Kirkpatrick: North Koreans Want Freedom
Wall Street Journal
Many reporters worry about being scooped by competitors, but at the Journal we also have to worry about being scooped by the writers and editors on our opinion page.
As a news reporter responsible for covering North Korea, that has routinely meant coming across the following response while calling defectors, aid groups, officials and researchers to talk about a development: “Melanie Kirkpatrick called me about that already.”
Few people have put as much time and energy into telling the world how North Korea abuses its people – and putting the spotlight on the foreigners who have tried to help North Koreans flee – as Ms. Kirkpatrick.
US warns N. Korea against provocations
AFP via Google News
The US pointman for North Korea Monday warned Pyongyang against any provocation during a rare period of near simultaneous political transition in nations encouraging it to abandon nuclear weapons.
Glyn Davies is wrapping up talks over the past week in Japan, South Korea and China on their common goal of denuclearising North Korea and achieving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Those countries along with Russia have for years been working to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme via a framework of on-again, off-again negotiations known as the six-party talks.
Spring break in Libya
HIS PLANE TOUCHED down in Cairo on Aug. 23, 2011. School didn’t start again for another month, and Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old UCLA math major, had told his parents he was going sightseeing in Egypt. What he didn’t tell them was that he had decided to fight with the Libyan rebels against Muammar al-Qaddafi. He wanted to see something historic, he told friends.
Kim hopes to win Senate seat focusing on economy
Times Ledger (Queens, N.Y.)
Republican candidate J.D. Kim hopes to open up the buzzing economy of Flushing to the surrounding communities if he defeats incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for a Senate seat in November.
According to campaign filings from early October, Kim is severely out-funded in the race. Between July and October, he raised about $7,500 with about $2,000 remaining in his coffers compared to Stavisky, who raised less than $2,000 over the same period but still has a balance of $36,000.
The Life of an Alleged Female Enforcer
As a tall, slender and attractive woman, Kelly Soo Park does not fit the typical profile of a menacing enforcer sent to intimidate her boss’s business associates.
But that is what Los Angeles prosecutors allege in court documents that accuse her of strangling 21-year-old actress Juliana Redding in 2008.
Park “used her bare hands” to “strangle” the actress and then, according to prosecutors, turned on the gas stove in an “attempt to blow up the apartment.”
AALAC ‘Voting Gangnam Style’ Video Goes Viral
Duluth Patch (Ga.)
The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center’s “Voting Gangnam Style” video on Youtube has gone viral, according to a press release issued by the center.
The 60-second video was meant to be a teaser for a full-length get-out-to-vote video to be released later. AALAC partnered with Kollaboration Atlanta to shoot the video.
“We wanted to send a message — especially to students — that voting is fun. And to make that message viral, we took advantage of the international dance hit Gangnam Style,” Helen Ho, AALAC’s executive director, said in the press release.
Op-Ed: Becoming a Kringo – What a Korean-American is Doing at a Hispanic Ad Agency
It’s been a minute but we’re back with another entry in our Day in the Life of an Intern series. This submission comes to us courtesy of a Justin Jahng, a biz dev intern at Grey Group agency Wing, which focuses on the U.S. Latino market. It’s really hard to top Jahng’s title for his entry so we’ll just let the Boston University grad have the floor and explain. Take it away, young man.
For the past four months, I have been the Business Development intern at Wing, a full-service advertising agency focused on the US Hispanic Market. I have learned a lot during my time here from fellow coworkers and supervisors, but there is something about who I am that makes my experience slightly different from the rest. I am Korean American.
The GQ+A: The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun
These days, however, Glenn, played by Steven Yeun, gets to engage in post-apocalyptic games of Hide the Sausage with his bombshell girlfriend, and dismembers zombies with abandon. In other words: guy’s found his mojo. In our weekly GQ+A with a Walking Dead insider, we spoke with the comedian-turned-drama-star about playing the last nice guy on earth.
Korean dance bootcamp goes bust
The wildly popular South Korean rapper “PSY”‘s moves have made him a viral video sensation, and Korean hip-hop known as KPOP is a huge hit with the kids.
Learning KPOP was exactly how Bonnie Blake’s teenage daughter Kelly wanted to spend her summer, and this promotional video for HITS NY summer boot camp caught her eye.
“She saw the video and the kids working really hard, and had a real passion for this, and wanted to experience it herself,” said Bonnie.
Doctor runs with runner he saved
Orange County Register (Calif.)
Doctors said chances were slim that she ever again would run recreationally, and slimmer that she would ever again race competitively.
Suzanne Maldonado-Rael, 34, proved them wrong Sunday, just eight months after her heart stopped and she collapsed at the Surf City Half-Marathon.
Unlike her regular doctors, the doctor who saved her life Feb. 5 said he felt differently about her recovery. Dr. Steven Kim assured her she would run competitively again – and vowed that he would race with her.
The Asians on TV: New Fall 2012-13 Shows
Angry Asian Man
I’ve been meaning to post this for several weeks… So the new fall television season is well underway, and that means we’re seeing some Asian faces on new shows. Well, I watch a lot of TV, and as you know, I am particularly interested in seeing more Asian folks on the tube. So…
For your reference, I have compiled a running list of Asian actors in the starring casts of new scripted prime time network television shows. Some of the shows have premiered, others won’t be on until midseason, and some actually have already been canceled (like I said, I meant to post this sooner).
Hines Ward returns to PBS with his new team
After Hines Ward retired earlier this year, many thought they had seen the last of him in Paul Brown Stadium. But the former Steelers receiver will be here tonight as part of NBC’s crew for the Football Night in America pregame show.
To say that Ward has a special place in Bengals fans’ minds would be an understatement. According to Pro Football Reference, he is the only player to have 100 career catches against the Bengals.
In 29 games, including one postseason, Ward had 133 receptions for 1,598 yards and 16 touchdowns against Cincinnati. He is one of six to have at least 1,000 receiving yards against the team.
Q&A: Stanford golfer Lauren Kim of Los Altos
Palo Alto Daily News via Mercury News
Stanford freshman Lauren Kim spent a few minutes on the phone Thursday with Daily News sports reporter Vytas Mazeika to talk about her early success with the women’s golf team. The Los Altos High graduate, who over the summer won the 83rd NCGA Junior Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, was the California Junior Girls’ State Champion in 2009 and the runner-up this year. In her first college tournament at Vanderbilt, Kim was the top finisher for the Cardinal as she tied for 17th. Next up is this weekend’s 49th Stanford Intercollegiate, which tees off today and ends Sunday.
‘Dumplings’ And Bunnies: Asian Folk Songs For Kids
Billed as “all-ages folk and children’s music from East Asia,” Rabbit Days and Dumplings collects mostly traditional songs from China, Tibet, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. The album is the creation of Elena Moon Park. She’s spent six years playing family music with Dan Zanes, who has a fanatically devoted following among the smaller set. For this project, she brought in dozens of other musicians from around New York City.
Park is a Korean-American, born and raised in East Tennessee with immigrant parents from South Korea.
A man who allegedly tried to extort $15,000 from retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested Thursday, according to authorities.
Joshua Van Auker of Pittsburgh recently claimed his girlfriend had a “physical relationship” with the former Super Bowl MVP, the Associated Press reported. He allegedly met with Ward’s personal assistant, Raymond Burgess, Thursday to exchange an envelope containing proof of his claims for money. Detectives monitoring the scene arrested him.
Burgess later told investigators Van Auker started making demands for money after his girlfriend said she “had been involved in a prior physical relationship with Ward.” Continue Reading »
Trial to start in alleged hazing, death of Asian-American soldier
The men, all Chen’s superiors, are accused of subjecting him to weeks of disparaging taunts and physical mistreatment. The allegations include tying sandbags to his arms, throwing rocks and water bottles at him, making him speak Chinese instead of English and calling him names such as “gook,” “slants,” “chink” and “egg roll.”
The case has galvanized the Asian-American community in Chen’s hometown of New York and elsewhere. A few dozen supporters are traveling by plane or van to accompany his parents to the military trial starting on Tuesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Gun range owner haunted by recent suicide on premises
WTVR CBS 6 (Va.)
The owner of The Smoking Gun pistol range didn’t want to appear on TV, but he did want to set the record straight about the suicide inside his business five days ago.
It’s a death that he says has made it hard to sleep at night.
It began with the sound of gunshots inside a shooting range. It’s safe to say it’s common to hear that sound there, but a shot last week still haunts the range owner. “I yelled, ‘Lieutenant!” he said. “’You have five minutes,’ but he didn’t acknowledge me.”
Ellicott City Woman Pleads Guilty to $680,000 Wire Fraud
Arbutus Patch (Md.)
According to the FBI, Kim was the owner and chief operating officer of EK Settlements in Ellicott City, and a title agent at an insurance company from 2005 to 2008. As part of her job, she was required to maintain an escrow account for real estate settlement funds from buyers and to pay off mortgage lenders.
In 2006, according to the plea, Kim started stealing money from that escrow account to pay for personal bills, including tuition for her kids’ private school, tax bills and to pay for previous loans that she had not yet settled.
New Printer Inkjet Nozzle Inspired By Human Eye
University of Missouri engineering professor Jae Wan Kwon says he’s solved a “historic printer nozzle problem” with his anti-clog nozzle, which spreads a thin layer of silicone oil over the opening of the print nozzle. This keeps the ink from drying out for months (the team tested for twelve weeks without any sign of problems) without the use of anti-evaporation additives that drive up the price of ink. If the ink can’t dry out, it can’t clog, and if it doesn’t clog, there’s no need to blast the clog free with a burst of ink (also wasteful).
Kwon says an obvious solution to preventing ink clots is to cover the nozzle head with a plate. But the nozzles are so small–usually about 1/5th the diameter of a human hair–that moving a tiny plate is very difficult. The surface tension of the ink itself would hold the tiny plate in place and require a huge force to move it.
So instead, Kwon turned to the human eye.
Industry Players Reveal Their Favorite Finds in L.A.’s Koreatown
Up-all-night, anything-goes Koreatown, where Los Angeles laws always seem a little looser, is ready for its zeitgeist-tapping close-up. On July 11, Electus chairman Ben Silverman’s just-launched YouTube channel Loud debuted K-Town, a Jersey Shore-inspired series that follows a party-hardy group of eight Korean-Americans (yes, there’s drink-throwing) in the glitzy, sometimes-gritty neighborhood between Hancock Park and downtown. The show’s producers include former MTV executives Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, as well as Tyrese Gibson. “It’s a really cool subculture that we haven’t seen in mainstream media,” says Silverman. Adds Gateley of the program, “Now you get to be a fly on the wall.”
The 24/7 sensory overload of today’s Koreatown — from spas to clubs, barbecue to bibimbap — has ramped up steadily during the past two decades, since the L.A. riots of 1992. But it began when South Koreans immigrated to the area in the 1970s during the reign of military strongman Park Chung-hee.
Hines Ward talks ‘Dark Knight Rises,’ work
“The producer, Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures, asked me if I wanted to do the cameo and I was excited. It was a big honor. I grew up watching the Batman cartoons and have seen the Batman movies. As far as my scene goes, it was surreal, and I think I did pretty well. I had a blast doing it.”
What Would Your Portrait Look Like, As A Blueprint?
“10 years ago I came across an architectural floor plan on the web and found the complicated lines and signs just beautiful and compelling…this was a kind of clicking moment” Ahn tells Co.Design. “All the elements such as dots, lines and signs written on it were neither merely decorative nor auxiliary, but each of them carried important information. I think the impression of the blueprint was quite deep.”
Her work follows suit, somehow finding a balance between both the clinical and the sentimental at the same time. In The Power of a Kiss, she breaks down her mother’s kiss before school each day as a physics equation, driven by musculature like the orbicularis oris. But you can also see a stream of love, hearts entering the small child while her arms flap with uncontrollable joy.
N. Korea angry at S. Korean journalists for covering practice
North Korean table tennis officials here on Monday reacted angrily to South Korean journalists who attempted to take pictures of their practice ahead of the upcoming London Olympics, in the latest display of strained ties between the two countries.
North Korean table tennis players had practice at ExCeL South Arena, which will also serve as the venue for the Olympic competitions from July 28 to Aug. 2. As South Korean photographers began to capture the players in action, an official threw a towel toward them and yelled, “Don’t shoot.”
Stunning Photographs Document Korea’s Rapid Modernization
The following set of photos were uploaded on popular postings website Ilbe, by a netizen who reflects upon a Seoul that once was. They show how Korea’s landscape was still very much a poor one in the years following the Korean War, while also serving as an interesting comparison to those pictures we brought to you of pre-war Seoul.
It is also worth noting that the series was posted one day after presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye re-iterated her father’s coup d’etat “was the best choice in an unavoidable situation.” Many in Korea, especially those of the older generation, still hail President Park Chung-hee‘s rapid economic developement policies as having brought Korea from rags to riches. Perhaps were these photos uploaded to remind fellow younger (Ilbe-user) voters who the obvious choice is this autumn?
Korea Has Invented Something Much Worse Than The Shake Weight
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North Korean military official relieved of all posts
Los Angeles Times
Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho, 69, rose out of obscurity to become a mentor to Kim, the country’s supreme commander, and an integral part of the leadership’s inner circle after the death of dictator Kim Jong Il last year. Ri accompanied the younger Kim as they walked alongside a hearse carrying the body of Kim Jong Il at his funeral.
North Korea’s official news agency said Ri was removed because of illness. The decision was made Sunday after a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party.
Experts on North Korea Can See a Lot in a Hemline
New York Times
Keeping track of women’s hemlines is, admittedly, an unusual way to judge the mind-set of a country’s leader.
But that is just what veteran North Korea watchers have resorted to in trying to peer into one of the world’s most isolated countries and divine what its new young leader, Kim Jong-un, is thinking. For weeks now, those analysts have puzzled over photos of women sporting miniskirts and heels in downtown Pyongyang, a stunning change from the years when Western wear was mostly shunned in favor of billowy traditional dresses or drab Mao-style work uniforms.
Is This North Korea’s First Lady?
Wall Street Journal
On Sunday, Korean Central News Agency showed the woman accompanying Mr. Kim on a visit to a kindergarten in Pyongyang. In a dotted yellow one-piece and a Chanel-style white tweed jacket, matching with ivory toe-open high heels, the woman gave the image of a confident – and fashionable – First Lady.
She looked at ease and natural with Mr. Kim. In some photos, she was standing right next to him when he was talking to a group of children. Other officials, including Mr. Kim’s uncle Jang Song Thaek, were several steps behind. She also appeared to send Mr. Kim affectionate looks.
Union Efforts Over Conditions at Grocers Split 2 Immigrant Groups
New York Times
In the past two years, workers in two dozen midsize independent supermarkets across Brooklyn have accused their employers of unfair pay and poor conditions. With the organizers’ help, they have sought to unionize or have filed lawsuits seeking wages they said they deserved.
The clash has shaped up into a test of wills between two immigrant groups: Most of the workers are Latino immigrants and most of the owners are from South Korea.
53 South Koreans face fraud charges in Essex County
Newark Star-Ledger (N.J.)
More than 50 South Korean nationals are facing fraud charges in Essex County after applying for state driver’s licenses in Newark using a government form they had purchased illegally, the county prosecutor’s office said today.
The 53 defendants in Essex — 151 have been charged statewide — were arrested as part of a federal investigation into a multistate fraudulent-document scheme that allegedly helped mostly South Korean citizens obtain driver’s licenses and visas in the United States.
Greystripe Founders Michael Chang And Andy Choi Join Digitization Company YesVideo, Invest $5M
Michael Chang and Andy Choi, the founders of mobile ad network Greystripe, are taking the reins at a new company. However, it’s not the hot new startup you might be expecting. Instead, they’re joining YesVideo, a company founded back in 1999.
The pair has invested $5 million in the company. Chang is now YesVideo’s CEO and has joined the company’s board, while Choi is the new CTO.
TBS sitcom ‘Sullivan & Son’ created with plenty of ties to region
Mr. Byrne, a stand-up comedian who next brings his act to the Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead Aug. 23-26, stars in “Sullivan & Son” as Steve Sullivan, a New York corporate lawyer who decides to move home to Pittsburgh and buy the bar from his parents, played by Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) and Jodi Long (“All-American Girl”).
“Growing up in Pittsburgh, going to school in Ohio and now living in Chicago, I appreciate my roots in the Midwest and having blue collar values. I wanted that to be very reflective in this show,” said Mr. Byrne, who was wearing a Pirates hat as he chatted while taking a break from rehearsing an upcoming episode. “Steve gives up the rat race, because in the corporate world you could achieve benchmarks with work and get a sales trophy, but if you don’t have anyone to appreciate that with, what’s the point of that?”
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward stars in key scene in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
New York Daily News
The former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver stars in a key scene in “The Dark Knight Rises,” opening Friday, as the Gotham Rogues player who runs back a touchdown while the football field behind him collapses in a terrorist attack by Batman arch-nemesis Bane (Tom Hardy).
Though the destruction of Heinz Field is clearly the work of CGI, Ward had to run through a gauntlet of pyrotechnics to film the scene.
“Oh man, just being able to be in the new Batman movie was a big honor for me,” Ward told the News via email. “Filming my scene was like being in another world. Seeing Heinz Field with the entire movie set on it and with the field raised up was unreal. And doing my run with the explosives was like nothing I have ever done before.”
Kim Hee-sun to Return to TV After 6-Year Hiatus
Actress Kim Hee-sun is returning to TV after a six-year hiatus to star in the upcoming SBS drama “Faith,” which is scheduled to be aired in mid-August. In the drama, Kim plays the role of a plastic surgeon who is abducted by a warrior, played by heartthrob Lee Min-ho, and taken back 700 years in time to his era.
Video: The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun Size Up Their Zombie Survival Skills
Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead came out to support fellow AMC show Breaking Bad at its Comic-Con premiere, and we chatted with both of the guys on the red carpet. Listen in as they talk about the best — and worst — thing about filming the hit zombie series, and who they think will be the last man standing when all the other characters are killed off.
The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun on Glenn as New Group Leader: ‘He Needs to Step Up’
At Comic-Con, Yeun swung by to talk about how even a recent jog turned into a wake-up call about the AMC drama’s insane amount of devoted fans.
Stinky, Spicy, and Delicious: The Radical Reinvention of Asian American Food
They grew up in tough neighborhoods and trained in refined European kitchens. Now these brilliant young chefs want to show you what’s really in their refrigerators.
Watch: Jeremy Lin Inspires Video Shot at the Palace Restaurant
Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch (Calif.)
The Comediva video shot at the Los Feliz institution features actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson and is produced by Broadway and “Hart of Dixie” star Deborah S. Craig.
Ms. Craig originated the first Korean-American character in a Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and currently plays “Shelley Ng”, TV’s first Southern Asian character on CW’s hit Hart of Dixie.
After dining, Craig approached Palace owner, Toni Li, about the possibility of using the restaurant as a location for a video production inspired by Jeremy Lin, the basketball star.
“Korean Jersey Shore” Finally Debuts … Straight to YouTube
San Francisco Weekly
The oft-discussed but never-picked-up reality show K-Town — dubbed “the Korean American Jersey Shore” — has finally debuted as an online series on YouTube pop culture channel Loud. K-Town follows a group of mostly Korean Americans as they live (and drink) in L.A., airing in weekly 10 minute episodes.
Oliver Wang provides a comprehensive roundup of the controversies surrounding the show since its production was announced two years ago, as well as the criticism of its ethnic/cultural reality TV brethren, such as Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset and The History Channel’s Swamp People. While some consider these shows to be progress, others question the representation: Are marginalized groups being subjected to buffoonery for mainstream consumption? Is this another notch in the media’s “let’s demean people who we think are different” bedpost?
Jennifer Lee is Bluesfest’s techno monster
Los Angeles beat maker TOKiMONSTA, actual name Jennifer Lee, stands out among the roster of artists featured on the Full Flex Express tour, which stops in Toronto Friday July 13, at Ottawa Bluesfest Saturday July 14 and culminates in Vancouver Sunday July 22.
She’s obviously female, Korean-American and her modernistic hip hop music is nothing like what you’ll hear Skrillex or Pretty Lights pump out.
The tracks found on her full length debut, Midnight Menu, range from chill-core (“Sweet Day”), to disco-driven (“Death by Disco”), to slippery, hip hop-infused beats (“Look-A-Like.”)
Multitasking BB skin creams becoming popular in U.S.
Los Angeles Times
Given their pedigree as a beauty staple for South Korean actresses, it may seem odd that BB creams would find their way into American beauty boutiques.
But the products — originally known as Blemish Balm — are among the hottest new additions to the U.S. beauty scene, with a growing number of both small and internationally known brands clamoring to launch them.
Eat asparagus to prevent a hangover
Mother Nature Network
Figuring out how to prevent a hangover while hungover is no fun. While there are plenty of folk remedies that people use to prevent a hangover — drinking through a straw, taking an aspirin, eating lots of bread to absorb the alcohol — a new study documents a hangover remedy that may actually work. In research to be published in the Journal of Food Science, Korean researchers found that extracts taken from the leaves and shoots of asparagus boosted levels of key enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking. And if you don’t usually keep asparagus extract on hand, the good news is eating asparagus before or after drinking can also serve as a hangover remedy, according to the study’s lead author.
Coming to America? Kia K9 Flagship Sedan Spotted on U.S. Soil
BMW 7 Series drivers beware – the Kia K9, which many have pegged as the German flagship’s Korean doppelganger, has just been spotted in America. The K9 officially launched in Korea a few months ago, but the automaker remains tight-lipped about its decision to offer the rear-drive sedan to American customers.
These photos were snapped and sent to us by a friend of Motor Trend, who saw the K9 sedans on display at Kia’s Southern California headquarters. The two K9s, one in silver and the other in black, appear no different from the Korean-market models that recently went on sale. The front end features Kia’s signature tiger nose, while the headlights reveal a full-LED setup. The side profile is simple and adorned with side vents, while the rear is still a display of styling cues that remind many of the BMW 7 Series.
Korean Stereotypes: Blood Type Personalities
According to Korean stereotypes, a person’s blood type tells can tell what kind of personality a person has. These stereotypes are really fun conversation topics in Korea, and if you’re traveling to Korea or trying to make Korean friends, you should definitely find out what kinds of personalities people think you have!
This is not comprehensive list, but here are a few personality traits for blood types according to Korean superstition:
Korean people stereotype people with blood type A as introverted, considerate, self-conscious, patient, unable to express emotions well and tend to be perfectionists.
Korean people stereotype people with blood type B as creative, individualistic, self-centered, inconsiderate and passionate.
Korean people stereotype people with blood type AB as critical, indecisive, unpredictable, emotional and are most likely to be geniuses.
Korean people stereotype people with blood type O as being leaders, easygoing, friendly, outgoing.
Golf Pipeline starting to fill with Korean men
To chase his dream, K.J. Choi had to climb a mountain.
His arms were too long for a future in powerlifting, and baseball was just starting to take off in South Korea when he was a teenager. Without money to buy a baseball and a bat, Choi went to the nearest mountain, cut down a pine tree and fashioned his own bat. He played with a tennis ball, but it just wasn’t the same. So imagine how he felt when he went to a driving range for a golf demonstration.
South Korea to Sign Military Pact With Japan
New York Times
Overcoming lingering historical animosities with its former colonial master, South Korea said on Thursday that it would sign a treaty with Japan that would encourage the sharing of sensitive military data on their common concerns: North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats and China’s growing military might.
In North Korea, learning to hate US starts early
Associated Press via Google News
North Korean students learn that their country has had two main enemies: the Japanese, who colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945, and the U.S., which fought against North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.
They are told that North Korea’s defense against outside forces — particularly the U.S., which has more than 28,000 soldiers stationed in South Korea — remains the backbone of the country’s foreign policy.
NKorean claims South agents tricked her to defect
AP via Google News
A North Korean woman said Thursday that she was tricked into defecting six years ago by South Korean agents who offered to arrange a reunion with her father who went to the South during the Korean War.
Stavisky, Meng Celebrate Korean-American Heritage Day
Western Queens Gazette (N.Y.)
With more than 140,000 Korean-American’s calling New York home, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, along with Assemblymember Grace Meng, welcomed constituents from Flushing to Albany on June 19 to celebrate Korean-American Heritage Day. Meeting with legislators to discuss issues of importance to New York’s Korean-American community, as well as showcasing Korean food and dance, the group held their celebration of Korean-American culture and heritage in the Legislative Office Building.
Comfort women photographer pleased by Japan court
AFP via Google News
A South Korean photographer whose Tokyo exhibition on Japanese wartime sex slaves only went ahead after a court injunction said Thursday it was important to display the work to inform the public.
Japan-based Ahn Sehong said he had been disappointed when camera maker Nikon abruptly cancelled his exhibition, which features 37 pictures of some of the now-elderly Korean women forced into sex slavery during World War II.
Korean American giant BBCN Bank repays its debt to Uncle Sam
Los Angeles Times
The largest Korean American bank has repaid its debt to Uncle Sam — $122 million that was provided at the height of the financial crisis by the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
BBCN Bancorp in Los Angeles said late Wednesday that it repurchased stock that its predecessor banks, Nara Bancorp and Center Financial Corp., had sold to the U.S. Treasury. (The banks merged to become BBCN in November.)
South Korea says it has found East Asia’s oldest farming site
Archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said Wednesday that the agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic period on South Korea’s east coast. The site may be up to 5,600 years old. That’s more than 2,000 years older than what is now the second-oldest known site, which also is in South Korea.
‘Bourne Legacy’ Puts Seoul on Hollywood Radar
“It might be the first time that a Hollywood film has featured Seoul. ‘The Bourne Legacy’ production team was apparently drawn to Seoul as it has been less exposed in films than other Asian metropolises like Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai,” it said.
Seoul is becoming an increasingly popular location for foreign films. The number of foreign movies for which the commission provided some administrative support more than doubled from 10 in 2008 to 24 last year.
Choo takes a breather against southpaw
Without Choo in the lineup as the Indians’ leadoff man — a role he has embraced this season — center fielder Michael Brantley slid into the lineup’s top spot. Backup outfielder Aaron Cunningham took over in right field. Choo entered Wednesday’s 5-4 loss in the sixth inning and drew a walk in the ninth inning in his lone plate appearance.
Hines Ward says NFL players get what they agreed to in CBA
Ward told radio station WFNZ in Charlotte Tuesday that Steelers players, some targeted multiple times by Goodell for allegedly illegal hits, did not sign off on the CBA in large part because of Goodell’s power to discipline players.
“So Roger Goodell, even though a lot of players don’t like having him in charge, the NFLPA, we signed off on the collective bargaining agreement,” said Ward.
Busan’s Trick Eye Museum
Busan for 91 Days
The entire point of this “museum” is to provide setups for funny pictures. An upside-down room makes it look like you’re standing on the ceiling. Stand in front of Mona Lisa with a paintbrush. Lay down on the floor and hang on for dear life to the painting of a cliff. Peer into a gentleman’s briefs. Wrap yourself in the coils of a serpent. Crawl into bed with a surprisingly buxom Mike. Will the hilarity ever stop?! No, it won’t… it goes on and on, for room after room after room. This place is huge and if you haven’t had your fill of funny-posing pictures by the end of it, then you, my friend, have some issues.
Want to feel like an international family of mystery? Add these Korable blocks to your toy collection. The set of 4 blocks is handmade in Michigan and feature the Korean alphabet. The blocks can be combined to create over 120 single-syllable words including numbers, days of the week, foods, nature words, body parts, and more.
Adam WarRock Celebrates His Anniversary With ‘Longshot’ And A Donation Drive
Most of our readers are probably already familiar with Eugene Ahn, AKA Adam WarRock, former co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and occasional ComicsAlliance contributor. Two years ago, Euge quit his career as a lawyer to follow his dream of becoming a full-time rapper, focusing on songs that reflected his interests in comics, TV and video games. Since then, Adam WarRock’s gained critical acclaim for releasing two full-length albums and an EP, touring with top acts such as MC Chris and MC Lars and becoming a one of Wired’s picks for geeks you must follow on Twitter by regularly releasing free music pulsing with pop culture relevance.
KevJumba Takes on Zombies w/ Jay Park