Asian Americans grab Obama’s attention
San Francisco Chronicle
President Obama, born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia and dubbed by some “the first Asian American president,” looks to be embracing that label with an exclusive, $40,000-a-head Bay Area business roundtable for Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters Thursday.
NKorea vows to push ahead with nuke program as satellite images show more work at test site
North Korea on Tuesday vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program because of what it called U.S. hostility, as an outside analysis of satellite images suggested it has ramped up work at its nuclear test site over the past month.
North Korea’s statement from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman came a day after a senior U.S. envoy met with high-ranking South Korean and Japanese envoys in Seoul and warned the North that an atomic test would unify the world in seeking swift, tough punishment.
Lee says N. Korea human rights more urgent than nukes
AFP via Google News
North Korea’s human rights abuses should be dealt with more urgently than its nuclear or missile programmes, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said Wednesday.
Lee made the comment when he met a group of US lawmakers including Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said presidential spokeswoman Lee Miyon.
SK’s First Chemical Castration of a Pedophile
The Wall Street Journal
A repeat sex offender is set to undergo chemical castration for the first time in South Korea.
The measure, already in place like Germany, Sweden, and some U.S. states, prescribes hormone suppressants to a serial sex offender to suppress his libido by reducing the production of male testosterone.
US State Dept. mesmerized by Korean food
The Korea Times
The aroma of traditional Korean food descended on the Harry S Truman Building, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of State, in Washington on Tuesday.
Around 300 people packed a ballroom in the building to get a taste of Korean cuisine such as Bulgogi (barbecued beef), Gujeolpan (platter of nine delicacies), Japchae (noodles with assorted vegetables), and Bibimbop (bowl of rice mixed with vegetables and the spicy sauce of Gochujang).
Daughter of store owner robbed at gunpoint: ‘Our family has been robbed over and over again’
Speaking before the Ann Arbor City Council Monday night, she recalled a time when her grandfather, the original store owner, was taken to the hospital after being attacked and robbed. She recalled another time when her father chased after perpetrators, and when her mom had a knife held to her neck.
“We need your help. We need more protection and focuses on our cases,” she said. “These are not petty crimes. These are life-threatening, violent crimes.”
Choi, visibly frustrated over what she sees as a lack of resolve in those cases, asked council members to help address what’s happening.
Korean-American Makes Some Noise on “American Idol”
Voice of America
Heejun Han has become the the highest ranked Korean American ever to appear on the popular reality TV singing competition, American Idol. He finished 9th out of hundreds who tried out for the show.
Calling himeself a cool Korean American who lives in New York with a swag, the 23-year-old entered the annual contest to promote a non-profit organization.
Jenna Ushkowitz’s Quest from East Meadow to Glee
Patch.com (East Meadow, N.Y.)
Patch spoke with East Meadow native Jenna Ushkowitz, whose alter ego Tina Cohen-Chang is one of the six original New Directions members.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ushkowitz was adopted at three months and raised in East Meadow. She appeared in numerous print ads and national commercials, along with an appearance on “Sesame Street” when she was just three.
David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim: The Doll Makers
Los Angeles Weekly
Kim sewed that drawing into a doll made of soft felt and mailed it to Horvath. It had a simple, funny charm. When he received it he was so excited, he wanted to call her. But it was nighttime in Korea. Instead he ran over to visit his friend Eric Nakamura, who had just opened the store Giant Robot on Sawtelle in West L.A. “OK,” said Nakamura, examining the doll, “I’ll take 20.”
Park Living on Borrowed Time at United as Transfer Rumors Swirl
The rumor mill is grinding with ever-increasing ferocity about whether Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung will be traded in the off-season, with reports emerging Tuesday indicating that top Turkish outfit Galatasaray is showing keen interest.
Art, Design and History Meet in Seoul
Wall Street Journal
Korea’s traditional courtyard homes, called hanok, have inspired contemporary artists in the past. Now, two artists have transformed a hanok into art.
“House Lives With Time” is a hanok turned art installation by South Korean designer Kim Young-seok and Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima. Located in Seoul’s Gahoe-dong district, the work mixes Mr. Kim’s hanbok – traditional Korean clothing– with Mr. Miyajima’s art, which explores Buddhist concepts of reincarnation using LED technology.
U.S. Women’s Open: Pak opened door for Korean golfers with win in ’98
Sheboygan Press (Wisconsin)
Pak became a hero in her native South Korea, spawning a generation of young Korean golfers who sought to follow in her footsteps.
One of those young followers was So Yeon Ryu, who became the new standard-bearer for Korean golf a year ago after winning the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado.
Ryu, 21, said she still remembers watching — and being inspired by — Pak’s victory in 1998.
Se Ri Pak has made major impact
[The 1998 U.S. Women's Open] launched the career of Se Ri Pak, then a 20-year-old LPGA Tour rookie who already had won a major, the LPGA Championship, but considers her U.S. Women’s Open title at Blackwolf Run the pinnacle of her achievements.
“I feel like Se Ri Pak was born in ’98, on July 6, at Blackwolf Run,” she said Tuesday. “This is probably the biggest moment for my success. It’s a huge point of my career. I gained so much confidence.”
Her victory launched a golf boom in South Korea which changed the landscape of women’s golf. The sport was a curiosity in Pak’s homeland before she beat amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in a gripping, 92-hole marathon. Today, it is a national obsession.
Kevin Na works on new, faster preshot routine
Kevin Na is hoping what happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.
Na, who infuriated himself and a viewing audience with his gaggle of waggles, insufferable restarts and a few deliberate whiffs during The Players Championship two weeks ago, spent his off week at his home in America’s Playground working on a new preshot routine designed to speed up his act.
Hines Ward honored in Harrisburg
Mr. Ward received a proclamation from the governor, and both chambers of the General Assembly have introduced resolutions honoring his accomplishments on the football field as well as his volunteer work with nearly a dozen community organizations.
‘Refreshing’ exhibit features Korean art
The Daily Northwestern (Northwestern Univ.)
Titled “Refreshing,” the exhibit features the work of 18 Chicago artists of Korean heritage and represents a blend of traditional and modern Asian American influences.
Sun Choi, president of the Korean American Art Association, showcased an installation piece featuring traditional Korean dried medicine and acupuncture needles painstakingly arranged in a spiral pattern on the wall. Every time she moves the piece, she must rearrange it to fit the space, a process that she said represents her adaptability to new cultures.
Pack Your Boxes With Style: X Tape Gussies Up Plain Cardboard
In a world where all that existed to hold cardboard boxes together was normal brown packaging tape and cloth tapes, Korean designer Jeong-Min Lee saw a need and taped it up.
Lee’s snazzy “X Tape” spruces up spring cleaning and storage with eccentric designs printed on rolls of clear tape. Designs featuring metal hinges or leather straps can turn a plain cardboard box into a steamer trunk, and metal bolt and spiral notebook designs can add some fun to a gift or package.