Election 2012: Asian-American vote key for both parties
Though a majority of Asian-Americans are expected to back Obama again this year, the Romney campaign has made aggressive efforts to reach out to Asian business owners, who they say might warm to Romney’s jobs-focused message.
Romney himself has met privately with Asian-American small business owners here in Northern Virginia, as has Lanhee Chen, the campaign’s chief policy adviser. And aides say the campaign will soon roll out a coalition that will include “high ranking” Asian-American surrogates to “provide the face and voice of our efforts.”
Will Asian voters swing the election?
According to an April poll by Lake Research Partners, Asian Americans tilt Democratic and favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, but nearly a quarter of them remain undecided about the presidential race, and a much larger share of Asian Americans report never having been contacted by either presidential campaign — leaving many of them up for grabs. “Asian-Americans have, in the minds of the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, gone from a marginalized community to the margin of victory,” California congressman and Democratic National Committee vice chairman Mike Honda recently told the Hill. Honda’s district is 49 percent Asian American, the largest such share of any district outside Hawaii.
Floods in North Korea Kill 88 and Leave Thousands Homeless
New York Times
Flooding in North Korea caused by torrential rains has killed 88 people and left 63,000 homeless, the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
About 74,700 acres of farmland were said to have been damaged by 10 days of flooding, according to the agency’s report on Saturday.
Agricultural experts said North Korea remained ill-prepared to deal with floods and droughts, as well as the food shortages they cause.
Quinn Signs Law to Examine State Hiring of Asian-Americans
An advisory group to encourage more Asian-Americans to seek jobs in state government is set to be formed under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Friday.
“We’ve gotta go out there across Illinois and make sure our Asian-American population in our state, almost 5 percent of the people, is well-reflected in the ranks of our state government,” said Quinn.
The Strange Rise and Fall of North Korea’s Business Empire in Japan
Since its 1950s founding, a Pyongyang-linked group called Chongyron has run everything from banks to newspapers, pushing propaganda out and pulling hard currency in. But now that’s ending.
Samsung’s Female Executives Shatter South Korea’s Glass Ceiling
The Daily Beast
In a management reshuffle earlier this year, Samsung—South Korea’s largest business group, with more than 210,000 employees and $200 billion in annual sales—promoted three women to executive positions. Notably, all of the women were longtime Samsung employees. While the company has hired female executives before, they’ve always been recruited from outside. But the three new executives were among the first women who joined Samsung after it removed gender discrimination in recruitment in 1992, for the first time in Korea’s corporate world. Chairman Lee Kun-hee’s decision was considered radical at that time. Yet thanks to that move, 56,000 women now work for Samsung, and many of them will soon follow in the footsteps of the three pioneers. “The promotion is a prelude to many more female executives at Samsung,” says Kim Sung-hong, a Samsung spokesman. “They will lead Samsung’s growth in the future.”
Welcome, Madame Kim! Please, Be Careful
The New Yorker
Rarely has a wedding announcement made for so much shtick. Comedy writer Chase Mitchell: “Kim Jong-Un proposed by getting down on one knee and saying ‘You will marry me.’ ” Conan O’Brien: “It’s reported that Kim Jong-un got married. He’s registered at the local, ‘Bed, Bath and Other Things They Don’t Have in North Korea.’ ” And the (fake and profane) Twitter feed ostensibly from Betty White: “Kim Jong Un is married. Why are the good ones always taken?” (Best of breed? Andy Borowitz’s take on the nuptials.)
An interview with Daniel Henney: Comedy, career and Korea
The film “Shanghai Calling” focuses on Sam Chao, a corporate ladder-climbing Chinese American lawyer who unwillingly heads to the country of his ancestral roots to further his career. Inevitably, with no previous ties to speak of, he stumbles into all sorts of awkward expatriate situations that eventually threaten his job.
It’s a geographical migration that Daniel Henney, the actor who plays Sam, can relate to, but with a couple of major differences. For one, the relocation was Henney’s choice, as the Michigan native – wanting to learn more about his mother’s country of birth – headed to South Korea with the goal of building off of his already immense popularity in Asia as a model.
South Korean Women Win Archery Gold No. 7
New York Times
South Korea won the Olympic women’s team archery title for the seventh consecutive time on Sunday after beating China in the final at Lord’s cricket ground.
The Korean trio of Ki Bo-bae, Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju scored 210 points from their 24 arrows to beat the Chinese by a single point. Each arrow can score a maximum of 10 points by hitting the center of a target 70 meters away.
Get me a Korean … any Korean!
The ‘must-have’ item for medal hunting archers at the 2012 London Games, Korean coaches have become a necessity rather than a luxury with the United States, Malaysia, Brazil and the Philippines among the countries paying for their expertise.
The clamor for their services is understandable — South Korean archers have won 30 Olympic medals, 16 of them gold, and hold every world record with the Olympic-style recurve bow.
Best Thing We Ate Today: Cham Korean Bistro’s Bibimbop
Fast-casual Korean and nowhere near Koreatown? Indeed. Healthy and close to the office, this is exactly what we needed for Friday lunch. Cham Bistro isn’t in overcrowded Old Town, but instead in the South Lake District of Pasadena, where more quality restaurants are actually opening and parking is a breeze. The bibimbop is a little better if you eat it there, especially because it comes out in a sizzling hot pan, but it’s still really delicious (with lots of chile paste) on the fly. For an even quicker bite, the tofu pockets with blue crab or arugula and radish are perfect. Apparently there’s a happy hour, too. 3 PM can’t come fast enough.
Actor John Cho pays a visit to Obama’s Boulder campaign office
Daily Camera (Colo.)
Before volunteers left to canvass Boulder and register voters, they were paid a visit by actor John Cho — Harold of the “Harold & Kumar” movie series — who spoke on behalf of the Obama campaign and why he believes it’s so important to re-elect the current president.
Cho said that the two most important issues of the 2012 election are education and healthcare. Cho also emphasized Obama’s education reform and that, if it were not for federal financial aid, he and his brother would not have received a secondary education.
“Access to education is the thing that truly differentiates us from other nations,” Cho said. “It’s also a basic human right to go to the doctor. I think it’s important for the well-being and culture of society to have a healthy citizenry.
Inbee Park wins Evian Masters by 2 shots
Inbee Park of South Korea ended her four-year wait for an LPGA Tour title when she shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the Evian Masters, beating veteran Karrie Webb and overnight co-leader Stacy Lewis by two shots.
It was Park’s second LPGA Tour title and the first since the U.S. Open in 2008. She finished with a 17-under 271.
“It feels great. It was four years ago but it feels longer than that,” Park said. ”I finished the round with some really strong putting today.”
North Korean Gives the Games a Dramatic Lift
New York Times
The North Korean team at the Olympics is small, just 56 athletes in all. But the hermetically sealed Stalinist state — which seems perpetually on the brink of famine while threatening to turn South Korea into a sea of fire — is no lightweight when it comes to Olympic drama.
A diminutive and relatively unknown North Korean weightlifter, Om Yun-chol, 20, won a gold medal on Sunday with an effort almost never accomplished in his sport: lifting three times his body weight. Only four other lifters are known to have done this.
Mr. Om is ranked 11th in the world in his weight class, and the BBC weightlifting commentator Colin Bryce called his feat “unheard of” and “bizarre to say the least.”
North Korean media reports North Koreans love North Korean tablet
Remember those futuristic PCs we reported North Korea was producing last year? Well now the Democratic People’s Republic has unveiled a seven-inch flagship tablet called the Achim (Morning). Understandably, we don’t know what’s inside this 0.66-pound (300g) device with a five-hour battery life, but it’s apparently very popular with local students. There’s no word on the OS either, but a touch-friendly build of the homegrown Linux variant Red Star would make sense. Although unconfirmed, sources suggest internet connectivity is wholly absent, with a pre-loaded selection of fun, state-approved content available instead. Eager to get your hands on a Kim Jong-unPad? Well, you can’t.