Thursday’s Link Attack: Petraeus Scandal’s Korea Ties; K-Town Reality Show; Michelle Wie
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: November 15th, 2012
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Kelley may have tried to capitalize on military ties
Tampa Bay Online (Fla.)

Back in August, the South Korean Embassy granted honorary consul status to a woman from South Tampa “with a reputation and a network.”

“She wanted to make contributions to South Korea,” said Tae-jin Kim, the South Korean Embassy consul. “She had contacts with the embassy.”

The status doesn’t bring many privileges — a vanity license plate, gatherings with the 20 honorary consuls in the Tampa area. But the woman, Jill Kelley, cited her South Korean connections in trying to turn an encounter at the Republican National Convention into a multibillion-dollar project with a New York energy company, according to the company’s president.

Korean Official Laughs at Jill Kelley’s Diplomatic Prowess
ABC News

A South Korean official laughed today when asked about the international influence of Jill Kelley, the woman named honorary consul general to the Asian nation just months before an FBI investigation she sparked led to a national scandal and the resignation of CIA head Gen. David Petraeus.

South Korean Pilot Dies in Crash of Military Jet
AP via ABC News

South Korea’s air force says a pilot on its aerobatic team was killed Thursday when his jet crashed during training.

The T-50B aircraft hit a mountain in Hoengseong shortly after taking off, the air force said. The plane is a trainer jet flown by the military’s Black Eagles aerobatic team. Hoengseong is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Seoul.

Korean-American church gets OK to build 800-seat center at disputed site in Frederick County
Washington Post

A Korean-American church based in Silver Spring has won approval from the Frederick County Planning Commission for an 800-seat worship center near Sugarloaf Mountain, despite opposition from nearby residents.

The Frederick News-Post reports the panel voted 3-1 Wednesday to approve the Global Mission Church’s site plan.

The project is a scaled-down version of a 1,200-seat church, three-story school and 500-seat dining hall proposed in 2009. State environmental regulators said that plan was too big for the proposed septic system.

Man pleads not guilty to harboring immigrants in Biloxi for prostitution
Sun-Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)

Moonseop Kim pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of harboring an illegal immigrant for the purpose of prostitution in South Mississippi.

An online escort ad for a “super hot and sexy Korean girl” kicked off the investigation Sept. 30, when a meeting was arranged between an escort and an undercover Biloxi police officer, said a Homeland Security Investigations agent who testified in the case. The cost was $300 for a “sexually oriented” escort.

Koreatown: America’s Hippest Neighborhood
LA Weekly

K-Town, which returns for a second cycle on YouTube’s LOUD channel Nov. 28, has sparked renewed interest, often among Asian young people, in the rituals and bacchanalia of the YouTube series’ biggest star, Koreatown itself.

Amid the worst American economy since the Great Depression, Koreatown has emerged as perhaps America’s hippest new neighborhood. Its vitality has survived and even thrived, thanks to the emergence of a new pop culture spotlight (K-Town, “Gangnam Style,” the Kogi taco truck), a residential hipster invasion, foodies’ exploration of its bar eats, and the community’s own evolution as a destination for non-Koreans. The nightlife scene has expanded to the point where some community boosters are calling for an official city “entertainment district” designation along the lines of Hollywood.

From Korea to Kansas, student, star share link
AP via Pratt Tribune (Kan.)

Life for Ricky Kim is a continual journey of self-discovery.

Currently a reality TV star in Seoul, South Korea, the 30-year-old spent his formative years in Kansas. For Min-Jae Kim, a Korean foreign exchange student at Hutchinson High School, being told he looks like Ricky Kim is a pretty cool compliment. Min-Jae has that Ricky Kim look about him, with a haircut known in Korea as a “two-block.”

“He is very handsome,” said Min-Jae, who his spending the school year with Rob and Taliatha Holmes and their five children. Min-Jae is aware of Ricky Kim’s background, having heard him talk on Korean TV about feeling like an outsider as a child because he was half American and half Asian.

‘Gangnam Style’ Drops to No. 5 in U.S. Charts
Chosun Ilbo

Singer Psy’s “Gangnam Style” ranked fifth on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 this week.

According to on Wednesday, Psy’s catchy song slid to No. 5 after peaking at No. 2 for seven weeks, as fewer people streamed the song online and it got less radio air play.

With Olympic medalist and gov’t support, skiing team resets goal
Yonhap News

Toby Dawson is standing in the snow wearing shorts. “You should feel like you are lying on a table and then let your legs give you the rotation,” he shouts.

At Woongjin Play City in Bucheon, just outside of Seoul, the 33-year-old 2006 Winter Olympics medalist is putting South Korea’s freestyle skiing team through their paces. One by one, the five athletes set off down the slope, launch off a ramp and spin and somersault through the air before landing on a giant air bag.

It is all to prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in PyeongChang, an eastern South Korean city that won the right to host the event on its third try. Korea is strong in ice events such as figure skating and shorttrack, but when it comes to snow, it has some ground to make up. With the government now backing the sport, however, skiing may never get a better opportunity here.

Michelle Wie tries hand as a broadcaster

Michelle Wie, a recent Stanford graduate, put her degree in communications to use as she interviewed Suzann Pettersen in a press conference before the CME Titleholders.

Wie, 23, asked Pettersen about her recent practice session, her shoulder injury and the latest addition to her bag, indicating that Wie may have a future in sports television after her golfing days are over, according to a report by SB Nation.

Hello Kitty restaurant is terribly cute and its food just terrible

Located in an upmarket shopping mall in Sanlitun [in Beijing], Hello Kitty Dreams opened its doors to much fanfare in December last year.

According to the restaurant’s staff, the Sanrio-licensed business is the first Hello Kitty-themed restaurant in Asia.

“When we first opened you had to book days in advance,” says restaurant manager Ted Chen. “We were packed from when we opened at 11 a.m. everyday.”

Student musician brings it all ensemble
Peace Arch News

Clarinetist Brian Kang, 17, is no stranger to challenges. He weathered the change in cultures when his family emigrated to Canada from his native Korea when he was in Grade 4.

He has maintained high grades at Southridge School and is applying for early admission to several prestigious colleges and universities.

On the musical level, the voluble Grade 12 student has survived the choice of a difficult and demanding instrument, and the perpetual reed players’ torment over the impermanence and changeability of the wooden reed itself.

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