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Epik High Visits Twitter HQ in Pilot Episode of ‘Hip-Hop Like Flowers’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Idolic TV recently released the pilot episode of Epik High’s new web series Hip-Hop Like Flowers, which documents the trio’s adventures during their 2015 North American Tour.

The episode begins with members Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz preparing to board their flight to the first stop on their tour: San Francisco. Before performing at the city’s Warfield Theater, Epik High visited Twitter’s headquarters, where they were greeted by Gabriel Stricker, now former Chief Communications Officer at Twitter. According to Idolic TV, the Epik High members are the first Korean celebrities to receive a tour of the social media app’s headquarters.

Tablo seemed to be impressed with the vast office, as he ran down one particularly long hallway until he was out of breath. The trio also grabbed lunch at Twitter’s cafeteria—though, DJ Tukutz was a bit confused at how the line worked.

The second episode of the Hip-Hop Like Flowers is set to air next Wednesday and should give a behind-the-scenes look at Epik High’s time in Los Angeles. You can watch the first episode of the web series below:

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Korean Baseball Team Shoots a Fireball for First Pitch

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

There are first pitches in baseball, and there are Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) first pitches.

We’ve seen South Korean gymnasts and Taekwondo athletes do their thing. So how about a fireball from the top of the centerfield scoreboard this time around, courtesy of the KT Wiz?

Hat tip to Dan @MyKBO for always showing us the best and weirdest of Korean baseball.

Apparently, there is also a superstition among Korean baseball fans that when a male celebrity throws a first pitch during an important game, the home team loses. That explains the number of female celebrities tossing out the first pitch—it’s more than just about the outfit. #baseballreasons


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PSY Brushes Off Mean Tweet on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Jimmy Kimmel Live recently posted another music edition of its “Mean Tweets” segment, in which several celebrities read crude tweets sent by their haters. This time, K-pop sensation PSY was added to the lineup.

PSY’s mean tweet read, “Gangnam Style is so f—ing annoying like jfc I want to shove a stick up Psy’s a— so he can’t dance anymore.”

The K-pop star laughed off the hateful comment and wittily replied, “You can do it, but I still can dance.”

Other featured musicians, such as Josh Groban, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), responded to their haters in their own unique fashion.

You can watch the video below:

It’s not surprising that PSY would brush off the mean tweet so easily as the star has developed a thick skin over his long career. After all, mean tweets are nothing compared to the brutal comments made by South Korean anti-fans.



Samsung, LG & Others Jab Apple While It’s Down During #Bendgate


The battle for smartphone supremacy hasn’t always been pretty, although some of the smartphones themselves are quite dazzling these days. Whether it’s in court between lawyers, online between fanboys or in back-and-forth snooty advertisements, Apple and Samsung haven’t exactly pulled any punches in past spats.

But with the hashtag #Bendgate going viral in regards to iPhone 6 Plus’s apparent structural weakness, it wasn’t just Apple’s main rival, Samsung, jumping into the fray. Though, one has to admit the Korean electronics giant is enjoying this way too much.

Fellow Korean company LG landed a punch with a tweet showing off the curved LG G Flex.

HTC threw in an elbow, too, showing off their HTC One M8’s aluminum casing. This writer doesn’t understand the picture on the right. Something something, aluminum alloy.

Even KitKat got in on the action. When a candy bar that melts on instant contact, let alone in a pocket, is kicking you, that’s harsh.

Here are a few more miscellaneous #bendgate tweets:

Apple definitely isn’t ignoring the issue, as they’ve promised to replace bent iPhones, as long as they fall under replacement guidelines. But in any case (which the iPhone should come with, har har), Apple’s not losing out on too much. The iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus sold 10 million units in three days–even without launching in China.

We would like to present our tips to properly maintaining your smartphone or phablet from any maker, brought to you by common sense:

1. Stick with your first instinct: If there’s any hint of doubt that your phone won’t fit in your pocket, don’t put it in your pocket. And for the love of Steve Jobs, don’t put it in your back pocket.

2. Get a case: Better grip and protection are no-brainers. If you’re whiny about the phone’s natural beauty, you can always remove the case when you want to get intimate with the device.

3. (For men in particular) Get a handbag/purse/tote: Women, most of you have it covered. Guys, if you didn’t know, men’s bags are in. Bags are things you can put stuff in. You can be stylish and functional, as opposed to wearing cargo pants all the time, which is only the latter.

4. Don’t buy your phone at launch: Seriously, why not read up on what you’re buying before you do so? There are so many options on the market, and maybe the latest thing from your favorite manufacturer isn’t the best for you. Brand loyalty only goes as far as your wallet, from the brand’s point of view. Do some research, but with a caveat.

5. Life goes on, and the tech industry goes on even faster: Get over it. Your device will be obsolete in a matter of months. Enjoy the banter and the privilege of having $500-$900 devices you get to choose from. The world is bigger and more beautiful than your 4 to 5 inch AMOLED/4k/Retina Display screen.

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Michelle Wie Shines In ‘Golf Digest’ Photo Shoot


Pro golfer Michelle Wie has had a fantastic 2014. In April, she won her first LPGA tour event since 2010 in her home state of Hawaii. A few months later, Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open, her first major championship (and ohhhh, did she celebrate). In the golf world, she shines, so her recent photo shoot with Golf Digest is perfectly fitting.

The 24-year-old LPGA player tweeted a few behind-the-scene shots on Sunday, showing off a gleaming mini-dress that matches the sheen of her U.S. Open trophy.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new issue. We can’t wait to see what Wie has up her sleeve for the rest of the year.


‘Harold and Kumar’ To Become An Animated Series!


Those of you who’ve enjoyed the antics of stoner-duo Harold and Kumar over the years can sit back, light one up, and look forward the Harold and Kumar animated series, set to air on Adult Swim.

Last week, actor Kal Penn (aka Kumar) tweeted about the casts’ first table read for the series, ‘Had a wildly inappropriate morning,’ with John Cho (Harold), Dave Krumholtz, Paula Garces, and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

The franchise chronicles the misadventures of cannabis loving best friends Harold and Kumar as they journey to White Castle in the first film and escape from Guantanamo Bay in the second. In the final installment, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D, they deal with growing pains of becoming adults and putting their wild past behind them.

Additional confirmation comes from writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg who helmed the screenplay for all three films. Hurwitz tweeted, “‘Harold & Kumar’ table read was insane, surreal, & hilarious. Cannot wait for fans to see this!”

Not only was the franchise a beloved cult comedy classic, it has also been favorably reviewed by critics. Robert Koehler of Variety says, “…gleefully upends expectations and delivers an energetic comedy”. A.O Scott of the New York Times writes it’s “delightfully stupid” and that it’s also “one of the few recent comedies that persuasively, and intelligently, engage the social realities of contemporary multicultural America.” The exact airdate of the animated series is vague. However, actress Paula Garces (Maria) assured fans on Twitter, “Coming sooner than u think!”

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Tuesday's Link Attack: Sung Kim, SNSD, SK Soccer Team Loses

Foreign minister meets new U.S. ambassador
Yonhap News

The new top U.S. envoy to South Korea, Sung Kim, paid his first visit to Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan Tuesday after taking office as Washington’s first Korean-American ambassador to Seoul.

Sung Kim, a career diplomat with expertise on the North Korean nuclear issue, arrived in Seoul last week as Washington’s top envoy to Seoul, becoming the first Korean-American to take the job since the two nations established diplomatic relations 129 years ago.

“I’m sure that your presence in Seoul will be a kind of symbol of the close relationship between our two countries,” the foreign minister told the ambassador.

Interview: Girls Generation Talk Fame, K-Pop, and World Domination

KoreAm contributor Jaeki Cho penned this lengthy Q&A with K-pop megagroup SNSD, a.k.a. Girls Generation.

Complex: I’ve noticed from footages that almost all the performances are done with heels on. How are your feet?

Sooyoung: We’re dying in pain! After a concert, our feet are literally burning.

Seohyun: A lot of calluses.

Yuri: Our feet are in bad shape.

Taeyeon: We take care of them, but they get messed up so easily.

Yuri: We’ve been wearing heels for so long, we’ve gotten so used to them that we feel more comfortable wearing them when we’re going up on stage. It straightens our postures; it makes us feel more confident. It’s not comfortable, but we’re so adjusted now that it feels weird without them.

K-pop: Soft Power for the Global Cool
Huffington Post

In recent years, even I have noticed the increasing amount of strangers I meet (both Asian and non-Asian) who become keenly interested in me once they confirm my Korean background: What is Seoul like? Do I watch Korean movies? What are my favorite Korean foods? Who are my favorite music groups, and have I met any of them? (Quite a big change from my early childhood in the suburban Midwest where many people would take the liberty of assuming I was Chinese!)

As an avid cultural traveler, I truly appreciate these conversations with so many individuals who are utterly fascinated with Korean culture. While I do not believe that this is the sole result of K-pop music’s popularity, the initial platform of these early dialogues are usually based upon either Korean pop music or Korean films (quickly followed up by Korean food, education, and plastic surgery).

Undoubtedly there are skeptics of K-pop’s global influence and utility as a soft power tool — but I find such hesitation towards this cultural explosion to often: a) stem from a limited racial approach to the subject, and b) originate from taste levels so mainstream that there is little chance for awareness of trends and cultural currents not yet adopted by big corporations and media.

N.Korea Joins Twitter Era
Chosun Ilbo

The North Korean propaganda website “Uriminzokkiri” on Monday joined the global craze for social networking sites by adding Twitter and Facebook tags.

That makes it even easier for North Korean propaganda to reach South Korea unfiltered, since content can now be shared with the click of a mouse. The “share” function is limited to posts denouncing South Korea.

North Korean websites like Uriminzokkiri are blocked in South Korea but can easily be accessed overseas, and can then be shared by overseas Koreans to reach South Korean users.

Will the North Koreans rise up?

What we can say for sure is that the North Korean press has simply not reported on any of the popular uprisings of 2011, obviously for fear of sparking protests within North Korea. In fact, Pyongyang issued a statement in March simply saying Libya’s dismantling of its nuclear weapons program made it more vulnerable to western intervention. In other words, ‘We, the North Koreans, will keep our nukes as our insurance policy against regime change.’ So don’t expect Pyongyang to disarm anytime soon. The regime interprets the fall of Gadhafi as a cautionary tale. Don’t disarm; don’t try to talk to the west; don’t open up.

Meanwhile, the suffering of the North Korean people continues. Just last week, UNICEF reported that millions of children there are at risk of being severely malnourished. These children will be more vulnerable to disease and stunted growth. And there’s little hope that the government has the ability to help even if it wanted to.


[Korean] Bloggers Penalized For False Review
Wall Street Journal

Bloggers trying to profit from their daily activities are nothing new. But the government decided over the weekend that some South Korean bloggers have crossed a line.

On Sunday, the Fair Trade Commission sanctioned 47 bloggers and Internet café owners for “deceitful behavior” that helped them to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The antitrust watchdog levied a total of 20 million won ( $18,000) in fines on four influential bloggers – known in Korea as “power bloggers” — for not telling readers that they received a commission in return for writing favorable reviews of products and organizing group purchases. The fees ranged from 2% to 10% of the total sales.

Lebanon shocks South Korea in World Cup qualifying
AP via Globe and Mail

Lebanon pulled off an astonishing 2-1 win over South Korea in the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Beirut on Tuesday to stay firmly on course for a place in the fourth round.

Ali Al-Saadi gave Lebanon a shock 1-0 lead in the fifth minute but then cancelled out his earlier effort by conceding a penalty, converted by South Korea’s Koo Ja Cheol in the 20th. Abbas Atwi restored Lebanon’s lead from the penalty spot at the half-hour mark and his side held on to seal a priceless victory.

Group B leader South Korea has 10 points, the same as Lebanon, which trails on goal difference after five games. Third-place Kuwait has eight points, while United Arab Emirates has zero.

North Korea upsets Japan as tensions boiled in World Cup qualifier
AP via Herald Sun

Playing before a capacity crowd at Kim Il Sung Stadium, Pak gave North Korea a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute with an angled header beyond the reach of Japan goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa.

The match had no bearing on the outcome of the group – Japan has already qualified for the next stage while North Korea can not make it – but there is always tension in this fixture between two nations that do not have diplomatic ties.

This was the first time the Japanese men’s team had played on North Korean soil since 1989.

That tension bubbled over at times, with several shoving skirmishes breaking out. North Korea had Jong Il Gwan sent off in the 77th minute for an aggressive tackle on Atsuto Uchida.

Koreans to Benefit from Automated Immigration Checks in U.S.
Chosun Ilbo

Most Korean travelers can soon enter the U.S. without face-to-face interviews with immigration officers at the airport. Seoul and Washington in a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Hawaii on Sunday agreed in principle to put them through electronic immigration gates instead.

Once the new program is in place, Korean visitors to the U.S. can avoid long immigration queues by putting their e-passports to the screen of an automated counter.

To benefit, travelers have to register with a smart entry system Korea implements to get approval from both governments as “trusted travelers.” “Trusted travelers” are those whose biometric information, including fingerprints and photos, is registered with the government, and who are deemed to present no risk.


U.S. soldier allegedly set fire to bar

A U.S. soldier in Korea will be questioned by South Korean police on charges of setting fire to a bar in Seoul, investigators said Tuesday, amid growing public outrage after series of rape cases by American soldiers.

The private first class, whose name was withheld, from the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) was suspected of setting fire to a pub in Itaewon, an area popular with foreigners in Seoul, at 2:30 a.m. by pouring oil on a stove, according to Yongsan Police Station which controls the area.

The Country That Loves PC Gaming So Damn Much

Unlike Japan, South Korea has been predominately a PC gaming country. One of the major reasons for the lack of game console penetration was due to protectionism that made it difficult, if not impossible for Japanese companies to sell their wares in Korea—and vice versa.

The cultures are changing. Japan is opening itself up to Korean products, slowly. Ditto for South Korea. Nintendo now releases localized versions of games and hardware. However, the relationship that Korean gamers traditionally have with gaming is through the PC. And the game of choice is traditionally StarCraft.

The crazy wonderland of Seoul’s party motels

They used to be called “love motels,” for obvious (and optimistic) reasons.

Heavily stigmatized, Seoul’s love motels were long regarded as nothing more than glorified DVD rooms, with decor straight out of adult movies. Horrified parents would hold public protests if any were built in their neighborhood.

In recent years, however, a new generation of Seoul’s boutique motels have started styling themselves as “theme motels” and “party motels,” and have made much headway in making motels become socially acceptable, and even sought after — day or night.

Golfer Christina Kim Shoots Back At Rude Fan

Pro golfer Christina Kim shot back at a rude golf fan on Twitter on Thursday, sparking an immediate reaction from her fans quick to defend her honor.

A Long Island, N.Y. man sent Kim a message via the social media service saying, “You are one big fat kiss of triple bogey death.”

Kim, a San Jose, Calif.-native known for her brash personality and colorful wardrobe, chastised the man for his rude remark.

“Gotta love how people are so fearless on twitter. I may be fat, having a sh-t year on tour, and going through unimaginable things, but at least I’m not a coward,” Kim tweeted. “Everything I tweet, I would Continue reading