South Korea Reacts to Jobs’ Resignation
Wall Street Journal
The fate of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon is dominating the South Korean media Thursday but the resignation of Steve Jobs from his CEO role at Apple Inc. isn’t far behind.
Mr. Oh presided over a failed referendum Wednesday to reduce the scope of Seoul’s school free-lunch program and strongly intimated that he’d resign as a result. So people are waiting for that shoe to drop.
But Mr. Jobs’ departure from his main operating role at Apple is also getting huge attention. In part, that’s because of a media-driven narrative that Apple and Google are threatening to South Korea’s “national champion” companies Samsung and LG. On the other hand, Mr. Jobs is widely admired in South Korea as a visionary and entrepreneur.
Court Denies Motions to Dismiss Kim Leak Case
A federal court yesterday rejected multiple defense motions to dismiss Espionage Act charges against former State Department contractor Stephen Kim, who is accused of leaking classified information to a Fox News reporter.
Mr. Kim’s defense team had marshaled a series of seemingly ingenious arguments for dismissal. The use of the Espionage Act to punish “political crimes” such as leaking is prohibited by the Constitution’s Treason Clause, one defense motion said. Further, the language of the statute appears to prohibit unauthorized disclosure of tangible items, such as documents, not “information” which cannot be surrendered on demand. Also, the defense argued, the Espionage Act is impermissibly vague and ambiguous with respect to oral disclosures. Finally, prohibitions against leaks are enforced and prosecuted rarely and unpredictably, rendering those rare cases intrinsically unfair.
Hines Ward Builds His Dream House
Ward’s custom home in north Atlanta combined his wish list—often inspired by projects he’d seen in home and garden magazines or during his travels—with practical ideas from a talented team of architect, designer, builder, and real estate broker. “I like modern, but we wanted to build something that will last for a long time,” says Ward, who grew up in Atlanta and wanted to respect the city’s architectural tradition. The athlete also envisioned a spacious home, with plenty of room for memorabilia and entertaining—but more intimate than other supersized celebrity homes he’d seen. Privacy was a big priority.
North Korea’s Kim visits China
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in China Thursday after a visit to Russia, the state-run Xinhua news agency in China reported.
The brief report from Inner Mongolia said Kim was visiting northeastern China but gave no further details about what he was doing or who he was meeting.
The trips comes after Kim visited Russia earlier this week, where he said North Korea is ready to return to nuclear talks without preconditions, according to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s spokeswoman.
Breaking down barriers
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
An outspoken bisexual, feminist and equal rights campaigner, Margaret Cho is known for her frank comic style. ”I’m not really into the supermodel body type,” she says in her live show, Beautiful. ”Like, Kate Moss – she doesn’t have a vagina. She didn’t feed it and it died.”
Korean Nationalism Put to Song in Lavish ‘Hero’
AP via ABC News
Non-Korean-speaking theatergoers attending Lincoln Center’s production of “Hero: The Musical” might find themselves occasionally skipping some of the English supertitles projected high above the stage to devote more visual attention to the exorbitant onstage attractions in this lavish, $6 million production.
It would be understandable considering the elaborate set and ornate costumes that adorn the sweeping, historical tribute to Korean nationalism — a somber, grueling epic that is as ambitious as it is long.
David Choi Q&A
The grandfather of YouTube and the unofficial spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A, Mr. Choi has the one-of-a-kind combination of exceptional musical talent, tenacity, modesty, effortless humor, and the ability to sing about a girl picking her nose and make us fall in love with her. It certainly helps that he’s not afraid to show off his endearing idiosyncrasies, and no matter how much he doesn’t smile, he leaves us grinning from ear to ear.
From not having heard his first pop song until the 6th grade (Smashmouth’s “All Star” remember?!) to becoming one of the most beloved musicians on YouTube with television, film, and international acclaim, David still remains unassuming, humble, and treats each and every single person—Hollywood celebrity to high school fan—with the same respect and kindness.
Remembering Korean WW II victims
Queens Chronicle (N.Y.)
The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College has joined forces with the Korean American Voters Council to present a new exhibit, “Come from the Shadows,” which tells the story of Korea’s “Comfort Women.”
John Kwak: A not-yet-ready-to-retire business owner and Korean community leader
Northwest Asian Weekly
Kwak immigrated to Seattle from South Korea in 1973. In Korea, he participated in the pro-democracy movement against a totalitarian regime, first as a student and then as a professor of education at Korea University. He was primarily a speechwriter, as he did not like to speak in front of crowds himself. However, he was able to articulate ideas for others. Eventually, his activities brought him to the attention of the government, and he was asked to desist.
Cleveland Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo plays for a country
The South Korean outfielder is getting a chance to play again, to salvage a season marred by not only the injury but also a DUI arrest. It’s a season in which arguably the best player his country has produced often felt alone and isolated, feeling the weight of the world — or at least countries on both sides of the world — pressing down on him.
Chinese weather woman in ‘F–king’ T-shirt
A weather woman in China broadcast while wearing a T-shirt with a swear word, stirring criticism among the public. The weather caster is said to work at WZTV, one of the national channels in Zhejiang Province.
5 best clubs in Seoul
Seoulites don’t seem to know when to stop partying, as anyone who has ever been near Gangnam station on the weekends can attest.
Lines snake out of the hottest venues all night long, and managers vie with each other about who’s throwing the best party that week. So the next time you’re looking for where to go after round three, look no further. Here are the five best clubs in Seoul, where Champagne and shots flow like water.
Paul Kim – You Left Me For That (Official Music Video) HD