Monday’s Link Attack: North Korea Vows Retaliation; Korean Adoption Fight; Sung Kang
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Posted: January 28th, 2013
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North Korean Leader Vows ‘High-Profile’ Retaliation Over New U.N. Sanctions
New York Times

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered his top military and party officials to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures” to retaliate against American-led United Nations sanctions on the country, the North’s official media reported Sunday.

North Korea did not clarify what those measures might be, but it referred to a series of earlier statements in which Mr. Kim’s government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to “target” the United States.

Absence of N.K. leader’s uncle sparks speculation over internal power game
Yonhap News

The absence of Jang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a key national security meeting may be a sign of a renewed power game inside the reclusive communist nation’s leadership, a U.S. expert said Sunday.

Jang, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, did not attend the meeting of top North Korean officials handling security and foreign affairs, in which Kim ordered “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” according to Pyongyang’s official media.

Kim recently convened the meeting, viewed as North Korea’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Council, to discuss the impact of new U.N. sanctions imposed on his regime for the Dec. 12 rocket launch and Pyongyang’s response. The North’s media stopped short of specifying the date and venue for the meeting.

South Korea’s new leader, Park Geun-hye, was pushed onto political stage by tragedy
Washington Post

The first major tragedy in Park Geun-hye’s life was a shooting that took place at the National Theater in downtown Seoul nearly 40 years ago. She didn’t even witness it. She was studying in Grenoble, France, at the foot of the Alps, when she got a worried call from the South Korean Embassy. The official didn’t give any specifics.

“The person only said that something had happened to my mother,” Park wrote in her 2007 memoir, “and that I needed to return home.”

The details that Park would soon learn redirected her life suddenly and irreversibly, ending her hopes of becoming a professor, flinging her for the first time into the public spotlight, and setting her on a course that would lead to the nation’s top office, the presidency, a job into which she’ll be sworn next month.

South Korea files motion in Cook County to stop adoption
Chicago Tribune

An Evanston couple accused of circumventing South Korea’s adoption procedures have temporary care of a baby girl while they continue to fight for her permanent custody in state and federal courts.

On Thursday, the South Korean government filed a motion to intervene in adoption proceedings that were initiated by Jinshil and Christopher Duquet in Cook County Circuit Court, said Donald Schiller, a lawyer representing South Korea.

“Korea wants to protect its citizen,” Schiller said. “There is no more vulnerable citizen than an infant child that has been illegally taken out of the country. The U.S. wouldn’t stand for it if it happened here, and Korea is not going to stand for it.”

Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans
Fox News New York

The NYPD has identified the man they believe is responsible for a series of brutal attacks on Asian Americans in Manhattan.

“(In) the eight robberies and assaults, all of the victims were Asian. All were struck- nose broken, teeth broken; money and cell phones were taken,” NYPD Cmsr. Ray Kelly told Good Day New York on Monday.

Kelly showed viewers a photo of Jason Commisso. The suspect has a long rap sheet including more than 30 arrests, said Kelly.

Commisso allegedly targeted Asian-Americans in East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th.

Michelle Rhee just getting started on shaping California education policy
Sacramento Bee

Michelle Rhee put the nation’s education establishment on alert two years ago when she announced she would form an advocacy group focused on thwarting the power of teachers unions in state and local politics.

The former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor already had a national reputation as a change agent, unafraid of angering teachers and principals in her drive to improve schools serving the neediest children.

Rhee, now married to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, set up StudentsFirst’s headquarters in California’s capital and chose the Golden State as one of 17 she would target.

Celebration connects children to Korean heritage
The Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)

As she’s grown older, Hilary Short has become more and more grateful that her adoptive parents offered her so many opportunities to connect with her Korean heritage — opportunities that not every Korean adoptee she’s encountered has shared.

“It’s hard when you’re adopted and you have two Caucasian parents that don’t really pass that down to you,” said Short, 28, of Brighton. “I think that it keeps you connected, and then maybe you don’t have that identity crisis that some other adoptees have.”

Some of Short’s best memories come from the Korean camps and schools she attended as a youth, and with children of her own now, she wants to make sure that they have the same chance to connect with their roots. So she volunteers with Love the Children of Rochester, a support group for parents who have adopted Korean children. On Saturday, the group held an advance celebration of the Lunar New Year, which is on Feb. 10.

Early Facebook Employees Launch Foundation To Promote Asian American Artists

After helping Facebook become one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, three of the social network’s early employees now have a more benevolent mission in mind. Phil Fung, Julia Lam, and Franklyn Chien launched the A3 Foundation (Asian American Artists), which is focused on promoting and supporting the talents of Asian Americans in television, film, and online digital media. This week, the A3 Foundation partnered with the Sundance Institute to give their vision a new stage.

Fung was recruited to Facebook while he was a graduate student at Stanford University. He still works for the company as an engineering manager on Facebook’s mobile team. Fung walked out of class one day to find Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign that said, “Work for Facebook.” Not long after, Fung got an interview and left school to start working for Facebook.

Lam joined Facebook after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked on many high-impact developer marketing initiatives such as fbFund, the Facebook Developer Garage program, Facebook Presence, and the f8 Developer Conference. Currently, Lam is the co-founder of Optimistic Labs, a startup integrating social good through mobile, as well as an advisor at her alma mater.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O is proud of her Korean roots
Straits Times (Singapore)

Art-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeah’s feisty frontwoman Karen O says that growing up as a half-Asian kid in New Jersey made her what she is today.

Born Karen Lee Orzolek in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Polish father, the 34-year-old tells Life! in a telephone interview from Los Angeles: “I felt like an outsider, definitely. But I think I enjoyed being an outsider. In my art, I like doing what other people don’t do and I get inspired by doing the opposite of the trend.”

She is proud of how K-pop is making an impact on the global music industry.

Asian-American Sung Kang, from ‘Fast Five’ to ‘Bullet to the Head’
GMA News (Philippines)

Coming into the project, Kang says that he was excited about the opportunity to work with both Stallone and director Walter Hill. “I pretty much grew up watching Sylvester Stallone movies. One of the first movies my father took me to was ‘Rocky.’ So getting to work with him was a pretty amazing experience, definitely one of those things on my bucket list,” he smiles. “And from the get-go, Walter Hill was so open to ideas; he was such an ally for me as an actor in that respect.”

Crime Stopper: Interview with The Mentalist’s Tim Kang
The Morton Report

When he is not chasing after criminals on The Mentalist, the actor keeps busy working on some projects of his own. “I started a production company last year called One Shoot Films [OSF], and we’re in the process of finishing up our first short film,” enthuses Kang. “It turned out really well and we’ll be entering it into [film] festivals within the next couple of months.

“Next up, I’m planning to shoot a feature film with the production company and work with other production companies and filmmakers to come up with our own content. Our goal is to go back to that quality I spoke of when I did that play with Janos. We want to tell stories that are, of course, entertaining, and at the same time give the work a little more attention that we typically don’t have the time to give it.

Check out KoreAm’s September 2011 cover story on Tim Kang.

Korean film on 1948 Jeju massacre wins main prize at Sundance
Yonhap News

A Korean film about the Jeju Island massacre in Korea in 1948 has won the prize for best foreign film at the U.S. Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s most authoritative indie film festivals.

“Jiseul,” directed by O Muel claimed the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema Saturday (on U.S. MST) at the Sundance Awards in Park City, Utah, making it the first Korean film to win a main prize at the festival.

In Hollywood, as in the NBA, Asian-Americans Are Still Rare

Asian-Americans were tagged years ago as the “new Jews” because of their disproportionate degree of academic success and their prominence in the medical profession. But one area of American life where Asian-Americans have not successfully followed in the footsteps of their Jewish peers is the film industry. As Neal Gabler memorably documented in An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Jewish immigrants largely created the American film industry, by starting studios like Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount.

Whereas, not all that long ago, Hua Hsu described Wayne Wang’s 1982 film Chan Is Missing as “still the pinnacle of Asian-American filmmaking.” Attending Sundance this year I saw nothing likely to unseat it.

But there was, at least, Linsanity, a documentary that is itself about a sort of Asian-American exception.

Hines Ward to appear as zombie on ‘Walking Dead’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It was an amazing experience,” said Mr. Ward, who will be a zombie extra when AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” returns to haunt Sunday nights Feb. 10. “Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after.”

IronE Singleton, the actor who played the character T-Dog — played being the operative word, as poor T-Dog went out in a blaze of glory a few months back, saving one of his friends in a zombie attack — attended the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships.

Hines Ward honored with Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It would at first glance seem odd to honor Hines Ward with the Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award when much of his life is ahead of him.

Ward is 36 and just one year into what Chuck Noll would call his life’s work. Yet his first life was so filled with achievement that it deserves some recognition.

Where do we start? Most prolific receiver in Steelers history, Super Bowl MVP, two-time Super Bowl champ, top eight in receptions in NFL history, three-time Steelers MVP, first Korean-American Super Bowl winner, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and “Dancing With The Stars” champion, among others.

Two adoptees return for Special Olympics, hoping to meet biological parents
Yonhap News

The upcoming Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, a South Korean alpine town, will be a homecoming of sorts for two American athletes.

Henry Meece, who will take part in snowboarding, and Tae Hemsath, who will compete in snowshoeing, are both South Korean adoptees representing their adopted home from Jan. 29-Feb. 5 at the sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

This is the first trip to South Korea for both since they left the country years ago. Meece, 23, was adopted when he was six months old and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Hemsath, 37, grew up in New York after getting adopted in 1978.

Beverly’s Pak the Toughest Mudder of them all for a second straight year
The Salem News (Mass.)

Junyong Pak proved that winning the World’s Toughest Mudder championship last year was no fluke by going out and doing in again. The 34-year-old Beverly resident won the 24-hour nonstop endurance event last month at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

Any tough mudder competition is not for the faint of heart. It requires mental and physical toughness along with stamina, strength and fitness under extremely challenging conditions. The 100-mile course over 30 military-style obstacles at Englishtown was designed by British Special Forces to test even the most superbly conditioned athlete.

When he won the inaugural event a year ago, Pak took home $10,000, but this time the prize money was increased to $15,000.

South Korea helps young emigrate, Singapore wants them back
Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Times are hard for young job seekers in South Korea. So hard, in fact, that the government is now helping them find work overseas.

The real unemployment rate among South Korea’s twentysomethings is 20 percent, so the government is searching abroad for 30,000 internships and 50,000 jobs for its beleaguered youth.

French Deputy Minister to Visit Land of Her Birth
Chosun Ilbo

France’s Korean-born deputy minister for small business and digital economy will visit Korea in March for the first time since she was adopted by a French family 40 years ago.

Born in August 1973, Fleur Pellerin was found on the streets of Seoul when she was three or four days old and sent to an orphanage. She was adopted six months later.

Tuesday’s Link Attack: Korean Americans for Obama; Steven Yeun; G-Dragon
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Korean-American leaders gather for Obama’s inauguration
Yonhap News

Dozens of Korean-American leaders from across the U.S. held an event Saturday to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama for a second term.

Obama will take the oath of office at the White House on Sunday, followed by a public swearing-in ceremony at the west steps of the U.S. Capitol the next day.

“2012 marked a historic year for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Laura Shin, a member of the Korean American Inauguration Committee. “This is a time for us to celebrate our community’s increased engagement and build upon the progress we have made together.”

Hispanics and Asian Americans celebrate new electoral clout with inaugural galas, wish lists
Washington Post

Dave Kumar, a District lawyer whose parents immigrated from India before he was born, and Mauricio Martinez, a Salvadoran refugee who cooks for a catering service in Virginia, have one important thing in common. Both are part of the historic surge in electoral participation and activism by immigrant groups, who turned out for President Obama in record numbers last year and put the country on notice that their votes and voices count.

This weekend, Kumar and Martinez are among thousands of Hispanic and Asian American immigrants gathering in Washington to celebrate Obama’s reelection — and their own growing political impact. Among the flurry of inaugural events are glittering Latino- and Asian-themed galas, immigration policy workshops and citizenship fairs.

In second term, Obama faces tough issues with Seoul

In the coming weeks, the world will get more hints of the Obama administration’s second-term diplomatic strategy as the nominees for secretaries of state and defense testify at Senate confirmation hearings.

In his inaugural speech this week, Obama made clear that he would continue efforts for stronger alliances abroad and engagement with enemies. He did not elaborate in his 15-minute address, which focused on a broader vision for America and a call for national unity.

Philadelphia entrepreneur finds an opportunity in home care for elderly Asians
Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s hard for anyone to care for an ailing, aging family member, but Im Ja Choi faced extra challenges when her mother’s stomach cancer was diagnosed in 2002.

Choi’s mother, who had come to the United States from Korea in 1978 to help raise Choi’s children, had never learned to speak English or enjoy American food. Choi thought she would be miserable in a nursing home.

But her mother weighed 62 pounds and had a colostomy bag when she got out of the hospital. Choi and her husband both worked. They needed help to keep Choi’s mother at home. That presented another problem. Choi could not find a Korean-speaking aide. After months of looking, she snatched up an aide who was moving to the Philadelphia area from Connecticut.

Chicago Designates Day After Korean-American Businesswoman
Chosun Ilbo

Chicago has named a day in January after a Korean-American businesswoman in honor of her charitable activities for the underprivileged.

The city’s municipal council adopted a resolution declaring Jan. 19 “Ann S. Jhin’s Day” in recognition of services rendered to the community by the 67-year-old owner of Jinny Beauty Supply. The company ranks as one of the largest distributors of beauty supplies in the U.S.

Mayor Rham Emanual invited members of the Korean American Friendship Network, which Ann Jhin sponsors, to the city council on Thursday to show the city’s appreciation of her hard work.

Fugitive Who Fled to South Korea Arrested In Prescription Drug Case After Return
Hartford Courant

A man who fled to South Korea during an investigation of a fraudulent prescription drug sales ring is in custody after he was arrested while trying to re-enter the United States, police said Saturday.

Bong K. Ahn, 29, is the last of seven people who have been charged in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain and sell prescription narcotics including Roxicodone, in an investigation that was launched in 2009 by Vernon Police and the East Central Narcotics Task Force. The two leaders of the group, Anthony “Tony” Navarro and Mathieu Fauteux, have been convicted and are serving prison sentences, Vernon Police said.

Is There a New Gulag in North Korea?
Wall Street Journal

Has North Korea built another gulag? The possibility has been raised by the sharpest of the eagle-eyed students of satellite images and maps who look for changes in the closed-off country, Curtis Melvin, who detailed his findings this weekend on his blog.

First off, Mr. Melvin notes that his observation is completely speculative.

When Google Earth uploaded new images of North Korea on Friday, Mr. Melvin, who we first profiled in 2009, went through his normal practice of updating his file of places and sites.

Schmidts Have Their Say on North Korea
Wall Street Journal

Two weeks ago, Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s trip to North Korea made headlines for its very happening. This weekend, Mr. Schmidt and his daughter Sophie, who was part of the delegation, posted some thoughts and impressions of the trip online.

The post by Mr. Schmidt himself underscored the let-the-Internet-run-free message that he delivered in Pyongyang and that he announced to reporters in Beijing after leaving North Korea. He noted that it wouldn’t be difficult technically for North Korea to let its people access the Internet.

9-story brothel gets raided
Korea Times

Police said Sunday they had uncovered a suspected brothel operating in a nine-story building, and fronted by a hostess bar and hotel, in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.

Officers said they found more than 100 females working there as prostitutes.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said it arrested the 35-year-old bar owner, surnamed Jung, in its raid on Jan. 10 for hiring the women as “hostesses” since June 2010 and asking them to engage in prostitution.

The Walking Dead: Steven Yeun Talks Zombie Poop With Craig Ferguson

In an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Steven Yeun revealed a real spoiler about zombies. Ferguson asked, “Zombies, do they poop or do they not poop?

Yeun replied, “I’s got to go somewhere. It’s got to come out somewhere.” Ferguson agreed, “Right, exactly, or else they would be morbidly obese zombies. Nobody wants to see that.”

The Mentalist’s Tim Kang has finally ‘got it’
Metro News Canada

Actor Tim Kang chuckles when asked about his first professional experience in front of the camera. “It was awful. I played a med tech on a daytime soap and ran into the scene pushing a stretcher. I had one line, something like, ‘I’ve got it,’ and, man, oh, man, was I nervous. I had never been on a film set before and was about as green as you could be in the business. I made it through it, though, and can now look back on it fondly, and, in retrospect, laugh about it.”

Margaret Cho Giving Away New Album for FREE

I just got a copy of her new stand-up album for free. Takes about 6 minutes to download the whole thing.

Comedian Margaret Cho As ‘Mother To The World’ [AUDIO]

Award-winning comedian Margaret Cho is doing a new tour called ‘Mother.’ It’s centered on her own immigrant mom, who has always been a main character in her act. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cho for a special Tell Me More ‘Moms’ segment.

K-Pop’s New Style: G-Dragon Blazes a Cray Path

Last November, just days after Hurricane Sandy crashed into the Tri-State area, Korean pop fivesome BigBang played the fourth and final date of their ALIVE tour’s American swing at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. And just as he had the night before, Seungri, known as one of the group’s strongest dancers, took a moment between songs to profess his love for BigBang’s chief songwriter and creative engine, G-Dragon. “I think he’s a genius,” Seungri told the sold-out arena. “He makes a lot of songs.” And then, turning to his bandmate: “You are a hero in my heart. I love you.”

Despite its scripted feel, the moment served as a strangely moving reminder of the dynamics at work behind BigBang, Korea’s most compelling boy band by a considerable margin. No one else in K-pop garners the same level of haloed, peer-to-peer respect. But Seungri, who would repeat himself in the show’s final minutes — eliciting, in the process, an “Okay, stop, that’s too much” from seemingly embarrassed bandmate Taeyang — was also echoing the thoughts of many observers, from fans to industry execs. BigBang have many terrific singles, but none of them are as exhilarating and diabolically crafted as those found on G-Dragon’s solo releases.

PSY Rivals Threaten Girls’ Generation on K-Pop Hot 100

Girls’ Generation has logged another week at No. 1 with their genre-hopping comeback track “I Got A Boy.” The girls rocketed to No. 1 last week and have held off stiff competition in a particularly competitive January.

The ladies of Girls’ Generation (a.k.a. SNSD) are proving they deserve their No. 1. An official video of their Jan. 11 performance on “KBS Music Bank,” a hit music show, begins with leader Taeyon and U.S.-born member Tiffany singing their “Lost In Love” duet. Later, the nine took the stage to perform “I Got A Boy” where they notably used no backing vocals. Many acts use back-up vocals at the beginning of a promotional period to let themselves get comfortable appearing on these high-profile programs, but SNSD going completely live so early is particularly impressive.

Ousted ‘Top Chef’ contestant on her shocking elimination
Entertainment Weekly

Restaurant Wars is one of Top Chef‘s signature challenges. It’s been known to topple great chef-testants, but this year’s casualty was especially shocking. No one expected Kristen Kish, the young sous chef from Michigan, to pack her knives and go so early. As the leader of the losing restaurant theme Atelier Kwan, she was the most vulnerable, but you’d think her past wins and status as front-runner to win the whole thing would put her through over Josie Smith-Malave, who’s been skating by for weeks. EW checked in with Kish to talk about her surprising elimination and what she’s planning for the future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Were you surprised as everyone else was that Padma told you to pack your knives and go instead of Josie?
I was definitely surprised, but not at the same time. A part of me was expecting it.

‘Top Chef: Seattle’: Kentwood’s Kristen Kish discusses her controversial elimination (Mich.)

Tom Colicchio posted on his blog that he regretted eliminating you, and that Josie deserved to lose. Did you find that vindicating at all?
I read all that stuff. Everyone is stating valid points. I feel real bad for Josie, especially the things people are saying about her. I did reach out to her about it.

Nosaj Thing electrifies Webster Hall
Washington Square News (New York Univ.)

Experimental hip-hop producer Jason Chung, known as Nosaj Thing, played a dynamic set at Webster Hall on Friday, January 18. With ghost-like movements and a concentrated demeanor, he smoothly tied soft tracks like “Aquarium” and “Eclipse/Blue” with the darker sounds of “1685/Bach” and “Fog” from his album “Drift.” The thick, gauzy lines and glitched beats of his songs catered well to both the dancers and swaying listeners crowding the venue.

Artist David Choe Does Drum Solo to Kendrick Lamar’s Verse on “F**kin Problems”

Artist David Choe is known for doing whatever the hell he wants. In 2012, he became a millionaire off of Facebook stock and went on a subsequent spiritual journey, making it a year less about his art and more about him taking a break.

Yesterday, he released a video on his Facebook showing him doing a drum solo to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on A$AP Rocky’s “F-ckin’ Problems” with the caption “bring your problems to maybe we can solve them.” While it may seem like a normal nine-second clip of Choe continuing to show us his extremities and other talents, it’s actually a promotion for his new online radio show with Asa Akira, DVDASA. The weekly podcast is meant to give people practical advice about life…and other things.

Man Indicted for Harassing Kim Yu-na Over Liquor Ads
Chosun Ilbo

A man in his 30s has been indicted for sending threatening e-mails to figure skating champion Kim Yu-na telling her not to appear in liquor ads, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Monday.

Prosecutors said the man, identified as Choi, is accused of sending around 40 e-mail messages to Kim’s management agency from April to June last year protesting against her appearance in a beer commercial.

Sang-Hwa Lee sets world record

Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea set a 500-meter world record Sunday in World Cup speedskating at the Olympic Oval.

Lee’s time of 36.80 seconds lowered the mark of 36.94 set by China’s Yu Jinh at the world sprint championships on the same oval last Jan. 29.

South Korean animation: is the underdog finally having its day?
The Guardian (U.K.)

Long overshadowed by Japanese anime, the Hermit nation’s angsty animation industry is no longer pulling its punches – as new film The King of Pigs graphically demonstrates.

‘K-fashion’ to go on show in New York

Five of South Korea’s top designers will showcase their work in a regular government-led fashion show set to open in New York next month, officials said Tuesday.

The seventh edition of Concept Korea will take place at The Stage, Lincoln Center on Feb. 7 as part of the New York Fashion Week, which will be held next month at various venues throughout the city, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.

Big dreams for South Korea’s deaf teen tennis star
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

South Korea’s Lee Duck-Hee, an Australian Open contender, does not let the fact that he is deaf detract him from his goal to be a tennis champion.

South Korea Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Fusion Power
Scientific American

A fusion power demonstration reactor to be built in the 2030s in collaboration with the DoE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, represents a step toward commercial use

Monday’s Link Attack: Korean Adoptees; Tim Kang; Asian American YouTube Stars
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South Korea extends missile range under new deal with U.S.
Washington Post

South Korea said Sunday that it would nearly triple the range of its ballistic missiles, allowing it to strike all parts of North Korea and a sliver of China, under a new deal with the United States.

The bilateral agreement, coming after nearly two years of negotiations, frees Seoul to develop and use significantly more-muscular missile technology at a time of steady concern about the belligerent North.

Families of South Korean Sailors Held by Pirates Ask Seoul for Help
New York Times

The families of four South Korean sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for more than 17 months appealed to the government on Monday to intervene for their release.

Jury deliberations broke down over one member’s view of self-defense
Denver Post

Joong Rhee’s trial for murder ended in a hung jury because one juror believed the accused could use any degree of force if he was defending himself when he allegedly bludgeoned Hae C. Park to death, according to two other members of the panel.

That lone juror agreed that Rhee’s explanation of the fight that led to his business partner’s death didn’t match the legal definition of self-defense, said juror Hector Jimenez.

Trial scheduled in 2011 slaying in Long Beach
Northwest Indiana Times

A trial date is set in the case of a Chicago man accused of causing the 2011 death of a 17-year-old boy with a single punch to the head in Long Beach.

James Malecek, 20, is scheduled to go on trial beginning April 1 in a case expected to take up to two weeks to present to a LaPorte Circuit Court jury.

Dr. Tom Kim: Missionaries could do more good by serving at home
Knoxville News (Tenn.)

In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells his disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” The order in which early Christians were told to witness could mean that “home” missions are just as important as “foreign missions.”

Should Christians be as concerned about the home front as foreign missions? Clearly, both are important. How should we divide our efforts?

South Korea’s lost children return
Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Long before Samsung and Hyundai emerged as global brands, babies were South Korea’s top “export” – thousands of children were adopted overseas. Some are coming back as adults.

When South Korea was left in ruins following its war with the North in the 1950s, many children were sent to families in the United States or Europe. Western families were convinced they were giving these Korean orphans a better life.

Asian American YouTube stars join in promoting voter registration
Southern California Public Radio

Thirteen Asian American YouTube stars have joined in an effort to promote voter registration for the upcoming November elections.

Musical group Far East Movement, local YouTube sensation Wong Fu Productions and YouTube comedian KevJumba are just a few of those featured in the video. Each has proven themself an internet star; Wong Fu Productions alone has collected over 194 million YouTube views. KevJumba has a total of more than 300 million.

TV’s minority report not making the grade
Minneapolos Star-Tribune

Last time you went to a clinic, chances were good that your primary doctor was of South Asian descent — unless you happened to check into a TV hospital.

Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” a new sitcom about a lovesick ob/gyn, is the first series on broadcast television to feature an Indian-American in the lead role, a milestone that writer/star Mindy Kaling does her best to downplay.

Tim Kang: The secret side of agent Cho
New Zealand Herald

Actor Tim Kang says he is nothing like the character he plays in The Mentalist.

Actor Tim Kang expects more often than not to be wearing some type of uniform when he’s cast in Hollywood.

Kang believes directors seem to have honed in on his serious side – and it could be part of the reason he was cast as agent Kimball Cho in the successful crime drama The Mentalist.

Cheezburger reality show to talk dead LOLcats, other big issues

The golden age of LOLcats is upon us. All those irritating and occasionally awesome captioned pictures of kitties are digging their claws even deeper into the soft, sockless, and vulnerable flesh of our pop culture with a new reality show premiering on Bravo in about a month.

“LOLwork” is a comedic documentary-style show that keeps tabs on the goings-on around the Seattle offices of Ben Huh’s time-wasting (or productivity-boosting, depending on your choice of studies) empire, the Cheezburger Network.

Juilliard violinist gives demonstration to junior high musicians
Salina Journal (Kansas)

By the time Siwoo Kim was in sixth grade, he was such an accomplished violinist that he was invited to join the high school orchestra.

For the next six years, Kim and other members of the Columbus, Ohio, school band would visit elementary schools and play for them.

The result of these outreach visits, Kim said, was stunning.

‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ is a North Korean rarity
Los Angeles Times

When the Belgian filmmaker Anja Daelemans and the British-born documentarian Nicholas Bonner resolved six years ago to collaborate, they decided to add an unusual challenge: make a movie in and about North Korea.

It was, the filmmakers agreed, a wild idea. “A bottle of whiskey was involved,” said Bonner, only half-joking.

After all, no Western-financed movie had ever been produced inside North Korea. And no film shot inside the country had ever been edited outside it, as the pair wanted to do. North Korea’s repressive government — which had occasionally collaborated with China and the former Soviet Union on films, and once co-produced a movie with South Korea — had always refused to work with any entity from a Western European or English-speaking country.

The New Yorker

A Beijing resident for the past five years, the photographer Matthew Niederhauser has photographed everything from the ninetieth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party to Beijing’s music underground, in his project “Sound Kapital.” For John Seabrook’s piece about the South Korean pop-music industry in this week’s issue, he turned his attention to the K-pop phenomenon, and to a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, by the band Girls’ Generation.

FA to probe Millwall racist abuse claim by Bolton striker Sordell
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell has claimed he and several team-mates were racially abused by Millwall fans during his side’s 2-1 defeat at The Den.

The 21-year-old said on Twitter that he had reported the incident and alleged Lee Chungyong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe had also been subjected to racist taunts.

Monday’s Link Attack: Korea Subway Stabbings; 2NE1; Daniel Dae Kim
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Leader Visits North Koreans at Border Post
New York Times

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has visited soldiers stationed near the two Koreas’ disputed sea border and bestowed official accolades on the artillery unit that shelled a South Korean island in 2010, killing four people, the North’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.

Mr. Kim, accompanied by top generals, was said to have met with soldiers stationed on two islets off North Korea’s southern coast. The news of Mr. Kim’s visit, the specific timing of which was not disclosed, came days before the annual United States-South Korea war games are scheduled to begin Monday. North Korea usually does not announce the dates of Mr. Kim’s visits to military units, though the North Korean news media are believed to report them shortly after they take place.

N.Korea threatens to reconsider accords with US: report
AFP via Google News

North Korea has threatened to reconsider several agreements with the United States that call for Pyongyang’s concessions on its nuclear program in exchange for US humanitarian and energy aid, Foreign Policy magazine reported.

Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the discussions, the magazine said the hardening of North Korea’s position was made evident during a meeting last month in Singapore of mid-level North Korean officials and US foreign policy experts.

UT affirmative action case divides Asian-Americans
Houston Chronicle

On its surface, the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas revolves around whether the school’s consideration of race in admissions led to the rejection of a white student.

But as the case nears the Supreme Court’s fall docket, it is also stirring a debate about the impact of affirmative action policies on Asian-American students and casting a spotlight on the stereotype of Asian-Americans as “the model minority.”

Ex-Dictator’s Daughter Nominated for South Korean Presidency
New York Times

A former dictator’s daughter who cited Queen Elizabeth I of Britain as her role model became the first serious female contender for South Korea’s presidency on Monday when she was chosen as the governing party’s candidate for the election in December.

North Korea: Human Traffickers and the Chinese Market for Brides

How human traffickers are cashing in on the Chinese market for North Korean women—and how some victims escape.

8 injured in South Korean subway rampage
AP via San Francisco Chronicle

A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of South Korea’s capital after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said Sunday.

David Oh, NASA Engineer, Switches Family To Mars Time After Curiosity Landing
AP via Huffington Post

For one family, an exotic summer getaway means living on Mars.

Martian time, that is.

Since the landing of NASA’s newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh’s family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet.

Korean Pop’s Singular Mélange: 2NE1, Korean-Pop Group, at Prudential Center in Newark
New York Times

They waited patiently, several thousand of them, outside the Prudential Center here on Friday night. They were mostly young, a combination of futuristic cool and slightly awkward. The more extravagantly attired were beyond mere extravagance: shiny clothes in bold contrasting prints, hair dyed in colors known to no rainbow.

They were K-pop fans, here for the first American performance of 2NE1, the K-pop — that’s Korean pop — stars. And they were being made to wait, unhappily, for unspecified reasons well past the time that doors were supposed to open, then also past the time that 2NE1 (pronounced “twenty-one” or “to anyone”) had been meant to take the stage. There was at least one report of fangirl tears on the street before the arena’s doors finally relented, and the crowd clogging the sidewalks was slowly herded to seats, just dodging the rain that would have compromised those outfits.

Goethe-Institut screens film, honors Paik Nam June
Korea Herald

German art historian Wulf Herzogenrath will deliver a lecture in honor of late artist Paik Nam June in Seoul on Wednesday.

The lecture will be in remembrance of Herzogenrath’s fondest memories with the Korean American artist who passed away in 2006 at the Nam June Paik Center with support from the Goethe-Insitut.

“When the future was now,” will be held in honor of Paik’s 80th birthday.

Being Tagged Sexy No Big Deal
Philippine Star

The eyes of Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim (or simply DDK) disappear into mere slits when reminded that he’s considered one of the Sexiest Men Alive (documented by People magazine in 2005) and ranked No. 81 on Buddy TV’s list of Sexiest Men of 2011.

Asked during an exclusive Conversation in a suite at Singapore Hilton how he felt about it, DDK said that it’s really no big deal being tagged sexy but he admitted that it’s good especially for Asian actors.

David Chang’s Sticky Korean Ribs Recipe
The Globe and Mail (Canada)

A few years ago, eating at Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York was a totally new dining experience. These days, the restaurant’s communal wood tables and blaring rock ‘n’ roll playlist have been widely copied, but its intensely flavoured Korean-inspired dishes are still unique enough to knock you out of your seat. This fall, owner and head chef David Chang brings his Asian-fusion cooking to Canada, opening a Momofuku outpost in Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel.

Wedding: Impossible with Gail Kim x Robert Irvine

Back in May 2012, professional wrestler & WWE Diva Gail Kim got married to Food Network star Robert Irvine. Tonight on a special episode of Restaurant: Impossible, you’ll get to see what transpired during their wedding.

Monday’s Link Attack: Kim Jong-un, Jeremy Lin, Tim Kang
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North Korean Leader Takes a Defiant Stance as He Visits Border
New York Times

In a visit to the heavily armed border with the South, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his troops on higher alert, escalating his militaristic language in spite of American calls to improve ties with the Seoul just a week after his country agreed to a nuclear freeze in return for badly needed food aid.

Mr. Kim has been hailed as the North’s leader since the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December, and has frequently visited frontline military units. But his trip to Panmunjon, a compound straddling the border where the armistice ending the Korean War was signed in 1953, was the first time he had put himself in full view — and within the range — of South Korean border guards.

NK’s Propaganda Machine Goes Into Overdrive
Wall Street Journal

The food-and-weapons-freeze arrangement the U.S. and North Korea announced last week unsurprisingly drew criticism from the more hawkish corners of Washington. But over the weekend, it became clear that the arrangement also upset the hawks in Pyongyang.

It also became clear over the weekend why North Korea didn’t accede to U.S. entreaties to mend relations with South Korea. The North instead staged a massive rally against South Korea and issued more than two dozen statements over the weekend criticizing the South’s government, in what appeared to be the biggest-scale propaganda effort in years.

Nuclear Summit Nears, Seoul’s Biggest Red-Carpet Event
Wall Street Journal

Three weeks from today, South Korea will host more foreign leaders than it ever has before – 43 – for a two-day conference called the Nuclear Security Summit, a meeting on nuclear terrorism that started in the U.S. two years ago.

A North Korean Corleone
New York Times

WHAT kind of deal do you make with a 20-something who just inherited not only a country, but also the mantle of one of the world’s most sophisticated crime families? When Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be 28 or 29, became North Korea’s leader in December after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, he became the de facto head of a mafia state.

Adoptees deported by US
Korea Times

Many adoptees discovered, usually when applying for federal student loans or a passport, that they had never been naturalized by their foster parents. I know three Korean adoptees ― Monte, Tim, and Matthew ― who could not benefit from the act.

Monte was born in 1970 in Korea and was sent to the U.S. in 1978. Although he served in the U.S. military, he was deported to Korea in 2009. Monte claims that when he was arrested, he did not know that he had been set up by his truck driving partner to transport drugs. Like most other Korean adoptees sent to the U.S., Monte is culturally American and does not speak Korean.

Tim was born in Korea in 1974, and in 1977 he went to the U.S. as an adoptee. His adoptive parents cut their ties with him after he graduated from high school, so he left his home and wandered throughout the U.S. He became homeless and addicted to drugs for over 15 years. Ultimately he was arrested, imprisoned, and deported to Korea, where he became homeless again in April 2011. He has no trace of his birth family on his adoption records.

Matthew was born in Korea in 1978 and he went to the U.S. at the age of six months, but his parents did not naturalize him. He was not deported, but willingly returned to Korea in February 2011 to be close to his family and experience Korea as a young man.

Jungsik, inTriBeCa, Reinterprets Korean Cuisine
New York Times

A lot of what we call creativity in cooking is simply rearranging old patterns by swapping one ingredient for another, less-expected one. A talent for forming entirely new patterns is more rare.

It is that much more exciting when you encounter it, as you do in some of Jung Sik Yim’s menu at the refined and expensive restaurant he opened in TriBeCa at the end of last summer.

New Yorkers who crave Korean cuisine for its militant strafings of chile paste and raw garlic may find that Jungsik takes some getting used to. Its goal is refinement, for better and, at times, for worse.

Using Social Media to Bring Korean Pop Music to the West
New York Times

But now YouTube, Facebook and Twitter make it easier for K-pop bands to reach a wider audience in the West, and those fans are turning to the same social networking tools to proclaim their devotion.

When bands like 2NE1, Super Junior and SHINee hold concerts in Europe and the United States, tickets sell out within minutes, and fans have used Facebook and Twitter to organize flash mobs demanding more shows, as they did in Paris in May.

K-pop now has its own channel on YouTube, and the videos by bands like Girls’ Generation have topped 60 million views. Girls’ Generation signed with Interscope Records to release the group’s latest album in the United States last autumn and made its American television debut on David Letterman’s “Late Show” in January.

I’m on a Boat: Why So Many Places in Koreatown Have Nautical and Pirate Designs
LA Weekly

At the center of the city, there is a 100-foot-long ocean liner dry-docked in a parking lot. It would seem out of place in many if not most L.A. neighborhoods. Except here. Landlocked Koreatown is bobbing with nautical-themed restaurants, and you can’t walk the length of a plank without stumbling into a pirate reference. Which, on a recent Sunday night, arrrrrr-med with a sailor’s tolerance and 10 mateys, was exactly what I aimed to do.

Rookie John Huh Makes a Splash on the PGA Tour
New York Times

In his first two months on the PGA Tour, John Huh has picked up a victory and a nickname, the Question Mark.

“That’s what we’re calling him now,” said Lee Westwood, the third-ranked player in the world. “He sounds a bit like Prince.”

Huh — rhymes with duh — was born in New York to parents of South Korean descent, but he could have been dreamed up by a vaudeville team:

“Did you see the score posted today by Huh?”



Huh, 21, appeared to come out of nowhere to make a big splash. He won his fifth PGA Tour start after barely creating a ripple on the high school, junior or college circuits. But Huh is not really an overnight success, his ascent owing as much to hard work and perseverance as to luck and timing.

Before ‘Linsanity,’ 2 Asian-American brothers were a fixture on the court
Chicago Tribune

When Drew Lee and his younger brother Joe were in elementary school in the mid-1990s, they would sneak to the park during the summer to spend long hours playing basketball. Their parents were deeply involved with their Christian ministry and initially had no idea.

At the park, the brothers stood out for several reasons: They were little, just 7 and 9 years old, scrappy and tireless. They, and a friend, also were the only Asian-Americans on the courts.

Jeremy Lin inspires hoop dreams

Asian American leagues have been around for almost a century, and were intially a response to segregation, says Catherine Ceniza Choy, an associate professor in ethnic studies at UC Berkeley. Today, thousands of people still play on Asian American teams from the East Coast to California. In some cases, it’s their only chance to play basketball. The club that is now known as the Hurricanes got its start back in the 1970s when Boston’s Chinatown merchants decided to sponsor a group of kids to form a traveling team.

Korean “Frogs Friends” seek help from Man Utd’s Park

A South Korean environmental group is appealing to Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung, who said he used to drink juice made from boiled frogs to build his physique, to help it protect the amphibians from a surge in consumption.

Lobby group “Frogs Friends” said that consumption of frog juice had surged since Park’s 2006 autobiography in which he said he had drunk it as a tonic, and said they would lobby the international and Premier League star to join their campaign.

‘American Idol’ hopeful Heejun Han makes it through to the Top 10

The hopeful impressed with his brilliant version of Robbie Williams‘ “Angel“. Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman, Jimmy Iovine negatively critiqued Heejun and said that he belongs on a comedy show rather than an idol singing competition. Heejun was undisturbed and showed his quick wit when asked about Jimmy Iovine by quipping, “Who’s that?”

New Film Project Launched By CBS “The Mentalist” Actor Tim Kang Praised By the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
PR Newswire via Sacramento Bee

A new film project launched in January by actor Tim Kang is being praised by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the awareness it will bring to the issues of abducted and sexually abused children. Kang is best known for his role in the CBS hit drama “The Mentalist” as the fan favorite character California law enforcement investigator “Kimball Cho.”

Kang announced in January that his new film production company, One Shoot Films, had launched a short film competition. Story ideas for the competition will address the real life crimes of child abduction and sexually abused children. The competition is open to new and emerging writers and directors. The winning screenplay will be produced by One Shoot Films and submitted to U.S. and International film festivals.

White House honors Hee Joo Yoon
Asian American Press

The White House honor Hee Joo Yoon Thursday in Los Angeles.

Ms. Yoon is one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized as Champions of Change for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities. She has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.

Ready for the Catwalk…the amazing ‘haute CAT-ture’ for the fashion-conscious feline
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Forget a collar and bell, this stylish feline is turning heads with it’s range of glamorous accessories good enough for any catwalk.

The amazing ‘haute CAT-ture’ is the work of New Yorker Julie Song, who painstakingly designs and crafts the garments herself.

Working under the alias ‘CatAtlelier’, Korean-American Julie, 33, has created a wacky range of hats and collars for the fashion-conscious feline.


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