Wednesday’s Link Attack: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Hank Conger, Ron Kim
Author: Linda Son
Posted: June 6th, 2012
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Ron Kim Makes It Official For Meng Assembly Seat
New York Daily News

Democrat Ron Kim has formally announced his hopes of succeeding Congressional hopeful Grace Meng in the 40th AD in Queens, and he’s coming out of the gate with the endorsements of Rep. Joe Crowley and City Comptroller John Liu.

New North Korean Leader Makes Major Speech
AP via New York Times

North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday made his second speech at a major public event since taking power in December, addressing a children’s rally aimed at winning a new generation’s support.

About 20,000 young people gathered at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium for a speech that capped an unprecedented six-day children’s festival. The celebrations took place two days after North Korea’s military threatened to fire at South Korean media companies unless they apologized for criticisms of the festivities, including a Channel A report comparing the event to Hitler Youth rallies during Germany’s Nazi era.

Black, Korean Leaders Come Together to Give a Scholarship to the Girl who Never Missed a Day of School
Dallas Observer

At exactly noon on Monday, 16-year-old Bria Bradshaw and her mother Charmaine walked into Tommy Pak’s Kwik Stop in South Dallas, then stopped short. There was a horde of men and women in the convenience store, black and Korean, and most were in suits. There were video cameras set up toward the back, by the beer fridges, and photographers were on one knee, furiously clicking away.

“Surprise!” everyone yelled.

Bria still didn’t know what was going on. Then, someone procured the money: three large checks equaling $13,500 that would go toward her college tuition when she graduates from Hillcrest High School next year. That’s when Charmaine started to cry.

The Altered Reality of “K-Town”
KCET

“K-Town,” a new reality show on Youtube’s Loud network, first caught the public’s attention in early 2010. At the time, the show was nothing more than a casting call, yet the idea of a reality show, set in L.A.’s Koreatown, documenting the antics of young Asian Americans, made instant waves. Popular blogger and news aggregator Phil Yu, aka Angry Asian Man, wrote in March 2010, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the premise of this show. I’m already imagining the can’t-stop-watching train wreck this show has the potential to be.” That attitude, one part anticipation mixed with one part dread, wasn’t unique to Yu. As news of the show spread, the response to “K-Town” always combined amusement, outrage, and curiosity.

SJC Alleged Murderer Pleads Not Guilty
Patch.com (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Edward Younghoon Shin, who stands accused of killing a business partner at their San Juan Capistrano office in 2010, pleaded not guilty to the murder Monday.

In a case that has received nationwide attention, Shin allegedly confessed to the murder of Christopher Ryan Smith of Laguna Beach last year. His body has never been found.

Sex trade worker testifies her Yaletown brothel owner boss was stabbed by accused
The Province (Canada)

Seung Ju Cho, an escort who went by the name Lolie, was testifying at the trial of Justin Sau Pun Lam, who has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of brothel operator Jeffrey Qui Feng Bian.

South Korea surrenders to creationist demands
Nature.com

A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge,” says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University.

Forgotten faces: Japan’s comfort women
CNN

Photographer Ahn Sehong walks into the Nikon building in Tokyo with his photos under his arm. They’re pictures of elderly women, part of his exhibit that was scheduled to take place at the Nikon gallery. That is, until Nikon canceled it without explanation.

It’s not the quality of his work that’s the problem, says Sehong, but the content. Sehong’s photographs are portraits of the Korean women known as comfort women, victims who were forcibly taken from Korea and used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during WWII.

Golf in North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom’s Newest Pastime
Time.com

About 30 km outside the North Korean capital, the Hermit Kingdom’s only golf course cuts through heavily forested slopes running down to the waters of Lake Taicheng. The late Kim Jong Il is rumored to have once frolicked there on a luxury yacht. He is also famously credited with shooting a world-record 18-hole score of 38 under par — including five holes in one — on the day he opened the course. The story was reported by the rogue state’s lone news service, the Korean Central News Agency, which said 17 bodyguards witnessed the round. Strangely, nobody at the course seems to recall his presumably spectacular performance.

In North Korea’s workers’ paradise, inequality is assigned at birth, human rights group says
AP via Washington Post

The nongovernment human rights group says it amounts to a caste system.

Despite the emergence of informal markets since the late 1990s challenging state control, the study says the class system persists and is behind the discrimination and abuses faced by the lowest echelons of the North’s closed society.

10 Burning Questions with Edward Kim, developer of Smarter Alarm and Car Locator
Phandroid.com

Edward Kim is a bit of an anomaly in the Android developer world. He has managed to maintain a selection of popular apps in the Google Play Store while admittedly only focusing on Android as a hobby. Developer of Smarter Alarm and Android Developer Challenge 2 finalist Car Locator, Kim has managed to turn his hobby into a profitable enterprise.

Catching switch: Conger recalled
ESPN

The team decided not to take any chances and put Wilson on the seven-day concussion list Tuesday and recalled switch hitter Hank Conger from Triple-A Salt Lake. Conger was in the starting lineup catching minor-league teammate Garrett Richards.

I.K. Kim’s heart too big to be broken by missed putt
USA Today

Inner demons have not haunted I.K. Kim since she missed a tap-in on the 72nd hole that would have won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year, nor have any nightmares jolted her awake from a deep sleep to make her painfully aware of the unforgettable blunder in the LPGA tour’s first major championship of the season.

Intergalactica, bedazzle, dance, and JK POP! — DJs bring Japanese and Korean pop to Seattle’s dance floor
Northwest Asian Weekly

At JK Pop!, a Japanese and Korean pop music dance party, the night was in full swing. The bar was busy and attendees nodded their heads and tapped their feet to the beat of Japanese and Korean pop music, also known as J-pop and K-pop, pulsating from the DJ booth.

South Korea moving towards vertical farming
Al Jazeera

Scientists in South Korea are developing a farming system that could allow food to be grown in any climate, a project that becomes increasingly pressing as the world’s population reaches new heights.

The scientists practise vertical farming: the mass cultivation of plant and animal life indoors, in urban settings.

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