Thursday’s Link Attack: Kim Jong Il’s Birthday, Chef Sang Yoon, Tim Kang
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: February 16th, 2012
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The Diamond Shamrock Protest May Be Canceled Due to Lack of Interest. ‘Bout Time.
Dallas Observer

Greg Howard of the Dallas Observer reports that the mini-boycott and protest of a Korean-owned gas station in South Dallas has gone out with a whimper.

Kim Jong-Il’s 70th birthday celebrated with a splash in the North Korean media
Washington Post

In North Korea, the death of Kim Jong-Il doesn’t make his 70th birthday any less special. The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official newspaper, made the importance of today’s date exceedingly clear.

“Let’s add lustre to Kim Jong-Il’s undying revolutionary exploits,” the headline read.

Kim Jong Un Gets Thumbs Up from North Koreans in Japan

When Kim Jong Un was declared heir apparent of North Korea in December, Choe Kwan Ik was probably one of the few people in Tokyo who knew who the kid was. As Bill Powell writes in this week’s story “Meet Kim Jong Un,” (available here for subscribers) what we don’t know about the 29-year-old leader of the world’s most unpredictable state is a lot. And though Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons are only 800 miles away from Japan, most Tokyoites hear as little about life in the Hermit Kingdom as anyone else. A trickle of information has flowed in from the books written by Kim Jong Il’s former sushi chef, but otherwise Japan, like the rest of world, must rely on the scraps of propaganda from North Korea’s official news agency, like today’s mournful tribute to the recently deceased leader’s birthday.

School reformer urges California to change teacher tenure rules
Los Angeles Times

Former District of Columbia schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee urged a Los Angeles audience of educators and parents to pressure state leaders to change teacher tenure and seniority rules.

Her appearance Wednesday night before an enthusiastic crowd of about 600 marked the third of four appearances statewide for Rhee, who is attempting to build a base of influence in California.

Rhee’s 1-year-old organization, StudentsFirst, has worked in other states with governors and powerful legislators but not in California, even though her organization is based in Sacramento.

In her remarks and a question-and-answer session, Rhee took on “last in, first out” rules that govern teacher layoffs. She characterized this approach as “incredibly detrimental to students and schools,” because gifted, less-experienced teachers are put out of work while less effective teachers with more seniority get to keep their jobs.

New York Mag’s Fashion Editor On Her Fave NYC Hotels
Huffington Post

Jenny Kang is the practically the poster child for New York street style — she is the Fashion Editor for New York Magazine, after all.

The Chicago native, who has described her style as “preppy sportswear with punches of fun,” knows how to pick out ideal spots to cool her heels between shows. We asked Kang to dish on her favorite hotels, and of course, her favorite designers.

Right now she’s loving Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu and Givenchy, but is most looking forward to the Marc Jacobs show this NYFW. “The way he presents his collection is always innovative, almost like fashion theater,” says Kang.

Gideon Yu Promoted to President of NFL’s 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers promoted Gideon Yu to president and co-owner.

Yu was a general partner at Khosla Ventures, a venture capital company based in Menlo Park, California, until joining the 49ers as chief strategy officer last April. Yu, previously chief financial officer at Facebook Inc. and YouTube LLC, has focused in the past year on securing funding for the 49ers’ proposed new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“He’s both a visionary and the ‘go-to’ guy who can lead us through the enormous opportunities ahead, such as the stadium construction, expansion of our brand and its businesses and positioning the franchise for the future,” Chief Executive Officer Jed York said in a team release.

Sang Yoon on braising
Los Angeles Times

Sang Yoon shares how to make beef daube, stew with braised beef cheeks. Yoon is the chef-owner of beer-and-burger mecca Father’s Office, with locations in Santa Monica and Culver City. He also recently opened the restaurant Lukshon in Culver City, turning out his take on the cuisines of Southeast Asia and China.

IACP Announces 2012 Food Writing Finalists

The International Association of Culinary Professionals nominated Korean American chef Debbie Lee in the “International” category for her new cookbook, “Seoultown Kitchen.”

Do You Think the ‘Koreatown’ Stigma Still Exists in Annandale? (Annandale, Va.)

In fact, some residents of the D.C. metro area refer to Annandale as “Koreatown,” in part due to Annandale’s relatively dense Korean population (compared to the rest of Fairfax County) and the large number of Korean businesses. The stereotype has divided Annandale residents—something The Washington Post addressed back in 2005.

Fresh from ‘The Voice,’ Dia Frampton is out with her debut solo album
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What kind of reaction did you get from Meg & Dia fans [about appearing on The Voice]?

There was a lot of mixed reactions. There was a lot of “That’s really awesome, good for you.” There was a lot of “Why are you doing that? You’re already rich and famous.” That was kind of funny to me because I was working for minimum wage at a coffee/cupcake place in New York, and I was like, “Just because someone is on MTV for a hot second does not mean they are successful.” At the time, Meg & Dia, we almost had to jump off the last tour because we didn’t have enough money for gas to get to the next city. So it’s a little frustrating to have people be unsupportive of that, because of how hard I’ve been trying in the past. I don’t know, when it comes to these vocal competitions, I look at it like people didn’t think it was fair that it was people who had experience. In my opinion, I just feel, who deserves it more — the girl who is just out of high school and just kind of auditioned because she liked singing, or someone like Vicci who has been trying and put out five records and has been working her [behind] off for years? That just proves that they really sacrificed a lot to try to do what they wanted to do.

MLB doesn’t approve Orioles’ signing of Kim
Baltimore Sun

Major League Baseball has ruled it will not approve the Orioles’ contract with 17-year-old South Korean Kim Seong-min, a move that caused much controversy in the pitcher’s home country.

The action comes five days after the Orioles apologized for an “unintentional breach of protocol” in signing Kim, regarded as the country’s top left-handed high school pitcher.

Orioles’ Kim Seong-min situation far from over
Baltimore Sun

The circus revolving around the Orioles’ signing of 17-year-old South Korean pitcher Kim Seong-min is far from over.

First are the semantics. As reported yesterday, an industry source confirmed to me last night that Kim’s contract is not voided, but that it has not been approved.

That’s a big difference. The Orioles can approach the situation with Kim again. Yonhap News Agency reported that the contract will be on hold for the next 30 days. Yonhap also reported that the KBO was told by MLB that the Orioles will receive an undisclosed fine.

The Mentalist’s Tim Kang aka Kimball Cho Talks About The Summer-Cho Moment, Hot & Heavy Scenes and Game of Thrones
TV Equals (blog)

What’s been the funniest moment so far this season during ‘The Mentalist’ production?

Tim Kang: During production we have moments, especially with the character that I play where the Cho veneer is lost. You play this really stoic, serious guy all the time and sometimes you just can’t keep a straight face. I’m looking at Owain or Simon [Baker] dead in the eye and I just burst out laughing. That’s happened on maybe two or three occasions. I’m pretty good at staying in character, but yeah, this season it’s happened about two or three times and it gets to be pretty funny. Everyone in the crew, everyone around us, they all have a good laugh, like, ‘I broke you. I got you.’

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