N. Korea urges resumption of six-party talks ‘without preconditions’
North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy called for nations involved in the long-stalled talks on the North’s nuclear program to resume the multilateral process “without preconditions.”
“We are ready to enter the six-party talks without preconditions,” the North’s First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan told a forum organized by China’s foreign ministry in Beijing.
Kim said “preconditions” set by South Korea and the United States, however, “are in violation of the spirit of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement,” referring to a landmark agreement reached in 2005 at the six-party talks.
Under the 2005 agreement, North Korea pledged to give up its nuclear weapons program in return for a U.S. promise not to attack or invade it and to work toward normalized ties.
The one-day forum has been arranged by China to mark the 10th anniversary of the launching of the six-party talks. The off-and-on forum that involves the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia has been stalled since late 2008.
‘Asian Eye’ Surgery and Media Racism
News anchor and TV personality Julie Chen said last week that, earlier in her career, she underwent plastic surgery on her eyes to make them look “less Asian.” Chen’s story publicly reinforces a narrative of “fixing,” that Asian Americans—particularly females—have heard many times in relation to the physical traits that make them “different” than the U.S. norm.
Chen recounted last week on The Talk a conversation she had with a former employer about filling in for anchors who were away for vacation. Her boss was frank: She could never sit at the anchor desk because being Asian made her dissimilar from the Dayton, Ohio population the station served, dissimilar enough that she was no longer “relatable.” Then came the whammy that did Chen in:
“Because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera—when you’re interviewing someone—you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy. They are so small.”
Chen’s co-hosts gasped as she recalled this. There were murmurs through the audience.
South Korea on the Move
Wall Street Journal
South Koreans are bracing this week for one of the year’s worst traffic jams.
The land ministry forecasts more than 35 million trips will be made for the local Thanksgiving holiday, Chuseok, with 83.7% of travelers in individual cars. (The ministry counts one person going one way as a trip, so going and then coming back home counts as two—but it’s still quite a tally for a country with a population of 51 million.)
The 332-kilometer (206-mile) journey on the country’s busiest route – from Seoul to Busan, the second-largest city – is taking 8½ hours Wednesday, according to highway operator Korea Expressway Corp., for an average speed of 39 kilometers (24 miles) an hour. A survey by the land ministry said 33.8% of the holiday travelers are expected to move (slowly) along this route, which crosses the country from northwest to southeast.
As of noon Wednesday, 1.13 million cars had hit the country’s highways, with the majority moving away from Seoul and its environs, according to Korea Expressway. It forecasts nearly 400,000 more vehicles will follow in the afternoon and Thursday. Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province are home to 22 million people, or roughly 43% of the country’s population, according to official data.
‘War without guns’: SKorea’s passionate protesters
AP via Salon.com
South Korea’s most tenacious protesters compare themselves to warriors, and their demonstrations to a life-or-death struggle against evil.
They are known around the world for their passion, persistence and flamboyance. Their demonstrations — spontaneous and meticulously planned, large and small — form a near-constant backdrop for the 10 million people living in Seoul, the capital.
Their causes are rooted in the country’s tumultuous history: a brutal Japanese colonization until 1945, the subsequent division of the Korean Peninsula, three years of vicious warfare and decades of military dictatorship that gave way to democracy as South Korea became one of Asia’s strongest economies.
Ellicott City Man Arrested in Baltimore Food Stamp Fraud Sweep
Patch.com (Ellicott City, Md.)
An Ellicott City man was among nine store owners who face federal food stamp and wire fraud charges related to a scheme to illegally redeem nearly $7 million food stamp benefits for cash.
The indictments were handed up by a federal grand jury in Baltimore last week but unsealed Tuesday.
Jung Kim, 51, of Ellicott City, was one of the nine charged. He owns C&C Market at 4752 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. The indictment alleges that between November 2010 through April 2013, Kim allegedly obtained more than $600,000 in payments for food sales that never occurred.
South Korea Embraces Craft Beer
Wall Street Journal
In a tangle of nondescript alleyways in central Seoul’s Noksapyeong district, a handful of Korean and foreign entrepreneurs are pioneering a new market for homegrown craft beers.
Hidden opposite a side exit to the U.S. Army’s giant Yongsan garrison is trend-setting brewpub Craftworks Brewing Co. Defying its shabby surroundings, Craftworks’ interior is upscale. The bar’s eight taps pour artisanal ales, wheat beers, lagers and porters — each branded with a Korean name.
Canadian Dan Vroon opened Craftworks with six fellow expats in 2010. The concept: Sell Korean-made North American-style craft beers.
Korean startups finally get all the limelight at beGLOBAL event in Silicon Valley
This past Friday, Korean startup blog beSUCCESS inaugurated its first beGLOBAL conference in Silicon Valley, bringing Korean startups together with globally-minded investors, incubators, and seasoned entrepreneurs.
For an overview of the event, I talked with John Nahm, a co-host of beGLOBAL and a founding partner at Strong Ventures. Nahm’s firm initially funded beSUCCESS and its series of startup conferences, starting with beLAUNCH in Seoul’s Gangnam district and Friday’s beGLOBAL conference in the US.
“Korean startups don’t have clout in Silicon Valley, so we wanted to create a high quality event with a top-notch group of startups and speakers,” Nahm said. “We’ve not yet arrived like the Israeli startups have in the Valley, since we don’t have a proven track record.”
A South Korean government agency, KOCCA, recently selected a group of startups to debut in the Valley (at last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference), but Nahm had some strong criticisms of the Korean government’s startup selection process.
New York Fashion Week Was Chock-Full of White Models. Again.
Now that New York Fashion Week is over, we’ve crunched the numbers. Of the 142 shows out of the 184 that showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014*, there were 4637 looks. Of those close to 5,000 looks, around 80 percent were modeled by white women. (80 percent. That’s a number that, if you look at the charts, we’re growing familiar with.) Fewer than 1,000 looks were given to women who were not white, mostly black and asian women, with some non-white Latina women sneaking in there. Women of other ethnicities, like Middle Eastern women, were barely seen.
Chef David Chang on the Joy of Cooking With Science
In June 2010, after six years of running a restaurant in New York City, I decided that we needed to learn about the science of what we eat. At the time, I had no idea how a cell broke down or what an enzyme or an amino acid was. It was all stuff I’d slept through in high school! But these are the basic processes by which cooking happens. The more we understand about the science of food, I realized, the better we would be able to cook.
The Momofuku Culinary Lab started as a space where we could focus on creating and innovating. I didn’t want us to worry about working on projects in a restaurant; there are just too many distractions in service and running a kitchen to be able to focus on creating your dishes. It didn’t need to be high tech, but we needed an environment in a vacuum. In retrospect, what I thought was a luxury was an absolute necessity.
We began working with a microbiology team at Harvard that had been examining microbes in cheese. We started by asking simple questions about foods we were experimenting with. Is this edible? Is this dangerous? We had to learn chemistry, then biology. We built up a working scientific vocabulary. Now we’ve begun exploring the processes behind ingredients we use every day in our kitchens: soy sauce, MSG, other sources of umami flavors. We’ve launched experiments in fermentation, using various strains of bacteria to create strange and wonderful new tastes.
Girls’ Generation’s Seo-hyun Hitting the Books for Acting Debut
Seo-hyun of of K-pop band Girls’ Generation will make her initial foray into the world of acting when she appears as a college student in an upcoming SBS weekend drama that is scheduled to air at the end of this month.
She said she has dreamed of being an actress since she was a child and has taken acting lessons since she made her debut as a singer.
“This is my first work as an actress, so it’s very special for me,” she said.
“I’m so enthusiastic about it that it fully occupies my mind these days.”
Foreign Loanwords in Korean
The Korea Blog
Like any other language, Korean has collected a lot of loanwords over the centuries. It doesn’t take long after learning a bit of Korean to start noticing the high number of foreign words all around you. You’ve probably heard all sorts of English loanwords, so I was more interested to skip by and look at some of the Korean words from other languages.
The origins of these loanwords are arranged chronologically, and you’ll see the correlation between age of the loanword and the complexity of the term, starting with basic Chinese numbering and going all the way to an Italian word for a specific type of cultural event.
It’s not surprising the Korean language has many loanwords from Chinese, seeing as how the language essentially used Chinese characters for over a millennium. Around 60 percent of the Korean vocabulary has Chinese origins, although most of them came over to Korean long ago and may not necessarily be recognised as Chinese anymore, the same way an English speaker might forget that “cafe” is originally French and “philosophy” is ancient Greek for “love of wisdom.” Also, many so-called Chinese words may have been developed long ago by Koreans using Chinese characters, predating the actual Korean language (would they still be considered loanwords in that case?).
For Koreans, pork belly and soju reign as the ultimate monarchs of after-work dinners, according to a recent poll by Korean job search portal site Career.
The Chosun Ilbo reports that almost one in three workers eat samgyeopsal, or Korean-style bacon, when they get together with colleagues for dinner. Coming in at a distant second: bar snacks with beer at 12.3 percent; fried or roasted chicken at 11.7 percent; followed by sashimi at at 9.8 percent.
When it comes to drinks, it’s what most people would expect. Soju and beer are the most popular, with the former edging out the latter 40 percent to 33.8 percent. Many people also can’t seem to decide between the two, as a mixture of both (so-mek) came in third at 20 percent. Wine, cocktails and whiskey made up the last few options, respectively. Continue Reading »
Up to 20,000 North Korean prison camp inmates have ‘disappeared’ says human rights group
The Telegraph (U.K.)
There are fears that up to 20,000 may have been allowed to die of disease or starvation in the run-up to the closure of the camp at the end of last year.
The suspicion has emerged from a newly-released report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) detailing the situation in penal colonies as Kim Jong-un consolidated his power after taking over as leader from his father, Kim Jong-il who died in 2011. Now the group that is demanding an inquiry into their fate.
The Washington-based organisation gleans information from defectors from the North, including former guards and the occasional survivor of a prison camp, as well as examining satellite imagery.
Rodman just a toy for N. Korea’s Kim
Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star and the first American known to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is in the secretive country again, purportedly to meet his “friend Kim, the Marshal.” And also, to negotiate for the release of Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen detained since November.
Rodman’s second trip to North Korea this year comes months after months of threats of nuclear annihilation from Pyongyang. His desire to help Bae is likely to be registered in the annals of diplomatic history as little more than a little diverting adventure.
But one never knows. The “Marshal,” who has actually never served in the military, might choose to act in a statesmanlike manner and release Bae after another high-spirited soiree with the basketball legend. That would be good news for Bae, who is reportedly in poor health.
Kim Jong-un’s Prestige Projects ‘Bleeding N.Korea Dry’
Three big prestige projects launched by new leader Kim Jong-un are bleeding North Korea dry, exacerbating hardships and squeezing their pockets, according to a South Korean government official.
They are the construction of a ski resort, an equestrian club in Pyongyang and the attempt to turn empty plots of barren land into lawns.
The official said the regime is forcing North Korean diplomats and workers overseas to remit US$300 each to Pyongyang for the construction of the ski resort. It has also told Chongryon, a large pro-Pyongyang Korean organization in Japan, to raise funds. People are being “encouraged” to send gifts to soldiers working on the ski resort, and they have little choice but to comply.
Cycle of fear: Attack victim preps lawsuit as other riders arm themselves on Fort Washington Park path
New York Daily News
Cyclists who use a secluded bike path along the Hudson River in upper Manhattan are arming themselves because the NYPD is not ensuring their safety — and a victim of a recent attack said Wednesday he’s preparing a lawsuit days after he was brutalized by thieves.
Two-wheeler Keith Cho was riding on the Hudson River Greenway near W. 164th St. after sunset on Aug. 24 when he was sent flying to the ground by a clothesline that thieves had set up between two trees.
Cho said three men beat him until he was semiconscious. One attacker even used brass knuckles, causing serious lacerations.
China Beats U.S. for Korean Students Seeing Career Ticket
Two years ago, Lee Eun Yul made an unusual choice for a South Korean student: to do her master’s degree in Shanghai instead of the U.S. She says the decision helped land her a job at Samsung Electronics Co., the top pick for graduates.
“I chose China over the U.S. as China is the future,” said Lee, 36, who studied at China Europe International Business School. “My experience in China opens more exciting opportunities and I expect more challenging work when I join” Samsung this month.
Lee is at the forefront of a trend in South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, that is steering students toward China to boost their prospects in an increasingly competitive employment market. The number of South Koreans studying in China more than doubled to 62,855 in 2012 from 2003, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Education. The number of U.S.-bound students grew 50 percent to 73,351 in the same period.
ICE returns stolen Korean artifact purchased by Fort Lee art collector to South Korea
NJ.com (New Jersey)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials returned an antique Korean currency plate to South Korean officials this week, after it was confiscated from an art dealer living in Fort Lee.
Officials say the currency plate, manufactured in 1893 and used to print money, was looted from a Seoul palace during the Korean War.
A Michigan-based auction house sold the plate on behalf of the family of a dead American serviceman, who had brought it back from the war, for $35,000.
Exclusive: Falling Skies’ Moon Bloodgood
Independent Online (South Africa)
Of all the sci-fi TV offerings (Terra Nova and Under the Dome) Steven Spielberg has attached his name to, Falling Skies has definitely been the best, with the series picked up for a fourth season.
When Moon Bloodgood was approached for the role of Anne Glass and handed the script, she did not hesitate in accepting the part. Knowing the series creator, Robert Rodat, and Spielberg were the forces behind the project was good enough for her – plus she didn’t have to audition either.
And she’s no stranger to being thrust into an action-packed playground – she gained experience on the big screen (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Terminator Salvation) and TV (CSI, Day Break, Journeyman, Burn Notice and Human Target).
Controversial Film About Warship Sinking Opens in Theaters
Wall Street Journal
What caused the Cheonan, a South Korean navy ship, to sink in the Yellow Sea near the border with North Korea in March 2010, killing 46 sailors?
While the evidence overwhelmingly points to a North Korean torpedo attack, moviegoers across South Korea have the opportunity starting Thursday to watch a documentary that explores explanations that run counter to that conclusion. This follows a court’s rejection Wednesday of a petition to ban the film from general release.
The plaintiffs in the case, naval officers and bereaved families, argued that the documentary, “Project Cheonan Ship,” distorts the truth and harms the reputation of the armed forces.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will miss Friday’s start due to back stiffness
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will not start on Friday as scheduled due to mid back stiffness. Fellow southpaw Chris Capuano will start in his place. The skipped start is considered precautionary.
Ryu, 28, first felt something in his back during his last start on Friday. The team hopes to re-insert him into the rotation either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. With a comfortable 13-game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers can afford to be cautious with their projected fourth starter for the playoffs.
In 26 starts this year, Ryu has gone 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA (117 ERA+) and 1.22 WHIP in 167 innings across 26 starts. Los Angeles committed over $60 million (posting fee plus contract) to bring him over from South Korea this past offseason. Obviously his first season in MLB has been a huge success.
Kim Yu-na Tells Fans She’s Determined to Defend Olympic Crown
With just five months to go until the 2014 Winter Games, reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na met her fans at a movie theater in Seoul on Wednesday and promised she wouldn’t let them down in the final season of her successful career.
“I will do my best in this Olympic season, which will be the last of my competitive career, so that I leave with no regrets,” she said.
Some 200 fans sang a Happy Birthday song for Kim, who turns 23 on Thursday, and gave her presents. Together, they watched a video showing people from across the country wishing her well and cheering her on.
The K-Town Report: Seafood Village on Western, Kang Ho Dong’s Offal BBQ
1) Olympic & Vermont: It wasn’t long before the dumpling and noodle spot by spicy tofu pot specialist So Kong Dong morphed into Hong Kong Banjum a Korean-Chinese place originally inside the Koreatown Plaza and part of a mini-chain. The veritable styles of this unique fusion are well-displayed, with classic champoong and cha-jiang myun noodles, along with tang soo yook (sweet and sour pork or beef), and other cheap dishes. 2716-2726 W Olympic Blvd
2) Western & Olympic: Seafood Village has taken over the relatively short-lived Taenung Galbi. Previously Mu Dung San, one of the original all-you-can-eat barbecue establishments to gain popularity in the early 2000s, Seafood Village serves up Korean-style plates like raw fish laid out on platters, along with traditional seaside appointments (called hwae). 1040 S Western Ave
At Harrowing North Korea Hearings, a Dwindling Audience
Wall Street Journal
Here at the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, the heartbreaking stories continue to stream out.
On Thursday, a rapt audience heard harrowing first-hand testimonials from North Korean escapees: widespread orphanage deaths during the famine of the 1990s; public executions witnessed by young children; a disabled man crossing the Tumen River into China on crutches; and starving children forced to eat tree bark, cabbage roots, lizards, snakes and rats.
The only catch is, there wasn’t much of an audience at all. Here in hard-bitten Seoul, home to thousands of North Korean defectors, these sorts of harrowing tales rarely attract the same level of attention found overseas. Some people fear that South Koreans have grown inured to the plight of political prisoners and escapees from the North, 60 years after the cessation of the war that divided the peninsula.
Prominent North Korean defector acquitted of espionage by South Korean court
SEOUL — A North Korean defector was acquitted Thursday by a Seoul district court of espionage charges, accusations initially made by his sister, who said she and her brother had been recruited to spy by the North’s secret police.
Until his arrest eight months ago, Yoo Woo-sung had been among the most well-connected and trusted of the 24,000 defectors from North Korea now living in the South. Yoo, 32, held a job at Seoul City Hall and coached fresh arrivals about their bustling, sometimes bewildering new home country.
His arrest rattled the defector community and raised concerns among activists about the methods that South Korea uses to weed out spies from defectors.
In the past five years, South Korea has arrested 14 defectors as spies, a group that includes would-be assassins and temptresses seeking military secrets.
But Yoo’s case had an unusual twist: He was accused by his sister, Yoo Ga-ryeo, as she was trying to defect from North Korea herself and was being investigated by South Korean intelligence agents.
North, South Korea Finalize Talks on Family Reunions
Voice of America
North and South Korea have finalized an agreement to hold talks Friday on reuniting families separated by the Korean War.
Seoul said Thursday Pyongyang agreed to its offer to hold the talks on the South Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom. It has been three years since the last official meeting between Korean families that were driven apart by the 1950s conflict.
The South’s Unification Ministry also said the North proposed soon holding talks on resuming South Korean visits to its Mount Kumgang resort. Seoul suspended the visits in 2008 following the fatal shooting of a South Korean tourist in the area.
Unification Church member inflames self, 2 others
AP via Sacramento Bee
SEOUL, South Korea — Three Japanese nationals who reportedly are followers of the Unification Church suffered burns Thursday when one of them set herself and the other two on fire in a South Korean town known as the heart of the church.
The incident took place one day before the lunar calendar’s first anniversary of the death of Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, but the motive was not immediately clear.
Gapyeong fire official Kim Oh-Jeong said a 53-year-old woman set herself, a 54-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman on fire inside the lobby of CheongShim Village, a retirement community operated by the Unification Church northeast of Seoul. South Korean news agency Yonhap said the three are church followers.
K-Flicks: Korean filmmakers storm Hollywood
If you’re a film buff, you may have heard of a Korean-made summer blockbuster that, strangely, hasn’t reached American shores quite yet.
Starring a line-up of famous Western actors, some critics say Snowpiercer — Korea’s most expensive film ever — represents a potential cultural landmark. Based on a French comic book, it covers a dystopia of post-apocalyptic survivors who, living on a train that travels around the world, rebel against their repressive overlords.
It’s a familiar moral tale about the fall of humankind. But look beyond storyline, and you’ll see that the film says a lot more about South Korea, a nation whose filmmakers are making a sudden splash in Hollywood this year. In fact, Snowpiercer’s renowned Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, is the third star in recent months to make his English debut, while breaking a number of box office records in his home country.
Los Angeles’ KCON aims to take K-pop to another level for fans
Los Angeles Times
Among the many things to do at this weekend’s Korean pop culture convention KCON — sets by K-pop stars G-Dragon and 2 AM, business panels on exporting K-pop and Korean cooking classes among them — some of the most interesting events are about how to become a K-pop star yourself.
Throughout the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena are panels on “Developing K-Pop Songwriting Skills,” “The Art of Remixing and Sampling K-Pop” and “How I Became a K-Pop Choreographer.” You can drop by a space devoted to learning the dance moves from K-pop videos, or a seminar on beauty tips to prime your face for the K-pop spotlight.
As the “hallyu” wave of fun, futuristic South Korean pop culture dominates Asia and continues its inroads in America with acts such as Girls Generation and 2NE1 signing to major U.S. labels, fans here have a growing curiosity about how it all gets made. KCON is there to show them.
Crayon Pop Talks ‘Bar Bar Bar,’ New Fame and Next Single: Exclusive Video Interview
To stand out among the tons of K-pop girl groups making waves this year, there seemed to be only two options: Either ooze sexiness with skin-barring outfits and pelvic-thrusting dance moves or stay sweet with fluffy skirts and repeated camera-winks. Most girl groups took the former option, and made some noticeable impact, but without any long-term success.
Then came Crayon Pop, who flipped the scene with the unthinkable. Neither sexy nor cute, they were, intead, straight-out absurd. Their breakout single “Bar Bar Bar” is centered around a dance move called the “Straight-Five-Engine Dance” and a unique stage ensemble of big bicycle helmets and eye-popping tracksuits. It’s helped the group become one of the most talked-about acts this year. The quirky concept has inspired parodies and dance covers all throughout Korea and, thanks to its viral success, the song has finally landed on the coveted No.1 spot of K-Pop Hot 100.
The five members — Ellin, Soyul, Gummi, Choa and Way in their signature helmet and tracksuit getup — sat down with Billboard for an exclusive video interview to discuss their sudden rise to fame, new record deal with Sony Music Korea and what to expect from their hotly-anticipated next single.
Mike Park announces plans to release new Bruce Lee Band record (and 2 other albums) in 2014
Mike Park, longtime owner and operator of legendary California punk/ska label Asian Man Records, has announced plans to release a new Bruce Lee Band record – along with a new all-ska kid’s album, and a solo acoustic record – in 2014:
“…I’ve been recording lots of new music. Actually, lots and lots of SKA. Sometime next year I’ll have a new kids album that’s all ska and will also debut a new Bruce Lee Band album to relive my 90′s love for SKA/PUNK.
And for those who only like my acoustic stuff, I’ve got that stuff too. So mucho music coming from me this next year. Be well.
peace, mike park”
Shin-Soo Choo-led Reds hold on for 10-7 win over Arizona Diamondbacks
Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs to spark Cincinnati’s offensive outburst in a 10-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
The Reds opened up a six-game lead over Arizona in the race for the National League’s second wild-card spot.
Cincinnati remained third in the NL Central, but moved to 2 1/2 games behind first-place Pittsburgh, which lost at San Diego.
Mike Leake allowed four runs in the fifth inning, but was dominant in his other five innings for first win in his past five starts.
Leake (11-5) allowed six hits and four runs with no walks and three strikeouts while the Reds were building an 8-0 lead.
‘Korean Zombie’ likely out one year following surgeries for dislocated shoulder, broken orbital bone
Chan Sung Jung will have to wait a bit longer than expected to get back into the title hunt after his manager Brian Rhee informed MMAFighting.com that he could be out of action for a up to one full year because of surgery to repair a separated shoulder and broken orbital bone.
The timetable for his return, according to Rhee, is dependent on the rehab process.
“Korean Zombie” suffered the injuries at UFC 163 earlier this month during his title fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Treat yourself to Korean dumplings at Cho Man Won
Los Angeles Times
Name of restaurant: Cho Man Won
Follow the money: This casual restaurant is owned by the same people as O Dae San, an all-you-can-eat barbecue joint, next door.
What dish represents the restaurant, and why? They’re known for their Korean Chinese cuisine. Although they serve the typical jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) and jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup), the real treats are their mandu (Korean dumplings). They have jjin mandu (steamed dumplings) filled with kimchi and pork or vegetables and pork, nicely plump in their almost translucent skins. Their goon mandu (fried dumplings) are the typical crescent-shaped deals with crispy skins and also filled with meat. Their English menu with photos makes it easy to order.
Designer Delivery: Richard Chai Unveils eBay Now Tote
New York’s famously fast-paced lifestyle inspired Richard Chai to collaborate with one of the city’s many time-saving services: eBay Now. The designer created a tote bag that 200 lucky eBay Now customers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will get for free with any purchase off the site. The expandable bag fits all of your essentials and features an electric blue-and-white graphic pattern reflecting Chai’s spring 2014 collection. Chai explained the design was meant to be a statement embodying a mix of NYC’s tough reputation and underlying romanticism.
“I was inspired by geometric shapes and patterns, but doing them in a way that feels soft and fluid,” he told us.
McDonald’s Korea has come under public scrutiny recently after a delivery man informed his customer of allegedly having spit in his hamburger.
About two weeks ago, a college student in Seoul, identified only by his last name Kim, placed an order for two hamburger combos. He reportedly had to wait longer than 40 minutes for the food to arrive. Naturally, waiting 40 minutes for a food delivery would not sit well with Koreans who are fully attuned to the country’s longstanding ppali ppali culture. To make matters worse, it was reported that Kim had to give the driver directions to his residence four times.
The tone or details of the phone conversation between Kim and the delivery man is unknown, but a little less than an hour after the food was delivered, Kim received a text message from an unknown sender that read, “Did you like eating my spit?” Continue Reading »