toronto’s central civic arena was the work of one determined councillor: Raymond Cho.

“All these people said that Canada is paradise, and they say they escaped from hell to heaven,” he said.

For S. Korean Men, Makeup a Foundation for Success
AP via ABC News

South Korean men spent $495.5 million on skincare last year, accounting for nearly 21 percent of global sales, according to global market research firm Euromonitor International. That makes it the largest market for men’s skincare in the world, even though there are only about 19 million men in South Korea. Amorepacific, South Korea’s biggest cosmetics company, estimates the total sales of men’s cosmetics in South Korea this year will be more than $885 million.

The Chosun Ilbo

TV Personality Woo Jong-wan Dead in Apparent Suicide
Chosun Ilbo

Fashion guru Woo Jong-wan was found dead at his home on Saturday afternoon. The 46-year-old TV personality was discovered hanging by his dressing gown belt in the living room by his sister.

In South Korea, K-Pop Gets New King
NPR

For 12 years, Park Jae-Sang — better known to his fans as the rapper PSY — has had a successful career in his native South Korea.

But now, thanks to the viral video for Gangnam Style, his new single, he’s on top of the world.

With 180 million views and counting, it’s the most-viewed Korean pop music video in YouTube’s history. He’s appeared on Ellen, NBC’s Today Show, the MTV Video Music Awards; he’s signed a deal with Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun — and just today, Gangnam Style hit number one on the U.S. iTunes singles chat.

AP

A Step Back
The New York Times

Mancini won the lightweight title with a first-round knockout live from Vegas, the broadcast sponsored by Michelin (“the company that pioneered the radial”), Michelob (“smooth and mellow”) and the Norelco Rototract rechargeable. That was 1982. He was only 21, but already a modern allegory, as bankable as he was adored.

Then he fought Duk-koo Kim.

Kim had hit the Korean exacta at birth: dirt-poor and dark-skinned. But the prospect of a title shot seemed to ennoble him. He became fierce for the sake of his family. At the time of the Mancini fight, his fiancée was pregnant with their son.

If only Kim had taken a step back, he might have lived to see that boy.

Jiyai Shin wins second British by record margin
ESPN

It was getting darker by the minute on what had been a horrific last day, but when it came to the final hole, there was a stunning shaft of evening sun as Jiyai Shin completed her record 9-shot win at the Women’s British Open.

It was the best of finishing touches. Shin, who had won a nine-hole playoff Monday at Kingsmill before arriving at Hoylake on Tuesday, was exhausted but ecstatic. Apart from winning by such a handsome margin, she was 9 under par and had proved herself on a links course.

Jae Su Chun denies claims of abuse
AP via ESPN

U.S. speedskating coach Jae Su Chun has denied claims of verbal, physical and psychological abuse brought by current and former members of the national team, including five Olympic medalists.

Korean-American Designer Shines at NY Fashion Week
Arirang

In the past few years.. at the start of every season, his shows were the ones that usually set the tone at the start of New York’s Fashion Week. His name.. Richard Chai– a Korean-American fashion designer from New Jersey.

In a span of just a few years, Chai has become a household name in many department stores, not only in the United States but all around the world.

Marja Vongerichten Launches BiBiFresh, a Roving Bibimbap-up
Grub Street

Even more bibambap is headed our way: BiBiFresh, the newest rice-bowl player in town, is a collaboration between chef and author (and wife of Jean-Georges) Marja Vongerichten and Tavalon Tea founder John-Paul Lee and, from the looks of it, a serious fast-casual restaurant chain in the making. Customers build their bibimbap from the bowl up with a choice of grains (including quinoa), vegetables, meat, and sauce, and the concept also includes salads and lettuce wraps.

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