North Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrent
AFP via Google News
North Korea vowed Tuesday to bolster its nuclear deterrent and take “self-defence” measures unless the United States halts criticism and pressure over its rocket launches and atomic programme.
A foreign ministry spokesman was hitting back at a statement Saturday from Washington and other Group of Eight nations, which condemned Pyongyang’s April 13 long-range rocket launch.
Chinese fishermen say North Korean soldiers beat and robbed them
Los Angeles Times
Chinese fishermen released by North Korea this week after nearly two weeks of captivity alleged that they were beaten, robbed and stripped and given starvation rations in a case that has opened up a rare public rift between the Communist allies.
Rogue N.Korean Soldiers Suspected in Hijack of Chinese Boats
“North Korean troops largely need to survive on their own these days, and some impoverished units may have gone too far in their attempt to earn cash,” said a Unification Ministry official here.
Kindergarten teacher creates educational apps
North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)
When John Kim introduced iPods and educational apps to his kindergarten class last year at Donald Graham Elementary School in Wildomar, he was just beginning to see how much the children enjoyed learning with the devices.
This year, Kim has taken e-learning a huge step further. Students in the school’s four kindergarten classes now use iPads to help them learn reading skills, and Kim has become an app designer with four educational apps he created now on sale in the Apple App Store.
Philadelphia Daily News
A growing crime trend in the Philadelphia area has robbers targeting Asian-owned businesses.
The Haverford home invasion was just the latest targeting Asian American business owners outside their places of business. This and other recent attacks – including a March home invasion in Oxford Circle and a December robbery and shooting outside a Cheltenham bank – have so alarmed a regional task force of law-enforcement authorities that it has resumed meetings on the issue and is giving safety pointers to Asian Americans.
Baltimore man convicted of 2006 murder of Glen Burnie dentist
The Baltimore Sun
A Baltimore man serving a 60-year murder sentence now faces life without parole in an unrelated homicide in Glen Burnie, after he was convicted Monday of the first-degree murder of Dr. Albert Woonho Ro.
Dante Jeter, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced July 24 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for his role in the fatal beating, stabbing and robbery on Sept. 26, 2006, of Ro, 51, a dentist well-known in the area’s Korean-American community.
Man charged with slapping loud kid in Kent theater
An Auburn man accused of smacking a loud 10-year-old at a Kent movie theater could face months in jail if convicted of the felony assault charge now filed against him.
King County prosecutors contend 21-year-old Yong Hyun Kim knocked out one of the boy’s teeth after the child and several other youths refused to quiet down and stop throwing popcorn in April.
The Ten Most Fashionable Asian-Americans In NYC
Two Korean Americans made Michael Musto’s list: CNN’s Alina Cho and David Chang of Momofuku fame.
Gallery: The unseen face of Pyongyang
German architect publishes English, German and now Korean guide to North Korea’s mysterious capital
Facebook Opens K-Pop Page
A K-Pop page opened on Facebook on Monday to deliver news about Korean pop stars and their new songs to fans around the world. Facebook is the second global user-content website to open a K-pop page after YouTube last December.
Krys Lee talks about her literary obsession
Author Krys Lee found out what her “obsessions” are after writing her first collection of stories. They are “survivors of different forms,” or “people who don’t quite belong.”
And the Korean-American writer’s obsessions are evident in her powerful debut collection, “Drifting House” (Viking/Penguin Press). The stories take place in Korea, the U.S. and even North Korea, but all of her characters are struggling to survive and belong.
“I think my preoccupation with survivors has to do with the fact that I’m not just interested in the ordeal,” Lee told The Korea Herald in Seoul. “I’m also interested in the life after (their struggles) and how you move on, and how people forge a life in spite of all that.”
Bruce Iwasaki Named to L.A. Superior Court
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced the appointment of Bruce G. Iwasaki to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Iwasaki, 61, of Los Angeles has been a partner at Lim Ruger and Kim LLP since 2006.
Kirtland High’s Morgan Choe named Willoughby Rotary Club student of the year
The News-Herald (Ohio)
Morgan Choe, a senior at Kirtland High School with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.35 was selected Monday as the Willoughby Rotary Club student of the year.
Choe was one of four finalists from Kirtland High School, Andrews Osborne Academy, Eastlake North High School and Willoughby South High School.
A Talk with Peter Underwood, Part 2
Wall Street Journal
Peter Underwood, senior partner at IRC Ltd. in Seoul, recently published a book in Korean called “First Mover.” It examines the transition South Korean businesses and the country as whole is making into setting the pace in industries – a change from the historic role of “fast follower.”
In the second of a two-part interview, Mr. Underwood talks about some of the obstacles to change in South Korea:
Korean Culture Festival Draws Big Crowds in San Ramon
Patch.com (San Ramon, Calif.)
Hundreds gathered at Dougherty Valley High School over the weekend to feast on tasty Korean delicacies, colorful costumes, and lively and lyrical traditional music and dance.
The 2012 Korean Culture Festival on Sunday afternoon and evening featured Samul Nori performances by U.C. Berkeley’s EGO traditional drumming group, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations by Koo’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, dance by Urisawe, Hanna Kim and the Silk Strings GayYaGeum Ensemble playing the zither-like string instrument, and the Pacific Youth Choir and the Pacific Junior Choir singing delightful Korean folk songs.