Wednesday’s Link Attack: Oikos Shooting, LA Riots Legacy, NK Rocket Threat
Author: Linda Son
Posted: April 11th, 2012
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Service held in Newark for Oikos victim
San Jose Mercury News

About 150 family members and friends gathered Tuesday afternoon to remember one of the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Oikos University, a woman they described as strong and compassionate, with a “giving heart.”
Katleen Ping, 24, was one of seven people killed at the university in Oakland, where she worked at the front desk. During a memorial service at Bay Area Baptist Church in Newark, Ping’s brother, Kaine Ping, thanked those who have comforted the family since the tragedy.

“We are sad and mourning that I lost my sister — but we didn’t lose her,” he said. “She’s in heaven and she’s in a better place.”
Former Oikos student One L. Goh is accused of killing Katleen Ping and six others before leaving the school and turning himself in to police at an Alameda supermarket less than an hour later.

Ethnic stereotypes and the Oikos shooting: A candid online panel discussion

In the week since a former student opened fire at Oikos University, a small Christian vocational college in Oakland, the seven people who died have been mourned in at least half a dozen countries, including here, where they made their home. A memorial service was being held in Oakland today.

With the exception of one victim, a young Korean American woman, all of those who died were immigrants. They came from South Korea, the Philippines, India, Tibet, Nigeria. So was the gunman, identified as One L. Goh, 43, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in South Korea and a former nursing student at the school, who reports indicate suffered emotional problems.

The reaction to the tragedy has involved more than mourning among Asian Americans. It has, for some, resurrected the specter of an ugly stereotype that’s endured since five years ago this month, when troubled Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on campus before taking his own life. It has raised questions about mental health outreach in minority communities. In the Asian American blogosphere and beyond, it has prompted a by-now-familiar speculation about social pressures, and expressions of that universal collective sinking feeling that occurs among minorities when a high-profile perpetrator is deemed “one of us.”

S. Korea’s ruling party pulls off upset victory in crucial general elections
Yonhap News Agency

South Korea’s ruling party pulled off an upset victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections in a major boon for its leader and presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye just eight months before the presidential vote.

With about 95 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Saenuri Party won or was leading in 128 directly contested districts, according to an analysis by public broadcaster KBS based on data from the National Election Commission.

The main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) won or was ahead in 106 districts, and its coalition partner Unified Progressive Party won five districts and was leading in another district, according to KBS.

The gap between the two major parties appeared unlikely to reverse.

Family: Bullying by ‘wolf pack’ led to Texas teen’s suicide
US News via

The trouble for Molina, who was part Korean and part Hispanic, began at Flour Bluff Intermediate School in Corpus Christi, a port city of 300,000 along the Gulf of Mexico.

The problems escalated in junior high school, when Molina joined the football team, where, his sister said, the players picked on him and the coaches allowed it. She said her brother told her that some of the bullies repeatedly said they were going to kill him and that she had helped come to his rescue when some teens cornered him at a taco stand and appeared ready to jump him

“It got really worse this year, and that’s when my mom pulled him out of school” in March, she said, adding that Teddy had expressed a desire to commit suicide a few times over the bullying. A close family friend, Annette Westerkom, 41, said Teddy Molina endured the harassment quietly.

What is the legacy of the 1992 L.A. riots?

This April 29 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began after a jury acquitted four L.A. police officers accused of beating Rodney King, a black motorist who was pulled over after a pursuit. Over the next few days, parts of Los Angeles burned in arson fires as Angelenos rioted and businesses were looted. Fifty-three people died in the violence, thousands were injured, and property damage mounted close to $1 billion.

Twenty years later, the riots remain a pivotal point in L.A. history. The Korean American journalist K.W. Lee wrote in 2002 on the ten-year anniversary of the upheaval that it was “America’s first multiethnic urban unrest, signaling a radical departure from the historical white-black paradigm. It exposed the widening ethnic, class and cultural chasms between the inner-city poor and the suburban middle class, immigrants and natives, English speaking and non-English speaking.”

South Koreans vote under North’s rocket threat

South Koreans voted on Wednesday in parliamentary elections that pit the ruling conservatives and their “Queen of Elections” against the mostly liberal Twitter generation of younger voters, and the outcome could hinge on how many turn out to cast ballots.

Voters have by and large ignored an impending rocket launch by North Korea scheduled for this week, and the major issues at stake are rising prices, allegations of sleaze in government and growing discontent over the power of big business, all of which could go against the ruling Saenuri Party.

North Korea Is Lying About Its Rocket Launch, Sat-Watchers Show

North Korea claims that its impending satellite launch, scheduled for this week, is merely a mission to study the country’s “distribution of forests” and weather patterns. But after analyzing the satellite’s potential flight paths, a network of amateur and professional spaceflight specialists have concluded that Pyongyang’s claim is all but impossible. In order for the North Koreans to get a weather or observation satellite into the proper orbit, these experts say, Pyongyang would have to risk the early stages of its rockets dropping on its neighbors’ and allies’ heads.

“I believe that the most reasonable interpretation is that they are lying about this being a satellite launch, which has been betrayed by the incompetence of their propagandists in over-reaching in their cover story,” longtime satellite watcher Ted Molczan noted on the SeeSat listserv.

The Pyongyang regime has a long history of malarkey, of course. After its last satellite, the Kwangmyongsong-2 (Bright Star 2), plopped into the Pacific Ocean minutes after liftoff, North Korea swore that the thing was in orbit and transmitting “immortal revolutionary paeans” back to Earth. But this time, the debunking appears to be underway even before the rocket takes off from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.

Dennis Kim named partner at Rothman Brecher

Senior literary agent Dennis Kim has been promoted to partner at the The Rothman Brecher Agency, which will change its name on June 1 to Rothman Brecher Kim.
Partners Robb Rothman and Dan Brecher made the announcement Tuesday.

Kim joined Rothman Brecher in 1998 from UTA, where he had been promoted to agent from then-partner Gavin Polone’s desk.

At Rothman Brecher, he represents the creator/showrunner of “Suits” on USA Network, “Supah Ninjas” at Nickelodeon and “Copper,” which is in production and will air this summer for ten episodes for BBC America. Kim was also involved in putting together “In Plain Sight” for USA Network and “The Venture Brothers” for Adult Swim.

Everybody Wants To Be A K-Pop Star

“I live only to sing and dance,” she says. “If I don’t become a singer I won’t be happy in my life. I want it so bad.” She’s almost tearful, but looks up in determination and says she’s going to give it her all.

A few famous K-Pop stars are actually from China, Thailand and the United States. And more hopefuls, like 19-year-old Rebecca Chiu, from Taiwan, are here to try out. She especially likes the dance moves that go along with just about every K-Pop hit.

The fact that she doesn’t understand the words in the songs — “I can read and I can pronounce, but I don’t know the meaning,” she says in broken English — isn’t necessarily a cause for worry. If the top entertainment companies like her, they’ll invest in her study of the Korean language and will spend up to $3 million or $4 million on years of rigorous training in song, dance, acting and more. If she makes it through that, then she might have a shot at contracts worth millions.

Hong Ki-sung, the CEO of BORN Startraining Center, a company in Seoul that trains people to become K-Pop stars, says it’s worth the investment.

“There are so many young, talented people in Korea,” he says through a translator. “So many that I can’t even count them, and they’re better singers than a lot of the stars out there now.”

K-Pop Hot 100: Indie Band Busker Busker Bows at No. 1

Busker Busker, the final contestant on the popular audition program “Superstar K3,” is bringing something new to the Korean music industry. The band – comprised of Beom-June Jang (lead vocals/guitar), Hyung-Tae Kim (bass), and Brad Moore (drums) – made their official debut on March 29, and now immediately soar to the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard K-Pop Hot 100. The indie band has truly found a groove with the compelling blend of familiar melodies along with their unique personalities.

All 11 tracks of their first studio album, “Cherry Blossom Ending,” were written and composed by the singer/guitarist Beom-June Jang. The title track and this week’s No. 1, “Cherry Blossom Ending” – built around a heavy guitar beat – is an appropriate track for spring as it paints the picture of falling cherry blossom petals.

Food map: Eat your way around Korea

They say it takes a village to raise a child.
But in Korea it takes the legacies of a region to create a legendary dish.

Ancient royal lunches, former fertilizers, dishes that look too pretty (or too hideous) to eat — these regional South Korean delicacies have been local favorites for years.

Now, they offer the savvy traveler an alternative to mediocre franchise fare.

Hite Beer, the LA Dodger’s New Rookie of the Year
Pitch Engine

Upon welcoming the LA Dodger’s new owner, NBA Great, Magic Johnson, the LA Dodgers also welcome their new ‘rookie’ sensation, Hite Beer. Stepping up to the plate for the first time, Hite Beer will not ‘strike out’ in satisfying your thirst.

On April 9th, Dodger’s CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) Michael Young and Jinro America’s Mr. Min (CEO) and Mr. Kang (Chief of Marketing) held a press conference at the Dodger’s Stadium. Signing the contract in front of all the biggest Korean press in Los Angeles, the partnership was made official.

Hite Beer, Korea’s #1 selling beer, and the LA Dodgers have united together for the 2012 Season, giving the LA Dodgers a sure ‘home run’ hit for baseball fans and beer lovers everywhere.

The opening day for the LA Dodger’s home game and the first ‘pitch’ for Hite Beer sales will be on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Police officer makes Golden Gloves debut
Windy City Media Group

Williams, the only child of an African-American father and a Korean-American mother—who’ve been together nearly 30 years now—grew up in the Englewood area and developed an interest in boxing as a young girl, when she and her father watched televised boxing shows together.

“I’ve always been interested in it; I loved watching it,” she said. “But I never knew of a place like Chicago Boxing Club—places where they’ll teach you from scratch to become a good fighter.

“But when I got on the job, I was interested in learning something different to help me on the street in case anything happened,” she continued. “Just something that would give me a little ‘up’ on the job on the streets—in case anybody tries to fight me or anything like that, I could have a little upper hand if I knew how to box and got stronger.”

You may have guessed that the majority of Williams’ job does not involve sitting behind a desk.

“I work the streets so of course I’m plainclothes,” she said. “I’m on the tactical team in the district so we go out and we deal with the gangs, the drugs, the guns. We’re not like the uniformed officers—we don’t have to respond to the domestic batteries and that sort of stuff. We deal with ‘shots fired’ and any calls about drug selling and kids hanging on the corners.”

New Website Shows Korea’s Dark Side
The Huffington Post

Korea is more than kimchi, K-pop and plastic surgery, says the founder of new website koreaBANG

koreaBANG knows what Korea is talking about and apparently it is drunken women on the subway, tweeting politicians and how much they hate Japan.

koreaBANG is a new website that translates the most discussed news stories in Korea and their highest rated comments into English. Stories range from a Korean politician’s drunken tweets to a cafe owner who secretly filmed over 900 women in his toilets, as well as Korean reaction to international news, such as the Korean-American school shooter.

As the Korean wave sweeps over Asia and the rest of the world, there is a growing audience for all things Korean. There are already dozens of K-pop sites, allkpop has 75 million views a month, but koreaBANG has a harder news edge.

The site was founded by two British students of Korean. Cambridge University student James Pearson said koreaBANG’s sister site, chinaSMACK, was his first port of call while a student in Beijing, but he was hard-pressed to find a Korean equivalent. He approached chinaSMACK with the idea of a Korean version and launched koreaBANG in January with his co-editor and Korea University student, Raphael Rashid.

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