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
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.