Tuesday’s Link Attack: Jim Yong Kim, Roy Choi, Heejun Han
Author: Gina Kim
Posted: April 17th, 2012
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Obama praises Kim, calls World Bank process transparent
Reuters via Chicago Tribune

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the selection of Jim Yong Kim as president of the World Bank, saying the selection process had been “open and transparent” and praising the man he proposed for the post for being an inclusive leader.

Q&A: New President Jim Kim on World Bank Priorities
The Wall Street Journal

Jim Yong Kim, who was elected Monday as the World Bank’s next president, will be the institution’s first leader with expertise in development rather than politics or finance. In a brief phone interview from Lima, Peru, where he was concluding his “global listening tour,” he said his “top priority” at the bank would be laying the groundwork for job creation. He also said he was confident he’d have “a very strong consensus” at the bank after emerging from the first contested race in the bank’s seven-decade history.

Korean Xenophobia Betrays Double Standards
The Chosun Ilbo

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Korean-American Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College, as the next head of the World Bank. Obama’s selection of Kim drew praise both in the U.S. and here in Korea.

Kim moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was five and is an American citizen, but Koreans like to think of him as one of their own. Americans also congratulated Kim, who became the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League university and nominee for the next head of the World Bank. Critics voiced concerns whether Kim, a medical doctor by training, would be able to handle the developmental assistance the World Bank is known for, but nobody had any problem with his ethnic background.

Yet the exact opposite is happening here in Korea right now. The Philippine-born naturalized Korean citizen Jasmine Lee, who became a Saenuri Party lawmaker, has been the victim of malicious attacks on the Internet since the April 11 general election. People have been posting malicious comments about her on Twitter and other social networks, somehow linking her to the grisly murder of a young woman recently killed by an ethnic Korean from China.

North Korea threatens retaliation for scrapping of food aid
Los Angeles Times

North Korea on Tuesday answered world condemnation of its recent rocket test with defiance, threatening “retaliatory measures” if the United States fails to deliver food aid it canceled after the failed launch.

The Real Reason Why Asian Americans Are Outmarrying Less
The Wall Street Journal

When I was young, I remember my mom telling me once that she really had only four big hopes for me. “You do these four things and I will be happy,” she said. “One, practice piano. Two, go to a good college. Three, become a doctor. And four, marry a nice Taiwanese girl.”

Thirty years later, and I’m two for four. I reminded her of this other day: “Remember that list you had for me back when? Well, I’m batting .500. In baseball, that makes me a superstar.”

“Well, in testing, 50% means you fail,” she retorted. I love my mother.

Anyway, the conversation came up because we’d independently emailed each other an article recently published in the New York Times “Style” section, detailing the latest hot trend to hit the Times breakroom: Apparently, more and more Asian Americans are defying convention by…marrying Asian Americans.

Choi to the world
New York Post

Notes from the fifth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival:

LA chef Roy Choi served his Sunny Spot pig’s feet at Friday night’s afterparty and cooked at a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chefs alumni dinner on Saturday alongside LA pal Ricardo Zarate of Picca. But he could have been even busier on Twitter. Choi (@RidingShotgunLA) posted photos with chefs including Jacques Pepin, Michelle Bernstein (“My Miami Boo”), Masaharu Morimoto, Paul Bartolotta, Michael White and Charles Phan of San Francisco’s Slanted Door and also tried to respond to as many people who wrote him on Twitter as possible.

Hooked on science by accident, Kimberly Choi puts it to work in the global community
Humanosphere

Kimberly Choi wound up testing malaria vaccines on mice quite by accident.

“I thought I was going to study Spanish literature,” Choi recalled.

But in 2006, Choi was encouraged by a high school biology teacher to participate in Seattle BioMed’s outreach program, BioQuest, which gives students a chance to do hands-on research.

“I thought that scientists were one way, and I was another,” she said. Instead, she wound up liking the work and built her education around that passion.

Now Choi works at Seattle BioMed, an organization focused on testing and developing vaccines to fight infectious diseases.

A Decorated Comedian
Central Jersey

TAKE a close look at Margaret Cho’s body — really, she doesn’t mind — and you’ll see flowers, birds and a beautiful collection of art. In fact, her entire back is decorated with tattoos and the comedian estimates that nearly 25 percent of her body is adorned with tattoo art.

Of course, Ms. Cho is better known for getting laughs than for getting ink, and for more than 20 years has been a staple on the stand-up circuit, peppering in appearances on television, as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and performing on Broadway.

American Idol contestant Heejun Han sits down for an interview with allkpop!
allkpop

Korean American Heejun Han recently returned to his humble hometown of Queens, NY after a trip to Hollywood and breaking through to the Top 9 on ‘American Idol.’

Musical Viagra: how a young Korean pianist made me fall in love with Beethoven all over again
The Telegraph (U.K.)

HJ Lim has an awful lot going for her. Before even listening to her play there’s that name – part Bond girl, part assassin. There are her looks (remember when Martha Argerich and Ivo Pogorelich first hit the scene?). She’s one of the few pianists around that you could envisage hanging out with in Soho for a few hours on a Saturday night and having a total blast. And then I heard her play. Nothing prepared me for it – there’s an (often unspoken) criticism that the majority of Asian/Korean pianists are all technique and no musicality, pianistic robots. And this album rips that stereotype to shreds. The tendency to play it safe, that ‘once committed to disc it will be around forever so don’t push the boundaries’ mentality is blissfully absent. Everything is dangerously invigorating, strikingly original.

‘Space Bibimbap’ to Be Served on Regular Flights
The Chosun Ilbo

Korean cuisine originally developed for consumption by astronauts in space is likely to be served in the form of in-flight meals on regular, earth-bound flights.

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute said on Monday that it signed a deal with the association of Jeonju bibimbap producers to transfer its techniques for making bibimbap adapted to suit conditions in outer space. The association is planning to supply the ready-to-make and portable space food to domestic budget carriers.

David Chang Trumps Questlove In Battle For Fried Chicken Glory On ‘Fallon’
Huffington Post

The fried chicken rivalry between chef David Chang and Questlove of The Roots has been simmering for sometime now after a Twitter back-and-forth between the two gentlemen. Finally, they took their 140-character smack talking to the arena, by agreeing to have a fried chicken battle on April 12 on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

[Kim Seong-kon] The value of minority voices in a homogeneous society
The Korea Herald

It may be a bit exaggerated to say we now live in the age of minorities and minority cultures. Nevertheless, it is undeniably true that ethnic minorities and their cultures are being recognized and appreciated in many countries these days. In the United States, for example, Americans elected Barack Obama as their president, giving tremendous hope to African Americans. President Obama also appointed ethnic minorities, including Korean Americans, to key posts in his Cabinet.

Back at scene of debacle, Na embraces notoriety
My San Antonio

Kevin Na and his caddie returned to the par-4 ninth hole at AT&T Oaks Course on Monday, and there were again some anxious moments.
This time, however, it did not involve an 8-iron. For the first time in his life, Na, 28, was wielding a chain saw. The PGA Tour veteran, a year after hacking around the woods adjacent to the fairway en route to a record-setting 12-over 16, took a measure of revenge as caddie Kenny Harms and manager Kevin Lynch looked on with pained expressions.

In Los Angeles, An Immigrant’s Dream Becomes A Jazz Hub
NPR

In the middle of recording his debut album, jazz vocalist Joon Lee received a phone call out of nowhere that made him stop, quite literally, in his tracks. A dark, run-down karaoke bar in the corner of a Little Tokyo strip mall was on the market — would he like to have a look?

It was the fall of 2009, and Lee was still a relative unknown in the Los Angeles jazz community. A Korean immigrant, he had been studying architecture in New York City when he heard a recording of pianist Chick Corea and vocalist Bobby McFerrin. He promptly quit school and moved across the country to study jazz singing.

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