Will Asiana Pilots Face Charges in Korea?
Wall Street Journal
Concerns about possible criminal prosecution among the pilots of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco earlier this month follow similar action taken against pilots in the past in South Korea.
Under the country’s law, criminal prosecution of crew members involved in a crash is permitted but hasn’t been pursued for almost two decades. The maximum penalty that can be applied if investigators find gross negligence of duty is a three year jail term, or a fine up to about $45,000.
Friends, Colleagues Defend Asiana Pilot
Wall Street Journal
As South Korea’s transport ministry begins its own probe on the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214, former colleagues and friends of the plane’s training captain, Lee Jeong-min, are speaking out to praise his piloting skills and character.
A father of two, Mr. Lee, 49, was the most senior pilot on board the Boeing 777 that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6. He flew with three other pilots on the flight, and all escaped serious injury.
The pilots returned to Seoul on Saturday following days of interviews with U.S. and Korean investigators, and they couldn’t be reached for comment.
Racism: Milena Clarke’s Old-fashioned Experience vs. the New Kind After the Asiana Crash
Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, the two 16-year-old Chinese school girls who died in the Asiana Airlines crash last weekend, aren’t around to experience the kind of knee-jerky modern racism toward Asians the tragedy inspired in both mainstream and social media.
They’ve been spared.
But 14-year-old Milena Clarke in Kentucky certainly has had an earful of the good old-fashioned kind face to face the last two years.
“Gook.” “Nigger lover.” “Chubby chink.”
Straight from the Paula Deen lexicon, those were just some of the point-blank epithets Milena says her own basketball teammates at Russell Middle School in Russell, Kentucky spewed at her incessantly since the sixth grade.
Prosecutors Raid Home of Former South Korean President
New York Times
State prosecutors equipped with metal detectors raided the Seoul residence of former President Chun Doo-hwan on Tuesday to look forhis assets. Mr. Chun, the ex-military dictator, owes South Korea 167.5 billion won, or $150 million, in fines but claims to be broke.
In a Supreme Court court ruling in 1997, Mr. Chun, now 82, was ordered to return to the state 220 billion won he had illegally accumulated through bribery from big businesses during his eight and a half years in power in the 1980s. He has so far paid only a quarter of the amount. In his last payment, he handed in $2,680 he said he had collected as a lecture fee.
Mr. Chun has rarely appeared in public since he stepped down in 1988 and entered a Buddhist monastery. In the 1997 verdict, he was also convicted of sedition for his role in the 1979 military coup that brought him to power and a 1980 military crackdown that left hundreds of people dead in the southwestern city of Kwangju. He initially was sentenced to death, but the penalty was reduced to a life imprisonment. He was later pardoned and freed.
Russian bombers attempt to intrude on S. Korea’s air defense zone
Two Russian bombers made a botched attempt to violate South Korea’s air defense safety zone in the East Sea but turned back after a warning from South Korean fighters, an Air Force officer said Tuesday.
The Tu-95 strategic bombers tried to enter into the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) over the East Sea at 11 a.m. on Monday, the officer said on condition of anonymity. Foreign airplanes and ships are required to get approval from South Korea’s military before entering the KADIZ.
“Upon detecting the move, we immediately dispatched two F-15K fighter jets to the area, which sent warnings to interrupt it,” he said, adding the Russian destroyers moved back to their planned route over international waters some 10 minutes later.
WWII Korean ‘comfort woman’ visits Hackensack monument
Bergen County Record (N.J.)
Ok-seon Yi placed flowers Monday on a memorial in front of the Bergen County courthouse honoring thousands of Korean “comfort women” who, like her, were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
Now, 86 years old, Yi moved slowly toward the stone with help from Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and a member of her staff. Yi then stood silently as a translator read the English words on the plaque to her in Korean.
“She’s really thankful [to the] Bergen County government for having a comfort women monument … and she’s thankful for human rights,’’ said Ester Chung, an assistant to Donovan who served as Yi’s translator. “She is now more than happy, and she has nothing [to be] sorry even if she dies tomorrow.”
Wilshire to Buy Rival Korean-American Bank Saehan for $105M
Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) in Los Angeles has agreed to buy a rival local Korean-American bank, Saehan Bancorp (SAEB).
The $2.8 billion-asset Wilshire would pay about $105 million in cash and stock for the $542 million-asset Saehan, the companies announced Monday. The sale price of 42 cents a share is a discount of roughly 5% to Saehan’s Monday closing price of 44 cents.
Wilshire would pay $50.4 million in cash and 7.2 million shares of stock, and the final value of the merger will depend on Wilshire’s share price when the deal closes.
Video of expats abusing Korean woman ‘staged’
An online video showing a Korean woman apparently being harassed by a group of Western men in a nightclub was staged, two men who say they acted in the video have claimed.
The video, which has caused outrage online in recent days and appeared in Korean and foreign media including the Washington Post webpage, appears to show a number of men sexually and verbally harassing an intoxicated Korean woman. The men are shown cursing at the woman, filming her chest and forcing her own finger up her nose and into her mouth.
Some Internet users criticized the woman as being “obsessed with white guys” or claimed “what you get is what you deserve.” Others said she was embarrassing her country, calling her a “kimchi girl,” a degrading term used for Korean women.
JI YEO’S BANDAGED BABES
Ji Yeo spent her teenage years in Gangnam, a district in Seoul epitomized by Psy’s Gangnam Style. Her own experiences in and out of plastic surgery consultations inspired her recent work, the Beauty Recovering Room series. Acting as a nurse, Ji Yeo gained access to women recovering from plastic surgery and photographed them fresh from going under the knife. Equal parts documentary and art, Ji Yeo’s work aims to interrupt the usual before-and-after plastic surgery narrative by showing the cost of adhering to social pressure in Korea.
K-Pop’s Profile Expands Exponentially, All Thanks to Psy
It’s been a year already?
As of this morning, July 15, Psy’s viral phenom “Gangnam Style” is officially one year old. The video is already the most-viewed video ever on YouTube and was the first clip ever to surpass 1 billion views, currently standing at 1.74 billion, and just last week his official channel on YouTube became fifth on all of YouTube with over 3 billion views. But according to data provided by Google, perhaps more important than Psy’s own larger-than-life profile is the impact that Psy’s viral phenomenon has had on K-Pop’s popularity worldwide.
‘Gangnam’ Is One Year Old, K-Pop Is Massive, And Music Is Forever Different
Gangnam Style came out a year ago today. I still remember exactly where I was the first time I heard (and saw) Gangnam Style. It was at my desk, in front of a computer. Not very exciting, I know. But it was probably a pretty common way to experience it–on the computer. A decade ago, that wouldn’t have been true. Songs and videos spread the old fashioned way, on radio and TV. Today’s different, and it means that something completely unlikely–like a portly K-Pop star–can hit in never before imagined ways.
I also remember where I was the first time I shared Gangnam Style–which is the video’s other inherent action. I was in my car, talking about it. My passenger hadn’t seen it, so I pulled over to the side of the road, and we watched it on my phone. From there it was a short skip to parodies, photoshops, and your uncool aunt doing the Gangnam dance in the Marriott ballroom during your newphew’s Bar Mitzvah. In other words, in the span of a few months, it totally ate culture.
New Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher hopes to model self after Ryu Hyun-jin
Yonhap News via GlobalPost
Yoon Jung-hyun, a former South Korean college pitcher who recently signed with the Baltimore Orioles, said Tuesday he will try to model himself after a fellow Korean hurler who has had an early success in Major League Baseball (MLB).
The Orioles announced the signing of the 20-year-old left-hander earlier this month. It was a surprise acquisition of an unheralded player who was mid-round draft pick in the domestic Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) out of high school, and dropped out of a Seoul-based university last August. The Orioles cited Yoon’s “smooth delivery” and his “solid curveball with significant upside.”
Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Q: Where does Michelle Wie go from here? She has become a non-factor on the LPGA Tour and is clearly struggling with her game. There is no question she has, or had, the talent. Where is it now?
A: Well, the answer might be to have patience.
Sometimes we forget that Wie is just 23 years old. That’s four years younger than Stacy Lewis, for instance. And Lewis didn’t have her big breakthrough until she was 26 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and then a huge year at 27.
ORIGINS: TONY B KIM
Communications Lead for Slingshot Group & Consultant for Comic Book Convention
Kryptonian, Whovian, Throner, Jedi and Trekkie
I grew up a poor Korean boy in a small town near Dallas. Being one of the few Asian-Americans in my community, I automatically felt marginalized and stereotyped. It certainly didn’t help that I was super nerdy. However, that did enable me to cope with the social anxieties and allowed for a lot of creative expression. As an avid sci-fi and comic book geek, I started my own Star Trek clubs, obsessed over my Star Wars collection and spent my weekends immersed in comic books shops.
South Korean golfer Inbee Park edged out I.K. Kim to win the 68th U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Park, the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer, finished at 8-under to beat out fellow South Korean Kim by just four strokes. She went 2-over 74 in the final round to secure the win, as Kim shot 74 for the runner-up finish.
It was the third straight major title of the year for Park, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Wegmans LPGA Championship before heading into the U.S. Women’s Open. Continue Reading »
North Korea Proposes High-Level Talks With U.S.
New York Times
North Korea on Sunday proposed high-level talks with the United States, saying that it was ready to discuss easing tensions and eventually denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
The North’s proposal indicated that it was shifting to dialogue after months of bellicose language, including threats to launch nuclear strikes at the United States and South Korea, that have raised tensions to the highest in years. North Korea had also proposed dialogue with South Korea this month, though their initial agreement to hold high-level dialogue in Seoul collapsed last week over a difference over the level of their chief delegates.
U.S. not enthusiastic yet about N. Korea’s dialogue offer
The White House said Sunday North Korea should first prove its seriousness about dialogue through actions, “not nice words,” effectively turning down the communist nation’s offer of bilateral negotiations without “preconditions” attached.
“Those talks have to be real. They have to be based on them living up to their obligations, to include on proliferation, on nuclear weapons, on smuggling and other things,” said Denis McDonough, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff.
“So we’ll judge them by their actions, not by the nice words that we heard yesterday,” he told the “Face the Nation,” a CBS talk show.
North Korea to Send Senior Envoy to China
New York Times
A senior nuclear negotiator from North Korea will visit Beijing for a strategic dialogue this week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday.
The planned trip by the first vice foreign minister of North Korea, Kim Kye-gwan, follows his country’s proposal on Sunday to hold senior-level talks with Washington to discuss easing tensions and eventually removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
Mr. Kim, a veteran diplomat and a central figure in North Korea’s negotiations with the outside world over its nuclear weapons programs, is scheduled to meet with the Chinese vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, in Beijing on Wednesday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told reporters at a press briefing.
China’s Movie Industry Sets Sights on South Korea
Wall Street Journal
Chinese movies accounted for a tiny percentage of South Korea’s box office last year, but China’s film industry is hoping to change that.
The 2013 Chinese Film Festival in Seoul kicked off Sunday, opening with the first South Korean screening of martial-arts film “The Grandmaster.” Wong Kar-wai, the movie’s director, stepped out onto the red carpet for the event along with its stars, Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi.
Set against the backdrop of tumultuous 1930s China, the film explores the life of martial-arts fighter Ip Man, who famously taught Bruce Lee. The movie is generating buzz in South Korea because popular Korean actress Song Hye-gyo appears in the film as Ip Man’s wife.
Samsung’s Kitchen Ambition
Can Samsung Electronics conquer kitchen appliances in the same way it has conquered televisions and smartphones?
The Korean tech conglomerate, already the market leader in sales of TVs and mobile phones with advanced computing capabilities, says it also aims to be the world’s No. 1 purveyor of home appliances by 2015. That’s a lofty goal considering that today it is the No. 5 player in refrigerators and automatic washer/dryers, according to market share data from Euromonitor International, and isn’t in Euromonitor’s top 5 in dishwashers, ovens or microwaves.
But Boo-Keun Yoon, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics, believes the company can win over global consumers by bringing innovation and a high-tech approach to refrigerators, ovens, air conditioners, and washing machines. “These are products that consumers are very emotional about, but there’s a lot of room for innovation in home appliances.” Yoon says.
Amateur Kim Tops World’s Top 2
San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael Kim understandably ran out of gas on Sunday at the U.S. Open, but he made a big name for himself along the way.
The Torrey Pines High alum from Del Mar closed his first U.S. Open with a 6-over-par 76 at Merion Golf Club to earn a tie for 17th at 10-over. Among the players he bested were world Nos. 1 and 2, Tiger Woods (13-over) and Rory McIlroy (14-over).
The 19-year-old NCAA Player of the Year from Cal was the top finishing amateur, though he missed by three shots earning an automatic return ticket for next year.
Amateur Michael Kim making the most of his time at Merion
The USGA defines an amateur as someone “who plays golf for the challenge it presents, not as a profession and not for financial gain.”
Michael Kim, a 19-year-old rising junior at Cal, had to overcome a couple of those challenges in the two weeks leading up to the U.S. Open.
Lose in the semifinals of the NCAA championships? No problem. Just go out and qualify for 113th U.S. Open the next day.
Choo takes rare day off Sunday
Shin-Soo Choo has played in 67 of the Reds’ 70 games this season, making Sunday’s off-day a rare occasion.
“I just told him to stay in and rest some, come in late,” manager Dusty Baker said of Choo. “I don’t think he knows how to.”
Baker was only half kidding, as Choo had to ask fellow outfielder Jay Bruce when he should arrive at Great American Ball Park before Sunday’s game. The nine-year veteran said his body is just accustomed to arriving early.
Abby Wambach, U.S. top South Korea
Abby Wambach scored her 156th career international goal to move within two of Mia Hamm’s U.S. women’s record in the Americans’ 4-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Wambach scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time after Alex Morgan was fouled inside the area.
“It’s not easy to score in international soccer, no matter who you’re playing,” Wambach said. “It’s a pretty special night and I’m one more (goal) closer to getting (the record). … I’m glad to have gotten the penalty kick. I think I deserved one earlier, but that’s the way it goes.”
Aspen F&W 2013: Kristen Kish on Winning Top Chef and Her New Gig at Menton
Top Chef season 10 winner (and Zagat 30 Under 30) Kristen Kish is the star of the show at this year’s Aspen F&W Classic. We watched her tear apart live lobsters with her bare hands during a seminar on Friday morning to the amazement of the massive audience and F&W editor Kate Krader who was standing by. We sat down with the young Boston chef to talk about her whirlwind year and her exciting new gig as chef de cuisine at Barbara Lynch’s Menton. Check out our chat with her below.
A Giant Bibimbap at a Korean Food Festival
New York Times
There are 24 Korean restaurants concentrated near the intersection of 149th Street and 41st Avenue in Flushing, Queens, and locals refer to the area as Muk Ja Gol Mok, or restaurant street. So merchants and civic leaders decided to organize a festival by that name on Saturday, and they hope to make it an annual event, said Kim Young Hwan, president of the Muk Ja Gol Mok association.
The event, the Inaugural Muk Ja Gol Mok Asian Festival, which was also organized by the Korean American Association of Queens, drew about 5,000 visitors, according to The Korea Times.
UCLA Commencement 2013 – Ashley Yoon Sings the National Anthem
Laos assailed for sending young defectors back to North Korea
Los Angeles Times
Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers.
The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos’ Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea.
“We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea] via China,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva in a statement. “We are dismayed … especially given the vulnerability of this group, all of whom are reported to be orphans.”
In China, there are tens of thousands of so-called kotchebis or “wandering swallows,” children who flee their homes due to the extreme food shortages. South Korea gives asylum to all North Koreans, but because of its diplomatic relations with China, will not accept them at embassies or consulates in China. As a result, they often cross into Laos, Vietnam or Mongolia.
Nine repatriated N. Korean defectors originally destined for U.S.: activist
The nine young North Korean defectors who were sent back home from Laos late last month had originally planned to seek asylum in the U.S., a South Korean human rights activist said Monday.
The North Koreans, aged between 15 and 23, were caught in Laos on May 10 for illegal border trespassing. Seventeen days later, they were expelled to China where they were deported a day later to their home country where they were feared to face severe punishment.
The nine first fled the North in 2011 and had been hiding in China before moving to Laos, a usual defection route, in the hopes of settling in a third country, which was later confirmed to be the U.S. A South Korean Christian pastor, surnamed Ju, assisted them during the escape, according to the activist, Kim Hee-tae.
North Korea’s farming policy changes find an echo in China’s market reforms
AP via Washington Post
North Korean farmers knee deep in muddy paddies across the country have a new incentive during this year’s crucial rice planting season: possible bonuses that are part of an economic shift echoing ally China’s steps three decades ago toward embracing capitalism.
Details about the changes are emerging nearly two months after the regime unveiled dual goals of building the economy and nuclear weapons in the first concrete economic policy laid out by leader Kim Jong Un since he took power in December 2011.
Seoul’s Defector Girl Boxer Stars in Rare Triumph for Refugees
Choi Hyun Mi gathered with 17 other South Korean citizens on the evening of Feb. 24 as a full moon rose above Seoul. President Park Geun Hye chose the 22-year-old woman along with the others to celebrate the start of her five years as the nation’s 11th president. At midnight, as Park’s term began, they rang the iconic Bosingak bell.
For Choi, better known as “Defector Girl Boxer,” it was another milestone in her family’s escape from North Korea in 2004, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its July issue. Her father, Choi Young Choon, abandoned a successful trading business, a 330-square-meter (3,500-square-foot) house in the capital, Pyongyang, and a chauffeur-driven car to give Choi the freedom to pursue her talent.
Today, she’s the world’s top female featherweight boxer, claiming the World Boxing Association title in 2008 and defending it in seven matches, with one draw, since.
Club helps older Korean immigrants find their political voice
Los Angeles Times
Kang Nam Lee sometimes hobnobs with California politicians, even though she isn’t fluent in English.
Through an interpreter, the 80-year-old Korean immigrant has also spoken to large audiences about her pet issues: school funding and better healthcare for senior citizens.
Lee is a member of a club at Los Angeles’ Korean Resource Center that encourages political activism among elderly immigrants. When she first came to the United States in 2005 to join her daughter, she felt isolated. Through the club, she has overcome the language and cultural barriers that kept her from interacting with non-Koreans.
“In the beginning, when I just came to America, I was afraid to communicate with people,” Lee, a retired teacher, said in Korean. “Since I’ve become involved, I’ve learned about the issues. I want to participate more and make a better society for children and for other seniors.”
Kelly Soo Park Update: Murder trial jury in day 7 of deliberations over Juliana Redding killing
On the seventh calendar day of deliberations the jury in Kelly Soo Park’s murder trial finally offered a possible clue to their lengthy deliberations.
“The jury is having difficulty between first and second degree murder,” Judge Kathleen Kennedy offered as “speculation,” after she read back instructions regarding the two murder charges, which jurors requested she do Friday..
So far the jury has spent more time deliberating than the five days attorneys for both sides did presenting their cases at trial.
An Icon and a Symbol of Two Nations’ Anger
New York Times
Over the centuries, this mountainous island in the strait separating Japan and Korea has seen some of the most violent episodes between those ancient Asian rivals, serving as a hide-out for pirates, a forward base for invaders and a desperate first line against attack. But in recent years that troubled history seemed hazily remote in Tsushima’s sleepy fishing hamlet of Kozuna, where villagers have gathered for generations in a tiny temple to pray before a statue of the Buddhist deity of compassion that is centuries old.
At least they did until October, when villagers discovered that someone had broken into the unguarded temple at night to steal the bronze statue, which is believed to have been made in Korea. Villagers breathed a sigh of relief in January, when it was safely recovered by the police in Daejeon, South Korea.
But then the case took an unexpected turn. A South Korean court prevented the statue’s repatriation on the grounds that it might have been stolen from Korea centuries ago by Japanese pirates. Outraged at what they called a baseless claim, the islanders retaliated by canceling a summer pageant that attracts South Korean tourists with a colorful re-enactment of a procession of Korean emissaries who visited the island during a rare era of peace.
The Overwhelming Nature Of Code-Switching
NPR via WBUR
Code-switching can be far from empowering. When I was 2 1/2, I was adopted from Korea. I went from one culture to another, one language to another. For me, code-switching wasn’t a freedom, or a choice. It was a one-way street.
I wasn’t aware that I was code-switching, of course. I only knew that I was different and that I didn’t want to be. There were times, when people stared at me and my white parents, that I felt as if I had been caught in a lie. I hated those stares not because they reminded me of my difference but because they reminded me that no matter what, that difference would always be there. People had their own opinions of who I was.
Often we code-switch in an effort to fit expectations, whether consciously or unconsciously — an athlete speaking differently on-court than in a press conference, or a job applicant trying to sound more professional for an interview — but what about when those efforts aren’t believed, or accepted?
When I returned to Korea as an adult, I was surprised to find that many Westerners’ attempts to speak Korean drew compliments while gyopos’ (foreigners who are ethnically Korean) often drew lectures. A white dude who attended my traditional Korean marriage in a hanbok was seen positively, as making an effort, or at least neutrally. In America, though, my fully cultural whiteness never seemed positive except as a reflection on my parents. I was “lucky” they had adopted me.
First Look: Ken Jeong Guest Stars on Sullivan & Sons
Community’s Ken Jeong is on the big screen this summer in The Hangover Part III, and now he’s heading to TBS for another hangover on the bar-set comedy, Sullivan & Son.
Jeong, who is a real-life physician, guest stars in the season premiere as Susan’s (Vivian Bang) husband, Jason, an over-achieving doctor. Jason is prompted by his wife to ease up on his work, but the plan backfires when he witnesses his brother-in-law Steve’s (Steve Byrne) laid-back lifestyle as a bar owner and loses sight of his life plan.
Patti Smith duets with Karen O at benefit bash
San Francisco Chronicle
Musician Patti Smith surprised a star-studded crowd at an environmental benefit dinner in Los Angeles on Friday by taking to the stage for a duet with Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocker Karen O.
Tobey Maguire, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Bilson and Emma Roberts were among the A-list guests at the Chanel event in aid of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which was held at the home of art dealer Larry Gagosian in the Holmby Hills area of the city.
As cocktails were served, guests were surprised with a performance by Smith and Karen O, before being treated to another set by rapper Pharrell Williams during dinner.
Lee Hyori Rules With ‘Bad Girls’ on K-Pop Chart
With a decade in the industry under her belt, Lee Hyori nabs her first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 with “Bad Girls,” the lead single off fifth album “Monochrome.” The K-diva hasn’t released a single in three years since her 2010 “H-Logic” album — before the Billboard Korea chart was created.
Lee Hyori marked her grand return to the music world with the understated jazz-inspired ditty “Miss Korea.” The pre-release single, which peaked at No. 3, falls to No. 7 this week as official lead single “Bad Girls” nabs the top slot. The track also has a throwback feel led by piano, drum and funky guitar licks.
Lean in: Shin-Soo Choo is on pace for 48 hit by pitches
Reds center fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch yesterday for the 17th time this season, which leads baseball by a wide margin over Starling Marte with 12. And no one else has been hit by more than seven pitches.
Some other crazy stats to consider:
Coming into this season Choo averaged 12 hit by pitches per 150 games for his career and was never hit more than 17 times in a season.
Choo has a .441 on-base percentage, which ranks third in baseball behind Joey Votto and Miguel Cabrera. If you remove his 17 hit by pitches (and those 17 plate appearances) his on-base percentage would fall to .399.
South Koreans experiencing something rare for them in World Cup qualifying: a bit of tension
Times Colonist (Canada)
South Koreans are no longer really accustomed to tension and drama when it comes to World Cup qualification, so a small case of nerves is a new experience for a generation of football fans.
Asia’s most successful World Cup team can only look enviously this week at neighbour and bitter rival Japan, which can secure its spot at the 2014 World Cup with a point at home against Australia on Tuesday in Group B.
Anything less than a win for South Korea against Lebanon in Beirut in Group A will put on pressure on the South Koreans in their last two group games as they seek an eighth successive World Cup appearance.
Michael Kim Wins Jack Nicklaus Award
University of California at Berkeley
Sophomore Michael Kim became the first Cal men’s golfer to ever win national player of the year honors when he was named Sunday by the Golf Coaches Association of America as the Division I recipient of the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Award. The Nicklaus Award recognizes the top players at the Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA levels.
Since 1988, the award for the GCAA Collegiate Players of the year has been named after Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA champion at The Ohio State University.
Kim was presented with the honor by Nicklaus at an awards ceremony Sunday during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, just outside of Nicklaus’ hometown of Columbus.
ShopRite LPGA Classic: Michelle Wie turns in best performance of her season
Press of Atlantic City
Michelle Wie didn’t win the ShopRite LPGA Classic, but she walked away with her best finish of the season and a confidence boost Sunday afternoon.
Wie shot a 3-over-par 74 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club and finished tied for ninth with a 54-hole total of 2-over 215 – six shots back of winner Karrie Webb.
Wie’s previous best finish this season was a tie for 28th at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii last month.
Wie, 23, hadn’t finished in the top 10 in an LPGA Tour event since she placed eighth at the Safeway Classic last August, her only her top-10 finish of 2012. She’s won just twice in her LPGA career with the last one coming in 2010.
“I fought hard,” Wie said. “I’m pretty proud of the way I played this week.”
Top row, from left: LGPA pros Danielle Kang, Jennie Lee, Ilhee Lee, Eun Jung Yi, Eun Hee Ji, Mi Hyang Lee, Jennifer Song, Tiffany Joh, Esther Choe, Jane Park, Irene Cho and Vicky Hurst. Bottom row, from left: LPGA pros Angela Park, M.J. Hur, Seon Hwa Lee, Mindy Kim, Chella Choi, Se Ri Pak, Meena Lee, Birdie Kim, Jeong Jang, Jee Young Lee and Jenny Shin.
The annual golfing event, featuring some of the best the LPGA has to offer, journeys to Pechanga Resort and Casino this year.
story by STEVE HAN
photographs by Alex Hsiao, Janet Ching Ya Chen, Ryan Malehorn and Janet Wang
Publisher James Ryu has long said that KoreAm Journal, which he founded with his father 23 years ago, serves as a hub for the Korean American community, and that idea seemed to come to life on the wide green expanse of the Journey at Pechanga golf course last month.
KoreAm hosted its seventh annual KoreAm Pro-Am April 7 to 8 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. Sponsored this year by Dura Coat Products, new host Pechanga and first-time ball sponsor Volvik, the event once again paired Korean and Korean American professional players—including World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak, as well as PGA pro Charlie Wi—with amateur players in an atmosphere that mixes competition with fun.
“KoreAm Pro-Am is an opportunity for me to spend time with the Korean American community,” said Pak. “It’s wonderful to be here and get to know my colleagues better. KoreAm is definitely promoting this tournament with a great cause.”
Pak’s sentiments were repeated throughout the day by other pros, many of whom have made the event an annual tradition. Continue Reading »