Thursday’s Link Attack: North Korea; Pot Bust; Psy Breaks Record
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: September 13th, 2012
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North Korea lets farmers sell some crops
AP via San Francisco Chronicle

Unconfirmed reports say farmers are now being allowed to sell part of their crops at market prices.

American Attitudes Toward Korean Security: Steady as She Goes
Council on Foreign Relations

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs this week released the 2012 results of their biannual poll on American attitudes toward foreign policy. The report shows a rising American appreciation of the importance of Asia and a desire for a greater emphasis on nonmilitary forms of international engagement, including through diplomacy, alliances, and multilateral coalitions working together to solve international problems.

More Money, More Problems in South Korea
The Diplomat

A perfect storm of government debt, easy consumer credit and a culture of consumption could lead to economic disaster.

The Changing Geography of Asian America: To The South And The Suburbs

To find out where Asians are settling, we asked demographer Wendell Cox to analyze the most recent decennial Census. As expected, the largest Asian communities are in the largest metro areas, led by New York and Los Angeles with almost 1.9 million Asians each — twice the magic number cited by Sternlieb — followed by Chicago.

But our analysis found that in search of opportunity, Asians are increasingly headed to regions that, until recently, had very few Asian immigrants. And throughout the country, Asians, following a trend that has been developing over the past two decades, appear to be settling primarily in the suburbs.

College student to face trial in deadly hit-and-run
North County Times (San Diego, Calif.)

A MiraCosta College student was shaking and sweating when a California Highway Patrol officer showed up on his doorstep July 8 to question him about a deadly hit-and-run crash that had happened two days earlier, the officer testified Wednesday.

Veteran CHP Officer Mark Keyes said he told a colleague that the student, Jin Hyuk Byun, “may be the most nervous person I’ve ever spoken to while doing this job.”

Authorities said Byun, 19, was the driver in the July 6 crash that killed bicyclist Angel Bojorquez, 18, as Bojorquez was on his way home to Escondido from his job at an Albertsons grocery store in Del Mar. He was struck and killed about 1 a.m.

FedEx Package Filled With Marijuana Leads to Arrest (Wilmington, Mass.)

Lowell resident Chhon Kang was arrested after police reported set up a controlled delivery of a package that originally arrived in Wilmington.

Group seeks to register Asian voters in Queens
Times-Ledger (Queens, N.Y.)

Asian-American residents of Queens are a sleeping political force, and a group of civic and nonprofit groups announced a plan last week to tap into that power for upcoming state and federal elections.

In response to historically tepid voter turnout in Asian-American communities, the MinKwon Center for Community action announced a citywide campaign last Thursday called Vote 2012: One Voice, One Vote at its office, at 136-19 41st Ave in Flushing.

Tenth Korean festival in Centreville promises bounty of kimchi, celebrities, Gangnam Style dancing
Washington Post

The sizable Korean population in Northern Virginia continues to grow, and is not just limited to Annandale, Centreville and selected extremely large groceries. And now they are putting on their 10th annual Korean-U.S. Festival, taking over the Bull Run Park Special Events Center for three days, starting Friday and running through the weekend.

PSY becomes second Korean artist to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100

Singer PSY has set yet another record.

Up until now, the only other Korean artist to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart were the Wonder Girls, who ranked at #76 with their English version of “Nobody”. PSY has broken that record, charting at #64 with “Gangnam Style”!

On YouTube, Will ‘Gangnam Style’ Reach ‘Call Me Maybe’?
Wall Street Journal

The viral spread of Psy’s “Gangnam Style”video on the Internet since its July release is the biggest such phenomenon ever experienced by a K-pop star. The video has been seen on YouTube more than 150 million times.

Now, it’s starting to enter the orbit of this summer’s biggest YouTube and U.S. pop hit, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which has about 250 million views.

Movie on N. Korean defectors to premiere in U.S. Congress
Yonhap News

A South Korean movie on the life-or-death defection of North Koreans to China will premiere on Capitol Hill next week, its maker said Wednesday.

The film “48M” provides a vivid account of North Koreans fleeing their hunger-stricken communist nation. The title refers to a 48-meter-wide stretch of the Yalu River, the shortest route between North Korea and China.

The film features the hopes and dreams of North Korean defectors risking their lives on the crossing.


South Korean designer finds purrfect way for cats to share sofa

Living in a cramped urban apartment with a feline friend and wary of letting him or her sink their claws into your furnishings?

A Korean designer may have the answer with his “Cat Tunnel Sofa,” an ingenious combination of human sofa and tubular tunnels for a cat to clamber through while its owner relaxes.

Korean-American artists blur boundaries in Lorton
Fairfax Times (Virginia)

Because of their significant population growth, Fairfax County’s Korean-American residents have been in the spotlight a lot lately.

The third largest immigrant community in the county, according to the 2010 U.S. census, the Korean-American population grew by more than 40 percent during the previous decade.

Despite this newsworthy growth, Korean-American residents have long made important contributions to life in the metro region — including its rich cultural life.

It’s a buyer’s market this weekend at Korea International Art Fair 2012

Given how lackluster the art market in Korea these days, the industry is hoping that the Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) this weekend will be the start of a comeback.

Flushing dance show driven by Korean rhythms

A nuanced flicker of raised hands flew high above a graceful dancer’s head as instrumental Korean Sanjo music built the tempo in the theater of Flushing Town Hall. The Saturday evening performance of Yusun and Hosun Kang’s Traditional Dance and Beyond by the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute had begun and would proceed to spellbind the audience.

“Dancing is my life,” said Hosun Kang, 32, who was dancing with her sister Yusun Kang for the first time in their joint U.S. premiere.

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