Thursday’s Link Attack: South Korea-Japan Pact, Hines Ward, Jay Park
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: June 28th, 2012
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South Korea to Sign Military Pact With Japan
New York Times

Overcoming lingering historical animosities with its former colonial master, South Korea said on Thursday that it would sign a treaty with Japan that would encourage the sharing of sensitive military data on their common concerns: North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats and China’s growing military might.

In North Korea, learning to hate US starts early
Associated Press via Google News

North Korean students learn that their country has had two main enemies: the Japanese, who colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945, and the U.S., which fought against North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

They are told that North Korea’s defense against outside forces — particularly the U.S., which has more than 28,000 soldiers stationed in South Korea — remains the backbone of the country’s foreign policy.

NKorean claims South agents tricked her to defect
AP via Google News

A North Korean woman said Thursday that she was tricked into defecting six years ago by South Korean agents who offered to arrange a reunion with her father who went to the South during the Korean War.

Stavisky, Meng Celebrate Korean-American Heritage Day
Western Queens Gazette (N.Y.)

With more than 140,000 Korean-American’s calling New York home, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, along with Assemblymember Grace Meng, welcomed constituents from Flushing to Albany on June 19 to celebrate Korean-American Heritage Day. Meeting with legislators to discuss issues of importance to New York’s Korean-American community, as well as showcasing Korean food and dance, the group held their celebration of Korean-American culture and heritage in the Legislative Office Building.

Comfort women photographer pleased by Japan court
AFP via Google News

A South Korean photographer whose Tokyo exhibition on Japanese wartime sex slaves only went ahead after a court injunction said Thursday it was important to display the work to inform the public.

Japan-based Ahn Sehong said he had been disappointed when camera maker Nikon abruptly cancelled his exhibition, which features 37 pictures of some of the now-elderly Korean women forced into sex slavery during World War II.

Korean American giant BBCN Bank repays its debt to Uncle Sam
Los Angeles Times

The largest Korean American bank has repaid its debt to Uncle Sam — $122 million that was provided at the height of the financial crisis by the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.

BBCN Bancorp in Los Angeles said late Wednesday that it repurchased stock that its predecessor banks, Nara Bancorp and Center Financial Corp., had sold to the U.S. Treasury. (The banks merged to become BBCN in November.)

South Korea says it has found East Asia’s oldest farming site

Archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said Wednesday that the agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic period on South Korea’s east coast. The site may be up to 5,600 years old. That’s more than 2,000 years older than what is now the second-oldest known site, which also is in South Korea.

‘Bourne Legacy’ Puts Seoul on Hollywood Radar
Chosun Ilbo

“It might be the first time that a Hollywood film has featured Seoul. ‘The Bourne Legacy’ production team was apparently drawn to Seoul as it has been less exposed in films than other Asian metropolises like Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai,” it said.

Seoul is becoming an increasingly popular location for foreign films. The number of foreign movies for which the commission provided some administrative support more than doubled from 10 in 2008 to 24 last year.

Choo takes a breather against southpaw

Without Choo in the lineup as the Indians’ leadoff man — a role he has embraced this season — center fielder Michael Brantley slid into the lineup’s top spot. Backup outfielder Aaron Cunningham took over in right field. Choo entered Wednesday’s 5-4 loss in the sixth inning and drew a walk in the ninth inning in his lone plate appearance.

Hines Ward says NFL players get what they agreed to in CBA
USA Today

Ward told radio station WFNZ in Charlotte Tuesday that Steelers players, some targeted multiple times by Goodell for allegedly illegal hits, did not sign off on the CBA in large part because of Goodell’s power to discipline players.

“So Roger Goodell, even though a lot of players don’t like having him in charge, the NFLPA, we signed off on the collective bargaining agreement,” said Ward.

Busan’s Trick Eye Museum
Busan for 91 Days

The entire point of this “museum” is to provide setups for funny pictures. An upside-down room makes it look like you’re standing on the ceiling. Stand in front of Mona Lisa with a paintbrush. Lay down on the floor and hang on for dear life to the painting of a cliff. Peer into a gentleman’s briefs. Wrap yourself in the coils of a serpent. Crawl into bed with a surprisingly buxom Mike. Will the hilarity ever stop?! No, it won’t… it goes on and on, for room after room after room. This place is huge and if you haven’t had your fill of funny-posing pictures by the end of it, then you, my friend, have some issues.

Korable Blocks
Design Mom

Want to feel like an international family of mystery? Add these Korable blocks to your toy collection. The set of 4 blocks is handmade in Michigan and feature the Korean alphabet. The blocks can be combined to create over 120 single-syllable words including numbers, days of the week, foods, nature words, body parts, and more.

Adam WarRock Celebrates His Anniversary With ‘Longshot’ And A Donation Drive
Comics Alliance

Most of our readers are probably already familiar with Eugene Ahn, AKA Adam WarRock, former co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and occasional ComicsAlliance contributor. Two years ago, Euge quit his career as a lawyer to follow his dream of becoming a full-time rapper, focusing on songs that reflected his interests in comics, TV and video games. Since then, Adam WarRock’s gained critical acclaim for releasing two full-length albums and an EP, touring with top acts such as MC Chris and MC Lars and becoming a one of Wired’s picks for geeks you must follow on Twitter by regularly releasing free music pulsing with pop culture relevance.

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