Japan, China, S. Korea stir old resentments on war anniversary
Los Angeles Times
Wednesday’s 67th anniversary of the end of World War II collided with election-year politics in the Asia Pacific, spurring South Korea’s president, Japanese officials and Chinese activists to stage controversial gestures that have stirred up bitter wartime memories.
South Korea had already rekindled long-smoldering resentment of Japanese occupation and war-era abuses when its president, Lee Myung Bak, last week visited a cluster of rocky islets claimed by both his nation and Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda recalled his nation’s ambassador to South Korea in protest of Lee’s visit Friday to the outcroppings known in Japan as Takeshima and in South Korea as Dokdo and coveted for their surrounding fisheries and energy reserves.
Japanese Ministers Visit War Shrine Amid Tension With Asian Neighbors
The New York Times
The officials — Jin Matsubara, the minister in charge of the issue of Japanese abductions by North Korea, and Yuichiro Hata, the transportation minister — visited the Yasukuni Shrine separately to mark the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. No other cabinet members have visited the shrine since the Democratic Party came to power in Japan in 2009, vowing to build closer ties in Asia.
The two officials, both conservatives, went to the shrine despite a request from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda that they stay away. Japanese rightists defend such visits as an appropriate way to honor Japan’s war dead. But the shrine is seen by many in China and South Korea as a symbol of unrepentance in Japan over the country’s militarism in the early 20th century, when its armies marched brutally through Asia. The dead who are honored at the shrine include executed war criminals.
SFPD underreports Latino, Asian arrests
San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Police Department has underreported the arrest rates of the city’s two largest minority groups for years, classifying Latino arrestees as “white” and Asian American suspects as “other,” according to agency records and police officials.
THE FAMILY TABLE: ‘Mr. Kim’ proud of tastes of Korea
San Angelo Standard-Times
Jong Cheol Kim, better known as “Mr. Kim” to his customers, takes pride in giving San Angeloans a taste of Korea through the menu of his restaurant, Nakamura Sushi & Korean cuisine.
Japan TV pulls Korean drama over island spat
AFP via Google News
A Japanese television station said Wednesday it was postponing the airing of a South Korean drama series starring an actor who took part in a swim to a group of islands at the centre of a territorial row.
BS Nippon Corporation said it would replace “A Man Called God”, which features popular actor Song Il-Kook and was to due air from next week, with a re-run of another South Korean drama series.
‘For Ellen’ Director So Yong Kim Reveals Details About Her Next Film ‘Seventy’
Among established filmmakers, few have moved as fascinatingly from film-to-film quite like So Yong Kim. The writer-director recently moved from the austere, critically acclaimed Korean picture “Treeless Mountain” to the upcoming “For Ellen,” a quintessentially American indie about a tortured rock star dealing with custody issues with his young child. However, it looks like the writer-director, who has formed an indie super couple with “Exploding Girl”/”Jack and Diane” director Bradley Rust Gray, is about to paint a wider canvas.
Jung-eun Kim Deploys Dance for Art—and Sometimes for Politics
At the Painted Bride Art Center last January, in front of a screen playing a video of birds flapping their wings and flying along a river’s edge, Jung-eun Kim glided slowly across the stage, picking up a row of white paper airplanes to the pensive strains of a score composed by her husband, jazz organist Lucas Brown. It was the opening moments of “Staying and Going”—her meditative, dreamlike modern dance piece that contemplates the joy of flight and the uncertainty of change through movements forward and backward and, at times, hardly any motion at all.
Benson Henderson-Nate Diaz set
Henderson (17-2) defeated former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar by split decision in a rematch on Aug. 11 to retain his title.
Diaz, who has competed at 170 pounds, is 3-0 since returning to lightweight. He secured a title shot with a second-round submission May 5 of Jim Miller.
Korean flutist Jasmine Choi captures Vienna
The Korea Times
No Korean to date has become as established as Jasmine Choi in this area, the first Korean to be named principal flute of the 112-year-old Wiener Symphoniker, or the Vienna Symphony.
She has been working for the renowned Austrian orchestra since June, after a grueling audition process. She has left her former post of associate principal flute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to join one of Austria’s most respected music institutions.
Local university students curate the museum
Riverside Press-Enterprise (Calif.)
Lydia Young Ha Kim, a recent graduate of Cal Baptist University, recently participated in the Student Curatorial Council, a pilot program that lets students curate the Riverside Art Museum.
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