Despite the drama we saw in last week’s episode, things somehow get resolved and everyone pulls themselves together for Young and So-young’s wedding. Even Jessica and Violet share a laugh by making fun of Jowe — probably the one thing they do have in common. Despite the failed bachelor party, the crew goes shopping for gifts and the wedding cake at the Koreatown Plaza. Maybe all this optimism is a good sign for ringing in the New Year?
Scarlet teaches Violet how to fight properly, just in case she finds herself in any more squabbles over a blog post or anything. Christine and Jasmine tackle each other over some ginseng and a boot gets thrown down a floor. Yes, things get nasty between the Chang sisters indeed. Continue Reading »
Sadly, it’s already time to start packing up the tree and tinsel in your cozy little house/apartment/dorm. But if you’re in Koreatown, it’s safe to say that the drama of the season isn’t going anywhere. There’s plenty of it to share in this episode of K-Town.
Although I’m certain that you are, just as I am, recovering from Christmas dinner coma, leave your stomach empty for a serving of Jessica’s Drunk Vengeance with a side of Scarlet Insanity and topped with Steve’s Mohawk’s Delight. The claws break out between Violet and Jess concerning a certain blog post. Then, Jess tries to instigate a fight between Jowe and Joe. The Grinch has got nothing on this girl. Continue Reading »
In this episode, the girls bring out the claws and the bullets. Things get heated after some fighting up in the club between Scarlet and Jasmine, Scarlet and Jowe, and Scarlet and Violet. Do you see a pattern forming here? The next morning, they head over to the Los Angeles Gun Club to blow off some steam. While Scarlet darts eyes at Violet, thankfully she aims the gun at the designated target.
Best friends Scarlet and Jasmine make up after a rough night and chat over dim sum. Scarlet tells Jasmine that she’s considering going back into the stripping industry because of the quick and good money, so Jasmine offers her a possible assistant position in the wedding planning. Continue Reading »
If You Build It
Plans are underway to build the first Korean American National Museum, which has roots in a former museum founded in the 1990s.
by KATHERINE YUNGMEE KIM
It was the evening of the Downtown Art Walk last November in Los Angeles — a once-a-month, self- guided crawl through the gentrifying city center — and several hundred people crowded into PYO Gallery LA, an off- shoot of the widely respected PYO Gallery in Seoul, to see “a celestial space,” a solo retrospective of the late Korean American artist Jin Ho Song, co-hosted with the Korean American Museum.
After a four-year exhibition hiatus, and a history of fits and starts, this gallery-museum collaboration marked the beginning of a new era. On Oct.1, KAM signed a 55-year lease with the City of Los Angeles for a long-awaited permanent site at City Parking Lot No. 692, at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street in the heart of Los Angeles’s Koreatown.
“It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Kay Song, KAM Exhibition Committee chair and board member. “We want to build the first Korean American National Museum [to] feature our story— the Korean American story.”
With the new agreement in place, the museum will launch a $5 million fundraising campaign in the spring of 2013 in order to build a 45,000-square- foot, three-story cultural center, according to city documents. The museum has announced such campaigns in the past, but this one seems the most viable, with a site both predetermined and secured. The museum needs to start building within three years, or the land deal terms can change. Continue Reading »
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!