Thursday’s Link Attack: Big Bang, Dr. Peter Rhee, Politics
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: June 7th, 2012
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Asian American Candidates Do Well in Primary
Rafu Shimpo

Several Asian American candidates will move on to the November general election after placing first or second in Tuesday’s primary.

This election was conducted under a new system in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go to a runoff. In some cases, Democrats are pitted against Democrats or Republicans against Republicans.

Irvine Mayor to Square Off with Incumbent (Mission Viejo, Calif.)

After coming in second Tuesday, Sukhee Kang has his sights set on the November election.

The Irvine mayor is running as a Democrat for a U.S. congressional seat in the heavily-Republican District 45 against incumbent John Campbell.

Kang took 33.3 percent of the vote, while Campbell took 51 percent, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Kang said to save money he relied on volunteer support for the primary, “especially Laguna Woods volunteer seniors who called so many voters on (his) behalf.”

Dr. Peter Rhee awarded $2M endowment
Arizona Daily Wildcat (Univ. of Arizona)

Dr. Peter Rhee has been named to the Martin Gluck Endowed Chair after a group of charities promised to donate $1.7 million in support of the chair.

The gift, made by a group of Tucson organizations operating as Tucson Foundations, brought the total funding of this endowment to $2 million, with $300,000 from a separate fundraising event.

The endowment will operate like a savings account, with a large amount of money left in place to generate interest. The interest will then go toward funding Rhee’s position.

Broken Permitting System Forces Food Trucks Into Black Market

Running a food truck may be the hippest job around. But there is a shadowy side to food trucks’ fun and quirky image.

In order to get started, many of these gourmet trucks flout the law, and pay high prices to obtain black-market vendor permits. They say they have no choice.

Ex-Goldman Executive Yoon Opens $500 Million Private-Equity Fund
Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle

Gene Yoon, who left Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in March after five years at the firm, won backing for a $500 million fund that plans to make private-equity investments similar to those he oversaw at his former company.

Phoenix attorney Leezie Kim has business at the White House
Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix attorney Leezie Kim was at the White House Wednesday for a series of events and talks between the Obama administration and Korean-American leaders.

Kim is an attorney with the Quarles & Brady LLP law firm in Phoenix, and she helped organize the events.

Kim was previously with the Obama administration working as deputy general counsel for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

City Councilman Koo persists in quest for comfort women memorial
Times-Ledger (Queens, N.Y.)

A group of Korean-American civic organizations and city lawmakers gathered Monday night to remember the Asian women who they contend were forced into sex slavery during World War II, a topic that has also heated up tensions between the group and Japan.

“We are asking everyone here to support constructing more monuments for comfort women,” said Chang Han, president of The Korean American Association of Greater New York.

Fairbanks driver sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in 11-year-old’s death
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)

A Fairbanks woman who struck and killed 11-year-old Jamison Thrun with her SUV while he walked to school last fall was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Yiki Kim, 69, was driving on Birch Lane toward University Park Elementary School Aug. 30 when she failed to make a right turn onto Loftus Road. Her 2005 Toyota Highlander jumped the curb and struck Jamison where he stood about 30 feet from the road.

Kim’s vehicle crashed through two yards, a hedge and two fences and hit a truck, a boat trailer and a mailbox before coming to a stop. Kim was arrested at the scene after failing field sobriety tests and was held on $500,000 bail.

Interview with Ryan Yoon, Editor-in-Chief of The GROUND
Huffington Post

Recently I was able to sit down with The GROUND founder and editor-in-chief Ryan Yoon, who told me all about his unique and multi-faceted educational and professional background, and how his experiences led him to spearheading a fresh and new experiment in the print, web and creative industries. Yoon is soft-spoken and always with a smile, and any discussion about his magazine inevitably turns to expressing a genuine desire to help gain exposure for innovative and new artists.
–Joe Sutton

Joe Sutton: What is your education background?

Ryan Yoon: I studied computer science in Korea. From 1999 to 2001 I was working on web design; I started my own web design company, but it was kind of becoming boring to me.

N. Korea divides citizens into 51 groups for discrimination: report
Yonhap News

The North Korean regime places every citizen in the communist nation into one of 51 categories, which serve as a tool for social and political discrimination from birth, a nonprofit organization here said Wednesday in a report.

All North Koreans are classified as “loyal,” “wavering,” or “hostile” at birth, based on their perceived loyalty to the regime, according to the 131-page report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

Big Bang confirms Los Angeles and New York City as stops for ‘Alive Tour 2012′

After revealing the list of tour locations in Asia, Big Bang has now confirmed the first stops in North America for their worldwide tour, ‘Alive Tour 2012‘.

Fans in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York can start saving their money as the two locations have now been added to the list of 25 cities and 16 countries around the globe that Big Bang will be traveling to.

MBC Producer: What’s the Fuss About?
Wall Street Journal

MBC’s “Sesangbogi Sisigakgak” (Seeing the World, Minute by Minute) newsmagazine show is standing behind the controversial story it aired on May 28 about what it dubbed the “shocking reality” South Korean women face by dating men from other countries.

The show’s chief producer said Thursday he couldn’t understand why foreign residents in South Korea were upset by the five-minute report.

The report created anger and resentment in the expat community around the country. It became fodder for some of South Korea’s most-read expat bloggers.

Korean American Film Festival 2012: ‘Dirty Hands’ + ‘Ultimate Christian Wrestling’
Pop Matters

“I make my art for people that don’t give a [frick] about art,” says David Choe, “That don’t go to a museum, don’t appreciate it.” He’s smashing a canvas. He goes on, in Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe, to cause a bit more mayhem, running and pounding and spray-painting. He also goes on to tell you what he’s doing. Or maybe what he thinks he’s doing.

Screening this week at the Sixth Annual Korean American Film Festival (KAFFNY) at Anthology Film Archives, the documentary offers an aptly fragmented view of the artist at work and in thought.

How to be a Seoul local: 10 tips on faking it

Essential shortcuts to make it appear like you’ve lived here forever

The Great Integration: A New Kind of Hip-Hopera
East Bay Express (Calif.)

How one long-haired Asian guy speaks to the future of hip hop and classical music.

Like/Dislike: Mina Cheon, artist
Baltimore Sun

Growing up in Seoul, Mina Cheon thought everyone around her was an artist. “Having very culturally inspired parents, they took me to museums every weekend and threw parties for artists and exhibited art around the house.”

But there was a different inspiration for Cheon’s exhibition “Polipop & Paintings,” on view at Maryland Art Place through June 30 (you can see her work under black lights from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow). When she visited North Korea in 2004, she started creating work that “was a merger between geo-politics, global media and culture, and pop art.” Cheon, 38, who lives in “lovely, historic, pollen central Bolton Hill,” chats with b about eschewing cable TV, the work she’s most proud of and more.

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Supports Black Hogg Liquor License (Los Angeles)

Black Hogg restaurant opened quietly on just east of Parkman on Sunset Boulevard earlier this year.

Featuring “old world standards with new world touches” by Korean-American chef Eric Park, it was a hit from the start–and brought new life to an underperforming stretch of street.

Korean archer Im: more than meets the eye

South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun is so accurate with the bow he could probably hit a bulls-eye from 70 metres away with his eyes closed. Given the fact he is legally blind, shooting with his eyes wide open would hardly make a difference.

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