Wednesday’s Link Attack: SuChin Pak, John Cho, Shin Soo Choo
Author: Linda Son
Posted: January 18th, 2012
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‘Path open’ for North Korea talks, neighbors say
BBC News

In Washington the three officials, America’s top diplomat on Asia Kurt Campbell, South Korea’s nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam and Japan’s representative to the six-party talks Shinsuke Sugiyama, said they were committed to the denuclearisation deal.

“We also agreed that a path is open to North Korea towards the resumption of talks and improved relations with the United States, Japan and Republic of Korea through dialogue,” a statement said.

North Korea’s Runaway Sushi Chef Remembers Kim Jong Un

Fujimoto is one of the few people outside the regime’s inner circle to have been tight with the Great Leader’s heir apparent, Kim Jong Un. So tight, he says, that he insisted to his publisher that his fourth book, Successor of the North: Kim Jong Un be published on Oct. 10, 2010 – the day he predicted, through a complicated formula having to do with Kim Jong Il’s penchant for baccarat and the number 9, that Kim would name his youngest son as the next leader of North Korea.

The announcement was made to the world that day, but Fujimoto says it was years earlier, on Jong Un’s 9th birthday, that the boy’s future came into focus. “Kim Jong Il gave him a song as a birthday gift,” he says over dinner at a Sichuan restaurant in central Tokyo. The song, whose title translates as “Sound of Footsteps,” made it clear that Jong-Un, not either of his older brothers, was the chosen one.

Members Of Korean American Community Condemn Local Radio Hosts
Neon Tommy (blog)

The “John and Ken Show” upset the Korean American community during their Jan. 5 broadcast, when Kobylt discussed a lawsuit against his “Korean painter” and claimed that he sued him for not doing an adequate job.

When Shannon Farren, a news contributor to the show, asked why his ethnicity was relevant, Kobylt said, “…there’s a lot of, like, Korean painter scam guys” and “there’s certain cultures that become involved in certain lines of work.”

Mind Your Manners: Eat With Your Hands
New York Times

When the chef Roy Choi surveys the busy dining room of A-Frame, his restaurant in Culver City, Calif., only one thing can dampen his mood: cutlery. “I see people cutting kalbi ribs like a steak, and it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard,” he said.

A-Frame, whose eclectic menu Mr. Choi says was inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, is utensils optional. Though a basket of silverware is provided at each table, when the grilled pork chop or market salad arrives, servers advise customers that they’ll be missing out if they pick up a fork. “Then there are a lot of questions like ‘Am I really supposed to?’ and ‘Is there something else I need?’ ” Mr. Choi said. “But the moment we answer ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ people usually just go for it.”

Suchin Pak’s Lower East Side Favorites
Bowery Boogie (blog)

Lower East Side’s own SuChin Pak, the mastermind behind the annual Hester Street Fair, divulges her favorite neighborhood haunts as part of NBC’s web series “My New York.” In this bite-size video clip, the former MTV veejay and current DailyCandy contributor walks around and explains her picks.

You can watch the video here: Bowery Boogie

Hot New Year Gift: 100 Trillion Dollars
The Wall Street Journal

A few Korean online traders began promoting several interesting currency notes, including Zimbabwe’s now-defunct $100 trillion dollar bill as a fun souvenir that can be handed out as part of “sebaedon,” the allowance that kids receive when they bow to their adult relatives, wishing for their wellbeing and good luck, on the morning of New Year’s Day, which is next Monday on the lunar calendar. The amount a child receives depends on many factors, but usually ranges from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Samsung Brings Two-Way TV Screens to Life
Chosun Ilbo

Samsung Electronics will mass-produce the world’s first 46-inch transparent liquid crystal display panels from late January, it said on Tuesday.

The transparent panel is a next-generation display device that can be watched from both sides because it is as clear as glass. It also consumes 1/15 less power than other LCD panels of the same size.

Burgers Reinvented With A Korean Kick At bopNgrill

The highlight of the menu is the wide selection of Koreanized burgers. The soft shell crab burger is deep fried, combining a flaky bite of seafood decadence with a hearty sprinkling of crunchy cabbage, topped with a sweet and slightly spicy sauce to complete the burger. Other favorites include the Umami burger, which is covered with a smoked gouda cheese, a truffled duxelle, a peppery tograshi mayo and crispy bacon smeared with a sun-dried tomato confit, and the kimchi burger for those who love the vinegary tartness of kimchi, topped with the sweet flavor of chili paste aioli.

Shin-Soo Choo, Indians avoid arbitration
AP via

Choo earned a respectable raise despite his troubled 2011 season, getting a $4.9 million deal after making $3.975 million last season.

The 29-year-old South Korean batted .259 with eight homers and 36 RBIs in 85 games. But Choo had two lengthy stints on the disabled list and was arrested for drunken driving, an incident that affected his play.

Kim Byung-hyun joins Nexen
Korean Herald

The Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization announced that they have inked the right-handed submariner to a one-year deal worth 500 million won ($436,870), with a club option for 100 million won. The team also gave him 1 billion won as a signing bonus.

Kim, who turns 33 on Thursday, played for the Rakuten Eagles in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball last season and was released in November.

John Cho | Erotic Instruments, Landing In A Nas Video, & Weed Hangovers

John Cho stopped to talk with Karmaloop TV and Antenna about his rock band, erotic instruments, fashion, being in a Nas music video, hangovers and Total Recall among other topics.

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