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Awk Parker

Parker & Awkwafina Booking College Shows

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Parker, also known as Dumbfoundead, just finished off his Dead End Tour, but he’ll be back on the road soon with his fellow rapper Awkwafina. The two artists are gearing up for their tour through April and May, and they want a few suggestions from the college crowd.

If your school club or organization is interested in possibly hosting them for what will be one heck of a show, contact book.dfd@gmail.com.

You can read our September 2013 cover story on Awkwafina here.


Featured image courtesy of Dumbfoundead

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Santa Clara University Student Arraigned For Stabbing Roommate

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

A 19-year-old was arraigned on Thursday for what is being described as a “bizarre stabbing” of his roommate earlier this week.

Dillon Sang Kim, a student at Santa Clara University, stabbed his sleeping roommate multiple times in the upper body with a knife at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the prosecutor. Kim then apparently cut himself on the neck–a mug shot of Kim (Warning: Graphic image) shows a gruesome stitched wound wrapping around his neck.

Kim did not enter a plea when he appeared in a San Jose courtroom yesterday. He is scheduled to be back in court on Tuesday; in the meanwhile, he is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail, according to Mercury News. A woman believed to be a relative began openly weeping during the hearing when Kim appeared in shackles.

Police are still investigating the motive, saying that the attack was unprovoked. Deputy District Attorney Kalila Spain said the victim of the stabbing was “very lucky to be alive.” The attack began when the victim, also a 19-year-old sophomore, woke up to see Kim standing over him with a knife in his hand.

Kim stabbed his roommate multiple times in the throat, head and shoulder before the victim was able to scramble to an adjacent dorm room, where another student called 911. Police arrested Kim outside Graham Hall, an on-campus housing unit with over 350 undergrads, but not before Kim cut his own neck, producing the gruesome scar.

A number of Santa Clara students, who are also trained EMTs, are being credited with potentially saving the lives of both Kim and his victim, according to ABC News. They usually are the first to respond to medical emergencies on campus, and the students on duty that morning treated the two before they were transferred to a hospital.

The victim is currently in a hospital recovering from his wounds.


Featured image courtesy of Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group

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KoreAm U Weekly Roundup

Danny Hong

Bishop Gorman Quarterback Danny Hong Commits More Than His Arm to Columbia University

“I want to start my freshman year. I want to get on the field as soon as I can. I want to get out of there with a Columbia degree and go to grad school. Hopefully, the choices I have at grad school whatever school it is, I just want to really, really be a sponge of education there. And just get all the education that Columbia offers. It’s such a great curriculum that they offer, and it’d be a waste not to really embrace it all and make the most of it.”


Student Spotlight: Chapman University’s Jonathan Y. Shin

I was born in Temple, Texas. My dad, a recent immigrant, was pursuing his M.D. at Texas A&M College of Medicine. My family then moved to California when I was six years old. I attended Sunny Hills High School, Troy High School, and graduated from Army and Navy Academy. I then graduated from UC Irvine and worked full time for a few years before attending law school.


Chloe Kim Becomes the Youngest Winter X Games Gold Medalist

Chloe Kim, 14, became the youngest gold medalist in Winter X Games history, edging seven-time X Games gold medalist Kelly Clark to silver in the women’s snowboard superpipe on Saturday night.

“My face kind of hurts right now,” Kim told ESPN after winning gold. “I am just so amazed that I was able to land all that. It was so fun.”

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Lydia Ko Reveals New Look for 2015 LPGA Season

The 17-year-old golfer ditched her trademark glasses for contact lenses during her offseason. Ko joked that her transformation was so great that even her caddie, Jason Hamilton, did not recognize her.

U.S. Textbook Skews History, Prime Minister of Japan Says (New York Times)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on Thursday criticized an American textbook that he said inaccurately depicted Japan’s actions during World War II, opening a new front in a battle to sway American views of the country’s wartime history.

Students Cram to Chase the Samsung Dream in South Korea (NBC News)

From a young age, these students spent their lives cramming through the night, seeking entry into an elite university and, by the time they graduate, a cushy job with a sprawling and politically connected conglomerate. Every six months, some 100,000 Koreans swarm campus test centers for a shot at Samsung glory.

ROTC Cadets

South Korea’s Marine Corps Accepts First Female ROTC Cadet

Kim Sang-a, a 24-year-old sophomore at Jeju National University, passed her Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) screening test last June and, earlier this month, completed her two-week military training. Kim’s cadet enlistment ceremony is scheduled for next month.

Younger North Koreans Increasingly Sharing Pictures, Video Between Cellphones (NK News)

Report says video and images, often influenced by S. Korean and Japanese culture, increasingly shared among younger generations.

Korean Consul General to Speak at UC Riverside on Feb. 5

Kim’s lecture, a roundtable discussion about Korean Americans and oral history, and a presentation by a visual artist about “comfort women” – all part of the ongoing YOK Center at UC Riverside Korean American Lecture Series – are free and open to the public.

As Korean adoptees return, a complex relationship follows (KPCC)

“It’s a very complicated subject,” said Maggie Jones, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. “Certainly lots of adopted children have very, very happy family lives in the United States, but they also often face racial discrimination growing up.”

Her recent cover story for the magazine has sparked debate about the ethics of international adoption and what can be learned from the perspective of adult adoptees.


Yale Student Dies in Apparent Suicide (Angry Asian Man)

At Yale University, community members are mourning a student who died in an apparent suicide. After an extensive campus-wide search, 20-year-old Luchang Wang is presumed to have died Tuesday in California.

Apply to TACL’s 2015 Political Internship Program (Angry Asian Man)

Calling all Taiwanese American young leaders! Taiwanese American Citizens League invites you to apply for its 2015 Political Internship Program in Washington DC. Since 1992, the eight-week summer program has placed college students in the offices of elected officials to give them a hands-on experience in the political process. In addition, interns advocate for issues that impact the Taiwanese American and AAPI communities.

Ohio University’s Program of Intensive English to Host 10 South Korean Engineering Students

OPIE is very happy to be hosting ten students from the Korean University of Technology and Education in Chungcheongnam-do, a province in western South Korea. The students are on campus for four weeks as part of the English Language Study Program; this is the fourth iteration of the program in the previous six years.

“The Korean Peninsula and Korea’s Relationship with its Neighbors” Lecture  by Korean Consul General Kan Jeong-sik at University of Waterloo

Korean Consul General Kan Jeong-sik will be speaking about “The Korean Peninsula and Korea’s Relations with its Neighbors” at Renison University College on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 2:30 – 3:50 pm.

Youth Unemployment in Seoul Exceeds 10 Percent (Chosun Ilbo)

Unemployment among young people aged 15-29 in Seoul soared to over 10 percent last year, for the first time since the financial crisis of the late 1990s.

Late Start School Program Expands to Seoul (Korea Times)

At least 368 elementary, middle and high schools in Seoul will start classes at 9 a.m. from March 1, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) said Thursday.


Student Spotlight: Chapman University’s Jonathan Y. Shin

Give a little description of your background (where did you grow up, etc.).

I was born in Temple, Texas. My dad, a recent immigrant, was pursuing his M.D. at Texas A&M College of Medicine. My family then moved to California when I was six years old. I attended Sunny Hills High School, Troy High School, and graduated from Army and Navy Academy. I then graduated from UC Irvine and worked full time for a few years before attending law school.


Are there any organizations/clubs you are involved in? Tell us about what you’re up to!

As a 1L, I founded the Korean American Law Student Association (KALSA) with a few friends on campus. Currently, I am in my second term as the organization’s founder and President. In addition, I am also the Vice-President of the Business and Investment Law Society (BILS), and I am a Student Ambassador for Chapman Law School. I also serve as an Advisory Board Member to Chapman’s Career Services Office, and as an Advocate in Honor Council serving in the Office of the Law School.


I am also an active board member in our law school’s Moot Court and Advanced Dispute Resolution (ADR) competition teams, and currently I am involved in a collective effort amongst student organizations in campaigning for another law journal at Chapman Law. Outside of law school, I am a mentor in our church youth ministry and I serve as a leader in our recently launched young adult ministry, Project Au.

What’s the best thing about your school?

The best thing about Chapman Law School would be the low faculty to student ratio, and the shared sense of community within the student body. While law schools are notorious for their competitive environments, our student body truly thrives off of supporting each other. In addition, the career service advisors at our school really help our students find jobs.


Through an interview set up by Jennifer Kim, a Career Service Advisor, I was hired at MKC Law Group. I am currently still employed at MKC Law Group, and the principal attorney, Min Chai, has become a valuable friend and mentor. Furthermore, by attending Chapman, my network expanded to include individuals such as the Former Mayor of Irvine, Sukhee Kang, who currently serves as an adjunct professor on the undergraduate campus.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory would be competing in Moot Court. My team travelled from California to Louisiana to compete in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition held by NAPABA. Upon arriving in Dallas, our second flight to New Orleans was cancelled due to a severe storm. Our coach determined that the only way to make it to New Orleans on time would be to drive. We rented a sedan, and we drove for eight hours in the worst Southern storm that I have ever seen! Severe rain and lightning storms relentlessly trailed our car for eight hours from Dallas to New Orleans.


After arriving at our hotel early in the morning, our team did not enjoy the luxury of sleep or practice. We woke up early to head to the Federal Court house to present our arguments. As a result of our resolve to represent our school, my partner and I won Best Brief and were Semi-Finalists. The other Chapman team went on to win first place. Both of our teams then advanced to Nationals, which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. At Nationals, my partner and I advanced to the Semi-Finals, and the other team won Second Best Brief! Our success in the competition definitely contributed to making this my favorite memory in law school, but more importantly, the time we all spent together preparing and travelling made this the most memorable law school experience. I would like to thank my teammates Arthur Arutyunyan, Nilo Karbassi, and Lindsay Niles, as well as our coaches Nancy Schultz and Andrew Bugman for their time, dedication and friendship.

Who has been an influential figure in your life?

My parents have been influential figures in my life. They have guided and encouraged me to never give up, and to give my 100 percent no matter what. At a young age, my mother taught me to be confident and to stand up for others, which naturally led to my aspiration to become an attorney. My father inspired me to become a leader by serving others. He demonstrated sacrifice and servitude by giving up his medical practices to become a pastor and establish his church, International Grace Ministries (IGM) in Irvine, California. He attended Talbot School of Theology and graduated a three-year course in two-years with honors at the age of 52. Through his example, I learned to always give 100 percent to all of my endeavors and to continuously strive to help others.


What was the hardest thing you’ve done so far?

The hardest thing I’ve done would be juggling law school, extra-curricular activities, and work, all while representing an individual in a removal proceeding. All of the master calendar hearing dates for the removal proceeding coincided with my finals. On top of stressing for finals, I had to prepare for trial on an unfamiliar issue. This case was particularly stressful because being ill prepared could result in the permanent separation of an individual from his family. Adjusting myself to such a rigorous workload refined my time management skills.


Maintaining a proper perspective drove me through tough times and I know that if I work hard and persevere through difficulties, I can surmount any obstacle. Although I have another master calendar hearing scheduled in March 2015, I am thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way and I am grateful to have an opportunity to assist a person in need.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Upon graduating, I plan on starting my own law firm. In five years, I see myself as a licensed attorney and owner/partner at Aventus LLP. You can check out our site at www.aventusllp.com. In pursuit of my passion for cars, I also plan on launching my auto dealership and brokerage service sometime in 2015. The website for the auto dealership and brokering service is still under construction but if you want, you can check it out at www.embassymotors.com.

Coffee, tea, energy drinks, “crazier stuff,” or nothing at all?

Coffee with two shots of espresso, brown rice tea, and imported Monster Energy drinks.


Who’s the person/people you can rely on for anything?

First and foremost, it would be my wife, Judy. In everything I do, she has been my backbone and continues to be my biggest supporter and motivator. Attending law school as a newly wed can be very difficult for your significant other since the curriculum demands a lot of your time and attention, but my wife has always been very supportive and understanding. My family and my best friends, John Kim and Joe Uhm, are also unconditionally supportive of me and I know I can rely on them for anything.



What was the last book you read…for fun?

The last book I read for fun was Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff, a book my father recommended to me. I know some people think its cheesy reading these “self-help” books, but I actually learn a lot from them and I try to practice what I read.

What’s your go-to selfie face? (A picture is obviously necessary.)

I don’t really take selfies, but my dog loves to, so I’ll let her post hers on my behalf.



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KoreAm U Weekly Roundup

Temple University student dies after falling eight floors
Family and friends mourn and pay tribute to Rebecca Kim (photo above) – ‘a humble, kind, intelligent girl.’

UPDATE: Third person arrested for involvement in homicide of University of Georgia Student Min Seok Cho 
Cho, 21, was fatally shot in the head during a marijuana deal that reportedly went bad on Jan. 13.

Korean language classes in NY aren’t just for Koreans anymore
Lessons previously geared toward young second-generation Korean Americans in the past now target a diverse group of students who take time out of their weekends to brush up on their ga, na and das.

2015 Youth Leadership Summit, March 26-28
Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC’s Youth Leadership Summit is a three-day leadership development program for college students. The summit provides a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to come to Washington DC to network and learn together. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

International and American students divided at the Ohio State University
Physical distances no longer divide OSU students, but distances in communication sometimes do. Some students say that the stereotypes — both of United State citizens and International students — often cause harm to chances of finding commonalities with each other.

University of Virginia students launch “Pear” matchmaking app
Joshua Choi

After finding limited success with popular dating apps like Tinder, second-year student Joshua Choi took matters into his own hands — developing the mobile app Pear, which launches in the Apple and Android stores this week. The app, Choi said, relies on users’ natural inclination to play matchmaker with their friends.

Sophomore Heein Choi selected as Charter Day student speaker at William & Mary University
Choi ’17, a double major in Asian American studies and finance, is a South Korean immigrant whose family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, when he was four.

South Korean university students trust strangers more than politicians and corporations
The results of the survey of 2,300 students from 130 universities throughout the country demonstrate the high level of pessimism among the younger generation about the political and economic agents in the country.

Beyond Black and White: Asian-American Memories of Selma

As the country marks 50 years since the historic 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery with everything from individual memories to big-screen memorials, the stories of Asian-American participants, like Endo, are often lost in the mix, as are the motivations behind their solidarity.


Let us know of the latest news from your own campus at koream.u@iamkoream.com!


‘RAISE’ Scholarship for Undocumented Asian American Youth

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Undocumented Asian American youths can be hard-pressed to find financial aid, even if they knew where to look. The RAISE Scholarship, the first scholarship ever offered exclusively for undocumented pan-Asian youth, seeks to address this problem.

The scholarship is a collaboration by Sahra Vang Nguyen, RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education (AALDEF). Nguyen told NBC Asian America that she was inspired to create the scholarship after seeing RAISE’s Letters From UndocuAsians, a theatrical show that highlighted the hardships of being an undocumented Asian American youth.

Having previous experience with creating scholarships, Ngyuen teamed up with RAISE and AALDEF to create and fund five $500 scholarships for undocumented Asian American youth in five areas: Arts and Culture, Higher Education, Leadership, Community Service and Professional Development.


You can download the application here and find out more details about the scholarship, including eligibility and requirements.

To find out more about RAISE, visit the AALDEF’s website or contact RAISE members at info@aaldef.org.


H/T to NBC Asian America

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Ken Jeong Tells the Story of Notre Dame’s Asian ‘Rudy’

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Doctors usually don’t stray too far from their area of expertise–unless you’re Ken Jeong, of course. The physician-turned-actor and comedian knows a thing or two about switching careers, which is why he was seemingly the perfect director for the 30 for 30 short film on Reginald “Reggie” Ho, a pre-med student at the University of Notre Dame who was part of the acclaimed football team that won a national championship in 1988.

As far as inspiring stories go, Notre Dame already has one in Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who played for the Fighting Irish in 1976 as a walk-on defensive end. Reggie Ho, who grew up in Hawaii, never dreamed of playing football in college until he decided that he needed a more well-rounded life as a pre-med student. That meant trying out for the university’s football team.

Reggie Ho 2Ho had an unorthodox way of doing things, but it worked. 

About 5-foot-5 tall and weighing 135 pounds, Ho, like Rudy, didn’t really fit the mold for a Division I (D-I) football player. But as the team’s primary kicker, Ho would play an important role in Notre Dame’s most recent undefeated season.

“He is the most unlikely football hero ever,” Jeong told Keith Olbermann last week, “and he is a doctor, a cardiologist—an electro-physiological cardiologist—85 times smarter than me, than I ever was as a doctor.”

“He’s a better guy, a better human being,” he continued. “Way more humble, way less loud and over the top. He’s just everything I’m not. I’m the anti-Ho, in many ways. I’m really here to meet my mirror-image twin, and he’s just been amazing, he’s so inspiring.”

However, “over-the-top” is exactly what Ho was good at–sending the pigskin up and through the uprights. During night practices in a parking lot, the student-athlete used his knowledge of physics and his own body to mathematically come up with the best way to kick the ball from any position.

Most notably, Ho successfully kicked 4 out of 4 field goals against powerhouse Michigan to give Notre Dame the victory. Ho didn’t receive any financial support from the school, but that didn’t deter him from either of his priorities that year. After team practices, Ho would go straight to the library to make finish his coursework.

Although he walked away from football after just one year and now lives comfortably with his family out of the spotlight, Ho hasn’t forgotten how to kick. Watching him step back onto the same field, get into position for a kick and do his signature finger wiggle is pretty dang cool. You can watch the 13-minute film at this link or below..

Featured photo courtesy of ESPN


KoreAm Seeks Winter/Spring Web Editorial Interns

KoreAm is seeking a Web editorial intern to write original blog posts on subjects that have a Korean American focus or angle for its website, iamKoreAm.com. The intern will be expected to write three posts a day and will have the opportunity to pitch and write longer stories for KoreAm Journal, the bimonthly, flagship print publication.

KoreAm offers a small stipend and/or college credit to interns. Applicants should be self-motivated go-getters with a strong sense of initiative, curiosity and appreciation for the written word. This is a great opportunity to collect clips, gain writing and reporting experience and contribute to an influential and dynamic voice in the national Korean American community.

Daily Tasks Include:
– Writing three blog posts a day
– Assisting with social media
– Digitally archiving print articles
– Pitching original stories for the website
– General administrative tasks

–  A college student or recent graduate with strong writing skills. Journalism experience (such as previous work for a campus newspaper, internship) is strongly preferred.
–  Knowledge of Korean American / Asian American issues and pop culture is preferred.
–  Knowledge of social media platforms, including Facebook, twitter and tumblr is preferred.
–  Experience with WordPress and HTML is preferred, but not required.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (PDFs or hyperlinks preferred) to suevon@iamkoream.com and reera@iamkoream.com. Please write “Web Intern” in the subject line.


KoreAm is a bimonthly culture magazine focused on Korean American issues and people of interest. Its website, iamKoream.com, is updated daily and offers everything from original blog posts to commentary.