South Korea Expects Missile Launch by North
New York Times
The South Korean government warned on Sunday that the North might launch a missile later this week, while a top military leader postponed a scheduled trip to Washington, citing escalating tensions on the peninsula.
The warning by Kim Jang-soo, director of national security for President Park Geun-hye, came three days after the South Korea’s defense minister said that the North had moved to its east coast a missile with a “considerable range” but not capable of reaching the mainland United States.
North Korea says it’s pulling workers out of joint industrial zone
North Korea said it would pull out all its workers and temporarily suspend operations at the industrial complex it jointly operates with the South, the latest sign of deteriorating relations on the Korean Peninsula.
The North said it would also consider permanently closing down the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a shared manufacturing zone that is the last major symbol of cooperation between the two countries.
N. Korea warns foreign diplomats of ‘grave inter-Korean situations’: Seoul official
Just two days after warning foreign diplomatic missions to leave Pyongyang, North Korea briefed foreign officials on the developments on the Korean Peninsula, but did not reiterate the warning to evacuate, a senior official at Seoul’s foreign ministry said Monday.
North Korea’s foreign ministry on Friday asked foreign embassy officials based in Pyongyang to leave, saying a war could break out soon and the safety of foreigners could not be guaranteed, but the call for withdrawal was not mentioned during Sunday’s meeting, according a foreign ministry official, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Some L.A. Koreans unfazed by North Korea’s threats
Whittier Daily News
Kyung Moon Hwang, a 45-year-old Claremont resident, has been following headlines about North Korea, but he doesn’t think the communist nation’s combative posturing will lead to war.
The USC history professor said North Korea’s saber rattling is cyclical and always happens around March when American and South Korean militaries have joint war games known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle.
“It’s happened so many times in the past that it mitigates the alarm,” said Hwang, who studies socio-political authority and hierarchy in Korea. “It’s more internal politics than shifts in external policies, so I don’t attach too much significance to that.”
Venerating the Kims: Just one more religion?
WHAT is the tenth most widely followed religion in the world? According to www.adherents.com, a site which gathers data on faith from many sources, that honour goes to juche, the national ideology of North Korea, which is credited with 19m followers. As the site’s editors explain, “from a sociological viewpoint, it is clearly a religion”. Juche is more obviously religious in character than either Soviet communism or Maoism. Thomas J Belke, an American Protestant theologian who has writen a book about juche, agrees that it’s a religion. “It has a comprehensive belief system, holy places, distinctive customs…and it displaces other religions.”
It does not take a sociological genius to see that the cult of the North Korean state’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and of his son and successor Kim Jong Il, who ruled from 1994 to 2011, shares many features with established creeds. Images of the Kims, and their all-wise pronouncements, fill the sensory field of every North Korean, in a way that Christianity permeated daily life in medieval Europe or Byzantium. The founder is sometimes presented as a kind of god, and his successor as the “son of a god”—a formula that has echoes of Christian theology. If the latest member of the dynasty to take the helm, Kim Jong Un, has any legitimacy, it is as the grandson of one divine figure and son of another. The young scion is starting to accumulate laudatory titles of his own.
Koreatown DUI driver dies after police use Taser gun
ABC Los Angeles
An investigation is under way after a suspected drunk driver died Friday after he was Tasered by police in Koreatown Thursday.
The incident occurred near the intersection of 4th Street and Vermont Avenue. According to authorities, LAPD officers pulled up to the scene of the car wreck around 11:20 p.m. The driver, police say, appeared to be drunk and was combative.
“This individual was involved in a hit-and-run crime. There may be some intoxication involved, a lot of physical exertion and that is usually the case with Tasers,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
Chief Beck says a Taser was used in this case. But the man, whose name has not been released, started having health problems and was pronounced dead Friday around 1 a.m. at a local hospital.
Rockets’ Jeremy Lin says race was ‘barrier’ to interest from colleges
Jeremy Lin is 24, a global superstar, a full-time starter for the Rockets, and the recipient of a three-year contract worth more than $25 million last summer. That success on and off the court hasn’t made him forget what life was like when he was a high school senior in 2009, when he opted to play basketball for Harvard after receiving little interest from major college programs near his hometown of Palo Alto, Calif.
In a CBSSports.com preview of an upcoming interview on 60 Minutes, Lin points to his race as a factor in his lack of scholarship offers from major programs.
“I think the obvious thing, in my mind, is that I was Asian-American, which is a whole different issue,” he said. I think that was a barrier.”
Asked why race would be a barrier, as Asian-Americans are fully capable of playing basketball, Lin said: “I mean, it’s a stereotype.”
Korean’s Rise Leads to Victory in a Major: Inbee Park Wins Kraft Nabisco Championship
New York Times
After the 2008 United States Open, the major championships were supposed to flow like Champagne out of a bottle. But Inbee Park, like Tiger Woods, saw her major ambitions corked for nearly five years. The impediments, mostly mental, gave way Sunday when Park carded a three-under-par 69, for a 72-hole total of 15-under 273, to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.
Now the spotlight shifts to Woods, who will try to secure his 15th major title, and his fifth green jacket, this week at the Masters.
Park, a winner in February in an L.P.G.A. event in Thailand, birdied the first two holes on her way to a four-stroke victory over her South Korean compatriot So Yeon Ryu, who said of Park’s performance, “She looks like she played another golf course.”
Michelle Wie’s new putting stance is a source of confusion
Michelle Wie has been many things in her up-and-down career, and polarizing is definitely at the top of that list.
She’s turning heads again this season with a strange new putting stance in which she bends her body in a 90 degree angle to get her head out over the ball. You can see the video above.
Wie is playing the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week (the first major of the year) and sat tied for 12th at 2 under.
A lot of people are questioning Wie’s tactics (Annika Sorenstam questioned her talent earlier in the week), as this is the first year for her to use the bent-over sideways putting style.
Shin-Soo Choo getting on base, setting Reds’ table
The Reds went out and traded for Shin-Soo Choo in an attempt to get a leadoff man who would get on base on a consistent basis. So far through six games, he’s done just that — by any means necessary. His .516 on-base percentage has been aided by getting hit by pitches four times in his first six games as a Red.
“I don’t think they’re trying to hit me. I don’t mind getting by hit by a pitch,” said Choo, who has reached safely in each of the team’s first six games so far this season. “I’ll take it. The second game (of the season, against the Angels), I scored after getting hit by a pitch. I had a lot of hit-by-pitch last year.”
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu buys downtown condo
Los Angeles Times
Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers’ new starting pitcher from South Korea, has bought a unit at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live.
The two-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium has 2,082 square feet of living space. Features include 10-foot-high ceilings, expansive windows and views of the Hollywood Hills, the ocean and the downtown skyline. The sales price was not disclosed.
Park Ji-sung ‘Set to Lose Spot on QPR’
With the prospect of relegation for the Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League looming large, there is speculation that Park Ji-sung will have to leave the club after this season.
The Daily Mirror in an article, headlined “QPR set to offload Park Ji-sung, Julio Cesar, Loic Remy and Chris Samba regardless of relegation,” said on Saturday, “Rangers owner Tony Fernandes needs to reduce costs by offloading overpaid misfits in the summer.” The paper added, “[Park] is set to become the first victim of QPR’s nightmare season.”
In Koreatown, the Lakers are the team holding court
Los Angeles Times
For years, the purple and gold claimed a steady fan base in the sprawling community, but this season the intensity has been amplified — with games now broadcast in Korean, a first in the NBA.
Check out our story on the Lakers commentators from the February 2013 issue:
February Issue: Korean Lakers Commentators Talk About Their Dream Job
A priest in Korea played matchmaker for this Lee’s Summit couple
Have you met Maija Rhee yet?” the priest asked 25-year-old Michael Devine for the third time. It was March 1970, and Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English at a Jesuit college in Seoul, South Korea.
The priests were extremely proud of Maija Rhee, 26. She had graduated from the college, gone to St. Louis for additional studies and returned to South Korea to teach. Michael finally phoned Maija, and they arranged to meet at a tearoom.
Maija: “I was shocked because he was 6 feet, 3 inches, and I’m 5 feet. But I really liked the stories he told. They all contained a natural humor, and that really appealed to me.”
Michael. “I thought she was cute. I enjoyed talking with her, and I was impressed with her zest for life and her wide range of interests.”
DFLA – f(x)’s newest member?! Anna Kendrick Behind the Scenes & Interview
MnetAmerica via YouTube
For South Koreans, a familiar tone from Pyongyang
As a child, Lee Yoon Jung used to hide underground with her classmates when the sirens rang at her school. The emergency drills were held in case of a North Korean attack.
Lee, now 46, has children of her own, who do not have such exercises at their schools in Ulsan, South Korea.
It represents the attitude shift over recent decades of tension between the two Koreas. South Koreans have become accustomed to living next to their northern neighbor, which often releases bellicose statements and calls it a “group of puppet traitors.”
U.S. May Have Trouble Gauging North Korean Nuclear Test
New York Times
Even if North Korea follows through with its threat to conduct a third nuclear test, Washington and its allies will have difficulty determining whether the device detonated is made of plutonium or uranium, a prominent American nuclear scientist and South Korean officials said on Tuesday.
Whether North Korea will set off a uranium bomb is a question high on the minds of policy makers and analysts in Northeast Asia. A failure to answer it would complicate their efforts to assess North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities.
U.N. urged to probe North Korean leaders’ role in abuses
Reuters via Yahoo News
North Korea’s leaders are likely to be the target of a U.N. investigation into their personal responsibility for rapes, torture, executions, arbitrary arrests and abductions, following an expert report published on Tuesday.
The report by Marzuki Darusman, an Indonesian lawyer who is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said North Korea’s “grave, systematic and widespread” human rights violations ought to be laid bare before the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly.
More diversity among Asian Americans than meets the myth
Southern California Public Radio
Many observers regard Asian Americans as the nation’s most successful immigrants. But a new report details how the nation’s fastest-growing racial group is far more diverse a population, socioeconomically and otherwise, than “model minority” myths might indicate.
The stereotype of a generally well-educated, well-paid group doesn’t play out in the report by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a civil rights and legal organization in Los Angeles.
While some Asian American groups in Southern California do earn more than non-Latino whites, the study also found that some groups, such as Cambodians, Bangladeshis and Tongans, tend to earn less than blacks and Latinos. And Korean Americans in the region, for example, are as just as likely as Latinos to lack medical insurance.
Big Korean Business Dominates Super Bowl Ads
Big Korean companies flashed their growing global presence with their Super Bowl ads on Sunday.
A total of 37 companies from around the world invested US$300 million in TV commercials during the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday.
Korean giants like Samsung, Hyundai and Kia all paid a massive share.
Jon Stewart tests Michelle Rhee, defends teachers
Jon Stewart invited Michelle Rhee on “The Daily Show” Monday night and, while he didn’t skewer her the way some Rhee critics would have liked, he kept challenging her about whether her brand of school reform unfairly targets teachers. He also said something that Rhee and other reformers could take to be something of a slap: that there has been “no real innovation in education since John Dewey.”
See the video here.
L.A. CHEF SANG YOON GOES FOR PIG’S BLOOD SOUP AT RUEN PAIR
Sang Yoon, the chef behind L.A.’s Father’s Office (and its world-famous burger), avant Asian bistro Lukshon and the forthcoming Helms Bakery, a project that sees the chef partnering with Sherry Yard (pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck) to re-open the classic L.A. institution that closed in the late 60s and turn it into a “bakery/cafe rooted in the old Americana,” Yoon tells us. Read on for his late-night picks.
Where’s your favorite place to go in L.A. for a late-night bite after you leave the kitchen?
The thing about L.A., especially the West Side of L.A., is that it’s not really known as a late-night town. But luckily, we have an amazing Koreatown and Thaitown so between the two — which are in the middle of the city — you have a lot of late-night options. In the Thai neighborhood there’s a place called Ruen Pair. It’s very popular amongst the Thai population — it’s quite authentic. [It's also] a favorite among chefs. I know several guys who end up over there and I think they’re open til at least 3 or 4 in the morning.
Crayon Pop Subvert Sexy Stereotypes
Stereotypical and over-abundant may be appropriate words to describe the current crop of K-pop singers. There are so many generic bands with similar looks that it is difficult to distinguish one from another.
But Crayon Pop defy such stereotypes by thumbing their nose at sexy girl bands and they are far from the cookie-cutter mold.
On anniversary of Linsanity craze, Jeremy Lin spends day nursing sprained ankle with Houston Rockets
New York Daily News
Lin was on the verge of being cut by the Knicks last Feb. 4 when then-coach Mike D’Antoni inserted him off the end of the bench for a 25-point outburst to lead the Knicks to a victory over the Nets, igniting a season-saving seven-game winning streak.
South Korean teenager youngest player in field
Monterey County Herald
South Korean teenager Si Woo Kim simply cannot believe that it’s all happening. Back in December, the 17-year-old’s wild ride first began when he became the youngest player to ever earn his PGA Tour card at what was the final Q-School where players could advance directly to the tour.
Kim made it through all four stages of Q-School, including pre-qualifying in September.
A few weeks ago, Kim’s good fortune continued when he got a call from Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO Steve John, telling him that he’d be getting a sponsor’s exemption to play in this week’s AT&T Pro-Am.
North Korean Leader Vows ‘High-Profile’ Retaliation Over New U.N. Sanctions
New York Times
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered his top military and party officials to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures” to retaliate against American-led United Nations sanctions on the country, the North’s official media reported Sunday.
North Korea did not clarify what those measures might be, but it referred to a series of earlier statements in which Mr. Kim’s government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to “target” the United States.
Absence of N.K. leader’s uncle sparks speculation over internal power game
The absence of Jang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a key national security meeting may be a sign of a renewed power game inside the reclusive communist nation’s leadership, a U.S. expert said Sunday.
Jang, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, did not attend the meeting of top North Korean officials handling security and foreign affairs, in which Kim ordered “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” according to Pyongyang’s official media.
Kim recently convened the meeting, viewed as North Korea’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Council, to discuss the impact of new U.N. sanctions imposed on his regime for the Dec. 12 rocket launch and Pyongyang’s response. The North’s media stopped short of specifying the date and venue for the meeting.
South Korea’s new leader, Park Geun-hye, was pushed onto political stage by tragedy
The first major tragedy in Park Geun-hye’s life was a shooting that took place at the National Theater in downtown Seoul nearly 40 years ago. She didn’t even witness it. She was studying in Grenoble, France, at the foot of the Alps, when she got a worried call from the South Korean Embassy. The official didn’t give any specifics.
“The person only said that something had happened to my mother,” Park wrote in her 2007 memoir, “and that I needed to return home.”
The details that Park would soon learn redirected her life suddenly and irreversibly, ending her hopes of becoming a professor, flinging her for the first time into the public spotlight, and setting her on a course that would lead to the nation’s top office, the presidency, a job into which she’ll be sworn next month.
South Korea files motion in Cook County to stop adoption
An Evanston couple accused of circumventing South Korea’s adoption procedures have temporary care of a baby girl while they continue to fight for her permanent custody in state and federal courts.
On Thursday, the South Korean government filed a motion to intervene in adoption proceedings that were initiated by Jinshil and Christopher Duquet in Cook County Circuit Court, said Donald Schiller, a lawyer representing South Korea.
“Korea wants to protect its citizen,” Schiller said. “There is no more vulnerable citizen than an infant child that has been illegally taken out of the country. The U.S. wouldn’t stand for it if it happened here, and Korea is not going to stand for it.”
Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans
Fox News New York
The NYPD has identified the man they believe is responsible for a series of brutal attacks on Asian Americans in Manhattan.
“(In) the eight robberies and assaults, all of the victims were Asian. All were struck- nose broken, teeth broken; money and cell phones were taken,” NYPD Cmsr. Ray Kelly told Good Day New York on Monday.
Kelly showed viewers a photo of Jason Commisso. The suspect has a long rap sheet including more than 30 arrests, said Kelly.
Commisso allegedly targeted Asian-Americans in East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th.
Michelle Rhee just getting started on shaping California education policy
Michelle Rhee put the nation’s education establishment on alert two years ago when she announced she would form an advocacy group focused on thwarting the power of teachers unions in state and local politics.
The former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor already had a national reputation as a change agent, unafraid of angering teachers and principals in her drive to improve schools serving the neediest children.
Rhee, now married to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, set up StudentsFirst’s headquarters in California’s capital and chose the Golden State as one of 17 she would target.
Celebration connects children to Korean heritage
The Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)
As she’s grown older, Hilary Short has become more and more grateful that her adoptive parents offered her so many opportunities to connect with her Korean heritage — opportunities that not every Korean adoptee she’s encountered has shared.
“It’s hard when you’re adopted and you have two Caucasian parents that don’t really pass that down to you,” said Short, 28, of Brighton. “I think that it keeps you connected, and then maybe you don’t have that identity crisis that some other adoptees have.”
Some of Short’s best memories come from the Korean camps and schools she attended as a youth, and with children of her own now, she wants to make sure that they have the same chance to connect with their roots. So she volunteers with Love the Children of Rochester, a support group for parents who have adopted Korean children. On Saturday, the group held an advance celebration of the Lunar New Year, which is on Feb. 10.
Early Facebook Employees Launch Foundation To Promote Asian American Artists
After helping Facebook become one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, three of the social network’s early employees now have a more benevolent mission in mind. Phil Fung, Julia Lam, and Franklyn Chien launched the A3 Foundation (Asian American Artists), which is focused on promoting and supporting the talents of Asian Americans in television, film, and online digital media. This week, the A3 Foundation partnered with the Sundance Institute to give their vision a new stage.
Fung was recruited to Facebook while he was a graduate student at Stanford University. He still works for the company as an engineering manager on Facebook’s mobile team. Fung walked out of class one day to find Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign that said, “Work for Facebook.” Not long after, Fung got an interview and left school to start working for Facebook.
Lam joined Facebook after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked on many high-impact developer marketing initiatives such as fbFund, the Facebook Developer Garage program, Facebook Presence, and the f8 Developer Conference. Currently, Lam is the co-founder of Optimistic Labs, a startup integrating social good through mobile, as well as an advisor at her alma mater.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O is proud of her Korean roots
Straits Times (Singapore)
Art-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeah’s feisty frontwoman Karen O says that growing up as a half-Asian kid in New Jersey made her what she is today.
Born Karen Lee Orzolek in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Polish father, the 34-year-old tells Life! in a telephone interview from Los Angeles: “I felt like an outsider, definitely. But I think I enjoyed being an outsider. In my art, I like doing what other people don’t do and I get inspired by doing the opposite of the trend.”
She is proud of how K-pop is making an impact on the global music industry.
Asian-American Sung Kang, from ‘Fast Five’ to ‘Bullet to the Head’
GMA News (Philippines)
Coming into the project, Kang says that he was excited about the opportunity to work with both Stallone and director Walter Hill. “I pretty much grew up watching Sylvester Stallone movies. One of the first movies my father took me to was ‘Rocky.’ So getting to work with him was a pretty amazing experience, definitely one of those things on my bucket list,” he smiles. “And from the get-go, Walter Hill was so open to ideas; he was such an ally for me as an actor in that respect.”
Crime Stopper: Interview with The Mentalist’s Tim Kang
The Morton Report
When he is not chasing after criminals on The Mentalist, the actor keeps busy working on some projects of his own. “I started a production company last year called One Shoot Films [OSF], and we’re in the process of finishing up our first short film,” enthuses Kang. “It turned out really well and we’ll be entering it into [film] festivals within the next couple of months.
“Next up, I’m planning to shoot a feature film with the production company and work with other production companies and filmmakers to come up with our own content. Our goal is to go back to that quality I spoke of when I did that play with Janos. We want to tell stories that are, of course, entertaining, and at the same time give the work a little more attention that we typically don’t have the time to give it.
Check out KoreAm’s September 2011 cover story on Tim Kang.
Korean film on 1948 Jeju massacre wins main prize at Sundance
A Korean film about the Jeju Island massacre in Korea in 1948 has won the prize for best foreign film at the U.S. Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s most authoritative indie film festivals.
“Jiseul,” directed by O Muel claimed the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema Saturday (on U.S. MST) at the Sundance Awards in Park City, Utah, making it the first Korean film to win a main prize at the festival.
In Hollywood, as in the NBA, Asian-Americans Are Still Rare
Asian-Americans were tagged years ago as the “new Jews” because of their disproportionate degree of academic success and their prominence in the medical profession. But one area of American life where Asian-Americans have not successfully followed in the footsteps of their Jewish peers is the film industry. As Neal Gabler memorably documented in An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Jewish immigrants largely created the American film industry, by starting studios like Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount.
Whereas, not all that long ago, Hua Hsu described Wayne Wang’s 1982 film Chan Is Missing as “still the pinnacle of Asian-American filmmaking.” Attending Sundance this year I saw nothing likely to unseat it.
But there was, at least, Linsanity, a documentary that is itself about a sort of Asian-American exception.
Hines Ward to appear as zombie on ‘Walking Dead’
“It was an amazing experience,” said Mr. Ward, who will be a zombie extra when AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” returns to haunt Sunday nights Feb. 10. “Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after.”
IronE Singleton, the actor who played the character T-Dog — played being the operative word, as poor T-Dog went out in a blaze of glory a few months back, saving one of his friends in a zombie attack — attended the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships.
Hines Ward honored with Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award
It would at first glance seem odd to honor Hines Ward with the Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award when much of his life is ahead of him.
Ward is 36 and just one year into what Chuck Noll would call his life’s work. Yet his first life was so filled with achievement that it deserves some recognition.
Where do we start? Most prolific receiver in Steelers history, Super Bowl MVP, two-time Super Bowl champ, top eight in receptions in NFL history, three-time Steelers MVP, first Korean-American Super Bowl winner, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and “Dancing With The Stars” champion, among others.
Two adoptees return for Special Olympics, hoping to meet biological parents
The upcoming Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, a South Korean alpine town, will be a homecoming of sorts for two American athletes.
Henry Meece, who will take part in snowboarding, and Tae Hemsath, who will compete in snowshoeing, are both South Korean adoptees representing their adopted home from Jan. 29-Feb. 5 at the sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
This is the first trip to South Korea for both since they left the country years ago. Meece, 23, was adopted when he was six months old and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Hemsath, 37, grew up in New York after getting adopted in 1978.
Beverly’s Pak the Toughest Mudder of them all for a second straight year
The Salem News (Mass.)
Junyong Pak proved that winning the World’s Toughest Mudder championship last year was no fluke by going out and doing in again. The 34-year-old Beverly resident won the 24-hour nonstop endurance event last month at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.
Any tough mudder competition is not for the faint of heart. It requires mental and physical toughness along with stamina, strength and fitness under extremely challenging conditions. The 100-mile course over 30 military-style obstacles at Englishtown was designed by British Special Forces to test even the most superbly conditioned athlete.
When he won the inaugural event a year ago, Pak took home $10,000, but this time the prize money was increased to $15,000.
South Korea helps young emigrate, Singapore wants them back
Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
Times are hard for young job seekers in South Korea. So hard, in fact, that the government is now helping them find work overseas.
The real unemployment rate among South Korea’s twentysomethings is 20 percent, so the government is searching abroad for 30,000 internships and 50,000 jobs for its beleaguered youth.
French Deputy Minister to Visit Land of Her Birth
France’s Korean-born deputy minister for small business and digital economy will visit Korea in March for the first time since she was adopted by a French family 40 years ago.
Born in August 1973, Fleur Pellerin was found on the streets of Seoul when she was three or four days old and sent to an orphanage. She was adopted six months later.
Daughter Of A Dictator Favored In S. Korean Election
Her presidential campaign rallies present blaring pop music and dancing supporters, but Park Geun-hye’s campaign involves managing some tricky legacies.
Her father, Park Chung-hee, was a military dictator who ran the country from the time he carried out a 1961 military coup until his assassination in 1979. His memory still stirs mixed emotions among South Koreans.
In September, the daughter publicly apologized for her father’s suppression of democracy. Then again, some older Koreans remember Park fondly for his role in transforming their war-torn, impoverished country into the world’s 11th largest economy.
In ‘Madame Park,’ S. Korea sees its first potential female leader
South Korea has the chance Wednesday to elect a woman to its top office, an unprecedented step in a nation long dominated by boardrooms of men and ranked only slightly ahead of most Islamic countries when it comes to gender equality.
The outcome of the presidential election is hardly clinched: Conservative Park Geun-hye — known to her supporters as Madame Park — must hold off liberal Moon Jae-in, who in recent weeks has slashed Park’s lead in polls from several percentage points to nearly zero.
Remembering Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Sandy Hook Elementary/Newtown Shooting Victim
This is a sad post that I haven’t wanted to write. My spirits have been heavy ever since I heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14 and while my heart goes out to all the victims, their loved ones and a community shattered, one victim’s name stood out to me as the editor of a blog covering Asian Americans: Madeleine F. Hsu, aged 6.
North Korea Duped by Hackers’ Attack on Time Poll
Wall Street Journal
In what looks a lot like the recent outbreak of Onion-itis at China’s People’s Daily, the Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that Mr. Kim was selected by Time subscribers, “including politicians, businessmen, artistes, sportspersons and announcers” as the magazine’s “man of this year.”
Mr. Kim did indeed come top of the online poll, but thanks to some skullduggery on a large scale by members of the 4Chan website, who hacked into the poll to help Mr. Kim to 5.6 million votes, over 3 million more than the second-placed Jon Stewart. In fact, the hackers appear to have successfully manipulated the entire top 14 places of the poll.
Kim Jong-un’s Wife Heavily Pregnant
A screen grab from North Korea’s official KCNS news agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s wife Ri Sol-ju heavily pregnant.
Shooting prompts call for more security in Towson when bars close
The alleged shooter, Francis Minsgung Kang, 26, barely drove a block away in his pickup truck before police stopped him.
Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police, said Kang, of the unit block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville, was leaving the pub at closing time when two women asked if they could get him a cab. Police said Kang yelled at the women and then left and got behind the wheel of his white Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
As he drove down Pennsylvania Avenue past the two women Kang threw an open Gatorade bottle at them, and a group of bystanders chased him around the corner. Police said Kang exited his vehicle in the unit block of West Chesapeake Avenue to confront them.
Jamie Chung stars in the upcoming horror thriller ’7500′
Jamie Chung stars in Japanese director Takashi Shimizu’s upcoming horror thriller “7500,” which follows a group of passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean who encounter a supernatural force.
The cast includes Chung, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Aja Evans, and Jerry Ferrara from HBO’s “Entourage” series.
Lin shows Knicks why he’s a keeper
The artist formerly known as Jeremy Lin was back on his preferred stage, throwing himself fearlessly at the Madison Square Garden basket while recreating something he swore he did not want to recreate.
Yes, this was a worthy sequel to Linsanity. Some sentimental New York Knicks fans showed up in their Lin jerseys, maybe for the last time, and their former point guard showed up with some of his old flash and dash, definitely not for the last time.
Anthony Kim won’t return from Achilles surgery until March
Following an Achilles injury in June that led to surgery, the once-promising American star Anthony Kim won’t be playing competitive golf again until March at the earliest, according to The Desert Sun.
At just age 27, Kim’s career has had incredible highs, like his debut Tour win at the Wachovia and a starring role on the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup squad in 2008; and lows, like his chronic injuries and murmurs that his Entourage-like lifestyle was holding back his golf game.
Former USC Walk-On Kim Staying Optimistic
Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio College offensive lineman Patrick Kim will be the first to tell you he’s taken an unconventional football journey, from walking on at USC to joining the Mounties team. He also isn’t making an apologies.
“I had about ten to twelve offers in high school, like UTEP, Villanova, Texas State, San Jose State. I’m really big in my faith; the reason I play football is for the glory of God. I prayed about it with my family, and I just didn’t feel like any of those places were where I was meant to be. A lot of people said it was a terrible mistake, but I feel like the last two years that I spent at USC out of high school were the two years I grew up most as a man. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything,” he said.
Kim Jong-un wrestles military for control
It was always unlikely that Kim Jong-un, not yet 30 years old, would be able to smoothly take control of North Korea’s Byzantine court, which he inherited when his father, Kim Jong-il, died almost a year ago.
The snippets of information that have trickled out from the secretive, Marxist hermit kingdom are beginning to form into a pattern that confirms this.
As the anniversary of his father’s death on Dec. 17 approaches, it appears Kim Jong-un is locked in a tussle for power with the military.
Boat Piloted by Princeton Man Involved in Crash
Patch.com (Princeton, N.J.)
A man from the Colonia section of Woodbridge died after his boat and another boat collided on the ocean off Long Branch, state police said on Monday morning.
Eric Kim, 31, died after his boat was struck off Long Branch by “No Surrender,” a 38-foot boat piloted by Thomas Oloughlin, 44, of Princeton, on Saturday afternoon, said Sgt. Brian Polite.
Kim’s passenger, Soo Lee, 34, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, suffered cuts, but was not seriously injured, Polite said.
NY doctor pleads guilty in $11.7M Medicare scheme
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
A Queens medical doctor who is also president of two Brooklyn medical clinics has pleaded guilty in an $11.7 million fraudulent Medicare scheme.
Federal prosecutors say 86-year-old Ho Yon Kim, of Queens, pleaded guilty on Monday. They say Kim admitted that from March 2007 to October 2011, he conspired with others to persuade Medicare beneficiaries to allow their Medicare numbers be billed for medical services that were never performed.
Danny Kim Fans the Flames in Speaker’s Lobby on Capitol Hill
On Capitol Hill, most people consider a good day’s work to be one in which they put out fires. But for Danny Kim, the goal is quite the opposite. Kim, 36, officially works as a chamber security guard with the Office of the House Sergeant at Arms, but his unofficial job for the past six years has been to build fires in the Speaker’s Lobby on cold days when the House is in session.
Members, staff, and reporters who pack the long hall during votes have come to expect the warmth, glow, and crackle of the fires—built on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the lobby—but the hearths that host them had long sat empty. Kim said he patrolled the perimeter of the House chamber for six years before he asked a staffer if the fireplaces were functional.
“I said, ‘I think we can start a fire here,’ and I got a match out to see if the smoke would go up [the chimney],” Kim said, “And it turns out, it’s an open fireplace.”
Transgender Woman Finds Acceptance In South Korea
NPR News via KTEP
In a powerful essay that we found in The Huffington Post, Andy Marra talks about searching for and finding her birth mother in Korea and her decision to come out to her family as transgender. The essay is titled “The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition.” And Andy Marra is with us now.
‘Top Chef’ contestant Kristen Kish from Barbara Lynch’s Stir
Kristen Kish, Chef de Cuisine at Boston’s Stir demonstration kitchen, a Barbara Lynch place, has been flaunting her culinary expertise on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Seattle.” Currently five episodes deep into season 10 of the cooking competition, Kish is holding her own as more of her competitors get picked off each week. One of 21 “cheftestants” selected for the show, Kish, who we reached on Tuesday, describes watching the show back in Boston as, “Kind of surreal to a) see myself on TV and b) hear my own voice, which is the most awkward thing humanly possible.”
Jesus in India: Finding Out Who We Are with Lloyd Suh
The Brooklyn Rail
In Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India, we are presented with a young version of Jesus, who hasn’t quite dealt with his lot in life. While the title and set up of Suh’s play might have us assume we are headed into a religious examination of Jesus and his beginnings, he instead makes a point of using such an iconic identity to explore just how lost each of us are, regardless what sort of destiny we may have been handed.
“I feel like there’s something that’s been happening over the past several years that has to do with re-examining our big cultural markers,” says Suh. “You see it in movies with these ‘reboots,’ where Batman begins, or Star Trek happens. I love these ‘prequel’ stories because they’re a way to examine not just how our heroes become themselves, [but] for us to assess what those icons mean in terms of how we live now.”
Jeremy Lin recaptures Linsanity in loss to Spurs
On Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, though, Lin recaptured the magic that made him such an exciting figure last season. With star teammate James Harden sitting out with a sprained right ankle, Lin took over the offense and scored 38 points on 11-of-21 shooting (including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 12-of-12 from the line), dished out seven assists, and turned the ball over just twice. The Rockets lost 134-126 in overtime, but those are the numbers of a star. For at least one night, we saw glimpses of Linsanity once again. It was thrilling.
Talk of the Day — Do we love South Korea too much?
Many Taiwanese envy South Korea’s economic achievements, watch its soap operas, dance to PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” and enjoy South Korean kimchi, which is why a recent article in a National Taiwan University publication, NTU Consciousness, on the dark side of South Korea has triggered widespread debate.
On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part One
“I kinda like being the guy who does bread, but nobody knows who I really am.”
Oh, Dean. You shouldn’t have let us into your office. It seems as though every third chef we interview name drops you. While you might not have your own restaurant, you do provide the goods to 70+ establishments in the Orange County area (plus you mentioned working with a chain on a high-end burger line). That’s enough qualification for us.
Do you only sell at the Orange Farmers Market?
I’ve been offered numerous farmers markets, but my problem is that it’s an artisan product. It should be fresh, you know? I like the whole concept of being sustainable. I see bakeries from all the way down in San Diego come to L.A.’s farmers market. That doesn’t make sense to me.
I only do the Orange Home Grown because it’s local. Secondly, they kind of give me total carte blanche as to how I want to represent my bread. One thing we do is try to educate everyone. (Someone says) “Dean, I bought one of your baguettes and it cut my mouth.” (I say) “Well, good. That’s what bread does.” We don’t use any preservatives and we make everything natural.
‘Art Takes Seoul’ Bridges Cultural Divide
Wall Street Journal
African-American artist Mira Gandy and Korean-American playwright Ahrum Claiborne journeyed from different cultures but found commonality when their paths intersected last year, leading to a collaborative exhibition called “Art Takes Seoul,” featured now at the Knox Gallery in Harlem.