Wednesday’s Link Attack: Jay Caspian Kang, Shin Soo Choo Stays With Indians
Author: Linda Son
Posted: August 1st, 2012
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New pastor joining St. Michael’s Church in Palisades Park, where a fire killed former pastor
Bergen County Record (N.J.)

Rev. Minhyun Cho has been named the new pastor of St. Michael Church, becoming the first Korean-American to lead the 100-year old parish.

Cho succeeds Rev. James F. Reilly, the church’s long-time pastor who died in March a week after he sustained serious burns in a rectory fire.

Tewksbury woman charged with threatening children with bat
Lowell Sun (Mass.)

A 44-year-old Tewksbury woman is accused of chasing her teenage son and daughter from their home with an aluminum baseball bat she keeps for protection.

Kathy Cho, of 27 Ellington Road, pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for an incident at her home on Saturday night. As a condition of her release, Cho must obey all orders from the state Department of Children and Families.

More Men, Singles, Asian-Americans Lived at Home During Recession
U.S. News and World Report

The study also finds connections between race and ethnicity and the likelihood of living at home. The share of Asian-Americans age 20 to 34 living with parents grew sharply between 1980 and the late 2000s, from 17 to 26 percent, a pattern that may be attributed either to this group’s later marriage age or tendency to live in places with high costs of living, according to the report.

In North Korea’s industrial center, factories and wood-fueled trucks
Christian Science Monitor

Hamhung, North Korea’s largest industrial center, was opened to foreigners just two years ago. There’s no hiding the poverty in the region.

South Korean Youth Eschew Samsung Jobs for Facebook Dreams
Bloomberg Business Week

Not so long ago, South Korean students dreamed of lifetime jobs at Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) Now, many are shunning the juggernaut, intent on trying to emulate the likes of Facebook Inc. (FB) (FB)’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Sim Cheol Hwan, 27, is typical of the trend. He wants to take a break from college in Seoul to set up a company rather than line up for job interviews at Asia’s biggest electronics company paying an average of 77.6 million won ($68,300) a year. So he’s set himself up in his own business making apps for Samsung and Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) phones.

South Korea Hates Japan More Than North Korea & Loves America, Gallup Poll Reveals
Rocket News (Japan)

It was in the midst of this festive atmosphere that Gallup Korea published their annual poll showing the country’s opinion of the rest of the world. The results? South Korea hates Japan even more than North Korea and loves America the most.

Okay, so the Japanese and South Koreans don’t get alone—what else is new? Japan hit the top of the same list back in 2002 and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a poll in Japan where Korea scores the same.

How North Korea Turned a Missing Dutch Tourist Into a Pro-North Korean Columnist

Last year, Dutch stamp dealer Willem van der Bijl was arrested and imprisoned during a trip to buy posters and stamps in North Korea, alarming relatives in the Netherlands. Perhaps even more alarming was when he appeared in the pages of a state-run newspaper extolling the virtues of the DPRK’s elections. Now, one year later, we have the full story of how van der Bijl became an involuntary North Korean propagandist. It’s a bit more complicated than “They said they were going to kill me if I didn’t.”

A Debut Novel Considers the Angry Asian
Wall Street Journal

Men in their 20s, says Philip Kim in “The Dead Do Not Improve,” “should never ever discuss their lives in any meaningful way. Our stories were about boredom, porn, children geniuses, talking dogs.”

But the novel, Jay Caspian Kang’s first, ignores its own protagonist’s advice, tackling race, class and privilege in its story of a recent graduate entangled in a murder mystery. Mr. Kang uses a classic whodunit structure, alternating from a funny first-person voice to hard-boiled third-person narrative following Siddhartha “Sid” Finch, a detective assigned to the case. The storyline touches on the actions of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, and the reactions of the novel’s Korean-American characters.

Keep an eye out for our featured profile of Jay Caspian Kang in the upcoming August issue of KoreAm.

Luxury lifestyle for North Korean winners, losers may fear fate
Reuters via Chicago Tribune

It’s still only Day Four at the London Olympics but one early surprise is that North Korea are fifth in the medals table, a performance that will bring good news to the pariah state – and not a little relief for the athletes themselves.

The country’s three gold and one bronze medals will spread a bit of joy to a people who have seen little of that lately – the North is currently battling floods that have killed scores of people and turned tens of thousands out of their homes.

Blatter wants ban for Morganella in racism fight

Swiss player Michel Morganella, expelled from the Olympics for tweeting an insulting message about South Korea, should be banned, FIFA’s Swiss president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

“I hope he has gone home,” Blatter told reporters after helping to launch a new FIFA initiative with Britain’s Kick It Out anti-racism campaign.

Choo remains in Cleveland, looks to the future

Shin-Soo Choo tried not to focus too much on the rumors that swirled in recent days, but it was hard for the Indians right fielder not to consider the possibility that he might be dealt before Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Choo did not go anywhere.

“I wasn’t really worried about it, but I was still thinking about it,” Choo said on Tuesday afternoon. “Am I going? Will I stay here? But it didn’t bother me. I don’t have any control. My job is just to play every day and play hard and try to help the team win games.”

Brick-by-brick women’s fencing semi-final: Shin A-lam’s sit-down protest – video
The Guardian (U.K.)

An animated reconstruction of highlights of the women’s épée, which South Korea’s Shin A-lam thought she had won – until the clock was reset and Germany’s Britta Heidemann triumphed with a do-or-die hit. When the result was announced, Shin, 25, burst into tears, and remained on the piste for over an hour in protest.

Shooting: Korean Kim wins 25m pistol gold

In an Olympics labeled the Women’s Games, Kim Jang-mi proved that South Korea’s female shooters were every bit as capable as the country’s men by claiming the 25 meter pistol gold after a tense battle with China’s Chen Ying.

Bravo, Team Korea!
Korea Times

The cool way the three athletes acted only illustrates this spirit of sports. In other words, Byun tried to do the first part, while the three did the second part.

We Koreans are possessed of both Byun and the trio in us to our advantage ― in forms of courage and grace, aggressiveness and understanding, and can-do spirit and a sense of satisfaction from having gotten the job done.

MMM-Bibimbap! Korean Chain Bibigo Coming to NYC in 2013
GrubStreet New York

Three years ago, a fledgling Korean restaurant chain announced its ambition to become the “McDonald’s or Starbucks of Korean food.” Bibigo opened its Los Angeles flagship in 2010 serving a streamlined, fast-casual menu of bulgogi and rice bowls, then announced plans to open 1,499 other locations around the world.


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