Stuntman Ilram Choi Reprises Role in The Amazing Spiderman 2
by CASSANDRA KWOK
Korean American stuntman Ilram Choi will once again be sporting the iconic blue and red spidey suit as he reprises his role as one of actor Andrew Garfield’s stunt doubles in the highly anticipated The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Spending years mastering his skills in taekwondo, for which he has formal training, and also experimenting with judo, jujitsu and capoeira, Choi is no stranger to the difficult sequences of action-packed films.
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Third Annual KFEST: Korean Heritage Festival at UC Irvine
by JAMES S. KIM
KONNECT UCI and Korean Health Association will present the third annual KFEST this Thursday, April 24, at the University of California, Irvine, with performances by David Choi, NOMNOMNOMNOMTOM (Tom Kim), Joe Lee, KKAP (KONNECT K-pop Aspiring Performers), Urban Motus and Hansori.
KFEST is a Korean heritage festival that represents a collaboration between two Korean American organizations (KONNECT and Korean Health Association) at the UC Irvine campus. Their purpose for organizing the event is to provide an opportunity for the student community and the community at large to celebrate and learn more about Korean culture.
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BBCN Names Kevin S. Kim as President and CEO
by STEVE HAN
BBCN Bank has named Kevin S. Kim as its permanent president and chief executive officer, positions the 56-year-old has been holding on an interim basis since January. The unanimous appointment by the company’s board of directors makes Kim the chairman, president and chief executive officer of both BBCN Bank and its holding company, BBCN Bankcorp, Inc.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead the premier Korean American bank in the nation,” Kim said, according to a press announcement released today. “My dream for BBCN has always been to build a company which represents the most successful business enterprise among those founded by Korean Americans. I look forward to working even more closely with the entire management team and board to further strengthen and build upon the BBCN franchise.”
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April Issue: Chi’Lantro Food Truck Serves as Kimchi Ambassador in Texas
by JONATHAN CHA
Jae Kim happily considers himself an ambassador for kimchi in Texas.
When the owner of Chi’Lantro, a popular Korean and Mexican fusion food truck in Austin, first offered kimchi to his customers in 2011, he found very few takers. One fateful night, instead of filling the trash with the fermented side dish, he caramelized the kimchi to make it sweeter and threw it atop a pile of French fries. He added bulgogi and Monterey Jack cheese to the creation to form what would become Chi’Lantro’s signature dish, kimchi fries.
Kim, a Seoul native who grew up in Southern California and was inspired by the popularity of L.A.’s pioneering fusion trucks, also offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas and burgers with either meat or tofu on Chi’Lantro’s menu. It is the kimchi fries, however, that inspire his fans to follow every move of his now four trucks, two in Austin and two in Houston, via their website or social media.
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Dodgers’ Ryu Feels Special Connection to Ferry Victims
by STEVE HAN
In the wake of the recent South Korean maritime disaster, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu held an autograph signing to raise funds for the survivors and families of the victims.
Ryu made a special appearance Sunday at the Viva Los Dodgers event to help those affected by the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol, from which 87 are confirmed dead while 215 are still missing, as of 6 a.m. on April 21. He donated $100,000 of his own earlier through his HJ 99 foundation.
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Michelle Wie Wins LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii
by JULIE HA
Michelle Wie has won her first LPGA victory since 2010, after rallying yesterday from four strokes behind on the final day of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in her home state of Hawaii.
The 24-year-old managed to win by two shots, finishing at 14-under 274, edging out Angela Stanford, who was leading by four strokes after Friday’s round. Stanford finished second at 12-under 276, and top-ranked Inbee Park finished third with an 11-under 277.
The victory marked Wie’s third in her career on the LPGA Tour, and broke an almost four-year winless streak. It was also her first on American soil. She previously won the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010 and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in 2009. The win moves Wie into first place on the LPGA Money List, with total earnings of $616,555 in 2014.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu to Raise Funds for SKorean Ferry Victims At Dodger Event Sunday
by JULIE HA
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has pledged a $100,000 donation through his HJ 99 foundation to help those affected by the ferry tragedy in his native South Korea, and will also be making a special appearance tomorrow to raise additional funds for those affected.
From 11:45 to 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, at the Viva Los Dodgers event, Ryu will be signing autographs for fans and accepting monetary donations to benefit survivors and families of those who lost their lives in the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking in South Korea. Ryu’s autograph signing will take place in Lot 6 at Dodger Stadium, at the team’s autograph tent located to the right of the stage.
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Pictured is one of the young survivors of the South Korean ferry sinking. (Photo via Getty)
As many of us—parents especially—empathize deeply with the pain of the families of the South Korean ferry victims, we also find ourselves wondering how to talk about this tragic incident involving so many children with our own kids. KoreAm looked back to our February 2013 issue, when mental health columnist Dr. Esther Oh gave some valuable advice on how to help our youth deal with trauma, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. We revisit that advice here.
In Wake of Tragedy, How Do We Talk to Our Children?
by DR. ESTHER OH
My eyes are glued to CNN, and it’s hard to digest the headline I’m seeing: “Gunman kills 20 elementary school students.” I am left speechless, as more news surfaces about the gunman, who took the lives of 20 young children and six adults. Weeks later, the details are still chilling.
It’s hard to imagine how the victims’ families and friends—as well as the survivors—can return to their lives after this horrific incident. Such tragedies often make us think about how we would handle such a situation if we were ever faced with it. The truth is, many of us will also face some form of trauma in our lives, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster. After the initial shock wears off, most adults are able to process what happened, with support from others, and eventually move on in life.
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April Issue: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Celebrates 20 Years of Asian American Comedy
by ADA TSENG
An 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors creative brainstorming session may not be what one would expect from such a zany, boisterous Asian American comedy team. As Greg Watanabe and Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle discuss possible new sketch ideas for their upcoming show in San Diego, topics include the recent affirmative action bill in California; China’s growing influence on Hollywood contrasted with the fear-inspiring headlines about China in American media; Cambodian refugee communities that have come to the U.S. through San Diego’s military bases; and even the Korean “comfort women.”
“I’ve always wanted to do a sketch about Korean ‘comfort women,’ but I have yet to figure out how to make it funny,” says Hornbuckle, referencing the very serious issue of Korean women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Survivors, and their supporters, have been fighting for an apology and reparations from the Japanese government for decades.
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Vice Principal Rescued From SKorean Ferry Found Hanged
by STEVE HAN
The South Korean ferry tragedy, from which over 260 people are still missing, has added another casualty, after the vice principal from the high school that had over 300 of its students on board was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide.
Kang Min-kyu, one of the 179 passengers rescued, was found hanging from a tree at a small mountain on Jindo island, near a temporary shelter where families of those still missing have gathered to learn the fate of their loved ones. The vice principal at Danwon High School in Ansan, Kang had organized the school’s annual field trip to Jejudo, the destination to which students and faculty never reached.
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SKorean Yu Ho-jin Named Magician of the Year at L.A. Ceremony
by JULIE HA
South Korean magician Yu Ho-jin captured the prestigious Magician of the Year Award on Sunday at the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) annual awards show, held at the Orpheum Theatre in Hollywood.
Yu, 23, first rose to prominence as a card magician in 2012 when he became the first Asian to win the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM) World Championships of Magic, a competition that’s widely considered the Olympic Games for magicians.
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New Film Stars K-pop Star BoA and Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough
by LORNA SOONHEE UMPHREY
K-pop fans get a chance to see their “Queen of Pop,” BoA, in a whole new light, as she makes her American feature film debut in Make Your Move, co-starring Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough.
Set in the underground dance clubs of New York, the film tells the story of star-crossed dancers Aya (played by BoA) and Donny (played by Hough), whose respective families are competing to see who has the most successful dance club in the Brooklyn scene. Their brothers (Aya’s brother is played by Korean American actor Will Yun Lee) also are former partners who had a testy falling-out, making the pairing of Aya and Donny a somewhat forbidden one.
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Marissa Webb Named Banana Republic’s Creative Director
by STEVE HAN
Mega-brand Banana Republic has hired Marissa Webb, a former womens wear designer at J. Crew, as its new creative director and executive vice president of design, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times this week.
Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was in charge of the store’s design department from 2009 to 2013, during which time the retailer lost ground to competitors J. Crew, H&M and others. Gap Inc., Banana Republic’s parent company, revealed earlier this week in its financial reports that the retailer’s sales declined by 4 percent from the year before.
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Students and residents in Ansan, South Korea, hold up signs at a rally on April 17. Signs read: Signs read, “Please come back safely,” “Miss you, kids, and love you all,” and “Aren’t you hungry? Let’s go eat with mom.” Image via Yonhap
President Park Visits Grief-Stricken Families of Ferry Victims
As search and rescue operations for the capsized South Korean ferry continue into the third day, the mood across the country is said to be grim, with people still reeling from shock, grief and dissipating hope over the fate of hundreds of passengers—mostly high school students—still unaccounted for.
Lawmakers suspended parliamentary activities and all events related to the upcoming local elections, and even Korean professional baseball games deliberately excluded the usual energetic cheerleading, as the news dominating the media and in cafes, offices and schools is that of the tragic sinking, which so far has 20 confirmed dead as of Thursday. The deceased include at least five students, two teachers and one crew member.
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