Twin typhoons raise fears of humanitarian crisis in North Korea
The Guardian (U.K.)
Twin typhoons are renewing fears of a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, where poor drainage, widespread deforestation and crumbling infrastructure can turn even a routine rainstorm into a catastrophic flood.
Typhoon Bolaven struck North Korea on Tuesday and Wednesday, submerging houses and roads, ruining thousands of acres of crops and triggering landslides that buried train tracks. A second major storm, Typhoon Tembin, hit the Korean peninsula with more rains on Thursday.
The storms come as North Korea is still recovering from earlier floods that killed more than 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes. That in turn followed a springtime drought that was the worst in a century in some areas.
S. Korea rejects Japan proposal on islands row
AFP via Google News
South Korea on Thursday formally rejected Japan’s proposal that the two countries ask an international court to settle a bitter row over disputed islands, labelling Tokyo’s stance “wrong”.
South Korea last week received a “note verbale” — an unsigned diplomatic missive — from Japan suggesting that both sides jointly refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for settlement.
South Korea’s reply was delivered Thursday through a Japanese diplomat in Seoul, a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Japan Warned Over ‘Comfort Women’ Denials
Pundits including some Japanese politicians warn that former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s denial of Tokyo’s responsibility for the sexual enslavement of Asian women during World War II is a grave affront to the international community.
Mayor Kang speaks about his legacy and final agenda
Orange County Register (Calif.)
Having presided over four of the toughest fiscal years the city has seen, Sukhee Kang takes pride that the city’s budget is balanced and the rainy day fund is flush with cash.
Asian American groups file brief opposing Pa. voter-ID law
In the latest twist on Pennsylvania’s voter-ID litigation, a brief filed Wednesday says Asian Americans are especially vulnerable to being barred at the polls because of naming customs and unique language barriers.
Cheering The Home Company After A Loss
Wall Street Journal
Just a couple of weeks after the Olympics and a new flare-up of the islets dispute with Japan, South Koreans have found another way to express some nationalism – by getting angry about the U.S. court jury that found Samsung Electronics Co. guilty of patent infringement against Apple Inc.
Campaign starts to kick Korean prostitutes out of Australia
Korean communities in Australia are campaigning to call for a crackdown on Korean prostitutes who have entered the country on working holiday visas. More than 2,000 Koreans living in Australia have expressed their willingness to join a street campaign in Sydney, an alliance of the communities said Thursday.
“It’s known that about 1,000 Korean prostitutes are working in Australia. That’s about 17 percent of all prostitutes in the country,” the group said in a statement. “The surge in the number of Korean prostitutes is largely attributed to legal loopholes in the working holiday visa system and a lack of administrative monitoring.”
Unlike Korea, prostitution is legal in Australia. A growing number of Korean prostitutes have flown to Australia as it became more difficult for them to make money here Korea due to a government crackdown on the sex industry, officials said.
The Asian Face of YouTube
It was a watershed moment, not just for Korean culture, but for everyone of Asian heritage who wanted to see a familiar (or at least similar) face in the limelight.
All of this possible… because of YouTube.
NU former walk-ons become offensive starters
Three former walk-ons are set to start on the offensive line for Nebraska against Southern Miss on Saturday.
Center Justin Jackson and guards Seung Hoon Choi and Spencer Long sit are projected starters at their respective positions, giving the pipeline a distinctive walk-on flavor. All three players earned scholarships two weeks ago at a Saturday practice.
Ki Sung-yueng Makes Debut for Swansea
Ki Sung-yueng made a surprise debut for Swansea City on Wednesday (Korean time) at the English Premier League club’s Liberty Stadium in a game against Barnsley in the second round of the League Cup.
Creighton’s Kim off to a ‘dynamic’ beginning
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)
Creighton soccer coaches use the same word to describe the most important aspect of Sean Kim’s game.
“He’s dynamic,” said Bluejay assistant Johnny Torres, who first saw Kim play a couple of years ago while recruiting on the West Coast.
Coach Elmar Bolowich concurs with that analysis. Bolowich knew very little about Kim until the junior college transfer reported to training earlier this month.
A Fish Called Wando: Wando Fish BBQ Restaurant, Koreatown’s Free Fruit Restaurant
After a rather brilliant lunch at Wando Fish BBQ Restaurant, shoehorned into a tiny strip mall at Western and Fourth, you might encounter something that would throw even a K-town vet for a loop: free boxes of fruit. Sitting on the floor next to our table were two entire flats of organic hothouse tomatoes (vine-on), and beside those were three cartons of ripe strawberries, also organic. These were all given as a thank you, handed to us by the server with an affectionate smile — and it wasn’t just our table. Boxes of fruit and vegetables were piled around each table like Christmas presents. As a way to end your meal, it sure beats the hell out of those little peppermint candies.
Pizzeria Lola chef Ann Kim opening second pizza shop
Minneapolis Business Journal
The chef and owner of Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis is planning to open another pizza shop in Edina.
Napa Valley vineyard creates ‘Dokdo Wine’
Shinsegae Department Store will launch a special wine product, dubbed “Dokdo Wine,” this Friday.
Korean-American dentist Ahn Jae-hyun, who is also founder of the “Dokdo Winery,” has been producing the wine in Napa Valley, United States. The wine is labeled “799-805,” named after Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islets’ postal code.
As his individual effort to spread the historial fact that Dokdo belongs to Korea and not Japan, Ahn is donating some of the profits from sales of wine to organizations campaigning Korea’s sovereignty over the islets.