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Hank Conger Skips Taiwan Trip To Focus On Skills

Los Angeles Angels catcher Hank Conger was invited to take part in a series of exhibition games in Taiwan this November but declined in order to play in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Orange County Register.

For Hank Conger – one of the few Asian-Americans in the major leagues – it would have been a unique opportunity. But Conger has decided his long-range future with the Angels is more important. He will pack up and head to Arizona on Monday and play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. Games begin there Tuesday.

“The Fall League is absolutely more important for me,” Conger told the Orange County Register. “When the (MLB) Players Association first asked me, no doubt about it, I thought it would be a great experience. But talking to Tony (Reagins, Angels GM) and Sosh (Angels manager Mike Scioscia) about it – especially the way this season has panned out for me, it’s a lot more important that I go to the Fall League and work on my catching every day. The Taiwan thing would have been fun. But the way I understand it, it’s kind of a tournament where you only play a couple games.”

The Arizona Fall League features mostly minor league prospects on six teams; the season lasts about seven weeks. Conger hopes to improve from the lowly .209 batting average he put up this year with the Angels.

“I’m actually pretty excited,” said Conger, according to the O.C. Register. “It’s an opportunity for me to make up for a season that was disappointing for me.”

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native made the Angels opening day roster but was sent down after two months. He eventually played his way back on to the major league roster but didn’t contribute much upon his return.

Conger hopes to improve his defensive skills this fall.

“The hitting thing – I’m confident in my hitting. I know it’ll always be there,” Conger said. “I think any player can tell you that if you’re only playing once every three or four days, it’s tough (to produce offensively). But I didn’t earn the chance to get any more at-bats with my defense.

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Tuesday's Link Attack: Dan Choi on Trial, Eden, Kim Jong Il

Gay former Army officer on trial in DC for protest
AP via Google News

A gay former Army lieutenant arrested for handcuffing himself to a White House fence during a protest is being treated differently because he is a prominent voice for gay rights, his lawyer said Monday.

Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran, is charged with disobeying police orders to leave an area in front of the White House during a November 2010 protest of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” During the protest, 13 people handcuffed themselves to the fence, some in uniform, chanting slogans including “let us serve.”

Choi’s attorney Robert Feldman said Monday at the start of his trial in federal court in Washington that people arrested for protesting at the White House are usually charged in local court where the penalty for disobeying a police order is a fine of between $100 and $1,000. But Choi was charged in federal court, where he faces both a fine and jail time of up to six months.

Survivor of human trafficking and sex slavery on set for film shooting in Kirkland
Kirkland Reporter (Wash.)

The movie, “Eden,” that was partially being filmed in Kirkland Thursday was inspired by [Chong Kim's] true story as a survivor of domestic human trafficking and sexual slavery. The film stars actress Jamie Chung and actor Beau Bridges.

Japanese journalists ‘offered $10,000′ for video of Kim Jong-Il
Russian International News Agency

Japanese journalists offered supermarket staff $10,000 for footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il’s visit to their East Siberian store, a spokesperson for the supermarket said on Tuesday.

To Foreigners in Korea: Please learn a little Korean
Marmot’s Hole

A video is circulating on the Korean Internet of a black gentleman yelling at and threatening an elderly Korean couple.

His violent behavior was the result of him misunderstanding the elderly man’s comment to him. The elderly man reportedly said “니가 여기 앉아” (a sign of consideration) but not knowing Korean, the man in question interpreted “니가” as the N-word which led to his violent outburst.

“Obstructing Business”: South Koreans on the March
Huffington Post

I was in Seoul, South Korea this month at the invitation of the wonderful EBS TV Documentary Festival, and was truly, happily surprised to see a resurgence of activism among ordinary Koreans. Don’t get me wrong. Since its founding, Korea has had a tradition of fierce, die-hard activism (which Koreans themselves may attribute to a diet high in garlic and red pepper, as well as their commitment to social justice), but this ferocity seemed to have gone dormant in the mid-nineties. I was overjoyed to find that this was no longer the case.

Angels’ Conger proud of Ocean View Little Leaguers
Orange County Register

ESPN’s cameras were in the Angels’ clubhouse before the game Sunday as part of the network’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ coverage. They caught several Angels gathered around the big-screen TV, watching the Ocean View Little League team beat the Japanese team, 2-1, in the Little League World Series championship game.

While there were “friendly wagers” among a few players, rookie catcher Hank Conger had the most direct rooting interest. The Huntington Beach native played for Ocean View and reached the West Region championship in 2000 before losing.

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Slugger Hank Conger Back In The Big Leagues

by Jay Yim

After a five-week stay in the minors, Hank Conger was called back up to “the show” by the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 19.

The 23-year-old catcher was originally jettisoned to Triple A Salt Lake on July 19 due to his struggles offensively and behind the plate.

Conger’s seems to have straightened out his problems during his brief stint in the minors.

“One improvement that was tangible was his receiving was much quieter,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “Some things got away from him. One of the things was his receiving skills. He was getting jabby, pulling things out of the zone. Just looked like he was fighting himself a bit. We know from talking with [Salt Lake manager] Keith Johnson and watching video with him that that has been smoothed out, and he feels much more comfortable receiving the ball.”

Conger said he noticed steady improvement in his game the past two to three weeks, most notably with his throws to second base, which had previously been bouncing in front of the base or tailing high and away from it by improving his release point and making sure to not rush his throws.

While at Salt Lake, Conger also made a contribution with his bat, as he hit .300 with five home runs and 26 RBI’s in his 27 games with the Bees. It was another reason for the Angels — who are chasing the Texas Rangers in the American League West pennant race — to call Conger back up as the Angels lineup featured the worst hitting catchers in the major leagues. Jeff Matthis and Bobby Wilson who were both batting well under .200.

In his first game back last Saturday, Conger made an immediate positive impression on defense but not with his arm, but with his concentration by holding onto a throw from rightfielder Torii Hunter in the top of first tinning to tag out Baltimore’s Nick Markakis who had collided with him at home plate to prevent the Orioles from scoring a run.

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Thursday's Link Attack: Margaret Cho, Korilla Food Truck, Hank Conger

Jon Gosselin Reacts to ‘Kate Plus 8′ Cancellation
The Hollywood Reporter

Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin is glad TLC pulled the plug on its reality series that starred his children. Retitled Kate Plus 8 after his divorce from Kate Gosselin forced him off the show, the program had just launched new Season 2 episodes when it was axed on Monday.

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh
The Independent (U.K.)

The British publication gave Margaret Cho’s “Cho Dependent” show three out of five stars.

US comedian Margaret Cho has never minced her words. She once called Sarah Palin “the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11″ and her stance on gay rights has drawn fire from conservatives at home.

Despite her radical credentials, Cho’s second Fringe show (her first was in 2001) isn’t going to offend anyone unless they happen not to be too keen on smut. Rather than expand upon her activism, Cho seems more concerned with how she looked on Dancing with the Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing, where Cho ended up competing against Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol.

During a relaxed set, Cho’s best moments come when she isn’t being base – and when she remembers her ability to make salient points in bona fide punchlines. See her take on the gay rights situation in the US. “How can you deny any gay man the right to bridal registry? It’s inhumane.”

The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 with Korilla BBQ Truck
channel APA

Among the food trucks competing is the Korilla BBQ Truck from New York.

Korilla BBQ, which stands for Korean + Grill, is the brainchild of Columbia University graduate Edward Song. After graduating during the country’s economic downturn, he found himself thinking outside the box — unexpectedly enrolling in cooking school and taking his passion for Korean food to the streets of New York City. His high school friends Stephan Park and Paul Lee have been with the truck since day one, and together they have made Korean food accessible to the masses in a fast and convenient way.

Hank Conger Pays Visit to Boys and Girls Club
saltlakebees.com

Salt Lake Bees catcher Hank Conger made a visit to the Sugarhouse Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake Wednesday morning. Conger, a Boys and Girls Club member as a child, talked about his road to becoming a professional baseball player and the time he spent in the club growing up in Southern California.

Florida K-Pop Fan Wins New York Contest
Chosun Ilbo

Citing her dream to become the first non-Asian K-pop star, 15-year-old Madison Gunst of Florida impressed judges with her song-and-dance routine to win the first New York K-Pop Contest in the city on Tuesday (local time).

The American teen, who fell in love with the genre four years ago when her friend showed her the music video for “Heartbreaker” by G-Dragon, beat off seven other finalists to claim the prize. They had been whittled down from 93 preliminary entries chosen through video clips online.

San Jose man beaten with baseball bats in Woodland
Sacramento Bee (Calif.)

Woodland police are investigating the baseball bat beating of a San Jose man early this morning.

Officers were called about 2 a.m. to the 1200 block of Alice Street where they found Bong Kim, 43, of San Jose sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle. Bong, who was bleeding, was transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Beaverton restaurants pack big flavor in “Little Korea”
The Oregonian

Local Korean food fans already know that Beaverton is the Oregon destination for seafood pancakes, dumplings and barbecue.

But the amount and variety available might surprise even well-traveled diners. Clustered in a 1.5-square-mile circle around the Beaverton Transit Center are more than 10 restaurants serving Korean fare.

Kim’s hit caps comeback for Bears
Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.)

Jae Yun Kim seemed surprised Tuesday night when he entered the Bears clubhouse, equipment bag in tow, to rousing cheers and back slaps from his teammates.

He needn’t have been.

Kim’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning — a ball stricken with such force it might have left a vapor trail — capped a three-run uprising that pushed Yakima to its sixth victory in seven games, 5-3 over Spokane.

Prosecutors seek life sentence for doctor accused of killing pregnant wife
Yonhap News

Prosecutors sought on Thursday a life sentence for a South Korean doctor accused of murdering his nine-months-pregnant wife during a quarrel.

The 31-year-old doctor, surnamed Baek, was indicted on charges that he suffocated his 29-year-old pregnant wife while the two were fighting over his heavy computer gaming habit in January. Police found the wife lying dead over a bathtub in the couple’s apartment in Seoul.

Korean Olympic skating champ seeks Russian citizenship
CNNGo

Although it would not be an understatement to say that Koreans are perhaps some of the most nationalistic people in the world, they are proving to be surprisingly cool with the idea of losing one of their prized athletes to Russia.

Ahn Hyun-soo, three-time Olympic short-track skating gold medalist is confirmed to be applying for Russian citizenship in order to represent Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Yonhap News reported that Ahn will renounce his Korean citizenship in order to join the Russian Skating Union.

Fight ends Georgetown basketball exhibition in China
Washington Post

What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men’s basketball team turned violent Thursday night, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles as Hoyas players and coaches headed to the locker room at Olympic Sports Center Stadium.

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Monday's Link Attack: David Chang, Moon Bloodgood, Lesbian Korean Drama

Happy Birthday, David Chang! A Look Back at His Biggest Culinary Moments and Controversies
yumsugar

Here’s a slideshow of Momofuku chef David Chang.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to Film Scene With Pittsburgh Steelers
The Hollywood Reporter

Hines Ward and members of the Pittsburgh Steelers will appear in the upcoming ‘Batman’ movie.

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is adding some professional athletes to its cast.

Members of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers team will be filming a scene in the Warner Bros. film this weekend playing football players at Heinz Field. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a dozen of his teammates, including Hines Ward, Willie Colon and Maurkice Pouncey, are expected to participate during Saturday’s filming. Thousands of extras will be on hand to play fans.

KBS receives harsh criticisms for airing Korea’s first lesbian drama
allkpop

A new KBS drama called ‘Daughters of Club Bilitis‘ had viewers up in arms over the fact that it contained content relating to same-sex couples.

Moon Bloodgood on ‘Falling Skies’
Crave Online

Here’s a short Q&A with Moon Bloodgood, one of the stars of TNT’s “Falling Skies,” a sci-fi hourlong drama which concluded its first season yesterday.

Crave Online: What brought you to “Falling Skies”?

Moon Bloodgood: Well certainly when you get handed a script and they tell you it’s Bob Rodat and Steven Spielberg, you’re immediately drawn to it. It’s got your attention. I was a little cautious about wanting to do science fiction again. But it was more of a drama story, more of a family story. I liked that and I wanted to work with Spielberg. I liked the idea of playing a doctor and deviating from something I had done already. And I just love the story, the family. It was simple. It wasn’t trying to hard.

Select Korean-Americans to be allowed to exchange letters with their families in N. Korea
Yonhap News

North Korea has agreed to allow 10 Korean-Americans to exchange letters with their families in the communist country whom they have not seen since the Korean War more than a half century ago, a South Korean Red Cross official Saturday.

Margaret Cho ‘Cho Dependent’ Review
The Guardian (U.K.)

From innocence to experience, the cast of last year’s series of the US reality show Dancing with the Stars ran the full gamut. In one corner, sexual abstinence campaigner Bristol Palin. In the other, Margaret Cho, the Korean-American comedian who is to sexual abstinence what Caligula was to good governance. “I want to get f–ked into assisted living,” says Cho, whose Edinburgh show hymns her carnal voracity and her war against the Palinification of the US. Even as her tales of cunnilingus and geriatric sex strain for gaudy effect, it’s a cosy, congratulatory – and enjoyable – affair.

Postwar dreams in a changing Korea
Miami Herald

The Miami Herald reviews Samuel Park’s new novel “This Burns My Heart.”

An assistant English professor at Chicago’s Columbia College and author of the one-act play turned novella turned short film Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Samuel Park displays an affinity for stage and screen in his atmospheric and exuberantly filmic new novel.

Inspired by his mother’s memories, This Burns My Heart cuts a chunky swath of postwar South Korea from 1960 through the ’70s funneled through the life arc of sprightly but initially superficial Soo-Ja Choi. Each scene unfolds visually — in darkened stone interiors, busy hotels and coffee houses — with domineering mothers, maniacal fathers, familiar themes of filial piety and cultural obligation, the inevitably unhappy marriage that was never what it appeared. But since the story is centered on Soo-Ja, she is most sharply in focus and not always sympathetically.

Frenchman Who Teaches Korean Language at SNU
Chosun Ilbo

Marc Duval jokes that his love of the spicy Korean stew kimchi jjigae made him a professor of Korean language at the prestigious Seoul National University.

World-class athletes to gather in Daegu for int’l event
The Korea Herald

Usain Bolt, Yelena Isinbayeva, Asafa Powell and other world-class athletes will gather in Daegu next month to take part in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Championships.

Free Hank Conger!
ESPN.com

After moving Joel Pineiro to the bullpen, there’s only one obvious move left for the Angels to make. They must free Hank Conger.

As bad as the Angels’ offense has been, it’s their catching that has been especially atrocious in 2011.

Greg Pak’s Epic Run to Conclude with INCREDIBLE HULKS #635
The Daily Blam!

Comic book writer Greg Pak is ending his five-year run as writer of The Incredible Hulks.

Marvel Comics has released advance preview pages for The Incredible Hulk​s #635, the final issue of writer Greg Pak​’s run. The issue hits stores August 31, 2011.

Oldest foreign school in Seoul kicks off its centennial
Yonhap News

Here’s a feature story on the oldest international school in South Korea.

Seoul’s oldest foreign school is turning 100 years old next year, and the school is ready to celebrate the occasion by opening itself up to show how its pioneering academics have shaped 100 years of educating Seoul’s foreign population.

The Arms Race Intrudes on Paradise [OPINION]
New York Times

Gloria Steinem writes an op-ed piece for the Times regarding Jeju Island.

Jeju isn’t called the most beautiful place on earth for nothing. Ancient volcanoes have become snow-covered peaks with pure mountain streams running down to volcanic beaches and reefs of soft coral. In between are green hills covered with wildflowers, mandarin orange groves, nutmeg forests, tea plantations and rare orchids growing wild; all existing at peace with farms, resorts and small cities. Unesco, the United Nation’s educational, scientific and cultural organization, has designated Jeju Island a world natural heritage site.

Now, a naval base is about to destroy a crucial stretch of the coast of Jeju, and will do this to dock and service destroyers with sophisticated ballistic missile defense systems and space war applications. China and South Korea have positive relations at the moment. But this naval base is not only an environmental disaster on an island less than two-thirds the size of Rhode Island, it may be a globally dangerous provocation besides.

U.S. ignores Koreans’ protest in naming sea between Korea, Japan
Yonhap News

Despite a growing furor among Koreans, the U.S. government formally confirmed a policy Monday of calling the waters between Korea and Japan the Sea of Japan.

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Monday's Link Attack: Dokdo, Steven Yeun, Internet Addicts

Japanese Lawmakers Denied Entry in South Korea
New York Times

Airport immigration officials denied entry to three Japanese lawmakers on Monday, thwarting their plan to travel close to a set of tiny islands claimed by South Korea and Japan. The trio then refused for hours to board a return flight home in the confrontation, which has laid bare longstanding animosities between the two countries rooted in Japan’s colonialist past.

Troy actor Steven Yeun finds success in ‘Walking Dead’ on AMC
Detroit News

The Troy High School and Kalamazoo College graduate was just happy to play Glenn, the pizza delivery guy turned hero.

Now that the show has become the basic cable network’s top-rated offering, drawing a record 5 million viewers, Yeun is enjoying the buzz and his character’s development. There’s also more to love this time around now that the series has a 13-episode run. And when the second season of “The Walking Dead” roars back Oct. 16, fans will see Glenn get a love interest named Maggie (Lauren Cohan, “Chuck” and “Supernatural”) and suddenly have more to lose.

Charges laid in May shooting death
CTV News (Canada)

A man has been charged with first-degree murder on Friday in connection with the shooting death of John Kang in May.

Kang, 21, was shot outside a fast food restaurant near Victoria Park and Finch Avenue East on May 26.

L.A.’s Idea of Korean Food vs. What Koreans Really Eat
L.A. Weekly

Most Angelenos know at least a few Korean dishes. Beyond that, appreciation of the range and depth appreciation of Korean cuisine varies quite a bit. We’re never surprised about the wide swath of positive or negative things anyone has to say about Korean food.

Tens of Thousands Line Up to Sue Apple
Chosun Ilbo

Around 25,000 [Korean] users of iPhones and iPads are preparing to sue Apple for gathering information on their locations without their consent.

Mirae Law, which is representing the Apple users in the collective action suit, said on Sunday that around 25,000 people comprise the first group of litigants, and that it plans to submit its suit at the beginning of this month.

South Korean clinic treats web addicts
BBC News

Like all the children here, Ji-won is learning to spend time away from the internet.

It is something South Korea is increasingly concerned about. Internet addiction has long been recognised as a clinical condition here. And a number of high-profile cases of addicts who neglect themselves – or their children – to the point of death, have raised awareness even further.

A Korean ‘Sacred Duty’ Harbors a Dark Side
New York Times

Amid a rise in suicides and shooting incidents, South Korea’s mandatory military service comes under scrutiny.

Increasingly, the military’s ranks are filled with young men who have not experienced war and no longer consider their 21-month compulsory service a “sacred duty,” as their fathers did, but rather an inconvenient interruption of their civilian lives and careers.

That shift in attitude not only has worried superiors who count on a motivated force, but also has led to a generational clash. Many younger soldiers and marines are now unwilling to accept harsh treatment long tolerated and even encouraged in South Korea as a way of toughening up men for battle, including beatings severe enough to puncture eardrums and cut deeply into thighs.

YG Entertainment CEO Reveals Plans for Movement into the U.S. Market
soompi

The head of the highly successful Korean pop label, which includes popular groups such as 2NE1 and Big Bang, said that the company plans a foray into the U.S. market within two years.

I now see the possibilities of advancing into the American market from closely observing the changes that have taken place in the European market. The marketing potential for it is endless. I’m secretly looking forward to the US market as well. China and the US are actually the toughest markets. The US is also the market that most singers are targeting but it’s so big that I think it’s more effective to polish content made in Korea and inform them of it than to promote in the country directly.

A Utopia called Nami
The Nation

One of the most popular tourist destinations in South Korea, Nami Island is instantly recognisable as the backdrop for the popular 2002 Korean TV drama “Winter Sonata”.

Yet, without the efforts of Kang Woo-Hyon – “the CEO of Nami Island” – this privately owned getaway would still be quiet for much of the year.

Angels minor league report
Los Angeles Times

Catcher Hank Conger is batting .385 with 15 RBI in nine games since his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake.

O.C. Koreans say Olympics will boost country’s standing
Orange County Register

South Korea’s winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics has drawn warm reactions from the Korean-American community in Orange County.

Home to approximately 55,573 Korean Americans, Orange County has the third largest population of Korean Americans in the United States (behind Los Angeles County and Queens County, N.Y.).

Korean-Americans interviewed hope the Olympics will show that South Korea deserves a greater voice in the world community.

Dia Frampton – The Voice Tour in Los Angeles

Angels' Hank Conger Demoted To Minors

Photo via Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Angels sent catcher Hank Conger to the minor leagues Tuesday following a series of defensive mistakes in recent weeks, according to ESPN.

Conger was dealing with some mechanical issues and had thrown out just eight of the 56 base runners who tried to steal on him. He was batting .214, and just .176 since June 1.

“It was hard to swallow, but looking at the big picture, I’ve got to go down there and get some work in,” Conger told ESPN.

“I’ve been injured most of my life coming up through the minors. I’m just trying to catch up. I appreciate how the Angels handled my situation. They really gave me a chance to try to perform when I was up here.”

The demotion for Conger, a highly-touted prospect since he was drafted in the first round of the 2006 baseball draft, was seen as temporary. However, Angels manager Mike Scioscia would not elaborate on how long the minor league stint would be, according to the Orange County Register.

Conger, who graced the cover of KoreAm‘s May 2011 issue, graduated from Huntington Beach High School in Southern California.

Thursday's Link Attack: David Chang's New Mag, Daniel Dae Kim, Toilet House

David Chang Launches ‘Lucky Peach’

The Momofuku chef known for his exquisite ramen recently launched a new quarterly magazine for foodies and the early reviews of the publication, which hit newsstands yesterday, were largely positive.

The Chicago Tribune published an extensive review of the new venture, calling it “a powerhouse lineup of food porn.”

It’s part-literary magazine, part-conversation between friends and a whole lot of attitude about the state of noodles and cooking, the first of what will be a sprawling quarterly mix of ideas, art and recipes in exploration of a single topic.

LA Weekly called it “an enormous amount of fun.”

Yes, recipes. 22 recipes. David Chang recipes, mostly. Worth the price of admission themselves. So that you can make your own tonkotsu broth to spill on the journal’s pages. Or make cacio e pepe from instant ramen. Or instant ramen gnocchi. Or bacon dashi. And if that isn’t highbrow enough, Chang provides a recipe for Alain Passard’s famous egg, called here the Arpege egg, too. Knock yourself out.

‘Lost’ Star Daniel Dae Kim Was Going To Be Comic Relief In ‘The Adjustment Bureau’
IndieWire

Kim had a part that was ultimately cut from the sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, a “blackly humorous” role, according to an IndieWire interview with director George Nolfi.

“[Kim] did a great job—just two scenes—and they’re in there so people can see what it would have looked like if we had gone that direction. I ultimately decided that the Bureau needed to be a little more dark or it would risk being silly. It’s already such a difficult concept to kind of sell in a realistic way, so that’s why it’s out.”

In other DDK news, veteran actor Terry O’Quinn will join the cast of “Hawaii Five-0,” reuniting the two former “Lost” cast members.

Kim said the show is lucky to have the actor on board.

“He’s a great actor who brings a sense of professionalism to every project he works on and I’m excited to work with him again,” Kim said in a release.

O’Quinn, 58, played the mysterious and obsessive character John Locke on “Lost.”

Asian New Yorkers Surpass a Million, and Band Together
New York Times

Asians, a group more commonly associated with the West Coast, are surging in New York, where they have long been eclipsed in the city’s kaleidoscopic racial and ethnic mix. For the first time, according to census figures released in April, their numbers have topped one million — nearly 1 in 8 New Yorkers — which is more than the Asian population in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.

That milestone, in turn, has become a rallying cry for Asian New Yorkers who have been working for years to win more political representation, government assistance and public recognition. Many leaders have seized on the one-million figure as a fresh reason for immigrants and their descendants who hail from across the Asian continent to think of themselves as one people with a common cause — in the same way that many people from Spanish-speaking cultures have come to embrace the broad terms Latino and Hispanic.

Check out the cool interactive map to see where Asian American New Yorkers live. Chinatown? Obviously. Flushing? Check. Jackson Heights? Yes. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn? Didn’t know that.

My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant
New York Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wrote a stunning first-person piece for the New York Times Magazine which revealed that he is an undocumented immigrant. Vargas came to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 years old.

At 16, he tried to get his driver’s license and was hit with a bombshell.

When I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.”

Vargas’ story is engaging, in-depth and thought-provoking and is sure to spark heated discussion on the highly-sensitive issue of immigration.

There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own.

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