Police rushed to a temple garden in Gyeonnggi Province after receiving a call about a bound female corpse, but upon closer examination, they discovered that the “corpse” was actually an inflatable doll.
According to BBC, a witness was picnicking in the park with his family when he saw what appeared to be a dead female body sprawled near the waterway. The body was tied up with denim fabric and blue tape and seemed to have been a victim of a brutal murder.
Around 50 officers arrived at the potential murder scene and were surprised and equally relieved to find the alleged corpse to be a life-size inflatable sex doll.
“The skin texture [was so] similar to that of an actual person that when the policeman touched it, he mistook it for a human body,” a police source told The Dong-A Ilbo.
Officials said the doll is an import from Japan that is sold in adult stores. Sex dolls are supposedly also found in brothels, since it ambiguous whether or not the “doll experience” violates South Korea’s anti-prostitution laws.
Joy had been living at his home in Orange with his roommate Maribel Ramos, a 36-year-old Army veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq. Ramos was also a student at California State University, Fullerton.
The two were reportedly arguing over Joy’s unpaid rent. Joy murdered Ramos sometime between May 2 and May 3 of last year and disposed her body in Santiago Canyon, the press release said. Joy is facing a maximum of 15 years to life in state prison.
Ramos was last seen alive on surveillance camera as she was dropping off a rent check at the manager’s office. The Orange Police Department began investigating on May 3 when her friends reported her missing.
On May 16, police found the victim’s body in a shallow grave after Joy was seen at the Orange Public Library & History Center where a computer he used showed that he conducted several web searches about the human body decay process and used a satellite map website to zoom in on a location of Santiago Canyon.
The redistricting lawsuit by five Koreatown residents against the City of Los Angeles picks up and heads to trial.
The fight against the gross injustice committed in the last redistricting process that split the Koreatown district of Los Angeles in half will head to trial this fall. As a community with high poverty levels and limited English proficiency, Koreatown residents desperately need a political representative to voice their concerns. Yet, two years ago, the city completely ignored the public on redistricting and manipulated district lines behind closed doors, splitting Koreatown into two districts and depriving residents of any chance for representation. Today, Koreatown still lacks community centers, parks and other basic necessities. This led five Koreatown residents to file a lawsuit against the city, with the trial taking place this fall.
Over the years, Koreatown has grown from a quiet ethnic enclave into a booming cultural mecca. Koreatown began as a small cluster of Korean immigrants in the 1950s. It is now home to approximately 100,000 people. As a community, Koreatown, composed of different ethnicities living in one of the densest neighborhoods in the United States, has experienced both successes and shortfalls.
In 2012, the city’s redistricting commission voted to split Koreatown across two separate districts, despite thousands of residents advocating to keep Koreatown in one district throughout the hearing process. Instead of drawing district lines based on population changes and communities of interest, the commission manipulated district boundaries to influence future council elections.
This illegal act of gerrymandering deprived the residents of Koreatown of being able to elect their own representatives who would be able to address the special needs of the community.
• Tuesday, September 9: Motion for Summary Judgment
• Tuesday, October 14: Trial Start Date
The Korean American Coalition is raising funds for expert fees and deposition costs to help the Koreatown plaintiffs win the lawsuit. To learn more, please go to www.whokilledkoreatown.com to learn more about the redistricting lawsuit and how you can help.
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Three Koreans—a married couple and their adult daughter—were found dead inside Han Ga Wi Restaurant in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City in the Philippines on Thursday night.
The victims, who authorities said were lying on the ground with stab wounds, were identified as Ho An, his wife Kim Soonok and daughter Young Mi An, according to various news sources in the Philippines. The family owned the restaurant, police said.
Another Korean identified as Kim Se Wong, the husband of Young Mi An, was also found injured at the site of the crime, according to Chief Conrado Manatad of Mactan Police Station. Kim was taken into police custody and was transported to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for treatment of several cuts on his wrists. He was found under the influence of alcohol, Manatad said.
Police are still investigating whether the wounds were self-inflicted by Kim Se Wong, if he was a targeted victim as well, or if he was involved in the crime.
There are varying media accounts of how the scene at the restaurant was discovered. One article reports that a Korean customer came to the restaurant, which opens daily at 10 a.m., and was surprised to find it closed at 6 p.m. The customer reportedly “checked” the restaurant and found bloodstains, and then immediately called police. Another article recounts a similar story; however, the customer who came by the restaurant is identified as male. It said that he and a guard nearby looked inside the restaurant to find the bloodstains and called the police.
A third account from Cebu’s Sun Star reports that the guard-on-duty, Sharon Inting, said that a Korean woman (not a man) who claimed to be a friend of the victims came to the restaurant around 5 p.m. The woman repeatedly knocked and called, finally asking Inting for help after no response.
Inting, who said that day was her first day of duty, went alone through the back door, which was found unlocked. She proceeded inside the premises, where she found blood on the floor and broken chairs in disarray.
According to the guard logbook, the outgoing guard Eborda Jr. recorded that he heard a commotion, a woman screaming, and objects breaking inside the restaurant at 2:23 a.m. He was reportedly unable to enter the restaurant due to locked doors. At 2:35 a.m., he recorded that no noise could be heard inside the restaurant.
A stepmother in South Korea is facing up to 20 years in prison after allegedly beating her younger stepdaughter, who later died of her injuries, according to a report in the JoongAng Daily. The woman is also being accused of forcing her older stepdaughter to give a false confession about the incident.
Only identified by her last name Lim, the 35-year-old stepmother allegedly made her 8-year-old stepdaughter stand against a wall and beat her fatally with her fists and kicked her on two instances last year on Aug. 18. The girl reportedly lost consciousness after the second beating and was sent to the hospital, but died two days later due to a ruptured intestine and peritonitis.
Lim then allegedly coerced the older stepdaughter, last named Kim, to testify to the police that it was she who kicked and killed her younger sister. Kim, 12, later told an official at her foster care center that she gave a false confession because she was afraid of Lim.
The trial for Lim, who’s denying the charges, will begin this Friday. The Daegu District Prosecutors’ Office said it will seek a 20-year prison term for Lim.
Police believes the physical abuse of the 8-year-old had been ongoing for about a year, beginning in the summer of 2012 when the sisters moved in with their birth father and stepmother. The teachers and neighbors of the two girls had previously reported to authorities that they suspected the girls were being physically abused, but the parents denied it.
Kim, the deceased’s older sister, is currently living in foster care, and although she is currently attending a nearby elementary school, she is reportedly still traumatized by the trauma from eight months ago.
The JoongAng Daily reports that Kim isn’t getting along with other foster children as she suddenly bursts into tears at times, saying that she wants to die.
“I want to die,” Kim reportedly wrote in her diary, according to the newspaper. “Why was I born? I don’t know why I should live. Despair, death.”
Civic groups and the victim’s family are complaining that the stepmother should be hit with steepercriminal charges, including murder.
“It is hard to prove the intention for murder,” prosecutor Choi Jong-won said. “We cannot say Lim did it intentionally since the victim did not die on the scene, but two days later at the hospital.”
Kim’s biological mother, who visited her daughter last week, said she plans to take her to live with her soon, according to the JoongAng Daily article.
The investigation began the morning of Dec. 8, when a Bank of America customer walking through the parking lot between the bank and an Aldi store on Pleasant Hill Road saw Kwang Ko lying on the ground and called police.
The 32-year-old Duluth man died later of apparent stab wounds.
Gong Oui Choi, 23, of Burnaby, came to court under a subpoena and described how he and three other men – including Duck Joong Yoon, of Burnaby and another friend, Yum Lim – were recruited into committing the home invasion on Tempe Knoll Drive by a fifth man he didn’t know.
Choi was called to testify in the trial of Yoon, who faces nine charges in connection with the home invasion on Dec. 9, 2008. He has pled not guilty.
Selena Gomez Makes Surprise Visit To Terminally Sick Fan At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles RyanSeacrest.com
A 13-year-old Korean American girl with an extremely rare genetic disease was visited by singer Selena Gomez. Very sad story.
“On Air With Ryan Seacrest” has made miracles come true for families in need that deserve a little extra love this holiday season for KIISmas Giving. Earlier this week Sara from Los Angeles, a tutor for a 13-year-old girl named Hana, wrote an endearing letter about Hana’s fatally genetic disease called progeria that dramatically accelerates aging in children 8 to 10 times faster than normal. In an email to Ryan, she describes that it’s a “race against time” for her, as the average life span of this disease, which only 10 people in the US have, is just 13-years-old. Hana just recently turned 13, and being treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
New York Actors Reveal the Naked Truth About Doing Nudity On and Off Broadway New York Daily News
“I knew what I was getting myself into,” says the Korean-American actress, adding that the flashing scene “is right there in the script. It speaks volumes about who Izzy is. She’s not a stereotype or cliche.”
Dramatic truth is one thing; going topless in the 800-seat Golden Theatre is another.
“I can’t say I wasn’t nervous,” admits [Hettienne] Park, who has impressed Off-Broadway playing a straight-shooting spouse in Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.” She can also be seen as Charlize Theron’s friend in the film “Young Adult.”
“But the nudity in ‘Seminar’ wasn’t a dealbreaker,” Park adds. “ I love Izzy, so I was game.”
A fugitive wanted for shooting two men 12 years ago in Koreatown during a dispute over gang affiliation was arrested at LAX as he arrived from South Korea, officials said Friday.
Richard James Kim, wanted on an outstanding warrant on a charge of attempted murder, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department, said airport spokesman Jaime Ruiz.
Kim, 33, was listed as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive by the LAPD when he was 21 and he and two juvenile accomplices allegedly became embroiled in an argument with two victims over gang affiliation.
LAPD investigators say Kim shot the victims with a .38-caliber handgun.
The convenience store (7-Eleven) operator is planning to offer luxury goods for a limited period after a successful trial during the September Korean thanksgiving holiday, during which it sold eight Gucci product lines.
The company hasn’t settled on which luxury brand it’ll feature this time around, but the tactic reflects an increasing desire by the country’s retailers and global luxury brands to tap into consistently strong demand for high-end goods in the Korean market.
MTV to Show Girls’ Generation in New York on Saturday Chosun Ilbo
MTV will feature a tour by Korea’s most in-demand girl group Girls’ Generation to New York on Saturday. For the show, the girl band already gave an interview at MTV’s TRL Studio in Time Square in New York on Nov. 24.
Fans all around the world tweeted questions for the girls, and Tiffany and Jessica offered answers in fluent English as they used to live in the U.S.
With the creation of the new channel, K-pop has become more accessible to foreign fans. Over 5 million videos by K-pop groups have already been uploaded on the site, including 400,000 featuring boy band TVXQ, 340,000 of all-girl dance group Girls’ Generation and 260,000 by the Wonder Girls.
But the difference is that most of these videos were posted by the bands’ respective management companies. This means that fans had to search for each artist or song separately, limiting their exposure to other bands. The new K-pop channel addresses this problem by grouping videos together.
Website Offers Rare Glimpse of North Korean TV
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“I started live streaming three years ago mainly to let people here witness what North Korea is really like,” Lim, 47, told AFP.
North Korean television is relayed by satellite to most of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. But its terrestrial signal south of the tense border is jammed by Seoul.
While some South Koreans have been arrested for posting North Korean news, SPTV appears to be tolerated, though under close surveillance by the security authorities.
“It’s not like we’ve been approved by the government, but they simply turn a blind eye to us in order to create a favorable atmosphere for unification,” he said.
Street Food Guru Roy Choi on Sunny Spot, Food Trucks, Kogi & More The Daily Beast
Food-truck godfather Roy Choi, the man behind the craze that’s swept the country, tells Jace Lacob about his new Caribbean roadside eatery Sunny Spot—and how embracing street food and putting aside our Western concepts of dining can save society.
2NE1 performs for 2,000 fans at New York’s Times Square allkpop
2NE1 has stolen the hearts of 2,000 American fans with their live performance at Times Square in New York. The girls were recently deemed as the ‘2011 Best New Band in the World‘, and so to celebrate, they held a concert at the MTV studio downtown.
Broadcast and streamed to fans worldwide, 2NE1 was ecstatically welcomed by thousands of New York fans.
Los Angeles police Monday night were investigating racist scrawls left with a marker and baby powder at a Korean church where a small fire broke out earlier in the day.
Officers initially responded to a possible burglary call at the Valley Korean Central Presbyterian Church in North Hills and found a toaster oven on fire in one of the buildings on the property, a law enforcement source told The Times.
Racial epithets were scrawled with a marker pen on the walls and written with baby powder on the floor of the building, according to the source, who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing.
But now Korean automaker Hyundai seems set to crash the luxury party. Hyundai’s first full-size luxury sedan, the Genesis, was released stateside in 2008. The company followed up with the overtly opulent and even larger Equus model two years later. Even Hyundai’s corporate cousin, Kia (Hyundai has part-owned Kia since 1998) is getting in on the act. Kia’s unveiling of its Maserati-esque GT Concept coupe at last month’s L.A. Auto Show is a fairly obvious signal that it, too, harbors upscale ambitions.
S.Koreans go mass-market, online for luxury goods
Sixty years ago, war-torn South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Now it is the world’s 13th largest economy and a magnet for luxury goods, prying open the wallets of its wealthy people as well as tourists.
The owner of the Ventura Pierpont Inn has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a year after signs of trouble emerged at the historic property.
Millions of dollars in debt, Grace S. Ahn filed for bankruptcy protection Nov. 25. Ahn is the trustee of The Ahn Family Trust, which bought the inn and spa in spring 2009.
Appeals panel hears new science about arsons that could free man Fire Engineering
On Monday, a federal appeals court wrestled with Lee’s case – specifically, whether he should be given a new hearing to present evidence about the changed understanding of how fires burn, and whether he should be freed outright.
Defense attorney Peter Goldberger argued that Lee had been convicted only because of the testimony of fire investigators in Monroe County, and that their findings would not hold up today.
Jeremy Yamaguchi still lives at home, is active in the Boy Scouts and voted for the very first time just a few years ago.
He’s also -– at the ripe age of 22 -– the youngest mayor in Orange County, and perhaps the state, the Orange County Register is reporting.
Yamaguchi was named mayor of Placentia last week, the youngest person to hold the post in the city’s 85-year history. He was elected to the council when he was 19, serving alongside council members who’d known him since he was in grade school. He was the top vote-getter in that election.
The Cal State Fullerton senior is set to take finals this week, the LA Times reported.
Visiting Supernormal, Cheongdam-dong boutique located right off the main “luxury street” is like entering a young, very rich, very stylish celebrity’s walk-in closet.
Fashionably daring Korean celebs such as 2NE1, Choi Ji-woo and Lee Hyori frequent the relatively small store to stock up on the latest in interesting fashion, while Japanese travelers also descend in small groups on the weekends.
Since anything in the shop has already been through extremely fashion-conscious screening, we consulted the Supernormal experts about putting together a fabulous girlfriend gift guide. Here are 10 unique gifts for the impossible-to-please, impeccably stylish ladies out there.
Samsung has been the talk of the town on Tuesday for two reasons: the decision announced Monday to sell a big stake in an important affiliate to a Hyundai (yes Hyundai!) company and the list released Tuesday of annual promotions throughout the 60-plus Samsung companies.
As South Korea’s largest business group, Samsung is always the subject of a lot of attention, of course. But Tuesday’s chatter was particularly huge.
A Montgomery County judge recently fined in a road-rage case resigned Friday, according to his attorney.
District Judge Brian G. Kim was approaching his 10-year reconfirmation process. A colorful and controversial figure in Rockville legal circles, he was known for running a tight courtroom.
Kim’s attorney, Barry Helfand, said the judge “wanted to seek a new opportunity.” He said that Kim, 50, did not want to be interviewed.
In April, Kim paid a $510 fine for a traffic citation stemming from an Oct. 18, 2010, incident that started outside the Montgomery District Courthouse at the end of a business day.
Kim, driving a Honda CR-V, was accused of tailgating a Volkswagen Passat — apparently after believing he’d been cut off — and following it onto Interstate 270. The Passat’s driver, Rachel Viglianti, filed a report with Maryland State Police asserting that the CR-V driver kept “zooming up beside me, yelling through the windows and gesturing.” She also said that the Honda reached about 70 mph and zoomed over to her lane, causing her to slam on her brakes to avoid a wreck.
Man charged with second-degree murder after body found in SUV Toronto Star
Toronto police have laid second-degree murder charges after a man was found dead in an SUV in North York Friday.
The victim has been identified as Victor Seung, 33. Joon Sung Kim, also known as Kevin Kim, has been charged with second degree murder. He was scheduled to appear in court Saturday.
Residents of a quiet, modest North York neighbourhood expressed shock and disbelief after Seung’s body was found Friday afternoon in a vehicle on Willowdale Ave., north of Finch Ave. E.
Police were called just after 1 p.m. Seung, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Const. Tony Vella. He died as a result of injuries inflicted by a sharp object, according to police.
Motorist charged after elderly woman killed in Albany Park hit-and-run Chicago Tribune
Charges have been filed against a motorist who allegedly struck and killed an elderly woman crossing the street on the Northwest Side Saturday.
Jose Cornejo-Flores, 51, of the 3600 block of North Francisco Avenue, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death, according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail today, officials said.
Hyun Cho, 76, of the 4000 block of North Spaulding Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
An Abductee’s Daughter Speaks Out About an Unhealed Korean Wound New York Times
Since 2000, Ms. Lee has campaigned to generate more interest in the fate of tens of thousands of South Koreans believed to have been forcibly taken to North Korea during the Korean War six decades ago. She has been demanding that the government negotiate for the return of those who may still be alive and the remains of those who are not. Government officials have never made that issue a priority when they have sat down with their North Korean counterparts, treating her campaign as a distraction from what they consider a more important task: persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
Can any wrongdoing get a South Korean lawmaker removed from office?
Slanderous foot-in-mouth disease doesn’t do it; one lawmaker clung to his seat after slamming the TV news profession by suggesting female reporters sleep their way to the top. And violence doesn’t do it either, with the lawmaker who set off tear gas in the chamber of the National Assembly escaping penalty.
Indeed, the tear-gas tosser Kim Sun-dong over the weekend was appointed vice floor leader of a new party called the United Progressive Party.
Downtown Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty Patch.com (Bellevue, Wa.)
Sung Ho Kim, 43, the Redmond man that prosecutors say shot and killed a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday morning, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Kim is accused of shooting Jin Kim — an employee of the wife and no relation to the family — at a Belle Arts apartment building in downtown Bellevue on Nov. 15. Kim pleaded not guilty to a charge of Murder Second Degree and remains in jail with bail set at $2 million, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Columnist Jeff Yang mourns the death of his Jindo dog.
My friend Hyungwon Kang — a senior staff photographer with Reuters, and perhaps America’s foremost authority on Korean dogs — has told me that Shaohu’s personality was typical of this exceptional breed. “Faithful, independent, and very proud,” he calls them. They’re also devastatingly smart, fiercely fearless, and capable of extraordinary (and sometimes infuriating) feats.
Store Owner Still Waiting for Looters to Pay Bay Citizen (Oakland, Calif.)
On July 8, 2010, as an angry crowd made its way through downtown Oakland smashing windows, James Cho and his wife, Kim, huddled in the back of his store, JC Jewelry, along with an employee and her 2-year-old daughter.
That day, members of the crowd, enraged over the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who had killed Oscar Grant in 2009, looted stores and lit trash cans on fire.
“It seemed like the people were crazy. I understood why they were angry,” Cho said. “But I was scared to death.”
By late afternoon, Cho heard people shaking the steel bars covering his windows, which eventually gave way. More than 200 people rushed into the store, smashing glass jewelry cases, punching Cho in the face, pummeling his wife and running off with around $100,000 worth of merchandise — enough to force the jeweler out of business.
REPORTING FROM SEOUL — Probing political chicanery reminiscent of some banana republic nation (or perhaps the state of Florida circa 2000) South Korean authorities are investigating a case of alleged election fraud that appears to be designed to keep a ruling-party candidate in office.
Police say that an aide to a lawmaker for the nation’s Grand National Party organized a widespread cyber attack to confuse voters trying to get to the polls on election day in late October.
The aide, who is in custody, reportedly hired three Internet technology workers to cause computer breakdowns on a website designed to help voters find their polling stations.
Pyongyang Restaurants Extending Reach in Southeast Asian Cities Voice of America
North Korean restaurants are offering a rare glimpse to the country’s reclusive culture by growing its network in major Southeast Asian cities. The restaurants, bearing the brand name Pyongyang after the capital city of North Korea, are serving everything from cold noodles to quirkier dishes such as dog meat casserole.
At first, the establishments catered to South Korean businessmen in the region. But in recent years, they have seen an increasing number of tourists and locals craving Korean cuisine.
Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian’
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Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white.
“I didn’t want to put ‘Asian’ down,” Olmstead says, “because my mom told me there’s discrimination against Asians in the application process.”
For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it’s harder for them to gain admission to the nation’s top colleges.
Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges’ admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.
The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots.
Over the past year, Washington and Seoul have held low-key but highly sensitive talks on whether South Korea should be allowed to do what the Americans have long tried to stop North Korea from doing: enrich uranium and reprocess spent nuclear fuel.
The talks, set to resume Tuesday in Seoul, are aimed at revising a bilateral nuclear cooperation treaty for the first time in four decades. And the two allies’ expectations are as far apart as their perspectives on what it would mean for South Korea to adopt the technologies, which can be used to create fuel for reactors, but also to make nuclear weapons.
Video: Dia Frampton Performs “The Broken Ones” On ‘Jay Leno’ Neon Limelight (blog)
After finishing in second place on the first season of The Voice, Dia Frampton is ready for the spotlight. Dressed up in a dazzling blue floor-length dress, the shy girl with the sweet voice stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform her new single, “The Broken Ones.” It’s the first track taken from her debut solo album, Red, out on December 6.