Monday Link Attack: ROK-JPN Tension Puts US in Bind; Korea’s Leper Colony; Was Katy Perry’s AMA Performance Racist?
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A Growing Chill Between South Korea and Japan Creates Problems for the U.S.
New York Times

In the courtly world of diplomacy, the meeting between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea was something of a shock.

Mr. Hagel was in the region to try to revitalize America’s faltering “pivot” to Asia and had one especially pressing request for Ms. Park: to try to get along better with Japan. The steely Ms. Park instead delivered a lecture about Japan’s “total absence of sincerity” over the suffering that imperial Japan caused Korea in the last century and finished with a request of her own: that Washington force Tokyo to behave.

“If Germany had continued to say things that inflicted pain, while acting as if all was well, would European integration have been possible?” she asked Mr. Hagel. “I think the answer is no.”

Forgotten Killer Among the Korean ‘Erased’
New York Times

He was one of North Korea’s deadliest secret agents.

On Oct. 9, 1983, Kang Min-chul and two other North Korean agents bombed the Martyrs’ Museum in Rangoon, Burma, in a plot to kill the South Korean president, who was to have laid a wreath there. The bomb missed its mark — the president’s car had been delayed — but 17 South Koreans, including four cabinet ministers, were killed.

For his deed, Mr. Kang was consigned to oblivion. North Korea denied any connection with the attack. In South Korea, where the bombing was declared a North Korean atrocity, few cared to remember that a North Korean was languishing in a Burmese prison for it. In 2008, Mr. Kang died at the age of 53. During 25 years in prison, he received not a single visitor from his homeland.

Korean ex-leprosy patients return to island colony
AP via Washington Post

Kang Sun Bong once considered this tiny island a “hell on earth,” a place where hospital workers beat the leprosy patients exiled here and forced them into harsh labor, sterilizations and abortions. But three years ago, old, sick and broke, Kang returned to the place he’d been banished with his mother decades ago.

His savings wiped out by cancer treatment, the 74-year-old now hopes to live the rest of his life with hundreds of other former patients on Sorok Island, which sits off South Korea’s southwestern tip and has become a mini-welfare state.

Despite the misery many say they endured here, dozens are returning each year, partly for the free medical care, food and housing offered to former sufferers of the disease. But the onetime place of exile has also become a peaceful refuge for many after years of discrimination and hardship, the only place they feel at home.

48 Hours: Inside a Hollywood murder trial
CBS News

The murder trial stood out from the start.

The victim was a 21-year-old aspiring model and actress strangled in her Santa Monica apartment. The defendant, 47, was a successful businesswoman with no criminal record.

This summer’s trial of Kelly Soo Park captivated local and national media, drawn to a case that began as a whodunit when Juliana Redding’s lifeless body was discovered at her home five years earlier. Prosecutors alleged that Park carried out the killing days after the collapse of a business deal between Redding’s father and one of Park’s associates, a doctor who had dated Redding. The doctor, Munir Uwaydah, was never charged and denied involvement.

Police search for clues in murder of woman found in Woodbury Common Outlets
Westchester News (N.Y.)

Six months after Pan Sun Kim’s skeletal remains were found in Orange County, Woodbury police passed out fliers today in the Bayside, Queens neighborhood where the Korean woman lived with her family.

Kim was last seen in Bayside more than five years ago.

The 78-year-old grandmother’s remains were found in a wooded area near the Woodbury Common Outlets off Route 32.

19yo man charged over Korean woman’s murder in Brisbane’s CBD
ABC News (Australia)

Detectives have charged a man with the weekend murder of a young Korean woman in Brisbane. The body of Eunji Ban, who police now say was aged 22, was discovered in parklands in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday morning.

Ms Ban had been in Australia on a youth exchange for just six weeks before her death. Detectives believe she was walking to work as a hotel cleaner in the Brisbane CBD when she was attacked early on Sunday morning.

Overnight they arrested a 19-year-old man from Spring Hill.

What’s Next for K-Pop’s Big Bang?
Wall Street Journal

K-Pop superstars Big Bang descended onto Hong Kong Friday night for the Mnet Asian Music Awards. The past year has been one of solo pursuits for members of the group, which meant Big Bang wasn’t up for any awards. But G-Dragon, the group’s leader, racked up four awards, including best male artist and artist of the year.

The Wall Street Journal caught up back stage for a few minutes with three members from the group — G-Dragon, Taeyang and Seungri — ahead of Friday night’s awards ceremony.

What have you been listening to this year from outside of Korea?

Taeyang: Kanye West, Drake, The Weeknd, Miguel and M.I.A.

Seungri: Robin Thicke.

‘Age is just a number’
Korea Times U.S.

Just in case you were curious – yes, the man who plays the Asian father character in the latest BMW 3 Series commercial on TV is indeed a Korean actor. Peter Kim (whose Korean name is Kim Kwang-tae) is 77-years young and still going strong.

Kim is actually a veteran actor from Los Angeles with over 30 years of experience, and the commercial, which started to air just recently, is garnering attention as ‘the first car commercial on television to feature a Korean family.’

The humorous piece starts with an upper-middle class Korean family gathered in the living room. As they are talking and laughing, the daughter’s Caucasian boyfriend, who’s been somewhat nervously abiding his time, gets up to approach Kim, as if he’s going to ask for permission to marry his daughter.

Geisha A-Go-Go: Katy Perry’s AMAs Performance Stirs Debate
Wall Street Journal

These were the American Music Awards, never the high point of televised trophy-tossing tastefulness to begin with. But as the Cirque du Sayonara spectacle of Katy Perry’s opening number unfurled, my jaw slowly dropped until it nearly rested against my collarbone.

There was Perry, in full kimono, tabi socks, lacquered hair and geiko pancake, belting out her latest smash hit. Her traditional outfit had been tightened at the bust with a triangular cutout designed to accentuate rather than flatten her generous bosom, and the sides cut to the waist to expose her pearlescent American legs. And she was surrounded by a throng of acrobatic maiko, their faces rollered with fat streaks of kabuki makeup, who provided energetic fan-flapping as backup — at least until they started flying and somersaulting through the air.

Margaret Cho on Asian Moms, Miley Cyrus, and the Politics of Comedy
Los Angeles Magazine

Margaret Cho’s versatile oeuvre—best known as a comedian, she has also acted in television and film, recorded music, and written two books—is united by an exploration of social issues like sexism and homophobia. Her monologues investigate issues of race, gender, and sexuality from an intelligent, iconoclastic, and raunchy viewpoint that’s always thoughtful. Her dedication to these topics has made her a figurehead in the gay rights movement. In her new live show, Mother, Cho examines her role within the overlapping worlds of pop culture and social commentary while paying homage to her mom. Cho performs at The Wiltern on December 6.

What is Mother about?
Mother is about a few things. Mother is an identity I have grown into. If you hang around gay men a lot you become a kind of mother figure. I also have a lot of younger friends. There’s a certain grandeur that comes with age, and I talk about that in the show. I also talk a lot about my own mother. It’s not necessarily about being a mother but about assuming that role as you get older. I use that as a jumping off point for a lot of different jokes. I talk a lot about sexuality and race, issues of which I feel I have reached a certain mastery. I’m really proud of the material.

What is Mother about?
Mother is about a few things. Mother is an identity I have grown into. If you hang around gay men a lot you become a kind of mother figure. I also have a lot of younger friends. There’s a certain grandeur that comes with age, and I talk about that in the show. I also talk a lot about my own mother. It’s not necessarily about being a mother but about assuming that role as you get older. I use that as a jumping off point for a lot of different jokes. I talk a lot about sexuality and race, issues of which I feel I have reached a certain mastery. I’m really proud of the material.

In Golf, South Koreans Find a New Model for Success
New York Times

NAPLES, Fla. — Se Ri Pak was the prototype, engineered by her father to be a mentally strong, mechanically sound golfing machine. His blueprint, in which he streamlined Pak’s existence by eliminating any activity not conducive to shooting low scores, was widely copied by other South Korean fathers of young daughters after Pak won the first of 25 titles on the L.P.G.A. Tour.

Fifteen years after Pak burst onto the world golf scene as a tour rookie with four victories, two in majors, her new-and-improved successor arrived in the form of South Korea’s latest sensation, Inbee Park.

On Friday, Park became the first golfer from her country to be honored as the L.P.G.A. player of the year, capping a season in which she posted six victories, three in majors. Pak was so lonely at her peak that she bought a beagle and named it Happy. Park, in her acceptance speech, spoke of finding happiness within, then having her career take off.

Lydia Ko banks $20,000 on pro debut
ONE Sports (New Zealand)

Lydia Ko is relieved her first tournament as a professional is over.

The world number five fired a two under par 70 in the final round of the CME Titleholders in Florida to finish in a share of 21st place and earn her first pay cheque of NZ$20,000.

Ko had rounds of 71, 71, 72 and 70 at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida, to finish 11 shots back from China’s Shanshan Feng, who won by one stroke from American Gerina Piller.

Josh Thomson: Ben Henderson more of a threat than UFC champ Anthony Pettis
Yahoo Sports

Josh Thomson was next in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight title after knocking Nate Diaz out last April. New champion Anthony Pettis was forced to pull out of his Dec. title defense against Thomson because of a knee injury, however, and now Thomson will fight former champ Benson Henderson in Jan. at the UFC on Fox 10 card in Chicago.

According to Thomson, he not only lost a chance at grabbing UFC gold when Pettis got injured, he was also stuck with a much tougher opponent. “Benson is more of a threat than Pettis was,” Thomson told Steph Daniels during a recent interview.

“Not to mention that this is the opportunity to fight someone that has been the champ for the last couple years. For me, I think Benson has the bigger name. Not to take anything away from Pettis, but Henderson has been more active over the last two years, so there was no way I could pass on this opportunity.”

The Seoul of Shanghai
Global Times

International cities like Shanghai are never short of expatriates. According to the latest figures released by the city’s statistical bureau, more than 200,000 foreign residents currently call Shanghai home, among which Americans and Japanese top the list.

Thanks to these expats from 214 countries and regions, the city is dotted with foreign communities of varying sizes, including the Western community in Jinqiao, Pudong New Area, and the Japanese community in Gubei, Changning district.

However, not many know that the third largest foreign population in the city is South Koreans, who number more than 19,800 residents. Tucked away on Hongquan Road near Ziteng Road Station on metro Line 10 in Minhang district is the city’s largest South Korean community. Walking down the street, you can see shop signs written in Hangul, fashionable young ladies chatting in Korean and businessmen sitting on the terraces of Seoul-style coffee shops.

Life Inside a PlayStation [OP-ED]
New York Times

Busan, South Korea — In October 2012, my wife and I arrived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick and unpacked our suitcases. We had ended a two-year stay in New York and flown back to Korea in June, but returned to America for five weeks to launch and promote the publication of my novel “Black Flower” in English.

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We had found the one-bedroom apartment — a fourth-floor walk-up with a sofa that sagged in the middle, so that only one person could sit on it — on, rented out by a young hipster who worked in the gaming industry. I was sitting on the sofa, feeling disappointed, when the owner of the apartment, who was showing us around, hit the remote control. A large projection screen descended from the ceiling. A Sony PlayStation, a Microsoft Xbox, a motion-sensor camera and surround-sound speakers turned on. I half-listened while he explained how to use these gadgets. I hadn’t been on a plane for 14 hours to play a console game. I thought to myself: Hipster, stop pestering me and leave.

A few days later, Hurricane Sandy swept through New York and New Jersey. People swarmed into supermarkets to stock up on water, pasta, bread and bananas. Electric power went out in several neighborhoods. My book’s launch event was, of course, canceled. It had been scheduled, of all times, for the very day that Sandy swept through. As night fell, the subway lines running between Manhattan and Brooklyn ground to a stop. We had nowhere to go. Only then did the PlayStation begin to look appealing.

Monday’s Link Attack: Korean Adoptees, Jay Park, Hank Conger
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Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts honor veterans
Los Angeles Daily News

[Pfc. Samuel Sungjune Lee], a Korean-American soldier who died less than two weeks before his 20th birthday while serving in the Army during the Iraq War, was unknown to the members of Boy Scout Troop 777, based out of Koreatown.

But his service and death carried special significance to the group, which had made it tradition to seek out all Korean-American soldiers buried at the cemetery to pay tribute. So far, they had found five.

Slain Qns. woman blew boyfriend’s life savings gambling: landlady
New York Post

A Queens man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death was furious with her for gambling away his life savings and leaving him thousands of dollars in debt, his landlady said yesterday.

Feuk Youn Yoon, 56, and Yunhee Shin, 57, were fighting in his basement apartment on 214th Street in Bayside just before he allegedly killed her, police said.

Firefighters responding to calls reporting a small blaze in the home found Shin on the bed with two knife wounds to the neck and Yoon in a closet trying to hang himself.

30 North Korean officials involved in South talks die ‘in traffic accidents’
The Telegraph (U.K.)

Thirty officials of the North Korean regime who were involved in talks with South Korea have been executed or died in “staged traffic accidents,” according to a human rights report.

Theater artists find depth in search for families
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo, both adoptees, talk about their search for their relatives in Korea.

S. Korean student graduates Harvard as ‘highest ranking undergraduate’
Yonhap News

A South Korean student has graduated from Harvard University as a “highest ranking undergraduate,” the first time a Korean student has won the honor.

Economics major Jin Kwon-young, 20, and one other graduate were assessed equal best of 1,552 students who graduated from the prestigious university in a ceremony on Thursday.

The Harvard Business Student Who Landed a Spot on the Home Shopping Network & Created Her Own Skincare Line

By age 25, Grace Choi had already invented four medical devices. By age 26, her first consumer retail invention in jewelry was picked up by the Home Shopping Network, following a televised nationwide search by TV personality Kelly Ripa. And now, as a Harvard MBA, she’s debuting her all-in-one cosmetic skincare line: Grace Choi Porcelian Skin BB Cream.

Asian-American Week: Korean-American Pop Star’s Popularity Extends To New York

He’s a singer, dancer and rapper but his fans say that still doesn’t begin to describe Jay Park’s talent.

The 25-year-old Korean-American phenom has millions of fans across Asia. But if you want proof of his popularity in New York, look no further than a line for his recent concert in Midtown that wound around the corner and stretched for several blocks 8 hours before the show.

“I guess I’m a really dedicated Jay Park fan,” said one fan who waited for over 24 hours for tickets. “I don’t want to take the chance that anyone else got those front-row seats. I’m making sure I’m here first.”

A Rapper Ravaged By An Online Firestorm

Wired‘s Josh Davis speaks with NPR about his recent follow-up article on the Tablo online witch hunt. Stupid Koreans.

Earlier this month, 12 people who posted false accusations online were put on trial in Korea for criminal defamation against Tablo. They could face jail time.

Meanwhile, Tablo has recorded a new album about his ordeal, named Fever’s End. It’s put him right back at the top of the charts, but after such an experience, he’s still not ready to perform publicly again.

SDSU’s Kang has big personality to match game
San Diego Union-Tribune

Soon, [Alex] Kang will turn pro after his final season at SDSU, but this week he is a critical player in the Aztecs’ hopes to win their first NCAA championship in men’s golf. The national tournament begins Tuesday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The top eight teams after three rounds of stroke play will advance to single-elimination match play. The champion will be decided on Sunday.

Conger misses callup opportunity with injury

The messages began rolling in for Hank Conger on May 11, the day Angels catcher Chris Iannetta underwent right wrist surgery and John Hester was called up to take his place on the roster.

“People were like, ‘Where you at? Why aren’t they calling you up?’” Conger recalled.

And that’s when the Angels’ prospect catcher would have to explain that he’s on the Minor League disabled list, rehabbing a right elbow injury that dates back to the second series of the Triple-A season and has had him on the shelf for more than a month.

B.J. Penn doesn’t think Frankie Edgar deserves UFC Title rematch with Ben Henderson
MMA Torch

Appearing on Thursday’s MMA Uncensored Live on Spike TV, former UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn discusses why he doesn’t think Frankie Edgar deserved a rematch against Benson Henderson.

Visions of the Hermit Kingdom
Wall Street Journal

Chances are, you aren’t going to North Korea any time soon. But armchair travelers can take a virtual tour with “Architectural and Cultural Guide Pyongyang,” edited by Philipp Meuser (DOM Publishers, $49.95).

It’s a two-volume set, the first of which contains photographs and descriptions from the North Korean government’s Pyongyang Foreign Languages Publishing House. The contract required Mr. Meuser to run the images with the official captions, without critical commentary. So volume two provides more photos, history and context, with essays on topics like urban planning, mass gymnastics and propaganda posters.

Video Roundup: Dia Frampton, Japanese Vending Machine, Kim Jong Un Cartoon
Author: Linda Son
Posted: March 16th, 2012
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Here are some videos we’re watching this week at KoreAm.

Heejun Han – Right Here Waiting – Top 12 American Idol
Korean American Idol Heejun Han sings the Dick Marx 1989 classic, “Right Here Waiting” as contestants are forced to sing a song from the year of their birth.

Dia Frampton Covers 2NE1′s “Lonely”
Dia Frampton, who stared on NBC’s “The Voice,” sits down and sings a cover of 2NE1′s hit “Lonely.” The acoustic cover fills the room with English lyrics to the K-pop song.

Interview with Dia Frampton
Dia answers questions about her upbringing, what to expect in the future and many more since she appeared on “The Voice.”

Ben Henderson’s Signature Moves
Fuel TV slows down some of Ben Henderson’s famous moves from his UFC fights. The fighter then explains the moves in detail.

Rolling in the Deep – Guzheng Edition
It doesn’t get more old school than the guzheng, the ancestor to Korea’s gayageum. This particular guzheng player meets old school with new school by plucking the strings to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

The Adventures of Kim Jong Un
College Humor animates a hilarious cartoon about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and his adventures running the country.

Japanese Hand-Crank Vending Machines
After the tsunami in Japan, vending machines became extremely important for the Japanese people as they recovered from the disaster. Vending machines carried items essential for living and the vending machine company Sanden recognized this instantly. Sanden created a vending machine that ran on a hand crank just in case power goes out so that people still had the chance to get needed items.

Sungha Jung – Isn’t She Lovely (Ukelele Version)
Famous for his amazing guitar arrangements, teenager Sungha Jung, brings another arrangement, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Instead of arranging for the guitar, however, Sungha plays the song on the ukelele.

Kobayashi Gets Cheesy at SXSW
At SXSW (South By Southwest), Japanese eating machine Takeru Kobayashi broke yet another world record. In one minute, Kobayashi scarfed down 13 grilled cheese sandwiches. The category for eating grilled cheese sandwiches in a minute was new and set on Sunday. Previously, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 49 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes.

North and South Korean Diplomats Scuffle
On March 13, at the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, North Korean and South Korean diplomats scuffled with one another. A number of people and cameras were caught in the middle and in the end, one diplomat repeats, “Please save North Korean refugees.”

If you have more videos you’d like us to see, email

Monday’s Link Attack: Kim Jong-un, Ken Jeong, Hank Conger
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North Korean Leader Threatens ‘Retaliatory Strike’ Against South
New York Times

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the military to launch a “powerful retaliatory strike” if provoked by the South, the North’s state-run media reported on Sunday.

Mr. Kim’s statement, issued during a visit to military units on the country’s southern coast that faces a string of islands manned by South Korean marines, comes a day before the United States and South Korea are scheduled to begin a massive joint military exercise.

North Korea Stance on Nuclear Plan Unchanged
New York Times

North Korea said on Saturday that “nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States,” a day after an American special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there was little change in their negotiating style on their nuclear programs under a new leadership taking shape in Pyongyang.

The talks, intended to start the process of ridding North Korea of any nuclear weapons, ended without any concrete results.

Business dispute, La. gun battle eyed in Norcross shooting
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jeong Soo Paek arranged for store space in a strip mall in Conyers, obtained business permits from the city and made plans for the grand opening of a spa. He just needed more money, police said Friday.

But police said when his two sisters and their husbands wouldn’t repay money he had given them so they could open their own spa in Norcross, Paek fatally shot them and then turned the gun on himself.

Paek had planned to open his own spa this week, Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said. “Obviously, that didn’t happen,” the chief said.

Paek had borrowed money from someone else to fund the spa in Conyers and needed more to cover additional costs, Summers said.

“There may have been some discussions about money” with family members, Summers said. “There was some part of the discussion that led to the shooting.”

Dr. Ken Jeong’s Stripper Inspection

Before Ken Jeong was jumping out of trunks naked and straddling Bradley Cooper’s head while beating him with a crowbar, he was a doctor. Today’s story is about Ken’s discovery—at his bachelor party—that being a physician sort of sucks when you’re trying to get a stripper who’s worried about her gallbladder or being pregnant to sit on your face.

Choe Is Sully Police Officer of Year
Connection Newspapers (Fairfax County, Va.)

There were smiles all around when PFC Roy Choe was honored Tuesday night as the Sully District Police Station’s 2011 Officer of the Year. He was selected by the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and feted in front of his family and colleagues.

“This is a great night, especially for Roy,” said Second Lt. Ryan Morgan who wrote the letter nominating Choe. “I supervised him, the past year, and he can be best described by his selflessness and devotion to duty.”

“He is one of a very few Korean officers in our agency and has done an outstanding job for the Sully District and Police Department, as a whole,” added Lt. John Trace, assistant commander of the Sully District Station.

K-Town, Little Tokyo Lose in Redistricting Vote
Rafu Shimpo

On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission voted 16-5 to approve a map redrawing boundaries that will remove Little Tokyo from the 9th Council District and divide Koreatown into the 10th and 13th Council Districts.

The vote came after an eight-hour session in City Council chambers that left few happy with the newly drawn council district map. Every 10 years Los Angeles City Council lines are redrawn to account for changes in the population as tabulated in the Census. The goal is to have equal population in each of the 15 districts. The new district map must also comply with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Grace Yoo, executive director of the Korean American Coalition, said KAC and other Asian American organizations, including the Korean American Bar Association, are seeking to file a lawsuit to fight the proposed district boundaries. The map now goes to the City Council, which will cast the final vote.

“I know what a lawsuit takes, they’re causing such an injustice, such a cheating and scamming of democracy that as someone who believes that our American system of government is better than any other. I have to do my part to defend democracy,” said Yoo.

South Korean journalists focus their cameras on Camden
Philadelphia Inquirer

Cruising the city in their silver Honda Odyssey van, a trio of South Korean journalists looked around Camden in awe.

The poverty. The abandonment. The open-air drug markets.

“In Seoul, because it’s the capital, we have some crime. But we do not have this kind of serious crime,” said Yurie Kim, Washington-based coordinator for the Korean Broadcasting System, the largest South Korean television network.

The group was in Camden this week to tape a 50-minute documentary on the effect of the economic downturn in the United States.

Store Owner Fights Back After Several Robberies
FOX 31 Denver

A botched robbery sends a would-be criminal to the hospital after the store owner takes matters into his own hands.

At 7:00 pm Saturday night, two would-be robbers walked into the Cambio de Cheques at 7001 West Colfax in Lakewood, sprayed mace in the face of the store’s owner, Yong Pak, and demanded money.

According to police, Pak grabbed his own gun and fired it at one of the suspects hitting him in the leg. The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Neighboring businesses tell FOX31 Denver, the owner of the check cashing store has been robbed three times over the past few months and last night the store’s owner finally had enough.

Huh edges Allenby in playoff to triumph in Mexico

American rookie John Huh won his first PGA Tour title in only his fifth start by beating Australian Robert Allenby in a marathon playoff at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico Sunday.

Huh, who had never competed on the U.S. circuit until this year, sealed victory at the eighth extra hole to deny the 40-year-old Allenby a first PGA Tour win since the 2001 Pennsylvania Classic.

New UFC Champ to Visit Ancestral Home with Korean Mom
Chosun Ilbo

With the champion’s belt around his waist, [Benson] Henderson ran to the audience and hugged his Korean mother Kim Sung-hwa to share the joyous moment. Henderson wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the Korean national flag on its right shoulder, and the U.S. star spangled banner on its left shoulder. A tattoo on his left arm showed his name written in Korean characters, which he said shows his family background.

Angels’ Hank Conger is working to be a finished product
Los Angeles Times

Young catcher is trying to stick with the big league club for good, but after a rough patch last season and with the likelihood that the Angels won’t carry three catchers, he might be headed back to triple A for more seasoning.

Tampa Bay Rays excited to get look at top shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee
Tampa Bay Times

Realistically, SS Hak-Ju Lee knows he needs more experience in the minor leagues. But when the question was asked Saturday about the majors, the promising 21-year-old prospect couldn’t resist.

“I’m ready now,” he said.

The talented South Korean is a nonroster invitee to camp, and manager Joe Maddon and other Rays are excited to get their first look at him.

New Diet Fad Causes Lemon Imports to Surge
Chosun Ilbo

Given the explosive popularity of the “lemon detox diet” among women in their 20s and 30s in Korea, lemons are selling like hotcakes. Since the diet was introduced here last year, it has become an instant hit. It requires dieters to drink two liters of water diluted with 180 ml of squeezed lemon juice a day, while dramatically cutting their intake of food.

Hologram Piece – Casper Kang

Ben Henderson Captures UFC Lightweight Title
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: February 27th, 2012
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Mixed martial arts fighter Benson Henderson won the UFC lightweight title last Saturday, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Henderson proved to be too much for his smaller opponent as he delivered a number of stunning blows including a vicious kick in the second round that broke Edgar’s nose and sent blood gushing.

“I wanted to use my size to my advantage,” Henderson said, according to the Associated Press. “Making weight is really (a struggle) for me … so I want to make sure my opponents feel that pain when we have 25 minutes inside this octagon.” Continue Reading »

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