North Korea preps for rocket launch despite international warnings
Christian Science Monitor
Many are concerned that North Korea’s rocket launch is cover for developing the technology to attach a nuclear warhead to a long-range missile capable of going as far as Hawaii, Alaska, or the US West Coast.
U.N. chief urges N. Korea to reconsider rocket launch
AP via USA Today
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly urged North Korea on Tuesday to reconsider its decision to launch a rocket which would be “a clear violation” U.N. sanctions.
The U.N. chief also urged Pyongyang to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
Beyond The Rocket: What’s Up in North Korea
Wall Street Journal
North Korea is once again drawing global attention for its plan to test long-range missile technology, or what it calls shooting a rocket into space. But in recent days, there have also been some developments and reports that, while hard or impossible to verify, may wind up being more significant in the near future.
The first came in South Korea’s Joong Ang Ilbo newspaper, which reported on Tuesday that civil unrest is growing in North Korea and has been marked by the circulation of pamphlets critical of the Kim family regime and praising Ri Yong Ho, the former military chief who was ousted in July.
North Korea divides South’s presidential hopefuls in TV debate
South Korea’s two main presidential contenders clashed on Tuesday in a debate over security policy as North Korea readied a rocket launch that is timed to coincide with the South’s December 19 election.
Both conservative Park Geun-hye, the daughter of South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee, and leftist Moon Jae-in have pledged to engage with North Korea, although Moon has offered unconditional talks with the reclusive and impoverished state in a bid to improve relations between the two Koreas.
‘Frontline’ will examine Michelle Rhee’s D.C. legacy
“Frontline,” the tremendously fabulous PBS news documentary program, will air an episode next month examining the legacy of former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
The episode, titled “The Education of Michelle Rhee” and set to air Jan. 8, is billed as such: “FRONTLINE was granted unprecedented access to Rhee during her tumultuous three-year tenure as she attempted to fix a broken school system. As Rhee returns to the national stage, FRONTLINE examines her legacy in Washington, DC, including her battles with the teachers’ union and her handling of a cheating scandal in the District.”
Parents of engineering student sue UT Arlington, claiming treatment at school clinic led to his death
Dallas Morning News
Two Tarrant County residents have filed a wrongful-death suit against the University of Texas at Arlington after their son died a week after he was treated at the school’s clinic.
Min Gu Choi, 21, died July 10, eight days after he sought treatment for a knee injury at UT Arlington’s Health Services clinic.
Young Ok Choi and Oh Soon Choi said their son, a UTA engineering student, was not properly treated. The parents are each seeking $8 million in compensation.
Inside The Walking Dead’s ‘The Killer Within’ Writer Sang Kyu Kim
Sang Kyu Kim, writer and producer at AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead, stopped by the Pork Chop in Chicago last night to share trade secrets and spill his guts on how he wrote “The Killer Within,” episode.
Sang Kyu Kim was supposed to be a doctor. Instead he’s deep into the blood and guts of zombie killings as well as the tender moments of life after the apocalypse as a writer/producer on AMC’s popular series The Walking Dead.
Kim, a Chicago native, was in the City of Big Shoulders on Dec. 2, talking shop with aspiring writers, directors and actors at the monthly meeting of the Chicago Screenwriters Network. The organization puts on gatherings and other events for emerging, newbie and aspiring film and television aficionados.
First Ever Korean-American-Inspired Hotel Coming To LA Next Summer
Hey LA peeps, new hotel alert: the Sydell Group, who is responsible for two of NYC’s big-time, hip and happenin’ hotels (Ace New York and The NoMad) is hard at work converting a 388-room hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd, in the Koreatown neighborhood of LA.
The hotel will be called The Line, and to better fit in with its surroundings, Sydell is planning to make it “the first lifestyle hotel of its kind in the US to draw upon Korean and Korean-American culture, food and design.” Well! We didn’t see that coming.
Skating ‘queen’ Kim set to return
AFP via Google News
South Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-Na will make her competitive return to the ice in Germany this weekend, ending a break of more than 18 months from the sport, her management agency said.
The reigning Olympic champion, 22, will take part in the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, chasing the points she needs to qualify for next year’s world championships in Canada, her agency, All That Sports, said.
Ryu Hyun-jin could pitch in Japan, agent says
Los Angeles Times
South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin could pitch in Japan next season if he doesn’t sign with the Dodgers, his agent said Tuesday.
“Japan is a very viable option for him,” said Scott Boras, who disputed the notion that his client doesn’t have any leverage in his negotiations with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers face a Sunday deadline to sign Ryu, a seven-time Korean league All-Star. They bid $25.7 million to win a league-wide auction for the exclusive rights to negotiate with Ryu. That fee would be returned to the Dodgers if he doesn’t sign with them.
Seoul Convention Bureau jumps on ‘Gangnam Style’
With its high concentration of palaces and museums, Gangbuk, the northern area of Seoul, has been a traditional tourist magnet.
Now, thanks to the Psy music video “Gangnam Style,” which recently became the most viewed YouTube video of all time, its counterpart, Gangnam, is fast becoming Seoul’s most talked-about destination.
Seoul tourism agencies have been busy looking for ways to capitalize on the area’s newfound global fame.
40 Cute Must Buy Things in Korea
If you are stopping by the Republic of Cuteness (Korea), you better check out this list! Throw out your over-sized teddy bear out of the house because we got a list of unique, modern, and fashionable cute item to replace it!
A father who killed his two children in a murder-suicide attempt six years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences but avoided the death penalty, according to news reports.
Dae-kwon Yun, 61, shoved his 11-year old daughter and 10-year-old son into a Toyota Sequoia and set it on fire, after dousing the interior of the SUV in gasoline. Yun, who, at the time was saddled with debt and an impending divorce from his wife, later jumped out and yelled for help, but never alerted the passersby of his children inside the vehicle, according to eyewitness testimony, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A firefighter testified that the burned body of Yun’s son, Alexander, showed he was trying to open the back door. In 2008, a witness also testified that he saw Yun shouting at his daughter, Ashley, and pushing her into the back seat. Continue Reading »
In tight US race, Asian Americans could be kingmakers
AFP via Google News
Often overlooked in past elections, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They make up around five percent of the US population but their numbers could surpass winning candidates’ margins of victory in battleground states such as Virginia, Nevada, Florida and Colorado.
If trends prevail, Asian Americans will likely boost Obama. He won two-thirds of Asian American votes in 2008, a swift rise from the 32 percent who voted for fellow Democrat Bill Clinton when he was first elected in 1992.
“This is a historic shift. The last time you’ve seen an immigrant group undergo such a major shift was among Jewish voters between the 1920s and 1940s” when they also rallied behind the Democrats, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside.
Rise of the Tiger Nation
Wall Street Journal
Asian-Americans are now the country’s best-educated, highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group. They share with American Jews both the distinction and the occasional burden of immigrant success.
In Allston-Brighton, Korean enclave grows strong roots
The smells of baked dough and marinara sauce used to dominate Allston Village. But these days, diners might be more likely to catch a whiff of kimchi or bibimbap from one of the growing number of Korean restaurants.
The ready availability of the East Asian cuisine is one reflection of the surge in the number of Korean-owned businesses — and Korean residents — in Allston.
More than one-third of Boston’s Korean population lives in Allston-Brighton, according to recent census figures: About 1,600 residents in Allston and Brighton are of Korean descent — a 54 percent increase from a decade before.
Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed an action to enforce a subpoena issued to Los Angeles-based apparel retailer Forever 21 seeking documents related to the company’s apparel contractors and manufacturers. The Department initially issued the subpoena on Aug. 16. but the company has not complied with the demands.
A recent investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found significant evidence of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions by vendors supplying goods to Forever 21.
Coming to America: South Korea’s top directors on hitting Hollywood with English language films
Park and two other top South Korean directors — Kim Jee-woon, known for 2003 ghost story A Tale of Two Sisters and the recent serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, and Bong Joon-ho, known for 2006 monster tale The Host and beautifully filmed psycho mom mystery Mother – will soon find out. All three are set to debut their first English language films next year, mining Hollywood and a slate of A-list stars to reach their broadest audiences ever.
Park comes out with Stoker, a dark coming-of-age story starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman as her scarily intense mother, through Fox Searchlight on March 1. Kim directs Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aging sheriff battling thugs in action-packed The Last Stand, through Lionsgate, out Jan. 17. And Bong has the snowy sci-fi post-apocalyptic train survival tale Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, and John Hurt, through a non Hollywood studio, South Korean company CJ Entertainment, also in 2013.
Catching Up With Steven Yeun
New York Times
Steven Yeun is a Korean-American actor who plays Glenn Rhee, a pizza delivery guy turned survivalist in “The Walking Dead,” an apocalyptic zombie drama on AMC, which has drawn the largest audience of any television series this fall.
READING: I’m in the middle of reading a book called “The Women Were Leaving the Men.” It’s a collection of short stories by Andy Mozina, who was one of my professors at Kalamazoo College. He really pushes the boundaries of storytelling. I also enjoyed Haruki Murakami’s “After the Quake,” which is another collection of stories. You get all these different perspectives of the aftermath of a large earthquake in Japan. It’s very quirky and strange and surreal.
Dia Frampton visits the land of swarms
The Nation (Thailand)
Dia Frampton, one of the big stars from the first season of “The Voice” on American TV, performed in Bangkok recently as part of an Asia tour promoting her debut album “Red”. Thai fans, and not just red ones, overwhelmed the singer everywhere she went – airport, magazine meetings, a radio station and of course her mini-concert, part of Central Group’s anniversary celebrations.
An Exclusive Look at the Stunning Concept Art Behind Cloud Atlas’ Future Seoul
The most dazzling aspect of Cloud Atlas is probably the vision of near-future Korea, the city of Neo-Seoul. Glittery and dystopian, Neo-Seoul sits next to the sunken ruins of the original Seoul, with slums side by side with shining ribbons and flying cars.
But if anything, the original concept art for Neo-Seoul looks even cooler. Check out an exclusive look, right here. And you should definitely click to enlarge these images, which look best at full screen. (Minor spoilers below.)
Kim chooses German event for return to ice
Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu Na will make her return to competition at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, her management agency All That Sports announced Friday.
The 22-year-old Kim, who has not skated competitively since taking the silver medal behind Miki Ando at the 2011 world championships in Moscow, will enter the senior “B” event held from Dec. 5-9.
2012 in Review: Shin-Soo Choo
Let’s Go Tribe (blog)
Choo rebounded into his usual form in 2012, and it’s looking likely that that will have been his last season in an Indians uniform.
Seoul Lunch: Where to Eat?
Wall Street Journal
Seoul’s downtown area of Gwanghwamun, home to several government ministries, major companies and the Gyeonbokgung palace, has a vast array of dining options. We picked some of our favorites for a lunch-time bite. As with most restaurants in Seoul, get there early (or wait until after 1pm) as they tend to get very busy at midday.
Dr. David Kim: Radiation oncologist, Oncology Hematology Associates
Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana)
After undergoing surgery at Deaconess Gateway, [cancer patient Barbara] Young was introduced to Dr. David Kim, the man she calls her Health Care Hero.
“On my first visit with Dr. Kim in his office, he told me that he had studied all of my records and X-rays and then personally called four or five other oncology experts and discussed my case with them before he decided what was the most effective way to treat me, how much radiation I would require,” said Young.
Noam Chomsky is one of many M.I.T. community members with gangnam style
Famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist Noam Chomsky is best known for writing detailed analyses about how U.S. foreign policy reflects the desires of American corporations.
That’s why his fans might be surprised to see him make a cameo appearance in this video by the Korean Students Association on campus, starring Richard Yoon. It was inspired by South Korean star PSY’s “Gangman Style”.
South Korea extends missile range under new deal with U.S.
South Korea said Sunday that it would nearly triple the range of its ballistic missiles, allowing it to strike all parts of North Korea and a sliver of China, under a new deal with the United States.
The bilateral agreement, coming after nearly two years of negotiations, frees Seoul to develop and use significantly more-muscular missile technology at a time of steady concern about the belligerent North.
Families of South Korean Sailors Held by Pirates Ask Seoul for Help
New York Times
The families of four South Korean sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for more than 17 months appealed to the government on Monday to intervene for their release.
Jury deliberations broke down over one member’s view of self-defense
Joong Rhee’s trial for murder ended in a hung jury because one juror believed the accused could use any degree of force if he was defending himself when he allegedly bludgeoned Hae C. Park to death, according to two other members of the panel.
That lone juror agreed that Rhee’s explanation of the fight that led to his business partner’s death didn’t match the legal definition of self-defense, said juror Hector Jimenez.
Trial scheduled in 2011 slaying in Long Beach
Northwest Indiana Times
A trial date is set in the case of a Chicago man accused of causing the 2011 death of a 17-year-old boy with a single punch to the head in Long Beach.
James Malecek, 20, is scheduled to go on trial beginning April 1 in a case expected to take up to two weeks to present to a LaPorte Circuit Court jury.
Dr. Tom Kim: Missionaries could do more good by serving at home
Knoxville News (Tenn.)
In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells his disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” The order in which early Christians were told to witness could mean that “home” missions are just as important as “foreign missions.”
Should Christians be as concerned about the home front as foreign missions? Clearly, both are important. How should we divide our efforts?
South Korea’s lost children return
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Long before Samsung and Hyundai emerged as global brands, babies were South Korea’s top “export” – thousands of children were adopted overseas. Some are coming back as adults.
When South Korea was left in ruins following its war with the North in the 1950s, many children were sent to families in the United States or Europe. Western families were convinced they were giving these Korean orphans a better life.
Asian American YouTube stars join in promoting voter registration
Southern California Public Radio
Thirteen Asian American YouTube stars have joined in an effort to promote voter registration for the upcoming November elections.
Musical group Far East Movement, local YouTube sensation Wong Fu Productions and YouTube comedian KevJumba are just a few of those featured in the video. Each has proven themself an internet star; Wong Fu Productions alone has collected over 194 million YouTube views. KevJumba has a total of more than 300 million.
TV’s minority report not making the grade
Last time you went to a clinic, chances were good that your primary doctor was of South Asian descent — unless you happened to check into a TV hospital.
Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” a new sitcom about a lovesick ob/gyn, is the first series on broadcast television to feature an Indian-American in the lead role, a milestone that writer/star Mindy Kaling does her best to downplay.
Tim Kang: The secret side of agent Cho
New Zealand Herald
Actor Tim Kang says he is nothing like the character he plays in The Mentalist.
Actor Tim Kang expects more often than not to be wearing some type of uniform when he’s cast in Hollywood.
Kang believes directors seem to have honed in on his serious side – and it could be part of the reason he was cast as agent Kimball Cho in the successful crime drama The Mentalist.
Cheezburger reality show to talk dead LOLcats, other big issues
The golden age of LOLcats is upon us. All those irritating and occasionally awesome captioned pictures of kitties are digging their claws even deeper into the soft, sockless, and vulnerable flesh of our pop culture with a new reality show premiering on Bravo in about a month.
“LOLwork” is a comedic documentary-style show that keeps tabs on the goings-on around the Seattle offices of Ben Huh’s time-wasting (or productivity-boosting, depending on your choice of studies) empire, the Cheezburger Network.
Juilliard violinist gives demonstration to junior high musicians
Salina Journal (Kansas)
By the time Siwoo Kim was in sixth grade, he was such an accomplished violinist that he was invited to join the high school orchestra.
For the next six years, Kim and other members of the Columbus, Ohio, school band would visit elementary schools and play for them.
The result of these outreach visits, Kim said, was stunning.
‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ is a North Korean rarity
Los Angeles Times
When the Belgian filmmaker Anja Daelemans and the British-born documentarian Nicholas Bonner resolved six years ago to collaborate, they decided to add an unusual challenge: make a movie in and about North Korea.
It was, the filmmakers agreed, a wild idea. “A bottle of whiskey was involved,” said Bonner, only half-joking.
After all, no Western-financed movie had ever been produced inside North Korea. And no film shot inside the country had ever been edited outside it, as the pair wanted to do. North Korea’s repressive government — which had occasionally collaborated with China and the former Soviet Union on films, and once co-produced a movie with South Korea — had always refused to work with any entity from a Western European or English-speaking country.
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH A K-POP STAR
The New Yorker
A Beijing resident for the past five years, the photographer Matthew Niederhauser has photographed everything from the ninetieth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party to Beijing’s music underground, in his project “Sound Kapital.” For John Seabrook’s piece about the South Korean pop-music industry in this week’s issue, he turned his attention to the K-pop phenomenon, and to a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, by the band Girls’ Generation.
FA to probe Millwall racist abuse claim by Bolton striker Sordell
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Bolton striker Marvin Sordell has claimed he and several team-mates were racially abused by Millwall fans during his side’s 2-1 defeat at The Den.
The 21-year-old said on Twitter that he had reported the incident and alleged Lee Chungyong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe had also been subjected to racist taunts.
An elderly Korean American man killed his ex-wife before subsequently shooting and killing himself in Los Angeles on Monday, according to authorities.
The police said a 72-year-old man, only identified by his surname Kim, had been living with his 52-year-old ex-wife at their Mid-Wilshire home despite getting a divorce recently. The police were called at 2 a.m. on Tuesday and found their bodies inside their home with a gun and a suicide note written by Kim.