New York undergraduate Hyui Yong Kim pays homage to the late Steve Jobs with a special iTunes track.
by CHELSEA HAWKINS
You’re listening to music on your iPhone, head bobbing, maybe you even throw in a little hip switch now and then. But after the song ends, there’s a stretch of silence—it’s only eight seconds, but you’re aware of the stalled transition from one danceable beat to the next. Those eight seconds are a solemn reminder of the mark the late Steve Jobs has left on our tech-savvy universe.
Developed by Korean American advertising student, Hyui Yong Kim, 25, and exchange student Bryan Wolff, 21, both seniors at the School of Visual Arts in New York, “The Steve Jobs Moment of Silence,” is an eight-second track available for purchase from iTunes for 99 cents. Proceeds from the track are donated to several organizations for pancreatic cancer research.
Police arrested two men in connection with the robbery and murder of an aspiring chef in the Bronx, who was targeted for his iPhone, according to news reports.
Dominick Davis, 20, allegedly shot 26-year-old Korean immigrant Hwangbum Yang in the chest as he walked home from work on April 19 shortly after midnight, the New York Post reported. Alejandro Campos, 21, is the alleged getaway driver.
Police were led to the pair after one of them tried to sell the iPhone for $400 on Craigslist.
An aspiring chef walking home from work was shot and killed in the Bronx in an apparent robbery which targeted the man’s iPhone, according to news reports.
Hwangbum Yang, 26, had just finished his shift at upscale restaurant The Modern, located in the Museum of Modern Art, and was just two blocks from his home — where he lived with his parents and younger sister — when the robber mugged him shortly after midnight, according to the New York Post. Continue Reading »
by Emily Kim
Despite launching less than two years ago, South Korea’s KakaoTalk mobile messaging application has gained 33 million users worldwide.
The app, which allows owners of iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones to communicate, sees over 1 billion messages pass through its service every day, which averages out to 10,000 messages per second, according to the Chosun Ilbo.
Despite its enormous user count, KakaoTalk is still considered a relatively nascent app, having been released in March of 2010. What makes the service so ubiquitously appealing is that it allows users to send and receive one-on-one or group messages to people anywhere in the world. KakaoTalk has capabilities beyond those of the basic text messaging platform, which allow people to send photos, videos, voice and contact information.
Anna Lee, 19, of Irvine, Calif., says she prefers KakaoTalk over regular SMS messaging because of its interface, which she describes as “kind of like AIM [AOL Instant Messenger], but for your phone.” In addition to the fact that the service is free, Lee says she appreciates the “prettier graphics” that KakaoTalk possesses.
Minyoung Kim, a Korean citizen and current student at the University of California, Riverside, uses KakaoTalk to keep in touch with her parents in Korea. “It’s a hassle to call every time I want to talk to them and international calls are expensive,” Kim told iamKoreAm.com. “KakaoTalk is fast and free.” Continue Reading »
‘Korean Zombie’ ties UFC mark with 7-second KO of Hominick
The Korean Zombie turned off The Machine so quickly it tied an official record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Popular featherweight Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung knocked out Mark “The Machine” Hominick in seven seconds Saturday at UFC 140 in Toronto. That tied UFC’s mark for fastest knockout.
Hominick praised Jung afterward, but also admitted that he started the fight recklessly. The fight began with Hominick moving forward with his hands down as he looked to land his own power punches.
Jung took advantage by connecting with a right hand squarely to the temple, sending the other man tumbling to the ground. The Korean never gave Hominick a chance to recover, immediately rushing to stand over him and throw punches at his face until he went limp for a moment, eliciting an immediate stoppage from referee Herb Dean.
Chick-fil-A worker fired for offending Asian customers
Los Angeles Times
A cashier at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at UC Irvine has been fired after she put offensive names mocking Asian customers on their receipts.
Rather than take the names of two Asian customers, she typed “Ching” and “Chong,” which appeared, respectively, on the two customers’ receipts, according to Kelvin Lee, a UC Irvine student and friend of the customers. He posted photos of the receipts on his Tumblr account.
Since then, the post has spread through the blogosphere, attracting negative attention to the fast-food chain, which has already garnered animus from some corners because of its openly Christian roots and connection to conservative stances.
Company officials say the incident doesn’t reflect corporate views and stands in stark contrast to its ethos. It was “simply [a] case of immaturity, failed judgment and human error” on the part of one employee, said Don Perry, Chick-fil-A’s vice president for public relations.
Silent UC Berkeley protester detained
The Daily Californian
Alex Kim, a UC Berkeley senior and Occupy Cal protester who took a vow of silence, was detained Sunday by UCPD officers on Sproul Plaza, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
At around 4:38 p.m., a few officers approached a group of demonstrators sitting on the lawn in front of Sproul Hall and handcuffed Kim before taking him away, said junior Katie Rapp.
“I was so surprised,” Rapp said. “They just grabbed him.”
Chinese Fisherman Kills South Korean Coast Guardsman
New York Times
A South Korean Coast Guard member was stabbed to death by a Chinese fisherman on Monday during a crackdown on illegal fishing near South Korea, the Coast Guard said.
Nine Chinese crewmen violently resisted South Korean coast guardsmen trying to impound their 66-ton boat about 120 miles west of Incheon, near the border with North Korea, according to a Coast Guard statement.
Another Chinese ship rammed into the boat, and amid the confusion, the Chinese rebelled, said Chi Geun-tae, a Coast Guard spokesman, citing a preliminary report from the scene.
Former female prosecutor arrested over corruption suspicion
A former female prosecutor embroiled in a corruption scandal was arrested on Monday to be questioned over allegations that she received a luxury sedan and a designer handbag in return for peddling her influence, prosecutors dealing with the case said.
SHOWBIZ: Fine company with Clara C
New Straits Times (Malaysia)
It is the age of the YouTube artist — the ultra-engaging, crowd-friendly product of an environment where everything including love, sweat and tears is shared.
Clara C is a good example of this.
Despite having arrived on our shores in the wake of concerts by two other YouTube celebrity singers, Jayesslee and Greyson Chance, Clara dazzled the audience at the Bentley Auditorium in Damansara Mutiara recently with her infectious, bubbly brand of singing.
The Korean-American singer was spontaneous, funny and witty — and the 300-plus strong crowd loved every minute she was on stage.
Kuala Lumpur is the second leg of her five-city Asia Pacific tour, having already performed at Singapore’s Esplanade Recital Studio the day before. Clara will perform in three more locations: The Music Museum in Manila, Arrow on Swanston in Melbourne, and the Basement in Sydney.
L.A. film critics association names Yoon Jung-hee best actress of 2011
South Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee was chosen as the best actress of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) for her lead role in the award-winning South Korean film “Poetry.”
The association announced a list of the 2011 award winners, including Yoon, on Sunday (L.A. standard time).
Yoon won the honor, beating her close competitor from Hollywood, Kirsten Dunst, the winner of the best actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her performance in “Melancholia,” the association said.
Korea’s Kraze Burger Aims to Cash in on US Craze
Voice of America
Americans are used to hearing about the latest McDonald’s opening in a remote part of the world, but it’s unusual to see a foreign food franchise setting up in the United States, especially one selling the most quintessential of American foods: hamburgers.
However, one plucky chain of Korean restaurants is doing just that, and recently opened its first U.S. branch in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.
Video: Student “freaks out” in library over others “breathing loudly”
This video from the California State University, Northridge campus has ignited controversy across the Internet this morning. In the video, reportedly taken during finals week, a female student loses her temper with her fellow students, accusing them of being disruptive. (Be warned, there are a few choice words whispered during the rant):
[Recap] Saturday Night Live Korea, Episode 1 – Poking Fun at Politics
“Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea” finally aired its inaugural episode last weekend, and I have to admit I was more than ecstatic to see my favorite U.S. comedy show air in Korea. It did a pretty good job of living up to the “SNL” name with a lot of political/cultural parodies. Kim Joo Hyuk also did a flawless job of running the show live as the first host.
Student Develops Smartphone App About N.Korea
Kim Min-jong, a 26-year-old student in the Department of North Korean Studies at Korea University, made the country’s first Smartphone app providing expert information on North Korea. Over 1,000 people have downloaded it in the week since its launch, and the app is in the region of 20th on Podgate, which ranks the top 300 most popular apps.
Kim planned and produced the app, and spent W5 million (US$1=W1,126) to make the project a reality through an app developer. It can be downloaded for free on Android.
Penguins F Park has broken foot
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Richard Park is slated to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured foot.
Pens head coach Dan Byslma made the announcement following Monday’s practice. Reports indicate that Park suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the late stages of Thursday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia.
The 35-year-old native of South Korea returned to the NHL after a one-year absence, signing on with Pittsburgh. He has totaled two goals and seven points in 21 games this year.
Wedding Announcement: Jung Pak and Jay Habermann
New York Times
Jung Hyun Pak and Jonathan Brewster Habermann were married Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Richard D. Sloan, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony at St. Paul’s Chapel on the campus of Columbia University in Manhattan.
The couple met at Colgate University, from which they graduated. They also have graduate degrees from Columbia; the bride received a Ph.D. in United States history and the bridegroom an M.B.A.
The bride, 37, was until December 2008 an adjunct assistant professor of American history at Hunter College. From 2003 to 2004, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she created an archive on the late Horace G. Underwood, a professor at the university and a Presbyterian missionary. The bride is a trustee of Colgate.
She is a daughter of Kwan Song Pak of Flushing, Queens, and the late Ok Sook Pak. The bride’s father owns and operates a tailor shop in Manhattan that bears his name.
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