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Wednesday's Link Attack: Jenna Ushkowitz, Dia Frampton, K-Pop

Jenna Ushkowitz on ‘Glee’ Rumors, Ratings & Future: ‘Tina’s Time Will Come’
Billboard.com

We caught up with Ushkowitz during a lunch break on set to talk what’s next for Tina, where she takes her musical inspiration from, and what kind of roles she’d like to take on post-Glee.

First, rumor has it you’re part of Lady Gaga’s next music video, for “Marry The Night.” Can you tell me anything about that?
Um. Where did you hear that from? (Laughs) I can’t confirm or deny anything at this point.

Well, you Tweeted this so I think you can confirm — you were in the studio recording a song for “Glee.” Everyone is anxious to hear her sing again… can you tell us what she’s performing?
I sing a little, it’s not a solo for Tina, but I was in the studio for one of our mashup numbers that we weren’t going to be doing. It’s episode 6. There’s a couple of really fun mashups and I get to sing a little on those.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dia & Meg Frampton of Meg & Dia
Keepin’ It Country

Were you girls worried about Dia being forced to go solo on The Voice & The Voice tour, or were you happy with the promotion you got from it?

Meg: I am very happy with the exposure we received from her being on the show.

Dia: I was worried about it, and still am. I originally tried out for The Voice not thinking I would go very far at all…. My biggest hope was that I’d get a little bit of air time so that people might google my name and come upon the band, (Meg and Dia). I didn’t expect to get very far or be propelled into a solo act. It all came as a big surprise to me. It’s been hard adjusting, and I know it’s been hard for Meg too. It’s a different kind of stress having everything be upon my shoulders, even though the band has been backing me up, literally, and then of course, emotionally and mentally. This album is going to be under my name, all the critics, the youtube comments, all of that, will be directed at me. I am just happy that I still have my support group (the band, management, friends, family). Plus, I’ve made it a point to stay away from youtube. My friends won’t let me get on there anymore. Ha! It’s like you’ll read 50 nice comments and then one terrible comment and it’ll ruin your day. People can be so mean on the internet.

Music Review: Korean Pop Machine, Running on Innocence and Hair Gel
New York Times

Think of the work required to make just one Justin Bieber. The production, the management, the vocal training, the choreography, the swagger coaching — all that effort to create one teen-pop star in a country that’s still starving for them. South Korea has no such drought, thanks to several companies that specialize in manufacturing a steady stream of teenage idols, in groups of various configurations. One of the longest-running of these companies is SM Entertainment, which on Sunday night hosted SM Town Live, a sold-out showcase at Madison Square Garden for several of its acts, any one of which any American reality-TV talent show or major-label A&R department worth its salt would be thrilled to have discovered.

American teen-pop at its peak has never been this productive. K-pop — short for Korean pop — is an environment of relentless newness, both in participants and in style; even its veteran acts are still relatively young, and they make young music. Still, there were subtle differences among the veterans, like BoA and TVXQ, and the newer-minted acts like Super Junior, Girls’ Generation and SHINee.

Thomas Kim arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in Herndon
WJLA.com (Herndon, Va.)

Police this week arrested a 31-year-old man who allegedly impersonated a police officer and sexually assaulted two women.

Police on Monday arrested Thomas Kim, of Herndon, and charged him with sexual assault, abduction, impersonating a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is currently behind bars at the Fairfax County Detention Center.

Kim was arrested while he was allegedly committing a similar crime.

Whiting Foundation Names Winners of Writers’ Awards
New York Times

Don Mee Choi was named one of ten recipients of the Whiting Writers’ Awards, given annually to authors “of exceptional talent and promise in early career.” Choi received the award, which includes a cash prize of $50,000, for her poetry collection The Morning News is Exciting. See more info about Choi here.

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Critic of South Korean Leader Elected as Seoul Mayor
New York Times

A civic activist and vocal critic of President Lee Myung-bak rode a growing call for political change to become mayor of the South Korean capital, Seoul, winning a poll widely seen as a bellwether for the presidential election in December next year.

The activist, Park Won-soon, an independent candidate who was supported by the main opposition Democratic Party, clinched the mayoral race by winning 53.4 percent of the 4 million votes cast, according to the country’s Central Election Management Committee.

His rival, Na Kyung-won, a candidate affiliated with President Lee’s Grand National Party, won 46.2 percent.

‘Jung Sik’ Showing New Yorkers High-Class Korean Cuisine
Chosun Ilbo

Yim Jung-sik saw a niche to fill in the Big Apple and promptly did so by opening his upscale Korean fusion restaurant Jung Sik in September with several partners in New York’s TriBeCa district near Wall Street.

The area is packed with top-notch eateries but none were serving dishes with names like “Five Senses Satisfaction Pork Belly” — until now.

“I felt bad that there were no Korean fine dining restaurants similar to the ones that serve Japanese or Italian cuisine,” said the 33-year-old chef, who has enjoyed runaway success with his Jung Sik Dang restaurant, which opened in Shinsa-dong, Seoul in 2009.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Park Chu-Young ready for league
BBC Sport

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said Park Chu-Young is “ready for league games” after the striker scored the decider in the 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton.

How Many Foreigners Live In Pyongyang?
Wall Street Journal

Foreigners pass through Pyongyang all the time and diplomatic staff from some countries, including Sweden and the U.K., are based there for extended periods.

But the size of the foreign population of the North Korean capital is something of a mystery. So a report in a South Korean magazine of a census apparently conducted in Pyongyang in 2005 provides some interesting reading and one surprise about the largest foreign group at that time.

the 15 apa women leader spotlights: isabel kang
angryasianman

Isabel Kang
Nominated by Terry Park

Describe your name.
Isabel, because my mother chose it for me, and she is Catholic, and I’m bi-cultural Korean-Brazilian, and I love my Korean name, but it is only for my family use, and was carefully chosen by my father, reflecting the characters for East, and Hope.

How do you identify?
A radical activist, person of color, immigrant, working class allegiance, mother, WOMAN!

Seoul’s best museums
CNNGo

These six museums beat out 100 others for the most haunting glimpses into Korea’s past

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