Reasons to Talk to North Korea
New York Times
As officials in charge of American policy toward North Korea during the Clinton and Obama administrations, we met last month in Europe with senior representatives of the North Korean government to discuss relations between our countries. We believe that the current impasse, which only buys time for North Korea to develop its nuclear program, is unstable and that matters will only get worse if not addressed directly. It’s time for the Obama administration to reopen dialogue with Pyongyang.
The United States government has not had direct contact with a senior North Korean official for more than a year. Our private and unofficial meetings were an important opportunity to review the state of the regime’s thinking on bilateral relations and its willingness to give up its nuclear weapons program. The North Koreans — who are longtime participants in government-to-government talks and well plugged-in to their country’s leadership — stated that if dialogue were to resume, their nuclear weapons program would be on the negotiating table. They provided preliminary thinking on a phased approach that would start with a freeze of their program and end with denuclearization.
Some 1,500 Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms in Sakhalin during colonial rule
Almost 1,500 Koreans were forced to work for what are now some of Japan’s largest conglomerates during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula on Russia’s far eastern island of Sakhalin, a government report showed Monday.
The report, drawn up by a government committee tasked with supporting victims of forced labor during Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula, showed that 1,469 Koreans were forced to work at plants belonging to the Japanese firms now known as Mitsubishi and Mitsui, among others.
That number accounted for 24 percent of the total 6,120 Koreans recognized as victims of forced labor on Sakhalin.
Kim trying to overhaul the World Bank
Income inequality is threatening the stability of countries from Egypt to Brazil and should be a growing concern to global leaders, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said in a recent interview.
Kim, a former Dartmouth College president, became World Bank president last year, and has made tackling economic inequality one of the international development organization’s primary goals. The World Bank has promoted economic growth in developing countries throughout its nearly 70-year history, Kim said, but it also needs to ensure that prosperity is shared among the people of these nations.
“What we’ve seen all over the world is that if you don’t pay attention to that bottom 40 percent, you can have fundamental instability in your society,” Kim said, pointing to the popular movements of the Arab Spring and this past summer’s mass protests in Brazil over inequality. “Even in countries that have made so many gains in lifting people out of poverty, the bottom 40 percent were still saying, ‘But wait a minute, we want more.’ ”
La Habra woman killed, Hacienda Heights woman arrested in Whittier Boulevard hit-and-run
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (California)
Police arrested a Hacienda Heights woman after she allegedly struck two women who were crossing Whittier Boulevard with her car — fatally injuring one of them — before leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash, authorities said.
Caroline Kim, 20, was expected to be booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, evading police and vehicular manslaughter once released from the hospital, where she remained under observation Saturday, La Habra police Sgt. Clint Angle said.
Orange County coroner’s did not release the dead woman’s name, however police initially described her as a 38-year-old La Habra resident, Angle said. She was crossing Whittier Boulevard at Rigsby Street just before 9 p.m. with another woman when both pedestrians were struck by a Cadillac sedan, Angle said.
Math tutor arrested after alleged sexual assault
680 News (Toronto)
A math tutor is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, Toronto police say.
Police say the girl went to tutoring centre in the Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue area on Oct. 22 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by her tutor.
Dongki Kim, 55, of Thornhill, Ont. was arrested Friday and charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
New York man charged with theft after allegedly stealing iPhone at Sands Casino Resort
Lehigh Valley Live (Pennsylvania)
A New York man is accused of stealing an iPhone that belonged to a patron of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
At 2:43 a.m. Oct. 25, John Choi, 27, of Flushing, N.Y., allegedly picked up the cellphone left behind by Melissa Ann Esposito, 33, of Staten Island, N.Y. Choi was caught on surveillance video removing the plastic cover around the phone, tossing it into a garbage can and walking away with the phone, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
When Choi saw security heading in his direction, he tossed the phone on the floor and away from where he was seated, police said.
Stung by scandal, South Korea weighs up cost of curbing nuclear power
A shift away from nuclear, which generates a third of South Korea’s electricity, could cost tens of billions of dollars a year by boosting imports of liquefied natural gas, oil or coal.
Although helping calm safety concerns, it would also push the government into a politically sensitive debate over whether state utilities could pass on sharply higher power bills to households and companies.
Gas, which makes up half of South Korea’s energy bill while accounting for only a fifth of its power, would likely be the main substitute for nuclear, as it is considered cleaner than coal and plants can be built more easily near cities.
Sex trafficking victims fight social stigma
Kim, now in her 40s, spent her younger years in every kind of prostitution imaginable, from massage parlors and room salons to sexual “coffee delivery” services. “Work enough,” she told herself, “and one day you’ll pay off your debts.”
As with many victims of forced prostitution, the money Kim owed was not to a bank but to criminals who force victims into prostitution through debt bondage, a key element in the worldwide practice of sex trafficking.
As menacing as the threats from her managers were — physical and verbal — the Busan native was equally petrified of the shame she would endure if the people around her knew what she did at night.
Blind Korean tourist who went missing in New York is found safe
A blind South Korean tourist who speaks no English went missing after touring New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art — prompting a search that ended happily, with him being found safe and sound, police said.
Taeheung Kim, 41, became separated from his tour late Thursday afternoon and was last seen by a security guard at 5 a.m. Friday in front of the museum, police said.
The Metropolitan Museum notes on its website the programs that it offers for the blind or otherwise visually impaired, including one called “seeing through drawing,” a “touch collection” and “verbal imaging tours.”
“Skinny Asian-American” image can mask obesity-related problems, physicians say
Southern California Public Radio
The conventional wisdom is that Asian-Americans are almost all thin. In her stand-up routine, Asian-American comic Amy Anderson says women are constantly asking her how she stayed so slim post-pregnancy.
“My secret? I don’t know,” Anderson says. “I’m Asian? That’s my secret.”
A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appears to back up the wow-Asian-Americans-really-are-skinnier idea. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 11 percent of Asian-Americans are obese – compared to a national average of 35 percent.
The Asian-American Obsession With Top-Tier Colleges Needs to Stop
My parents value what Huffington Post contributor Allison Singh calls the “List” — a college list for parents of high-achieving Asian-American students. The Ivy League schools are in the top tier, followed by other prestigious schools like Stanford, Berkeley and John Hopkins. Like many Asian-Americans, my parents believe that attending a school on that list raises one’s standing in American society and, more importantly, in the Asian community, where education is strongly emphasized.
I could not disagree more.
The Ivy League (or any high-end college brand) frenzy damages the many Asian-Americans who do not follow the model minority stereotype. They are rarely accepted as part of the “in” crowd and receive unwanted attention for breaking the mold. Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, for example, has faced unnecessary scrutiny as a professional basketball player because of his upbringing.
Korean contestant Dami Im wins Australia’s ‘X Factor’
Dami Im, who was born in South Korea and moved to Australia at a young age, has won the 2013 edition of Australia’s ‘X Factor’!
She first impressed everyone with Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and kept advancing with her strong vocals, but she was eventually sent home after one instance of forgetting the lyrics. However, with a great stroke of luck, she managed to return to the show for an amazing victory.
Check out some of the highlights below to hear her sing and see her attention-grabbing outfits. Congratulations!
Kim’s Convenience, everyone’s experience
Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
“Kim’s Convenience is not my story,” Ins Choi says.
“Well, my life was the inspiration for the play, but on a larger level, the story represents the Korean-Canadian experience.”
Choi says his friends are in it. His dad is in it, too. So is his uncle.
“In a way, it’s a mosaic of all our lives,” he says.
LG Says G Flex a Good Fit for the Face
Wall Street Journal
LG Electronics Inc. has unveiled its new 6-inch curved-screen smartphone, two weeks after rival Samsung Electronics Co. launched a similar phone.
LG says its G Flex smartphone, which has a screen that is curved from top to bottom, will fit more snugly against users’ faces when they talk, while Samsung Electronics has promised a better handgrip with its Galaxy Round that is curved along the sides of the phone.
LG also says the curvature on the G Flex, if held horizontally, offers a viewing experience akin to an IMAX theater, although one could argue that that effect would make more sense on a much bigger screen like a 55- or 60-inch curved-screen television set.
Six South Koreans were repatriated from North Korea over the weekend after being handed over by the North Korean government last Friday, the New York Times reports. The men, aged 27 to 67, said they had left the South and entered into the North through China to leave behind family and money troubles. The remains of a woman, reportedly the wife of one of the men, were returned on Friday as well.
In the past, North Korea had welcomed defectors and used them for propaganda purposes. The New York Times called the move an “unusual gesture” and perhaps an indication of easing tensions between the two countries. However, one expert said North Korea couble be trying to tell the world that not everyone is trying to flee the country.
When the men arrived in the North, North Korean authorities instead interrogated them for between 14 and 45 months and put them under house arrest. Continue Reading »
North Korea Hands Over 6 South Korean Detainees
New York Times
Six South Koreans who had been held in North Korea on charges of illegal entry returned to their home country on Friday, after the North released them in a gesture that could help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The six men were handed over to the South Korean authorities at the border village of Panmunjom, the South’s Unification Ministry said in a statement.
North Korean officials also handed over the remains of a woman. They said that the woman was the wife of one of the six men, and that she was killed during a quarrel with her husband, South Korean officials said.
Nuclear North Korea: Bad or mad?
UNDERNEATH THE “TOWER of the Korean War”, a monument in Seoul resembling a bronze sword, is a bunker managed by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security. Inside, visitors learn how to protect themselves from a North Korean attack, chemical (seal the windows), biological (cover your mouth and nostrils) or nuclear (find a bunker).
A squad of cadets, in the middle of their 21 months of mandatory military service, troop inside, don 3D glasses and watch a stirring televised account of the bombardment of Yeonpyeong island in November 2010 by North Korean artillery, which killed two soldiers and two civilians in the first shelling of South Korean territory since the end of the Korean war. The North Koreans, some analysts assumed, were trying to bolster their new general, Kim Jong Un, in preparation for his succession to the throne of the Kim dynasty.
N. Korean diplomat based in Ethiopia defects to S. Korea: sources
A North Korean diplomat based in Ethiopia defected to Seoul in August after seeking asylum at the South Korean Embassy in the African country, multiple sources said Friday.
The North Korean man, whose identity is unknown, stormed into the South Korean embassy in Addis Ababa, asking for help for his defection to the South, they said.
“At that time, he worked for the North Korean office of the trade representative in Ethiopia … I’ve learned that he is not a senior official, though,” one source said without elaborating further.
North Korea is losing a crucial source of income: Koreans in Japan
Possibly the only thing that North Korea needs and craves more than nuclear brinksmanship is hard currency, which is essential for the country’s survival but which international sanctions make very difficult to secure. The hermit kingdom has a number of ways to bring in cold, hard cash, but one of its previously most reliable has hit yet another setback in what appears to be its permanent decline.
That source of income is a group known as Chongryon, or the “General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.” The Japan-based, pro-Pyongyang group links North Korea with the sizable community of ethnic Koreans living in Japan. Since its 1950s founding, Chongryon has done three things, and done them all pretty well: pushed pro-Pyongyang ideology among Japanese Koreans, funneled money from those Japanese Koreans into North Korea and, most important, has run all sorts of business that existed solely to generate cash for the North Korean regime.
With Impeccable Timing, ‘Dokdo Day’ Arrives to Stir More Nationalistic Fervor
Wall Street Journal
South Korea’s territorial dispute with Japan over a minuscule rocky outcropping in the ocean has been out of the headlines for some months, but Tokyo and Seoul are doing what they can to try and fix that.
Earlier this week, the two foreign ministries embroiled themselves in a tiff over a YouTube video that Japan’s foreign ministry posted on its website, asserting sovereignty over the uninhabited islets known internationally as the Liancourt Rocks.
NTSB went to South Korea as part of Asiana Airlines crash inquiry
Los Angeles Times
National Transportation Safety Board officials have traveled to South Korea as part of an investigation into the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport, in which three people died and more than 180 others were injured.
The investigators interviewed managers and training personnel and “observed Asiana procedures in a simulator and an exemplar aircraft,” according to a NTSB announcement Friday.
Investigators in Korea also combed through records from the airplane involved in the accident.
Man wanted for August sexual assault
KTVA CBS 11 News
Police are searching for a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in late August.
James Kim, 56, faces two counts stemming from the incident. In a statement released Wednesday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro wrote Kim was gone when officers arrived at his residence to place him under arrest.
Police initially believed Kim fled to Korea, but new information pointed in a different direction. They now believe Kim is still in Anchorage, Castro wrote, possibly staying with people who don’t know about his recent activity.
Korean Victims of Hiroshima Bomb Awarded Medical Costs
A Japanese court has ruled that it is against the law not to cover the medical costs of victims of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb who live outside Japan.
Under a relief law for atomic bomb survivors enacted in 1994, the Japanese government covers all medical expenses of victims who received treatment in Japan but not of those treated elsewhere.
Lee Hong-hyun (67), a Korean victim who lives in Korea, filed the lawsuit along with the surviving families of two other Korean victims.
The judge said there is “no clause in the relief law that limits the provision of medical expenses only to Japanese territory.”
TEA to Present Julia Cho’s 99 HISTORIES, 10/24-11/16
99 Histories is a powerful story about the bond between mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts across three generations. 29-year-old Korean American violin prodigy Eunice comes home pregnant and unmarried, and tries to mend her estranged relationship with her very Korean mother. Haunted by memories of a violent past, Eunice must confront her ghosts before she can move forward. This is a riveting and poignant drama of memory, legacy and home – what is remembered is made up, the only homelands that exist are the imaginary.
Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA) is proud to present “99 Histories” by Julia Cho, and directed by Terry Dodd, opening Thursday, October 24 and running through November 16. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets are: $25 at the door, $23 advance; $20 anytime students/seniors 60+ with ID, groups of 6 or more. Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at www.theatre-esprit-asia.org. All performances are held at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010
MLB players from Park Chan-ho to Ryu Hyun-jin fuel baseball boom at home
The Korea Baseball Organization said last month that South Korea’s top professional baseball league has passed the 6 million mark in attendance for the third straight year. It’s a reminder of how the ball game has emerged as a national pastime.
Not only diehard baseball buffs but also ordinary families, couples and friends are visiting the ball parks together to watch the heart-thumping, live drama. People also constantly talk about the games and players in the workplace, at schools, cafeterias and on social networks.
It’s a bit of a stretch to say that Korea is a “baseball nation” yet, but it’s also safe to say that baseball is now an integral part of Korean leisure.
Yankees interested in Korean relief pitcher
New York Post
With all the emphasis on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and which team he signs with, Oh Seung-Hwan, a Korean right-hander, is also drawing attention.
The Yankees are among the MLB clubs that have scouted the 31-year-old reliever who is a seven-time All Star in the Korean Baseball Organization and has spent nine years with the Samsung Lions.
Like Tanaka, Oh has to go through the posting process which won’t begin until Nov. 1.
From Whitney High to UC Irvine to Pro Boxing
Korea Times US
Cerritos resident and UC Irvine graduate Daniel Kim will make his long-awaited professional boxing debut on Friday night at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
The 23-year old Korean American Junior Welterweight is scheduled to fight four rounds against Cory Muldrew (0-3) from Phoenix, Arizona. Both weighed in at 142 pounds on Thursday.
Orange County-based boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht appears to have high hopes for the 2012 Southern California Blue & Gold champion. Kim joins a trio of undefeated fighters promoted by Englebrecht – Alexander Flores (13-0), Dwain Victorian (2-0), and Curtis Millender (3-0 in MMA).
Wall Street Journal
A long-held winter practice of Koreans may be declared an intangible cultural heritage by Unesco.
Kimjang—the making and sharing of kimchi, Korea’s pickled-vegetable staple— has been listed by a Unesco advisory committee that evaluates new candidates, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday. The final decision will be made during the Unesco sessions slated for Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 2 to 7.
Kimjang would become the country’s 16th intangible cultural heritage, joining the likes of the epic chant pansori (approved in 2008), traditional martial art taekkyeon (2011) and the lyrical folk song arirang (2011).
Tacky Tourist Items You Can Buy at the North Korean Border
It’s hard to imagine the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world’s most heavily armed border, as anything other than a long, dreary stretch of dangerous terrain. Just last month, a man was killed by South Korean soldiers while attempting to swim into North Korea. It’s just the most recent fatal incident along the 150-mile-long DMZ, in place since 1953.
It’s a different story in the border city of Paju, South Korea. There, life looks more similar to Niagara Falls than a place of half-century-long political tension.
Increase in Activity Reported at North Korean Nuclear Test Site
New York Times
North Korea has increased activity at its main underground nuclear test site, digging new tunnel entrances in what could be preparations for another nuclear test, a Washington-based research institute reported Thursday.
The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which based its conclusion on analysis of commercial satellite images of the site in Punggye-ri in northeastern North Korea, said there was no sign that a test was imminent.
The report came a day after North Korea’s Foreign Ministry reaffirmed that the isolated country would continue to expand its nuclear arsenal, despite warnings from the United States that it will not engage in the dialogue that Pyongyang is seeking until the North moves toward denuclearization.
Mother: Reunion with US man jailed in North Korea ‘emotional
The mother of American Kenneth Bae, who is imprisoned in North Korea, told the BBC his health had improved following two months of medical treatment.
But Myunghee Bae said her worst fear was that he would get sent back to a labour camp.
The Korean-American was arrested last November and sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in May.
Mr Bae, described as a tour operator and Christian missionary, was accused of plotting sedition.
It’s Now Dr. Kim Jong Un, Thanks to Malaysian University
Wall Street Journal
A Malaysian university has given North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a new title – Dr. – offering the controversial figure its first degree to a foreign head of state.
Mr. Kim Jong Un might seem like an unlikely recipient for a university’s degree. But, despite grabbing world-wide headlines through a series of nuclear missile tests and threats to strike U.S. cities, he received an honorary doctorate in economics from Kuala Lumpur-based HELP University.
Paul Chan, vice chancellor and president of HELP, said the award was meant to build “a bridge to reach the people” of North Korea. He said Mr. Kim accepted the degree through his ambassador in a ceremony that was held Oct. 3 in North Korea’s embassy in Malaysia.
‘Choco Pie’ on table for campaign to address N. Korean human rights problem
Call it the “Choco Pie Project.”
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) plans to give away free Choco Pies near the White House next week in a bid to enhance public awareness of the human rights conditions in the communist nation.
The event will take place at Farragut Square on Wednesday, coinciding with the opening of two-day public hearings by a special panel of the U.N. Human Rights Council looking into the human rights abuses in the North.
Faced with overwhelming pressures, South Korean women have gone on baby-strike
Mothers with young children spend nearly five times as long looking after their family and home as fathers do, calculates Jayoung Yoon of the Korea Labour Institute. But at least the ratio is getting better. In 2009 men gave about half an hour a day more of their time to domestic chores than they had done ten years earlier, and women shaved off roughly 20 minutes. In the Korean sex wars, the front line moves slowly.
The burden of child-rearing poses a formidable obstacle to women’s professional ambitions. Women in their 20s now have higher labour-force participation rates than men, but many drop out in their 30s. They typically return in their mid-40s, though often not to the kinds of corporate jobs they held down before marriage. Instead they work for themselves or their families, often with lower pay and perks (see chart 1).
The 54th parallel
SITTING IN SEOUL’S Tapgol Park under the bronze statue of a patriotic hero, an elderly gentleman reads his newspaper with the aid of a pocket magnifying glass. When asked, he spells out his name (“Mr Jeon”) in the Chinese characters familiar to Korea’s pre-war generation.
In his younger days Mr Jeon worked as a carpenter and builder. Now 87, he is a regular member of the park’s greying congregation: “There’s no other place to go for an old person like me.” He and his companions spend their time complaining about their ailments and corrupt politicians. “In the daytime this spot is packed.”
South Korea is ageing faster than any other country in the OECD. Last year almost 12% of the population were aged 65 or over. By 2030 that proportion will double. The number of South Koreans of working age will peak in just three years’ time, according to the OECD’s Randall Jones and Satoshi Urasawa. By 2040 their number will drop by about a fifth.
Korean-Americans undertake campaign to help accused intelligence analyst
Korean-Americans are taking part in a campaign to help Stephen Kim, who has been waging a battle in the courts since US prosecutors charged him with violating the Espionage Act by leaking material related to national security in 2010.
“We’ve decided to hold our first fundraiser in Flushing, New York, on November 21,” said Lee Myung-seok, former president of the Korean-American Association of Queens, New York on Oct. 22. “We’ll establish a committee for helping Stephen Kim, and we’ll launch rescue committees in each major city.”
“We’re also planning to send petitions to the White House, the Justice Department, and major media outlets,” Lee said.
Wilmette man’s Barrington Hills home invasion trial begins
Prosecutors and witnesses described two hours of armed violence in a Barrington Hills home nearly five years ago as the trial of a Wilmette man on charges of home invasion and kidnapping got underway in Cook County Circuit Court today.
Kuhn Kim, 28, of the 1600 block of Sheridan Road, is also charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery and other crimes in a 22 count indictment stemming from the Dec. 5, 2008 incident.
The bench trial before Judge Kay Hanlon in Rolling Meadows branch court began following lengthy psychiatric examinations and several incidents in which Kim violated conditions of his $1.5 million bond, including a case of reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been in Cook County jail since his bond was revoked last year.
District man sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2010 fatal shooting of Fairfax man
A District man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for the 2010 slaying of a man who authorities say was shot in the face in Southeast Washington.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell F. Canan sentenced Marlon Williams, 34, in the Sept. 13, 2010, killing of Min Soo Kang, 37, of Fairfax County. According to prosecutors, Williams was identified after he stole Kang’s 2010 Cadillac Escalade after the shooting. The vehicle was equipped with OnStar GPS tracking, which enabled police to locate the vehicle. Prosecutors said that Williams’s prints were found in the vehicle.
Prosecutors said Williams shot Kang about 4:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of Croffut Place SE. Kang was shot multiple times in the chest, face, finger and forearm.
Seoul, San Francisco Mayors Pledge to Strengthen Ties
Voice of America
In South Korea, the mayor of Seoul has met with his counterpart from San Francisco to strengthen sister city relations, and discuss encouraging Internet-based business.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon affirmed nearly four decades of sister-city relations with pledges to strengthen economic, cultural and education exchanges.
Mayor Park praised San Francisco’s reputation for innovative business and said he hoped its Korean-American community could act as a bridge across the Pacific.
High-security isolation for South Korea’s exam-setters
AFP via NDTV.com
Every October, hundreds of South Korean teachers and professors are sequestered – like jurors in a mafia trial – in a secret, guarded compound: prisoners of their country’s obsession with education.
For one month, they are kept in complete isolation under conditions that resemble house arrest, with everything down to their food waste subject to rigorous examination.
Their sole task is to compile the annual college entrance exam – the importance of which in the minds of stressed-out students and their often equally stressed-out parents is almost impossible to exaggerate.
What’s it like to live on $26 a week?
Prince George Citizen (British Columbia)
As a registered dietitian, Erica Kang knows what it takes to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but this week she didn’t consume nearly enough calories and was short many vitamins and nutrients.
Kang didn’t slack off her regular eating routine because she wanted a break nor was she on the latest diet craze, instead she took part in the Welfare Food Challenge to both raise awareness about low social assistance rates in B.C. as well as learn what’s it’s like to live on a food budget of just $26 a week.
“Even for somebody trained, with five years of schooling, I wasn’t able to manage what was an adequate diet for my needs,” Kang said after completing the challenge this week.
Plastic Surgery Perfected With 3-D?
Wall Street Journal
3-D technology is helping plastic surgeons make more-precise cuts and easing patients’ anxiety by giving them an advance look at their future faces. The WSJ’s Kurt Achin reports from Seoul, South Korea.
In the latest episode of the back and forth affair between hostile and conciliatory gestures, North Korea swung towards the latter on Thursday when the country said it would release six unnamed South Koreans in detention facilities, the New York Times reports.
The Red Cross of North Korea told the South Korean branch that the detainees would be returned to the South on Friday via the border city of Panmunjom, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry. It is unclear who the detainees are; the ministry said the men are reportedly between the ages of 27 and 67, but there is no information on how long they were imprisoned, or how they got there.
While the South Korean government welcomed the statement, it remained skeptical of a turnaround by the North. Earlier this year, negotiations to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex finally broke through after North Korea agreed to send its workers back. Soon after that, North Korea postponed resuming family meetings with the South, and it has not held back in its criticism of South Korean president Park Geun-hye. Continue Reading »