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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
AsianCorrespondent

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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)
Popmatters

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
Star

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

Y.E. Yang Falls Short At U.S. Open

by Jay Yim

No one was going to catch Rory McIlroy, not after the 22-year-old Irish golf phenom — hailed as golf’s next superstar — shot a sizzling 16 strokes below par to capture the U.S. Open yesterday.

Y.E. Yang came close, however.

Yang had the best performance of 11 Korean and Korean American golfers who participated in the major golf tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The 39-year-old finished the tournament with a six-under-278 and had started the final day in second place, trailing McIlroy by eight strokes thanks in part to his strong short game during the first two days of the tournament.

However just as he had on the tournament’s third day, Yang again struggled with his short game on the final round Sunday. He wound up recording just three birdies before stalling on the back nine, where he recorded three bogeys and finished the day shooting an even-par 71. That allowed Jason Day of Australia to sneak past him for second place finish. Thus, Yang had to settle for a four-way-tie for third place finish with prize money of $364,231.

“Overall, there could be so many regrets, the two bogeys in the last few holes,” Yang said through an interpreter. “I had a lot of opportunities where I could have made birdies. But at the same time I’ve missed the last two cuts in the last two U.S. Opens, and this is my third U.S. Open. So coming in third, I mean, there [are] a lot more positives than there are negatives.”

Seung Yul Noh, Johoon Kim and Young-Tae Kim finished in a nine-way tie for 30th place by shooting two-over-286 during the tournament. Sangmoon Bae finished in a three-way-tie for 42nd-place by shooting 4-over-273.

Missing the cut for the tournament, were KJ Choi, Kevin Na, David Chung and Dae-hyun Kim.

Photo via Dong-A-Ilbo.

Thursday's Link Attack: Y.E. Yang, Kelly Choi, K-Pop, David Choi

Yang Tough
ESPN.com

Golfer Y.E. Yang shot a 68 in the opening round to take an early lead at the U.S. Open golf championship

**UPDATE**

Rory McIlroy posted a 65 to take a three-stroke lead over second-place Yang.

Korean pop’s “Super Junior” takes on the world
Reuters

Choi Si-won recalls that even on a rainy day, the Paris venue was bedlam, with thousands of screaming fans packing the street outside a concert hall.

N.K. demands Seoul repatriate defectors
The Korea Herald

North Korea delivered a message on Thursday demanding that South Korea repatriate nine North Koreans who defected by sea over the weekend, warning that the South’s failing to do so would worsen inter-Korean relations, Seoul officials said.

Hines Ward to Be Named Honorary Ambassador
Yonhap

Korean-born American football player Hines Ward will be made an honorary ambassador for South Korea to promote relations between the two countries, sources said Thursday.

Kelly Choi To Host Kung Fu Film Showcase
World Screen

Fuel TV is launching a weekly showcase of iconic, English-dubbed kung fu films.

Hosted by TV personality Kelly Choi, Late Night Kung Fu will air Saturdays at 11 p.m. beginning June 18. The Fox Sports Media Group-owned network has picked up ten classics from the renowned Shaw Brothers catalogue, including Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, The Magic Blade, Legendary Weapons of China and Shaolin Prince.

San Francisco Native Margaret Cho Reveals Her Favorite Local Restaurants
The Feast

Swan Oyster Depot was next to my father’s bookstore. That is a really great place. It has like five seats; it’s really annoyingly small. The food is so good, it’s like, ‘Why are you so f*cking small?’

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Playing Matchmaker

By Nina Ahn

Photographs by Eric Sueyoshi, Chiuling Chen and Kwan Ko

Driving toward Robinson Ranch Golf Club after exiting the freeway north of Los Angeles, the scenery is bleak and almost desolate. After a swank night of introductions on the blustery rooftop lounge of The Mercury, a new condominium complex in Koreatown with an arresting view of downtown, it looked as if the golf tournament itself might be a disappointment.

All fears were relieved, however, on the turn into Robinson Ranch as a spectacular view of the Santa Clarita Valley and the Angeles National Forest’s rolling green mountains opened up. Lushly green and meticulously maintained, the golf course’s breathtaking scenery along with beautiful weather conditions provided the perfect environment for a long day of golf and socializing.

Benefiting The LPGA Foundation, the KoreAm Pro-Am golf tournament brought out Korean LPGA members, special guest pros, celebrity guests and community members for a day at the links.

“It’s an opportunity for players who represent the Korean community to have a meeting of the minds,” said former LPGA member Pearl Sinn-Bonanni, who helped organize the event.

Practicing his swing before the tournament began, Olympic medalist Toby Dawson gazed at the scenery. “The location is amazing and driving in was beautiful,” said the mogul skier, who now plans to turn pro in golf.

Christina Kim, known for her bubbly personality, bold ensembles and eye-catching bags, joked that KoreAm Editor in Chief James Ryu begged her to come but then said, “It’s for a good cause and [the tournament] helps get Korean names out there.”

Not long ago, the increasing number of Koreans on the LPGA tour faced criticism for not being able to promote the tour due to language and cultural barriers. Hoping to improve the situation, the LPGA has recently been taking steps to integrate Korean players by providing cross-cultural programs and English tutors.

“The success [of the Koreans on the tour] is unbelievable,” said Pat Browning, executive director for The LPGA Foundation. Praising their practice, focus and determination, Browning said she hopes that events like this will help Korean players “understand the importance of reaching out.”

Many of the LPGA golfers were excited to be playing in a pro-am with other Koreans, since most of their pro-am experiences are with non-Koreans. “It’s exciting because everyone can speak Korean,” said Jeong Jang, one of the top performing Koreans on the tour.

“All my friends are here,” noted rookie Jin Young Pak. “I usually play with all Americans, so it’s nice to play with Koreans. If they had more events like this, I would come.”

After a long, but fun day on the course, everyone gathered in the rustic clubhouse where it was announced that PGP Capital Advisor’s group featuring pro Hana Kim tied at 56 under par with JamisonServices’ team, which featured pro David Oh. PGP’s team, however, won in the card off.

Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Asian American Olympic gold medalist, and, at 87, the oldest golfer in the tournament, noted at the awards dinner, “When I started in sports, no one even knew what a Korean was.”

How things have changed.