Looking in Japan for Clues About Kim Jong-un
The Wall Street Journal
As some North Korea watchers parse the statements and style of new leader Kim Jong Eun for clues to his personality, other sleuths are plumbing the mystery of Mr. Kim’s ancestry.
JRT is doing its part, by digging into reports about Mr. Kim’s supposed grandfather, who like many compatriots came to Japan after Korea was colonized in the early 1900s, then returned after Japan’s defeat in World War II.
The ‘traitor’ grandfather of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un
The Telegraph (U.K.)
He also believes that the dictator, who is believed to be 29, will have been unaware of his grandfather’s background – which would have placed him in the lowest “hostile” class of North Korean society.
S.Korea, China to start free trade talks next week
AFP via Google News
South Korea will start talks next week aimed at securing a free trade agreement with China, its largest commercial partner and the world’s second biggest economy, officials said Wednesday.
Yi Seok 20th Century Boy
A palace-born grandson of Gojong, the country’s penultimalte monarch, he is considered the Yi household’s rightful successor by many. Had the 20th century, with its colonialism, war and division of Korea, not happened, Yi Seok may well have been King of Korea.
Obama names Kang to arts council
Emil Kang, music professor and also the executive director for the arts at the University of North Carolina, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama as a member of the National Council on the Arts on Tuesday, according to reports.
Rohnert Park Native and Former Miss Sonoma County Woman Among 37 Displaced in San Francisco Fire
Patch.com (Rohnert Park, Calif.)
Sara Choi, who grew up in Rohnert Park and was named Miss Sonoma County in 2008, was one of several dozen Mission District residents displaced in a Sunday morning apartment fire, according to people who know her on Facebook.
A Multicultural Comic Wows Arab Crowds With an Insider’s Touch
New York Times
One of the hottest acts in the Middle East these days is a South Korean stand-up comic who performs his routines in fluent, colloquial Arabic.
Wonho Chung’s father, a physiotherapist, moved to the Middle East in the 1970s with his wife, who is Vietnamese. Born in Jidda, Mr. Chung studied in Amman, where his family enrolled him and his two sisters in the country’s public schools. “We studied everything in Arabic — mathematics, biology, geography,” he said.
In an interview here he told how he became a comedian by happy accident.
Actor Justin Lee and ‘One Warm Night’
Actor Justin Lee, best known for his role as Annyong Bluth on “Arrested Development,” talks to Hyphen about growing up, launching the web series “One Warm Night,” and super powers.
Korean Hip-Hop on the Rise: Interview with Dynamic Duo
Since 2003, Dynamic Duo has been captivating Korean hip-hop enthusiasts with their sound. Considered to be one of the main faces of Korean hip-hop, the duo talks to Audrey Magazine about their career, plans for the future, and a peek into their personalities.
Sandy Kim Puts Fresh Spin on Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (NSFW)
Like many photographers who struggle to find subject matter worthy of photographing, Sandy Kim turns her camera on a subject with which she is intimately familiar – her friends, her love and her life.
Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Bullet to the Head’ for 2013 release
Bullet to the Head, originally slated for April this year, casts Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a police officer played by Sung Kang to avenge the deaths of their respective partners.
Daniel Henney talks about his new movie ‘Shanghai Calling’ on KTLA’s ‘Live Morning Show’
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, KTLA chose to introduce ‘LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAFF)‘ and held an interview with Daniel Henney who was invited to attend the festival along with ‘E.R.’ actress-turned-movie-director Lily Mariye.
The reporter introduced Daniel Henney as the actor from ‘X-Men: Wolverine‘, and asked about his new starring role in ‘Shanghai Calling.’
Race revelations in Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment
National Post (Canada)
The Shipment, the latest work from up-and-coming American playwright Young Jean Lee, uses humour and shocking situations to explore racism and stereotypes.
Korean Club members to perform in Sunshine Musical Benefit
Orange County Register
The fourth annual Sunshine Musical Variety Show benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association will feature a return of the Korean American Choir directed by Duck Lee. Twenty costumed Korean ladies are scheduled to sing a number of traditional folk songs of their native country.
Heeyoung Kim’s prairie plant art on display at library
Northbrook Star (Illinois)
Northbrook artist Heeyoung Kim welcomed the public to a reception Saturday at the Northbrook Public Library, where she showed off the works that won her a gold medal in London — months before this summer’s Olympics.
9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Your Mom Won’t Hate
So here are some suggestions that go beyond the usual jewelry and flowers deal. And some suggestions that need to be on there, because asian moms love it (see number 1).