UN Report: North Korea Defies UN Sanctions
Voice of America
United Nations report has concluded that North Korea continues to “actively defy” international sanctions by attempting to ship arms to Burma and Syria and by importing luxury goods.
The report by a panel of experts says U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea following nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 have slowed but failed to halt banned activities.
But the panel said it has received no new reports of violations involving the transfer of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or ballistic missiles.
For South Korean Tunnel Hunters, a Quixotic Quest to Prove a Threat
New York Times
Mr. Kim, 47, is one of a small but dedicated band of South Koreans who have been hunting for North Korean “invasion tunnels” for years, some for decades. Only four tunnels have ever been detected, all between 1974 and 1990 and all near the border. Not one has been found since, despite thousands of drilling operations not only by the South Korean military but also freelance prospectors like Mr. Kim.
Although broadly dismissed as cranks, the private tunnel hunters are not giving up. And the headlines they generate with their recurring claims tap into the source of one of South Koreans’ greatest fears about North Korea: its penchant for taking its war preparations underground, a reaction to the leveling of its military installations by U.S. air power during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Why South Korea Is in an Uproar over Intelligence Sharing with Japan
Whatever sense it may make for the militaries in Tokyo and Seoul to share information — about North Korea, in particular, and about China’s rising military profile in East Asia — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s attempt last week to approve the intelligence-sharing agreement without parliamentary review, at what the Korean press calls a “closed-door Cabinet meeting,” has become a self-inflicted wound. Coming as it does in a political year in South Korea — it will elect a new President in December — it’s not one that’s likely to heal soon.
Nashville school board chairwoman faces stiff test
[Elissa] Kim, 38, is the executive vice president of teacher recruitment for the national Teach for America organization, which recruits and trains teachers to teach in urban classrooms across the country. Her campaign has earned several endorsements, notably from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the prominent pro-charter schools political action committee Great Public Schools.
South Korea Shuns Moms At Peril As Workforce Shrinks
The failure of South Korea, one of the world’s fastest- aging societies, to tackle a shrinking labor pool threatens to undermine growth and lessen the nation’s odds of producing the next Samsung Electronics Co. or Hyundai Motor Co. (005380) Only half of women aged 15 years or older were working last year and the participation of females with higher education is the lowest among the 34 members of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development.
“The choice for women between a job and family is still stark,” said Kim Tae Hong, research director at the state-run Korea Women’s Development Institute in Seoul. “Policies alone can’t change the people’s long-held belief that mom is fully responsible for child care.”
Beverly Kim will leave Aria to take over Bonsoiree
Current chef and founder Shin Thompson, who in six years has elevated Bonsoiree from secret underground concept to Michelin-starred brick-and-mortar storefront, is moving on to a new restaurant project, though he will retain majority ownership of his restaurant. Kim and Clark will take over the kitchen in late August after the restaurant closes for two weeks for remodeling.
Alite Designs founder Tae Kim makes gear for ‘urbaneers’
Alite’s signature products, such as the cheekily named Sexy Hotness Sleeping Bag (designed for woodsy intimacy) and the lightweight, innovative Monarch Camp Chair, are made for newbies rather than the extreme athletes most outdoor gear makers sell to. The company is targeting city-dwellers in their 20s and early 30s who are looking for ways to get outside and meet new people. These consumers tend to have grown up in the suburbs, with little to no early exposure to camping. They also tend to like bikes and are devoted to local, organically-grown food. It’s a set that Kim likes to call “urbaneers.”
Girls’ Generation(SNSD) Stamps to Release Beginning of August!
Girl group Girls’ Generation will have stamps that they modeled for, for sale this coming August.
On July 3, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy Korea Post stated, “We are the first to create stamps of celebrities. Due to the popularity of K-Pop and it’s effect on the world, we decided to use Girls’ Generation as models for our first-ever celebrity stamps.”
‘Glee’ star Jenna Ushkowitz to write an inspirational memoir
Tina Cohen-Chang went from Glee‘s mousiest outcast to one of its sassiest, and now Jenna Ushkowitz — the 26-year-old actress who plays her — is penning a motivational memoir. Choosing Glee tells the story of Ushkowitz’s rise to TV musical prominence — from being adopted by a Long Island family at age 3, to starring in the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, and to becoming an integral part of New Directions — all while offering advice to her fans.
Toronto to host first N.K. rights film festival in N. America
From July 6-8 the Innis Town Hall in Toronto will play host to North America’s first North Korean Human Rights Film Festival, organized by some former residents of South Korea.
Two of the event’s co-organizers, Gilad Cohen and Michelle Ragno, took an interest in North Korean human rights after visits to the Korean Peninsula.
Stanford-bound Kim runner-up after 5-hole playoff
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)
The pros have it easy with just 18 holes on Sundays. Just ask Lauren Kim, who Thursday had to play 42 holes on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in her quest for a second California Junior Girls State Championship.
“I’m just taking it easy,” Kim said on Friday. “I didn’t actually expect to be this tired because I guess I wasn’t expecting to play 42 holes in one day. But it was exciting.”
The 2009 champion as a 14-year-old, Kim recently graduated from Los Altos and will attend Stanford in the fall. The 17-year-old won her semifinal in 19 holes, but fell victim to a 40-foot wedge shot by Kathleen Scavo in the fifth playoff hole of the title match.
Man jailed for carrying drugs in his shoes
A South Korean man took up a friend’s offer to carry drugs in his shoes, after he was promised a free trip to Singapore and Sydney. But he was caught with the drugs hidden in his shoes at Changi Airport in 2009.
On Tuesday, 43-year-old Kim Gwang Seok was sentenced to a jail term of five years and nine months. Kim pleaded guilty to possessing at least 550.7 grammes of diamorphine, concealed in his shoes.
Where to find Korea’s best bartenders
It turns out that it’s Media Day at Bar Rouge. The Gangnam lounge is celebrating the fact that two of its star bartenders have recently taken top honors at the Diageo Reserve’s World Class Korea bartender competition.
So what was going to be a laid-back night with girl talk over Friday night cocktails turns into a fun, inadvertent interview at the bar.
Bartenders Andy Seo, 39, and Terry Kim, 28, who won first and second place at the Diageo Reserve respectively, bring us their signature drinks.
An All-American Korean American 4th of July
Here’s a nice essay from an adoptive mother of two Korean Americans who encouraged her children to know their heritage.
There is laughter around the table. After another helping of dry cuttle fish, after we eat as much food as we can hold, we find a grassy spot under a shady tree, pull out a folk guitar, stretch back on the grass and sing. The familiar melody has me humming along, while the group sings the lyrics in Korean. Most of the time I forget that my husband, our youngest daughter and I are the only ones who are not Asian. At these gatherings all my friends are Korean American, like two of my children. The afternoon leaves me with a contented feeling, a sense of belonging, like I have when I go to a family reunion.
However, my friends within the Korean American community didn’t feel like family in the beginning, way back when we first became involved in 1987, when my kids were then 4, 6 and 10. Two of my children were adopted from Korea. I needed to reach deep with faith, because in giving my kids the opportunity to grow up within an all-Asian group I also had to let go of them a little bit in order to allow them to find their place within the Korean American community.
Ken Jeong in Coke Zero commercial