Hollywood actor John Cho is participating in a fundraiser to benefit the students of the University of California system.
The UC Berkeley alum and star of the Star Trek franchise reboot is doing his part in the “Promise for Education” campaign in which people make promises to do something if their donation goals are met. In Cho’s case, he has promised to take a random $25-plus donor to a lunch with George Takei, who played Sulu in the original Star Trek series.
Cho has earmarked his donations to specifically benefit UC Berkeley students. The only catch is the lucky winner is responsible for their own travel costs to the Los Angeles area. Continue Reading »
Korean American actor John Cho has come a long way since he and Kal Penn made their way to White Castle. He’s also been on other treks, including one at warp speed across the stars, aboard the USS Enterprise. He’s recognizable, and for television executives, he’s most certainly profitable.
So why isn’t Cho starring in his own show yet?
Salon’s television critic Neil Drumming posed that question in a piece published Sunday, saying that Cho was ready to “make the jump” from the silver screen to the small screen, with the advantage that he’s already on TV. He currently has a guest role in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, and his past credits include roles on FlashForward and Off Centre, as well as guest appearances on Ugly Betty and 30 Rock. Continue Reading »
Seoul-Tokyo ties remain icy one year after Lee’s Dokdo visit
A year after former President Lee Myung-bak’s high-profile visit to Dokdo, relations between South Korea and Japan remain frosty with no signs of improvement following a recent series of provocative actions by Tokyo, analysts said Tuesday.
Bilateral ties took a major blow after the former South Korean president set foot on the easternmost South Korean islets on Aug. 10 last year, becoming the first sitting local head of state to do so.
The bold move, intended to reassert South Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, sparked a strong backlash from Tokyo, which has long laid claim to the outcroppings that lie about halfway between the countries.
Clock Ticking on Koreas’ Idled Kaesong Park
Wall Street Journal
Idle since all North Korean workers withdrew four months ago, the nine-year-old Kaesong industrial park—a rare symbol of inter-Korean cooperation—neared a crucial step Tuesday toward its potential demise.
The unification ministry in Seoul, handling cross-border relations, said Tuesday it had almost completed reviewing state-funded insurance payment for 109 of the 123 South Korean firms operating in Kaesong, paving the way for paying damages to the companies.
Upon receiving state reparation, the companies would be required to hand over control of their Kaesong assets to the Seoul government.
National Geographic, Korea, and the 38th Parallel: How a National Geographic map helped divide Korea
Sixty years ago North and South Korea ended the “Korean Conflict” by agreeing to the Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State. The agreement—a cease-fire, not a peace treaty—called for the Korean peninsula to be divided by a Military Demarcation Line (MDL) and a buffer, the demilitarized zone (DMZ), whose function would be to “prevent the occurrence of incidents which might lead to a resumption of hostilities.”
The armistice line meanders in an east-west fashion across Korea, connecting what Koreans call the East Sea with Gyeonggi Bay, 148 miles (238 kilometers) away off the peninsula’s west coast.
Although it approximates the positions held by communist and U.S.-led U.N. forces for most of the last two-thirds of the war, the MDL is not the same line that had divided Korea before North invaded South in June, 1950.
Two-time North Korean defectors detained in China are in limbo
South China Morning Post
China is in a diplomatic quandary on how to treat North Korean defector Kim Kwang-ho and his family who were arrested by public security officials in the northeastern city of Yanji last month.
What complicates Kim’s case is the fact that he and his wife originally defected from the North in August 2009 and settled in South Korea in March 2010.
Chinese authorities are trying to determine whether Kim, his wife Kim Ok-sil and his one-year-old daughter should be treated as North Korean citizens or as South Koreans.
Former North Korean child beggar wins fame as TV chef
With her flower-print dress and black hair dyed a fashionable light brown, Kim Ha-na does not seem like a former child beggar who risked her life three times trying to escape from North Korea before finally fleeing at the age of 15.
Kim, 25, settled in South Korea in 2005, and has recently gained television fame with a run in the competitive cooking show Masterchef Korea.
She hopes her spell in the spotlight will help her find her father, who she last saw as they tried to flee across the North Korean border into China, with North Korean guards in hot pursuit.
Joe Yun all set for work as U.S. ambassador to Malaysia
Yonhap News via GlobalPost
Joseph Yun, a Korean-American diplomat, plans to begin his work as the new top U.S. envoy in Malaysia in late August or early September, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.
Yun, principal deputy assistant secretary of state handling Southeast Asian affairs, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing last week for his nomination as ambassador to Malaysia.
“He was confirmed by the Senate last week. He is expected to start his work in late August or early September,” the source said.
N.Y. woman indicted in murders of ex-boyfriend, River Edge woman
An Orange County woman who allegedly stalked her ex-boyfriend before killing him and his new lover has been indicted for their murders.
Monica Mogg, 49, of Washingtonville, N.Y., could face up to two consecutive life terms if convicted of murdering Arthur Noeldechen, also from Washingtonville, and Jung Yi “Lillian” Kim, 42, of River Edge, on Oct. 30. She is currently being held on $3 million bail in the Bergen County Jail, according to court records.
DREAM Riders Cross the Country to Tell Stories
When Kevin Lee was little, his mother warned him to keep his families’ immigration status a secret. “Mom said, ‘Kevin, don’t say anything,’ and I knew at any moment my parents could be taken away. I knew I was undocumented. Some people find out later.”
Lee is a Dreamer, an undocumented youth who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA). It means he can get a drivers’ license and work legally, and will not be deported. His parents could still be deported. There is no similar program for people over 30.
Before the Dream Act or DACA, Lee went to the Navy to enlist, but found he could not enlist without a Social Security number. “Even though I pledged allegiance to the flag every day (in school) I was not really an American,” he said in an American accent.
Family Ties: More Than a Face in the Crowd
The bonds of family are extremely strong in most Asian-American households. So it should be no surprise that many short films screened during 2013′s CAAMFest offer unique perspectives on family relations. Three shorts stand out among this year’s crop.
Many people can point to an aunt or uncle who was always a bit odd, or danced to a different drummer. But for filmmaker Samantha Chan, her 100-year-old great aunt’s extensive film career was a mystery that needed to be solved.
Many people may have noticed Jane Chung’s cameo appearances in When Harry Met Sally, Chinatown, and The Birds. But as Chan documents in More Than a Face in the Crowd, her great aunt’s screen career (which began at a time when acting was often equated with prostitution) led to roles in more than 50 films and several television series.
What lessons could public schools take from South Korean cram schools?
The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article on South Korea’s hagwons, the for-profit cram schools that nearly three out of four South Korean students attend. What can American public schools learn from a country where top tutors can earn up to $4 million a year?
Update: This is one of those posts where the best nuggets, in my opinion, are in the comments. There are some great discussions going on from people with experience in both the US and South Korean educational systems.
It’s interesting to compare this world of private tutoring, where parents shell out more to have their students taught by top-performing tutors, with Finland’s entirely public education system, in which schools provide education as well as food, counseling, and medical care. Two very different educational cultures, both marked by highly motivated teachers—at least according to the WSJ piece on the South Korean side.
Crystal Kim ’15 Examines Korean Fever for Education
Crystal Kim ’15 grew up in America with South Korean parents, and she was often struck by the difference between her American education and her Korean upbringing. Upon realizing that education is a central part of Korean culture, she decided that she needed to gain a better understanding of Korea and of her own heritage. She is taking advantage of the summer to do just that with an Emerson Foundation grant, “The Korean Fever for Education: An Examination of Historical Foundations, Cultural Transmittance, Educational Inequalities, and Social Issues,” working with Director of the Education Studies Program Susan Mason as her advisor.
Last summer, as an intern with KoreAm Journal, a monthly Korean-American culture and news magazine, she read multiple articles about education, which sparked her interest in the topic. Her goal this summer is to gain a broad understanding of Korean education. In order to do so, Kim is reading many books and articles that discuss modern Korea and the history that led to the current educational system. In particular, she is researching “Education Fever,” a cultural obsession with education and educational credentials as a primary means of societal success and recognition. Kim described it as “almost a religious fervor.”
Daniel Henney to Return with New Film
Heartthrob Daniel Henney on Monday appeared with other cast members at a press event to promote his new movie “The Spy,” which is set to be released in early September.
He was accompanied by fellow stars Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri.
The comic action film set in Bangkok, Thailand is the story of a spy and his wife, who has no idea what he does for a living.
‘The Office’: Watch Adam Scott, John Cho and more audition for the show
In 2003, as the American version of “The Office” was just getting off the ground, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Bob Odenkirk were among the actors who auditioned for the roles of Jim, Pam and Michael.
Press reports from that time, and a Facebook post by “Office” star Rainn Wilson from earlier this year, clued us in to some of the people who read for roles on the show. Now, you can actually see some of those auditions.
Readings by Scott and John Cho (Jim), Seth Rogen (Dwight), Odenkirk (Michael), Hahn (Pam) and future “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet (Kevin) are part of an extra feature on “The Office” Season 9 Blu-ray and DVD sets. You can get a glimpse of their readings in the clip below.
Crayon Pop Does The Straight-Five Engine Dance
Wall Street Journal
Are these five jumping girls on their way to produce this year’s “Gangnam Style?”
“Bar Bar Bar,” the latest single by girl group Crayon Pop, is emerging from left field in South Korea with eccentric choreography that has pundits comparing with Psy’s famous horse-dance routine.
Known as the “Straight-Five Engine Dance,” the five girls jump up and down during the track’s refrain, mirroring the movements of five engine cylinders.
How To Say Goodbye by Dia Frampton
Former Voice contestant singer Dia Frampton released her original song “How To Say Goodbye”. The break up song ponders on where the relationship went wrong, but the only thing to do now is to say goodbye. The separation is heart breaking and leaves an indelible mark on everyone involved. In the video, her vocals are backed by a quartet of guitars, a mandolin, and a cello.
Park In-bee ready to start fresh after disappointing Women’s British Open
After coming up short in winning her fourth straight LPGA major last weekend, South Korean star Park In-bee said Tuesday she is ready to put the disappointment behind her.
Park arrived home on Tuesday to rest after competing at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. She was seeking to become the first golfer, male or female, to win four consecutive professional majors in the same season, but she finished tied for 42nd at 6-over par, 14 shots behind the champion, Stacy Lewis of the United States.
At Incheon International Airport, Park, the world’s No. 1-ranked female golfer, said she was relieved to be done with the event.
SPORTS BRIEFS: Generals’ Ji-Man Choi is Southern League Hitter of the Week
Jackson Sun (Tenn.)
Jackson infielder Ji-Man Choi has been named the Southern League’s Hitter of the Week for the week July 29-August 4. During the last week Choi batted .350 with four extra base hits and 10 RBI. Choi also drew eight walks and registered a .536 on-base percentage.
Choi is a native of Kwang Yeuk, South Korea and was signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He was a member of the World squad during the 2013 Futures Game in New York.
Monday’s game was postponed to today.
World’s first road-powered electric vehicle network switches on in South Korea
South Korea has rolled out the world’s first road-powered electric vehicle network. The network consists of special roads that have electrical cables buried just below the surface, which wirelessly transfer energy to electric vehicles via magnetic resonance. Road-powered electric vehicles are exciting because they only require small batteries, significantly reducing their overall weight and thus their energy consumption. There’s also the small fact that, with an electrified roadway, you never have to plug your vehicle in to recharge it, removing most of the risk and range anxiety associated with electric vehicles (EVs).
The network consists of 24 kilometers (15 miles) of road in the city of Gumi, South Korea. For now, the only vehicles that can use the network are two Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV) — public transport buses that run between the train station and In-dong.
North Korea Launches Missiles for 3rd Straight Day
New York Times
North Korea launched two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast for a third straight day on Monday, officials here said, despite warnings from the United States and South Korea against increasing tensions.
The North has conducted six such launchings since Saturday, in what are believed to be tests of short-range guided missiles or rockets from multiple launchers, officials said.
“We remain vigilant for the possibility that the North may launch more,” a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry said, insisting upon anonymity until his government made a formal announcement.
Kenneth Bae: Get him out, but also watch where you are [OPINION]
For all the fanciful exaggeration of the charges against him, Bae is in a serious fix. North Korea is the most paranoid government on the planet. And Bae is ethnically Korean. Note that his captors use his Korean name, Pae Jun Ho. To them, he is one of theirs.
But he is an American, and our government needs to get him out of there. A diplomatic rescue is, however, going to cost something, and more than money.
More South Koreans support developing nuclear weapons
Los Angeles Times
Perhaps it is merely basic human desire to keep up with the neighbors, but an increasing number of South Koreans are saying that they want nuclear weapons too.
Even in Japan, a country still traumatized by the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is a debate about the once-taboo topic of nuclear weapons.
The mere fact that the bomb is being discussed as a policy option shows how North Korea’s nuclear program could trigger a new arms race in East Asia, unraveling decades of nonproliferation efforts. The government in Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February and is believed to be preparing a fourth.
In South Korea, high-profile defector is accused of spying for the North — by his sister
Earlier this year, one of the most prominent North Korean defectors, Yoo Woo-sung, walked out of his apartment building here and found four South Korean government vehicles waiting for him.
Authorities hauled Yoo away and arrested him on charges of espionage. They had learned of his alleged crime, court documents show, thanks to testimony from his sister, who said Yoo had been sent on a mission by North Korea’s secret police to infiltrate the defector community and pass back information about the people he met.
Yoo, 32, is being held at a detention center on the outskirts of Seoul, his case a reminder of how this peninsula’s messy and sometimes covert conflict has left the South on edge, with people here unsure whom they can trust.
South Korea: The little dynamo that sneaked up on the world
Christian Science Monitor
South Korea, long in the shadow of other Asian ‘tiger economies,’ is suddenly hip and enormously prosperous – so much so that it may have outgrown its thankless dream of reuniting with the North.
Undocumented Asian Americans are now sharing personal stories online — and onstage
New York Daily News
The crowd that had descended on Washington, D.C. included a great many undocumented immigrants like Pang, yet she felt as if she were an outsider amid the sea of humanity.
“We felt kind of alienated,” said Pang, 23, who was born in Singapore and moved to New York when she was 14. “There weren’t many Asian-American faces.”
Many undocumented Latino students have gone public with their stories, but it’s far less common for Asian-Americans to do the same — even though Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, arguably the country’s most high-profile undocumented immigrant, is from the Philippines.
About 1.3 million of the country’s 11.5 million undocumented immigrants were born in Asia, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates.
Asian-Americans: Smart, High-Incomes And … Poor?
Asian-Americans have the highest income and education levels of any racial group in the country. So it might be surprising that they have a higher poverty rate than non-Hispanic whites. Michel Martin discusses the issue with Algernon Austin of the Economic Policy Institute and Rosalind Chou, co-author of The Myth of the Model Minority.
Is it time to kiss Michelle Rhee goodbye?
Is is time to kiss America’s most famous school reformer goodbye? Larry Cuban thinks so — and below he explains why. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His new book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog.
In a drive toward reform, World Bank’s Jim Yong Kim turns to a ‘deliverologist’
[Sir Michael Barber] has caught Kim’s ear in particular and has been counseling the new World Bank president trying to focus an organization that internal documents describe as “overstretched.”
Barber’s philosophy lays out a tough road — one that would force the bank to change the way it sets internal budgets and be stricter in ensuring projects that countries want funded align with its overarching goals. Kim has made the top priority clear: eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. Reshaping how the bank operates to further that end may require a deep change in culture — and Barber’s ideas about service delivery are driving the process.
John Cho: ‘Harold & Kumar animated series pilot is written’
John Cho has revealed that a pilot for the Harold & Kumar animated show on Adult Swim has been written.
Last year, it was announced that an animated version of the film franchise will be included in Adult Swim’s 2012-2013 season.
Vancouver’s Grace Park arresting in Hawaii Five-O
As Hawaii Five-O prepares to wrap its third hit season, Vancouver’s Grace Park is almost as famous a fixture in Honolulu as the landmarks that flash on the screen in the show’s opening credits in sync with the best TV theme music of all time.
Park has chosen an isolated Honolulu hotel to meet with The Vancouver Sun, a place where no one will make a fuss over her. But the taxi drivers and hotel staff are still buzzing as she passes by dressed in a casual outfit: “Isn’t that … Yes, it is … that’s Kono.”
Kono Kalakaua, Park’s onscreen alter-ego, is the only female member of the elite Five O police squad that keeps the televised version of Hawaii safe from global organized crime lords with a tendency to arrive on the island and blow a lot of things up, because huge explosions look kinda awesome with a tropical backdrop and sunsets the colour of overripe papayas.
Conger and Wilson proving to be a good battery
While Hank Conger is focused on establishing a connection with every pitcher on the Angels’ pitching staff, he has developed a strong bond with left-hander C.J. Wilson.
That relationship is getting Conger into the lineup — he has caught six of Wilson’s last seven starts — and helping Wilson, as well.
“There’s a comfort level there that’s starting to develop,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Friday’s game, albeit a 3-0 loss to White Sox ace Chris Sale. “Hank didn’t really catch him last year, but it started in the spring. They are working well together.”
U.S. Envoy Talks With Chinese About North Korea
New York Times
The State Department’s senior envoy on North Korea said Wednesday that he had discussed “all aspects of the North Korea issue” with Chinese officials, including sanctions on the North, during a one-day visit to Beijing.
“I think this is all a work in progress,” the diplomat, Glyn B. Davies, said at a briefing for reporters in Beijing. “The Chinese have said to us that they will faithfully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions and are doing so. And, as I’ve said before, we take them at their word.”
U.S. gov’t urges N. Korea to free jailed American
The U.S. government called Wednesday for North Korea to release an American citizen jailed there, saying Washington’s top priority is to secure the safety of its nationals.
“We urge the DPRK (North Korea) authorities to grant Mr. Bae amnesty and immediate release,” Patrick Ventrell, deputy spokesman for the State Department, told reporters. “There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of our U.S. citizens abroad.”
Canadian linked to Algeria attackers faces 10 years in prison
Prosecutors in Mauritania have accused a jailed Canadian man of helping prepare an attack on an Algerian gas plant in January and have asked a court to extend his sentence to 10 years from two.
Aaron Yoon, 24, formerly of London, Ont., was convicted last July in Nouakchott on charges of having ties to a terrorist group and of posing a danger to national security. He has served almost half of his two-year sentence.
On Monday, prosecutors told a court that Yoon had acted in connivance with those responsible for the Jan. 16 attacks on an Algerian gas plant and the four-day siege that followed, killing more than 80 people. Yoon has denied involvement and protested that he is innocent.
South Korean Media Blast Abe’s ‘Numerical Provocations’
Wall Street Journal
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing a challenge from Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto as the most reviled Japanese politician in South Korea, but the Korean media gave Mr. Abe’s latest militaristic photo opportunity top billing Wednesday.
The largest-circulation newspaper in South Korea, Chosun Ilbo, ran at the top of its front page a photo from Sunday of Mr. Abe in a trainer jet, as did two other nationally circulated papers. Others carried it on inside pages.
All drew attention to a marking on the jet with the number 731, which they noted was the same number as that of a Japanese biological and chemical warfare research facility that performed human experiments during the 1937-45 Sino-Japanese War and World War II.
Choi and O’Farrell in contentious battle for council seat
Los Angeles Times
Theirs has become the most contentious of the four council races on the May 21 ballot, with the candidates accusing each other of homophobia and race-baiting, and their supporters clashing in the streets. Allegations of threats and voter fraud in Little Armenia have prompted investigations by the police and Los Angeles County prosecutors.
The battle is being waged against a backdrop of uneven campaign fundraising and a torrent of spending by independent groups that don’t have the same limits as candidates. Choi, who has the support of many in the city’s political establishment, including Villaraigosa, the powerful federation of labor, and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, has raised nearly twice as much as O’Farrell.
Choi has also benefited from nearly $600,000 in independent spending, nearly all of it from labor unions.
“That’s who he’s going to be accountable to,” O’Farrell insists. He pointed to Choi’s comments in an endorsement meeting with a major city employee union earlier this year as proof.
Hyongsoon Kim: The Koreatown Advocate
On the 24th floor of Century Plaza Towers, in his office at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, attorney Hyongsoon Kim enjoys expansive views of West L.A. and the Pacific Ocean but revels in what’s closer to hand: a mess of legal briefs, boxes and court documents strewn about the room. “This chaos to me invites creativity,” says Kim, 34. “You’re not going to find a lot of attorneys who will agree with me. … But litigation is chaos. You can’t control every piece of it. It’s good for a litigator to thrive in chaos. Because that’s what you’re in the middle of.”
Kim studied to be a classical musician as a teen, attended Cal State L.A. at age 15 and earned his law degree from Columbia at 22. Today he’s lead attorney in a federal lawsuit that’s shining a light on Los Angeles City Hall chicanery by challenging a controversial 2012 gerrymander that handed City Council president Herb Wesson more power. The lawsuit alleges that Wesson, the L.A. City Council and the redistricting commission illegally used race as the main factor to redraw voting-district boundaries for Wesson’s City Council District 10. The contorted land-grab consolidated Wesson’s black voter bloc — and diluted the power of rising Koreatown.
Tiger Mom Amy Chua Responds to Tiger Baby
Wall Street Journal
It’s a sign of just how deep tensions are around parenting today that, over two years after Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” was published, its combination of shocking revelation, serious reflection and tongue-in-cheek exaggeration still sends T. Rex-scale ripples skittering across the surface of our sociocultural Dixie cups.
Two weeks ago, novelist Kim Wong Keltner’s “Tiger Babies Strike Back” was published — her nonfiction account of growing up under the paw of her authoritarian Tiger parents. Last week, the web was abuzz over the release of UT Austin psychology prof Su Yeong Kim’s longitudinal study tracking the parenting styles and social outcomes of over 400 Chinese American families in the Bay Area, which seemed to show that children of Tiger Parents had both poorer emotional health and lower GPAs than those of parents who embraced warmer and fuzzier child-rearing strategies.
Florida prom-goers aid in car accident rescue
Prom-goer Peter Kim told NBC Miami that he grabbed a young boy from the overturned van and helped calm the mother.
“We laid her down, and we tried to calm her down. She was just panicking, she was in shock,” Kim said. “She was screaming out, ‘Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?’”
Philadelphia woman gets probation for Montco car insurance scam
The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.)
A 69-year-old Philadelphia woman, who engaged in a car insurance scam with a Montgomery Township man, will not have to go to jail for her crimes.
Kathleen B. Chung, of the 500 block of Penny Lane, Philadelphia, last week was sentenced to seven years of probation on two felony insurance fraud charges and a misdemeanor false reporting charge to which she pleaded guilty in February.
Chung also will have to perform 125 hours of community service and pay her half of the $24,554 restitution ordered in the case.
Co-defendant Kyung Soon Kim, 53, of the 100 block of Robertson Court, Montgomery Township, will pay the remaining half of the restitution as part of the sentence he received last month following his guilty plea to theft and conspiracy charges. Kim also was sentenced to two weekends in jail and handed a seven-year probation sentence. As part of that sentence, Kim will pay a $5,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.
Star Trek: Into Darkness Interviews Part II: – John Cho and Simon Pegg
Sara Fetters: Speaking of evolution, was it easier this time to step into the shoes of these characters? Do you still feel the pressure of decades of Star Trek lore?
John Cho: It was easier. We’ve done it once and we went through that anticipation of whether it was going to be accepted. Also, the welcome was exceptionally warm with the last film. For me, I felt like it wasn’t on us, it’s really all on J.J (Abrams). He’ll take the rap.
Ken Jeong Excited About ‘Community’ Renewal, Calls Cast ‘Harlem Globetrotters Of Comedy’
Ken Jeong was pretty ecstatic when he dropped by “Late Night.” His show, “Community” had been picked up for a 13-episode fifth season by NBC. And despite it not being on the schedule yet, it was a pretty big deal. The show had been considered by many unlikely to return and was one of only two comedies to be renewed at NBC (the other being Parks & Recreation).
“Fifth season,” Jeong said proudly. “Five, six seasons and a movie!” The latter is a catch-phrase that’s been trumpted by fans of the show for the past few years, encouraging NBC to stick by the cult favorite. They’re inching ever so much closer to that goal, even if these latest two have been shorter season orders.
Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More
The Daily Beast
Ed. note — Kim immigrated to the States at the age of 9 and considers himself Korean American.
Rodham was written by Young Il Kim, a relatively unknown South Korean. Though casting and filming haven’t begun, the movie is set to be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment (The Twilight Saga) and directed by James Ponsoldt, whose coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now was a standout at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The screenplay for Rodham was a hot commodity in Hollywood, earning a place on the 2012 Black List—an annual compendium of the best unproduced screenplays floating around Tinseltown. And according to The Wrap, “industry executives who have read the script claim it offers a potentially award-worthy role for one lucky ingenue.” Kim, meanwhile, has received the Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant to develop his next project—an original, untitled script based on the life of Stephen Hawking.
Check out our story on Kim and his screenplay from last month’s issue of KoreAm:
April Issue: Young Il Kim’s Hillary Clinton Screenplay Earns Hollywood Hype
Gay South Korean film director to marry in bid to pry open closet
A gay South Korean film director is set to symbolically marry his long-term partner, saying he aims to pry open the closet in this conservative Asian country where homosexuality is still taboo and gays have been subjected to hate crimes.
AS Monaco Reportedly Targeting Park Ji-sung
AS Monaco are thinking of grabbing Park Ji-sung from Queens Park Rangers, Patrice Evra from Manchester United and Carlos Tevez from Manchester City in one fell swoop, according to Goal.com on Monday.
“Monaco are considering moves for both Carlos Tevez and Patrice Evra as the Ligue 2 champions-elect construct a team intended to win France’s top division at the first attempt next season,” it reported.
Christina Kim happy to be back in Mobile, looking for good week at Mobile Bay LPGA Classic (video)
No one has ever had trouble finding Christina Kim. Her high-energy approach to golf and life in general and her bubbly personality have made her a favorite with fans on the LPGA Tour.
That’s especially true in Mobile, where Kim won the 2005 The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions crown at Magnolia Grove’s Crossings Course. She bested many of the LPGA’s top players at that time in winning the then-limited field event on the city’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course.
Unfortunately for Kim, that is the most recent of her two LPGA Tour victories. The California native who now lives in Orlando has been slowed by injuries in recent years but told AL.com she is looking forward to this week’s Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, a course she knows well and one on which she is comfortable playing.
Michelle Wie looks to make a run at this week’s Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
This week, Wie will seek her third victory in a LPGA Tour event — her first came in the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, the other at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open — when she competes in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at Magnolia Grove’s Crossings Course. The par-72 course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will welcome Wie and 143 other golfers seeking the tournament title.
Gripping Photos Capture the Mirror Worlds of North and South Korea
Architectural photographer Dieter Leistner was born the same year East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall. He was 37 when it fell. Maybe that’s why his interest in North and South Korea feels so personal—he spent forty years in another divided country.
Leistner’s new book, Korea – Korea, is a compendium of images that were shot in 2006, in Pyongyang, and 2012, in Seoul. Each spread compares two different public spaces in each city, including bus stops, subway cars, and public squares. In a foreword to the book, curator Klaus Klemp explains his perspective as a German: