North Korea: No plan for nuclear test ‘at present’
There has been speculation that the North will conduct a third nuclear test, after the UN Security Council tightened sanctions on Pyongyang in the wake of the North’s failed rocket launch in April.
The North responded with atomic tests in 2006 and 2009 after UN imposed sanctions against its rocket launches.
The US has warned that a nuclear test would lead to a “swift and sure response” from the region, saying any such move by Pyongyang would be “a serious miscalculation”.
Councilman Peter Koo going ahead with controversial memorial
New York Daily News
“I talked to many of my colleagues and all of them are in support of putting in legislation,” said Koo (D-Flushing). “Most of the people I talk to agreed we should do something for these women who suffered during World War II.”
Koo is working with civic leaders to scope out several locations for a memorial including Northern Blvd. and 156th St. and Lippmann Plaza at Main St. and Roosevelt Ave.
La Habra college graduate beats cancer twice
Whittier Daily News (Calif.)
Kim, 22, grew up in La Habra and beat cancer twice, after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 11-years-old.
She underwent two surgeries in a matter of six years before she was pronounced cancer-free a year after her second surgery in December 2007.
“As a cancer survivor, I have a greater sense of urgency to live my life with purpose,” Kim told CSUF News.
North Korea Describes Provocation
New York Times
North Korea said Saturday that although it had no current plans to conduct a nuclear test, South Korea was trying to provoke it into conducting one and taking other retaliatory actions, like an artillery attack.
North Korea has detonated nuclear devices twice since 2006, as well as shelling the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in 2010. It blames South Korea and the United States for those actions, accusing them of raising tensions and forcing the North to retaliate.
Eden, Any Day Now Are the Big Winners at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival
Among the films to be honored at yesterday’s Awards Brunch, two took home multiple awards: Travis Fine’s Any Day Now, which received the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards for Best Film and Best Actor (Alan Cumming), and the locally shot Eden, which won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Actress (Jamie Chung) in addition to grabbing the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision for its director, Megan Griffiths, and winning the Reel NW Award (and the $2,500 prize that goes with it).
DramaFever gets backed by Bertelsmann, AMC & NALA
DramaFever, the New York-based online video service for foreign TV dramas, is adding more high-profile backers to its latest funding round: Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, cable network AMC and Nala Investments are joining a Series B round officially announced in March, which now totals $6 million in funding.
South Korea TV show opens a window on the North
Los Angeles Times
As a regular panelist on South Korean television’s “Eje Mannareo Gapnida,” which airs on cable’s Channel A, Lee is one of a dozen or so female North Korean defectors featured on the program.
Part talk show and part talent show, the title translates as “Now On My Way to Meet You,” a name that conveys the program’s goal of raising awareness between average North and South Koreans.
NK Starts to Address Kim Jong Eun’s Mom Dilemma
The Wall Street Journal
Since Kim Jong Eun took over as North Korea’s top leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December, one of the unknowns for outside observers of the authoritarian regime was how its propaganda machine was going to handle the story of Kim Jong Eun’s mother.
Her name is Ko Young Hui and she had a life that’s difficult to square with the main narrative of the North’s propaganda, which portrays the Kim family as vanquishers of the Japanese occupiers and protectors of the pureblood Korean race.
Q&A: Solomon Choi, CEO, 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt Franchise
The self-serve business model continues to dominate. More QSR/food-focused concepts are realizing that when you bring the guest into the experience magic happens. Today it’s all about letting guests choose what they want how they want it. The return is a stronger guest connection and increased loyalty. From a trend perspective we’re also seeing several takes on the explosion of “cake” dominant flavors – think Red Velvet, Carrot, Pound Cake and Graham Cracker frozen yogurt, along with menu extensions in the “mini” space with frozen cake bites and juice-based popsicles. At 16 Handles, we’re doing something unique with artisan toppings and have recently appointed a head chef who is busy creating micro batch toppings like Smoked Almond Brittle and a new granola that’s going to make our guests say “wow!”
Korean American Among New York Yankees Draft Picks
A Korean-American baseball player has been included in the New York Yankees first-year player draft for the first time. Daniel Oh (22) out of UC Berkeley was picked by the Yankees in their latest draft.
Oh, who was born and raised in Seattle, started playing baseball at the age of nine and was a star slugger at Henry Jackson High School there. Oh played a major role in helping the team win the state championship without losing a single match when he was still a high school junior.
The reason why young Japanese women like Korean men
The Korea Times
“Ten years ago those in their 40s and up were main consumers of Korean products, but recently females in their 10s and 20s are turning their attention to K-pop groups,” said Kim Hyun-oak, 39, who has been living in Tokyo for 15 years and also in a doctoral program (Ph.D program) in political science at the graduate school of the University of Tsukuba. “The female meat-eater phenomenon in young Japanese women is influencing considerably.”
Choo stays aggressive in leadoff spot
Since moving to the leadoff spot on May 14, Indians left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is batting .303 (30-for-99) in 24 starts. Choo is still hitless (0-for-9) entering the third and final game of this weekend series in St. Louis. But he won’t be looking to do anything differently on Sunday, he’ll just try to continue being aggressive at the plate and looking for solid contact.
6 crazy fun things to do in Korea this summer
Korea’s “fifth season” — the monsoon — is here. But the summer showers do little to dampen the festive mood as some of the year’s most anticipated music, film and big bashes open around the country.
Korean festivals are getting more and more globally superlative every year — here’s where to go for some of the world’s best live rock ’n’ roll, classical music, horror films and mud-ball fights this summer.
Looking for Father’s Day Ideas? Fred Kim of Gabose Talks Korean BBQ
Broward Palm Beach New Times (Fla.)
Korean barbecue shares some similarities with American, but it is distinctly divergent. Both focus on the meat, but the the flavor profiles couldn’t be further apart. Like American, Korean barbecue can be prepared over propane or charcoal. Rather than slow-cook the meat for hours on end, Koreans use “direct heat to cook the meat quickly,” says Kim. “The meat is cooked about an inch over the heat for less than a minute per side.” The most popular choices are short ribs, rib eye, and pork.
Dragonfly Sushi owners make their own opportunities
The Gainesville Times (Fla.)
After getting passed over for jobs in the corporate world, Kim and Leung opened Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company in 2000 in a 2,400-square-foot space in downtown’s Union Street Station in what is now the banquet room for Mark’s Prime Steakhouse.
Today, Dragonfly is a popular restaurant occupying the 4,500-square-foot corner spot next door with a sister restaurant in Orlando and a simplified, quick-serve version called Rolls ‘N Bowls off of Southwest 34th Street. The three restaurants combined have more than 200 employees.
Acting For Action with Sung Kang Trailer
Building off his character from Car Talk Car Discussion, Sung Kang joins the YOMYOMF Network’s slate of new shows. Take a sneak peek of his new comedy webseries “ACTING FOR ACTION WITH SUNG KANG,” which revolves around a self-consumed ego maniac actor named Sung Kang played by SUNG KANG (Han from the “Fast & Furious” films).
New Kim Jong Eun Film for the Troops
A documentary film glorifying the achievements of Kim Jong Eun is being shown to soldiers in North Korea, part of ongoing efforts to burnish the image of the successor and establish his power base.
Kim, a 28-year old male in the middle of his military service near Nampo in South Pyongan Province revealed the news to The Daily NK today, saying, “They have been showing us the documentary film ‘One Year under the Banner of the Supreme Leader’ since the start of September.”
The expression ‘supreme leader’ lends weight to the supposition that Kim Jong Eun’s takeover of power in the military sector is proceeding well, although it is clearly very early to be producing such propaganda.
Inside Kim Jong-il’s Death Camps
Clearly detailed satellite photos released by the South Korean government reveal a rapidly growing network of six slave-labor camps, home to more than 200,000 North Koreans, one-third of whom are believed to be children.
Located in the rugged, isolated mountain terrain of central North Korea, the gulags are the repository for those unfortunate North Koreans who have committed perceived “political offenses” against the despotic regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong ll.
The prison system is divided into areas called “Total Control Zones,” from which no prisoners are ever released. As such, these camps hold up to three generations of North Koreans, many of whom have been born into permanent captivity.
Separated families in Washington
This article was written in support of a documentary made by amateur filmmakers Jason Ahn and Eugene Chung called “Divided Families” about Korean Americans with relatives living in North Korea.
My dad was 16 years old in Pyongyang the last time he saw his mother and baby sister. He is now 78 and living in New Jersey, more than 6,000 miles and 60 years away from his family.
When he left Pyongyang, following the steps of the retreating U.N. forces during the Korean War, he couldn’t have imagined that he would never see his family again. The separation was to be only for a few days, just to avoid the initial onslaught of the communist forces who were sweeping down.
Danji Brings Bargain Korean, Great Tartare to Broadway: Review
Danji is still something of a work in progress, and that’s okay given the prices.
Does [Chef Hooni] Kim’s yellowtail with jalapeno have that same signature sting as at Gari? No, but the fish has a fresh oceanic oiliness.
Korean fried chicken is famous for its addictive, phyllo- like crust. Here, the so-called “KFC” wings are closer to any respectable version around town.
Bossam, braised pig with cabbage wraps, doesn’t have the same chewy skin as Momofuku’s $200 version — hardly a deal breaker since the sharable dish is $18 here. Avoid pork belly buns, whose natural high-fat levels are sent into overdrive with a slick of mayo. And kimchi paella is unappealingly mushy.
And yet beef tartare, sold-out on three of four visits, is one of the city’s best. Toasted pine nuts, sesame oil and pear add sensuous fruit to a dice of raw beef.
‘The Crucible’ Brings Demons of Child Molestation Case Back to Life
A slew of sex crimes against children with disabilities that took place from 2000 to 2005 at a special institute for deaf youngsters remain unsolved six years after they were first brought to light, sparking anger among social groups.
Author Gong Ji-young in 2009 published a novel inspired by the case that reignited public interest in it. Now a new film adaptation is once again stirring controversy among viewers, who are calling for the case to be reinvestigated.
Chevy drivers at GM Korea set Guinness World Record with vehicle logo
In preparation for Chevrolet’s centennial celebration, set for November 3, 2011, GM Korea gathered 1,143 of its customers in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, to create the largest Chevrolet bow tie and set a new Guinness World Record.
The motorcar mosaic was made up of Spark, Aveo, Cruze, Orlando and Captiva models and measured 688 feet (209.9 meters) in length and 221 feet (67.6 meters). The design was recognized as the Largest Car Logo.
WFP captures heartbreak of North Korean hunger
A four-year-old boy looks straight into the camera. His eyes are dull, his tiny legs crossed underneath him. Choi is an orphan, severely malnourished and too weak to stand.
This is just one of the heartbreaking sights captured on film by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as they traveled around North Korea last month delivering aid to the most needy.
The most deprived are children — WFP estimates a third of those under the age of five in North Korea are severely malnourished, and says it will only worsen if more aid is not delivered soon.
Actress Moon Bloodgood strives to be a role model
Most celebrities don’t want to think of themselves as a role model.
Moon Bloodgood relishes the idea.
“I wish people thought of me that way, especially young Asian/American girls because it’s so important to have someone like you that you can see in movies or on television and think, she’s just like me,” Bloodgood said. “I don’t know if people even realize I’m Korean – well, my mom is Korean and my dad is Dutch-Irish – but I’m very proud of my heritage. I’ve gone to Korea several times and I identify more with my Korean side than my Dutch/Irish side. I know from experience how good it feels when you see someone of Asian heritage up there on the screen, because there weren’t many of them when I was growing up.”
‘Panda 2′ helmer rings in coin
Female directors have been gaining ground in recent years — mostly on the specialty scene. But when it comes to blockbusters, it’s still a man’s world. Tell that to Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Paramount-DreamWorks Animation’s global hit “Kung Fu Panda 2.”
Ban on Styrofoam to Hurt Korean Businesses
Korea Times via New America Media
Korean grocery stores and restaurants in California told the Korea Times that the passage of SB568, which sought to impose a statewide ban on the use of polystyrene takeout packaging, would more than double their operating costs.
“Take out accounts for upwards of 30 percent of business for most Korean restaurants,” said the owner of one eatery in LA’s Koreatown, adding that while options to using polystyrene are available, the costs are formidable. “There’s a good chance [if the bill passes] that take out places will take a big hit in sales as they will have to raise prices to offset the costs of using alternative packaging.”
10 Best Korean Movies With English Subtitles
Screen Junkies (blog)
I bought the DVD for “Chunhyang” so I could watch it with my mother. When I told her what it was about, she said, “Pansori sucks!” We never watched it. Check out this list, “Oldboy” is noticeably absent.
If you enjoy watching Asian films, check out these ten best Korean movies with English subtitles. Some of them can be downloaded online, and all of them are available for purchase over the Internet.
Concept Korea IV Presentation: Doho, Lie Sang Bong, Resurrection by Juyoung, Son Jung Wan, and Steve J & Yoni P
Concept Korea IV, a collaborative effort between the CFDA and (this season’s Concept Korea winners) Korean designers Doho, Lie Sang Bong, Resurrection by Juyoung, Son Jung Wan, and Steve J & Yoni P was pretty fantastic. We zigzagged our way through the crowd to get a closer look at the designs and along the way we were nearly knocked over by America’s Next Top Model runway coach Miss J. Alexander, who was on his way to greet designer Juyoung. Also there? Model Hyoni Kang and actress Vanessa Hudgens, who stopped by to pose for some pictures.
Abducted son of SKorean businessman freed in Lima
AFP via ninemsn
The son of a South Korean businessman was freed after a gang held him for 19 days demanding a $1.8 million ransom, police said Sunday.
“Kyoung Kim Hee, 18, was released about midnight in a neighborhood on Lima’s south end, and is now with his loved ones,” said General Felix Murga, the police investigating unit chief. Police said they did not believe a ransom was paid.
Hines Ward on Ravens game: ‘We’ll remember everything’
“It leaves a taste in your mouth,” Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The 2-point conversion [when the Ravens led, 27-7]. The passing at the end …
“We’ll remember everything.”
Celtic’s Ki Sung-yeung & Sunderland’s Ji Dong-won Score Goals
Two Korean footballers Ki Sung-yeung and Ji Dong-won playing for different Premier League clubs each scored a goal for their teams on Sunday. Ki Sung-yeung who currently plays as a central midfielder for Scottish Premier League club Celtic hammered in a drive from 25 yards in the second half of the game adding a goal to Celtic’s 4 to nil victory over Motherwell.
Ji Dong-won scored his first goal for Sunderland in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the English Premier League.
Korean-American named senior counsel to Obama
Korean-American Christopher Kang was named last week senior counsel to U.S. President Barack Obama for legislative affairs, according to reports on Tuesday.
Kang, who was on Obama’s legislative affairs staff, will be in charge of judicial nominations, it added.
Beechwood Not Closing
Despite a report last week in EaterLA, local hotspot Beechwood is not set to close for any amount of time, according to a tweet the restaurant sent over the weekend. “Contrary to reports, we are OPEN w/ no set plans to close. Roy Choi developed our current menu & will eventually lead a new concept for us,”
Sylvester Stallone, Todd Phillips Projects Scheduled for Release in 2012
The Hollywood Reporter
The Sylvester Stallone-Sung Kang action drama “Bullet to the Head” is set for an April 13, 2012 release date.
On a South Korean isle, a life of squid fishing is slipping away
Los Angeles Times
Kim Yae-sun will tell you straight out: The squid life is a hard life.
For the 72-year-old widow, who peddles the sea creatures from a waterside stand here, it means rising at 4:30 a.m. and going to church to pray for an ample catch. When her fisherman husband was still alive, she asked God to watch over the squid fleet that heads out to sea each night, the boats strung with lines of light bulbs like Christmas garlands.
North Korean Leader Explores City Where He Will Meet With Medvedev
New York Times
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, spent the fourth day of a weeklong Siberian train ride in the city of Ulan Ude, where he was shown an aircraft factory after taking a boat ride on Lake Baikal and visiting the infrastructure of a tourist zone that is under construction, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
3 North Korean defectors get U.S. scholarships
Three young North Korean defectors living in South Korea have won scholarships offered by the U.S. federal government for study and internships at American universities, Washington’s top diplomat in Seoul said Tuesday.
Top Gear Motors Into Korea
The Wall Street Journal
The Journal‘s “Korea Real Time” blog reviews the premiere episode of the Korean version of the popular auto enthusiast show.
Michelle Wie defends decision to mix college and golf
Los Angeles Times
Former LPGA great Annika Sorenstam suggested last month that Michelle Wie was shortchanging women’s golf by pursuing her degree at Stanford. ‘Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,’ Wie responds politely but firmly.
Top 5 summer beauty obsessions in Korea
Now that good weather is finally here in Seoul, the downsides are also back with a vengeance, with temperatures skyrocketing and humidity kicking in. To deal with the sweat and frizz, Seoul women have accordingly been switching up their beauty regimes.
Here are the top five summer beauty obsessions in Seoul.
Blind: Film Review
The Hollywood Reporter
Korean writer-director Ahn Sang-hoon unabashedly designs a thriller inspired by Terence Young’s 1967 “Wait Until Dark” which starred Audrey Hepburn.
S.Korea confirms world status with athletics event
AP via Google News
Hosting the 2011 world athletics championships in Daegu completes a prestigious treble for South Korea after the Olympic Games and the World Cup as the East Asian nation confirms its status as a major destination on the international sporting stage.
by Ann Lee
Let’s say you’re a doctor — and I mean a real doctor, not some resident working 80-hour shifts for barely any pay– and you decide that you want to become an actor. How would your parents react?
It’s unlikely that they’ll be pleased with the decision, let alone support it. They might even start beating their chest and asking God where exactly they had gone wrong in raising you. Sure, a couple of you may have a stage parent eager to live vicariously through you, but in general, Asian people really like doctors.
Given this mindset, it’s refreshing to learn that the parents of comedian Ken Jeong were incredibly supportive of Jeong’s desire to leave his secure occupation as an established physician for the tumultuous world of entertainment.
During a recent interview in Seoul, while promoting the R-rated blockbuster The Hangover Part 2, Ken Jeong talked about his parents’ reaction to his interest in becoming a full-time actor. With his wife already supporting him, Jeong went to his parents Continue Reading »