by JONATHAN CHA
K-pop fans were treated to the second manifestation of “K-Pop Night Out” on Tuesday night as part of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. One fan just happened to be one of the biggest acts in pop music.
Before the show, KoreAm was watching fans flock to a steadily growing line in front of the Elysium Nightclub that ran down Seventh Street; they could barely contain themselves waiting for the rockstar list of performers hailing from Korea. Despite the obvious disappointment about Kiha and the Faces’ last-minute cancellation due to visa issues, the remaining acts valiantly filled the void.
Jambiani enthralled the crowd with their eclectic blend of haegeum, the piri and the geomungo with electric guitars and electronics. Nell delighted fans and newbies alike with their hit anthem, “Ocean of Light.” Hollow Jan took over for Kiha and the Faces. Designated by the dozen photogs and international press lining the back of the club as “Korea’s only screamo band” — or emotional hardcore punk augmented by screamed lyrics — the band won over a few new fans of their own. Continue Reading »
Cougar. Puma. Jaguar. Haven’t we had enough of painting older female/younger male relationships as hostage situations perpetrated by drooling, pearly-fanged succubae? Fans of MBC reality show We Got Married seem unconvinced. Continue Reading »
Talks on Korean Factory Complex to Continue
New York Times
A third round of talks on Monday between North and South Korea failed to produce an agreement on reopening the jointly operated Kaesong industrial park in the North, a symbol of inter-Korean economic cooperation that has been shuttered for more than three months.
The two sides will meet in Kaesong again on Wednesday, said Kim Ki-woong, the chief South Korean negotiator.
The factory park, near the North Korean border, was idled in early April, when North Korea withdrew all of its 53,000 workers, blaming tensions it said were caused by American-South Korean military drills. The South later pulled out all of its workers, most of them factory managers.
Asiana to Bolster Pilot Training
New York Times
Asiana Airlines of South Korea said on Monday that it would increase training for its pilots, following the recent crash of one of its Boeing 777 jets at San Francisco International Airport.
Asiana will give special safety training, including an enhanced program for visual approaches and automated flight, to all of its pilots. It said it would also strengthen its training programs for those switching to a new type of jet, a senior executive said in a presentation to the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The Asiana report was released by the ministry, which gathered representatives of all South Korean airline companies on Monday to stress safety following the July 6 crash. Three Chinese teenagers were killed and over 180 injured when the Asiana flight crash-landed.
Use of Rising Sun image, flag unfurls controversy
Korea JoongAng Daily
Megan Rha, a New York City resident and mother of two girls, was deeply disturbed when she saw Japan’s gymnasts during the London Olympics last year.
They were wearing an outfit with a pattern representing Japan’s Rising Sun flag – the flag with the red disk on a white background used by the militarist government that invaded half of Asia in the Second World War.
“Promoting the Rising Sun flag is just like promoting the Nazi swastika, which is actually under legal restrictions in a number of countries,” Rha told the Korea JoongAng Daily through a recent e-mail interview.
President of Michelle Rhee’s group leaves
The president of the education reform group founded by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is stepping down, POLITICO has learned.
After less than a year on the job, Kahlil Byrd will leave his post as president of the group StudentsFirst, according to a staff-wide email obtained by POLITICO. He will remain an adviser to the group.
“My day-to-day mission with StudentsFirst has been accomplished, and Michelle and I agree that with a strong team and strategy in place, that I am leaving after a year of significant successes for StudentsFirst,” Byrd wrote.
Making Coast Guard history
Herald Star (Ohio)
Former Richmond native Joseph M. Vojvodich has made history as he begins a new chapter in his Coast Guard career this month.
The son of Su Cha Vojvodich of Weirton, formerly of Richmond, and the late Joseph Vojvodich is now the first Korean American to attain the rank of rear admiral in the Coast Guard, the equivalent to a brigadier general ranking in the Army.
A 1981 graduate of Jefferson Union High School, Vojvodich made the transition during two ceremonies held June 28 in New Haven, Conn.
Area man arrested with heroin after bringing an unconscious female to Brockton police station
Enterprise News (Mass.)
An Easton man was arrested Friday evening for intent to distribute heroin after he and another male party arrived at the Brockton police station with an unconscious woman, police said.
Police received a call at approximately 4:15 p.m. from the 500 block of Summer Street that two male parties were loading an unconscious female in to a grey Honda, said Sgt. Tracy Harrington.
Pedestrian’s Daughter Shares Account of Friday Night Accident
Patch.com (Pleasantville, N.Y.)
Minjee Choi watched her father attempt to motion for a pickup truck to stop as it was speeding down Bedford Road during a rainy Friday night, she said.
But instead of slowing down, the truck hit her father’s left side and sent him flying “about 50 feet” into his front yard, the Bedford Road resident recalled.
Her father, 44, had hosted a party for some of his employees in their home that night, Choi explained, and was helping to navigate traffic on the street as cars were moved from the driveway to allow a worker’s van to leave.
With Nearly 200M Users, Messaging App LINE Is Gunning For The U.S.
Mobile messaging apps are fast becoming more than just messaging apps. KakaoTalk and Kik are turning into social platforms that host third-party apps and games. LINE, which started off as an app offering free texts and calls, wants to be a fully fledged entertainment platform.
Japan-headquartered LINE is one of the most popular messaging apps in Asia alongside KakaoTalk, based in South Korea, and WeChat of China. It claims 190 million registered users worldwide, and says 80% of them are active on a monthly basis. Now after establishing partnerships with high-profile celebrities in Asia and Europe, it is looking to expand its presence in the United States.
“We’ve been so successful in Asia and now we need to go outside,” says Jeanie Han, who heads up LINE’s business in those three regions. Han joined LINE in 2012 after she was approached by the company via mutual contacts in Japan. “They came to me and said they wanted to take [LINE] global, and they needed someone who can do the marketing and also business development,” she says.
Jay Park Likes 2 Work With Friends–And Party
Wall Street Journal
K-pop fans aren’t necessarily kind to talent that deserts them, but Jay Park has been welcomed back to the scene, and he’s more fulfilled now that he’s collaborating with people of his own choosing.
After the Seattle-raised K-pop star and b-boy dropped out of the popular Korean boy band 2PM in 2009, he didn’t exactly have a soft landing. Now 26, Mr. Park says he worked at a tire shop for a while to help make ends meet, but he was able to get back into the spotlight again relatively quickly thanks to Youtube.
Cincinnati’s Choo Shin-soo ends first half with bang
Choo Shin-soo, the leadoff man for the Cincinnati Reds, closed out the first half of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season in much the same way as he started — with a bang.
Choo belted his 13th home run of the season against the Atlanta Braves on the road on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI, three runs scored and two walks, as the Reds beat the Braves 8-4.
The Reds and the rest of the MLB will enjoy the All-Star break until Thursday.
Playing in his first season for the Reds after an offseason trade from the Cleveland Indians, Choo is now batting .287 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI, along with 11 steals.
Choo keeps hitting simple
Tony Perez would be proud.
Shin-Soo Choo said his resurgence at the plate is due to a simplification.
“See the ball, hit the ball,” Choo said.
That was Perez’s key to success. Choo extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games on Saturday, which happened to be his 31st birthday. He is hitting .413 (19-for-46) with four doubles over the streak.
Hee Young Park shoots 61 to take lead at Manulife LPGA
South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a career-best 61 to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Saturday.
Park was 10 under for the round and 20-under 193 overall, one stroke better than American Angela Stanford and two shots ahead of Scotland’s Catriona Matthew.
Park nearly chipped in on the 18th hole for an eagle before tapping in a short putt for her sixth birdie on the back nine.
Will Smith explained why he chose Korean American singer and rapper, Jay Park, to record the end credits song for his new sci-fi thriller After Earth, allkpop reports.
During the Seoul red carpet premiere, Smith and son Jaden, told the audience that the 26-year-old ex-2PM member’s song, ”I Like to Party” was picked following a recommendation by the Korean wife of Smith’s brother-in-law. Park made an impression on the Hollywood A-lister and he got the gig.
At the event, Park told the two-time Oscar-nominated actor that, for the first time in his life, he was “star struck” meeting Smith.
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.
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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.
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