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North Korea Reaffirms Plan to Launch Satellite
New York Times
North Korea intends to press ahead with its plan to launch a satellite into orbit next month, according to a government statement issued Tuesday, rebuffing President Obama and other world leaders who have told the country to cancel the launching or face the loss of food aid and additional sanctions.
The North’s announcement came shortly after Mr. Obama and other leaders at a nuclear security summit meeting in Seoul condemned the planned launching — given the possibility that it is a cover for developing missile technology — as a provocation and violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, as well as a waste of millions of dollars that could be used to buy food.
Obama Has Made a Mess of the World Bank Succession
Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank has been well received.
The prevailing view is that Kim is a smart solution to a tricky little problem: How to maintain a strong U.S. role in the bank while bowing to the growing economic might of developing nations such as China.
World Bank Chief Nominee to Visit Korea
Korean-born Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, or Kim Yong, who was nominated by President Barack Obama as the next World Bank president will visit Korea as part of a seven-nation tour to drum up support for his candidacy.
Kim was scheduled to start his tour on Tuesday and also visits Ethiopia, India, China, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. The World Bank’s 25-member executive board meets in April to select its new leader.
S.F. suspect charged with 5 counts of murder
San Francisco Chronicle
The suspect in the bloody slayings of five people in a San Francisco home was charged Tuesday with five counts of murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.
Prosecutors say Binh Thai Luc, 35, of San Francisco murdered four members of a family and an unrelated woman in a row house at 16 Howth St. near City College of San Francisco. The special circumstances allegation is that Luc committed multiple murders, said Omid Talai, a spokesman for District Attorney George Gascón.
Fighter pilot donates bone marrow
Air Force Major Lee Myeong-woo of the First Fighter Wing has donated bone marrow to a leukemia patient, the Air Force announced Wednesday.
According to the Ari Force, Lee registered with the Korea Marrow Donor Program as a potential donor after the story of Brian Bauman was made known in 1996. At the time Lee was studying at the Air Force Academy, and has since been serving as a fighter pilot.
Bauman is a Korean-American who was adopted by American parents. He suffered from chronic myelogenous leukemia but had difficulty in finding a bone marrow donor.
Lee was contacted by the Korea Marrow Donor Program at the end of last year.
“I wanted to donate as soon as the call came, but I was not able to answer immediately as I am a fighter pilot,” Lee said.
Hana to cater to Asian customers in US
Hana Financial Group Chairman Kim Jung-tae said Wednesday that the nation’s second-largest financial group will cater to Asian immigrants in the U.S. as part of its global business strategy.
The 60-year-old lifelong banker said that the group will offer retail financial services for Asian-American individuals by employing employees from their home countries.
“We will broaden our business to reach all Asian immigrants in America to expand our markets,” said Kim during his first press meeting since he took the helm of the holding company last week.
Hana is expanding its presence in the U.S. to find new revenue sources in the world’s biggest market. It bought a controlling stake in Los Angeles-based financial holding company Saehan Bancorp last month, whose main customers are Korean immigrants in the city.
10 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ Koreatown probably doesn’t need another BBQ place — well, at least not another Korean one. There seems to be a restaurant with tabletop grills in every plaza, strip mall and food court, cannibalizing another one’s business two doors down or across the street. Let’s be blunt: Entrepreneurial first-generation Koreans are noted more for their work ethic and competitive streak than for their originality. Still, we love Korean BBQ and can’t complain about having so many specialty restaurants to choose from. Turn the page for our picks for the 10 best Korean BBQ places in town.
K-Pop Tycoon Opens Innovative New York Restaurant
The pop music tycoon Park Jin-young has opened a Korean restaurant named Kristalbelli in Manhattan, New York. At a press conference in New York, Park said, “I think the image of Korean food is as important as its popularity. To give foreigners the impression that Korean food is fine cuisine, we need to target trend-setters.”
Located on 36th Street near Koreatown, the 600 sq. m restaurant is as luxuriously decorated as any fancy bar.
The pièce de résistance is convex mirror-shaped crystal grill developed by Park himself. Park said people in his management agency JYP Entertainment opposed the plan, warning him against stepping into a field he is not familiar with, “so I made drawings for the grill myself. I invested W30 million (US$1=W1,135) of my own money, and had them broil meat on the grill and eat it. Then they agreed to the plan.”
Korean traditions challenged as mixed marriages soar
Jinseng Park recently opened the doors of his Seoul psychotherapy clinic to foreigners.
“Korean society has been the same for 5,000 years,” he said in a phone interview. “Many of us aren’t used to seeing any color. When I visited the U.S., I was confused because there were so many people of different ethnicities. But it’s certainly changing here.”
And with diversity, it seems, comes acceptance.
Over the last five years, Park has seen more multicultural couples in his clinic. Expatriates, whether from China, Vietnam, Canada, or the United States, are becoming part of Korean families and a once-strict adherence to “minjok” (pure blood lineage) is losing its grip.
There were 35,098 marriages between foreigners and Koreans in 2010. That’s up from 12,300 reported 10 years prior.
Spouses share their tales of life wedded to Koreans
“His mother was very approving but his father was not. He didn’t say we shouldn’t get married ― he said we wouldn’t,” Christine recalled at a panel discussion on intercultural marriage in Seoul last week.
“His father was not open to the idea at all. He had never traveled outside of Korea and he had never had friends who were expats or from other places.”
However the frosty patriarch eventually thawed when she became his caregiver while he was ill with cancer in the States.
“In the end he said: ‘Yes, you can marry this girl.’” Christine said.
From then on, married life with a Korean has been enjoyable and interesting, she said ― though her husband now knows far too many of the Kimeru insults she used when they bickered early on in their relationship.
Jeremy Lin had lunch with the since-fired editor who inadvertently referenced his heritage
In February, a few eagle-eyed NBA fans spotted what turned out to be an inadvertently racially insensitive headline penned by an editor on ESPN’s mobile site. The cliché “chink in the armor” was used to describe Asian-American New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s turnover-prone growing pains, but because the first word in the headline can also be used as a racial epithet to describe Asians, the editor was eventually fired. Anthony Federico, the editor, claimed that his use of the phrase, while distressing, was unintentional. And we believed him.
On Tuesday, Lin had lunch with the editor, in an attempt to show that there were no hard feelings. Outside of ESPN re-hiring Federico, this is as good as these stories usually end.
Chef Beverly Kim on ABC7 News at 11 a.m.
It was a rollercoaster ride for Aria chef Beverly Kim on Top Chef: Texas. The Chicago chef was eliminated in Episode 11 when chefs had to prepare a dish, inspired by an upcoming gothic film adaptation of Snow White.
However, Kim won the “Last Chance Kitchen” to return to the main competition. Kim was eliminated again just one episode later. Kim was one of six Chicago chef contestants on Season 9 of the popular Bravo show. Chef Beverly Kim is back at work as Chef de Cuisine at Aria Restaurant at Fairmont Chicago. Kim prepares one of her signature dishes Kimchi.