A wedding party in Yemen that was meant for celebration, ended in tragedy after three people were accidentally shot and killed.
During the wedding, a man dancing to Psy’s hit K-pop song, “Gangnam Style,” was holding a loaded AK-47 rifle and attempted to fire the weapon into the air to pop off some celebratory shots.
Seconds later, a spray of bullets fired into crowd and bodies immediate hit the ground. A graphic video of the incident reveal terrified guests screaming and running, while others attempt to tend to the bloody victims. Continue Reading »
Is American man said detained in North Korea a bargaining chip?
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for Merrill Newman, a Korean War veteran who had long wanted to go to North Korea.
It ended, according to his family, with the detention of Newman, 85, when he was pulled off a plane at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport five minutes before it was to depart.
Newman, of Palo Alto, California, has not been seen nor heard from since October 26, the day he and a traveling companion wrapped up a 10-day organized tour of North Korea, his son, Jeff Newman, told CNN.
Suicide rates are falling almost everywhere in the developed world but South Korea
Last month, the South Korean government released some encouraging news. For the first time in six years, suicide rates had fallen in the country that’s long been known as the suicide capital of the developed world. There were 28 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people in 2012, an 11% decline from the year before.
Still, that’s the highest rate of any developed country and more than twice that of the US or the average of the 34 OECD countries. What’s more, a new report this week from the OECD paints a bleaker picture. Over the past two decades South Korea’s suicide rate, while experiencing occasional dips, has trended upwards. Meanwhile, most developed countries are seeing their rates fall.
Two U.S. soldiers killed during military drill
A U.S. army vehicle fell into a river in northern South Korea during military training, killing two American soldiers, military and police officials said Friday.
Soldiers in a U.S. Army Humvee were taking part in a brigade field training exercise in the vicinity of the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex and fell into the Hantan River in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, on Thursday, the U.S. Forces Korea said.
Dining With Dear Leader
The restaurant’s fluorescent lights dim and give way to multicolored spots as an upbeat synthesized tune begins to play. Three waitresses—nearly identical with their red aprons, pale smiling faces, and jet black hair—rush onto the small stage, each clutching a microphone and dancing in unison as they sing the North Korean classic “Pan Gap Sumnida” (“Nice to Meet You”) while scenes from their homeland flash on a television behind them.
This is Phnom Penh’s Pyongyang Restaurant, part of a pan-Asian chain established in the 1990s that now has about 100 branches scattered across China, Indonesia, Russia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Nepal. Despite functioning like regular—if kitschy—restaurants, they are believed to be a part of Bureau 39, a secretive arm of the Korean Workers’ Party that acquires and launders foreign currency for the cash-strapped Hermit Kingdom through ventures as diverse as agricultural exports, arms sales, and methamphetamine production.
Korea Succeeds in 3D Printer-enabled Face Transplant
Korean doctors and researchers have successfully used an artificial object made with a 3D printer for a face transplant.
Doctors Lee Jong-won and Kim Seong-won at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital and Professor Jo Dong-woo at Pohang University of Science and Technology say they developed a support structure for the respiratory tract using 3D print technology. The transplant was made on a six-year-old boy from Mongolia with a face deformity.
South Korea Expected to Buy Lockheed Fighter Jets
New York Times
South Korea announced revised requirements Friday for a new generation of fighter jets it plans to buy, effectively leaving Lockheed Martin’s F-35A stealth jet as the only viable bidder for the country’s largest-ever arms acquisition program.
South Korea will buy 40 “high-capability stealth fighter jets” from 2018 to 2024 to increase its air force’s ability to penetrate the air defense of North Korea and strike its nuclear and missile facilities, the Defense Ministry said in a statement following a meeting of its Joint Chiefs of Staff.
’48 Hours’ to tackle death of Juliana Redding with Times reporter
Los Angeles Times
The brutal killing of aspiring Hollywood actress Juliana Redding will be the focus of Saturday night’s episode of “48 Hours.” And the CBS News production will get a special assist from L.A. Times reporter Jack Leonard.
Leonard reported on the 2008 slaying and the subsequent trial of Kelly Soo Park in the Times.
Park was accused of murdering Redding on behalf of Redding’s ex-boyfriend, a wealthy Marina Del Rey surgeon who is believed to have fled the country when Park was arrested in 2010. Park was acquitted by a jury in June.
5 Reasons ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Star John Cho is Awesome
Most recently, he’s lit up our screens as the tortured and surprisingly good-natured demon servant Andy Brooks on this season’s freshman hit Sleepy Hollow, and we’ve also enjoyed his performances in the two Star Trek reboots, the ever-hilarious Harold and Kumar trilogy, and on the small screen in Go On and FlashForward.
5. His undead-servant-of-Moloch character on Sleepy Hollow is already a fan favorite, and for good reason. Who else could be so likable for someone with such murky intentions? When he griped about helping a centuries-old flayed witch dig up her bones (that’s pretty much Sleepy Hollow in a nutshell, by the way) in the episode “Blood Moon” it was one of the best moments on the show so far.
CL Appears Nude in 2NE1′s New Music Video
The music video for girl group 2NE1’s new song “Missing You” has been generating much buzz since it was released Wednesday due to CL’s brief nude scene.
In the video, which depicts the sadness of longing for a past lover, CL appears without clothes for about 10 seconds. She is one of the four members of the group.
S. Korean pitcher signs record-high contract with Japan team
Relief pitcher Oh Seung-hwan of the Samsung Lions decided to move to Japan’s Hanshin Tigers on a record-breaking, first-term contract, his agency said Friday.
The 31-year-old signed on for two years with the Nippon Professional Baseball team for 300 million Japanese yen (US$2.9 million) a year with a signing bonus of 200 million yen. With 50 million yen in annual incentives, Oh can receive up to 900 million yen from the Hanshin Tigers. The amount is the highest among his three predecessors including Lee Seung-yeop in 2004, Kim Tae-kyun in 2009 and Lee Dae-ho in 2011.
Actress Lee Young-ae hosts Korean food dinner with foreign diplomats
South Korean actress Lee Young-ae, who is also popular in other Asian countries for her lead role in the smash-hit epic series “Daejanggeum,” threw a traditional Korean food dinner for foreign diplomats in Seoul, a local TV network said Friday.
The event was taped Wednesday for “Lee Young-ae’s Dinner,” a SBS documentary hosted by the actress and set to air on New Year’s Day on the lunar calendar, SBS said.
The rise of North Korea’s new rich
Over the past two decades, North Korean authorities have struggled hard to keep up Stalinist appearances. Generally speaking, they have succeeded: for the casual short-term visitors can be forgiven for their belief that North Korea is still a Stalinist state. What is on display has not changed much – posters with sadistic U.S. imperialist monsters and muscular shock workers, military tunes booming out of loudspeakers and the pompous Stalinist architecture of Pyongyang being chief among them. However, there are things that officials cannot hide: the booming private economy and its unavoidable result – the growing gap between the haves and have-nots.
Nascent North Korean capitalism has produced significant material inequality. There are many very poor North Koreans, but there are also North Koreans who are quite rich – and not all of them are government officials. Apart from big market venders (whose capital can be estimated as worth hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars), there are also a large number of successful mid-level entrepreneurs who are not particularly rich, but still make a decent living in North Korea’s informal economy – and whose income is well above nationwide average.
Ending a Feud Between Allies [OP-ED]
New York Times
Last month Japanese officials once again visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which many Asians deplore as a symbol of Japan’s militaristic past. Soon afterward, South Korea celebrated a law passed in 1900 that claimed sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks, a disputed outcropping in the waters between the countries.
Animosity between Japan and Korea is nothing new. But these latest events have taken relations to a new low and threaten American interests just as President Obama has embarked on a new effort to improve Washington’s position in the region.
Korean-Japanese tensions date from Japan’s invasion of the Korean Peninsula in the late 16th century. But the sorest point remains Japan’s 35-year occupation of Korea through the end of World War II. Japan may have lost the war, but the Japanese have maintained an attitude of national superiority over Koreans, which is matched by a Korean sense of resentment and outrage.
South Korea: Ground Zero for Food Sovereignty and Community Resilience
The bustling, fast-paced, wired metropolis city of Seoul is what most people know of South Korea. Now the fifteenth largest economy in the world, South Korea’s economy is driven by the exports sector controlled by corporations like Samsung, Hyundai, LG and Daewoo. These chaebols have significant global market share: 37 percent in LCD TVs, 33 percent in hand-held phones and 9 percent in automobiles. The term “chaebol nation” aptly describes South Korea’s economy: the top 30 chaebols account for 82 percent of the country’s exports.
It’s hard to imagine that just two generations ago, farming fueled the nation’s economy. In the 1970s, farmers accounted for half the population; today, they represent only 6.2 percent. South Korea’s rapid transformation from an agrarian economy to a highly industrialized one wasn’t accidental; it was the outcome of the central government’s development and trade liberalization policies that in the early 1980s began to see farming as part of Korea’s past, not its future.
The major blow to Korean agriculture fell in 1994, when South Korea joined the WTO and the Agreement on Agriculture, which effectively forced the government to eliminate quotas and tariffs even while major agriculture exporting blocs like the United States and European Union still gave billions in subsidies to their own farmers. The result of all this liberalization: South Korea is only 20-percent self-sufficient in grain production, compared with the 1970s when it was at 70 percent.
A cleaner Flushing is pushed by Kim
Queens Chronicle (New York)
A new initiative to clean up Flushing got underway last week outside the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) organized area elected officials, volunteers and Home Depot to get behind his project to power wash streets for a cleaner and less smelly environment.
“I am starting the CleanFlushing Initiative to raise awareness of the difference we can make together to improve the quality of life in our community,” Kim said. “Everyone here has a role to play.”
Daniel Park is seeing green for Tenafly
Councilman-elect Daniel Park, 29, pledges to keep Tenafly green by introducing new ideas and technologies during his three-year term which begins in 2014.
Though the new ideas may be expensive, he believes it’s just a matter of time before more technology, such as solar power and rain gardens, are implemented — thus benefiting the environment.
“It’s long term,” Park said. “When it comes to stuff like that, my inner nerd cries out. I love new tech, I love science so when there’s a chance to push solar or new technologies I’m all for it. It’s just the natural evolution and there’s no stopping it. It just makes sense.”
Harvard professor named head of UF pediatric neurology
Gainesville Sun (Florida)
Dr. Peter Kang from Harvard University is the new chief of pediatric neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, according to a UF media release.
Kang started at UF on Nov. 1. Previously, he was an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and the director of the electromyography laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also started a research laboratory on the genetics of muscular dystrophy and other pediatric neuromuscular disorders, which he intends to expand at UF, according to the media release.
Kang is also the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tribeca Film Festival sues in Pier 57 redesign battle
New York Post
The developer selected to modernize the historic Pier 57 on W. 15th Street into a hip retail and cultural center partnered with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival to gain city approval and then dumped the organization to maximize profits, according to a new lawsuit.
The famous festival claims Young Woo & Associates reneged on a deal to give them naming rights to the rehabbed pier plus $5 million to create a mostly free public arts venue on the roof.
Tribeca began working with the Lower Manhattan-based developer in 2008 to win a bid for the waterfront space from the Hudson River Park Trust, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit says.
Understanding Racism in Korea
We recently posted a video that discussed anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea. In the video we said that in general, older Koreans are anti-Japanese and that younger people are not as racist. And then we got a flood of comments from Korean netizens saying things like “You’re wrong! I hate Japanese people!” … Idiots. I don’t think they realize how ridiculous they seem to the rest of the world. But they have their reasons, and I understand where they’re coming from.
Author’s Note: Racism is a very sensitive subject, and an ultimately complicated issue. A blog post is way too short to fully analyze and explain racist sentiments in any country. But I’m going to try anyway. I’m sure I’ll get some backlash in some form. But remember, these are only my opinions and conclusions, and I take full responsibility for any hate comments or racist internet trolls to come. Let’s get it on!
Justin Chon talks Kdramas, Twilight, and being a Korean American actor with DramaFever
DramaFever was lucky enough to be able to sit down with the Korean American actor, Justin Chon, who you may know from 21 & Over, Crossing Over, and Twilight, to talk about his upcoming roles, what it’s like to be an Asian American actor, and, of course, Kdramas.
1. On His Upcoming Roles:
This evening, Justin guest stars on a new episode of the hit television show, New Girl. He says it’s been a pleasure working with Zooey Deschanel and that she is a complete sweetheart. Justin’s excited to see how tonight’s show turns out because his role as a young Chinese restaurant owner, who is in hot pursuit of Deschanel’s character, has an interesting twist to it that pushes against conventional Asian American stereotypes in Hollywood. Check it out tonight to see for yourself!
K-pop: A horror show for masochists
Do you like being treated like rubbish? Do you enjoy having your warmth and kisses rewarded with a fist to the face and a vacuum cleaner nozzle down your wallet? Do you sometimes find normal pop artists simply too talented, or just too nice?
If you said yes to any of the above, you will just love K-pop, that sugary, neon-coloured funtime that combines the best of a plastic surgery trade show and a mugging in a dark alley.
A few months ago, for example, I saw dozens of fans yelled at, marched out of the Singapore Indoor Stadium by security staff and have their belongings confiscated. Why? Because they dared take photographs of a Korean boy band during a show. Because if there is one place in which an artiste absolutely needs his privacy, it is up on stage in front of 20,000 people.
Lydia Ko Ranked Among World’s Most Influential Teens
Korean-New Zealander Lydia Ko has been included in TIME’s list of the 16 most influential teens in the world for 2013. The U.S. magazine released the list on its website on Tuesday.
“She turned pro this year — the LPGA waived the age requirement for her to join — and she’s already fifth in the women’s world rankings,” the magazine said. “She’s the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest person ever to win an LPGA tour event (and the only amateur to ever win two LPGA tour events).”
Others on the list include American singer Justin Bieber and swimmer Missy Franklin, who won six gold medals at last year’s Olympics, and New Zealand singer Lorde, who recently topped the Billboard single chart.
Shin-Soo Choo would be an ideal fit for Red Sox under different circumstances
Playing nine innings while wondering how often Masahiro Tanaka’s pitched to the score while going 24-0 last season …
1. Under different circumstances, Shin-Soo Choo might be heavily coveted by the Red Sox. The Reds’ leadoff hitter last season reached base at a .423 clip last season, with an NL-best 112 walks; David Ortiz led the Red Sox in OBP at .395. Choo has power (21 homers), decent speed (20 steals, but in an inefficient 31 attempts), and is capable enough defensively that Dusty Baker was comfortable using him in center field. Unfortunately, he’s represented by Scott Boras, who also reps Jacoby Ellsbury, and it’s hard to figure on the Sox signing one Boras client to replace another, especially when Choo’s asking price is said to be in the range of Jayson Werth’s $126 million deal.
Former N.Korean Striker to Wed in December
Suwon Samsung Bluewings striker Jong Tae-se will marry a flight attendant who works for a Korean airline in December.
The parents of the couple recently agreed to their marriage and set the wedding date for Dec. 14.
Jong and his fiancée have been dating since May, when they met through mutual friends.
WATCH: The Little-Known History of Asian Takeout in America
When a dish really hits a nerve with the American palate, it can really take off across the entire country, facilitated by food vendors’ freedom to copy good ideas. We saw it happen with General Tso’s chicken. We’re seeing it happen with other Asian-influenced culinary creations too.
When I was researching my book on Chinese food in America, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which was the basis of my TED Talk, it puzzled me why Korean cuisine (unlike many of its Asian brethren) had not gone mainstream yet.
Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese restaurants had all hit critical mass, with footholds in suburban towns. But Korean cuisine remained mostly ensconced within Korean-American communities, with an occasional lone outpost defiantly offering bibimbap. This puzzled me, because Korean savory barbecued meats — short ribs, grilled marinated beef — should be widely appealing to an American palate which never met a barbecue recipe it didn’t like. But Korean restaurants basically remained serving Korean clientele, with the occasional Chinese family, like mine, that celebrated our Thanksgivings there.
G Street Food to open third location with dinner service
When David Choi parted ways with Wall Street, not long after the subprime mortgage crisis threw us into recession, the former investment banker cold-called Mark Furstenberg and convinced the chef and baker to open G Street Food together in 2009. From the start, the street-food-themed operation struggled to find an audience, despite a quick expansion of the menu and despite engineering one of the best (if untraditional) banh mi sandwiches in the area.
Within weeks of opening, Choi and consultant Furstenberg went their separate ways. Furstenberg’s now in the process of opening Bread Furst on Connecticut Avenue NW, which could debut as early as February. Choi is in the process of opening his third location of G Street Food on 15th Street NW, which he hopes to launch in mid-December.
Beyond ethnicity: Korea Americans’ clout growing in US literary scene
When new ethnic writers began gaining recognition on the U.S. literary scene in the 1990s, a sudden surge of work by Korean-American authors led to something akin to a “Korean American literary renaissance.” Now, the American literary world is an open port for ethnic literature, offering further opportunities for Korean American authors.
As the presence of Korean-American writers grows there, academic circles here have recently begun to pay more attention to them in a bid to embrace their work as a separate genre within Korean literature.
“Understanding Korean-American Literature” (Variety Crossing Press, Canada, 2013), a recent book, written by Yoo Sun-mo in English, professor emeritus at Kyonggi University’s Department of English Literature, offers a glimpse of the short history of Korean-American literature from its early period in the 1930s up to the present day and the future potential for it through diverse theme changes over time.
Dongdaemun, Korea’s fashion mecca, tells a unique story
Tourist attractions reveal a nation’s lifestyle, ideas and socio-political changes. Dongdaemun, Korea’s fashion mecca, also tells us a unique story.
Today, Dongdaemun is one of the most popular destinations for foreigners, especially Japanese and Chinese, whose main reason for visiting Korea is shopping. The area posted a record 20 trillion won sales revenue last year, comparable to the total sales of nationwide department stores. But did you know that Dongdaemun has been a shopping center since six centuries ago?
Seoul’s New Modern Art Museum Opens
Wall Street Journal
South Korea this week opened a $230 million modern art museum, with the ambition of becoming a center for visual art that crosses over with technology and scientific innovation.
Known as the MMCA Seoul, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s new branch in the South Korean capital is the city’s first national museum dedicated to works from the 20th century and later. It replaces the old headquarters, located 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of Seoul, as the country’s main modern-art showcase, offering more than 10,000 square meters of exhibition space. The museum’s other branches include a 1930’s pavilion inside a royal estate in central Seoul and a future conservation center at a site 130 kilometers south of the capital.
South Korea Reveals Moon-Lander Plans
South Korea has unveiled designs for its planned Moon lander, a key part of President Park Geun-hye’s pledge to revitalize the country’s aerospace industry and space program.
The uncrewed module — of which a scaled-down mock-up was unveiled to the press on 22 October — will travel on board a Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 rocket and is designed to carry a lunar rover weighing 10–20 kilograms, which will look for signs of rare minerals on the Moon’s surface. A robotic orbiter will also circle above the lunar landscape for more than a year at an altitude of about 100 km.
Fifteen government-funded research institutions, led by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in Daejeon, have agreed to start collaborating in 2014 to develop foundation technologies for the mission next year, the country’s Ministry of Science has said.
N. Korea slams President Park for fueling inter-Korean tensions
North Korea slammed President Park Geun-hye Tuesday for fueling tensions with provocative anti-Pyongyang remarks made during her recent trip to Europe.
The North’s Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement issued by an unidentified spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), referred to Park by name and accused her of being a hypocrite and only focused on maintaining a confrontational stance with the DPRK.
The DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.
During her recent trip to France, Britain and Belgium, Park, who has made “trust building” the cornerstone of her North Korean policy, called on the isolationist country to get rid of its nuclear weapons and improve human rights.
Syrian regime recruited North Korean pilots – activist group
A British-based Syrian activist group claims Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recruited 15 North Korean pilots to operate his regime’s attack helicopters.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors casualties and developments in Syria’s civil war, cited an opposition-linked website, which claims the North Koreans were brought in due to fears Syrian pilots might defect to neighboring countries.
In the past, there have been reports of Syrian fighter jet pilots defaulting to Jordan with their jets but the reports were never confirmed.
North Korea, a close ally of Syria, is thought to have sold military equipment, including chemical weapons and scud missiles, to the Assad regime in the past.
S. Korea pledges US$5 mln in aid to Philippines
Yonhap News via GlobalPost
South Korea will offer US$5 million in relief aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines and send a team of relief workers there, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.
The government decided to provide the Philippines with assistance in cash and relief goods including food, blankets and tents, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The goods will be shipped to the country after the Philippine government’s approval, which is expected to take a day or two, according to the ministry.
Samsung offers US$1 mln in aid to typhoon-stricken Philippines
Samsung Group, South Korea’s biggest conglomerate, said Tuesday that it has decided to offer US$1 million in aid to the Philippines, which has suffered from huge damage by a typhoon.
Typhoon Haiyan cut a wide swath of destruction through the central part of the Southeast Asian country last weekend, taking thousands of lives and leaving thousands of homes destroyed.
The group’s financial aid will be delivered to the country via the Red Cross and World Vision, a nongovernmental humanitarian aid group.
Meanwhile, the group’s flagship unit Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker, will send a 20-member emergency team of its Filipino subsidiary to the areas hit by the typhoon to provide free repair service of home appliances, the group said.
Linking up Europe and South Korea ‘not easy’
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to pay a state visit to South Korea today, November 12, where he will meet with President Park Guen-hye. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in September and have a full agenda for their two days of discussions in Seoul, including ways of improving bilateral ties, ensuring peace and stability on the fractious Korean peninsula and stepping up cooperation and exchanges.
Putin, however, is particularly keen on a project that could bring major economic and geo-political benefits to Russia: the long-debated plan to connect the furthest reaches of Western Europe with Busan, the South Korean port on the very tip of the peninsula, by railway.
This route would primarily follow the existing Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to the Russian Far East before crossing into North Korea on the short stretch of border that the two nations share, continuing south, traversing the so-called Demilitarized Zone that is the border between North and South and finally ending up in Busan, the largest container ship hub in Asia.
How to Cure South Korea’s English Fever?
Wall Street Journal
How much should a country pay to master the English language?
Based on the economics and outcomes of English tuition in South Korea today, the country is throwing excessive amounts at the task with meager results.
According to Swiss-based language learning company EF Education First, the average South Korean gets nearly 20,000 hours of English education from kindergarten through university. Much of that tuition comes at private institutes known as hagwon that Korean kids flock to stay ahead in the nation’s hyper-competitive educational race.
Ailee’s Agency Takes Legal Action Regarding Distribution of Singer’s Nude Photos
Ailee’s agency, YMC Entertainment, has taken concrete moves in order to take legal action in regards to the distribution of the singer’s nude photos.
A representative from YMC Entertainment stated to a local news source on November 12 KST, “CEO Jo Yoo Myung has personally appointed a lawyer in the U.S. However, we cannot currently reveal specific plans as we are still in the process of closely examining the facts.” The reason for appointing a U.S. lawyer is due to the difficulty of investigating from South Korea, as all sources of the photos are located overseas.
A source from the foreign affairs department of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency also commented, “The foreign affairs department doesn’t always take on every investigation involving foreigners.” Pointing to the lengthy and difficult process of obtaining help from U.S. law enforcement agencies and embassy, the source stated, “It will be hard to expect a proper investigation in the case of Ailee.” The source continued, “But if [the agency] appointed a U.S. lawyer, the speedy procurement of the identity of Ailee’s ex-boyfriend might be possible. It will depend on how much ‘Allkpop’ cooperates.”
Super Junior wows European fans
Super Junior held a successful first concert in London, where about 10,000 fans gathered, SM Entertainment said Monday.
The popular K-pop boy band performed at Wembley Arena in London its signature “Super Show 5.” The audience included not only British fans but also those from France, Germany, Poland, Hungary and other parts of Europe.
The group started off with “Mr. Simple,” which is the lead track from its fifth full-length album, and continued on with such popular songs as “Sorry Sorry” and “Sexy, Free & Single.” All together, the members performed 23 songs.
Samsung Debuts Online Drama Series
Samsung will begin airing a web-only soap opera this week in an effort to ride interest in TV dramas and connect with the country’s smartphone-obsessed youth.
Samsung Group spokesman Kevin Cho said the series is a new step for the company’s social engagement program, targeting South Korea’s twentysomethings with a story about penniless young jobseekers living together and the hardships they face in getting a job.
South Korea’s largest conglomerate by revenue appears serious about the production quality, recruiting an outside studio and K-Pop stars for the six-episode “Infinite Power.”
Video: Rob Gronkowski mocks Asian fan at watch party
Richie Incognito and Riley Cooper are among the NFL players who have come under fire for racially insensitive incidents this year. Rob Gronkowski may be next.
TMZ has posted a video of the Patriots tight end mocking an Asian fan. (See below.) The incident was reportedly filmed during a fan event last weekend. Gronkowski was scheduled to attend a watch party Sunday at Bar Louie in Foxboro.
When an Asian man wearing a Gronkowski jersey began dancing, the Pro Bowler said into the microphone: “They told me he could only cook fried rice.” Gronkowski later referred to the Asian fan as “Leslie Chow” after Ken Jeong’s character in The Hangover.
Sobban: A Korean-Southern diner
Wall Street Journal
There are fewer than 40 seats inside Sobban, the Korean-Southern diner set under the horseshoe-bowed roof and soaring plate windows of a vintage Arby’s. That hasn’t stopped the crowds that (mostly) wait patiently to try this exciting new restaurant — one whose time most definitely has come.
You could argue that Atlanta has emerged as one of the country’s (if not the world’s) great towns for Korean food, and many of the area’s best chefs find inspiration from the restaurants and markets throughout the Northern suburbs. We’re ripe for a Western-style restaurant like this, which assumes a certain level of familiarity and comfort with Korean flavors on the part of the customer, both in terms of its chile heat and its twangy funk of fermented vegetables.
This restaurant also has some budding star power behind it: Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor of Heirloom Market BBQ. This project seems more like Lee’s baby, and she oversees the menu. It feels one part derived from Korean family recipes and home cooking, one part Southern farm-to-table, and one part rock ’n’ roll new Asian in the manner of Miso Izakaya or Octopus Bar.
Chef Roy Choi Soups Up Instant Ramen With American Cheese
Thought you’d never look at another package of instant ramen again after college? What if American cheese was involved?
In his new cookbook, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, chef Roy Choi of L.A.’s famous Kogi taco truck (among a slew of other popular restaurants) shares this souped-up instant ramen recipe that will forever change the way you look at your 2 a.m. college dinner (or 2 p.m. breakfast).
“Making instant ramen is spiritual, important and methodical for Korean-American kids,” Choi tells Tasting Table. “It’s our peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet.
Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy.
There are varying accounts surrounding the scandal and fans and news agencies have questioned the credibility of the photos.
According to Dispatch, the 24-year-old singer’s ex-boyfriend approached the celebrity news agency back in July 2013 with the nude photos and attempted to sell them. Dispatch reportedly spurned the offer, questioning the legality of such a sale.
Ailee’s agency, YMC Entertainment responded to the allegations and confirmed that Ailee was the person in the photos. Continue Reading »