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Kevin Na Wins First PGA Title

Kevin Na notched his first PGA tour victory, winning the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday.

The 28-year-old golfer, who won previously on the Asian Tour and Nationwide Tour, made three late birdies in the final round to pull away for a two-stroke win over fellow American Nick Watney. Na carded a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a total of 261, 23-under, at the event in Las Vegas, just minutes away from his home.

“The last two weeks before the tournament, I played here every day,” Na told the Las Vegas Sun. “Every day, I played 18 holes. Obviously, I know the course and I know the greens but it was just a matter of making sure I was more comfortable with the holes and the shots I wanted to hit.”

Na began playing golf at the age of nine, a year after immigrating with his family to the United States, and famously dropped out of high school to turn pro in 2001.

Na took home $792,000 for winning the tournament and now has career earnings in excess of $11 million, according to PGATour.com.


Monday's Link Attack: Chris Jeon, Michelle Wie, Bae Doona

Living with Libyan rebels: U.S. student’s story
CBS News

UCLA student Chris Jeon appeared on CBS’ “The Early Show” to talk about his experience with Libyan rebels.

“The first day there,’ Jeon continued, “was actually a desert skirmish. Artillery would hit the ground, and they would come up to me and feel my heartbeat to see if I was scared. And of course, it was pounding; they would laugh at me, but I didn’t run away. They called me ‘Braveheart,’ and I think after that, they realized that I was there seriously, and I wouldn’t back down or anything; they actually took me into the barracks after the first day and I slept with them.”

Jeon also appeared on CNN.

Europe Wins Solheim Cup
AP via ESPN.com

Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, finishing powerfully to beat the United States 15-13 at Killeen Castle.

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen turned the momentum Europe’s way when she recovered from 1 down with birdies at the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie by one hole.

A trek across South Korea filled with ‘small joys’
Los Angeles Times

The hill appeared out of the mist, taunting me. Soaked in sweat and an entire day’s rain, lugging a 40-pound backpack, I could hardly see through my fogged-up lenses. But what I could see, I didn’t like.

Seven hours earlier, I had started a solo walk across my native land, dreaming of seeing the real South Korea. It was nearly dark when I reached the imposing hill. What lay on the other side — more forest? I had to find someplace to stay for the night, but where? Then, a tougher question: Could I handle the real thing?

I had left South Korea in 2002, when I was 16, to study in the U.S. I loved the English language and wanted to be surrounded by it.

In all, I spent seven years in Washington state, always thinking of how hard my family worked to pay for my college education.

Whenever I felt homesick, I’d visit my school’s East Asia library and read Korean books. The written Korean language was a big comfort, but what I loved most were the travel books that described the beauty and mystery of the landscape, people and culture.

Body Recovered From Lake Congamond
NBC Connecticut

The body of a 44 year old man has been recovered from Lake Congamond, Police said. The man has been identified as Dong Soo Kim of Springfield, Mass.

Crews were called to the scene around noon on Saturday after witnesses said Kim’s daughter fell overboard while boating. Kim jumped in after her but never resurfaced.

Officials at the scene said the daughter was pulled from the water by nearby boaters and given CPR. She was taken to an area hospital.

N. Korean heir apparent cements status: S. Korea
AFP via Google News

The son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has cemented his status as leader-in-waiting through frequent field trips with his ailing father, the South’s unification ministry said Monday.

Kim Jong-Un has accompanied his father 100 times, or on two-thirds, of his trademark “field guidance” trips, since he was confirmed as leader-in-waiting a year ago, the ministry said in a report.

Bae Doo-na Ice Cool Ahead of Hollywood Debut
Chosun Ilbo

All it took was a video call and a short home movie, and the Wachowski brothers — the brains behind “The Matrix” trilogy — were sold on actress Bae Doo-na.

The Wachowskis had been looking around for someone to fill a role in their upcoming movie, “Cloud Atlas,” which has a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving.

Blowing the cobwebs off Korea’s heritage

Korea’s history offers it all — kingdoms rise and fall, wars smolder and blaze, religions wax and wane, orthodoxies are established and questioned. Across this colorful tapestry royals strut, heroes ride, rebels plot and villains scuttle.

Why then, is English language presentation of so many traditional Korean heritage assets so unremittingly dull?

Adoptee becomes first Korean to reach French Senate

A South Korean adoptee won a seat in the French Senate in the country’s parliamentary election on Sunday, becoming the first ethnic Korean to advance to France’s top political body.

Jean-Vincent Place, 43, who was adopted by a French family in the 1970s and grew to become a politician, was elected as a French senator after running in a constituency of the province of Ile de France on the leftist Green Party ticket.


Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone

On a wet Wednesday evening in Seoul, six government employees gather at the office to prepare for a late-night patrol. The mission is as simple as it is counterintuitive: to find children who are studying after 10 p.m. And stop them.

In South Korea, it has come to this. To reduce the country’s addiction to private, after-hours tutoring academies (called hagwons), the authorities have begun enforcing a curfew — even paying citizens bounties to turn in violators.

Way Home by Erick Oh

Former UC Berkeley Golfer Dies At 21


** UPDATE — Fri. 11:15 AM PST **

Fremont police said they are treating the death of former U.C. Berkeley golfer Diane Kwon as “suspicious,” according to the San Jose Mercury News. The paper reported that Kwon’s body was found in the rear parking lot of a shopping center, citing police.

About 11 p.m. Monday, Kwon was discovered by a passer-by near her 2003 Honda Accord, behind a building formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble at Fremont Plaza, 3950 Mowry Ave., Detective Bill Veteran said.


Original story:

Former U.C. Berkeley golf team member Diane Kwon died on Tuesday in her hometown of Fremont, Calif. but authorities said the 21-year-old student’s cause of death was not immediately known.

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of Diane,” Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel told GolfWeek.com. “What struck me most about her was her vivacious personality and the friendships that she forged wherever we went.”

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office told KoreAm that the cause of death is under investigation but the case was not being treated as a suicide. A spokeswoman said they are conducting a toxicology test which typically takes two months to process. Continue reading

Tuesday's Link Attack: Obama Staffer Promoted, Kim Jong Il In Russia

Korean-American named senior counsel to Obama
Korea Herald

Korean-American Christopher Kang was named last week senior counsel to U.S. President Barack Obama for legislative affairs, according to reports on Tuesday.

Kang, who was on Obama’s legislative affairs staff, will be in charge of judicial nominations, it added.

Beechwood Not Closing

Despite a report last week in EaterLA, local hotspot Beechwood is not set to close for any amount of time, according to a tweet the restaurant sent over the weekend. “Contrary to reports, we are OPEN w/ no set plans to close. Roy Choi developed our current menu & will eventually lead a new concept for us,”

Sylvester Stallone, Todd Phillips Projects Scheduled for Release in 2012
The Hollywood Reporter

The Sylvester Stallone-Sung Kang action drama “Bullet to the Head” is set for an April 13, 2012 release date.

On a South Korean isle, a life of squid fishing is slipping away
Los Angeles Times

Kim Yae-sun will tell you straight out: The squid life is a hard life.

For the 72-year-old widow, who peddles the sea creatures from a waterside stand here, it means rising at 4:30 a.m. and going to church to pray for an ample catch. When her fisherman husband was still alive, she asked God to watch over the squid fleet that heads out to sea each night, the boats strung with lines of light bulbs like Christmas garlands.

North Korean Leader Explores City Where He Will Meet With Medvedev
New York Times

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, spent the fourth day of a weeklong Siberian train ride in the city of Ulan Ude, where he was shown an aircraft factory after taking a boat ride on Lake Baikal and visiting the infrastructure of a tourist zone that is under construction, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

3 North Korean defectors get U.S. scholarships
Yonhap News

Three young North Korean defectors living in South Korea have won scholarships offered by the U.S. federal government for study and internships at American universities, Washington’s top diplomat in Seoul said Tuesday.

Top Gear Motors Into Korea
The Wall Street Journal

The Journal‘s “Korea Real Time” blog reviews the premiere episode of the Korean version of the popular auto enthusiast show.

Michelle Wie defends decision to mix college and golf
Los Angeles Times

Former LPGA great Annika Sorenstam suggested last month that Michelle Wie was shortchanging women’s golf by pursuing her degree at Stanford. ‘Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,’ Wie responds politely but firmly.

Top 5 summer beauty obsessions in Korea

Now that good weather is finally here in Seoul, the downsides are also back with a vengeance, with temperatures skyrocketing and humidity kicking in. To deal with the sweat and frizz, Seoul women have accordingly been switching up their beauty regimes.

Here are the top five summer beauty obsessions in Seoul.

Blind: Film Review
The Hollywood Reporter

Korean writer-director Ahn Sang-hoon unabashedly designs a thriller inspired by Terence Young’s 1967 “Wait Until Dark” which starred Audrey Hepburn.

S.Korea confirms world status with athletics event
AP via Google News

Hosting the 2011 world athletics championships in Daegu completes a prestigious treble for South Korea after the Olympic Games and the World Cup as the East Asian nation confirms its status as a major destination on the international sporting stage.


Monday's Link Attack: Moon Bloodgood, Grace Kelly

Moon Bloodgood Steps in for Franka Potente

The “Falling Skies” star was recently cast in an upcoming independent movie.

When a last minute production snag caused Franka Potente to drop out of the indie pic ”The Power of Few,” Moon Bloodgood quickly stepped up to join the worldly ensemble cast. Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Jesse Bradford, Nicky Whelan, Juvenile, and Navid Negahban star in the mystery time-bender being sold by Arclight Films’ at Toronto.

Now appearing in Speilberg/TNT’s ‘Falling Skies,’ Bloodgood plays Mala in ‘TPOF,’ the pregnant owner of a cyber cafe where criminals, smugglers and holy fools converge on a day of possible transformation.

Pettersen downs Choi in LPGA playoff
AP via Google News

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen overcame a nine-stroke deficit then defeated South Korean Choi Na Yeon at the first playoff hole to win the LPGA Safeway Classic.

Q&A: Back injury didn’t keep Danielle Kang from back-to-back amateurs
Los Angeles Daily News

By winning her second straight U.S. Women’s Amateur title, the former Westlake High standout and former Pepperdine golfer pulled off something of a historic comeback herself. Kang was tied for 27th place, at 2 over, during the stroke-play portion of the event at the Rhode Island Country Club. Then, a nagging upper-back problem affected her in match play after scratching out a quarterfinal win.

After a 45-minute chiropractic readjustment, saving a trip for her superstitious mother, who is an acupuncture specialist, to fly in and treat her, Kang recovered to reach Sunday’s 36-hole final, capping it off with an impressive 6-and-5 victory against Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugard. Enough people must have watched it on the Golf Channel: Kang said she got 75 text messages, 40 voicemails and 78 friend requests on Facebook before she even went to her postmatch news conference.

“I don’t accept the person if I don’t have a mutual friend, really,” she admitted. “My brother always yells at me if I accept somebody. I learned.”

South Korea churches’ beacons an eyesore to some
Los Angeles Times

The L.A. Times reports on the current backlash from some South Korean citizens who resent the neon church steeple crosses dotting the nighttime landscape.

Tens of thousands of churches dot South Korea, most with their own red neon crosses. In Seoul, where several churches crowd onto a single block, illuminating their crosses until midnight or later, the beacons combine to color the urban night like a carnival come to town.

“Looking from above, the night scene of Seoul looks like that of a graveyard,” one Internet user complained in a posting.

Englewood Cliffs looks to fund 9/11 memorial

The city of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. is hoping to raise $30,000 to honor two locals killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The benches would honor Rajesh Mirpuri, the borough’s only resident who died in the attacks, and Leonia resident Andrew Jay-Hoon Kim, who also was killed. Kim’s father, Paul Kim, operates a business in town, Cioffi said.

Local teen dubbed ‘the future of jazz’
The Dedham Transcript (Mass.)

As a 19-year-old Asian-American female, Grace Kelly is something of a rare gem in the jazz world. But to her, what matters is that people love her music.

“It’s great when people say ‘You’re great for your age,’” says Kelly, who performs a free concert at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on Aug. 25. “But I think it’s so much better when someone goes up to me after a show and tells me, ‘Your music is wonderful.’”

Kelly, who has been featured on seven albums, has been called a prodigy by both critics and musicians. The Wellesley-born, Brookline-raised Korean-American is also a bandleader, arranger, composer and singer. Kelly — not to be confused with the late actress/princess, though she adored the other Grace Kelly as a child — traveled to Europe four times and toured in eight countries just this year.

Cho names strong squad for opener

Korea Republic coach Cho Kwang-Rae has named a strong squad for the country’s opening FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Lebanon on 2 September. Cho has called up six Europe-based players though is without Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong (broken leg) and Wolfsburg midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol (torn ankle ligaments).

Korean TV talent search show scored for Muslim portrayal, apologizes
Manila Bulletin (Philippines)

Korean TV talent search show “Star King” has issued an apology after a recent episode came under fire from viewers who criticized the show for depicting a wrong portrayal of Saudi Arabians and Muslims in general.

North Korea to Auction Resort Owned by South
New York Times

North Korea on Monday gave South Korean tourism officials 72 hours to leave a mountain resort, declaring that it will start auctioning off South Korean-owned hotels, restaurants and other remnants of what used to be a symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.


Danielle Kang Defends U.S. Amateur Golf Title

Southern California native Danielle Kang became the first golfer in 15 years to repeat as U.S. Women’s Amateur champion after she dominated Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn in the 36-hole final at the Rhode Island Country Club.

The 18-year-old Pepperdine sophomore from Westlake Village, Calif. fought through back pain to become the 11th player to accomplish the back-to-back feat, joining the likes of LPGA founder Betty Jameson and Hall of Famer Juli Inkster.

“It’s the best I’ve played in a major championship,” Kang told GolfWeek.com. “I brought it on.”

College friends Austin Ernst, Emily Tubert and Amy Anderson doused Kang with water on the 13th hole after she closed the match. It was a most welcome downpour. Kang immediately called her mother, who was crying on the other end.

“She’s not going to miss another tournament after this,” Danielle said.

Kang has said she will turn pro in the immediate future.

“Every time an amateur decides to turn pro, they always think, ‘Am I ready?’ ” Kang told GolfWeek. “That’s what they ask themselves. Now I know that I am, and I have to go to the next level.”


Friday's Link Attack: Jane Kim, North Korea, Park Ji-sung

Jane Kim, Why Are You Still Single?
San Francisco Examiner

During a campaign event in San Francisco with Mayor Ed Lee, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim fielded an unusual question from a constituent.

While the mayor and supervisor talked to residents and merchants on 16th Street, a Chinese shopkeeper at Sam’s Shoe Services asked Supervisor Kim why she isn’t married. Kim laughed about the question after leaving the shop. Her answer? “I’m working really hard at City Hall,” she said.

(HT 8Asians)

Drug Dealing, Counterfeiting, Smuggling: How North Korea Makes Money

To learn more about the country’s illegal exports, we spoke with Ma Young Ae, a defector who used to work as a North Korean spy. Ma now lives in Virginia where she runs a North Korean restaurant. But back in Pyongyang she was one of the country’s elites.

Ma worked for Kim Jong Il’s internal police force. Her job was was to track down drug smugglers. That sounds like pretty normal law enforcement, except for one difference. She was supposed to stop small-time Korean drug dealers in order to protect the biggest drug dealer in the country: the North Korean government.

Check out our May 2009 feature story on former spy Young Ae Ma.

Edgewater woman pleads guilty for role in Palisades Park-based fraud ring

An Edgewater woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing identities and defrauding banks and other commercial entities out of more than $1.2 million, authorities said.

Chun-O Kim, 45, admitted to being the principal owner of a company that was created to obtain lines of credit and commercial loans, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement. Kim admitted falsifying and forging a number of financial documents, including tax returns and professional certifications, that are used to validate a person’s qualifications for jobs.

Kimchi Cult brings Korean staple to street food battle
Yonhap News

Street food vendor Kimchi Cult is on a mission to bring this staple of Korean food to the British masses.

While competition is fierce in the emerging London street food scene, Danny O’Sullivan and Sarah Hogg have carved out a niche with their Korea-inspired sliders, or miniature hamburgers.

Jersey City violinist Jennifer Choi performing at Governor’s Island
The Jersey Journal

When Jersey City violinist Jennifer Choi draws her bow, she isn’t just making music – she’s creating art.

“If you went into a museum and see a painting – it’s very understandable to you. A bowl of fruit, flowers,” said the 35-year-old. “The next thing is something exceptional that makes you think outside the box, like a field in the middle of a museum. You have to interpret that.

Defending Women’s Am Champ Kang Advances To Third Round

Defending champion Danielle Kang, 18, of Westlake Village, Calif., holed a 9-iron shot for an eagle to eliminate Emma Talley, 17, of Princeton, Ky., in the second round of match play Thursday of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club.

Kang’s stellar shot on the 364-yard, par-4 14th hole ended the match, 6 and 4.

Stephanie Kono, 21, of Honolulu ended the hopes of another youngster, 14-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, 3 and 2. Kono went 1 up at the third hole and used three birdies to steadily advance against Ko, who was co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying.

Metuchen’s Kim credits family for his success
The Sentinel (N.J.)

It’s never a surprise to hear high school athletes credit family support as an important factor for their success. Peter Kim believes he couldn’t be among the top golfers in the state without his family.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Metuchen High School junior felt a “huge sense of satisfaction and gratitude” toward his parents when he won his first American Junior Golf Association tournament two years ago at age 13.

Foes No Longer Fear Korea Without Park Ji-sung
Chosun Ilbo

Manchester United star Park Ji-sung’s name seems to be popping up even more whenever the national team plays now that he has retired from international duty.

In Korea’s first match against archrival Japan since Park hung up his boots, the team suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat on Wednesday. In contrast, when the two sides met in May last year for a friendly match, Park managed to shake off four defenders to find the back of the net, causing the Saitama Stadium to fall into a hushed, almost reverential silence.

South Korea military faces ‘barracks culture’
BBC News

Becoming a man means becoming a soldier – at least that is what the army in South Korea says. But a spate of deaths is leading some to call for wholesale change in the way the military operates.

Hak Ju Lee Promoted To Double-A

The Tampa Bay Rays’ highly-touted prospect Hak Ju Lee was promoted to Double-A on Wednesday as the shortstop had been tearing it up in high Single-A.

Lee, one of the key prospects acquired by the Rays in the Matt Garza trade during the winter, was hitting .317 with four home runs, 22 RBIs, 81 runs scored and an .831 OPS in 398 at-bats with Charlotte. Although he runs well, Lee was only successful on 28 of 42 steal attempts, a subpar 66.67 percent success rate. His hitting success though was impressive considering the Florida State League favors pitchers. He got on base at a .389 clip, which helped him use his legs to score a boatload of runs.

Squatting for your rights in Hong Kong

Two Korean artists want Hong Kong people to take up squatting as an artistic and political activity. That’s squatting as in occupying an abandoned space, not doing exercises to strengthen your butt.

Hong Kong community arts group Woofer Ten hosted Korean husband-and-wife artist-activists Kim Youn Hoan and Kim Kang in July. While in Hong Kong, the Kims explored the potential for squatting in our city’s vacant spaces.


Golfer Christina Kim Shoots Back At Rude Fan

Pro golfer Christina Kim shot back at a rude golf fan on Twitter on Thursday, sparking an immediate reaction from her fans quick to defend her honor.

A Long Island, N.Y. man sent Kim a message via the social media service saying, “You are one big fat kiss of triple bogey death.”

Kim, a San Jose, Calif.-native known for her brash personality and colorful wardrobe, chastised the man for his rude remark.

“Gotta love how people are so fearless on twitter. I may be fat, having a sh-t year on tour, and going through unimaginable things, but at least I’m not a coward,” Kim tweeted. “Everything I tweet, I would Continue reading