Movement of Missiles by North Korea Worries U.S.
New York Times
The discovery by American intelligence agencies that North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new generation of powerful rocket, has spurred new assessments of the intentions of the country’s young new leader, Kim Jong-un, who has talked about economic change but appears to be accelerating the country’s ability to attack American allies or forces in Asia, and ultimately to strike across the Pacific.
The new mobile missile, called the KN-08, has not yet been operationally deployed, and American officials say it may not be ready for some time. But the discovery that the mobile units have already been dispersed around the country, where they can be easily hidden, has prompted the White House, the Pentagon and intelligence agencies to reassess whether North Korea’s missile capabilities are improving at a pace that poses a new challenge to American defenses.
U.S., China in tentative U.N. deal on North Korea resolution: envoys
The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea for its December rocket launch, though Beijing has yet to give its final approval, U.N. diplomats said on Friday.
The resolution would not impose new sanctions, but would call for expanding existing U.N. sanctions measures against Pyongyang, the envoys said on condition of anonymity.
Two North Koreans Killed for Christian Faith
Two North Korean Christians have been killed because of their faith, a global watchgroup revealed of the latest persecution cases to come out of the oppressive Pacific nation.
Opens Doors USA confirmed the deaths of the two Christians, revealing that one was shot while he was leaving for Bible training in China, and that another one died in a labor camp in North Korea.
Half of Asian Americans rely on ethnic media: poll
AFP via Google News
Around half of Asian Americans relied on ethnic media for news during the last election in which the growing community voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, a study said Thursday.
Massive support by minorities played a vital role in Obama’s re-election on November 6. Asian Americans made up 3.4 percent of the electorate and could play a greater future role as they form the fastest expanding racial group.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, releasing detailed findings from its exit polls, found that 48 percent of Asian Americans considered ethnic media, led by television, to be their prime news source.
Sob story moves man to help – only he gets conned
KATU.com (Portland, Ore.)
At least four people who cashed checks for a 19-year-old man, trying to do him a favor, say they got stuck with a worthless piece of paper and are out hundreds of dollars in cash.
Adam Wallace was one of those alleged victims and was surprised he may not be the only one.
“I found out there were seven victims and that’s the ones that talked to me,” he said. “And some of them were his close friends – like closer than I was.”
Wallace had reconnected with Paul Byun through the personal ads on Craigslist.
“And he had told me, he gave me the sob story – cuz I had hung out with him for a week – he gave me the sob story that his mom had died in October of ovarian cancer and that his father drained the bank account and went to Korea,” Wallace said.
E.Land to Pay $170 Million for K-Swiss Shoes to Add Brands
E.Land World Ltd., a South Korean apparel distributor, agreed to pay about $170 million for K- Swiss Inc. (KSWS) to add the money-losing U.S.-based athletic shoemaker’s brands to its portfolio.
K-Swiss stockholders will receive $4.75 in cash per share, 49 percent more than yesterday’s closing price on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the Westlake Village, California-based shoemaker and E-Land said yesterday in a statement.
K-Swiss sales have dropped by about 50 percent since 2005 and the shares have plunged 91 percent from the 2006 high as the shoemaker’s all-white casual sneakers fell out of fashion and the company failed to take advantage of growth in athletic footwear demand. Revenue in the 12 months through September was $231.3 million, compared with $508.6 million in calendar 2005. Net losses from 2009, 2010 and 2011 totaled more than $160 million.
Man Found Dead 7 Years After Apparent Suicide
The skeletal remains of a 55-year-old man were found in the boiler room of his home in Busan on Wednesday, where they had been decomposing for seven years.
The corpse was found by the man’s landlord, who was trying to locate a cracked heating pipe. The landlord said the head was found away from the body.
Police later discovered strands of the man’s hair stuck to an electrical wire. Judging by the fact that there were no signs of forced entry, they believe he committed suicide.
Margaret Cho Talks About Being Seen as a Smothering Mother to the Planet (Interview, Part Two)
In part one of our interview with comedian and musician Margaret Cho, we probed her about the Grammy award winning album Cho Dependent and she told us about her knee tattoos of presidents Lincoln and Washington.
In this second part, she talks about being seen as a mother figure, her own mom, her favorite television mama, and her newest stand up show, apt titled, Mother.
Dia in the house
New Straits Times (Malaysia)
THE Voice Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton has been a busy little bee having spent most of last year touring to promote her debut album Red.
Apart from a six-month solo US tour, Frampton was also the supporting act for alt-rock band The Fray and the opening act for her coach on The Voice, country star Blake Shelton during his Well Lit & Amplified tour.
“I feel very lucky to have worked with Blake, he’s such a great person and one of the best performers I’ve ever seen,” she says when met at the Universal Music office before her maiden performance in KL recently.
Benson Henderson Knows Gilbert Melendez Will Be Hungry for His First UFC Fight
MMA Weekly via Yahoo Sports
For the second time in a row, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will headline a UFC on Fox card, this time facing Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez.
Henderson fought at UFC on Fox 5 in early December and pulled off a dominant five-round decision over Nate Diaz to mark his third win in 2012.
Now as he looks to continue his reign atop the division in 2013, Henderson starts the year with a challenge of champion against champion as Melendez moves over to the UFC after spending the last few years as the king of Strikeforce.
Worcester Surgeon And 2011 Fan Of The Year Spreads Love Of Pats Around World
Did you hear the one about the surgeon, who traveled the world, helping heal kids?
Except on Sundays, when the Patriots were playing at home. True.
Dr. David Kim is a plastic surgeon, and often travels to third-world countries to operate on kids with deformities. And when the surgery is done, his patients not only have new hands or repaired faces, they also have Patriots jerseys or t-shirts.
“They have no idea about American football, so I’m compelled to spread the word about Patriots Nation,” Kim said.
Choi enjoys success, ‘can’t stop’ giving back
When Na Yeon Choi was a rookie on the LPGA, she spoke so little English that she and her parents often ate at fast food restaurants because the combo meals were numbered.
One of the few times they ventured out to a nicer establishment, Choi’s father ordered for the family by walking the waiter over to a nearby table and pointing to the plates of other patrons.
Rookie Hahn shares 18-hole lead at Humana
James Hahn always kept the dream alive, even when he was working part-time at an ad agency and selling women’s shoes at Nordstrom. It’s what makes days like Thursday all the more gratifying.
In only his second career PGA Tour start, the 31-year-old rookie shot a 9-under 63 on the Palmer Course at PGA West to grab a share of the early lead at the Humana Challenge.
“I don’t ever take a day like this for granted,” Hahn said. “I remind myself every time I have a hard day that we have bad rounds and bad days and we miss cuts. We feel like the world is falling down, tearing apart.
Golfer of the Year: ALICE JEONG, North Torrance
Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.)
Throughout her high school golf career, North Torrance’s Alice Jeong had established herself as a rising star.
It seemed to all lead to her remarkable senior season.
Jeong sparked North to a share of its first Ocean League team title, then began a sparkling individual CIF postseason run that culminated with a sixth-place state medal.
The Cal-bound Jeong earned the 2012 Daily Breeze Girls Golfer of the Year.
Your destiny may all be written on your face
Like many young South Koreans, Ko Joo-hyun is anxious about her future. She will be graduating from college soon, and she wonders what kind of job she will end up in and when she will get married. Like many others struggling to get or stay ahead in a society that moves quickly, questions about her future are a source of stress, and to help address them, she will consult a fortuneteller that offers a range of services — including face reading.
Face reading is an old practice where a trained expert assesses the contours of one’s face, and the size and shape of the chin, forehead and cheekbones in order to glean insight into one’s character and prospects for the future.
As Asian-Americans’ Numbers Grow, So Does Their Philanthropy
New York Times
About 800 people gathered in November in a ballroom in Midtown Manhattan for one of the year’s more elegant galas. They dined on beef tenderloin with truffle butter, bid on ski and golf vacations in a charity auction, and gave more than $1 million to a nonprofit group based in New York.
But this was not an old-money event. The donors were largely Korean immigrants and their children.
Members of a new class of affluent Asian-Americans, many of whom have benefited from booms in finance and technology, are making their mark on philanthropy in the United States. They are donating large sums to groups focused on their own diasporas or their homelands, like the organization that held the fund-raiser, the Korean American Community Foundation.
Korean Americans lobby US government for greater involvement in Korea
As one of its major goals for 2013, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE), an organization for Americans of Korean descent, has decided to urge the Obama administration to engage directly with North Korea to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. KACE has already started seeking out help from congress.
Getting involved in the North Korean issue is unusual for KACE, which until now has directed its influence on Capitol Hill toward achieving greater rights for Korean Americans, such as visa waivers and immigration reform.
Leonia’s first Korean-American councilman is honored as he steps down
Bergen County Record (N.J.)
The borough’s first Korean-American councilman, Philip Choi, received a rousing sendoff at the borough’s reorganization meeting Monday, accepting proclamations from state officials and gratitude from his political colleagues.
“You have been a friends and a great supporter to the people of Leonia,” state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, said as the crowd gave a standing ovation. “We know we haven’t heard the last of you in public office.”
Choi, a Democrat who joined the council in 2006, chose not to run for another term after running unsuccessfully for mayor as an independent in 2011. His opponent, Mayor John DeSimone, embraced Choi after presenting him with a proclamation to recognize his service.
What’s missing from Michelle Rhee’s memoir
Michelle Rhee left town more than two years ago, but the debate about her stint as D.C. schools chancellor shows no signs of cooling. It remains a hot button for the education commentariat and is the subject of a “Frontline” documentary that airs Tuesday evening. And now Rhee has produced “Radical: Fighting to Put Students First” a memoir/manifesto to to be published next month.
She offers some interesting coming-of-age detail, especially about life with her staunchly traditional Korean immigrant parents who expected her to wash the dishes after every meal and clean up after her brothers. We learn that she was a college sophomore the first time she fired someone, while managing a deli called Grumpy’s. As a lefty Cornell undergrad in the early nineties, she registered her opposition to President George H.W. Bush’s policies on reproductive rights with a button on her backpack that read “Bush, Stay Out of Mine.”
San Jose man, 79, identified as person killed Friday while walking on freeway
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)
A man who was struck and killed Friday while walking in lanes of traffic on Highway 101 has been identified as Hyuk Joon Kim, 79, of San Jose.
Callers reported a man in the traffic lanes around 7:18 p.m., and he was struck by at least one vehicle a short time later, according to the California Highway Patrol. Kim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gordon Flake on Japan-Korea Ties
Wall Street Journal
Gordon Flake, a Korea specialist and executive director of the Mansfield Foundation in Washington, is a regular visitor to South Korea and the Northeast Asia region.
As new administrations in Seoul and Tokyo take tentative steps to improve relations following a deterioration of ties last year, Mr. Flake spoke at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul on Tuesday about the importance of the bilateral relationship for both countries, the U.S., and security in the region.
North Korean adoptions approved in US
The Telegraph (U.K.)
The US Congress has approved a bill which aims to make it possible for Americans to adopt orphaned North Korean children.
Down-Home American, Korean Style
New York Times
Charlie’s Main Street Cafe in the heart of downtown here is a monument to small-town Americana.
The purveyor at this landmark of deeply American culture in a town that is more than 97 percent American-born happens to be a South Korean immigrant who traces her earliest awareness of the United States to a story her mom told her when she was in elementary school in Seoul, about a place that boasted of 31 flavors of ice cream.
When Geewon Anderson, 48, bought Charlie’s in May, she not only embraced the tradition the cafe represented, she also worked to bolster it.
Coming to Britain: Koreans make a home in the heart of England
Arriving in the United Kingdom as a single mother with three young children in the late 1980s, Hyeon-ja Jo harbored great expectations.
“I’d thought that Britain would be a great place,” says Jo. “But in fact, when I got here it was rather disappointing. Arriving at Gatwick (London’s second-largest airport), it felt like Gimpo (an international airport in Seoul): small, kind of provincial. Americans are so tall, but British men … weren’t.”
Twenty-four years later, despite her initial misgivings, Jo remains firmly in the U.K. Arriving in the very year South Korea was announcing its own accession onto the world stage with the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she settled in southern England, where she subsequently remarried, raised her family, and built up a successful restaurant business that now employs all of her children.
Korean-American Actress Won’t Be Pinned Down
Korean-American actress Esther Chae has built up her filmography with roles in popular soap operas such as “The West Wing” and “The Shield,” while continuing to write scripts, act and direct plays.
In her latest work, a one-person play called “So the Arrow Flies,” Chae plays four roles to portray a cat-and-mouse game between a North Korean spy and an FBI agent who is in hot pursuit. The play has received much critical acclaim and was invited to a number of international events, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Chae was born in Oregon, while her parents were studying there, and her family moved to Korea when she was five. After graduating from Korea University, she returned to the U.S. with a long-held dream of becoming an actress. She then graduated from the Yale School of Drama before making her stage debut.
‘Top Chef: Seattle’: Kentwood’s Kristen Kish talks about being the frontrunner of the current season
Kristen Kish is currently the darling of “Top Chef: Seattle.”
Nine episodes into the current season of Bravo’s battling-chef reality show, the cook from Kentwood is easily the frontrunner among the remaining contestants. She has won three Elimination Challenges, with her victor’s spoils totaling $35,000, plus a Healthy Choice frozen entrée based on her winning pot pie recipe. The judges often lavish praise on her work, and fans of the show have buried her with compliments and accolades.
Now, Kish is just enjoying her time in the spotlight. The 2002 East Kentwood High School grad called me from Boston, where she lives and works as Chef de Cuisine at Stir, to talk about her newfound fame, her non-strategy strategy and, of course, her flirty little asides with fellow contestant Stefan Richter.
Girls Generation’s New Album Already a Hit with U.S. Media
Girls’ Generation’s new album “I Got a Boy” is receiving rave reviews from the U.S. media.
Billboard on Friday ran a review on all the tracks on the album and described them as “polished K-pop confections that combine elements of forward-thinking EDM (electronic dance music), classic and modern R&B, 80s new wave, and more.” It added that “it should more than satisfy not only K-pop fans but also listeners of all types of popular music.”
Buenos Dia: Dia Frampton live in Manila
Organizers said they had just over a week to plan for the one-night-only show of Dia Frampton in the Philippines.
The first season runner-up of hit reality singing show “The Voice” is in the midst of the Southeast Asia leg of a tour to promote her debut album “Red.”
After Vietnam, she expressed interest to come to Manila. “My guitarist is Filipino,” she said.
WHAT I’M READING: PROPHECY BY ELLEN OH
I just cracked open Prophecy, the debut novel by Ellen Oh.
It’s a young adult fantasy adventure rooted in ancient Korean folklore, about a badass young female warrior outcast named Kira who has crazy yellow eyes and slays demons. It has a kingdom in peril, a dangerous quest, a ragtag crew and a villainous Demon Lord. You know, everything a proper fantasy adventure tale needs. And swords.
Kim: Missing Korean Studies
The Dartmouth (Dartmouth College)
Every Ivy League university other than Dartmouth currently has a Korean language or studies program as part of its regular curriculum. This has been the case since the early 1990s. On this matter, the College is literally decades behind its peers.
Over these last two decades, South Korea’s importance in the global economic and political system has continued to grow. The country currently has the 12th largest economy in the world, when measured at purchasing power parity. Furthermore, with a vibrant democracy and a liberal economic system, South Korea shares many similarities with America and its European allies. South Korea also plays a crucial role in the United States’ negotiations with North Korea and China. If the College wishes to continue to send its graduates to the forefront of global politics and business, then the formal establishment of a Korean studies program, including language courses, would be a key step towards this goal.
Jong wants to be Korean ‘ambassador’
North Korea striker Jong Tae-se has said he wants to be an ambassador between the two Koreas after finalising his move to South Korean club Suwon Samsung.
Jong, 28, was born in Japan but has a North Korean passport because his mother is North Korean.
He represented North Korea at the 2010 World Cup and has scored 15 international goals. His move to Suwon Samsung makes him the fourth, and so far the best-known, North Korean to play in the South.
South Korean officials: North Korean rocket could hit U.S. mainland
The rocket launched earlier this month by North Korea had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States, South Korean defense officials said.
In remarks to reporters Friday, which were embargoed until Sunday, three officials with South Korea’s defense ministry offered their observations about the December 12 launch based on a recovered oxidizer tank that had been part of one of the rocket’s boosters. According to NASA, an oxidizer tank contains oxygen compounds that allow rocket fuel to burn in the atmosphere and outside of it, in space.
North Korean officials cheered what they hailed as a successful launch of a long-range rocket, which they said put a satellite in orbit. But the mission drew international condemnation, with many viewing it as cover for testing of ballistic missile technology, which the United Nations has forbidden Pyongyang from using.
South Korea Seeks to Buy Spy Drones
Reuters via New York Times
The Obama administration formally proposed a sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea take a more active role in its own defense from any attack by the heavily armed North.
Seoul has requested a possible $1.2 billion sale of four Northrop Grumman Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft with enhanced surveillance capabilities, according to a statement by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency dated Monday and distributed Tuesday.
State Sen. Kim to apply for vacant U.S. Senate seat
Hawaii News Now
State Senator Donna Mercado Kim announced Friday that she will submit her name for consideration to fill the late Daniel K. Inouye’s U.S. Senate seat.
Senator Donna Mercado Kim was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1982, representing Salt Lake and Moanalua. She has represented Hawaii ‘s l4th Senatorial District since 2000.
The announcement comes one day after after Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz confirmed he is applying for the U.S. Senate.
Mickadeit: Irvine Mayor Choi’s unexpected career path
Orange Country Register (Calif.)
I suppose if I could have wished any civic present upon the good people of Orange County in 2012, among my top choices would have been to place the stewardship of the Great Park in hands other than Larry Agran’s.
But what a fanciful wish that would have been! I would have had a hard time seeing it happen. Oh, I did what I could to expose Agran’s legal but cynical campaign-finance schemes, and many others put in years trying to tell Irvine voters what Agran was really all about. But Agran always won. In September, I predicted he would beat Steven Choi in the mayor’s race.
Choi won a stunning victory, with 46 percent of the vote to Agran’s 40 percent. Agran remains on the City Council, but his loss of the mayorship meant he failed to retain a three-vote majority.
New Urban Arts’ Jason Yoon: 12 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2012
GoLocalProv (Rhode Island)
While schools in Rhode Island continue to struggle with funding cuts, the pressure was never higher on Jason Yoon’s New Urban Arts to fill in the startling gaps in arts education for Providence youth. And under Yoon’s leadership as Executive Director, New Urban Arts posted a banner year, including being one of only 19 arts and cultural organizations to receive general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).
The numbers tell the story. In 2012, 277 students enrolled in New Urban Arts’ Youth Mentorship Program, while 135 students actively participated in the center’s studio each month. Meanwhile, 22 artists combined with 2 tutors and a senior life coach to volunteer more than 4,000 hours mentoring Providence area high school students.
Asian-Americans speak out against Google app they call offensive
The maker of a Google app thinks it’s fun to make yourself look Asian by changing the shape of your eyes and wearing a Fu Manchu mustache and rice paddy hat.
Or you could be a Native American with brown skin, war paint and a feather headband.
“This is just a fun app (that) lets you indulge you and your friends,” says the description of the “Make Me Asian” app created by user KimberyDeiss and available on Google Play.
Panty thief Sung Koo Kim released from prison
KPTV (Portland, Ore.)
A man convicted of stealing women’s underwear at Oregon college campuses has been released from prison.
Sung Koo Kim was released Monday, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Back in 2004, a jury convicted Kim for a series of burglaries at George Fox University in Newberg and Linfield College in McMinnville.
South Korea Flirts With Another Power Disaster
Wall Street Journal
South Korea set a new record for power consumption on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of very cold temperatures and busiest work-wise after the lead-in and celebration of Christmas.
And the country’s energy monitors were forced to warn that power outages might occur because demand had surpassed the limit that the government considers safe.
Demand hit 76.58 million kilowatts at 11:01 a.m., surpassing the record of 75.17 million kilowatts that was set eight days ago on Dec. 18. South Korea had 79.16 million kilowatts of power available.
‘Top Chef Seattle’: Kristen Kish of Kentwood leads the pack on reality cooking show
Kristen Kish has three wins under her belt (or is it apron) and shows no signs of slowing on her path to winning “Top Chef: Seattle.”
Live chats during episodes of “Top Chef: Seattle” happen every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on mlive.com/tv.
Join in the fun in the comments section at the bottom of this story. The chat forum updates live so there is no need to refresh your screen. It’s similar to your Facebook wall and easy to follow and engage with other viewers. “Top Chef” is broadcast on Bravo and MLive’s John Serba and Todd Chance will be your hosts for the chat. You won’t find any food critics in the bunch, just a group of fun reality TV lovers.
Psy Hits 1 Billion — And On to 2013
Wall Street Journal
When will the frenzy end?
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video passed another milestone on Friday, when the number of viewings on YouTube surged beyond 1 billion. The music video is the first to get to that many views on the Google Inc. site.
Psy has been in the U.S. for the past month. But he appeared on South Korean TV this weekend with comedian Roh Hong-cheol, who appears in “Gangnam Style” swinging his hips above Psy in an elevator car as the door opens and closes. Mr. Roh flew to New York to interview Psy for a popular show called “Infinite Challenge.”
Frampton shares her voice with Bangkok
Bankok Post (Thailand)
Held in collaboration with Get FM102.5, “Dia Frampton Acoustic Live in Bangkok” will see the woman who won the first runner-up prize in season one of The Voice in the United States, singing hits including Walk Away and Don’t Kick The Chair.
The 24-year-old American of Korean descent gained international recognition as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice, with 15 million people a week tuning in to see her unique interpretations of popular songs. She signed with Universal Republic upon completion of The Voice and released her solo debut, Red, in December 2011. The first single from that album, The Broken Ones, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the US, and caught fire internationally where she’s had three Top 10 singles.
The concert will kick off at 8.30pm on Jan 10 and is due to wind up about 10pm. Standing tickets cost 600 baht and include one beer. Tickets for Silver, Gold and VIP seats (which are inclusive of a set-menu dinner) cost 2,500, 3,000 and 4,000 baht, respectively (each covers admission for two people).
Na Yeon Choi excels on the course and in English
AP via Google News
Na Yeon Choi won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open, and she closed the season by winning the LPGA Titleholders.
But her most remarkable performance came when the season was over.
Players for whom English is their second (or third) language can get by in an interview with print reporters. They tend be a lot more uncomfortable when cameras are involved. Choi showed how much progress she has made the day after winning the Titleholders. She went into the studio for a live segment on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.”
In tight US race, Asian Americans could be kingmakers
AFP via Google News
Often overlooked in past elections, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They make up around five percent of the US population but their numbers could surpass winning candidates’ margins of victory in battleground states such as Virginia, Nevada, Florida and Colorado.
If trends prevail, Asian Americans will likely boost Obama. He won two-thirds of Asian American votes in 2008, a swift rise from the 32 percent who voted for fellow Democrat Bill Clinton when he was first elected in 1992.
“This is a historic shift. The last time you’ve seen an immigrant group undergo such a major shift was among Jewish voters between the 1920s and 1940s” when they also rallied behind the Democrats, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside.
Rise of the Tiger Nation
Wall Street Journal
Asian-Americans are now the country’s best-educated, highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group. They share with American Jews both the distinction and the occasional burden of immigrant success.
In Allston-Brighton, Korean enclave grows strong roots
The smells of baked dough and marinara sauce used to dominate Allston Village. But these days, diners might be more likely to catch a whiff of kimchi or bibimbap from one of the growing number of Korean restaurants.
The ready availability of the East Asian cuisine is one reflection of the surge in the number of Korean-owned businesses — and Korean residents — in Allston.
More than one-third of Boston’s Korean population lives in Allston-Brighton, according to recent census figures: About 1,600 residents in Allston and Brighton are of Korean descent — a 54 percent increase from a decade before.
Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed an action to enforce a subpoena issued to Los Angeles-based apparel retailer Forever 21 seeking documents related to the company’s apparel contractors and manufacturers. The Department initially issued the subpoena on Aug. 16. but the company has not complied with the demands.
A recent investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found significant evidence of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions by vendors supplying goods to Forever 21.
Coming to America: South Korea’s top directors on hitting Hollywood with English language films
Park and two other top South Korean directors — Kim Jee-woon, known for 2003 ghost story A Tale of Two Sisters and the recent serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, and Bong Joon-ho, known for 2006 monster tale The Host and beautifully filmed psycho mom mystery Mother – will soon find out. All three are set to debut their first English language films next year, mining Hollywood and a slate of A-list stars to reach their broadest audiences ever.
Park comes out with Stoker, a dark coming-of-age story starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman as her scarily intense mother, through Fox Searchlight on March 1. Kim directs Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aging sheriff battling thugs in action-packed The Last Stand, through Lionsgate, out Jan. 17. And Bong has the snowy sci-fi post-apocalyptic train survival tale Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, and John Hurt, through a non Hollywood studio, South Korean company CJ Entertainment, also in 2013.
Catching Up With Steven Yeun
New York Times
Steven Yeun is a Korean-American actor who plays Glenn Rhee, a pizza delivery guy turned survivalist in “The Walking Dead,” an apocalyptic zombie drama on AMC, which has drawn the largest audience of any television series this fall.
READING: I’m in the middle of reading a book called “The Women Were Leaving the Men.” It’s a collection of short stories by Andy Mozina, who was one of my professors at Kalamazoo College. He really pushes the boundaries of storytelling. I also enjoyed Haruki Murakami’s “After the Quake,” which is another collection of stories. You get all these different perspectives of the aftermath of a large earthquake in Japan. It’s very quirky and strange and surreal.
Dia Frampton visits the land of swarms
The Nation (Thailand)
Dia Frampton, one of the big stars from the first season of “The Voice” on American TV, performed in Bangkok recently as part of an Asia tour promoting her debut album “Red”. Thai fans, and not just red ones, overwhelmed the singer everywhere she went – airport, magazine meetings, a radio station and of course her mini-concert, part of Central Group’s anniversary celebrations.
An Exclusive Look at the Stunning Concept Art Behind Cloud Atlas’ Future Seoul
The most dazzling aspect of Cloud Atlas is probably the vision of near-future Korea, the city of Neo-Seoul. Glittery and dystopian, Neo-Seoul sits next to the sunken ruins of the original Seoul, with slums side by side with shining ribbons and flying cars.
But if anything, the original concept art for Neo-Seoul looks even cooler. Check out an exclusive look, right here. And you should definitely click to enlarge these images, which look best at full screen. (Minor spoilers below.)
Kim chooses German event for return to ice
Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu Na will make her return to competition at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, her management agency All That Sports announced Friday.
The 22-year-old Kim, who has not skated competitively since taking the silver medal behind Miki Ando at the 2011 world championships in Moscow, will enter the senior “B” event held from Dec. 5-9.
2012 in Review: Shin-Soo Choo
Let’s Go Tribe (blog)
Choo rebounded into his usual form in 2012, and it’s looking likely that that will have been his last season in an Indians uniform.
Seoul Lunch: Where to Eat?
Wall Street Journal
Seoul’s downtown area of Gwanghwamun, home to several government ministries, major companies and the Gyeonbokgung palace, has a vast array of dining options. We picked some of our favorites for a lunch-time bite. As with most restaurants in Seoul, get there early (or wait until after 1pm) as they tend to get very busy at midday.
Dr. David Kim: Radiation oncologist, Oncology Hematology Associates
Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana)
After undergoing surgery at Deaconess Gateway, [cancer patient Barbara] Young was introduced to Dr. David Kim, the man she calls her Health Care Hero.
“On my first visit with Dr. Kim in his office, he told me that he had studied all of my records and X-rays and then personally called four or five other oncology experts and discussed my case with them before he decided what was the most effective way to treat me, how much radiation I would require,” said Young.
Noam Chomsky is one of many M.I.T. community members with gangnam style
Famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist Noam Chomsky is best known for writing detailed analyses about how U.S. foreign policy reflects the desires of American corporations.
That’s why his fans might be surprised to see him make a cameo appearance in this video by the Korean Students Association on campus, starring Richard Yoon. It was inspired by South Korean star PSY’s “Gangman Style”.
Some of Dia Frampton’s fans wondered how she could be so “heartless” after the singer posted a photo of herself on Facebook proudly holding a gun.
Last Sunday, Frampton posted the picture, in which she is smiling broadly while holding up a nickel-plated revolver with the caption, “Going to the shooting range to work on my aim!”
Fans responded, exercising their First Amendment rights in response to the young Korean American exercising her Second Amendment right.