Thursday’s Link Attack: Michelle Rhee, Jamie Chung, 2NE1
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: June 21st, 2012
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North Korea slams joint drill among U.S., Japan and South Korea

North Korea’s official state media KCNA on Wednesday urged the U.S. and South Korea to “think twice over the grave consequences” of the drills and South Korea’s arms upgrades.

“Even the slightest provocation on the peninsula may promptly lead to an all-out nuclear war between both sides and a regional war because it is the region where the world’s biggest military forces including nukes are concentrated and there is neither lasting mechanism nor guarantee for averting a war,” KCNA said.

North Korean defectors make South laugh, cry and think on TV talent show
Reuters via MSNBC

“Now on My Way to Meet You,” a hybrid talk and talent show shot in Goyang, a city northwest of Seoul, has grown in popularity thanks to its format of humor and tears, mingling serious discussions, such as how the women escaped, with lighter fare such as talk about which men make the best husbands.

Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority

It’s not every day that deep and rigorous research about Asian Americans is released to the public. So when the well-respected Pew Research Center released “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive report on the community on Tuesday, it should have been reason enough to celebrate. Instead, the report, which hailed Asians as the fastest-growing and highest-achieving racial group in the country, drew widespread criticism from Asian American scholars, advocates and lawmakers who raised alarm about the report, and warned against taking it seriously at all. Poor research of an oft-overlooked community, it turns out, might do more damage than no research at all. Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives
Huffington Post

The move comes after intense pressure from the labor movement and other progressive allies, who accused the for-profit company of betraying its liberal roots by partnering with Rhee, the former head of Washington, D.C., public schools, and the similarly aligned group Stand for Children headed by education advocate Jonah Edelman. The ouster of StudentsFirst and Stand for Children was confirmed by a spokesman.

Frugal Fashion: Jamie Chung looks fresh and far from a ‘Hangover’
Los Angeles Times

The actress made a stylish appearance at the recent Karla Deras for Roman Luxe jewelry launch at the Chateau Marmont, where stars Mena Suvari, Katie Cassidy and Monet Mazur all feted the new line. Chung displayed her affinity for fashion-forward cuts and playful colors in a cropped blue tank, black tulle skirt and color-block sandals. She accessorized with a collar necklace with crystal stones from the Karla Deras for Roman Luxe holiday line Lapis of Luxury.

Talented, Young and Asian American

The A-Funk Collective is an amazing, nationwide cohort of gifted, bold young Asian-American chefs. Some, like Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese in San Francisco, Eddie Huang of Baohaus in New York City and Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market in Los Angeles, have a rambunctious, late-night aesthetic in keeping with their breakthrough star, Momofuku’s David Chang. Others, like Dale Talde of Talde and Joe Ng of Red Farm, both in New York City, are a little more plated.

Korean society struggles to embrace multiculturalism
Jakarta Post (Indonesia)

Despite the efforts of the government, teachers and civil society to protect multicultural children from discrimination, they still face bullying and ostracization in class.

About 42 percent of students from multicultural families said they were taunted by classmates in a 2010 survey conducted by the National Human Rights Commission.

Another survey by Seoul City showed that four out of five foreign teenagers were not in school, largely because of discrimination and bullying.

China-North Korea Co-production Offers Glimpse of Life in Present-day North Korea
Hollywood Reporter

Produced by Henan Film & TV Production Group – the studio that co-produced the blockbuster Ip Man series and the upcoming Saving General Yang – with China Film Stellar, and North Korea’s Korean Film Studio, the film downplayed politics and put culture – in this case, traditional Korean dance – at the center of a celebration of the two countries’ bond, and featured a eight-minute extract of the spectacular 100,000 people Arirang group performance re-created solely for the purpose of this film. The film is shown in the Focus China sidebar at the SIFF, and in competition for the SIFF Media Award.

Richard Chai Reveals His K-Pop Obsession Over Charitable Cocktails

Speaking of being Asian, Chai and I were pretty much the only Asian-Americans in the room. That was probably the only thing I had in common with the designer — until he admitted his love for Korean pop music. ”When I was in Parsons, I had this joke with all my Korean friends,” he laughed. “We said that if we never make it in fashion, we can always move to Korea, and become pop stars because we have good style, which is all that matters if you’re gonna be a pop star. There’s an inner Korean pop star in me.”

Wonder Girls is All About Fun and Communication
CJ E&M enewsworld

Like This, Wonder Girls’ new promotional single, is a hip-hop piece. It’s not like the stereotypical hip-hop that people usually think of, though, but a fun type of hip-hop with a mix of electronic sounds. The members also don baggy t-shirts rather than tight and sexy wear, since they need to go out and par-tay.

“It’s not a style or choreography that is set to be a certain way,” Sohee said. “The song is also in the hip-hop genre. The five members all tried different styles with a freer costume concept. Rather than dance the same dance every performance, we’re also trying to show off new gestures every time.”

K-Pop Hot 100: BIGBANG Scores No. 1 as Wonder Girls Rise

Unstoppable quintet boy group BIGBANG thwarted IU’s quest to earn a five-week chart topper (and tie her own chart record set in January) in this week’s K-Pop Hot 100. The group’s newest single, “Monster,” from a special edition of their latest album, “Still Alive,” shoots up to the No.1 spot after a No.3 debut last week. “Still Alive” (at No. 4 on this week’s World Album chart) includes five new tracks, two of which, “Still Alive” and “Ego,” charted at No.5 and No.10, respectively.

2NE1′s ‘New Evolution’ U.S. tour dates announced

For the Blackjacks in the U.S. the wait has come to an end for the two U.S. tour dates that the girls of 2NE1 will be making a stop by have been revealed!

The girls will be heading towards both the East and the West coast for their U.S. portion of the tour, so check out the locations and dates below!

- August 17th, 2012 Newark, New Jersey; Prudential Center
- August 24th, 2012 LA, California; Nokia Theater LA Live

Tickets go on sale this Saturday at and

Foreigners Soon Fall Prey to Korea’s Heavy Drinking Culture
Chosun Ilbo

Some 77 percent of respondents thought that Koreans drink a lot of alcohol, and 48 percent said their alcohol consumption has increased since coming to Korea. Interestingly, 40 percent said their alcohol intake had doubled since they arrived in the country, and six percent said it had quadrupled.

Michelle Wie hopes Canadian success continues in Waterloo
Toronto Star (Canada)

The first round of the inaugural Manulife LPGA Classic takes place Thursday at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo.

Wie’s second victory on the LPGA Tour came at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg and she almost repeated the feat last year, finishing one stroke behind Brittany Lincicome in Mirabel, Que.

“Me and my friends always joke that if I win in Canada one more time, that I’m going to become a Canadian citizen,” she says. “I love it. The people are so relaxed and I feel very welcome when I go there, so I’m real excited that we have another tournament there.”

5 reasons to stay at a hanok while traveling in Korea

Travelers are increasingly opting for hanok when they choose their lodging, and the industry is starting to catch on, if hanok-based hotels (like Ragung or Odongjae) are any indication.

The popularity itself isn’t so surprising. The real surprise is that this hanok revival isn’t just stylish posturing, or contemporary idea-starved designers pawing through the past to fetishize anything vaguely “historical.” There is more merit to hanok than simply beauty and novelty — or rather, hanok’s beauty is more than just wall deep.

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