White House state dinner for Korea: We try to guess the guests
The invitations for next week’s White House state dinner are in the mail, and so begins one of Washington’s favorite parlor games: Who scored one of the coveted seats at the Oct. 13 black-tie evening honoring South Korean President Lee Myung-bak?
Kim Jong Il’s grandson barred from Hong Kong
Los Angeles Times
The boy who couldn’t visit Disneyland now has been turned down by Hong Kong as well. The 16-year-old grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was accepted at an elite English-language high school in Hong Kong but was rejected for a student visa by local authorities, the school’s former principal said Thursday.
Kim Han Sol is the son of Kim Jong Nam, the leader’s oldest son. In 2001, Kim Jong Nam tried to bring the boy to Tokyo Disneyland but ended up being arrested for trying to enter Japan on a forged Dominican passport.
Flash forward a decade: Hong Kong authorities turned down Kim’s request for a visa to attend United World Colleges’ campus there, according to Stephen Codrington, who was principal until this summer. The official reason was that North Korean passport holders, along with Filipinos, Nepalese and Cambodians, are not eligible for student visas because of a history of overstaying their visits.
Web Postings Stir Interest in Teenager’s Relation to North Korean Leader
New York Times
The sharply dressed 17-year-old might be any fashionable South Korean teenager: bleached blond hair, an earring and a necklace with a cross-shaped pendant.
Or he might be the grandson of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
A frenzy of speculation about the teenager, named Kim Han-sol, has gripped South Korean news organizations this week as reporters scour the Internet for any shred of evidence connecting the seemingly loquacious youngster with the deeply secretive man atop North Korea.
Korean Festival Moves From NYC to Bergen
New York’s annual Korean harvest festival — one of the largest in the United States — will be held for the first time in Bergen County this weekend.
But the two-day festival’s move across the river is not being welcomed by members of the Korean American Association of New Jersey. They say the upcoming event led fewer people to attend their 10th annual local celebration of Chusok, a harvest festival they organized this past weekend at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield.
Kun Y. Lee, past president of the Fort Lee-based group, said only about half of the more than 20,000 people who attended last year’s event showed up this year to the annual Jersey event.
More than half of the vendors who had registered for a spot backed out when they heard that the New York festival would be coming. He said the non-profit group estimates they may have lost more than $50,000.
Body of missing swimmer visiting from Canada located 30 yards from Kauai shore
AP via The Republic
Rescue crews have recovered the body of a 28-year-old man from Canada who was swept out to sea while swimming off Kauai.
The Kauai Fire Department says the body of Steve Kim, a tourist from Ontario, was found 30 yards from the shore of Polihale Beach Wednesday morning.
K-Pop to Descend on Las Vegas in November
K-pop stars are drawn to Las Vegas, the home of gambling and glitzy entertainment, with 10 of Korea’s top singers — including TVXQ, BEAST, SHINee, 4minute, G.Na and MBLAQ — set to assemble there for a concert next month, host Billboard Korea said on Wednesday.
The concert, dubbed the “2011 Billboard K-Pop Masters, presented by MGM Grand,” will launch at 8 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 25. This will set another new milestone for Korean idols.
One in 25 Korean Women Contract Breast Cancer
Recent data suggests the one out of every 25 women in Korea has breast cancer, although the rate varies by year.
The number of breast cancer patients around the country surpassed 11,000 in 2006 but was as high as 14,000 in 2008. The country has seen a 91 percent increase in the rate of women’s breast cancer patients from 2002, the biggest jump among OECD nations.
Unlike other Western countries, where women tend to contract the disease after going through their menopause, it is more prevalent in Korea among women under 40.