Obama and Hu to co-ordinate on North Korea rocket launch
China and the US have agreed to co-ordinate their response to any “potential provocation” if North Korea goes ahead with a planned rocket launch, the White House says.
S.Korea May Need U.S. Help to Shoot Down N.Korean Rocket
The government plans to shoot down a North Korean rocket scheduled for launch in the middle of next month if it strays off course, causing the first stage booster to fall on South Korean territory, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
But experts point out that the missiles in South Korea’s arsenal are unequal to the task of engaging intercontinental ballistic missiles, which many believe is really what the North is testing, and will have to rely on the U.S. to shoot it down.
‘Hallyu’ back: Obama catches the ‘Korean Wave’
Los Angeles Times
On his third visit to South Korea, President Obama seems to have caught the “Korean Wave.”
The term for the surge and spread of Korean pop culture — “hallyu” in Korean — popped up in the president’s speech on Monday, along with a sprinkle of other in-the-know references intended to show he could hang with the kids of Hankuk University, the audience for his otherwise policy-heavy speech.
Before launching into a review of his nuclear weapons policy, Obama name-checked South Korea’s hugely popular social networking sites — Me2Day and Kakao Talk, the latter claiming to transmit 1 billion messages daily. He praised the young Koreans’ optimism and promise — and tech savvy.
“It’s no wonder so many people around the world have caught the Korean Wave — hallyu,” Obama said, in one of his biggest applause lines.
US World Bank pick launches global charm offensive
AFP via Google News
The Korean American physician tapped by US President Barack Obama to lead the World Bank will embark on an 11 day global charm offensive Tuesday, the Treasury Department said.
Amid anger that the United States and Europe appear poised to stitch up leadership of the bank for at least another five years, South Korea-born Jim Yong Kim will try to win over skeptics in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Christie calls Kwon vote ‘awfully unfair’
Statehouse Bureau (N.J.)
Governor Christie criticized Senate Democrats who rejected his Supreme Court nominee last week on a monthly call-in radio show Monday night.
On Thursday, First Assistant Attorney General Phillip Kwon was voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-7, with all the “no” votes coming from Democrats. It was the first time in modern history a governor’s nominee was voted down by the panel of lawmakers.
“It was awfully unfair. It was a terrible disservice to the state for them to just play politics,” Christie said on NJ 101.5’s “Ask the Governor,” an hour-long segment for callers to ask Christie questions each month.
Exclusive: Goldman Sachs losing private equity exec
Gene Yoon is leaving Goldman Sachs (GS) to manage a new $500 million private equity fund, Fortune has learned. Sources say that the new effort will officially launch in May, and that it will be bankrolled by a European family office.
Yoon has spent more than four years running private equity for Goldman’s Americas Special Situations Group, which focuses on growth equity and mid-market private equity investing. According to CapitalIQ, his current portfolio company board seats include LifeLock, Picis, Amber Road and Northface University.
In North Korea, a brutal choice
During a sleepless night, Song Ee Han agonized over a decision: Was she willing to leave her youngest child behind while she and her daughters escaped North Korea?
The next morning, Han knelt beside her only surviving son, 5-year-old BoKum, searching for the right words. The boy looked half his age, his distended belly protruding awkwardly from his tiny frame. He was weakened and fatigued from their journey. They had stopped at a friend’s house less than halfway to the border, and Han and her daughters were too small or weak to carry him.
“Why are you taking my sisters, but not me?” he wailed.
Places Obama should visit in Seoul
The shortest dinner at this new VVIP-only Korean restaurant in Itaewon is a three-hour, 19-course fete.
Korean American community praises professor’s new textbook
San Francisco State News
SF State Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo has released a book on Korean American history and culture that leaders in the community are praising as the new standard for Korean American Studies courses nationwide.
Restaurateur exploited immigrants
Winnipeg Sun (Canada)
A Winnipeg restaurateur busted for staffing his popular sushi spots on trendy Corydon Avenue with illegal foreign workers is facing a stiff fine after admitting he broke Canada’s immigration-protection laws.
Jung Won Choi, owner of Kenko Sushi and now-closed sister eatery Kenko Niwa, pleaded guilty in provincial court Monday to breaching a provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
DREAMer and Sunday school teacher detained, facing imminent deportation
Currently, 26-year old DREAMer and Sunday school teacher, Ueen Joung Chang (Cindy Chang), from San Jose, California is detained in Eloy, Arizona with the threat of imminent deportation to South Korea.
She has not committed a crime, and has in fact been an upstanding member of her community serving the homeless as well as a lay deacon and Sunday school teacher with her church.
She came to the United States when she was seven years old and was not aware of her immigration status until she was stopped at an immigration checkpoint in Arizona on her way to a friend’s wedding in Phoenix. She is now ordered deported despite her family having followed the steps to attain green cards, but were foiled by bureaucratic errors. With no family in South Korea, her deportation would tear her away from her family and community which depend on her.
Park Chan-ho to Raise Awareness of Language Barriers
Hanwha Eagles’ pitcher Park Chan-ho was on Monday appointed promotional ambassador for BBB Korea, non-profit organization that provides interpretation services.
The organization has nearly 4,000 volunteers who interpret for tourists and members of multicultural family.
It said it picked Park because he is a renowned sportsman, has been at the forefront of charitable activities, and is married to Park Ri-hye, a third-generation Korean-Japanese.
Kamala Films Acquires ‘Lone Wolf And Cub’ With ‘Fast Five’s Justin Lin Attached
Kamala Films has acquired film rights to the Kazuo Koike-created 1970s Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub, attaching David & Janet Peoples to write the script. Fast Five‘s Justin Lin had already been attached to direct.
Asian Heritage Month Celebration Brings Singer-Songwriter David Choi to Rochester
Univ. of Rochester
The University of Rochester celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a performance by David Choi, a Korean-American singer and songwriter, whose tracks have been featured on international television shows and commercials.
Beverly Kim’s Beet Salad recipe
Keep an eye out for our profile of Beverly in the upcoming April 2012 issue of KoreAm.
Storylines, players to watch at Nabisco
2. Na Yeon Choi
If you are asking “Who is Na Yeon Choi?” the answer is “the best player in the world you have not heard of.” The 24-year-old South Korean, a five-time LPGA winner, moved past Norway’s Suzann Pettersen into the world No. 2 spot a few weeks ago. She’s known as a serious contender with lots of game. This year, she has two runner-up finishes and is coming off an 18th-place finish Sunday in the Kia. Choi won the LPGA money title in 2010 and was third last year. In the past 11 LPGA majors, she has six top-10 finishes, including a second at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open.