Despite all the grumbling, the World Bank job will likely still go to the American
The Washington Post
The campaign for president of the World Bank has come down to three people. There’s the White House’s pick, Jim Yong Kim. And, for the first time, there are two non-American candidates: Colombia’s José Antonio Ocampo and Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Lately, there’s been a spate of editorials touting Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister, as the most qualified choice for president. Here’s the Economist on her credentials: “She has not broken Nigeria’s culture of corruption — an Augean task — but she has sobered up its public finances and injected a measure of transparency.” Mohamed El-Erian, meanwhile, argues that it’s important to break with tradition and go with a non-American: “Her appointment would speak to other important initiatives with which Obama has aligned himself, including efforts to fight corruption, strengthen meritocracy, and support gender equality.”
Leading the World Bank
New York Times
President Obama’s nomination of Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank is an inspired choice. The South Korean-born medical doctor and president of Dartmouth College has a stellar reputation as a global health expert.
Still, there is a problem: Since the bank was founded, all the presidents have been American. Emerging economies, which contribute increasingly to global growth, are rightly demanding a greater say in decision-making. The World Bank job — and one at the International Monetary Fund, which traditionally goes to a European — ought to be filled on merit alone. That should not exclude qualified Americans, but neither should it guarantee them a job.
Limited options for US on North Korea rocket
The Christian Science Monitor
Despite tough talk from President Barack Obama, the United States and its allies have limited options if North Korea goes ahead with its planned long-range rocket launch in mid-April.
Washington is likely to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, analysts say, and could tighten its already tough sanctions. Such efforts would struggle without support from China, which can be expected to resist any moves that might threaten the stability of its neighbor.
North Korean Defector Threatened Over His Reliable News Reports
Jang Jin-Seong is a rarity. He is a former North Korea intelligence official who defected to the South, but even more remarkable is that he runs a news site with reliable information about North Korea. It could cost him his life.
One of the hardest places in the world to get accurate information, for journalists or for intelligence officers, is the closed and paranoid regime of North Korea.
Chris Christie’s Supreme Court nominee Philip Kwon suffered political smear
Newark Star-Ledger (N.J.)
…for the first time in the history of the Senate, a Supreme Court nominee’s confidential questionnaire was leaked to the media. It concluded 10 days ago with the spectacle that was Phillip Kwon’s nomination hearing to be an associate justice to the state Supreme Court.
Let me begin with the sole question posed to the Judiciary Committee as part of its privilege to advise and consent on a judicial nomination: Is Kwon qualified to serve on the Supreme Court? The answer is yes, as there was no dispute among the members of the Judiciary Committee on his qualifications to serve.
North Jersey Korean leaders to form political action committee after Philip Kwon rejection
Bergen County Record (N.J.)
There are only a few elected Korean-Americans on school boards and municipal councils across the state, but members of the community want to strengthen their political influence.
To that end, North Jersey’s Korean-American leaders announced Friday that they will form a grassroots political action committee whose mission is to raise funds and elect candidates who “truly represent the people of New Jersey.” The announcement — at the Friends of Grace Seniors Community Center in Englewood — came in the wake of the state Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to reject the nomination of Phillip Kwon to the state Supreme Court.
A Korean Adoptee Does Her Own Detective Work in a Gamble to Find Her Family
Miami New Times
Orphanage director Choon Hee Kim placed a brown folder on the table and declared flatly, “This is your file.” Chae Haile sat to the director’s left, fidgeting with her scarf and an empty water bottle. Chae’s husband, Greg, held the video camera from across the room. The South Florida couple wanted to capture every moment at the Korean Social Services office on the outskirts of Seoul, even though they were convinced this trip in November 2010 would all be a dead end.
More Asian Americans Marrying Within Their Race
New York Times
WHEN she was a philosophy student at Harvard College eight years ago, Liane Young never thought twice about all the interracial couples who flitted across campus, arm and arm, hand in hand. Most of her Asian friends had white boyfriends or girlfriends. In her social circles, it was simply the way of the world.
But today, the majority of Ms. Young’s Asian-American friends on Facebook have Asian-American husbands or wives. And Ms. Young, a Boston-born granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, is married to a Harvard medical student who loves skiing and the Pittsburgh Steelers and just happens to have been born in Fujian Province in China.
Korean-American playwright brings unusual portrait of immigrant family
The Korea Herald
The concept of home and belonging has been repeatedly discussed in migration studies and art, yet many local viewers may find Korean-American playwright Lloyd Suh’s play quite equivocal and even unusual.
As its title, “American Hwangap” suggests, the play deals with the clash between two different worlds: Korea and America, parents and children, and the past and the future. It deals with an uneasy reunion of an immigrant family, as well as a failed American dream of a man who is still in search of a place to belong at age 60. This is no typical family portrait ― at least not what one would expect to see on popular Korean TV dramas.
Northridge woman gets 18 months for tax fraud
Los Angeles Daily News
A Northridge woman who owned and operated three mortgage referral businesses was sentenced Monday to a year and a half in prison for tax evasion and ordered to pay restitution of almost $400,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Shelly Tammy Kim, 43, pleaded guilty last August to one count of filing a false tax return for the 2003 calendar year.
“She’s someone who liked to go to Las Vegas,” U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said before imposing the sentence, adding that Kim apparently has a gambling problem and used the money “to live a lavish lifestyle.”
Sun Young Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco
I.K. Kim raised her left hand to her mouth and turned her head away, unwilling to look at what just happened at her feet. Fans at Mission Hills gasped, groaned and screamed in a chorus of shared pain.
With a major championship resting on a 1-foot putt, Kim had just lived every golfer’s nightmare.
She had done the unthinkable. She had missed the unmissable.
Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo learns from difficult 2011 season
Akron Beacon Journal Online
Even for those who live in the rarefied environment of major-league baseball, life sometimes intrudes in troublesome ways.
Just ask outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who couldn’t get out of his own way in 2011. There was the Jonathan Sanchez pitch in San Francisco that fractured Choo’s thumb and kept him out of the lineup from June 25 through Aug. 10. Then there was the left oblique strain on Aug. 27 that put him on the disabled list until mid-September.
Readers’ favorite memories of Hines Ward
The AFC North blog received a strong response from fans when asked to give their favorite memories of Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who announced his retirement last month. Here’s a sampling of what followers of this blog had to say about Ward:
Jackie (Los Angeles): I have so many memories of Hines that it’s almost impossible to pick one. But I think my favorite would have to be in the 2010 playoffs, when we played Baltimore in the divisional round. We were down by seven points, having come back from a 14-point deficit. Ben Roethlisberger threw the tying touchdown pass to Hines. I just remember seeing that famous smile, and the energy level at Heinz was insane. I could almost feel it watching TV at home. That moment was just amazing, seeing him celebrate with his teammates. I’ll never forget that game.
S.Korean held for girlfriend’s ‘live octopus’ death
A South Korean has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend who was initially believed to have accidentally suffocated while eating a live octopus, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
After an investigation lasting many months the suspect identified only as Kim was formally arrested for murder last Friday, prosecutor Lee Geon-Tae at Incheon city, west of Seoul, told AFP. Kim would be charged within the next 10 days, he said.