‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Season Finale Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: January 9th, 2013
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Season 2 of “K-Town” comes to an end with Young and So-young’s long-awaited wedding. A slight cake debacle is nothing next to Steve’s disastrous best man’s speech — and yes, it is as bad as it looked on the previews. It’s definitely in my Top 5 cringeworthy moments, to say the least. You might have to follow Steve’s steps and have a bottle of something strong on hand just to get through the speech. You’ve been warned.

Joe and Jowe try to nip the speech in the bud, resulting in one angry mohawked fellow. When Joe surprises Jessica with a promise ring and Steve ruins the moment, drama ensues. The funny thing out of all of this is that Jessica’s reaction to Joe’s news appears pretty lukewarm. What a gal. To top off the craziness, Scarlet somehow manages to temporarily save the wedding while Joe and Steve have a heart-to-heart. Continue Reading »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 6 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: January 2nd, 2013
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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 »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 5 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: December 26th, 2012
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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 »

‘K-Town’ Reality Show Season 2: Episode 3 Recap
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: December 12th, 2012
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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 »

December Issue: Building a Museum of Our Own
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Author: KoreAm
Posted: December 7th, 2012
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , December 2012
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A view of the L.A. city parking lot, at Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street, that will be the permanent site for the Korean American National Museum.

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 »

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