North Korea’s Kim Poised to Rattle Region With Nuclear Blast
Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle
Political pressure, a high-stakes bargaining strategy and technical challenges may push North Korea’s new leader to order the country’s third nuclear test any time now.
North Korea has been escalating its threats against South Korea and the U.S. in the past month as new leader Kim Jong Un celebrates the centennial of the birth of the country’s founder, his late grandfather Kim Il Sung.
Analysts: North Korea’s new missiles are fakes
AP via USA Today
Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country’s claims of military prowess.
Kim Jung-Ju’s Gaming Bonanza
The biggest story of South Korea’s richest over the past year happened in Japan. In December Kim Jung-Ju listed his online gaming company, Nexon, in Tokyo in a $1.2 billion initial public offering that was Japan’s largest of the year. That placed a much higher value on the company than analysts had long assumed, and since the launch the stock has risen 17%. So Kim’s wealth has more than doubled in a year, from $2.06 billion to $4.3 billion. That makes him Korea’s third-richest person, up from No. 9, last year.
The Los Angeles Riots: Inspiration behind a culinary upheaval
Los Angeles Times
Award-winning food critic Jonathan Gold writes an interesting piece about the L.A. Riots.
But change in Los Angeles is often easier to track by looking at its restaurants rather than its boardrooms, and from the business end of a pair of chopsticks, extreme diversity didn’t look so bad.
Social and mental stigmas affecting Asian-American students
Spartan Daily (San Jose State Univ.)
For students of Asian-American descent, the duality of being part of two conflicting cultures can be a troubling experience because of family pressures and society.
Justin Ko, a junior child development major, expressed his parents’ disapproval of his pursuit into becoming an elementary school teacher.
“My parents don’t like the fact that I want to teach,” Ko said. “In the Korean culture, elementary school teaching is viewed to be a ‘feminine’ job and my parents want me to do a more ‘masculine’ career.”
Chan Young Kim Of Fairfax, Va. Arrested For Beating Another Man With Golf Club In Korean BBQ Parking Lot
A man has been arrested for hitting another man with a golf club in a Fairfax parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.
Forty-seventy-year-old Chan Young Kim is accused of getting in a fight with a man at 4060 Jermantown Road. Kim reportedly punched, knocked to the ground and then kicked the other man before taking a golf club out of his car and hitting the victim when a witness tried to intervene in the fight.
Korean Pop Idol Enrages Japanese Internet by Eating Instant Noodles From the Pot
Rocket News 24
While the internet in general is known for being a bottomless cauldron of hate, nothing quite gets Japanese netizens seething like South Korea. Case in point: the Japanese net is raging over a video of a young South Korean woman eating instant noodles because she has bad table manners.
List of Korean Emoticons and How to Use Them
Korean emoticons have meanings far and wide. And knowing these Korean emoticons will let you know if your Korean friends are happy, surprised, or just trying to be cute! Reciprocate your feelings using this list of Korean emoticons.
Seoul Sausage Company Opening in Little Osaka
In good news for anyone who feels over saturated by Austrian and German wieners, Seoul Sausage Company is bringing its killer Korean meats to a retail location. Planting itself down in West L.A.’s increasingly diverse Little Osaka neighborhood, the company plans to open on Mississippi Avenue before summer arrives, right off of Sawtelle in a space aside Coffee Tomo and Blockheads.
T.G.I. Friday’s Is Now Serving Korean Tacos, Too
Look out Roy Choi: T.G.I. Friday’s is now serving Korean tacos. And not just any Korean tacos: they’re steak tacos. And they’re served with Sriracha, so you know they’re super Asian-y or something. Also on the tacos: ginger-lime slaw, cucumbers, fresh cilantro, basil. And jasmine rice pilaf on the side, because why not?
Catching prospect Conger on DL with elbow injury
Angels catching prospect Hank Conger was recently placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a right elbow injury.
“Just a light sprain in the elbow,” Conger said via text message on Wednesday night. “I’ll be good. Should be back in a couple of weeks. Nothing serious.”
Roy Choi – Flavor of Los Angeles