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‘Wedding Palace’ Brings Romance, Laughs

by Elizabeth Shim

Meet Jason Kim. He’s Korean American, a Los Angeleno, and a filial son who’ll do near anything to please his demanding, immigrant parents. So during a business trip to Korea, he meets and serendipitously falls in love with a young, attractive business associate in Seoul. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he takes up an online relationship with his new love interest.

The gyopo-meets-FOB girl storyline may be familiar to some of you, but the comedic twists and turns that define Christine Yoo’s feature debut “Wedding Palace” will probably be what you remember most about a film we don’t regularly encounter, that rarest of beasts: a Korean American romantic comedy. Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Margaret Cho, Korilla Food Truck, Hank Conger

Jon Gosselin Reacts to ‘Kate Plus 8′ Cancellation
The Hollywood Reporter

Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin is glad TLC pulled the plug on its reality series that starred his children. Retitled Kate Plus 8 after his divorce from Kate Gosselin forced him off the show, the program had just launched new Season 2 episodes when it was axed on Monday.

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh
The Independent (U.K.)

The British publication gave Margaret Cho’s “Cho Dependent” show three out of five stars.

US comedian Margaret Cho has never minced her words. She once called Sarah Palin “the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11″ and her stance on gay rights has drawn fire from conservatives at home.

Despite her radical credentials, Cho’s second Fringe show (her first was in 2001) isn’t going to offend anyone unless they happen not to be too keen on smut. Rather than expand upon her activism, Cho seems more concerned with how she looked on Dancing with the Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing, where Cho ended up competing against Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol.

During a relaxed set, Cho’s best moments come when she isn’t being base – and when she remembers her ability to make salient points in bona fide punchlines. See her take on the gay rights situation in the US. “How can you deny any gay man the right to bridal registry? It’s inhumane.”

The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 with Korilla BBQ Truck
channel APA

Among the food trucks competing is the Korilla BBQ Truck from New York.

Korilla BBQ, which stands for Korean + Grill, is the brainchild of Columbia University graduate Edward Song. After graduating during the country’s economic downturn, he found himself thinking outside the box — unexpectedly enrolling in cooking school and taking his passion for Korean food to the streets of New York City. His high school friends Stephan Park and Paul Lee have been with the truck since day one, and together they have made Korean food accessible to the masses in a fast and convenient way.

Hank Conger Pays Visit to Boys and Girls Club
saltlakebees.com

Salt Lake Bees catcher Hank Conger made a visit to the Sugarhouse Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake Wednesday morning. Conger, a Boys and Girls Club member as a child, talked about his road to becoming a professional baseball player and the time he spent in the club growing up in Southern California.

Florida K-Pop Fan Wins New York Contest
Chosun Ilbo

Citing her dream to become the first non-Asian K-pop star, 15-year-old Madison Gunst of Florida impressed judges with her song-and-dance routine to win the first New York K-Pop Contest in the city on Tuesday (local time).

The American teen, who fell in love with the genre four years ago when her friend showed her the music video for “Heartbreaker” by G-Dragon, beat off seven other finalists to claim the prize. They had been whittled down from 93 preliminary entries chosen through video clips online.

San Jose man beaten with baseball bats in Woodland
Sacramento Bee (Calif.)

Woodland police are investigating the baseball bat beating of a San Jose man early this morning.

Officers were called about 2 a.m. to the 1200 block of Alice Street where they found Bong Kim, 43, of San Jose sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle. Bong, who was bleeding, was transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Beaverton restaurants pack big flavor in “Little Korea”
The Oregonian

Local Korean food fans already know that Beaverton is the Oregon destination for seafood pancakes, dumplings and barbecue.

But the amount and variety available might surprise even well-traveled diners. Clustered in a 1.5-square-mile circle around the Beaverton Transit Center are more than 10 restaurants serving Korean fare.

Kim’s hit caps comeback for Bears
Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.)

Jae Yun Kim seemed surprised Tuesday night when he entered the Bears clubhouse, equipment bag in tow, to rousing cheers and back slaps from his teammates.

He needn’t have been.

Kim’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning — a ball stricken with such force it might have left a vapor trail — capped a three-run uprising that pushed Yakima to its sixth victory in seven games, 5-3 over Spokane.

Prosecutors seek life sentence for doctor accused of killing pregnant wife
Yonhap News

Prosecutors sought on Thursday a life sentence for a South Korean doctor accused of murdering his nine-months-pregnant wife during a quarrel.

The 31-year-old doctor, surnamed Baek, was indicted on charges that he suffocated his 29-year-old pregnant wife while the two were fighting over his heavy computer gaming habit in January. Police found the wife lying dead over a bathtub in the couple’s apartment in Seoul.

Korean Olympic skating champ seeks Russian citizenship
CNNGo

Although it would not be an understatement to say that Koreans are perhaps some of the most nationalistic people in the world, they are proving to be surprisingly cool with the idea of losing one of their prized athletes to Russia.

Ahn Hyun-soo, three-time Olympic short-track skating gold medalist is confirmed to be applying for Russian citizenship in order to represent Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Yonhap News reported that Ahn will renounce his Korean citizenship in order to join the Russian Skating Union.

Fight ends Georgetown basketball exhibition in China
Washington Post

What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men’s basketball team turned violent Thursday night, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles as Hoyas players and coaches headed to the locker room at Olympic Sports Center Stadium.

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Monday's Link Attack: David Chang, Moon Bloodgood, Lesbian Korean Drama

Happy Birthday, David Chang! A Look Back at His Biggest Culinary Moments and Controversies
yumsugar

Here’s a slideshow of Momofuku chef David Chang.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to Film Scene With Pittsburgh Steelers
The Hollywood Reporter

Hines Ward and members of the Pittsburgh Steelers will appear in the upcoming ‘Batman’ movie.

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is adding some professional athletes to its cast.

Members of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers team will be filming a scene in the Warner Bros. film this weekend playing football players at Heinz Field. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a dozen of his teammates, including Hines Ward, Willie Colon and Maurkice Pouncey, are expected to participate during Saturday’s filming. Thousands of extras will be on hand to play fans.

KBS receives harsh criticisms for airing Korea’s first lesbian drama
allkpop

A new KBS drama called ‘Daughters of Club Bilitis‘ had viewers up in arms over the fact that it contained content relating to same-sex couples.

Moon Bloodgood on ‘Falling Skies’
Crave Online

Here’s a short Q&A with Moon Bloodgood, one of the stars of TNT’s “Falling Skies,” a sci-fi hourlong drama which concluded its first season yesterday.

Crave Online: What brought you to “Falling Skies”?

Moon Bloodgood: Well certainly when you get handed a script and they tell you it’s Bob Rodat and Steven Spielberg, you’re immediately drawn to it. It’s got your attention. I was a little cautious about wanting to do science fiction again. But it was more of a drama story, more of a family story. I liked that and I wanted to work with Spielberg. I liked the idea of playing a doctor and deviating from something I had done already. And I just love the story, the family. It was simple. It wasn’t trying to hard.

Select Korean-Americans to be allowed to exchange letters with their families in N. Korea
Yonhap News

North Korea has agreed to allow 10 Korean-Americans to exchange letters with their families in the communist country whom they have not seen since the Korean War more than a half century ago, a South Korean Red Cross official Saturday.

Margaret Cho ‘Cho Dependent’ Review
The Guardian (U.K.)

From innocence to experience, the cast of last year’s series of the US reality show Dancing with the Stars ran the full gamut. In one corner, sexual abstinence campaigner Bristol Palin. In the other, Margaret Cho, the Korean-American comedian who is to sexual abstinence what Caligula was to good governance. “I want to get f–ked into assisted living,” says Cho, whose Edinburgh show hymns her carnal voracity and her war against the Palinification of the US. Even as her tales of cunnilingus and geriatric sex strain for gaudy effect, it’s a cosy, congratulatory – and enjoyable – affair.

Postwar dreams in a changing Korea
Miami Herald

The Miami Herald reviews Samuel Park’s new novel “This Burns My Heart.”

An assistant English professor at Chicago’s Columbia College and author of the one-act play turned novella turned short film Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Samuel Park displays an affinity for stage and screen in his atmospheric and exuberantly filmic new novel.

Inspired by his mother’s memories, This Burns My Heart cuts a chunky swath of postwar South Korea from 1960 through the ’70s funneled through the life arc of sprightly but initially superficial Soo-Ja Choi. Each scene unfolds visually — in darkened stone interiors, busy hotels and coffee houses — with domineering mothers, maniacal fathers, familiar themes of filial piety and cultural obligation, the inevitably unhappy marriage that was never what it appeared. But since the story is centered on Soo-Ja, she is most sharply in focus and not always sympathetically.

Frenchman Who Teaches Korean Language at SNU
Chosun Ilbo

Marc Duval jokes that his love of the spicy Korean stew kimchi jjigae made him a professor of Korean language at the prestigious Seoul National University.

World-class athletes to gather in Daegu for int’l event
The Korea Herald

Usain Bolt, Yelena Isinbayeva, Asafa Powell and other world-class athletes will gather in Daegu next month to take part in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Championships.

Free Hank Conger!
ESPN.com

After moving Joel Pineiro to the bullpen, there’s only one obvious move left for the Angels to make. They must free Hank Conger.

As bad as the Angels’ offense has been, it’s their catching that has been especially atrocious in 2011.

Greg Pak’s Epic Run to Conclude with INCREDIBLE HULKS #635
The Daily Blam!

Comic book writer Greg Pak is ending his five-year run as writer of The Incredible Hulks.

Marvel Comics has released advance preview pages for The Incredible Hulk​s #635, the final issue of writer Greg Pak​’s run. The issue hits stores August 31, 2011.

Oldest foreign school in Seoul kicks off its centennial
Yonhap News

Here’s a feature story on the oldest international school in South Korea.

Seoul’s oldest foreign school is turning 100 years old next year, and the school is ready to celebrate the occasion by opening itself up to show how its pioneering academics have shaped 100 years of educating Seoul’s foreign population.

The Arms Race Intrudes on Paradise [OPINION]
New York Times

Gloria Steinem writes an op-ed piece for the Times regarding Jeju Island.

Jeju isn’t called the most beautiful place on earth for nothing. Ancient volcanoes have become snow-covered peaks with pure mountain streams running down to volcanic beaches and reefs of soft coral. In between are green hills covered with wildflowers, mandarin orange groves, nutmeg forests, tea plantations and rare orchids growing wild; all existing at peace with farms, resorts and small cities. Unesco, the United Nation’s educational, scientific and cultural organization, has designated Jeju Island a world natural heritage site.

Now, a naval base is about to destroy a crucial stretch of the coast of Jeju, and will do this to dock and service destroyers with sophisticated ballistic missile defense systems and space war applications. China and South Korea have positive relations at the moment. But this naval base is not only an environmental disaster on an island less than two-thirds the size of Rhode Island, it may be a globally dangerous provocation besides.

U.S. ignores Koreans’ protest in naming sea between Korea, Japan
Yonhap News

Despite a growing furor among Koreans, the U.S. government formally confirmed a policy Monday of calling the waters between Korea and Japan the Sea of Japan.

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Thursday's Link Attack: Anthony Kim, North Korea, Margaret Cho

Anthony Kim happy to be contending
ESPN.com

Golf beat writer Bob Harig talks to Southern California native Anthony Kim about what he’s done to turn his game around following a surprising 5th-place finish at last week’s British Open.

Once considered among the best of a group of up-and-coming young American players, Kim, 26, has clearly not been the same since undergoing thumb surgery last year following a tie for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship.

“I’ve found my game, it’s just I haven’t brought it to the tournaments,” Kim said Sunday. “I’m excited that this is the tournament I brought it to. Obviously other tournaments are very important, but to play well at major championships is what I work for. So to be able to put up some good rounds, probably my best rounds I’ve played all year, at the British, is pretty rewarding.”

Why Mayor Kang should run for Congress
Orange County Register

After tearing apart the campaign prospects of [Irvine, Calif.] Mayor Sukhee Kang last week, I thought I would address some of the reasons that might motivate the mayor and perhaps others to support his bid for Congress.

Congress pays better. This might sound like a bad reason to run for Congress. But for Mayor Kang, who treats the part-time job he has now as a full-time gig, he might feel more appreciated collecting a six-figure pay check from the federal government.

Sung Kim vows efforts for denuclearization of N. Korea
Yonhap News

The nominee to become the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday that he will play a bridging role between the allies in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis and preventing the communist nation’s provocations.

Park scores second in consecutive friendly in US
Korea Times

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung netted his second goal in a consecutive pre-season friendly match in the United States, Thursday.

The first Korean English Premier Leaguer notched the team’s fifth goal in its 7-0 triumph against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Margaret Cho Talks Latest Album ‘Cho Dependent’ And Its Serious Indie Cred (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post

Cho enlisted many top talents from the world of indie music, including Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Ani DiFranco, Ben Lee and Tegan and Sara to write and perform with her on the album. “Cho Dependent” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy as Best Comedy Album. The result was a very unique sound — Cho may be the only musician who cites both David Bowie and “Weird Al” Yankovic among her primary influences.

APA Spotlight: Tammy Chu, Co-Founder Adoptee Solidarity Korea
8Asians

Tammy Chu was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted to the U.S. She studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. Her award-winning first short documentary, Searching for Go-Hyang, was broadcast on PBS, EBS (Korea), and screened at film festivals internationally.

Tammy has been living in Korea for several years and is a co-founding member of Adoptee Solidarity Korea, an adoptee activist organization based in Seoul.

Half-Korean Pro Basketball Brothers Get Korean Citizenship
Korea Herald

Two half-Korean basketball players playing in Korea’s top division basketball league have acquired Korean citizenship, the Justice Ministry announced on Thursday.

Moon Tae-young and his elder brother Tae-jong, who were born to an American father and a Korean mother, received dual citizenship status in accordance with the revised immigration law, the ministry said.

Kenneth Choi Talks ‘Captain America’ On The Red Carpet

Friday's Link Attack: Kimchi Chronicles, Priscilla Ahn, Margaret Cho

Marja Vongerichten Snacks on String Cheese, Gives In to Her Soda Weakness
New York Magazine’s GrubStreet

The Kimchi Chronicles host takes NY Mag through five days of food.

Friday, June 24
I’m not much of a breakfast person, but I had cold Korean cucumber noodles. It’s a dish I make a lot in the summer. I do it with soba noodles. It’s cool and refreshing, and if you don’t have an appetite for anything, it’s a good filler.

Later that day I ate a handful of chips and some chicken wings at karaoke with my mom. Then Jean-Georges came and joined us, and we went to Don’s Bogam. It’s a Korean restaurant on 32nd Street. So I went with JG and my karaoke crew. We had galbi, which is marinated beef, and naengmyeon, which is like a water noodle. It’s a chewy noodle that they put in this broth and season with mustard and vinegar. Oh, and sake.

Priscilla Ahn: When You Grow Up (review)
Popmatters

What is perhaps most remarkable about this sophomore full length from Priscilla Ahn is the artist’s ability to craft contemporary confessional songs that are honest without being abrasive; gentle yet capable of achieving maximum emotional impact.

A photographer’s day trip to grounds of Korean War
Korea Herald

Here is an interesting profile of Mark Edward Harris, a photographer who has made 10 trips to the Korean peninsula including four trips to North Korea. Harris focused on the “Iron Triangle” a region between Cheorwon, Gimhwa and Pyeonggang where the most ferocious battles took place during the Korean War.

S. Koreans win five prizes in world’s top classical music competition
Yonhap News

South Korean artists won five prizes at one of the world’s most prestigious classical music competitions. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held every four years in Moscow and is the Olympics of the classical music scene.

Park Jong-Min, 24, and Seo Sun-Young, 27, captured the top spot in the highly-competitive male and female solo vocal categories. Meanwhile, pianists Son Yeol-eum, 25, and Jo Seong-jin, 17, secured second and third place, respectively, while Lee Ji-Hye, 25, took third in violin.

Park and Seo were the first Koreans to win a first prize in the competition after baritone Choi Hyun-soo, better known as Hans Choi, won victory in male solo vocal during the 9th competition in 1990.

“I really feel like I am in a dream,” Park told reporters after receiving the prize. “I came to cherish a hope of participating in this competition when I was a high-school student after watching a video clip of my teacher singing in the 1990 competition. But I have never thought that I would succeed him as the winner.”

Margaret Cho Gives Her Take On Things
Star

On Anthony Weiner:
I’ve totally taken pictures of myself! I’ve definitely done it but have only sent it to people over 50 who can take it and have bad eyes anyway

Chinese faked photograph leaves officials on street of shame
The Guardian (U.K.)

Officers in Huili, Sichuan apologize for a badly doctored picture of men inspecting new road on local government Web site.

Bul Gol Ki Power
Black Athlete Sports Network

Black Athlete takes a look at why Korean female golfers have been dominating the LPGA.

In Korea, parents motivate their children to excel at their craft unlike American children who are allowed to play until they enter high school. The mindset is completely different in Korea, You must be successful at everything, even their hobbies. Korean children become responsible at the age of 12 to 14 which is unthinkable in the United States. Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Y.E. Yang, Kelly Choi, K-Pop, David Choi

Yang Tough
ESPN.com

Golfer Y.E. Yang shot a 68 in the opening round to take an early lead at the U.S. Open golf championship

**UPDATE**

Rory McIlroy posted a 65 to take a three-stroke lead over second-place Yang.

Korean pop’s “Super Junior” takes on the world
Reuters

Choi Si-won recalls that even on a rainy day, the Paris venue was bedlam, with thousands of screaming fans packing the street outside a concert hall.

N.K. demands Seoul repatriate defectors
The Korea Herald

North Korea delivered a message on Thursday demanding that South Korea repatriate nine North Koreans who defected by sea over the weekend, warning that the South’s failing to do so would worsen inter-Korean relations, Seoul officials said.

Hines Ward to Be Named Honorary Ambassador
Yonhap

Korean-born American football player Hines Ward will be made an honorary ambassador for South Korea to promote relations between the two countries, sources said Thursday.

Kelly Choi To Host Kung Fu Film Showcase
World Screen

Fuel TV is launching a weekly showcase of iconic, English-dubbed kung fu films.

Hosted by TV personality Kelly Choi, Late Night Kung Fu will air Saturdays at 11 p.m. beginning June 18. The Fox Sports Media Group-owned network has picked up ten classics from the renowned Shaw Brothers catalogue, including Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, The Magic Blade, Legendary Weapons of China and Shaolin Prince.

San Francisco Native Margaret Cho Reveals Her Favorite Local Restaurants
The Feast

Swan Oyster Depot was next to my father’s bookstore. That is a really great place. It has like five seats; it’s really annoyingly small. The food is so good, it’s like, ‘Why are you so f*cking small?’

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Margaret Cho Talks to Vulture

NYMag’s Vulture recently posted a great Q&A with our favorite comedienne, Margaret Cho, and she’s as candid as ever. In the interview, she reveals that she loves Snooki (of Jersey Shore fame), talks about her murder ballad, “I’m Sorry,” about a convicted murderer and former crush, J.J. Paulsen, her marriage to Al Ridenour and her stint on Dancing with the Stars.

Check it out here.