Thursday’s Link Attack: Heejun Han, Sung Kang, Hines Ward
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: March 29th, 2012
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U.S.’s World Bank Pick Defends His Credentials
Wall Street Journal

Jim Yong Kim, in his first public comments since the U.S. nominated him to lead the World Bank, defended himself against criticism over his credentials and commitment to economic growth.

Dr. Kim, the front-runner to lead the Washington-based development institution, said in an op-ed article that “economic growth is vital to generate resources for investment in health, education and public goods.”

In a Shift, the World Bank Presidency Draws Competition
New York Times

For the first time, the World Bank is considering more than one candidate for its five-year presidency — a change that reflects the fast-growing clout of emerging economies, even as it raises questions over whether that change is coming quickly enough.

Experts say that victory is all but assured for the American nominee, Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and an expert in global health. But emerging and developing economies are rallying behind Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the 57-year-old Nigerian finance minister, and José Antonio Ocampo, the former Colombian finance minister and high-ranking United Nations official, who is 59.

Korean Americans organize as Weinberg restates Kwon rejection was on the facts alone

Korean Americans want to try to figure out how to regroup in the aftermath of Philip Kwon’s failed bid for the state Supreme Court, but they shouldn’t make state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) the payback target, Weinberg told

“We’re trying to figure out what went wrong,” said Andrew Kim, former Fort Lee Korean American Association president and the 2010 NJ Korean American Census Task Force chairman.

The cultural mashup dictionary: Sa-i-Gu
89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)

A month from tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began on April 29 that year after a jury acquitted four L.A. police officers accused of beating Rodney King, a black motorist pulled over after a pursuit. Over the next few days, parts of the city burned in arson fires as Angelenos rioted and businesses were looted. Fifty-three people died in the violence, thousands were injured, and property damage mounted close to $1 billion.

How a Battle Over a Korean-Owned Kwik Stop Divided, Then United, South Dallas
Dallas Observer

This long feature story provides details surrounding the protests of a Korean-owned gas station in Dallas and how a Nation of Islam minister duped black community members into participating.


An appeals court overturned the murder conviction of a Southern California man due to a procedural mistake.

A jury found defendant and appellant Soo Duk Kim (also known as Brandon Kim) guilty of second degree murder of his girlfriend, Susan Kim, with a knife, and found that he was sane at the time of the offense. His appeal challenges a number of trial court rulings, in which we find no error. However we conclude that the trial court erred prejudicially in failing to instruct the jury on the lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter. On that ground, we reverse the judgment.

‘American Idol’ Contender Heejun Han Calls Performance A ‘Turning Point’

Heejun Han may have made the biggest surprise comeback after being blasted last week by Jimmy Iovine and Steven Tyler for not taking the show seriously. Not to mention his leaving half of America scratching their heads as to why he was still in the competition after his goofball antics. This week it was obvious Han had a wake-up call as he took to the stage with a sincere rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You,” ultimately bringing the judges to their feet.

Sung Kang Talks ‘Sunset Stories’, Being an Asian American Actor and His Love of Comedy

So how do you approach independent film versus the commercial films you’ve been in? Do you approach them differently or do you just like go into it with the same mindset?

It’s easier on the studio films because they approach it for you because their money is there to provide you all the comforts. Whether it is your hair, your food — there’s nothing you have to worry about except for your work. In independent film, you have to worry about your wardrobe, driving there and getting there, finding your own food — there’s a lot of that. Basically it’s like a privileged private school compared to public school systems. That’s about it.

Hines Ward says he wants to help Bulldogs win a national championship
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hines Ward was a visitor at Georgia’s spring football practice on Tuesday, but you had to look hard to find him.

Dressed head-to-toe in Bulldogs’ coaching garb, unless you looked very closely it was impossible to distinguish him from any number of assistant coaches, grad assistants, managers or trainers. But Ward wasn’t trying to be incognito. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ star and recent NFL retiree came to his alma mater to try to get an idea whether college coaching would be a vocation he cared to pursuit.

Hip-Hop Couple to Promote Uijeongbu Music Fest
Chosun Ilbo

Hip-hop couple Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-rae have been picked to promote the Uijeongbu International Music Theatre Festival. As part of promotional activities, the couple will give a free concert at the city’s Arts Center on May 20, the last day of the 15-day event.

Police officer and college student are top traditional NCO and Soldier for New York Army National Guard

A Korean-American police officer with three combat tours under his belt, and a community college student slated to deploy for the first time in the fall have been selected as traditional Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year for the 10,500-member New York Army National Guard.

Staff Sgt. Sihoon Chung, a resident of Ridgefield, N.J., and a Leonia, N.J. police officer was named traditional part-time Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

Shocker! Khloe Kardashian Worked With Flour Bomber’s Sister at PETA (VIDEO)

Before Khloe Kardashian‘s sister Kim was attacked with flour this past Friday, the reality star was an avid supporter and spokesmodel for the animal rights group PETA.

Celebuzz confirmed that the person behind the flour bombing attack was animal activist Christina Cho, sister of PETA’s Michelle Cho. This news led to Khloe denouncing the organization and cutting ties.

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