Golfer Na Yeon Choi took home her first LPGA tour victory for the year on Sunday after she edged out top-ranked Yani Tseng by a single stroke.
Choi carded a 3-under-68 at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event in Kuala Lumpur to finish with a 15-under 269. Choi took home prize money of $285,000.
“I took something from last week,” Choi told the Associated Press. “I had a great experience from last week. … I did my best last week. … So, I learned something. And then this week, I had a great feeling about my game. I played so well this week.”
Choi became only the second South Korean winner on the LPGA Tour this year, joining U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu. The victory also was the 100th LPGA Tour win by players of Korean descent.
“I won my fifth tournament and a hundred times for all of the Korean players,” Choi said. “So it’s very nice. Icing on the cake.”
ESPN.com wrote that Choi might have distinguished herself as South Korea’s top golfer.
Shelton will hit 27 cities on the “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” starting in January in Toledo and ending in March in Las Vegas. His opening acts include country singer Justin Moore and his mentee on NBC’s The Voice, finalist Dia Frampton, as reported by All Access Music Group.
Local Politicians Press to Win Korean-American Vote Patch.com (Annandale, Va.)
Dozens of candidates for public office gathered in Fairfax Thursday night to try and win votes from within the Korean-American community.
Often starting out with a greeting in Korean, the candidates by and large stressed the importance of relief for small businesses, family values, opportunities for immigrants and access to better education while speaking to a packed audience during the 2011 Korean American Association of Virginia/Korea Times Candidates Night.
Remember Rachel Lee, one of the alleged masterminds behind the so-called “bling ring”? She and her accomplices were accused of targeting wealthy celebrities, breaking into their homes and making off with millions in luxury goods and accessories.
Last week, Lee appeared in court and pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary in the 2009 break-in of reality star Audrina Patridge’s house. She is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison as part of a plea bargain.
Lee’s mother is an immigrant from North Korea, according to Vanity Fair, and her father is a businessman living in Las Vegas.
South Korea stares down demographic dilemma Reuters
Kim, a doctoral student in her 30s, personifies many of the qualities that make South Korea such an economic force — relative youth, education and ambition.
The trouble — for corporations and policymakers — is that she is equally typical by not wanting to have children.
“I just want to live happily with my husband without having to worry about kids or making sacrifices for them,” said Kim, asking to be identified only by her surname.
Choi Na-yeon and Stacy Lewis each move up one place, causing minor shifts in the world women’s golf rankings, updated Monday.
The LPGA heads into an Asian swing with tournaments in South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan this month as the 2011 schedule begins to wind down. Choi moved past South Korean countrywoman Shin Jiyai for fourth in this week’s world rankings.
A local district court issued Saturday a warrant to arrest a U.S. soldier on charges of raping a young Korean woman, citing concerns that he might flee the country.
The 21-year-old Army private, identified only as “K” who is assigned to the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division in Dongducheon, is accused of having raped an 18-year-old girl near his unit at around 4 a.m. on Sept. 24.
Prosecutors are expected to indict the American soldier soon.
She was watching TV alone when he broke into her house, according to the police. Police officers identified the American soldier through a surveillance camera installed near her house and informed the U.S. military of the case.
Piano Prodigy Wants to Use Berklee Scholarship to Help Society Chosun Ilbo
Kang Chae-ri, 16, ranks as the youngest person ever to be admitted to the prestigious college, which stands as a world authority in pop music. She is also first Korean recipient of the coveted Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition and living expenses.
The filmmaker-protagonist of the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s dryly comic 2006 romantic drama, “Woman on the Beach”, is at work on a project of peculiar abstraction—the sort of silly idea that comes from spending too much time alone and at a desk—and is having trouble finishing his script. The adventure that follows from his efforts to unblock himself—which also entails some emotional and erotic unblocking, with two women who, he thinks, resemble each other—becomes the basis for his new film.
Seoul Taco introduces Korean fusion to St. Louis Washington Life (Washington Univ.)
For those who didn’t grow up in a large city, it’s completely understandable not to have heard of Korean food served in a tortilla. But St. Louis native David Choi is trying to change that, one taco at a time.
Choi and his business partner Andy Heck are the owners of the Seoul Taco food truck, which serves traditional Korean food with a Mexican twist. The truck serves traditional Korean food, such as bulgogi (literally, “fire meat”) and spicy pork, on a taco or inside a quesadilla. Seoul Taco is only in its third month and makes a weekly stop at Wash. U. on Thursdays.
Nineteen-year-old South Korean pop singer HyunA got her start with pop girl group Wonder Girls in 2007. After overcoming health issues, she left the group to become lead rapper and vocalist of 4Minute and embarked on her own solo career. But HyunA’s career really took off when she became the star of her own show.
2010 saw the debut of her first single “Change,” and in July of 2011 she released her first mini-album “Bubble Pop!,” the video for which was deemed “too sexy” for some Korean TV outlets. The controversial star displays a sexiness and stage presence far beyond her years, and is well on her way to becoming one of the key faces of the global K-Pop movement. HyunA, now a fixture in South Korean pop culture, is set to perform on the Korean version of “Dancing With the Stars” in June 2012.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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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.
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 Yonhap
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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,”
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”