Tag Archives: Park Chu-Young

Friday's Link Attack: Jeju Protestors, Libyan Rebel Chris Jeon, Alina Cho

South Korean Police Detain Island Activists Opposed to Base
New York Times

The police on Friday detained nearly three dozen activists and villagers on the southern island of Jeju who have been camping for months to resist the construction of a naval base in their scenic seashore village.

Kim Sung-han, a police spokesman, said he could not confirm the number of police officers involved in the raid in the village of Gangjeong or the number of protesters at the scene during the raid, but witnesses estimated the number at 50 to 60.

Dear UCLA’s Chris Jeon: War Isn’t Cool
International Business Times

If he eventually makes it back in time for his first class at UCLA this semester, he’ll be lucky to have his head intact. Jeon’s actions are dangerously stupid. They remind me of when some high-school kid from Florida that went to Iraq for a school assignment during the height of the Iraq War. U.S. civilians without a military escort shouldn’t just show up in a dangerous battle zone.

However, what’s worse about Jeon is his reason for going to Libya to fight in this dangerous war. Why did Jeon remove himself from the U.S., go on a ridiculous journey to Libya and put himself in harm’s way with a bunch of strangers who he’s never met and can’t even really communicate with?

Jeon Kicked Out of Rebel Group?
Al Jazeera via Twitter

Our team in east #Libya said rebels fed up with Chris Jeon, US kid who tried to join, told him 2 go, last seen on pick-up going 2 Benghazi.

Look At This F–king Hoopster: Libyan Rebel Edition

And he did it all in a $100 throwback jersey. Hoopsters worldwide, hear this: the bar has been set, and your John Stockton kiddie jerseys at Lollapalooza just will not do anymore. Get real, and get yourself a ticket to the Libyan revolution.

What I Wore: Alina Cho
New York Times

ALINA CHO, 40, a CNN national correspondent since 2004, has reported on topics like North Korea, President Barack Obama’s election and Hurricane Katrina. She is now shooting “Fashion: Backstage Pass,” her third half-hour special devoted to New York Fashion Week, set to be shown on Sept. 17. Ms. Cho will then take the show overseas for the first time to cover the Paris fashion collections.

South Korea Will Allow Buddhists to Visit the North
New York Times

South Korea said Friday that it would allow a 37-member Buddhist delegation to visit North Korea, a sign that it might be ready to ease restrictions on civilian contacts with the North.

Koreans to honor Sept. 11 victims with classical music
Yonhap News

A group of Korean musicians in the United States plans to present a “peace concert” this month in commemoration of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their families, as the tragic incident marks its 10th anniversary.

The Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, a charity organization, said it will open the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This event is sold out.

4 Koreans charged with kidnapping fellow Korean in Cebu
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Four Koreans are facing criminal charges for kidnapping a fellow Korean here last month. The Criminal Detection and Investigation Group (CIDG) in Central Visayas filed kidnapping for ransom charges against Kim Jong Seok, Choi Se Yong and two unidentified Koreans at the city prosecutor’s office on Thursday.

They were charged with kidnapping Kwon Young Hoon, 28, last Aug. 21, just a few hours after he arrived in Cebu for a vacation. He was kept captive in an apartment in Lapu-Lapu City and was released two days later after paying $7,000 in ransom.

Lebanon thumped 6-0 by South Korea in Asian qualifying match
The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Lebanon’s Asian qualifying group stage got off to a sobering start after South Korea thrashed the Cedars 6-0 in Korea.

New Arsenal signing Park Chu Young scored a hat trick, while Ji Dong Won helped himself to a brace. Kim Jung Woo scored Korea’s other goal.

Wiki: How Long Does it Take to Learn Korean?
Ask A Korean! (blog)

Given that everyone has different aptitudes with language, the Korean is not sure if there can be such thing as a “general” timetable for an Anglophone to become fluent in Korean. But it might not be a bad idea to take a straw poll, just to see the range.

Racist FOX Sports piece with Bob Oschack

Comedian Bob Oschack did some “investigative” reporting on the USC campus about Colorado and Utah joining the PAC-10. In his comedy bit (if you can call it that), he specifically targets foreign students who are clearly not aware of what he’s talking about. Not sure why FOX Sports would left this on the air, but ranks up there with Asians in Library : Racist Rant by Alexandra Wallace. Wendi Deng Murdoch needs to lay the smackdown on this guy.

Fox Sports Does Humiliating Whiteface Routine

Nice to see non-Asian media outlets calling out this guy.

Hence the flagrant racial caricature in this video, based on the assumption that belonging to a certain group makes you inherently buffoonish. Hey, Colorado and Utah—you people are so white, we bet you’re totally confounded by the sight of people with other ethnic backgrounds! Just like our white clown of an announcer, you probably can’t even understand the accented speech of someone who knows more than one language.

Why does Fox Sports insist on portraying white people as incorrigible racists and rubes? This is demeaning.


Thursday's Link Attack: K-Pop, Guggenheim, Park Chu-young

SM Town Bringing K-Pop Stars to Madison Square Garden
Chosun Ilbo

K-Pop is coming to Madison Square Garden in October when the SM Town Live World Tour descends on the world’s most famous concert venue in Manhattan, New York.

The six-hour concert on Oct. 23 will feature prominent artists such as Girls’ Generation, Super Junior and SHINee. They belong to SM Entertainment, one of the country’s leading talent agencies.

“The concert will show the global power of K-pop again,” SM said in a statement. “We expect this New York concert will be a big hit following the success we were met with in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris.”

Nets name Milton Lee GM of operations for D League affiliate Springfield Armor
New Jersey Star-Ledger

The Nets announced today that Milton Lee has been named the team’s general manager of minor league operations.

Lee will oversee basketball operations for the Nets’ D League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, including the selection of the team’s head coach, coaching staff and assembling the team’s roster.

Lee had previously served as the New Jersey Nets’ director of basketball operations.

Fireflies in the Garden: Here at Last

Here’s a trailer for Fireflies in the Garden, the long-delayed Dennis Lee drama-movie in which Willem Dafoe plays the difficult, domineering, abusive dad to bearded romance novelist Ryan Reynolds. After premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival all the way back in 2008—i.e., many many firefly life cycles ago—and waiting around in limbo due to the shutdown of its production company, the film’s finally due to hit theaters on October 14.

Suspected North Korean cyberattack on a bank raises fears for S. Korea, allies
Washington Post

After nearly half of the servers for a South Korean bank crashed one day in April, investigators here found evidence indicating that they were dealing with a new kind of attack from an old rival: North Korea.

South Korean officials said that 30 million customers of the Nonghyup agricultural bank were unable to use ATMs or online services for several days and that key data were destroyed, making it the most serious of a series of incidents in recent months. But even more troubling was the prospect that a belligerent neighbor had acquired the tools to disrupt one of the world’s most heavily wired nations — and that even more damaging attacks could be in store.

Hollywood Star Lindsay Price to Promote Korean Tourism
Visit Korea

American actress Lindsay Price has been officially named the Honorary PR Ambassador for Korean Tourism.

Korean Artist Explores Infinity At Guggenheim
Chosun Ilbo

One of America’s most prestigious museums of modern and contemporary art is showcasing the work of Korean artist Lee U-fan.

Born in Korea, the 75-year-old has lived and taught in Japan, where he enjoys the respect of several post-war generations of intellectuals for his role in leading philosophical and artistic movements countering westernization.

Gay former Army Lt. has trial put on hold in DC
AP via Google News

A gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence to protest the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy may be closer to having charges against him dismissed after a judge put his trial on hold Wednesday.

S. Korea tells Japan to take ‘sincere’ measures over former wartime sex slaves
Yonhap News

South Korea called on Japan Thursday to take “sincere and active” measures to deal with the issue of compensation for Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japan’s soldiers in World War II, the foreign ministry said.

In Politics, Stupidity Can’t Get You Fired
Wall Street Journal

In a landmark case that provides some insight into the moral compass of South Korea’s National Assembly, a politician has avoided expulsion from parliament despite earning a suspended jail term for defamatory sexual remarks.

More Koreans buy luxury products
Korea Herald

Korean consumers’ love for luxury goods may have exceeded that of the Japanese, research found Wednesday. Koreans consumed 5 percent of their per capita income on high-end products, compared to 4 percent of the Japanese, according to McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm.

Park Prepared to Fight for Place Among Arsenal’s Starting Line up
Chosun Ilbo

Korea captain Park Chu-young said on Wednesday he was thrilled to have signed with English Premier League outfit Arsenal this week as he expects it will be his last stop in Europe.

6 best places to watch sports in Seoul

Perhaps sports bars — and the obnoxious fans inherently associated with an NFL or EPL upbringing — are most often found in Western cities. But Seoul, the host of some of the world’s largest sports competitions, has evolved into a major athletics hub.

And when the city’s ceaseless soju drinking habits are added to the mix, this Korean metropolis offers the perfect environment for scoffing at Tom Brady and his new hairstyle.


Check out this short film by former KoreAm editor-in-chief Kai Ma.


Monday's Link Attack: Chef Bill Kim, Park Ji-sung, Hank Conger

Bill Kim to Host “Belly Pop” LA Pop-Up Sept 17; Launching Urban Belly Seoul Sauce at Dose Market
Eater LA

Chef Bill Kim has already said he is thinking about opening a restaurant in LA and said he wanted to do a pop-up out there. Now the Urbanbelly chef is being true to his word.

Kim, who also owns Belly Shack, will host a pop-up on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles in conjunction with the launch of sister-in-law Yasmina Cadiz’s new shoe line, ToeJamm Shoes. The event, which will take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Daily Dose Cafe in Downtown LA, will be dubbed Belly Pop and will have mini bites of from both of Kim’s restaurants, like the Belly Dog and togarashi fries with curry mayo.

Reality show helps revive Korean American’s singing career
Dong-A Ilbo

Lena Park recalled her last performance in the reality music competition show “I’m a Singer” on MBC TV, as if she was daydreaming. The 35-year-old singer revived her musical career through the show for the first time since her debut 14 years ago.

Seattle restaurant Nettletown’s closing a loss for wild-food lovers
Puget Sound Business Journal

Nettletown, a small but notable restaurant in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, announced late Friday that it was closing. Chef and owner Christina Choi said the tough economy had nothing to do with her decision.

Josh Brolin To Star In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Redo For Mandate

Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list to star in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Park Chan-wook. Now it’s official: Brolin will topline the Mandate Pictures redo, which begins production in March.

Park Ji-sung Scores His 1st Goal of Season
Chosun Ilbo

Football star Park Ji-sung scored his first goal of the season on Sunday for Manchester United. Defeating long-time rival Arsenal 8:2 at the Old Trafford, Man U pitched its first goal 22 minutes into the game. Coming off the bench as a substitute Park added the team’s sixth point in the 70th minute.

‘I won’t regret joining Arsenal’ – South Korea captain Park Chu-Young to complete £3m move with backing of national team manager

Arsenal will complete the signing of South Korea captain Park Chu-Young from Monaco on Monday.

Park passed the second part of his medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Sunday and has agreed personal terms after the Premier League club dramatically stole him from under the noses of French champions Lille on Saturday morning.

Q&A With Mike Butcher and Hank Conger

Conger: Early on, like after I first signed, I had trouble calling a game. I still feel like that’s the case sometimes. One of the best pieces of advice [pitching coach Mike] Butch gives us — he tells us this all the time — is to stick with the pitcher’s strength. I try to keep it simple and work with our pitchers’ strengths, and not get caught up in thinking too much.

‘Fantastic’ tale
Elgin Courier-News (Ill.)

Howard Royer admits the story sounds “fantastic”: A Korean-American, imprisoned as a suspected spy while helping with famine relief in North Korea in the 1990s, later is asked by its government to create the country’s first private university.


Park Ji-Sung Considering Leaving Manchester United

Former South Korean national soccer team captain Park Ji-Sung told reporters he may leave Manchester United when his contract runs out next year, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.

Park, 30, was expected to sign a new contract just before joining his team in August for a string of exhibition matches in the United States.

But Park Ji-Sung told reporters ahead of his charity match in Vietnam he was open to the idea of moving to another club before retirement.

“I won’t be able to show my best after one or two years. I don’t know how long I can stay at Manchester,’ said Park, who has been linked with Spanish clubs Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.

‘I never thought about retirement but it’s obvious that I don’t have much time left as a player.’

He added: ‘According to circumstances, I might leave Manchester United and retire in another team.’

Park was in Vietnam for the Doosan Asian Dream Cup, which was also attended by Bolton’s Lee Chung-Yong, Monaco’s Park Chu-Young, Celtic’s Ki Sung-Yueng, according to the Daily Mail.