Wednesday’s Link Attack: North Korea, Jeremy Lin, K-Town Reality Show
Author: Linda Son
Posted: July 18th, 2012
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Parsing the Meaning of ‘Marshal’ in North Korea
New York Times

Yet for those trying to parse North Korea’s intricately choreographed public statements for signs of palace intrigue, nothing is negligible, especially at a time when analysts believe significant leadership changes are afoot in the reclusive nuclear-armed country.

Analysis: Signs emerge Kim leading NKorea his way
AP via Google News

Seven months after inheriting the country from Kim Jong Il, the 20-something leader suddenly began appearing in public with a beautiful young woman. Dressed in a chic suit with a modern cut, her hair stylishly cropped, she carried herself with the poise of a first lady as she sat by his side for an unforgettable performance: Mickey Mouse grooving with women in little black dresses jamming on electric violins.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Takes Title of Marshal
New York Times

The announcement of Mr. Kim’s new, seemingly redundant title — he had already been the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army — was made two days after the dismissal of the chief of the military’s general staff, Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho. On Tuesday, North Korea announced the promotion of a little-known general to vice marshal.

Reading North Korean tea leaves

Global Public Square speaks with Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, about a surprise change in military leadership, nuclear plans and a mystery woman in North Korea.

North Korea’s Missing Man: The Post-Kim Jong-il Era Begins In Earnest
Council on Foreign Relations

The North Korean announcement of Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho’s July 15 removal from all posts due to “illness” at a meeting of the General Political Bureau of the Central Committee “deal with the organizational issue” is the first purge of a senior figure in North Korea since Kim Jong-un assumed his father’s posts last April. It is all the more striking because Ri Yong-ho’s ascension to the top rung of power at North Korea’s September 2010 party conference placed him as the apparent guardian of the plan to implement a transition to a third generation of Kim family leadership.

Asian-American vote cannot be ignored
The Las Vegas Sun

But what was less noticed was the Reid campaign’s quiet, sophisticated outreach to the Asian-Pacific Islander vote, especially with the endorsement of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, whom Reid all but credited with his victory.

With all the chatter this cycle of how important — potentially determinative — the Hispanic vote could be in the presidential election, we who chatter often forget that Asian-American voters could also be important. And if races for president and U.S. Senate — and maybe a congressional race — are close enough here, every demographic will be seen as crucial — and, thus, pandered to.

Cardinale to Dems: you want diversity in second seat? Bring back Phil Kwon

Veteran state Sen. Gerald Cardinale, (R-39), Demarest, said he has a good candidate for the second available state Supreme Court seat: rejected former Deputy U.S. Attorney Phil Kwon.

“I’d like to see him come back with Kwon,” said Cardinale, referring to Gov. Chris Christie. “If I were in his seat, I would say to the Democrats, ‘You guys rejected him and now you’re going to reconsider him.’”

With Jeremy Lin Exit, Some Asian-American Fans Feel Betrayed By Knicks
Wall Street Journal

A few weeks of Linsanity was enough to make a dent in decades of myths and misperceptions, to stretch out tired old stereotypes. It was enough to forge a brand new reality, in which the biggest hero in Gotham wasn’t Batman, but a charmingly goofy nerdthlete with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a killer instinct on the court — our own Dork Knight, if you will. It was enough to turn oblivious parents, ambivalent spouses and sarcastic little sisters into instant — Linstant? Uh, okay, I guess we can’t do that anymore — sports maniacs.

Jeremy Lin’s Knicks Departure Leaves a Slew of Angry Responses
Our Chinatown (N.Y.)

Some posted that Lin is a “sellout chink,” telling him to “die slow you traitor, NY made you who you are when everyone else (including Houston) threw you in the trash,” and that his departure was a “total slap in the face of every NYK fan in the pursuit of the unholy dollar.”

La Jolla Playhouse gets heat from Asian Americans over casting
Los Angeles Times

The La Jolla Playhouse has been receiving a barrage of negative criticism from members of the Asian American community over its casting choices for the new musical “The Nightingale,” featuring songs by the “Spring Awakening” team of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

“The Nightingale” is adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and is set in ancient China. The workshop staging for the La Jolla Playhouse, which began performances earlier this month, features a mostly non-Asian cast, with the lead role of a Chinese monarch played by a white actor.

Tough Times for Tiger Moms as Asian-America Meets ‘Jersey Shore’
Wall Street Journal

“I think we as Asians have a tendency to embrace our own ‘model minority’ hype,” he says. “To me, that one-dimensional, positive stereotype is as bad as the images in the mass media that depict us only as ninjas or dragon ladies or asexual IT guys. Yes, the interest in the show is Asians going wild — you better believe that when we took it around to the networks, the old white execs we showed it to were popping their eyes out. But in reality, K-Town’s about the fact that all the stereotypes, good or bad, don’t fit when you’re talking about real people. Our cast doesn’t represent all Asians. They simply represent themselves.”

YouTube Reality Show Spotlights Korean-Americans
Voice of America

The latest entry to that genre is “K-Town,” which follows a group of young Korean-Americans in the predominantly Korean area of Los Angeles known also as K-Town. Unlike “Jersey Shore” and “Shahs of Sunset,” “K-Town” will be shown on YouTube, which has become a trendy outlet for Asian-American performers of all ilks.

TLC orders Pete Rose reality series
Entertainment Weekly

With a working title of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project, the show will follow the 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething model fiancée Kiana Kim (who has posed for Playboy) through their daily lives as they try to blend their families. There are some challenges along the way. A few family members are apprehensive about the relationship. And while Rose is based in Las Vegas (where he signs baseball memorabilia) or is on the road making public appearances, Kim and her two children live in Los Angeles.

Prepped to perform
Victoria News (Canada)

Violinist Eehjoon Kwon, 17, was introduced as the 2012 Splash Young Soloist at last Wednesday’s partner appreciation breakfast held at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour hotel.

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