Thursday’s Link Attack: Yang Hak-seon, Korea-Japan Olympic Match, Plastic Surgery
Author: Crystal Kim
Posted: August 9th, 2012
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How will presidential candidates win over Asian-American voters?
Southern California Public Radio

According to 2010 United States Census Bureau statistics, Asian-Americans account for more than five percent of the country’s population, with the fastest growth of any ethnic group in the U.S. since 2000. Republican and Democratic experts say targeting the vote of Asian-Americans – those with Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Pakistani and other backgrounds – isn’t just necessary but essential in order to snag a presidential win in November.

Prostitution sting nets 6 arrests in Irvine
KABC Los Angeles

Back in February, detectives got a tip about suspicious activity and high foot traffic trough a business on Technology Drive in Irvine called Dexter Company, which was licensed as a medical supply store.

Investigators uncovered a massage-parlor type setup, where they say 60-year-old Soon Keun Kim served as the “madame.”

Authorities said Kim was running three separate prostitution businesses in Irvine, including the Technology Drive storefront. Additional arrests were made at the two other locations, which were on Skypark Circle, also in Irvine.

How Not to Make Friends on the Greyhound Bus
The Atlantic

Those of us who ride public transportation on a regular basis appreciate the sometimes-peculiar experience of being alone together. We all want as much privacy as the confines of a crowded subway car allow, which often means totally ignoring another human whose clothes are brushing up against your own. Maintaining order in a tight public space often requires us to pay others the respect of pretending they don’t exist.

The sociologist Erving Goffman once called this type of behavior “civil inattention.” Goffman’s term covers fleeting interactions, such as riding a few stops on the subway or passing strangers on a city sidewalk. But what about situations where people are pressed together in a confined space for longer periods of time, as on intercity transportation? In this case our isolation takes a step forward and becomes active “social disengagement,” according to Yale University doctoral candidate Esther Kim.

North Korea to Australian paper: We’re not ‘naughty,’ you are
CNN

An Australian newspaper found itself the focus of a 14-paragraph denouncement in the state-run North Korean media agency, KCNA.

The North Korean news agency lashed out at mX, a free commuter paper in three Australian cities, calling it sordid, foolish, bullying, degrading, incompetent, pitiful and rogue — among other things.

So how did a paper that focuses on “fun news, sport and entertainment” earn the verbal wrath of Pyongyang?

Welcome to the plastic surgery capital of the world
CNNGo

Korea is gaining a reputation as a plastic surgery mecca, a place where doctors are highly skilled, citizens are more than willing and the technology is top-notch.

People from all over the world come to have their noses tweaked, chins thinned and fat removed and occasionally grafted onto another part of their face.

It’s not just a female thing — males make up at least 30 percent of JK Plastic Surgery Clinic’s patients.

For CBS intern, a chance in the hot seat
Northeastern.edu (Mass.)

Sit­ting at the anchor’s desk on the set of the CBS Evening News, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity third-​​year stu­dent Young Kim intro­duced a report focusing on gay col­lege ath­letes. He deliv­ered the intro­duc­tion con­fi­dently, but after he com­pleted the seg­ment the mag­ni­tude of the expe­ri­ence truly sank in.

“I don’t think my mind reg­is­tered where I actu­ally was until I was walking out of the studio and I saw my hand shaking,” said Kim, a jour­nalism and media and screen studies (for­merly cinema studies) com­bined major who is now on co-​​op with CBS News in New York. “I was a lot more excited to be there than I thought I’d be.”

Korean American Film Festival Commemorates the L.A. Riots
Los Angeles Weekly

The Korean American Film Festival Los Angeles launches this week, and while it imports several titles from its New York sister festival (including Magic and Loss, with indie star Kiki Sugino, and the portentous-sounding Ultimate Christian Wrestling), its centerpiece is a program of documentaries that focus on the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots.

South Korean rhythmic gymnast well positioned for final
Yonhap News Agency

South Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae put together solid performances on Thursday, the first day of the qualification round, to give herself a chance to advance to the all-around final at the London Olympics.

After the hoop and ball routines at Wembley Arena, Son finished fourth overall among 24 gymnasts. She earned 28.075 points in hoop and 27.825 points in ball for a combined 55.900 points.

South Korean gold gymnast vaults from rags to riches
CNN

As Yang’s financial plight has come to light following his Olympic win in the men’s vault final, companies have been rushing to provide for the newly-minted star.

The latest donation of 500 million won (US$444,000) comes from the chairman of LG Group, Koo Bon Moo, who announced Thursday that the gift was intended to help Yang put aside financial worries and focus on his training.

Yang, who said after his victory that he wanted to build a house for his family, will also have this wish come true, according to local media.

S. Korea faces mortal enemy Japan for first Olympic medal
Yonhap News Agency

In the men’s football tournament at the London Olympics, South Korea lost to Brazil 3-0 in the semis, while Japan fell 3-1 against Mexico. The bronze medal match will be played at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. South Korea and Japan have never before played each other at an Olympics.

South Korea is seeking its first Olympic football medal in its ninth try. Japan won bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics as the first Asian country to stand on the podium.

Indians 6, Twins 2: Justin Masterson, Shin-Soo Choo end losing streak at 11
Ohio.com

Choo entered the game with a .182 (4-for-22) batting average against lefty Brian Duensing but went 4-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.

“Choo had a huge game,” Acta said.

“I talked to a lot of players during the streak,” Choo said. “We talked about what our problems were, what we needed to do. Baseball is not an easy game. We needed to make sure everybody was on the same page and playing hard, win or lose.

‘Korean Zombie’ tops ‘The Lytle List’ of writer’s most exciting UFC fighters
Yahoo! Sports

The most exciting fights to me are those in which there are sustained periods of combat, in which the athletes use all of the tools at their disposal. Yes, a great standup war is exciting, but a truly great mixed martial arts bout includes kicks, punches, elbows, knees, wrestling, scrambles, throws and jiu-jitsu.

That said, these are my picks as the 20 most exciting UFC fighters to watch. I’m picking active fighters only, so that leaves out the great Chris Lytle. In honor of the former UFC welterweight star, who consistently earned post-fight performance bonuses from the UFC for his exciting fights, I’ve dubbed my inaugural list of the UFC’s most exciting fighters as “The Lytle List.”

US women defeat South Korea in volleyball for spot in the Olympic gold-medal match
Star Tribune (Minn.)

South Korea took a 14-11 advantage in the second on Jung Dae-young’s kill, but mistakes cost them in the end. Kim’s misplayed spike gave the United States a 23-22 lead, and Han Yoo-mi’s kill went wide for set point.

Jordan Larson’s spike made it 15-10 in the third set. South Korea fought back to even it at 18 on Kim’s ace.

But the U.S. wouldn’t let the South Koreans take the lead and Hooker’s monster spike set up Tom’s kill for the win.

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