Seoul to Mark 3rd Anniversary of Cheonan Sinking
President Park Geun-hye is to preside on Tuesday over a ceremony at the National Cemetery in Daejeon marking the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in 2010.
It will be attended by the families of 46 South Korean sailors who died in the attack, as well as the widow of Navy Warrant Officer Han Joo-ho, who drowned during the search for survivors.
Park hopes to send a strong warning to North Korea against further provocations.
Behind the veil: A rare look at life in North Korea
Olaf Schuelke is a self-taught Germany documentary photographer based in Singapore. These are his images and observations formed during a tour of North Korea in 2012. You can see more photos of Schuelke’s North Korea trip on his website.
The Lonely Days of President Park Geun-hye
President Park Geun-hye usually arrives at her office in Cheong Wa Dae between 9 and 10 a.m. from her sleeping quarters in the compound three to four minutes by car.
Unless she has official appointments elsewhere, the only trips she makes are from her quarters to her office and back. She is said to be an early riser, getting up at around 4:30 a.m. for the past 15 years. Aides say the routine has not changed since she moved into Cheong Wa Dae.
She begins her day reading various reports from Cabinet members and surfs the Internet. She also makes a point of reading critical online posts.
As the eldest daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, she served as the de facto first lady after her mother was assassinated in 1974. In those days, she would have breakfast with her father. Now, she has breakfast alone.
Editorial: Get to the bottom of Kenneth Bae’s detention in North Korea
DON’T forget about Kenneth Bae. North Korean officials arrested the Lynnwood man last November, reportedly after he led tourists into the reclusive country.
Four months later, he remains in custody.
The U.S. State Department, which does not have an official presence in Pyongyang, is mum on the topic of Bae’s status and health. Members of Washington state’s congressional delegation also are hesitant to speak.
Asian Americans attack cultural labels at summit on stereotypes
Los Angeles Times
More than 200 participants gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday to talk – and tweet – candidly about persistent negative images damaging to their ethnic group, especially when it comes to family, education, politics and news coverage.
Participants converged on Little Tokyo for “Beyond the Bad and the Ugly,” the first ever summit on Asian American stereotypes. Some sported buttons with labels touting them as thugs, geeks, players and FOBs, or “fresh off the boat.”
“Don’t be afraid,” a moderator urged at the start, and participants didn’t hold back, attacking offensive stereotypes of some members of their ethnic group that ranged from sexless nerds to predatory temptresses.
Kim Jang-hoon Plans Center for ‘Comfort Women’ in New Jersey
Singer Kim Jang-hoon will build a center in New Jersey dedicated to raising awareness of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. He revealed the plan on his Me2day account on Friday, adding the hope that the move will have a nationwide impact there.
Jamie Chung discusses new flick ‘Eden’ and role on JJ Abrams pilot ‘Believe’ filming in New York
New York Daily News
Jamie Chung remembers vividly the dreaded call a few years ago when her strict Korean mother discovered her deepest secret:
That her little girl was actually a professional actress on “Days of Our Lives.”
“I got a call from my mom one day and she said, ‘Are you on a soap opera?’ So and so’s mom ‘told me you were on a soap opera,’ ” Chung told the Daily News, able to laugh at it now.
Freedom’s Daniel Dae Kim narrates “Linsanity”
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
Freedom grad Daniel Dae Kim and star of CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0″ is the narrator for “Linsanity,” the documentary about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin and his rise from obscurity to the covers of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated to become one of the best known Asian American stars since Bruce Lee.
Although as a high school and college athlete, Lin impressed coaches with his ability, he was never offered any athletic scholarships and was undrafted out of college. But when he joined the New York Knicks as a backup,other player’s injuries gave him the chance to play and the rest is history. Lin scored more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era.
K-Pop Fans Raise Hell After Popular Videos Get Blocked on YouTube
What do K-pop fans and the state of Texas have in common? Answer: It’s never a good idea to mess with either.
Early Sunday morning (March 24), it appeared videos by K-pop entertainment agency, Cube Entertainment, were being blocked for international fans. Cube Entertainment (home to popular artists like 4minute, B2ST, G.NA and HyunA) is one of the few Korean agencies who work with a major U.S.-based label distributor. Universal Music Korea helps distribute Cube Entertainment, a rare partnership in a market where most entertainment entities have the means to distribute themselves or use domestic options like the much-used major South Korean record label, LOEN Entertainment.
Yet, when international fans were being blocked from watching music videos of their favorite artists there was online pandemonium.
New York City’s 8 Best Korean Restaurants
With the opening of the massive Barn Joo and the critical success of Hanjan, Korean cuisine is having a moment in New York City. These new joints elevate the fare and should attract a new wave of curious diners, but will their innovative takes be enough to rank them among the city’s best? Korea Town might be a small series of blocks, but it’s still pretty crowded. Click through the slideshow to see which joints are tops according to our 2013 New York City Restaurants guide, and let us know your favorite in the comments.
S. Korea, U.S. to conduct annual joint military drills next month
South Korea and the United States will stage their annual joint military drills next month, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Thursday, amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
The computer-based simulation, called Key Resolve, will be held from March 11-25 to improve the combined forces’ operation and combat capabilities to deter threats from the North, the CFC said.
The two-week war game will also involve about 10,000 South Korean and 3,500 American troops to test various scenarios in which South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff plays a leading role in conducting operations. Such practice is needed as Seoul prepares to regain its wartime operational control (OPCON) from Washington at the end of 2015.
South Korean ambassador stresses trade over might
Orange County Register (Calif.)
South Korea’s prosperity over the last 60 years is directly connected to its alliance with the United States, specifically the trade archetype America has brought to South Korea.
That was the message of Y.J. Choi, ambassador to the United States from South Korea, who addressed a crowd of 100 dignitaries, students and community members Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton.
“America’s exceptionalism has made Korea what she is today,” Choi said to start his speech.
Reformer Michelle Rhee has advice for state’s schools
The former chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools, Michelle Rhee, told a Town Hall Seattle audience Tuesday night that adults devote too much time to making children feel good about themselves.
Chiwan Choi: Los Angeles, Writ Large
Each week, Jeremy Rosenberg (@LosJeremy) asks, “How did you – or your family before you – wind up living in Los Angeles?”
This week we hear from Chiwan Choi, writer, teacher and the editor & publisher of Writ Large Press
“My family came to L.A. at the end of March 1980. That included me, my brother and my mom and dad. We came from Paraguay, in South America. We lived there for five years, until I turned 10.
A South Korean City Full of Food, History and Bargains
New York Times
There are two phrases to learn if you visit Jeonju, a 650,000-person city – and a paradise for Korean food-lovers — three hours by bus south of Seoul.
First is “Hyundai-ok odi innayo?” — “Where is Hyundai-ok?” – a reference to a tiny restaurant famed for its kongnamul guk, or bean sprout soup, but nearly impossible to find in the labyrinthine bowels of Nambu Market.
The second is “Kamsa hamnida,” or “thank you,” the inevitable response to whichever generous soul drops what he’s doing and leads you to Hyundai-ok, past stalls of frozen fish and fresh fungi and down narrow passageways stacked with empty boxes and piles of dirty dishes.
Daniel Dae Kim brings “Hold These Truths” to Honolulu
You might know Daniel Dae Kim as a Hawaii Five-O actor, but this month he is taking on the role of producer, bringing an off-Broadway play from New York to Honolulu.
The play is entitled “Hold These Truths,” inspired by the true story of Japanese American Gordon Hirabayashi who fought the U.S. government’s order to send all Japanese people on the West Coast to internment camps. This month marks the 70th anniversary of Japanese internment in World War II.
Kim was inspired to bring the production to Hawaii after watching his close friend Joel de la Fuente perform in the show and says he was deeply moved.
‘Top Chef Seattle’ recap: Kristen Kish out of Last Chance Kitchen and into the finale fire
Kentwood, Michigan’s Kristen Kish is back where she belongs and battling in the finale for title of Top Chef. But is it a case of “Out of the Last Chance Kitchen and into the fire?” I don’t want to jump too far ahead so let’s get to a quick recap of last night’s action.
Hines Ward preparing to tackle Ironman
Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward loves a challenge.
So imagine what happened when the future Hall of Fame wide receiver, who retired in 2011, was asked to train for October’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and to document it in an online series.
Partnering with Refuel’s “Got Chocolate Milk” campaign, the 36-year-old Ward has been training since November for the 140.6-mile triathlon, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile marathon.
Leader Visits North Koreans at Border Post
New York Times
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has visited soldiers stationed near the two Koreas’ disputed sea border and bestowed official accolades on the artillery unit that shelled a South Korean island in 2010, killing four people, the North’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.
Mr. Kim, accompanied by top generals, was said to have met with soldiers stationed on two islets off North Korea’s southern coast. The news of Mr. Kim’s visit, the specific timing of which was not disclosed, came days before the annual United States-South Korea war games are scheduled to begin Monday. North Korea usually does not announce the dates of Mr. Kim’s visits to military units, though the North Korean news media are believed to report them shortly after they take place.
N.Korea threatens to reconsider accords with US: report
AFP via Google News
North Korea has threatened to reconsider several agreements with the United States that call for Pyongyang’s concessions on its nuclear program in exchange for US humanitarian and energy aid, Foreign Policy magazine reported.
Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the discussions, the magazine said the hardening of North Korea’s position was made evident during a meeting last month in Singapore of mid-level North Korean officials and US foreign policy experts.
UT affirmative action case divides Asian-Americans
On its surface, the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas revolves around whether the school’s consideration of race in admissions led to the rejection of a white student.
But as the case nears the Supreme Court’s fall docket, it is also stirring a debate about the impact of affirmative action policies on Asian-American students and casting a spotlight on the stereotype of Asian-Americans as “the model minority.”
Ex-Dictator’s Daughter Nominated for South Korean Presidency
New York Times
A former dictator’s daughter who cited Queen Elizabeth I of Britain as her role model became the first serious female contender for South Korea’s presidency on Monday when she was chosen as the governing party’s candidate for the election in December.
North Korea: Human Traffickers and the Chinese Market for Brides
How human traffickers are cashing in on the Chinese market for North Korean women—and how some victims escape.
8 injured in South Korean subway rampage
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of South Korea’s capital after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said Sunday.
David Oh, NASA Engineer, Switches Family To Mars Time After Curiosity Landing
AP via Huffington Post
For one family, an exotic summer getaway means living on Mars.
Martian time, that is.
Since the landing of NASA’s newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh’s family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet.
Korean Pop’s Singular Mélange: 2NE1, Korean-Pop Group, at Prudential Center in Newark
New York Times
They waited patiently, several thousand of them, outside the Prudential Center here on Friday night. They were mostly young, a combination of futuristic cool and slightly awkward. The more extravagantly attired were beyond mere extravagance: shiny clothes in bold contrasting prints, hair dyed in colors known to no rainbow.
They were K-pop fans, here for the first American performance of 2NE1, the K-pop — that’s Korean pop — stars. And they were being made to wait, unhappily, for unspecified reasons well past the time that doors were supposed to open, then also past the time that 2NE1 (pronounced “twenty-one” or “to anyone”) had been meant to take the stage. There was at least one report of fangirl tears on the street before the arena’s doors finally relented, and the crowd clogging the sidewalks was slowly herded to seats, just dodging the rain that would have compromised those outfits.
Goethe-Institut screens film, honors Paik Nam June
German art historian Wulf Herzogenrath will deliver a lecture in honor of late artist Paik Nam June in Seoul on Wednesday.
The lecture will be in remembrance of Herzogenrath’s fondest memories with the Korean American artist who passed away in 2006 at the Nam June Paik Center with support from the Goethe-Insitut.
“When the future was now,” will be held in honor of Paik’s 80th birthday.
Being Tagged Sexy No Big Deal
The eyes of Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim (or simply DDK) disappear into mere slits when reminded that he’s considered one of the Sexiest Men Alive (documented by People magazine in 2005) and ranked No. 81 on Buddy TV’s list of Sexiest Men of 2011.
Asked during an exclusive Conversation in a suite at Singapore Hilton how he felt about it, DDK said that it’s really no big deal being tagged sexy but he admitted that it’s good especially for Asian actors.
David Chang’s Sticky Korean Ribs Recipe
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
A few years ago, eating at Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York was a totally new dining experience. These days, the restaurant’s communal wood tables and blaring rock ‘n’ roll playlist have been widely copied, but its intensely flavoured Korean-inspired dishes are still unique enough to knock you out of your seat. This fall, owner and head chef David Chang brings his Asian-fusion cooking to Canada, opening a Momofuku outpost in Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel.
Wedding: Impossible with Gail Kim x Robert Irvine
Back in May 2012, professional wrestler & WWE Diva Gail Kim got married to Food Network star Robert Irvine. Tonight on a special episode of Restaurant: Impossible, you’ll get to see what transpired during their wedding.
North Korea promotes military official to key rank after removing army chief
North Korea said Tuesday that it had promoted a little-known general to a key military rank, a day after it announced that it had relieved its army chief of all his government posts.
The secretive state’s top two military commissions have decided to give the title of vice marshal to Hyon Yong Chol, according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
North Korea Unlikely to Put on Friendlier Face After General’s Removal
Wall Street Journal
Experts in Japan say the implications of the removal of a high-ranking North Korean general are difficult to interpret, but it could indicate the regime is heading into a period of instability, while its new leader, Kim Jong Eun, tries to strengthen his grip on the military.
What it doesn’t suggest is that the regime will relax its hard-line foreign policy, and could actually take a tougher stance to the outside world.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un seems to tighten grip
Los Angeles Times
Seven months after taking power in one of the world’s most-closed societies, youthful Kim Jong Un appears to be consolidating his grip on North Korea, whose only two previous leaders were his late father and grandfather. At the same time, he appears to be putting his own, less hermetic, stamp on the nation’s culture.
Answers to bigger questions — whether to expect any meaningful change in North Korea’s relations with the outside world or its ability to feed and clothe its own people — remain far from clear.
With surging numbers, Asian-Americans look for congressional gains
Three times as many Asian-Americans have been running for Congress in 2012 than in the past two elections, a nonpartisan political group says, and it’s a development that portends greater changes in demographic trends and reflects the recent political awakening of a minority group long confined to the margins of American society.
“It’s extremely exciting,” says Gloria Chan, president and CEO of the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies. “We could really stand to gain seats and affect the balance of power in Congress.”
CHP: Freeway chase starts after cellphone violation
Orange County Register
A 42-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he led the California Highway Patrol on a chase after an officer tried to pull him over for a cellphone violation, authorities said.
Young Kim, of Chino Hills, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, driving under the influence and felony DUI, according to a CHP news release.
Pol’s sex ads rub DA wrong way
New York Post
Queens Assembly candidate Myungsuk Lee, whose Korean-language newspaper runs ads from “massage parlors,” some of which also peddle prostitution, could be in some legal trouble.
Queens DA Richard Brown says he’s meeting with his vice squad “on this matter” after The Post yesterday exposed the ads and the massage parlors.
Offices for Lee’s newspaper, the Korean American Times, and his campaign are located in the same building where several of the massage parlors that advertise in his pages are based — and where a Post reporter was solicited for sex when he paid for a massage last week.
South Korea decides to scrap research whaling plans, yielding to vocal criticism
A South Korean official says the government has decided to scrap a much-criticized plan to hunt whales for scientific research.
The presidential Blue House official said the president and prime minister made the decision at a meeting Tuesday. The official declined to be identified because it had not yet been announced formally.
South Korea’s announcement earlier this month that it would allow research whaling drew protests from non-whaling nations and environmentalists. The critics suspected the plan was a cover for commercial whaling.
Asian ‘Jersey Shore’ strips group of ‘model minority’ label [VIDEO]
Coined as “Jersey Shore for Asians,” the show is drawing negative criticism for its focus on the cast’s heavy drinking, frequent partying, and blown-up drama.
The eight Asian American cast members, however, represent the young members of the community more realistically and in a way the public is not used to seeing, say creators of the series.
Eugene Choi, co-creator and producer of the show [and intermittent KoreAm employee], said that the show is depicting a portion of Asian Americans who are underrepresented in the entertainment industry.
On Campus: New dean of UW School of Human Ecology named
Wall Street Journal
UW officials announced last week that University of Arizona professor and director Soyeon Shim has been selected as the new dean of the School of Human Ecology.
Shim started as a faculty member at Arizona in 1990 and served as director of the university’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and as an associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
She earned a doctorate in human ecology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in human ecology from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Far East movement, in the West
Asia One (Singapore)
A common complaint among actors was that Asians were often cast as the subservient, submissive ones. Or they were relegated to being, well, gongfu masters, a la Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
Today, Asians are regularly added to the mix in TV series and movies – on telly, for instance, they appear in a whole gamut of roles, ranging from Glee hottie Harry Shum Jr to C. S. Lee, who is excellent as the creepy intellectual Vince Masuka on Dexter; and Kal Penn and Charlyne Yi, doctors in the now-defunct series House.
And Asian celebrities my paper spoke to say that, increasingly, they are spotting greater opportunities in theWest.
Replay overturns Choo’s leadoff homer
Indians leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a ball off Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to deep center field in the first inning that was originally called a home run during Monday’s 3-2 win for Cleveland at Tropicana Field. After a quick replay review, the umpires ruled that the ball had hit padding just below the yellow line, changing the call to a double.
Choo would score later in the inning on a passed ball that got by catcher Jose Molina with two outs to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
Cafe Livre Morphs Into Spanish Fly Gastropub in Koreatown
Los Angeles Times
Café Livre, the popular bistro in Culver City, closed its doors July 1. Two days later, executive chef Farid Zadi and his wife, director of operations Susan Park, reappeared at the Spanish Fly, a new gastropub in Koreatown.
Partnering with owners Gene and David Park, they’re revamping the menu of what briefly was the Green Bee Restaurant and Bar.
Move Over Bieber — Korean Pop Music Goes Global
With their synthesized bubble-gum pop sound, flashy outfits and video art, K-pop groups such as Girls’ Generation, Big Bang and 2NE1 are carefully-selected, slickly-produced acts that can feature as many as 17 members.
These “manufactured” girl and boy bands are creating a frenzy among their young fans by selling out concerts within minutes worldwide, breaking through billboard music charts and even being featured on postage stamps in Korea.
The industry’s revenues hit about $3.4 billion in 2011, according to the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), a government group that promotes the country’s cultural initiatives. K-pop’s exports also rose to $180 million last year — jumping 112 percent compared to 2010. Exports have been growing on an average annual rate of nearly 80 percent since 2007.
U.S. soccer player proud of Korean heritage
Twenty-nine-year-old Riley is proud of his mother being Korean. His dream is to play in Korea, her native land, and, needless to say, live there with her as well.
The right full back was born in 1982 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a Korean mother and an American father. After they divorced when he was one, he was raised by his single mother in the U.S. His mother lives in Denver, Colorado, working as a hotel housekeeper.
Where to Stay in Seoul for Less than $50 USD a Night
If you’re traveling to Korea and wondering where to stay in Seoul, finding an affordable place to stay might be difficult. But it shouldn’t be! Korea has tons of places to stay that are very budget friendly. All the locals know what’s up, and lucky for you we’ll let you in on the know! Here’s a number of accommodations that will fit pretty much anyone’s budget.
Tate’s Tanks Take To Task Sung Hwan Kim
The Korean performance artist Sung Hwan Kim is the first artist to be commissioned for an installation in ‘The Tanks’, Tate Modern’s new galleries permanently dedicated to performance and film. The exhibition is supported by Sotheby’s and is unveiled from 18 July to 28 October.
Kim is known for his interdisciplinary work, incorporating installation, video, performance, music, light and drawing. He interweaves personal history, fantasy, rumour, politics and culture to create a work that responds to the unique architecture of The Tanks.
Kim’s unique way of story-telling plunges visitors into a fantastical world of optical illusions and doubling of imagery that draws on a rich history of performance and film, as he collects and collages encounters, sounds, sculptures and images from his changing homes of Seoul, Amsterdam and New York.
At last: World’s first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa
Hello Kitty Beauty Spa, located at Town Center Jumeirah, is also the first character-branded spa in the Middle East, according to Sharaf Retail, which runs the Hello Kitty spa.
The service aims for the high-spending “Queens” who want to bring along their “Princesses” (as the beauty spa terms its clients) to enjoy “posh pampering” services.
“We’re all about sugar and spice and everything incredibly nice,” gushes the spa’s website. As well as the cutest, it may be the pinkest beauty spa in the world.
Korean Families Chase Their Dreams In The U.S.
Eleven-year-old Woosuk Kim sees his mother only three or four times a year. That’s because he’s part of what Koreans call a “goose family”: a family that migrates in search of English-language schooling.
A goose family, Woosuk explains, means “parents — mom and dad — have to be separate for the kids’ education.”
Woosuk’s father brought him and his little brother to America two years ago to attend Hancock Park Elementary, a public school in Los Angeles. The boys’ mother stayed in South Korea to keep working.
South Korea central bank cuts rates in shock move, more to come
The Bank of Korea finally joined the global rush to ease monetary policy on Thursday, cutting its benchmark rate for the first time in more than three years to shield the economy from a global slowdown, but drew criticism for boasting that its action was “pre-emptive.”
Although South Korea’s export-driven economy won’t be helped much by the 25 basis point rate cut to 3.00 percent, it could ease the burden on heavily-indebted households and help boost domestic demand which has grown more sluggishly than expected.
Teen charged in fatal hit and run pleads not guilty
San Diego Union Tribune
A 19-year-old driver accused of hitting a teenage grocery store clerk in Rancho Santa Fe, fleeing the collision site and then trying to hide evidence pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony hit and run causing death.
Jin Hyuk Byun, a business student at Mira Costa College, is charged in the killing of Angel Bojorquez, 18, of Escondido.
Authorities said the victim was riding a bicycle home from work in Del Mar when he was struck by a vehicle that had drifted into the bike lane.
Insight: A secret plea for money from a mountain in N.Korea
In May this year, a North Korean defector in her 40s took a call from an unknown number at her office in the South Korean capital Seoul.
It was from her brother, who she had not seen for more than a decade, calling illegally from North Korea after tracking her down.
He was speaking from a remote mountainside near the border with China, and was in dire need of money to help treat another sister’s late stage cancer, she said.
Searchers find hiker in Little Cottonwood Canyon alive, well
Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)
Following a massive two-day search-and-rescue effort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, a 55-year-old Salt Lake City woman was found alive and well on Wednesday. She had gone missing Tuesday afternoon during a mountain trail hike.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal confirmed that search and rescue workers had located Oknom Shim Han about 12:15 p.m. after she was spotted by other hikers, who then called 911.
New York Times
Roy Choi is the dharma bum of the Los Angeles food scene, a Zen lunatic bard of the city’s immigrant streets. He is a founder of Kogi BBQ, which used food trucks to introduce the city to Mexican mash-up cuisine, and the creative force behind a handful of Los Angeles restaurants that celebrate various iterations of big-flavor cooking at the intersection of skater, stoner, lowrider and Korean college-kid desire.
Jowe Lee: The Prince of K-Town—Part 1
Schema Magazine (Calif.)
Jowe Lee is one of two new additions to the first-ever American reality show that follows the lives of hot young Asian Americans, who party hard in L.A.’s Koreatown. Known for living in the fast lane, Jowe claims he’s really just a “big ole teddy bear”, in the first of Schema’s four-part interview with K-Town’s heartbreaker,
Um, yeah, okay. Maybe the kind of teddy bear you take home to your mother if you want to fight her for him, right before you pour neat soju down each others’ throats and make a neater getaway in his fast car.
Daniel Dae Kim’s role of a lifetime
The Sun Daily (Malaysia)
YOU might probably recognise him as the rugged plane crash survivor Jin on the award-winning television series Lost, but Daniel Dae Kim has since carved himself into a burlier role post-Lost in the remake of the classic police drama, Hawaii Five-O.
Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, the Korean-American actor discovered acting while he was a student at Haverford College.
After briefly considering a career as a lawyer, Kim decided to pursue his true passion in theatre.
Greg Pak: You Wouldn’t Like Him When He’s Angry
Greg Pak may seem mild-mannered, but you wouldn’t want to make him angry. He’s one of only a few people who know what it’s like to be inside the mind of a hulk – that is, the Incredible Hulk. As an award-winning writer of Marvel’s ‘Incredible Hulk” series and an independent filmmaker, Pak conjures epic, world-saving battles while exploring what make his characters tick. His latest series, “Vision Machine,” sets its story in a not-so-distant dystopian future in which everyone must wear glasses that record his or her every sight. Pak sits down with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg to explain his creative, collaborative process with artists for graphic works, and why adults should (and do) love comic books.
Dosa’s eco-chic fashion featured at Santa Monica Museum of Art
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to feel-good summer clothes, nobody does it like L.A. designer Christina Kim with Dosa, her line of eco-friendly, human-friendly kurtas, sundresses and scarves that celebrate the handmade and the organic, as well as the ancient tradition and craftsmanship of artisans around the world.
Dosa sells at A’Maree’s in Newport Beach, Barneys New York and, temporarily this summer, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where the gift shop, Gracie, is opening an art installation spotlighting the designer’s thoughtful work.
Knicks coach says Lin will be back
Coach Mike Woodson repeated Wednesday that Lin will ”absolutely” be back next season and will enter training camp as the starter at his position, even with the Knicks agreeing to a deal with veteran Jason Kidd.
Lin has agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets for about $28 million over four years. The Knicks have said all along they planned to match any offer for their restricted free agent, and Woodson said the Knicks ”never once” blinked at knowing they would have to pay that figure.
Cowabunga! LPGA’s Christina Kim Takes On Twitter Bully
Christina Kim had a tough day at the office last Friday, and the last thing the popular LPGA golfer needed was a heckler rudely tweaking her on Twitter. But that’s just what the two-time tour winner got after posting a second-round 5-over 77, which, combined with Thursday’s 75, ensured she would miss the U.S. Women’s Open cut.
“OMG go on a diet,” read a charming Twitter message from @BlackAngus_CG to @TheChristinaKim. “You are a disgrace to women golf and women athletes.”
Kim, who boasts more than 33,500 followers, wasted no time (two minutes after reading the offending tweet, to be exact, according to mydesert.com’s Shad Powers) in firing back at her detractor, whose actual name is Melanie Spigelmyre.
Choi, Yang lead Korean charge on PGA Tour
Quad-City Times (Iowa)
As Se Ri Pak opened a pipeline for South Korean women’s golf on the LPGA Tour with her 1998 U.S. Open triumph, Choi was the lone player from the country of approximately 49 million representing the PGA Tour.
But after Choi’s sustained run of success the past decade and Y.E. Yang’s breakthrough in a major three years ago, the South Korean influence is starting to boom on the men’s tour.
There are 11 Koreans on the Tour, including six in this week’s John Deere Classic field with Choi, Yang, Sang-Moon Bae, Sung Kang, Seung-Yul Noh and Danny Lee.
Olympics-S.Koreans athletes bet on traditional medicine
South Korean athletes looking to stay in peak shape for the London Olympics are turning to Oriental rather than Western medicine to see off aches and sprains that could derail their medal chances.
While some athletes remain wary of remedies that are not certified due to doping concerns, for the vast majority regular treatment has boosted fitness and the ability to overcome injury quickly.
2PM Nichkhun′s First Girlfriend was Korean American
On July 11, Nichkhun, along with f(x)’s Victoria, his television wife from MBC’s We Got Married, appeared on Radio Star and shared about being born and raised in the USA.
“When I was 16, I had my first girlfriend and she was Korean,” said Nichkhun.
When the MCs asked if he learned a lot of Korean from her, Nichkhun replied, “She was Korean, but she didn’t know how to speak it.”