Staggered Oikos swims upstream toward survival
San Jose Mercury News
The two nursing instructors who witnessed the killings have not returned, Kim said, but others have pulled together to help Oikos recover. Students helped clean up the crime scene, and Virginia Tech — where 32 people were shot to death five years ago — offered advice on how to get past the tragedy.
Oikos leaders say they are committed to the school, but its future is unclear. The college could give up the more expensive nursing classes in favor of its theology, music and Asian medicine courses, for example.
Korean American community coalesces [OP-ED]
Los Angeles Times
Isolated and insular before April 1992, it was forced to reevaluate its economic, cultural and political positions and is now an integral part of Los Angeles’ mosaic.
Korean American businessman recalls L.A. riots
Orange County Register
Twenty years later, Ellis Yunseong Cha works to avert another clash, reaching out to non-Korean neighbors and friends.
Gang member gets life without parole for café murder
Orange County Register
An Asian gang member sat quietly at a counsel table Friday while he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 255 years to life in prison for his role in an unprovoked gang shooting at a Cypress café that left one woman dead and several others wounded.
The sentence means that Stephenson Choi Kim, 31, of San Gabriel, will never be considered for parole, unless his conviction for the special circumstances murder of Venus Hyun, 21, is reversed on appeal.
Off and Running
Emile Mack is running for city council for District 13 in Los Angeles. See our profile of Mack here.
K-pop: Girls’ Generation, others enter American pop consciousness
Los Angeles Times
Poised at the intersection of two countries’ fast-moving pop cultures and cutting-edge media technology, the sprawling genre colloquially known as K-pop has operated outside the American pop limelight. But that’s changing. A-list producers like will.i.am, Diplo and Kanye West are lining up to work with South Korean artists like 2NE1, GD&TOP and JYJ.
Young Korean-American Singer Takes Entertainment World by Storm
It’s been less than three months since her debut but singer Ailee is already taking the Korean entertainment scene by storm with the commanding stage performance of a veteran entertainer. Ailee is a Korean-American artist who debuted in February with her single “Heaven.”
Five World-Famous Chefs Give Their Take on the Asian-Food Craze in America
On the eve of the 2012 Luckyrice Festival, Marlow Stern spoke with five acclaimed chefs—Eric Ripert, Masaharu Morimoto, Todd English, David Chang, and Ming Tsai—about why Asian food is all the rage stateside.
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar Rematch Headed to UFC 150
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar… take two… has now been scheduled.
The rematch for the UFC lightweight title now has a date as Henderson and Edgar have agreed to face off at UFC 150, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 11 in Denver.
Lee Young-Pyo scores off free kick in 74th minute, Whitecaps beat Crew 1-0
AP via Washington Post
Lee Young-Pyo scored off a free kick in the 74th minute to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Saturday night for their sixth shutout of the season.
Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse
Today, poet Monica Youn brings us the news in verse. Her second collection, Ignatz, a series of poems loosely based on the Krazy Kat comic strip of the 1920s-’30s, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. Youn is also a lawyer and a Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at NYU School of Law, where she focuses on election law and First Amendment issues.
Monica Youn sat down with Melissa Block to talk about her double life as a lawyer and poet, and her time spent with NPR’s All Things Considered. She told Block that her two worlds don’t often collide. “I use one form of work as a vacation from the other form of work,” she said.