Thursday’s Link Attack: Park Si-hoo Update; LA Election Results; Tokimonsta & Roy Choi
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: March 7th, 2013
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U.N. Approves China-Backed Sanctions on North Korea
New York Times

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month in a unanimous vote that came just hours after North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.

The North Korean leadership, which had warned the Security Council not to approve the sanctions, said it was responding to threats already made against it, citing the American-South Korean military exercises currently under way as evidence the allies were preparing for “a nuclear war aimed to mount a pre-emptive strike” on North Korea.

Asian-Americans have their own priorities for immigration reform
Southern California Public Radio

Many observers on Capitol Hill believe that after the sequestration showdown, the White House and Congress will actually make an effort to compromise and pass immigration reform laws this year. And among the voices wanting to make themselves heard in the immigration debate are some who are definitely not speaking Spanish.

The variety of those voices can be heard at the downtown L.A. headquarters of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC). Inside their offices, a multitude of languages are spoken: Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, Khmer, Thai, Hindi, Punjabi. It’s a long list that reflects the changing demographics of the L.A. area.

“Between 2000 and 2010, more Asian-Americans became legal permanent residents in California than people from any other ethnic group,” says Betty Hung, APALC’s policy director. “More than folks from Mexico. And there are more immigrants coming from Asia to California than from anywhere else in the world.”

Rafu Shimpo

Several Asian American candidates compete in local elections.

In the District 13 council race, John J. Choi will advance to the runoff after finishing second out of 12 candidates. If he wins, he will be only the second Asian American to serve on the City Council (the first was Mike Woo) and the first Korean American. His opponent will be Mitch O’Farrell, co-founder of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council. The winner will replace Councilmember Eric Garcetti.

In a statement prior to the election, Choi said, “I’m running for City Council in District 13 because we need to break our city free of the grip of special interests and make it work for residents again. I’m committed to making our city work for you by improving city services, creating jobs, and improving our neighborhoods.

Park Si-hoo Discloses All Text Messages in Rape Scandal
Chosun Ilbo

Actor Park Si-hoo, who is accused of raping a young woman last month, has disclosed more text messages which he claims bear out his contention that he was framed.

Park was responding to a move by the woman’s lawyer, who revealed messages she had exchanged with a friend of Park’s who introduced the two. The messages suggested that the woman was surprised to find herself in bed with Park when she regained consciousness after what she claims was a night of heavy drinking.

“The messages were not the full text,” Park’s lawyer said. “If you look at the full Kakao Talk messages, it is evident that there was no force involved in the sex, while [the mutual friend] did not realize that Park and the woman had sex,” the lawyer claimed.

Meet OrderAhead, a New Way to Pay on Android
Wall Street Journal

Meet OrderAhead, a startup that lets you purchase something online through an app with any of its 600 partnered merchants, then go pick it up without having to wait in line or pay for it.

It’s a problem that’s being attacked in multiple ways, whether that’s streamlining the payments process with apps like Square or removing the act of going into a store altogether with local delivery services like Postmates. But delivery isn’t always an option, and sometimes it’s easier to just go to the store — which is where OrderAhead becomes useful.

The company launched about 18 months ago and started with an iPhone app, but just expanded to Android given “incessant demand” from its users, CEO Jeff Byun said. The app’s power users buy three or four things a week through OrderAhead, and its “power merchants” make thousands in revenue each week, he said.

Best Thing We Ate With Tokimonsta: Pastrami Beef Tongue at A-Frame

Somehow we found ourselves at a table with a bunch of music people at A-Frame last night, all there to listen to a new album by Tokimonsta, aka Jennifer Lee, whose indie electronic/r&b/dance music inspires Roy Choi. That’s the story we got anyway: that the two are friends, Lee a fan of Choi’s food (food in general), and he’s a fan of her music. She told us that they bonded over their mutual love for sul lung tang, a rich oxtail bone soup, at Han Bat in Koreatown, so when it came time to drop her new album, she wanted to throw a “dinner party” for its release at one of his restaurants. Chefs = the new rockstars that rockstars adore.

Choi created a menu that paired various dishes with different tracks, from throwing a mound of peel-and-eat-shrimp and sticky hoisin-glazed ribs on the tables for everyone to dig in with their hands while one of Tokimonsta’s more “chaotic” songs played, to the groovier beats backing up lemongrass clam chowder, charred octopus and that addictive beer-can chicken.

New Guide Details Koreatown’s Best Eats
NBC Southern California

Kimchi is one of those dishes that inspires deep and heartfelt discussion among its fans. Should cabbage, cucumber or radish be the stand-out flavor? Should you enjoy it alone, atop rice, or with meat? And where does one find the best of the best?

If one dish — albeit a very important dish — can inspire such passion among those who love Korean food, imagine the friendly fervor with which a lunch place is discussed, especially here in Southern California.

We are fortunate to be the home to hundreds of excellent Korean restaurants, including those places serving very traditional offerings and those snack-and-go shops that favor a newer approach.

Meet a teen cello champ (Fla.)

Despite being musically gifted and raised in a musical home with a side of physics, Julia Lee is mostly your typical 13-year-old.

You know, normal stuff.

“I do all the things my friends do,” she said at her parents’ home in Gainesville last week.

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