Tuesday’s Link Attack: Bobby Lee, Jong Tae-Se, Girls Generation
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: January 31st, 2012
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North Korea ‘planning big military parade’
The Telegraph (U.K.)

North Korea is planning a massive military parade including missiles and other weaponry to mark major anniversaries early this year after its leader’s death, South Korean media reports said on Monday.

King County prosecutor to help South Korea establish jury system
Seattle Times

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Steven Kim, who has argued dozens of cases before King County juries, speaks fluent Korean. His language skills and time in the courtroom made him an ideal candidate to help South Korea in its effort to establish an American-style jury system. Kim, 36, flew from Seattle to Seoul on Saturday to begin a six-month assignment that could stretch to a year.

Pastor, wife charged after child found wandering alone
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Members of an Alpharetta congregation say an associate pastor and his wife may not have understood the consequences of leaving their young children at home alone while they attended a worship service at church, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Jongkyu Kim, 37, the associate pastor of Sae Han Presbyterian Church on Kimball Bridge Road, and his wife, Myunghwa Jeong, 35, were arrested after police found their 2-year-old son wandering outside by himself, according to a police report.

They initially were charged with felony cruelty to children and misdemeanor reckless conduct, but the felony charges later were dropped, Channel 2 reported. Church members told Channel 2 that the couple were good parents who may not have understood the implications of leaving youngsters at home alone because of a cultural barrier.

Seattle filmmaker finds herself in her Tanzanian family
Seattle Times

African and Korean, Seattle documentary filmmaker Eli Kimaro seeks to find herself and discovers so much more.

Pedestrian struck, killed along Va. 7
Northern Virginia Daily

A Winchester woman died early Monday morning after a pickup struck her as she walked along Va. 7, according to state police.

Authorities identified the victim as 74-year-old Young-Ja Park Kim, said state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler.

A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado struck Kim at about 1:15 a.m. as she walked in the westbound lane of Va. 7 just west of Blossom Drive (Va. 815), Tyler said.

Kim died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained when she was struck, Tyler said.

Racial Tension Rising in Dallas Against Korean Community
Chosun Ilbo

Korea’s consul-general in Houston is now in Dallas, Texas, to try and quell rising anti-Korean sentiment there after a dispute between different ethnic groups began spiraling out of control.

This comes as leaders of the African-American community in southern Dallas called for a boycott of Asian-owned businesses as a protest against what they call “racist business-owners.”

Tensions have been mounting since early this month, when a Korean owner of a gas station and an African-American customer got into a verbal altercation, in which racial slurs were reportedly made.

Does Korean Pop Actually Have a Shot at Success in the U.S.?
The Atlantic

Some of their peers’ past attempts to cross the Pacific have fizzled, but Wonder Girls may have hit on the right strategy to win an American following: marketing to tweens.

Cologne replace Podolski with North Korean ace
AFP via Yahoo News

North Korean international striker Jong Tae-se signed for Bundesliga side Cologne on Monday from second tier Vfl Bochum as a replacement for injured German star Lukas Podolski.

The 27-year-old cost the buying club around 500,000 euros for a five-month contract with them and covering the six months that remained on his contract with Bochum according to Cologne sporting director Volker Finke.

World Cup hero Ahn bids teary farewell
Korea Herald

Former national team striker Ahn Jung-hwan has always been a quiet man who displays little emotion.

On Tuesday, however, he was in tears as he announced his retirement from football.

“Sorry, I can’t help myself. I feel sad, because this is my last time to do this as a footballer,” Ahn said during his press conference in Seoul.

The 35-year-old striker hangs up his boots after having made 71 appearances and scored 17 goals for the national team, including three goals at the World Cup. Ahn is still considered the most technically gifted Korean player. He is best remembered for scoring the extra-time goal in Korea’s 2-1 win over Italy, helping the country advance to the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup.

Korean Coffee Franchise Heads to the Big Apple
Chosun Ilbo

The first overseas branch of Caffé Bene opened on Broadway’s W 49th Street near Times Square in Manhattan last Friday, and its reception by New Yorkers has exceeded all expectations.

It is rare for a non-U.S. coffee franchise to open a store in a major U.S. city in these days of contracting financial markets, when even many local cafes are closing down as big-name coffee chains like Starbucks enlarge their presence and market shares. For example, there are now more Starbucks in Manhattan than there are metro stations.

A New York chef’s food excursion in Seoul

For Manhattan-based chef and restaurateur Hooni Kim, traveling around Korea is naturally all about the food.

“[In New York] I’ve been thinking of Hadongkwan’s gomtang for several years,” says the 39-year-old Korean-American chef. “And what surprised me the most on this trip was that it met my expectations. It was just so good.”

In Korea for a 10-day vacation with his wife, Kim made sure to look up his previous haunts as well as searching for new renditions of his favorite dishes.

Best chicken wings in the country

Bon Chon – New York City, NY
The cult Korean wings spot (which also boasts a karaoke lounge) features exquisitely crispy fried chicken either sauced with a sweet-pungent soy garlic sauce, or spicy hot. This is one of the few places where both choices are equally awesome, so go for half and half. The chain is now worldwide; besides the U.S., there are Bon Chons in the Philippines, Thailand, Dubai and Singapore. I doubt the Super Bowl is a big deal at Bon Chon, but they do have big screens that invariably play the same Euro disco video over and over so perhaps they can be persuaded to change the channel.

High school sophomore joins Orioles, drawing ire of KBO
Yonhap News

A South Korean high school sophomore has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball (MLB), a transaction that had local baseball officials concerned about further departure of young talent.

The Orioles announced on their Web site that they have signed Kim Seong-min, a 17-year-old who pitched for Daegu Sangwon High School, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul. Dan Duquette, the team’s executive vice president of baseball operations, was quoted as saying Kim is “one of the top amateur left-handed pitchers in South Korea” who has “an excellent curveball and very good control.”

Video: Korean Pop Band Debuts on Letterman
Wall Street Journal

SPELLING BEE – Bobby Lee Video

Comedian Bobby Lee fills in for popular YouTuber Ray William Johnson.

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