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Wednesday's Link Attack: Forever 21, Priscilla Ahn, Frank Cho

Forever 21 fashion brand launches flagship London store
DesignWeek (U.K.)

JT Nakaoka has created the designs for Forever 21’s US branches, and is rolling out these designs for the London store, which is located in the three-story former HMV building on Oxford Street.

JT Nakaoka works alongside Esther Chang, daughter of Forever 21’s Korean American founders Don and Jin Sook Chang, on visual merchandising, including graphics, store displays and window design.

Senate committee confirms Sung Kim as envoy to Seoul

A U.S. Senate committee has confirmed Sung Kim as ambassador to South Korea, but it remains uncertain when the nominee will be confirmed by the entire Senate, a congressional official said Wednesday.

A Quick Study, South Korean Golfer Wins a Shot at Another Major
New York Times

Ahead of the Women’s British Open, the New York Times profiles So Yeon Ryu, who surprised many when she won the Women’s U.S. Open earlier this month.

So Yeon Ryu was focused on course management, but not as it applied to negotiating Carnoustie Golf Links, site of the Women’s British Open beginning on Thursday. At the start of the summer, Ryu was focused on completing work on her physical education degree at Yonsei University in South Korea in time to enter the L.P.G.A. Tour qualifying school at the end of the year.

Priscilla Ahn Blogs About Her Trip To Korea
Girl in a Tree (personal blog)

I’m writing to you from my family’s house in Korea. My first 2 days here have been a whirlwind of fun so far!

As soon as we landed, I was rushed to MBC Studios to do a live radio interview with legendary DJ Bae Chul-Soo. He’s just as friendly he looks.

‘The Voice’ tour begins tonight! EW catches up with the contestants at rehearsals
Entertainment Weekly

Dia Frampton: “I can’t wait to sing R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion.’ I really like that band, and I really like the lyrics to Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Anthony Kim, North Korea, Margaret Cho

Anthony Kim happy to be contending

Golf beat writer Bob Harig talks to Southern California native Anthony Kim about what he’s done to turn his game around following a surprising 5th-place finish at last week’s British Open.

Once considered among the best of a group of up-and-coming young American players, Kim, 26, has clearly not been the same since undergoing thumb surgery last year following a tie for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship.

“I’ve found my game, it’s just I haven’t brought it to the tournaments,” Kim said Sunday. “I’m excited that this is the tournament I brought it to. Obviously other tournaments are very important, but to play well at major championships is what I work for. So to be able to put up some good rounds, probably my best rounds I’ve played all year, at the British, is pretty rewarding.”

Why Mayor Kang should run for Congress
Orange County Register

After tearing apart the campaign prospects of [Irvine, Calif.] Mayor Sukhee Kang last week, I thought I would address some of the reasons that might motivate the mayor and perhaps others to support his bid for Congress.

Congress pays better. This might sound like a bad reason to run for Congress. But for Mayor Kang, who treats the part-time job he has now as a full-time gig, he might feel more appreciated collecting a six-figure pay check from the federal government.

Sung Kim vows efforts for denuclearization of N. Korea
Yonhap News

The nominee to become the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday that he will play a bridging role between the allies in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis and preventing the communist nation’s provocations.

Park scores second in consecutive friendly in US
Korea Times

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung netted his second goal in a consecutive pre-season friendly match in the United States, Thursday.

The first Korean English Premier Leaguer notched the team’s fifth goal in its 7-0 triumph against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Margaret Cho Talks Latest Album ‘Cho Dependent’ And Its Serious Indie Cred (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post

Cho enlisted many top talents from the world of indie music, including Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Ani DiFranco, Ben Lee and Tegan and Sara to write and perform with her on the album. “Cho Dependent” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy as Best Comedy Album. The result was a very unique sound — Cho may be the only musician who cites both David Bowie and “Weird Al” Yankovic among her primary influences.

APA Spotlight: Tammy Chu, Co-Founder Adoptee Solidarity Korea

Tammy Chu was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted to the U.S. She studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. Her award-winning first short documentary, Searching for Go-Hyang, was broadcast on PBS, EBS (Korea), and screened at film festivals internationally.

Tammy has been living in Korea for several years and is a co-founding member of Adoptee Solidarity Korea, an adoptee activist organization based in Seoul.

Half-Korean Pro Basketball Brothers Get Korean Citizenship
Korea Herald

Two half-Korean basketball players playing in Korea’s top division basketball league have acquired Korean citizenship, the Justice Ministry announced on Thursday.

Moon Tae-young and his elder brother Tae-jong, who were born to an American father and a Korean mother, received dual citizenship status in accordance with the revised immigration law, the ministry said.

Kenneth Choi Talks ‘Captain America’ On The Red Carpet

Monday's Link Attack: Anthony Kim, North Korea, Korean Sex Scandal

What they said: Anthony Kim

Here’s a Q&A with pro golfer Anthony Kim, who finished tied for 5th place at the British Open yesterday.

Q. Are you just frustrated or angry or what’s the emotion that is kind of prevalent?

ANTHONY KIM: I wouldn’t say angry. I’m in a pretty good spot in my life I’d say. I would just say I’m frustrated, extremely frustrated with how I was playing and the work I felt like I was putting in. I felt like I wasn’t getting anything out of it. So to put myself in contention on Saturday is a very nice feeling.

North Korea Starving, But Elite Open Luxury Restaurant
ABC News

Earlier this week, “The Restaurant at Hana” opened its doors in the North Korea capital. Restaurants come and go with little fanfare in most world capitals, but it get noticed when one opens in the so-called Hermit Kingdom where famine is threatening to return to the country.

Life of horror in gulags of North Korea
New Zealand Herald

“A day before the executions, prison guards would put huge banners to tell everyone what was going to happen, and on the day everyone would be ordered to attend,” the diminutive 50-year-old explains.

“They would take the prisoner to a stake, tie them up and blindfold them. The firing squad would let off 30 or 40 shots until the prisoner’s body had turned to honeycomb. Every time the bullets hit, the stake would crack backwards.”

Who Killed Kim Sah Nae?
The New Yorker

For years, I pondered the strange fate of Kim Sah Nae, a North Korean diplomat killed mysteriously in her home in Islamabad, Pakistan, more than a decade ago. The facts seemed to have been lifted from a spy movie, with hints of espionage, nuclear secrets, and assassination. Officially, Kim died in an accident, when a neighbor’s cook was loading a shotgun, and it went off. I always figured she’d been murdered. Back then, I even toyed with the idea of writing a screenplay, with Gong Li, I imagined, in the starring role.

Debbie Lee’s Poutine Truck Hits the Streets
L.A. Weekly

Chef Debbie Lee must like running the Ahn-Joo food truck because she’s launching another truck, only this one is Canadian not Korean. Along with partner James MacKinnon, the Food Network regular will debut The Poutine Truck (@thepoutinetruck) this weekend at the Little Tokyo Design Festival.

Korean DJ is Seoul’s master of Western rock
Los Angeles Times

For years, Kang [Hyung-Min] approached foreigners to plumb their musical knowledge. Now the student knows more than his teachers, and he’s sought out by expatriates here for the breadth, style and playfulness of his musical acumen.

Kang spins it all: indie, country, punk. But his specialty is the British sound of the 1980s: the likes of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, the Cure and the Smiths.

Former G.I., South Korean girl he befriended, reunite after nearly four decades
The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)

Insooni, the famous biracial singer from Korea reunited with a former U.S. soldier she met in 1972.

Lewis was a 19-year-old GI when he saw 15-year-old Insoon, the daughter of a Korean mom and an American soldier who was black. Insoon was kicked out of school for being a mixed-race child. Lewis is now 58 and Insooni is 54.

“She was always sitting outside by herself,” Lewis said. “So a few of the soldiers bought her clothes and helped her as much as we could.”

But Insooni only remembers Lewis, whom she considers a big brother.

“I never forgot his eyes,” Insooni said.

Consulting firm offers tips on U.S. university admission
The Korea Herald

As more South Korean students try to get into top American colleges, they have started to turn to admission consulting companies which provide application assistance and help design extracurricular activities.

A team of experts from Manhattan Global Prep, a New York-based college admission consulting firm, offered advice to Korean students in its seminar last Saturday in Seoul on what students should know about the U.S. college admission process and what the company can offer.

The consulting fee ranges from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on a student’s grades, but guarantees acceptance to at least one school for each applicant and pledges a full refund if he or she is not accepted.

Yuliana Kim-Grant’s new novel, ‘A Shred of Hope,’ released
Korean Beacon

Korean American author Yuliana Kim-Grant‘s new release, A Shred of Hope, starts with the sudden death of an interracial couple—the main character, Jane Park, is Korean American, and her husband is African American. The tragic story unfolds and ensues as we gradually learn about Jane’s broken relationship with her parents. Jane’s Korean parents, who had rejected the idea of their daughter marrying an African American man, had cut ties with her after the couple’s wedding—a wedding they did not even attend. But when the couple one day falls victim to a psychopathic gunman in the subway, the parents must go through a grieving process that is marked not only with loss, but also the guilt and regret over a relationship that can no longer be healed.

Sex scandal rumors fly at Korean Assembly
Korea Herald via AsiaOne

The National Assembly was recently shaken by a series of sex scandals, most of them involving members of the Grand National Party.

Earlier this month, a major daily newspaper reported that a married ruling party lawmaker sexually harassed a drunken woman in a taxi and handed over money to the driver who threatened to upload the recorded file on the Internet.

Friday's Link Attack: Sandra Oh, Daniel Henney, Somali Pirates

Interview with Hollywood actress Sandra Oh

Sandra spoke of her love for Korea as a Korean-Canadian and her hopes to one day star in a Korean movie. She also talked about the inside stories behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and how she was cast into the show.

“If I am to be cast in a Korean movie, I will be happy to take any role. I will study Korean, and if I don’t have any lines, I can act with just my facial expressions. I’ve always wanted to attend the Busan Film Festival, but I was always caught up with work. I want to attend the festival with a piece I star in.”

Somali pirates holding S. Korean hostages demand release of captured pirates

Somali pirates holding four South Koreans in a hijacked chemical tanker are demanding that Seoul pay ransom for the hostages and release five pirates captured during a January raid of a seized Korean freighter, an official said Friday.

The four South Koreans are among 25 crew members of the Singapore-registered 21,000-ton MT Gemini that was hijacked on April 30 in waters off Kenya. The seizure came about three months after South Korean naval commandos raided a Korean-owned freighter on Jan. 21 and rescued all 21 crew members.

N.Korean Defectors Flock to U.K.
Chosun Ilbo

Some 581 North Korean defectors have been given asylum in the United Kingdom, making them the largest group of all defectors in countries other than South Korea.

Korean young guns impress at British Open
AFP via Google

South Korean young guns Noh Seung-Yul and Hwang Jung-Gon led the Asian charge at the British Open on Thursday, signaling their talent with sub-par rounds at Royal St George’s.

Where in The World is Daniel Henney?

Daniel Henney recently wrapped shooting on the buddy flick with Bill Paxton tentatively titled “Americatown” and apologized to fans for not being online lately.

I know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve chimed in. My apologies. We’ve been in China for 1.5 months now shooting this film, and it’s been incredibly difficult to get online. Anyway, I’m back now, and will update you with some pics very soon…Pics from my last 1.5 months spent in China.

SUNY Gets OK for Campus in Songdo
The Wall Street Journal

Soon South Korean students seeking a U.S. diploma might be able to do so without even getting a stamp in their passports.

The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that it has given final approval to Stony Brook University — or the State University of New York at Stony Brook — to open a campus in Songdo, the newly established international business district near Incheon International Airport.

Koreans turn to dog soup to beat the heat
Reuters via ABC News (Australia)

Thursday was not a good day to be a dog in South Korea. That’s because it was one of the three hottest days according to the Korean lunar calendar – and dog soup is one way to beat the heat.

On “Chobok,” people seeking to protect the body from overheating eat traditional healthy foods such as ginseng chicken soup, broiled eel and “bo-shin-tang,” literally “body preservation stew”.

Dogs are bred to be eaten in South Korea, and advocates say bo-shin-tang, which consists of dog meat boiled in a mix of hot and strong spices and vegetables, is good for the health. It is considered a delicacy by some.

Korean BBQ Trivia + Forage’s Soy and Coca-Cola Flank Steak Recipe
LA Weekly

If you’ve ever wondered if Korean households have dining tables with built in bbq holes, like the ones at Korean bbq restaurants, the answer is “no”. The historical antecedent for modern restaurant tables are traditional Korean kitchens with round stoves (agungi) that were fueled by wood or large cylindrical charcoal briquets. If you clicked on the link, you probably figured out why Korean bbq pans are dome shaped, rather than square or rectangular.

FC Barcelona signs Korean teen for five years
JoongAng Daily

A Korean teenager has signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona’s youth team, his father revealed Wednesday.

Play Canceled on Account of Suicide Threat
The Korea Times

A nude play has been forced to cancel its performance on July 14 by a male member of the public.

The man threatened to commit suicide if “The Professor and the Female Student 2” goes on stage on that date. He claimed that star actress Um Da-hae, 30, who plays the female student, is “his woman.”

Korean gangsters invade Manila
The Manila Times

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) was warned Monday against the entry into the country of Korean criminal syndicates that wanted to establish their illegal network in the country.

Tuesday's Link Attack: Yuna Kim, Kim Jong Il Senile?, NKs Love SK Soju

Helping the Prez & Yu-na Sell Pyeongchang
The Wall Street Journal

As the South Korean media and public absorbed and dissected their winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, a lot of attention has fallen on the final presentation. It was broadcast live in South Korea and showed, for the first time to many Koreans, prominent people like President Lee Myung-bak and champion figure skater Kim Yu-na speaking in English.

And some Korean media attention has fallen on an American consultant named Terrence Burns, who was portrayed mainly as a speech coach to the bid committee, including Mr. Lee.

But Mr. Burns and his Atlanta-based firm, Helios Partners, provided much more than speech coaching to the Pyeongchang bid effort. They started working with the Pyeongchang bid committee in mid-2009. And for most of the time since then, Mr. Burns has been racking up the frequent-flier miles shuttling between his office and Seoul.

Is Kim Jong-il Going Gaga?
The Chosun Ilbo

Rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is suffering from dementia are spreading quickly across the isolated country. Reports say the leader is increasingly incoherent during his so-called on-the-spot guidance trips.

Rumors of Kim Jong Il’s possible senility have been circulating as far back as 2006.

Ryu jumps to No. 21 in world rankings
Los Angeles Times

U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu jumped to No. 21 in the world rankings for women’s golf after beating fellow Korean Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff Monday.

How Korea’s Rich Spend Their Money
The Wall Street Journal

One of the major findings is that rich households splurge on education. Almost a quarter of household spending, the biggest of any spending category, is on schools, cram schools and private tutors for their children. For average households, the comparable figure is 15.3%, still the most of any spending category.

Less surprising is that real estate is the most popular investment for South Korea’s rich.

‘Mythomania': Derek Kirk Kim’s Live-Action Cartoonists [Video]
Comics Alliance

The Eisner and Harvey-winning cartoonist behind such works as Same Difference and Other Stories, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang) and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm), Derek Kirk Kim is expanding his creative repertoire with a new live-action Web series. Called Mythomania and described by Kim as a “slice of life” story, the series follows aspiring cartoonist Andy Go and his peers as they draw and debate comics. Mythomania’s first season will be split into nine ~10-minute episodes, the first two of which you can watch below.

Beautiful, ugly and great Koreans [OPINION]
The Korea Times

Though they may be outnumbered by the omnipresent Chinese, I have been struck by the behavior and appearance of the Korean travelers one can’t help encountering at airports, railway and subway stations.

The members of this tribe are predominantly in their 20s and 30s. They are largely youths, couples and young families. Most seem to speak at least a smattering of French or English; some speak these languages very well indeed. Virtually all are good looking, impeccably and well-mannered: In short, these Kims, Parks and Lees are a credit to their country.

What a wonderful change they make from the Korean tourists of a decade or so ago!

The best soup you’ve never heard of
Orange County Register

Other than ethnically Korean folks, I doubt many know about sullungtang, a beef soup with a broth made from brisket, ox tail and beef bones (including cow’s feet), giving the end result its milky white consistency. Some readers may already be balking at the mention of beef feet, but if I didn’t tell you, you would happily slurp the soup up and be none the wiser.

North Koreans getting a taste for South Korean soju

The South Korean soju Chamisul became extremely popular with North Koreans for having a better flavor and scent than that made in North Korea. The report stated that “Like Chamisul, North Korean soju is 25% alcohol, but many people much prefer the scent of Chamisul… At every open market there are an unexpected number of merchants with 10 bottles or more.”

A century on, Korean-Mexicans trace their roots
Yonhap News

The Korean immigrants also had their names changed unwillingly. At the Yucatan registration office, the Korean surname Choe switched to Sanches, Ko into Conora, Kim into Kin or King, Yang into Llanes, Park into Pa or Pan and Chang into Chans.

This Korean Baby is Sleepy

South Korean Golfer Ryu Wins U.S. Women's Open

So Yeon Ryu ended the 2011 drought for South Korean golfers in fine fashion, coming from behind to win the U.S. Women’s Open over compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff on Monday in Colorado Springs, Co.

Despite having a disproportionate number of athletes on the LPGA tour, South Korea had been stymied from achieving victory thus far in 2011, with Taiwanese superstar Yani Tseng’s three 2011 victories preventing much of the country’s success this year.


Ryu became the fifth South Korean to win the Open and the fourth in the last seven years, according to the Associated Press.

Yes, they take their golf seriously there and Se Ri Pak—the queen of the sport in that country—was out on the course watching the 21-year-old Ryu make history.

“I’m proud of it,” Ryu said. “To see my hero, Se Ri Pak, out there fighting for me. It’s pretty powerful, yeah.”

Ryu snatched victory from 25-year-old rookie Seo by hitting a magnificent approach shot on the last hole of her fourth round, which she completed on Monday due to darkness the previous day. Ryu followed up the last-minute birdie by playing the three-hole playoff two shots below par.

K.J. Choi Takes Lead At AT&T National

K.J. Choi tied a course record during Friday’s play at the AT&T National, carding a 6-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Charlie Wi and three others, according to the Associated Press.

If seeing the putts drop for birdie were not enough, K.J. Choi noticed his gallery growing and getting more excited for him Friday at Aronimink in the AT&T National.

“I started feeling that … I’m working toward a special round,” Choi said.


Choi, who recently obtained U.S. citizenship, had five birdies over his last six holes. His score matched the lowest score in the two years the tournament has been played at Aronimink located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Choi simply made it look easy at the end of the round by keeping it in the fairway and giving himself good looks at birdie. Three of his birdie putts were from about 10 feet or longer, and he closed out his round with a wedge into 16 inches for one last birdie.

Choi’s lead is far from safe, however, with 20 players separated by just five strokes going into the weekend.

“This is a golf course where you can run up a bunch of bogeys,” Wi said after his 66. “You’re not going to lose too many spots if you make par. If you stay patient out here, that’s probably the most important thing.”


Friday's Link Attack: Kimchi Chronicles, Priscilla Ahn, Margaret Cho

Marja Vongerichten Snacks on String Cheese, Gives In to Her Soda Weakness
New York Magazine’s GrubStreet

The Kimchi Chronicles host takes NY Mag through five days of food.

Friday, June 24
I’m not much of a breakfast person, but I had cold Korean cucumber noodles. It’s a dish I make a lot in the summer. I do it with soba noodles. It’s cool and refreshing, and if you don’t have an appetite for anything, it’s a good filler.

Later that day I ate a handful of chips and some chicken wings at karaoke with my mom. Then Jean-Georges came and joined us, and we went to Don’s Bogam. It’s a Korean restaurant on 32nd Street. So I went with JG and my karaoke crew. We had galbi, which is marinated beef, and naengmyeon, which is like a water noodle. It’s a chewy noodle that they put in this broth and season with mustard and vinegar. Oh, and sake.

Priscilla Ahn: When You Grow Up (review)

What is perhaps most remarkable about this sophomore full length from Priscilla Ahn is the artist’s ability to craft contemporary confessional songs that are honest without being abrasive; gentle yet capable of achieving maximum emotional impact.

A photographer’s day trip to grounds of Korean War
Korea Herald

Here is an interesting profile of Mark Edward Harris, a photographer who has made 10 trips to the Korean peninsula including four trips to North Korea. Harris focused on the “Iron Triangle” a region between Cheorwon, Gimhwa and Pyeonggang where the most ferocious battles took place during the Korean War.

S. Koreans win five prizes in world’s top classical music competition
Yonhap News

South Korean artists won five prizes at one of the world’s most prestigious classical music competitions. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held every four years in Moscow and is the Olympics of the classical music scene.

Park Jong-Min, 24, and Seo Sun-Young, 27, captured the top spot in the highly-competitive male and female solo vocal categories. Meanwhile, pianists Son Yeol-eum, 25, and Jo Seong-jin, 17, secured second and third place, respectively, while Lee Ji-Hye, 25, took third in violin.

Park and Seo were the first Koreans to win a first prize in the competition after baritone Choi Hyun-soo, better known as Hans Choi, won victory in male solo vocal during the 9th competition in 1990.

“I really feel like I am in a dream,” Park told reporters after receiving the prize. “I came to cherish a hope of participating in this competition when I was a high-school student after watching a video clip of my teacher singing in the 1990 competition. But I have never thought that I would succeed him as the winner.”

Margaret Cho Gives Her Take On Things

On Anthony Weiner:
I’ve totally taken pictures of myself! I’ve definitely done it but have only sent it to people over 50 who can take it and have bad eyes anyway

Chinese faked photograph leaves officials on street of shame
The Guardian (U.K.)

Officers in Huili, Sichuan apologize for a badly doctored picture of men inspecting new road on local government Web site.

Bul Gol Ki Power
Black Athlete Sports Network

Black Athlete takes a look at why Korean female golfers have been dominating the LPGA.

In Korea, parents motivate their children to excel at their craft unlike American children who are allowed to play until they enter high school. The mindset is completely different in Korea, You must be successful at everything, even their hobbies. Korean children become responsible at the age of 12 to 14 which is unthinkable in the United States. Continue reading