Daughter Of A Dictator Favored In S. Korean Election
Her presidential campaign rallies present blaring pop music and dancing supporters, but Park Geun-hye’s campaign involves managing some tricky legacies.
Her father, Park Chung-hee, was a military dictator who ran the country from the time he carried out a 1961 military coup until his assassination in 1979. His memory still stirs mixed emotions among South Koreans.
In September, the daughter publicly apologized for her father’s suppression of democracy. Then again, some older Koreans remember Park fondly for his role in transforming their war-torn, impoverished country into the world’s 11th largest economy.
In ‘Madame Park,’ S. Korea sees its first potential female leader
South Korea has the chance Wednesday to elect a woman to its top office, an unprecedented step in a nation long dominated by boardrooms of men and ranked only slightly ahead of most Islamic countries when it comes to gender equality.
The outcome of the presidential election is hardly clinched: Conservative Park Geun-hye — known to her supporters as Madame Park — must hold off liberal Moon Jae-in, who in recent weeks has slashed Park’s lead in polls from several percentage points to nearly zero.
Remembering Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Sandy Hook Elementary/Newtown Shooting Victim
This is a sad post that I haven’t wanted to write. My spirits have been heavy ever since I heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14 and while my heart goes out to all the victims, their loved ones and a community shattered, one victim’s name stood out to me as the editor of a blog covering Asian Americans: Madeleine F. Hsu, aged 6.
North Korea Duped by Hackers’ Attack on Time Poll
Wall Street Journal
In what looks a lot like the recent outbreak of Onion-itis at China’s People’s Daily, the Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that Mr. Kim was selected by Time subscribers, “including politicians, businessmen, artistes, sportspersons and announcers” as the magazine’s “man of this year.”
Mr. Kim did indeed come top of the online poll, but thanks to some skullduggery on a large scale by members of the 4Chan website, who hacked into the poll to help Mr. Kim to 5.6 million votes, over 3 million more than the second-placed Jon Stewart. In fact, the hackers appear to have successfully manipulated the entire top 14 places of the poll.
Kim Jong-un’s Wife Heavily Pregnant
A screen grab from North Korea’s official KCNS news agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s wife Ri Sol-ju heavily pregnant.
Shooting prompts call for more security in Towson when bars close
The alleged shooter, Francis Minsgung Kang, 26, barely drove a block away in his pickup truck before police stopped him.
Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police, said Kang, of the unit block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville, was leaving the pub at closing time when two women asked if they could get him a cab. Police said Kang yelled at the women and then left and got behind the wheel of his white Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
As he drove down Pennsylvania Avenue past the two women Kang threw an open Gatorade bottle at them, and a group of bystanders chased him around the corner. Police said Kang exited his vehicle in the unit block of West Chesapeake Avenue to confront them.
Jamie Chung stars in the upcoming horror thriller ’7500′
Jamie Chung stars in Japanese director Takashi Shimizu’s upcoming horror thriller “7500,” which follows a group of passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean who encounter a supernatural force.
The cast includes Chung, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Aja Evans, and Jerry Ferrara from HBO’s “Entourage” series.
Lin shows Knicks why he’s a keeper
The artist formerly known as Jeremy Lin was back on his preferred stage, throwing himself fearlessly at the Madison Square Garden basket while recreating something he swore he did not want to recreate.
Yes, this was a worthy sequel to Linsanity. Some sentimental New York Knicks fans showed up in their Lin jerseys, maybe for the last time, and their former point guard showed up with some of his old flash and dash, definitely not for the last time.
Anthony Kim won’t return from Achilles surgery until March
Following an Achilles injury in June that led to surgery, the once-promising American star Anthony Kim won’t be playing competitive golf again until March at the earliest, according to The Desert Sun.
At just age 27, Kim’s career has had incredible highs, like his debut Tour win at the Wachovia and a starring role on the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup squad in 2008; and lows, like his chronic injuries and murmurs that his Entourage-like lifestyle was holding back his golf game.
Former USC Walk-On Kim Staying Optimistic
Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio College offensive lineman Patrick Kim will be the first to tell you he’s taken an unconventional football journey, from walking on at USC to joining the Mounties team. He also isn’t making an apologies.
“I had about ten to twelve offers in high school, like UTEP, Villanova, Texas State, San Jose State. I’m really big in my faith; the reason I play football is for the glory of God. I prayed about it with my family, and I just didn’t feel like any of those places were where I was meant to be. A lot of people said it was a terrible mistake, but I feel like the last two years that I spent at USC out of high school were the two years I grew up most as a man. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything,” he said.
Seoul to Pyongyang: Time to Pay Your Debts
The Wall Street Journal
The loan, worth a total of $720 million, covers 2.6 million tons of rice and corn sent in six tranches as part of a deal forged under the “sunshine” policy of previous South Korean administrations. The loan was given at an interest rate of 1% and the North promised to redeem it over 20 years following a 10-year grace period.
It’s a reasonable bet that a country that uses all of its scarce hard currency for spending on the military and the ruling elite won’t be rushing to meet its repayment obligations, particularly given its obvious hatred of the current South Korean regime.
The North’s state media has ratcheted up its hate-fueled rants against the Lee Myung-bak administration in the South in recent weeks for perceived disrespect of the ruling Kim dynasty.
Through a glass darkly: North Korea seen by train
Going by train from China across the North Korean countryside to capital Pyongyang offers a relatively unscripted view onto what is arguably the most closed-off nation in the world. Visits by foreigners to the land of “Juche”, the country’s home-grown ideology of self-reliance, are stage managed down to the last detail, but through a train window one can capture fleeting images of life behind the façade.
Editorial: ‘Beyond Debate’
New York Times
The New York Times published an editorial decrying a federal appeals court’s ruling that former Bush Administration attorney John Yoo’s drafted legal policies which allowed harsh treatment of prisoners defined as “enemy combatants.”
LA collects $2.65M in taxes owed by hotel
The San Francisco Chronicle
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office says his office has collected $2.65 million in unpaid taxes from a bankrupt Koreatown hotel. In a release Thursday, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says the Wilshire Hotel has satisfied its debts.
Google to hold K-pop Concert
Yahoo! Entertainment (Singapore)
It was revealed that Google will be hosting a concert at their Mountain View, California headquarters and stars such as SNSD, DBSK, Super Junior as well as KARA, SISTAR, MBLAQ, B2ST, and the Wonder Girls will be performing.
Seminary takes pride in true English-only curriculum, student diversity
Torch Trinity Graduate University, situated in a business hub in southern Seoul, is the only university in the metropolis with an English focus. While far smaller than its peers with approximately 600 students, the school has drawn students from 32 different countries. Its draw, according to school officials, is its genuine and intentional English-only curriculum.
Other prestigious universities in the country have enticed international students with English-only programs in an attempt to become more globalized. But compared to Torch Trinity, the programs are more like an “afterthought.” A 26-year-old student complained that in English lectures, professors blend English and Korean, and will keep students after class for Korean instruction.
Chinese upset in kimchi cabbage row
Chinese cabbage has been the name for the main ingredient for the Korean side dish kimchi. But now Koreans are establishing sovereignty over what they eat by having an international naming organization almost decide to call it “kimchi cabbage.”
Of course, there are grounds for the name change with the change in appearance, but Chinese netizens are upset at the adjective indicating the nationality of the vegetable being withdrawn and are showing their displeasure.
Girls’ Generation Splinter Group Enters Billboard 200
A common move with popular K-Pop groups on hiatus is to split themselves into other projects. In particular, the sub-unit concept has proven popular with members able to experiment to bring something fresh for fans. Girls’ Generation created the sub-unit Girls’ Generation – TTS (also known as Taetiseo) who this week became the highest charting K-Pop act on the Billboard 200 with their EP “Twinkle” — at No. 126 on this week’s Billboard 200 with 3,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
’30 Rock’: Margaret Cho Returns As Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Il may be long gone, but Margaret Cho isn’t.
According to Laughspin, the comidienne is returning to on the May 17 episode of “30 Rock” (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC), as well as the show’s season finale for another run as former North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
Kim Yu-na Includes Cross-Dressing in New Ice Show
Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na hosts an ice show “All That Skate Spring 2012″ at a rink at Olympic Park’s Gymnasium in Seoul for three days from Friday.
Kim will skate to Canadian singer Michael Bublé’s “All of Me” as a finale of the first act before the intermission. She will be dressed as a man and use props such as a hat. In the second act, she will unveil a new gala program to “Someone Like You” by British pop star Adele.
Kim withdraws from Wells Fargo with wrist injury
AP via The Sacramento Bee
Anthony Kim withdrew from the third straight tournament Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Kim told PGA Tour officials that he had pain in his right wrist and elbow, along with the left thumb, which he had surgery on two years ago. He said this week there was no structural damage, but he couldn’t shake the injury.
Kim said he would review his options before deciding whether to complete next week in The Players Championship.
Lee Chung-yong closing in on Bolton return
Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong is set to feature for Wanderers’ reserves on Friday as he continues his recovery from the broken leg he suffered last summer.
The behind-closed-doors match marks another important step in Lee’s rehabilitation, although Bolton boss Owen Coyle remains reluctant to speculate as to whether Lee might play a part for the first-team before the end of the season.
Kimchi Taco Truck Opens Washington Avenue Restaurant
Patch.com (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Prospect Heights fans of Kimchi Taco Truck no longer have to go to Manhattan for their Korean-Mexican-fusion fix. The widely popular mobile lunch spot opened a brick-and-mortar location Thursday evening.
The new spot, dubbed Kimchi Grill, located at 766 Washington Ave. between Park and Sterling places, will primarily sell the kimchi tacos, bowls and cheesesteaks sold from the truck But it will also offer a Korean fried chicken taco, something that is too involved to serve regularly on the truck, said owner Phillip Lee.
FuseBox, a Korean-Style Izakaya, Opens Today in Oakland
Grub Street San Francisco
Korean-American restaurant FuseBox (2311A Magnolia Street), which we first mentioned back in December, finally opened today after a few delays in West Oakland. The owners are calling it a “kkochi-gui pub,” with kkochi-gui being the Korean term for grilled skewers.
Dyer, Kang lead Biscuits
Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.)
Kyeong Kang homered, knocked in three runs and scored twice for Montgomery. Kang’s solo blast in the fifth inning was his seventh of the season. He’s homered in three straight games.
Kang also homered in three straight games for Montgomery in July 2011, marking the 13th time it has happened in Biscuits history. None has made it four straight. Kang hit a two-run double as part of Montgomery’s six-run, four-hit third inning Thursday.
S. Korea Seeks to Extend Missile Range Against North Threat
Bloomberg Business Week
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak is seeking to extend the range of the country’s ballistic missiles in response to possible nuclear and missile attacks from North Korea, a presidential spokeswoman said. Lee yesterday told reporters that the government is in discussions with the U.S. to amend a 2001 accord that restricts South Korea’s missile range to 300 kilometers (186 miles), spokeswoman Lee Mi Yon said.
An agreement will be reached shortly because conditions and realities have changed, she cited the president as saying. The talks come as North Korea, under new leader Kim Jong Un, plans to launch a satellite atop a long-range rocket next month that the U.S. says will nullify a deal to provide the impoverished totalitarian state with food aid. President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul next week to attend a summit on checking nuclear proliferation, where the agenda will include North Korea’s atomic weapons program.
Koreans Shrug at Nuke Terror, Bin Laden, Threats
The Wall Street Journal
Among the things that South Korea will bring to the table during next week’s discussions is some new technology for tracking nuclear materials and for helping other countries use medical isotopes produced from low-enriched uranium instead of highly enriched uranium, which can also be used to make nuclear weapons.
“Korea has been technically a leader in coming up with some of these new fuels and new technologies to minimize highly enriched uranium,” Miles Pomper, Washington-based senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said at a conference at Seoul National University.
Such efforts have gotten little attention in South Korea. And the summit itself hasn’t generated the excitement locally that Seoul’s hosting of the G-20 did in 2010.
Overseas Korean journalists donate to Seoul’s unification effort
An association of Korean journalists working in foreign countries donated 2 million won (US$ 1,700) to South Korea on Thursday, in a symbolic gesture to help cushion the cost of potential unification with North Korea.
Lee Jong-kook, a Korean-American journalist in Washington who heads the Overseas Korean Journalists Association, gave the donation to Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik in a ceremony in Yu’s office that marked the first financial contribution by the general public. Lee came to Seoul for a meeting with about 50 fellow journalists of his association.
Lee said he hoped the small donation will be of help in unifying with North Korea. Yu expressed deep gratitude for the donation, saying it will give a boost to his ministry. South Korea has drafted a bill on how to finance the unification and announced a plan to provide seed money and collect voluntary financial contributions from citizens as soon as the parliament endorses the bill.
The Walking Dead Burning Questions: The Cast and Creator Weigh In
The March 18 season finale of The Walking Dead, featuring an epic zombie attack on the Greene family farm and the revelation that everyone on the show is infected with the zombie virus, was so scary and shock-a-minute outrageous that it nearly made our heads explode. (Now we know how those walkers feel when they meet the wrong end of a pickax!)
What’s in store for the survivors? Is there any hope left for mankind? And who was that weird hooded figure at the end of the episode sporting the ultimate Walking Dead fashion accessory – two armless zombies on a chain? We took our burning questions to executive producer (and comic-book creator) Robert Kirkman and several of the show’s top stars.
Sang Yoon Looks Back on Year One of Lukshon
For years chef Sang Yoon was revered as the king of Los Angeles’ burger scene thanks to the success of Father’s Office 1.0 and Father’s Office 2.0. Looking to expand with a new concept, in early 2011 Yoon debuted Lukshon, a sleek and modern number focused on the exploration of Southeast Asian flavors typically associated with street food, but here elevated to haute cuisine. Located on Helms in Culver City just next door to Father’s Office 2.0, from the get-go critics and diners entered Lukshon with high expectations, and last May the LA Times granted the restaurant one and a half stars.
Seattle restaurant Joule moving to Fremont Collective
Puget Sound Business Journal
“The new Joule will still be casual and offer eclectic, unique and bold Korean and Asian-inspired flavors that our guests have come to really love,” Yang said in a press release. “We think the menu will encourage family style dining that will be great for sharing.”
Their work at Joule made Yang and Chirchi semifinalists for a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Best Chef Northwest and landed them an appearance on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” show. Revel was named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by Seattle Weekly.
Drifting House by Krys Lee: review
The Telegraph (U.K.)
In her first collection of stories, Krys Lee, a South Korean who was brought up in the US, explores a modern Korean identity forged out of these upheavals. It makes for bleak but compelling reading. She starts in contemporary California’s Korean enclaves, before spinning back through stories set in her homeland at the start of its transformation.
Many of her Korean-American characters are unable to disengage from what they have left behind, and are trapped in limbo between places and cultures. In “At the Edge of the World”, a young Korean-American boy detachedly observing his moping parent is “angry at the past that kept taking his father away from him”.
Q&A: Lloyd Suh’s ‘Great Wall Story’
PBS News Hour
In 1899, three bored — and slightly drunk — newspaper reporters decide to concoct a story that the Great Wall of China is being torn down. The story takes off, and suddenly the reporters find themselves at the center of the swirling controversy. That’s the premise for “Great Wall Story,” a new play produced by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and which is based on actual events.
Lloyd Suh is the Korean-American playwright who wrote “Great Wall Story.” The play was developed, in part, during a three-day Colorado New Play Summit in 2011. Art Beat caught up with Suh in Denver before Friday’s premiere.
Korean activist Hahn wants Senate seat
Sunny Hahn, 59, a Flushing activist in the Korean community, plans to run for the 16th Senatorial seat as a Republican. The seat is held by Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), but under the new redistricting plan her district is part of that now held by fellow Democrat Tony Avella of Bayside. Stavisky has not announced her plans, but Avella said earlier this week he will run for re-election.
Hahn is associated with the Korean American Association of Queens and helped organize the Lunar New Year Parade in 1999. Her platform includes promoting the history of religious freedom in Flushing, unifying the look of downtown buildings and restoring the RKO Keith’s Theatre as an arts theater.
For Anthony Kim, a return to form?
Kim, who seemingly has been around for years, is just 26. He’s already been on a Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team. He made 11 birdies in one round at the Masters. He’s won at Quail Hollow, AT&T National and the Houston Open. But in six previous starts this year, he made just one cut, at the Honda Classic. He had shot in the 60s just three times. A tie for fifth at the British Open last summer — where it was last thought he was emerging from the doldrums — was but a distant memory. Same with some success in the fall in Asia. “That was more a flash in the pan,” Kim said. “I’m trying not to do that because that’s what I’m known for, I guess.”
Video: Event Innovator Roy Choi on Immersing Guests in New, Fun Experiences
‘Sexually explicit’ tattoo described in Pinkberry beating case
Los Angeles Times
Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, who is facing a felony charge that he beat a homeless man with a tire iron, has told police the incident was sparked by the alleged victim’s tattoo, which he found offensive.
L.A. prosecutors have described the tattoo only as “sexually explicit” in nature. But a law enforcement source told The Times the tattoo was of a man and woman having sex.
The source said detectives believe Lee was angered when the transient revealed the tattoo and that prompted him to get out of his car, chase down and beat the man.
Lee’s attorney, Philip Kent Cohen, tells a significantly different story. He said the transient “made explicit threats as if he had a weapon, which he may have had.”
“As the evidence comes out, the reality will be much different than has been presented,” Cohen said. “All of the people in the car felt at risk and felt threatened.”
Family of slain Beverly teen sues accused, family
The parents of a Chicago teenager who police said was killed after another Chicago teen punched him at an Indiana beach July 4 filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the teen accused of throwing the punch, his sister and his mother.
James Malecek, of Chicago, is charged in LaPorte County, Ind., with aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter and battery in the death of Kevin Kennelly Jr., 17, who lived in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Malecek has pleaded not guilty.
Malecek, who was 19 at the time of the incident, is accused of punching Kennelly in the head at a beach in the 2600 block of Lake Shore Drive in Long Beach, Ind. Police said Kennelly was unconscious when they arrived. He died less than two days later in a Crown Point hospital. An autopsy report said Kennelly, who had just completed his junior year at Mount Carmel High School, died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Chef at downtown eatery charged with meth possession
Juneau Empire (Alaska)
The general manager and head chef of Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki, a restaurant with delivery service in downtown Juneau, was indicted Friday for possessing methamphetamine.
Angelo Bruce Kim, 51, is scheduled to be arraigned on the federal charge in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday. The Office of Public Advocacy was appointed to represent Kim, and bail was set at $2,500.
Prosecutors charge that in mid-December an anonymous caller tipped off the Juneau Police Department a Korean man named Bruce who worked at Kenny’s Wok was distributing methamphetamine from his apartment above the restaurant. The caller said he or she had personally seen Kim give methamphetamine from a sandwich bag.
Kim Jong Eun’s Brother: Succession ‘Can’t Be Done’
Wall Street Journal
If Kim Jong Eun is looking for votes of confidence in his standing as North Korea’s new leader, he may wish to steer clear of a book that went on sale in Japan Wednesday.
It contains the thoughts of his older half-brother, and it’s less than a rave review.
In “My Father, Kim Jong Il, and I: Kim Jong Nam’s Exclusive Confession,” Kim Jong Nam, the late dictator’s eldest son, is quoted as saying does not believe his youngest brother will succeed.
Albany scrap yard owner arrested for allegedly buying metal from known felons
The Oregonian (Ore.)
The owner of an Albany scrap yard is facing charges after allegedly buying metal from known felons.
On Tuesday, Linn County detectives arrested Myung Jei Kim, 53, of Beaverton, operator of MJ Recycling in the 34100-block of Highway 20 SE in Albany.
Detectives began investigating Kim last year, after the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received citizen complaints that he was skirting recycling laws for metal and scrap businesses intended to prevent stolen metal being sold by criminals.
Springfield Repair Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Marriage Fraud
Patch.com (Kingstowne, Va.)
The owner of Springfield auto repair shop pleaded guilty Thursday to arranging a marriage so his girlfriend could stay in the country.
Yong Hyon Kim, a 50-year-old Korean citizen and Centreville resident, faces up to 10 years in prison. Kim was indicted in November on counts of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, false statements, alien harboring, inducing an alien to come to the United States, and immigration document fraud.
Kim arranged a marriage between his girlfriend and the general manager at his car repair shop, 395 Collision Center, located at 6708 Industrial Road. Kim was seeking to use the marriage to keep the woman, an illegal alien, in the country.
While Kim said his girlfriend worked at 395 Collision Center, she was actually a madame at a Falls Church business called Tomato. Men would come to Tomato to flirt and dance with female employees, many of whom were also illegal aliens from South Korea. In April, two madames from Tomato were sentenced to terms in federal prison.
What they said: Anthony Kim
Pro golfer Anthony Kim is playing in the Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) this week in Palm Springs, Calif., not far from where he grew up in La Quinta.
Q. There’s nothing like home cooking and the comforts of home, is there anything that your parents have made perhaps that has made you feel at home?
ANTHONY KIM: The Korean food they make is pretty good. But I can only do that about once a week, so I’ve been going to Baja Fresh a lot.
Kim starting his season at home, with plenty to prove
Anthony Kim has gone back to the future this week, and he’s hoping it will jump-start his 2012 PGA TOUR campaign.
The 26-year-old went to high school here at La Quinta but he’s been doing more than renewing acquaintances since he returned to his parents’ house just before Christmas. Kim has been trying to recapture the feelings he had when he was one of the top-rated juniors in the country, back when he played golf for fun rather than frustrated by fundamentals.
Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices
AFP via Yahoo News
“It’s freezing!” complained chef Byun Sang-Won, jogging on the spot with arms folded and teeth clenched as he tried to keep warm inside the luxury Seoul hotel where he works.
“I can’t even imagine working without wearing extra underwear and hot packs because it’s too cold in the kitchen and hallways,” the 26-year-old said.
Tens of thousands of shivering South Koreans feel the same way.
Cold Januarys, with average lows of minus 6 to 7 Celsius (21-19 Fahrenheit) and occasionally minus 15 C, are the norm. But this winter there is no escape from the chill.
The government, worried about shrinking power reserves after a shock September blackout, has ordered staff in 19,000 government offices to keep the indoor temperature below 18 degrees C (64 F).
Private buildings including offices must not exceed 20 C (68 F) between December 5 and February 29. Offenders face fines of between 500,000 won ($433) and three million won.
YouTube Founder Married Korean Woman
Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, tied the knot with a former Google Korea employee back in 2009, it was belatedly revealed here.
Chen visited Korea in March of 2008 to promote the video-sharing website here and met Park Ji-hyun (36), who was then working as a product marketing manager at Google Korea. Chen apparently fell in love with Park at first sight and proposed to her after a whirlwind courtship.
Park studied Korean language and literature at Seoul’s Yonsei University and worked as an advertising copywriter at Cheil Communications after graduating in 2000. She later took a job with Google Korea in 2007. The couple, who live in San Francisco, had a son in July 2010. Park now goes by the name Jamie Chen.
Car DISCUSSION with Sung Kang (Episode 1)
Q&A with Rob Choi of Angling-Addict.com
In this ripping video, Rob Choi of Angling-Addict.com shows why some people call kayak fishing “the madness.” Once you pick up the paddle and the fishing pole, there’s no turning back. Scroll down to watch the vid, then check out what makes Rob tick.
Roy Choi to open Sunny Spot next week
Los Angeles Times
Roy Choi of Kogi, Chego and A-Frame says he’ll be opening new restaurant Sunny Spot on Nov. 18 in Venice in the former Beechwood space — “think roadside cookshop, where every day’s a holiday.”
Inspired by the cuisine of the West Indies, Sunny Spot’s menu runs the gamut from double-fried jerk chicken and rum-glazed prawns to slow-roasted whole goat and papaya-guava honey pot salad with crushed cashews, red onion, lime and tarragon (pictured).
N.Korean Elite Sniper Defects
An ex-member of an elite North Korean special warfare unit defected across the West Sea on Oct. 30. He crossed the sea on a raft made of tires, it emerged on Tuesday.
Under questioning by the National Intelligence Service, the military and police, the man, who is in his early 30s, said he had been discharged from the marine sniper brigade five years ago and then worked as a civilian member in a military unit.
Watch Margaret Cho Invade Bonnaroo, Accost Indie Rockers
Last week, we watched Das Racist drag their parents to Bumbershoot. Today, to herald the release of Margaret Cho’s stand-up concert film, Cho Dependent — and say farewell to SPIN’s first-ever “Funny” Issue — we have footage of the comic and friend-of-indie-rockers everywhere bugging the shit out of everyone backstage at the 2010 Bonnaroo festival to the sounds of her “Baby I’m With the Band” (featuring Brendan Benson). Watch carefully to see who embraces the Cho, and who eyes her warily (the list of guest stars includes Conan O’Brien, Reggie Watts, Doug Benson, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, OK Go, the Gossip, The Punch Brothers, and GWAR).
Hines Ward: ‘It’s about the team’
Hines Ward did not start in Cincinnati, and he played a limited number of snaps in the Steelers’ 24-17 win over the Bengals. If the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver has been demoted he is taking it in stride.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Ward said. “We won the game that’s the bottom line.”
Ward said his health wasn’t an issue, and that the coaches didn’t tell him before the Bengals game that his playing time would be diminished.
North Korea’s unusual experiment in tourism [SLIDESHOW]
The normally closed, secretive country is trying to open its doors a crack to foreign tourists, particularly from China, as a way of earning hard currency.
[In the photo above,] Chinese tourists converge on the house where the late Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s “Great Leader,” was said to be born.
Anthony Kim – The future’s bright
Anthony Kim has endured plenty of lows over the past 12 months, but feels he’s now on course to hit new highs.
The Language of Many: ‘The Language Archive’ at East West Players [REVIEW]
During the LA premiere of The Language Archive at East West Players, the scent of warm bread wafted through the theater. There’s nuance to smells, I’m told, a layering that is discernible to even the most indiscriminate noses. The same could be said of language and of theatrical plays that go beyond just the black and white categorization of “good” and “bad.”
As with my nose, there’s a certain level of layering that I’m oblivious and, like the bread smell, there was something comfortable and familiar with the The Language Archive. I spent the evening trying to figure out where I’ve seen this story before.
Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines wins CIF state girls golf title
Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines won the CIF state girls golf championship in a two-hole playoff over Cha Cha Wilhoite of Palm Desert at the Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.
Cho and Wilhoite were the only two golfers to shoot under par in the tournament. Both were 1-under, 71, after 18 holes.
S. Korean football fans demand coach’s ouster
AFP via Google News
Angry fans called Wednesday for the resignation of coach Cho Kwang-Rae after South Korea suffered a stunning 1-2 defeat to underdogs Lebanon in the third round of regional World Cup qualification.
The official website of the Korea Football Association (KFA) was flooded with critical postings, with one suggesting a petition campaign to press the KFA to dismiss Cho.
Newspapers also lambasted South Korea for playing what Chosun Ilbo daily called a “game of sleepwalkers”.
Asian women struggle to make films
City Times (San Diego)
For many filmmakers, the festival serves as an opportunity to create change in the industry through gaining exposure and connecting with people.
“Support from groups like this has been invaluable in helping further my career,” said Mina T. Son, a Korean American filmmaker who screened her short, “Making Noise in Silence,” at the festival. The the short follows the lives of two Korean-American students at the California School for the Deaf. Son returned to the festival to receive an award for Best Short Documentary for the second year in a row.
Derek Kirk Kim Completes Season 1 of ‘Mythomania’ Live-Action Web Series [Video]
The Eisner and Harvey-winning cartoonist behind such works as Same Difference and Other Stories, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang) and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm), Derek Kirk Kim has completed the first season of his live-action Web series Mythomania. Written and directed by Kim, the show follows aspiring cartoonist Andy Go as he navigates the joys, challenges, sacrifices, screw-overs and other assorted indignities suffered by those who seek their fortunes in the comic book book business. The show is an honest and personal (perhaps too personal, in the case of episode seven) into what life can be like for cartoonists, and how easy it can be to face not only rejection but also opportunity.
Serial Smacker Hits Seoul’s New Mayor
Wall Street Journal
There’s a new addition to the diverse and colorful ranks of South Korean protesters: a woman who is a serial head-smacker.
The 62-year-old woman has only been publicly identified by her last name, Park. She has been going around for the past few months hitting left-wing politicians on the head.
On Tuesday, she walked into an event in a subway station where Seoul’s new mayor, Park Won-soon, was speaking, got right up behind him, then hit him on the head and called him a “communist.”