Candidate would be Los Angeles’ first Asian-American councilman in 20 years
Southern California Public Radio
The general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment filed papers today to run for the Los Angeles City Council’s Thirteenth District, where a victory would make him the first Asian-American councilman in 20 years.
BongHwan Kim joins a crowded field in a district that includes parts of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Filipinotown and Thai Town. Kim, who lives in Glassell Park, will have to move into the district as the redistricting process kicked the neighborhood out of CD13.
Asian American Vote Could Impact U.S. Election
Asian-Americans have largely been ignored by U.S. politicians, but they could provide a valuable edge in the upcoming presidential election, says new polling data.
According to recently released census data, Asian-Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. population. The population has grown 46 percent since the 2000 census, and Asian-Americans now number more than 17 million nationwide. According to Lake Research, which conducted the poll, Asian-Americans represented two percent of the electorate in 2008, with 48 percent of eligible voters turning out.
‘Survivor: One World’s’ Christina Cha and Alicia Rosa talk friendship and setting a good example
For Christina, was it hard to watch? Because Alicia was not the only person saying mean things about you.
Christina: “I was actually quite shocked about a lot of things other people said about me. I talked to all the other cast and they were just saying – it’s just a game, we really don’t feel this way about it. But it’s like, really? What made you feel this way? And they were like – because you’re so confident with yourself and so happy. And Colton said some people are threatened by you.
Catering to Caviar Tastes From an Unexpected Place
New York Times
The global efforts to curtail the fishing and exporting of caviar from the Caspian Sea — the historical center of sturgeon fisheries, where overfishing, pollution and poaching have depleted wild populations — have squeezed supplies and driven up prices. This year, as it has several times since 2001, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites, again all but banned international trade in wild caviar. The trend has created business opportunities for sturgeon farms, even in unlikely places like the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.
Seoul … it’s out of this world, but also very familiar
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
EXPATS call it Planet Korea: and after a week in Seoul I know I’m not in Kansas any more, Toto. Even my arrival at Incheon airport is memorable. After battling Seoul airport’s personal-space-invading taxi drivers, the luxurious airport bus does not take off until a tuneful little ditty is played over the loudspeakers and our driver bows deeply to us, his guests.
Design might help keep diners waiting for a table
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)
A University of Missouri researcher has tips to help busy restaurants keep their waiting customers comfortable and more likely to continue waiting for a table instead of opting to leave.
So-Yeon Yoon is an associate professor of architectural studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. She conducted a study using a virtual reality environment in which participants navigated virtual restaurants that had different levels of crowding.
Kevin Na deals with taunts
AP via ESPN.com
Kevin Na was booed, taunted and heckled on nearly every hole.
The 28-year-old South Korean native even had one guy tell him he “better not choke” because he had money riding on him.
Na dealt with it best he could, and even though he felt rushed at times, he never chastised fans at The Players Championship for his Sunday slide in the final round.
Park poised for K-League?
South Korean legend Ahn Jung-Hwan is confident Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung will make his move to the K-League.
The 31-year-old was an unused substitute in United’s 1-0 win at Sunderland as they fell agonisingly short of the title on Sunday and is set to return to his homeland to watch the clash between Suwon Bluewings and Ulsan Hyundai next weekend.
Korean American Film Fest Hits Anthology June 5th
In it’s sixth year, the Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) offers quite the unique program of shorts and features, and this year they may have found the perfect venue to match their curious content: The Anthology Film Archives — one of the East Coast’s last bastions of true film preservation and honest-to-goodness 35mm and 16mm projection of alternative and underground works. Not that KAFFNY will be projecting rare celluloid, but still, if anyone’s ever entered the double green doors of Anthology’s East Village complex, it means there usually in for something special. Yeah, that’s what I’m getting at! At any rate, KAFFNY makes its home at AFA from June 5th – 10th.
Watch 70 Classic Korean Films for Free on YouTube
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The Korean Film Archive has started the Korean Classic Film Theater, a YouTube channel where in the past two weeks they’ve uploaded seventy classic Korean films from 1940 on that you can watch for free. Before you ask, yes, they have English subtitles on them!
UGH: Well, At Least Jamie Chung Has Some Good Taste
Sad to admit it, but we are actually sort of a little happy to see Bryan Greenberg out with his new girlfriend Jamie Chung. Why? Because How to Make it in America is no longer on HBO (and for quite awhile now), so this is one of the only ways to get our daily fix. Over the weekend the two were spotted leaving Chateau Marmont in Hollywood together after date night.
Daegu Accident Gets Official Look
Wall Street Journal
A senior couple’s tragic car accident, video images of which have shocked South Korean drivers for the past week, is now getting government attention.
On Monday, the Ministry of Land, Transport & Maritime Affairs said it launched an investigation into a sudden acceleration claim that led to the accident in Daegu on May 6. Video evidence appears to show that the couple’s Hyundai Sonata suddenly accelerated and, after 13 seconds of maneuvering by the driver to avoid other cars, wound up rear-ending a car at a stoplight at a speed of 130 km/h, or about 80 miles per hour. That set off a chain reaction accident that involved several other vehicles and injured 17 people.