Grab your equipment, aspiring filmmakers! Visual Communications, the nation’s premiere Asian Pacific American media arts center, is now accepting submissions for its annual Armed with a Camera Fellowship. This is an opportunity for Asian American media artists to continue pursuing their passion for filmmaking.
Fellows will be chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to the arts, production and exhibition experience, and the quality of their sample work to receive $1,000 to direct, produce and shoot a short film that will be showcased at various VC exhibitions across Los Angeles, including the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Fellows will also receive an additional $1,000 film equipment stipend, courtesy of Camadeus Film Technologies. The fellowship will span six months, beginning October 2013. Final projects should be completed by March 21, 2014.
Here are further details about the fellowship, including submission information: Continue Reading »
North Korea Seeks New Talks on Its Nuclear Program, China Says
North Korea is ready to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program, China said, the third time this month that Kim Jong Un’s regime has proposed new dialogue after easing off threats of atomic attacks.
The North is prepared for “talks of any form including the six-party talks and hopes to peacefully solve the nuclear problem through negotiations,” China’s Foreign Ministry said on its website, citing comments Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan made while meeting his Chinese counterpart in Beijing yesterday.
Park Calls for ‘common sense’ in relations with North Korea
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she will stick to principles in dealing with North Korea in order to transform relations with the communist nation in a way that is in line with “common sense and international standards.”
“South-North relations are at a very important juncture right now. How we do at this point would affect not only the fate of the Korean Peninsula, but also those of Northeast Asia and the world,” Park said during a meeting with members of the National Unification Advisory Council.
“I believe we should break the vicious cycle of provocations and rewards … and lay the foundation for genuine peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula based on consistent principles and trust. For this, we have to build inter-Korean relations in which common sense and international standards work.”
Cheeseburger in Paradise Island
Serendipity is not something the visitor to North Korea is likely to encounter often. Guides, with carefully planned itineraries, usually go to great lengths to avoid accidental brushes with ordinary North Koreans, whether they be women selling clothes or maize in the local fly-by-night “frog markets”, or men drinking in local bars.
It is a shame, because such encounters help humanise a poorly understood people: for instance, on a recent visit one 23-year-old North Korean told us shyly that she was besotted with Brad Pitt, which probably went further in busting stereotypes than she could have imagined. Happily, some non-governmental organisations are managing to break through this thick veil of mistrust to foster real engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Singapore-based Choson Exchange, which promotes people-to-people contact between high-flying young professionals and bureaucrats of the DPRK and the outside world, is one.
South Korean Students Demand Faster Action in Election Probe
Wall Street Journal
South Korea student anger is growing over what many believe to be a slow and insufficient investigation into an allegation that the country’s top intelligence agency attempted to influence the presidential election last December.
Last Friday, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office indicted Won Sei-hoon, the former National Intelligence Service chief, on charges of violating the election law that bans a civil servant from intervening an election and the NIS law that prohibits its officials from meddling domestic politics.
According to the prosecutors, Mr. Won allegedly ordered his subordinates to launch a political offensive against opposition party candidates including Moon Jae-jin, the candidate from the main opposition United Democratic Party. Mr. Moon lost the election against Park Geun-hye by about one million votes.
Police seek arrest warrant for ex-vice justice minister over sex scandal
Police said Wednesday they have sought an arrest warrant for a former vice justice minister who is accused of receiving sexual favors from a local contractor in return for business favors.
Police have been investigating allegations that a number of high-profile figures, including Kim Hak-ui and the head of a local general hospital, received sexual services from a dozen women hired by the 52-year-old construction contractor, surnamed Yoon.
Kim allegedly used his power to influence several court cases in Yoon’s favor in return for the services.
Glendale looking to memorialize ‘comfort women’ of World War II
Los Angeles Daily News
The city of Glendale and a local organization are looking to install a memorial to “comfort women” — the thousands of Koreans and others who historians say were forced into sexual slavery to soldiers during World War II by the Japanese military.
The memorial may be somewhat controversial, however, because while the majority of mainstream historians agree with the history, a vocal minority of ultranationalists and some politicians in Japan contest details of the comfort women story, including the numbers involved, whether the practice was sanctioned by the government and even whether the women were slaves or volunteers.
Today, the design of the proposed memorial will be unveiled before Glendale’s Arts and Culture Commission, an advisory panel to the City Council, which would decide whether to approve it.
Glendale man, 81, with diabetes, dementia reported missing
Glendale News-Press (Calif.)
[Update 5:42 p.m.] Glendale police found Byung Jin Choi just before 5 p.m. in the 300 block of North Glendale Avenue after a passerby reported an elderly person with a walker who appeared to need help. Police said they took him to Glendale Adventist Hospital and have alerted his family.
“He was treated for dehydration, but otherwise seemed fine,” said Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
Will Yun Lee On The Wolverine
Will Yun Lee has played a Marvel character before – he was big bad Kirigi in Elektra – but that’s not to be confused with his character in The Wolverine. We know he’s officially billed as Kenuichio Harada, but beyond that Lee can’t say much for fear of spoilers. Still, we did get a few snippets from him on his experience of filming, including Hugh Jackman’s thing with lottery tickets…
Tell us about your character…
I play a man named Harada and he’s kind of a mysterious character, and the way the movie is structured he’s definitely involved in a lot of the relationships between Hugh and Tao and some of the different characters, but you never really know what side of the line he falls on. He’s part of some of the great action sequences you’re going to see.
As Expected, 2NE1′s CL Looks Amazing In Korean GQ and Vogue
CL’s recent solo debut may not have soared on the charts like it should have, but the trendsetting songstress proves she’s still the baddest female around when it comes to fashion and photoshoots. The 22-year-old, who’s so cool that both Rihanna and Rita Ora follow her on Instagram, is featured in this month’s issues of Korean Vogue and GQ, and as usual, she looks incredible.
Naturally, CL’s gone for an avant-garde, high fashion, you-can’t-afford-this-and-never-will kind of look for Vogue, whereas her GQ shoot is all posturing, gold grills, and bad girl swag.
You can look forward to more of CL’s untouchable style choices when she makes a K-pop comeback alongside 2NE1 early next month. Excited?
One Night Only: Chefs Chang, Choi and Puck
Wall Street Journal
Celebrity chefs David Chang, Roy Choi and Wolfgang Puck cooked and served a one-night-only seven-course meal at the Hotel Bel Air last night. The event, floated on Mr. Puck’s Twitter account a few weeks ago, sold out within about an hour at $190 a head, plus $80 for wine.
Mr. Chang, famous for his Momofuku restaurant empire, said he flew across the country with some of his staff because, “Chef asked. Wolfgang is one of the pioneers and the guy that without him, Roy and I wouldn’t really be here.” Mr. Puck said the purpose of the evening was to shake things up at his hotel restaurant and tap into the energy of the “new generation.” Just before service in the kitchen, Mr. Choi watched Mr. Puck gobble up a piece of his sous-vide-and-fried Cornish game hen. Mr. Choi gripped his head in disbelief.
Iconic Summer Dish: The Real Korean Tacos by Namu Gaji
LA’s Koji truck may have kicked off a national Korean taco craze, but San Francisco’s Namu Gaji is recognized for an original take on the idea. The Real Korean Tacos, as they’re called, use dried sheets of nori instead of tortillas as the vehicle for BBQ Kalbi short ribs and kimchee salsa. They are available at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and have also become a staple at summer fests like Outside Lands. Now that the restaurant has logged a couple of seasons in the Mission after moving from the original Richmond District spot, they’re a fixture at Dolores Park picnics and parties too.
IOC Inspectors praise Pyeongchang for 2018 Winter Games preparations
AP via Washington Post
IOC inspectors have concluded their second visit to Pyeongchang by praising organizers for making good progress on preparations for the 2018 Winter Games.
IOC coordination commission chief Gunilla Lindberg says the panel has “once again seen good progress” and “an excellent team effort” from the organizing committee, all levels of government and the Korean Olympic Committee.
The commission cited the launch of Pyeongchang’s new logo and finalization of venue plans.
A Hollywood film is being shot in Koreatown by Academy Award-nominated director Michael Mann. Filming for the movie took place outside of Ham Ji Park, a Korean BBQ restaurant on June 11, the Korea Times Los Angeles reported.
Mann, who has directed several major films including Heat (1995), Collateral (2004), The Insider (1999) and Public Enemies (2009), plans to film for the whole week in Koreatown.
His new movie has a working title of Cyber, and is an action thriller film in which American and Chinese forces work together to thwart a computer hacker. Continue Reading »
South Korean actress-cum-boxer Lee Si-young’s win at the South Korean national team tryouts last month has sparked controversy after the Korean Amateur Boxing Federation (KABF) was accused of giving the star an unfair advantage to boost the sport’s fading popularity.
Lee, 31, edged out the 19-year-old Kim Da-som in a 22-20 decision in the 106-pound class to become the newest member of the South Korean national boxing team.
Although Kim seemed to have dominated the fight, the umpire, Jo Jong-deuk, determined it was Lee who landed more effective blows. Jo also said after the fight that at least a handful of Kim’s shots were open-handed blows, a term used to describe illegal hits with the inside of the glove.
According to KABF regulations, losers have 30 minutes to protest the decision but Kim’s party apparently didn’t raise questions until a day after the fight. Continue Reading »
Will Smith explained why he chose Korean American singer and rapper, Jay Park, to record the end credits song for his new sci-fi thriller After Earth, allkpop reports.
During the Seoul red carpet premiere, Smith and son Jaden, told the audience that the 26-year-old ex-2PM member’s song, ”I Like to Party” was picked following a recommendation by the Korean wife of Smith’s brother-in-law. Park made an impression on the Hollywood A-lister and he got the gig.
At the event, Park told the two-time Oscar-nominated actor that, for the first time in his life, he was “star struck” meeting Smith.