Wednesday’s Link Attack: Activist Claims Torture; Foreigner-Only ‘K-Shuttle’; Chloe Flower
Author: Linda Son
Posted: July 25th, 2012
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South Korean Activist Says He Was Tortured in China
New York Times

“For the last two months of my detention, they persistently demanded two things as a condition for my release: I admit to violating the Chinese laws and I never talk about the abuse I had suffered in their hands when I returned home,” Mr. Kim said. “I rejected them.”

“Even when the Chinese security officials handed me over to the South Korean officials at the airport for my expulsion, I angrily demanded that they apologize for the torture and abuse,” he added.


South Korean Police Tire of Abuse by Drinkers
New York Times

In May, large banners went up around the city announcing a crackdown on drunken violence. It is intended to prompt the drinking public to behave more responsibly, to reassert police authority in a country that remembers, resentfully, when the police served as henchmen for Japanese colonial masters and military dictators, and to challenge South Korea’s general tolerance of misbehavior by the intoxicated.

The Mythical Rise of Asian Americans
Project Syndicate

Asian Americans remain a relatively rare sight in leadership positions, even in the corporate world, where one would assume that their education and ambition would be most beneficial. If hard work was all it took to rise into the upper echelons of power in corporate America, one would expect to see many Asian American faces at the top, perhaps especially in financial services, accounting, technology, and health care.

Study after study shows the reverse to be true.

Korean American fest comes to L.A.: Festival spent six years in Gotham
Chicago Tribune

A newly formed affiliate of the Korean American Film Festival New York, the noncompetitive Los Angeles fest features four feature-length films, including 2010′s “Magic and Loss,” plus 13 short films in both narrative and documentary formats. A centerpiece of the fest is a program of five works, ranging from a musicvideo to a 81-minute feature, that look at Korean-American viewpoints on the L.A. riots.


Korea launches official foreigner-only national bus tours
CNNGo

The “K-shuttle” is a foreigner-only bus that trundles out of Seoul to 10 different cities around the country.

Visitors can choose to go on a package tour or just pay the fare to one of the destinations, which are Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Wonju, Pyeongchang (host of 2018 Winter Olympics), Gangneung, Buyeo, Jeonju, Gurye and Yeosu, home of Expo 2012.


South Korea’s Han to miss Olympics with injury
Yahoo Sports

South Korea midfielder Han Kook-young has been ruled out of the London Olympics with a left foot fracture. Team officials said Han was taken off the 18-man squad after undergoing scans on Tuesday, and will likely be replaced by Jung Woo-young. The 22-year-old Han plays for Shonan Bellmare in Japan’s J-League.


The Debut of K-Town: Come And Get Your Cousins
Hyphen Magazine

The show is awful in the way I think all reality shows are, because the conversations were so obviously staged and I’m naive enough to think reality shows are not supposed to be this way. And at its best, K-Town is gut-wrenchingly hilarious. At one point, Jowe actually goes around introducing himself to girls as “The Prince of K-Town,” and Jasmine calls a poor unsuspecting dude Colonel Sanders to his face. Neither the mundane conversations nor the most scandalous moments come off very authentic, so it’s hard to take the show too seriously.


Author Don Lee Addresses The Young Asian American Experience
Here & Now

If you’re Asian-American, have you suffered stupid questions like: What’s a good place to eat in Chinatown? Do you know Kung Fu? Do you eat dog meat? The perceptions, stereotypes and realities of three Asian-Americans play out in Don Lee‘s new novel, “The Collective.” Here & Now’s Robin Young sat down with Lee, part of the conversation is transcribed below, followed by an excerpt from the book.


Sneaky Dunkin’ Donuts Scented Buses Spike Sales in Korea, Could You Resist
The Inquisitr

Buses were imbued with the intoxicating aroma, and what do you know? It worked, and quite effectively. Blog TheNextWeb posted a clip chronicling the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee-scented bus initiative (ugh, could you imagine if White Castle started doing that?) but the site points out that DnD took a leaf from Disney’s book in making buses smell good.

District Commons’ Boo Kim on His Neighborhood Gems
Eater DC

It should come as no surprise that the man responsible for taking care of guests at District Commons appreciates a restaurant with great hospitality. In the latest edition of Dining Confidential, District Commons’ general manager Boo Young Kim shares his favorite neighborhood spots, including Saigon Saigon, Busboys & Poets and Honey Pig.

Chloe Flower Interview: More Than Just Classical Music
Gumship

Gumship conducts a Q&A with Chloe Flower, a Korean American pianist who appears on rapper Nas’ latest album.

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