“Disgusting!,” Cry Legal Experts: Is This The Lowest A Top U.S. Law Firm Has Ever Stooped?
Would any self-respecting U.S. law firm represent a client who suggested the Jews deserved the Holocaust? Probably not. As a matter of honor, most law firms would run a mile, and even the least honorable would conclude that the damage to their reputation wasn’t worth it.
Where imperial Japan’s atrocities are concerned, however, at least one top U.S. law firm hasn’t been so choosy. In what is surely one of the most controversial civil suits ever filed in the United States, the Los Angeles office of Chicago-based Mayer Brown is trying to prove that the so-called comfort women – the sex slaves used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II – were no more than common prostitutes.
Obama may return ancient Korean seals on upcoming trip to Seoul
The U.S. government may return a set of Korean national treasures, shipped out of the country by an American soldier during the Korean War, when President Barack Obama visits Seoul next week, diplomatic sources here said Monday.
“The two sides are in the final stage of consultations to complete relevant procedures,” a source said.
There is a possibility that the process will finish ahead of Obama’s departure for Asia next Tuesday, added the source.
Korean hair gripe goes to the top
North Korea’s displeasure at a poster in a hair salon that poked fun at their leader’s unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.
The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter from the North Korean embassy earlier this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-un that was displayed in a London salon’s window emblazoned with the words “Bad Hair Day?”.
Mandarins received the letter earlier this week and are now considering a response, a spokesman said.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 10 Spoilers: Sandra Oh Posts Photo From Last Scenes With Kevin McKidd
Goodbyes aren’t easy and that’s something Sandra Oh is making clear. As the actress prepares for her last season on Grey’s Anatomy, she’s been posting emotional posts on Twitter.
The 42-year-old uploaded a photo of herself along with co-star and on-screen lover Kevin McKidd with the caption, “shooting one of our last scenes,” and a sad face.
“My dearest partner in crime,” McKidd, who plays Owen Hunt, tweeted back. “It’s too much to take! What we gonna do?”
Korean-American Band Talk About Rise to Pop Charts
The debut album of Run River North, a band consisting of six second-generation Korean-Americans in Los Angeles, has made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Hwang spoke to the Chosun Ilbo by telephone on Tuesday morning in a mixture of Korean and English.
Run River North are currently on a U.S. tour, stopping in Washington. Another member, Jennifer Rim, who plays the violin, also was on the phone.
Wie ready for LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina
The LPGA Lotte Championship tees off Wednesday morning at Ko Olina Golf Club. The tournament marks a triumphant homecoming for 24-year-old Michelle Wie.
The Punahou graduate is off to her best start as a professional, recording six top-16 finishes to open the season, including a runner-up major finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship two weeks ago.
“I’ve just been working hard the last couple of years,” Wie told KHON2. “Obviously I went through quite a bit of a struggle, and I’ve just been trying to improve a little bit here and there every day, trying not to do anything too drastic. I’ve just been patient. A lot of times it was hard being patient. I knew it was getting better and better, it just wasn’t showing. I feel like I’m improving a little bit here and there which is good.”
ISU receives South Korea complaint over figure skating judging
South Korea has officially filed its complaint over figure skating judging at the Sochi Olympics to the International Skating Union, nearly two months after Yuna Kim won silver behind Russian Adelina Sotnikova in a controversial decision.
The Korea Skating Union (KSU) filed a complaint over the makeup of the judging panel for the women’s free skate rather than the results of the competition, according to Yonhap News, reporting that the KSU believes the panel’s composition was in violation of the ISU’s ethical rules.
One of the judges from Sochi is married to a top Russian figure skating federation official and was seen hugging Sotnikova shortly after she won gold. Another was suspended one year as being part of the 1998 Olympic ice dance fixing scandal.
Sneak a Peek at Beverly Kim and John Clark’s Parachute Opening Menu
When Beverly Kim and John Clark open Parachute (probably next month), expect a different take on Korean cuisine. Kim and Clark are terming their first restaurant “Korean-American,” fusing the textures and flavor profiles of traditional Korean cooking with creative ingredients available to modern restaurants in Chicago.
“I don’t want to compete with mom-and-pop Korean restaurants,” Kim says. “I definitely grew up with those dishes, those dishes excite me, but with our experiences we can put a twist on it that makes it approachable for non-Koreans and Koreans alike.”
“It might take some time for people to grasp that.”
North Korea vows to end nonaggression pacts with South Korea
Los Angeles Times
North Korea has vowed to nullify nonaggression pacts with South Korea in response to the U.N. Security Council’s new tough sanctions and planned joint South Korea-U.S. military drills.
In addition to voiding the peace agreement, the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea, the North’s agency in charge of dealing with cross-border affairs with the South, announced in a statement broadcast on state media Friday that it will sever a North-South hotline.
The state-run agency said North Korea “abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South … [and] also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline.”
After Sanctions Vote, 2 Koreas Ratchet Up Attack Threats
New York Times
Angrily responding to the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose tightened sanctions, North Korea said on Friday that it was nullifying all nonaggression agreements with South Korea, with one of its top generals claiming that his country had nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles ready to blast off.
Matching the harsh warning with a toughened stance, South Korea said Friday that if Pyongyang attacked the South with a nuclear weapon, the government of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be “erased from the earth.”
Tensions on the Korean peninsula: Kim blows up again
RUMOURS of fatherhood, and the thrill of having Dennis Rodman, a 51-year-old American basketball has-been, as a new best friend, have done little to mellow Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s young leader. Once again relations between his family’s regime and the outside world have returned to the dangerous script of nuclear provocation, sanctions and threats of war.
On March 6th Kyodo, a Japanese news agency, reported that camouflage netting was being thrown over buses and trains in Pyongyang in readiness for conflict. A day earlier the regime reheated old threats, as America proposed a resolution to the UN Security Council, stiffening sanctions against North Korea for its third nuclear test on February 12th. It said it would scrap the 1953 armistice agreement with America that ended the Korean war (did it forget that it had already scrapped it, in 2009?). It cut off a hotline with American troops in South Korea. And it once again threatened nuclear attack.
Is Kim Jong Un more dangerous than his father?
North Korea’s threat to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States has puzzled American officials, who see the regime ramping up its threats and rhetoric.
It’s leading to the belief that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is more unpredictable, more dangerous and harder to read than his late father, Kim Jong Il.
“The new leader is acting in ways a bit more extreme than his father, who was colder and more calculated,” a senior administration official said. “Kim Jong Il was more aware of the off-ramps to end these escalations.
O.C.’s Korean Americans react to North Korea threat
Orange County Register (Calif.)
They’ve heard North Korea’s threats before. Some local Korean Americans are concerned. Many others, however, see it more as political theater.
Orange County’s Korean American community offered mixed reactions to North Korea’s threat to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea. Many said threats by North Korea are so common that it’s hard to take them seriously.
“They talk tough so many times. Nobody takes it literally,” said J.J. Kim, president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County.
U.S. ambassador hails ‘truly historic’ inauguration of President Park
The inauguration of President Park Geun-hye last week was “truly historic” for South Korea, the U.S. ambassador to Seoul said Friday, renewing his commitment to closely working with the new government.
“Last week was truly historic for Korea. President Park Geun-hye was inaugurated as South Korea’s first female president,” U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim said of his attendance at the inauguration ceremony in a blog post on the embassy’s Web site.
“President Park has long been a strong supporter of the alliance, and we very much look forward to working with her administration,” Kim said.
Is This the First Digital Image of a North Korean In-Flight Meal?
This is an airline meal. It’s not just any airline meal, however; it’s a piece of digital imaging and travel history and it was only created this morning.
David Guttenfelder, Chief Photographer in Asia for the AP, is currently in North Korea on assignment and taking advantage of the newly un-banned 3G network to share some Instagrams from daily life, like this seemingly banal image of his in-flight meal on North Korea’s state airline, Air Koryo.
Kakao chats punishable for defamatory comments
The Korea Times
Spreading unfounded rumors through free mobile chat service KakaoTalk is subject to punishment on the grounds of defamation a court ruled Thursday.
The Seoul court fined a woman 700,000-won for spreading defamatory comments through KakaoTalk.
According to records, the woman made groundless accusations and shared them through Kakao with 13 others.
In another case, a man was given a six-month suspended jail term for insulting his girlfriend. The man had claimed on Kakao that she had a miscarriage after having sex with another man.
Top Chef’s Beverly Kim returns to Kendall College to cook and teach at her alma mater
Around this time last year, Beverly Kim was something of a minor television celebrity on “Top Chef.” Several Saturdays ago, we found Kim calling out dinner orders from a cavernous and modern West Town kitchen, a space that would be the envy of every chef in town. This kitchen even has a 180-degree view of the Chicago skyline.
Kim wore a neckerchief and a tall chef’s hat, attire not seen since French restaurants in the ’80s, and hollered lingo only line cooks understood: “Pick up three amuse!”
Since January and until mid-June, this kitchen is where Kim spends her Tuesday through Saturday nights. The menu is hers; the restaurant isn’t. It’s CUL-249 at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, a course titled fine dining restaurant. It’s an unplanned but welcome surprise, Kim said, as she never thought she’d teach undergraduates at a cooking school in 2013, especially for a chef who was supposed to springboard from a TV show to operating her own restaurant (see: Izard, Stephanie).
PSY to Debut “Gangnam Style” Follow-Up Next Month
Stop making ‘Harlem Shake’ videos, and listen up: South Korean rapper PSY announced today that he is releasing a follow-up to his worldwide hit “Gangnam Style.”
The single is due out Apr. 13, and Psy will perform a concert dubbed “Happening” at the Seoul World Cup Stadium later that night, which will be streamed live on YouTube. PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, delivered the news in Korean, English, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Indonesian subtitles — a sign of how popular “Gangnam Style” has become worldwide.
Hank Conger’s throwing issues could be a concern for Angels
Los Angeles Times
Catcher Hank Conger has sailed two throws to third base into left field this spring. He bounced a late throw to second on Wednesday and nearly hit pitcher Jered Weaver in the head with a throw to second after the Angels pitcher finished his warm-up tosses before an inning.
Conger, a 2006 first-round pick who has spent much of the past three years at triple-A, is ready to hit in the big leagues, and his arm strength is adequate. But to nail down the job as Chris Iannetta’s backup, he’ll need to find a consistent-enough exchange and arm stroke to control a running game. He is still searching.
“On the practice field, he’s making a lot of strides, but at some point you need to bring that consistency into the game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re very confident he will, but he has to find it.”
Ryu piles up K’s, but Dodgers’ bats stymied
Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu — signed to a six-year contract worth $36 million over the offseason — held the Indians to two runs on three hits in three-plus innings. Ryu piled up five strikeouts, including three consecutive called strikeouts to Ryan Rohlinger, Drew Stubbs and Jason Kipnis in a swift third inning.
“Everything kind of worked for me, including control, command of the pitches,” Ryu said through an interpreter. I was able to execute pitches. Not only the fastball, but other pitches as well.”
Why South Korean Gamers Are So Pissed about SimCity
Upset about the rocky SimCity rollout? Take heart. You are not alone. Gamers in South Korea are also not happy campers. But it’s not just due to the inability to play.
Here’s what happened: When South Korean gamers couldn’t connect to servers, the official SimCity Korean Facebook page called out the country for piracy. You know, EA Korea’s paying customers. Talk about adding insult to injury!
Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee on ‘Cons’ of ‘Banshee’
AP via YouTube
Yi So-yeon Remembers Another Space Pioneer
Wall Street Journal
After the initial news was reported on Monday, little has been said in South Korean media about the death of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. We asked South Korea’s first – and still only – space traveler, Yi So-yeon, for her thoughts about him. Ms. Yi in 2008 joined the crew of a Russian Soyuz flight to the International Space Station.
Life on Mars Time for JPL Scientist and his Family
Los Angeles Times
David Oh’s eldest son taped aluminum foil over his windows. His daughter painted a sign warning visitors away from the front door. His wife pulled the phone cord out of the wall and turned the couple’s cellphones off. David’s time on Earth had come to a temporary end — and he was taking his family with him.
7-year-old Girl Abducted an Raped in South Korea, Police Say
Police in South Korea have detained a man suspected of abducting a 7-year-old girl from her home and raping her, local police officials said Friday. The parents of the girl realized she was missing at 7 a.m. Thursday and looked for her before reporting it to the police half an hour later in Naju, a city in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, said Kim Il-kyu, head of the criminal investigation department in Naju.
Unification Church Founder on Life Support
Rev. Moon Sun-myung, founder of the Unification Church, has gone into critical organ failure and is on life support, the church said in a statement on Friday. Moon will be moved to a medical center operated by the church, located east of Seoul in a place the church considers sacred, as doctors say his illness is “irreversible.” Moon, 92 was hospitalized at the intensive care unit of St. Mary’s Hospital in Seoul two weeks ago with complications from pneumonia.
13 is a Crowd in North York, Where Rooming Houses are Illegal
Toronto Star (Canada)
When Sienna Choi found the room for rent on a popular Korean website, she envisioned a cheap, cozy place near the subway. What she didn’t picture was a dozen roommates. After a quick tour of the Kenaston Gardens house near Sheppard Ave. E. and Bayview Ave. in North York, the 22-year-old English student agreed to take it. Arriving in Toronto in June, she moved there with a childhood friend also from South Korea, with the understanding that they would share a bed at a cost of $780 every four weeks.
His Photos Capture Asian American Experience
As thousands of Chinese and Chinese-Americans marched the mile from Manhattan’s Chinatown to City Hall in May 1975 to protest police brutality, Corky Lee snapped an image that made the cover of the New York Post: A man, his face bloodied after he was struck by a New York City cop, is led away from the crowd by other officers near City Hall.
South Korea, Obscured by a Northern Shadow
A chill wind swept Pyongyang’s Kim Il-Sung Square but the thousands of dancers were undeterred as they twirled to lively music from loudspeakers. So what were the songs about? Love? Marriage? Heartbreak? “This one is about Vinalon,” my official minder told me.
Inter-Korean ‘postman’ reconnects split families
AFP via Gulf News
Kim sends about 70 to 80 letters and packages every year to North Koreans at the request of families in the South. It takes roughly 30 days for letters to arrive and another 30 days for a reply to come back.
In the case of letters, Kim mails them from Japan, where he is based. But Tokyo restricts the contents of packages to the North to comply with UN sanctions, so those are sent through China.
Police Nab Man Suspected in Robbery, Beating of Korean-American Business Owner
Police have nabbed one of seven men allegedly involved in a violent home invasion and robbery of a Korean-American businessman and his wife at their Oxford Circle home in March. Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said Thursday that Rashion Michaels, 21, of Callowhill Street near 61st, in West Philly, was arrested Wednesday and charged.
High School Football: Bishop Montgomery Soars Thanks to Kim’s Leg
Here was Jonathan Kim, on the heels of a missed field goal, lining up for the longest attempt of his life with the game, for all intents and purposes, pretty much on the line. No pressure, right? Kim made it look all too easy, sending a 52-yard field goal sailing through the uprights with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left to give visiting Bishop Montgomery the go-ahead points in a 24-16 nonleague win over surprisingly stubborn Contreras Learning Center on Thursday night.
K-Pop Finds a Breakout Hit
It has been the Season Of Carly Rae Jepsen – until now. Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” has been the indisputable Song Of The Summer, and the video has topped YouTube’s music chart as well. But now she’s been displaced – by an invader from Korea. Psy is a chunky but loose-limbed singer/rapper/dancer from Seoul, and his song “Gangnam Style” has been a juggernaut in the world of K-Pop, as the Korean pop music scene is known, for much of the summer.
‘Gangnam Style’ Inspires Dance Competition in Los Angeles
A “Gangnam Style” dance competition will be held in the U.S. The Belasco, a famous theater-cum-club in Los Angeles, announced on its official website that the contest named after Psy’s hit song will be held this Saturday. The winner will walk away with prize money of US$1,000.
Myungqolgwan Restaurant: Home of the Fanciest (and Most Expensive) Korean Barbecue
Myongwolgwan, the Korean barbecue restaurant at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Seoul, is an unusual establishment for a number of reasons. First, it is the only Korean barbecue house run by a luxury hotel in Seoul.
Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on “Top Chef: Texas” earlier this year. Despite her quiet and seemingly sensitive personality, Kim at times became a target of other chefs’ frustration. Though some fans felt she was picked on, she made it to the respectable final four, and now has an entire restaurant, Bonsoiree, to call her own. Last week, the small-but-celebrated Logan Square spot reopened with a completely new menu, which Kim hopes has her name written all over it.
Kitchen Designer Barbara Bright
San Francisco Chronicle
The kitchen is where people gather the most. Even if you don’t cook, you are there every day. You’re there opening the refrigerator to get something to drink, you’re making coffee, you’re washing dishes. The kitchen I specialize in is a modern aesthetic.
Dong Hyun Kim Speaks Out on the Disadvantages Asian Fighters Face in the UFC
With a few notable exceptions like Dong Hyun Kim and Yushin Okami, Asian MMA fighters have struggled to live up to expectations while fighting in the UFC. While there are plenty of explanations for this, it appears the UFC doesn’t do these fighters any favors. In a recent interview, Dong Hyun Kim enumerated some of the issues faced by Asian fighters that are compounded by the UFC’s policies. Kim’s comments … touch on a number of concerns, including sponsorship issues and traveling fees.
Say Kimchi! Korean Food Comic
Why has North Korea kept silent on Kim Jong-un’s wife until now?
Christian Science Monitor
Many analysts say that one of Kim’s major weaknesses is that he succeeded his father as leader of North Korea at too early an age; he is believed to only be in his late 20s. And some experts say the North’s admission that Ms. Ri is Kim’s wife is aimed at dispelling doubts about his maturity and experience. They say that by portraying Kim as a married man, Pyongyang hopes the North Korean people, as well as the entire world, will stop seeing him as a youthful, untested leader.
James Holmes, Seung-Hui Cho, and other young minds that kill
The Colorado and the Virginia Tech massacres are not isolated incidences. They form a new pattern of killings that is slowly taking the center stage.
2NE1, K-Pop Sensations, Heading To America for Two Shows
CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy will head to 10 cities in seven countries this summer, including Newark, NJ on Aug. 17 and Los Angeles on Aug. 24. A 49-second tour trailer released earlier this month demonstrates the glittery fashion and eye-popping theatrics of a 2NE1 concert.
A Conversation with Beverly Kim, the Top Chef Alumna and New Partner at Bonsoirée
Kim, known for her successful run on Top Chef, announced earlier this month that she and her husband, chef John Clark, would take over Bonsoirée (2728 W. Armitage Ave., 773-486-7511) from Shin Thompson in late August.
Dish: You met your husband when you were working at Opera, right?
Beverly Kim: He sent me his resumé at Opera. I had never met anyone who was passionate about Korean food. I interviewed him. And we had the same favorite Korean dish: chung gook jang. A fermented soybean paste soup—so fermented that it’s known for being really stinky, but it’s so umami rich and good for your health. Only if you were a Korean foodie, would you like it. Ever since we met, we’ve daydreamed about owning our own restaurant inspired by Korean food and taking it to a modern interpretation.
11 smart things David Chang said at City Arts & Lectures last night
Inside Scoop SF via San Francisco Chronicle
Chang was charismatic, self-deprecating, thoughtful, and kept the swear words to a virtual minimum. He converted some of the non-believers, and chatted with local chefs. Throughout the course of the evening, he shared his love of pioneering chef predecessors, Australia, bigger crayon boxes, Alice Waters, and challenging the status quo.
‘Sullivan & Son’: Vince Vaughn, Steve Byrne Talks New TBS Comedy
Comedian Steve Byrne has been spending quite a bit of time in a not-so-swanky bar in Pittsburgh, PA on his new TBS show “Sullivan & Son,” with Vince Vaughn doing the behind-the-scenes legwork as executive producer.
The pair spoke with HuffPost via phone to discuss their new series, Byrne’s difficulty landing roles as a Korean-American and Vaughn’s new film “The Watch.”
Steve, what’s it like playing a character who’s loosely based on your life?
Byrne: It’s been a lot of fun. The biggest transition for me is going from doing a standup where you can be as outlandish or crazy as you want to such a structured environment. You have to stick to the script!
Korean culture blooms in London
“All Eyes on Korea,” a 100-day cultural festival introducing Korean culture to London and coinciding with the 2012 Olympic Games, is garnering attention. The event features many aspects of Korean culture from K-pop and K-drama to fashion, art exhibits and traditional music.
South Korea, Mexico open Group B with 0-0 draw
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
South Korea wasted a number of scoring chances against Mexico as the two teams opened Group B at the Olympics with a 0-0 draw on Thursday.
To achieve the highest highs, Symetra Tour pro Esther Choe had to reach the lowest lows
Syracuse Post Standard
Esther Choe has entered three Symetra Tour golf tournaments this year. She won two of them and nearly claimed another before losing last week in a playoff.
For Choe, the victories have been as sweet as they are satisfying. Once the nation’s best junior golfer, the Northern California native struggled for years after spurning a scholarship from the University of Arizona to turn pro at age 17.
South Korean artist set to launch homemade satellite
The Telegraph (U.K.)
Years of rummaging through back-alley electronics stores will pay off later this year for a South Korean artist when he fulfils his dream of launching a homemade, basement-built satellite into space.
Top 7 hotels for summer in Korea
Vacation in the city: Spas, pools and packages at hotels in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island
Ryan Jongwoo Choi’s No-Spill Magic Tray Concept
Here’s an interesting concept: UK-based design student Ryan Jongwoo Choi’s anti-dish-dropping Magic Tray concept. Choi wanted to design a tray that would make it easier for restaurant servers to carry dishes, bowls and plates with little danger of spilling them. The Magic Tray thus has interior magnets, as do the dishes and vessels themselves; hence everything sticks fast to the tray.
Chef Beverly Kim reflects on her experiences as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas.
by Monica Y. Hong
Chef Beverly Kim used to make dinner for her parents on Valentine’s Day and cook French food for extra credit in junior high—any excuse to get her hands dirty in the kitchen. These days, inspiration comes from Asian flavors and the dedication to her craft shone through on Bravo’s Top Chef, where she competed against 29 other chefs, making it to the top 7.
After the 32-year-old Midwest native was eliminated, she proved herself a warrior when she bested a handful of other castoffs in the “Last Chance Kitchen” web series to get back on the show and ended up finishing in an impressive fourth place. The chef de cuisine at Chicago’s Aria restaurant took time out after a busy lunch rush to chat with KoreAm.
KoreAm Journal: Did you watch the show?
Beverly Kim: Oh, absolutely, I’ve watched all the episodes. It’s been sort of nerve-wracking to watch myself on TV. Even though I know what happens, it’s the first time I see how they’re going to edit it and how it’s going to be portrayed. So my whole body is shaking as it starts and my heart starts racing.
KJ: Do you think it was a fair representation?
BK: I think that it’s hard to capture the totality of anybody in a one-hour show. They portrayed me as a very nice person, a good person, a very open person, and a really hospitable person. Maybe a little bit on the meek side, but I think they tried to play it where my strengths really came out and that I was trying to prove myself through my work and my craft. I think that it was fair to who I am.
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