Thursday’s Link Attack: Yul Kwon, LA Riots, Filmmaker Dennis Lee
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: April 19th, 2012
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Oikos classes to resume Monday, some in building where students were slain
San Jose Mercury News

Oikos University will resume classes Monday, three weeks after a gunman killed seven people there.

Most classes will be held in the same Oakland building where police say former nursing student One L. Goh, 43, killed six former classmates and a receptionist. But nursing students likely will be spared the additional trauma of returning to the scene of the massacre, said the school’s president, Jongin Kim.

Seoul boasts of missile able to hit anywhere in North Korea

South Korea has added to its arsenal a cruise missile that can hit anywhere in the North, the Defence Ministry announced on Thursday, a day after Pyongyang said it was ready to retaliate in the face of international condemnation over its failed rocket launch.

Panetta: ‘We’re within an inch of war almost every day’

The United States is prepared for “any contingency” when it comes to dealing with North Korea, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CNN.

“We’re within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world, and we just have to be very careful about what we say and what we do,” Panetta said Wednesday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Kim Jong Un Runs North Korea on the Cheap
The Atlantic

Say what you will about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the kid knows how to pinch a penny. Since coming to power in December, the 28-year-old leader has had big (platform) shoes to fill. But he’s already on track for a banner year of fiscal austerity. Just look at his track record this week:

Recollections of the riots, 20 years later
Southern California Public Radio

As the evening continued and audience members got up to speak, an older black woman who remembered the Watts riots of 1965 remembered being at the gym when she heard the verdict and going home right away, sensing something bad was about to happen. A Korean American woman talked about how she felt that twenty years after the riots, there’s still a lack of sympathy for the Korean immigrant business owners who lost livelihoods in the fires and looting.

Jesus Henry Christ: Filmmaker Dennis Lee Redefines Normal
Huffington Post

If you are going to make an entrance at a film event, take some pointers from filmmaker Dennis Lee. On the red carpet for Jesus Henry Christ at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Lee was accompanied by the executive producer of his film, Hollywood megastar Julia Roberts. The scene at the premiere was a cacophony of flashlights going off, journalists screaming Roberts’ name and camera operators elbowing one another to get a prized shot of the numerous celebrities — which included Mike Nichols and wife Diane Sawyer — strolling into the Tribeca PAC theater.

But beyond the headlines from that night, and the star power conveyed by leading lady Toni Collette, who plays Henry’s mother in the film, Jesus Henry Christ is that rare cinematic combination of great story, touching performances and beautifully shot cinematography. The latter, incidentally, the work of Roberts’ husband Danny Moder.

Word of Mouth: South Korea’s ‘My Way’ tries to find a way in U.S.
Los Angeles Times

‘My Way’ is billed as the most expensive South Korean film ever. CJ Entertainment America is seeking an art house crowd for it, but reviews haven’t been great.

Ravitch: I don’t understand Michelle Rhee
Washington Post

I am troubled that Rhee thinks that teachers are the biggest problem facing American education. Attacking teachers seems to be her hallmark.

searching for community in columbia’s asian american student groups
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia Univ.)

“I don’t know how to befriend Asian Americans,” Julie Ahn says.

Ironically, I first met Julie, who is Korean-American, about three weeks ago as I was coming back from the opening ceremony of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We struck up a conversation about the Asian American clubs on campus, and her reaction was immediate: “I feel awkward around them. Most Asians here integrate or cluster—and I just feel uncomfortable.”

The British Voice of Kim Il Sung

When walking around Kim Il Sung’s mausoleum at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, visitors are given special headsets to listen to a recorded guide of the facility. In a sometimes emotionally charged recording, the narrator talks the visitor through the multi-room Palace and describes what the visitors are seeing as they walk. To the surprise of many, the voice featured on the English language version of the recording is British. With the DPRK usually employing local English speaking Koreans for its TV and Film productions, it is somewhat interesting that a native English speaker was chosen for the Kumsusan Memorial Palace recording – Paul White. We caught up with Paul to find out more about how he got involved in the project…

1. How did you first become interested in North Korea?

China Halts Repatriation of N.Korean Defectors
Chosun Ilbo

The Chinese government has halted the repatriation of North Korean defectors, apparently in response to South Korean requests and because it is angry that the North went ahead with its rocket launch.

Harnessing K-Pop for tourism

As K-Pop lures more and more foreign travelers to Korea, the government and local entertainment companies are jumping on the bandwagon.

SM Entertainment, one of the country’s largest entertainment companies with acts such as Girls Generation and Super Junior under its label, announced last week that it had acquired BT&I, one of the largest travel agencies in Korea, as a move to increase its global content offerings.

America Revealed: Nation on the Move

Full-length episodes of Yul Kwon’s new PBS show can be viewed online here.

‘No Church In The Wild’ ASL Video: Mark Nakhla, Greg Faxon And Sam Choi Sign To Kanye West, Jay-Z
Huffington Post

Mark Nakhla, along with his two friends, Greg Faxon and Sam Choi, filmed themselves signing — and dancing — along to the Watch The Throne track. Choi, who takes on Frank Ocean’s middle verse, combines sign with dance.

  • Randy Gere

    Not sure I would describe Julia Roberts as a “megastar” after all these years.

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