To Combat Modern Ills, Korea Looks to the Past
New York Times
Mr. Park is chief curator of Sosu Seowon, a complex of 11 Confucian lecture halls and dormitories that first opened in 1543 in this town 160 kilometers, or 100 miles, southeast of Seoul.
In South Korea, where the word “Confucian” has long been synonymous with “old-fashioned,” people like Mr. Park have recently gained modest ground with their campaign to reawaken interest in Confucian teachings that stress communal harmony, respect for seniority and loyalty to the state — principles that many older Koreans believe have lost their grip on the young.
South Korean Indicted Over Twitter Posts From North
New York Times
South Korean prosecutors indicted a social media and freedom of speech activist this week for reposting messages from the North Korean government’s Twitter account.
Park Jung-geun, 23, a photographer who specialized in taking pictures of babies, was detained last month on charges of violating South Korea’s controversial National Security Law, which bans “acts that benefit the enemy” —North Korea — but does not clearly define what constitutes such acts. The Twitter account Mr. Park was accused of reposting is run by the North Korean government Web site, Uriminzokkiri.com, which South Korean news media regularly cite for their stories.
Korean coalition: Choi, O’Toole rush to nicked Kwon’s side
Several Korean-American community leaders gathered in Bergen County last night to propel the N.J. Supreme Court candidacy of Phillip Kwon, whose early going was marred by reports of an ultimately fruitless criminal investigation into family business matters.
The Korean American Voters Council, former Edison Mayor Jun Choi, and state Sen. Kevin O’Toole, (R-40), Cedar Grove, spearheaded a nonpartisan coalition to extol the first Asian American nominee to the high court.
Tom Kim’s Free Medical Clinic celebrates 10,000th patient
Knoxville News Sentinel
Kim founded the Free Medical Clinic in South Knoxville in 1993, providing no-strings-attached medical care to the uninsured working poor — often out of his own pocket in the early days.
The woman, whose appointment was Monday, was his 10,000th new patient at the South Knoxville clinic. There, Kim’s had 31,000 appointments — and he’s opened clinics in Briceville and Oneida.
Kim was born in North Korea but fled in 1951 during the Soviet occupation to South Korea. A child at the time, he escaped by riding on the roof of a railroad boxcar, he said. He moved to the United States in the 1960s and has always claimed a debt to Korean War veterans, who he says gave him the freedom to get the education to become a physician.
San Francisco Police: Supervisor Jane Kim Wants Tougher Restrictions In Terrorist Probes
San Francisco City and County Supervisor Jane Kim wants the police department to fall in line with state and local privacy rules that restrict what information police can amass, and she wants investigators to refrain from gathering intelligence on people unless there is reasonable suspicion that the person has engaged in criminal conduct.
2 John Brown University students hurt in collision
AP via Washington Examiner
Officials say two international students at John Brown University were hurt when they were struck by oncoming traffic while trying to walk across a highway in Siloam Springs.
The school says the accident happened Jan. 20 when Dahye “Sarah” Kim and Eunbit “Gina” Oh were trying to cross U.S. 412. Kim was flown to a hospital in Tulsa where she is in critical condition. The university says she underwent surgery to alleviate brain swelling and was placed in a medically induced coma.
Oh was hospitalized in Springfield, Mo., with a broken pelvis. The school says she will not require surgery.
‘The Voice’s’ Dia Frampton Stars in Own Web Series (Video)
The Voice returns this weekend after the Super Bowl, but NBC is reminding us of the talent it’s already found on Season 1 with a new web series featuring runner-up Dia Frampton called Dia’s Next Stage.
David Choi Steps Out of YouTube Into the Real World
Over the past five years, singer/songwriter David Choi has wooed millions with his lulling voice and charming lyrics. And he’s mostly done so while sitting with his guitar in his bedroom in Fullerton. Now, the 25-year-old YouTube star is flipping off the camera switch and performing (in person!) on his Forever & Ever Tour, singing tunes from his third album of the same name. Remember to put on pants for this one.
Can Asians Save Classical Music?
There is one group that still likes classical music and, what’s more, pays to hear it performed: Asians. Of Asian-Americans ages 18-24 responding to the same survey, 14 percent reported attending a classical concert in the past year, more than any other demographic in that age group. Despite classical’s deserved reputation as the whitest of genres, Asian attendance rates match or surpass the national average up through the 45- 54 age range. To put it one way, the younger the classical audience gets, the more Asian it becomes. To put it another, the only population that is disproportionately filling seats being vacated by old people dying off is Asians.
Car Discussion 3 with Sung Kang
Actor Sung Kang is back with a brand new episode of Car Discussion (formerly known as Car Talk). In this episode, the director tries to get Sung Kang to talk about why the title of his show has changed, but as usual he veers off course in his own direction. The Fast and Furious star bring along his friend True to promote his debut album Suki Boy Choy: True hip hop from the streets. Get a taste of his new found talent on the mic.
Celebrity Interview: Tim Kang (The Mentalist)
Tim Kang has appeared in everything from The Office to AT&T commercials before landing a spot as the stoic king of dead-pan snark , Agent Kimball Cho on The Mentalist.
[Popstar] caught up with Tim to talk about his character this season and to see if anything’s new in the world of “Cho-business.”
How and why my pop-up was born
San Francisco Chronicle
Korean American adoptee Eric Ehler gives a first-person account of how his popular pop-up restaurant started. Ehler took his first trip to South Korea and his first experience with Korean food became his fuel.
Senate panel balks at dictating to textbook editors, buries bill prescribing use of ‘East Sea’
AP via Washington Post
A Senate committee has drawn the line on dictating geographic terms to editors of public school textbooks by narrowly rejecting a bill that would have mandated publishers to also refer to the Sea of Japan as the East Sea.
Sen. Dave Marsden introduced the legislation to address concerns of Virginians of Korean-American descent and other Asian origins.
Jane Kim Spends Night In Tenderloin Homeless Shelter
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim spent last Wednesday night in a homeless shelter, on an evening when she was technically serving as Acting Mayor while Ed Lee was out of state. Kim has been interested in improving the shelter system since beginning her term last year, and Wednesday found her experiencing it first hand, lining up for a shelter-bed reservation, getting assigned one, and checking in 7 p.m. for a 12-hour stay at the Next Door Shelter at Polk and Geary.
Autumn Ahn: Meet One Of Boston’s Fearlessly Fierce Artists
Her work has appeared in many forms, from shows at galleries to commissioned installations, including one for Diesel at New York Fashion Week in 2010. And when it comes to a preferred presentation, Ahn asks only that her work be displayed “anywhere a person can be physically engaged with it.”
“I have really enjoyed working within different social environments,” she said. “The challenges of negotiation and new language inform any installation.”
Group Forms to Aid S. Korean Indicted for Espionage
New America Media
Stephen Kim, a senior adviser to the U.S. State Department on arms control compliance, was indicted in August 2010 on charges of disclosing secret U.S. government information to the media.
The U.S. government claims that he “leaked classified national defense information” by telling a Fox News reporter that North Korea would likely attempt additional nuclear tests if the UN passes a resolution on sanctioning the North.
Kim’s attorneys claim that charging him with criminal action for providing the media with information that is publicly accessible violates the First Amendment.
Now that 2011 has come to an end, we’ve gathered the top 10 most popular articles of the year on iamKoreAm.com. We’ve got ourselves a mishmash of inspirational stories, rants, Korean food breakthroughs, setbacks and Hollywood hotties, just to name a few. It’s always interesting to look back on how 2011 went in hopes for a great 2012.
Look back from #10 to #1 for a quick review of a busy year (after the jump). Continue Reading »
The Great GQ Pants-Off
Check out Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim in this GQ photoshoot.
This March we announced the Best New Designers in America and asked each of the six winners to redesign a pair of Dockers khakis. Here, Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii Five-0 wears the pants.
the zombie engagement photos… set to music!
By now, you’ve heard of Ben and Juliana, the badass couple facing off against a zombie in those awesome engagement photos that went viral last week. But if you can’t get enough of them, check out this cool video by our composer pal George Shaw, who actually wrote a score and set the photos to music:
Check out the iAmKoreAm.com story about the zombie engagement photos and interview with Juliana!
Asian Americans face new stereotype in ads
Here is an interesting piece on Asian Americans in TV commercials that points out that Asians are often cast as tech support-types with technological know-how.
‘Walking Dead’: Four New Clips Feast On Your Brains
At a scant 11 seconds each, the clips themselves don’t show, tell or even imply much new information about the season, but they do feature pretty much the most important of the show’s assets: Realistic-looking zombies and stark, abject terror. Featuring returning castmembers like Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden and others, the teasers show off the bleak, zombie-infested world established in the series’ first six-episode season.
Producer imbues Korean color to math animation
“Team Umizoomi” is a popular animated show for preschoolers airing on [Nick Jr.], solving everyday problems using math. Milly, her brother Geo and robot friend Bot work in a team, travelling in Umi Car to settle such daily problems as fixing a watering can.
The animation has a hint of Korean culture — the characters fly kites and the patterns on Milly and Geo’s clothes and of the buildings come from traditional Korean designs. Soo Kim, producer and design director of the show, has contributed to its unique atmosphere. “The characters have simple black eyes, just like Koreans,” Kim said in a telephone interview with The Korea Times.
Born in Korea, Kim immigrated to the United States when she was a child. She majored in pre-medical studies as most Korean-American children do.
Check out our April 2010 feature story on Kim and Umizoomi.
USC’s Dornsife College introduces new minor in Korean Studies
The Daily Trojan
Beginning this semester, USC is offering a new minor in Korean Studies. The 20-unit minor will cover the political, economic, social and cultural changes in Korea. It will be interdisciplinary in nature, with course subjects spanning departments such as cinema, history, international relations, language and critical studies with a particular emphasis on Korea. There is no language requirement, but students are welcome to take Korean language courses to fulfill minor requirements.
Chiu and Kim are making a quick trip to Burning Man
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will take a day off from his busy mayoral campaign next week to attend Burning Man, which he’ll fly into on a small private airplane along with Sup. Jane Kim and spend less than 24 hours on the ground.
Daniel Henney Says He’s a ‘Regular Korean Guy’
Daniel Henney is handsome.
Choi Sung Bong confesses that he tried to commit suicide
The “Korean Susan Boyle” told CNN, “I felt like my life was meaningless so I attempted to commit suicide multiple times.” He added, “I felt calm when I listened to music, music was my only friend when I was lonely.”
In First, South Korea Votes on Social Policy
New York Times
Voters in Seoul went to the polls on Wednesday to do what South Koreans had never done before: cast ballots in a referendum on welfare policy — in this case, whether to provide all children with free lunches regardless of family income.
For weeks, placards supporting or opposing the proposal have greeted citizens throughout this metropolis of 10 million people. Although the referendum was confined to the capital, it assumed national proportions with all political parties joining the debate in a sign that, after decades of bickering over civil liberties, the economy and North Korea, they were now entering the largely untested field of social welfare.
Jane Kim, Why Are You Still Single?
San Francisco Examiner
During a campaign event in San Francisco with Mayor Ed Lee, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim fielded an unusual question from a constituent.
While the mayor and supervisor talked to residents and merchants on 16th Street, a Chinese shopkeeper at Sam’s Shoe Services asked Supervisor Kim why she isn’t married. Kim laughed about the question after leaving the shop. Her answer? “I’m working really hard at City Hall,” she said.
Drug Dealing, Counterfeiting, Smuggling: How North Korea Makes Money
To learn more about the country’s illegal exports, we spoke with Ma Young Ae, a defector who used to work as a North Korean spy. Ma now lives in Virginia where she runs a North Korean restaurant. But back in Pyongyang she was one of the country’s elites.
Ma worked for Kim Jong Il’s internal police force. Her job was was to track down drug smugglers. That sounds like pretty normal law enforcement, except for one difference. She was supposed to stop small-time Korean drug dealers in order to protect the biggest drug dealer in the country: the North Korean government.
Check out our May 2009 feature story on former spy Young Ae Ma.
Edgewater woman pleads guilty for role in Palisades Park-based fraud ring
An Edgewater woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing identities and defrauding banks and other commercial entities out of more than $1.2 million, authorities said.
Chun-O Kim, 45, admitted to being the principal owner of a company that was created to obtain lines of credit and commercial loans, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement. Kim admitted falsifying and forging a number of financial documents, including tax returns and professional certifications, that are used to validate a person’s qualifications for jobs.
Kimchi Cult brings Korean staple to street food battle
Street food vendor Kimchi Cult is on a mission to bring this staple of Korean food to the British masses.
While competition is fierce in the emerging London street food scene, Danny O’Sullivan and Sarah Hogg have carved out a niche with their Korea-inspired sliders, or miniature hamburgers.
Jersey City violinist Jennifer Choi performing at Governor’s Island
The Jersey Journal
When Jersey City violinist Jennifer Choi draws her bow, she isn’t just making music – she’s creating art.
“If you went into a museum and see a painting – it’s very understandable to you. A bowl of fruit, flowers,” said the 35-year-old. “The next thing is something exceptional that makes you think outside the box, like a field in the middle of a museum. You have to interpret that.
Defending Women’s Am Champ Kang Advances To Third Round
Defending champion Danielle Kang, 18, of Westlake Village, Calif., holed a 9-iron shot for an eagle to eliminate Emma Talley, 17, of Princeton, Ky., in the second round of match play Thursday of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,399-yard, par-71 Rhode Island Country Club.
Kang’s stellar shot on the 364-yard, par-4 14th hole ended the match, 6 and 4.
Stephanie Kono, 21, of Honolulu ended the hopes of another youngster, 14-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, 3 and 2. Kono went 1 up at the third hole and used three birdies to steadily advance against Ko, who was co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying.
Metuchen’s Kim credits family for his success
The Sentinel (N.J.)
It’s never a surprise to hear high school athletes credit family support as an important factor for their success. Peter Kim believes he couldn’t be among the top golfers in the state without his family.
It’s no wonder, then, that the Metuchen High School junior felt a “huge sense of satisfaction and gratitude” toward his parents when he won his first American Junior Golf Association tournament two years ago at age 13.
Foes No Longer Fear Korea Without Park Ji-sung
Manchester United star Park Ji-sung’s name seems to be popping up even more whenever the national team plays now that he has retired from international duty.
In Korea’s first match against archrival Japan since Park hung up his boots, the team suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat on Wednesday. In contrast, when the two sides met in May last year for a friendly match, Park managed to shake off four defenders to find the back of the net, causing the Saitama Stadium to fall into a hushed, almost reverential silence.
South Korea military faces ‘barracks culture’
Becoming a man means becoming a soldier – at least that is what the army in South Korea says. But a spate of deaths is leading some to call for wholesale change in the way the military operates.
Hak Ju Lee Promoted To Double-A
The Tampa Bay Rays’ highly-touted prospect Hak Ju Lee was promoted to Double-A on Wednesday as the shortstop had been tearing it up in high Single-A.
Lee, one of the key prospects acquired by the Rays in the Matt Garza trade during the winter, was hitting .317 with four home runs, 22 RBIs, 81 runs scored and an .831 OPS in 398 at-bats with Charlotte. Although he runs well, Lee was only successful on 28 of 42 steal attempts, a subpar 66.67 percent success rate. His hitting success though was impressive considering the Florida State League favors pitchers. He got on base at a .389 clip, which helped him use his legs to score a boatload of runs.
Squatting for your rights in Hong Kong
Two Korean artists want Hong Kong people to take up squatting as an artistic and political activity. That’s squatting as in occupying an abandoned space, not doing exercises to strengthen your butt.
Hong Kong community arts group Woofer Ten hosted Korean husband-and-wife artist-activists Kim Youn Hoan and Kim Kang in July. While in Hong Kong, the Kims explored the potential for squatting in our city’s vacant spaces.