Wednesday’s Link Attack: South Korean Presidential Race; ‘Sexy’ Kim Jong-un; Korean Beer
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: November 28th, 2012
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Why Did Asian Americans Mostly Vote for President Obama?

According to exit polls in the Nov. 6 election, Asian American voters favored Obama over Romney by a ratio of more than 3-to-1 (76 percent versus 23 percent). This has puzzled a number of Republicans. Asian Americans, more than any other group, including white suburbanites, who are a backbone of Republican support, have demographic characteristics that would seem to make them support low taxes, fiscal austerity, conventional family values, and hostility to affirmative action (especially in higher education)—all policies strongly associated with today’s Republican Party.

Asian American joins anti-profiling lawsuit

An Asian-American has joined a federal civil-rights lawsuit challenging Arizona’s tough immigration law that allows police to ask the immigration status of a person, stopped, detained or arrested if there’s a reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

Jim Shee, a Paradise Valley real-estate investor who is of Chinese and Spanish descent, is the only Asian-Americans among 10 individuals – the rest are Latinos – publicly named in the lawsuit.

Japanese PM Says Korea ‘Illegally Occupying’ Dokdo
Chosun Ilbo

Japan’s ruling Democratic Party has ratcheted up the rhetoric over the country’s flimsy colonial claim to Korea’s Dokdo islets ahead of next month’s general elections.

A list of campaign pledges announced by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Korea is “illegally occupying” the islets and vowed to “demand a peaceful resolution according to international laws.”

Wired SKorea to stem digital addiction from age 3
AP via BusinessWeek

In South Korea, where the government provides counseling programs and psychological treatment for an estimated 2 million people who cannot wean themselves from playing online computer games, youngsters such as Park have previously not been considered as potential addicts.

Here and in other parts of Asia, online addiction has long been associated with hardcore gamers who play online games for days on end, isolated from their school, work or family life and blurring the line between the real and fantasy online worlds. In a shocking 2010 case in South Korea, a 3-month-old girl died after being fed just once a day by her parents who were consumed with marathon online game sessions.

Rivals in South Korea’s presidential election [VIDEO]
BBC News

In South Korea, the race to be the next president is underway. The 19 December election is widely expected to be a contest between the ruling Saenuri party candidate, Park Geun-hye, and her Democratic United Party rival, Moon Jae-in.

Both are fighting for the support of South Korea’s youngest voters. As Lucy Williamson reports from Seoul, the race couldn’t be tighter.

Election Ads Kick Off, Sparking Chair Controversy
Wall Street Journal

The presidential election campaign officially started on Tuesday, and with it the battle of political TV ads.

The candidates can broadcast commercials of less than 1 minute that can’t be played more than 30 times. Election ads in South Korea tend to avoid attacks on the other candidates, and the first somewhat mushy commercials focus mainly on what each campaign believes to be the strengths of their candidate.

Kim Jong-un Seems to Get a New Title: Heartthrob
New York Times

How do you say satire in Mandarin?

Not known for its sense of humor, the Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece apparently fell for a parody by The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Web site, when it reported Tuesday in some online editions of People’s Daily that Kim Jong-un, the young, chubby North Korean ruler, had been named the “Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”

Or did it?

K-Town Debuts Second Season, Cue Rejoicing and Moans
Los Angeles Magazine

The first season of web series K-Town took viewers on a romp through one of Los Angeles’ most underrated social scenes: the nightlife and restaurant enclave known as Koreatown. Today, the show’s second season premieres with even raunchier stereotype-dispelling episodes revealing the wilder side of 20-something Korean Angelenos who love Makkoli and Korean BBQ more than Ivy League acceptances and martial arts.

The reality show, which follows seven people – from the self-proclaimed “King of K-Town” to a former exotic dancer and unabashed sexual libertine – debuted to mixed reactions. Readers of L.A.-based KoreAm magazine bemoaned the show’s portrayal of Asians, complaining of its “seemingly deliberate plan to expose Koreans as vapid, obnoxious, and fucked up.” Fans, however, embraced the show as an antidote to the typical “goody two shoes” portrayal of Asian-Americans in the media. In its subtly accented, second-generation-immigrant tone, the show proclaims: We do more than study, smoke pot, and play an occasionally good game of hoops.

Korean pop’s giant leap with ‘Gangnam’ steps
Al Jazeera English

Yet another introductory article about K-pop and its global popularity.

South Korea’s pop scene rakes in billions while the horse-galloping PSY video becomes most viewed in YouTube’s history.

How to Train Like the World’s Toughest Mudder
Men’s Fitness

Junyong Pak is 34 years old, 140 lbs., 5’8” tall, and has six Tough Mudders under his belt. But that’s not what makes this Boston entrepreneur such a badass. With his near-heroic performance last week, Pak has now won back-to-back titles in the World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM), proving that his body can take a major beating. Bearing electric shocks, ice-slicked hanging rings, and hypothermia-inducing temperatures, Pak completed 90 miles in just over 24 hours during this year’s competition, surpassing his 60-mile feat the previous year—and setting an all-time record for the competition. The Pak man dished to Men’s Fitness about the diet and grueling training that made him the two-time winner of the hardest obstacle race in the world.

Grace Park Ties the Knot Just Months After Hanging Up Clubs
Chosun Ilbo

Veteran Korean golfer Grace Park married Kim Hak-su, a businessman and an alumnus of her elementary school, at a closed ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday in the presence of their families, relatives and friends.

Brewing in South Korea: Fiery food, boring beer — A dull duopoly crushes microbrewers
The Economist

THEIR cuisine is one of the world’s most exciting. South Korean diners would not tolerate bland kimchi (cabbage pickled in garlic and chili) or sannakji (fresh chopped octopus, still wriggling on the plate). So why do they swill boring beer?

Local brews such as Cass and Hite go down easily enough (which is not always true of those writhing tentacles with their little suction cups). Yet they leave little impression on the palate. Some South Korean beers skimp on barley malt, using the likes of rice in its place. Others are full of corn. And despite the recent creation of Hite Dry Finish—a step in the right direction—brewing remains just about the only useful activity at which North Korea beats the South. The North’s Taedonggang Beer, made with equipment imported from Britain, tastes surprisingly good.

Overcoming the obstacles of diagnosing diabetes in Asian Americans

Several years ago both of my parents were identified as being at risk for developing type II diabetes. Diagnosing my parents was an easy call for their doctors to make since both of them exhibited many of the tell-tale signs: moderate obesity, advanced age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a sedentary lifestyle. They are also Asian, which dramatically increases their risk of developing type II diabetes(1). While somewhere around 10% of the Asian American population are diabetic, 90-95% of these cases are type II diabetes. My parents’ doctors primarily recommended lifestyle changes including more exercise and dietary modifications. The latter consisted namely of cutting back on that linchpin of Vietnamese cuisine, white rice, which has been proposed to increase the risk of type II diabetes (2). Unlike my parents’ situation, however, diagnosing diabetes in many Asian Americans turns out to be not so simple.

Why Kim Jong Eun Can’t Afford to Give Up Weapons
Wall Street Journal

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