Tuesday’s Link Attack: False Adoption; Host Bars Cater to Women; Hello Kitty Cafe
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: September 18th, 2012
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Vote effort targets Asian American groups
Los Angeles Times

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center has launched a get-out-the-vote effort for the Nov. 6 elections. The group is adding a special push for Prop. 30, the governor’s tax measure.

Ad agency InterTrend uses Web to connect with Asians
Los Angeles Times

Looking to capture young, tech-savvy Asian Americans, a Long Beach advertising agency turned East for inspiration.

The firm, InterTrend Communications, came up with a Web series that blended elements of South Korean soap operaswith a novel Japanese storytelling device that employed online social networks. The series, sponsored by AT&T Inc., quickly notched nearly 10 million views on YouTube and generated 4,700 suggestions from fans about how the story should unfold.

Korean-Australian woman finds she was falsely adopted
SBS via World News Australia

An Australian woman has found she was the subject of a falsified adoption in South Korea, where her biological mother was told her baby was stillborn.

South Korean host bars – for women
BBC News

South Korea’s rapid economic development has meant some startling changes within its conservative social structure, including the rise of so-called host bars, where wealthy women pay the equivalent of thousands of dollars for male company.

Steven Yeun: Prison is ‘claustrophobic’ on ‘Walking Dead’

“It’s claustrophobic,” star Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, told The Clicker of this season’s setting, which was teased in the finale. “Last year, we were really happy with the fact that outside, the outdoors (at the farm) was really another character that helped us do these themes because we were miserable. We looked miserable, but in a good way. This season, we were thinking, ‘Oh man, once we go on stages, we’re gonna really have to act out certain things.’ But man, they did a great job and (the prison is) just as terrible as outside.”

‘Go On’ star John Cho: Matthew Perry is my comedy hero

Playing opposite your admitted “comedy hero” could be daunting for most actors, but “Go On’s” John Cho — who co-stars with that hero, Matthew Perry — is taking it all in stride.

Grading the Charts … IN K-POP!

1. Seo In Kook & Jeong Eun Ji, “All for You”
David Cho: So here’s the way this one works. There’s this drama (read: soap opera; for more info click here) that’s about Korea in 1997 called “Responding: 1997″ that has randomly become super-popular despite not being on a major network. This song is one that’s sung by two of the actors, who — and bear with me, as I’ve never seen more than 90 seconds of this show — are involved in a love triangle.

Molly Lambert: Any idea why it’s so popular?

Cho: Popular songs fall into one of two categories: songs that are actually popular as songs, and songs that are associated with Korean TV shows and become insanely popular because all of the country watches a handful of the same shows, which makes a popular show that much more popular.

Brian Joo to star in Broadway-style musical “Loving the Silent Tears”

Korean American singers Brian Joo and Heather Park are collaborating with a team of Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy winners as stars in the new US-produced Broadway-style musical, Loving the Silent Tears, to be held on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Brian & Heather will represent Korea in this new star-studded musical and they will co-star with Grammy winners Jon Secada, Jody Watley, Black Uhuru, along with Tony-winning Broadway stars.

Why the Rise of Asia In Fashion Isn’t As Beautiful As It Seems
Wall Street Journal

And yet, even as the industry celebrated the continued “rise of the Asian American designer” (as proclaimed in 2010 by the New York Times, and repeated faithfully every year since) and the concurrent “rise of the Asian American supermodel” (as proclaimed in 2010 by Vogue), and repeated faithfully every year since), it’s clear that fashion hasn’t quite resolved its endemic racial issues.

The Cakes at Seoul’s Hello Kitty Cafe Are So Cute, You’ll Feel Bad Mutilating the Face of the World’s Most Beloved Cat
Rocket News

The expressionless white cat’s overwhelming popularity has spread throughout the world, prompting the creation of the Hello Kitty Cafe franchise in South Korea with locations in Seoul, Incheon, and Sinchon. One of our reporters, enamored by the cuteness that Japan’s most famous cat exudes, decided to pay a visit to Hello Kitty Cafe’s Seoul location.

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