Park Shin-Hye Pays Tribute to Audrey Hepburn
by ETHEL NAVALES
The March issue of Marie Claire Korea is certainly one to look forward to. What are we most excited to see? Park Shin-hye’s gorgeous looks as she pays homage to Audrey Hepburn– the film and fashion icon during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Clearly, Hepburn’s legacy is one that has endured long after her death in 1993. In fact, the American Film Institute named Hepburn third among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
Although it is impossible to recreate a legend, we are awfully impressed with Park’s stunning tribute spread titled “My Fair Lady.” For the spread, the South Korean actresses reenacts iconic Audrey Hepburn styles from Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Park not only shows her versatility as a model, she shows she is a force to be reckoned with. The 24-year-old artist has been quickly rising to fame and is most known for korean dramas You’re Beautiful, Flower Boys Next Door and The Heirs. In fact, her role in You’re Beautiful shot the actress to global stardom.
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Korean Pro Basketball Coach Tapes Player’s Mouth Shut
by JAMES S. KIM
Anyone who’s played a team sport knows what it’s like to have an irate coach get on their case. But most of the time it doesn’t involve public humiliation, which is what a Korean pro basketball coach put one of his players through during a live television broadcast.
During a game between Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation on Feb. 17, one of the Mobis players, Ham Ji-Hoon, apparently missed a defensive assignment, which led to head coach Yoo Jae-Hak to call a time out. He immediately begins berating Ham, then abruptly calls for one of the team trainers to bring a roll of tape.
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Korean Men’s Magazine Headline Angers Japanese
by JAMES KIM
Popular men’s magazine Maxim Korea is accustomed to racy, eye-catching covers, but that’s usually due to the scantily-clad women. In this case, however, the editor-in-chief of the South Korean publication is under fire from netizens for a front page headline in the February issue that reads, “How to date Japanese women who haven’t been exposed to radiation,” as well as for his faux apology that blames the Japanese for the mistake.
The controversy began when readers in South Korea initially pointed out the inappropriate nature of the headline. Once the Japanese media picked up the topic, the issue blew up even further, prompting a public apology from the editor on Feb. 5, but his statement only added fuel to the flames.
He began appropriately enough, apologizing for “causing discomfort and inflicting harm” to any Japanese. He explained the article was a guide about how to get a Japanese girlfriend, and the headline on the front page was meant to be eye-catching and not intended to be offensive in any way.
It goes all downhill from there, as the editor subsequently shifts the blame to Japan: “The recent brash remarks coming from Japan concerning Dokdo and the island dispute, Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and the issue of comfort women, have unintentionally caused us to make a mistake,” he said.
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Jindo Dog Fights For Respect in the West
by JAMES KIM
In South Korea, Jindo dogs are an actual national treasure — they are ranked no. 53 on the list of “natural monuments” — and they marched in the opening ceremony for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
Many Korean Americans still share that same affinity with native breed since they were brought over in the 1980s, but Jindos are still relatively unrecognized in the American dog community, as well as the American Kennel Club, the official registry for purebred pedigrees.
Are Jindos ready to take the national stage in America? The answer is a definite yes, according to Jen Choi of The Atlantic. Official recognition would allow Jindos to also participate in the recently concluded Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which Choi compared to “the dog world’s equivalent of the Super Bowl and Academy Awards combined.”
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Korean Pitcher Signs Three-Year Deal With Baltimore Orioles
by STEVE HAN
South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon is joining the Baltimore Orioles on a three-year deal worth up to $13 million, pending a physical, according to news reports.
Yoon’s three-year deal guarantees him $5.75 million, but he could make up to an additional $8 million from performance-based bonuses. He and the Orioles also agreed to include a clause that allows him to reject a demotion to the minor leagues.
If the right-hander passes the physical, he will be the second South Korean in history to move to the major leagues straight from the Korea Baseball Organization; Dodgers’ pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was the first.
The 27-year-old is expected to compete with the likes of Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman for a place in the back end of the Orioles starting rotation. Norris and Gausman have a career earned run average of 4.36 and 5.66, respectively.
Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are likely to fill in the slots as No. 1 through 3 starters for the Orioles.
The Orioles are signing Yoon in the hopes of addressing their long-standing issues with starting pitching. Last year, their team ERA among starting pitchers was 12th best (4.57) in the 15-team American League and only slightly better at 4.42 in 2012 when they made it to the postseason for the first time in 15 years.
Winner of the KBO’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, Yoon has been the ace of the KIA Tigers pitching staff throughout his career. His best pitch is a hard slider, which varies in trajectory as he can throw either straight across or with depth. His fastball once topped out at 96 miles per hour, but dropped down to high-80s last season with injuries to his right shoulder.
Health remains a concern for Yoon, but he has proven himself at international level in the past. He helped Korea win a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics with two wins and a save on a 2.35 ERA and at the 2009 World Baseball classic, he pitched a gem in the semifinal game against Venezuela, a team that consisted of major league all-stars, in Korea’s 10-2 win.
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February Issue: Korean American Foster Parents Wanted
by STEVE HAN
When Yohan (a pseudonym), a Korean American child, was 4 years old, his immigrant mother abandoned him. He then bounced around from one foster home to another—none of them Korean-speaking or familiar with his culture or even the type of food he was used to eating. Already feeling insecure from the trauma of abandonment, he struggled to communicate with those entrusted to care for him and make him feel safe again.
Children’s advocates in Los Angeles cited this real-life example at a press conference last month announcing the launch of a new campaign to find Korean-speaking families to become foster parents. Even one family would make a difference, as currently there is not a single Korean-speaking foster home in Los Angeles County for children like Yohan.
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The Lunar New Year holidays, or Seollal in Korean, kick off today. And while Seollal means a time for family and tradition, it also brings a wealth of activities where you can learn about and participate in Korean culture.
Those who are brave enough to fight the cold weather can venture outdoors to museums, concerts, restaurants, and even ski resorts to experience some traditional games and other rituals they don’t get to do everyday.
For Koreans who want to experience how their ancestors spent the Lunar New Year, many museums have prepared all-inclusive experiences. Some of the events even provide free traditional food and beverages.
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NJ Doctor Sued by Korean Women Claiming to Be Abandoned Daughter
by PETER KANG
A Korean American radiologist based in New York City is being sued by a South Korean woman who claims he abandoned her as a 7-year-old child and again as a cancer-stricken adult in 2011.
The Bergen County Record reported that Juhee Myung filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against Edgewater, N.J. resident Dr. Kwang Ha Myung.
Juhee Myung said her father abandoned her and her mother in 1973, marrying another woman and immigrating to the United States. The action led to Juhee Myung’s mother to attempt suicide, the lawsuit says.
Juhee Myung tracked down her father three years ago and told him she had been diagnosed with cancer. He advised her to seek treatment at a better hospital and assured her he would pay for the expenses. Two months later, he cut off all contact with her and changed his phone number, the lawsuit contends. She is seeking a paternity test and child support arrears and other damages.
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Police: High-end drug and prostitution ring busted on Super Bowl week
The 18 operators of a high-end escort service allegedly banking on Super Bowl week to deliver “party packs” of cocaine and prostitutes have been charged with drug and sex trafficking, New York authorities said Thursday.
The nearly year-long undercover investigation discovered that in addition to selling the “party packs,” the ring allegedly laundered the illegal proceeds through front businesses that included a clothing wholesaler, a wig wholesaler, a limousine service and a beauty supply wholesaler, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
The ring targeted wealthy customers in New York for large events, authorities said. Last week, a text message was blasted to frequent customers noting that “new sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u.” The enterprise also ran numerous advertisements on the Internet and on public access television.
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North Korea’s top envoy to Britain dangled the possibility of progress in staging reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War as he renewed Pyongyang’s demands that Seoul cancel its annual military drill with the United States.
Hyun Hak-bong said in a video interview posted Thursday that the two Koreas can discuss a date for staging the family reunions, breaking the silence the North has kept since South Korea proposed earlier this week to hold the reunions for the aging Koreans.
“As for the practical and exact date, it could be exchanged and discussed between the two sides … Now, we are working on that,” Hyun said in the interview with Sky News, a 24-hour news channel in Britain. Still, he did not elaborate.
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AP via Yahoo News
A debate between Japan and South Korea over what to call the body of water that separates their countries is being played out in the Virginia Capitol.
At issue: whether textbooks approved by the state board of education should note that the Sea of Japan is also called the East Sea.
South Koreans want the change and the sizeable Korean American community in Virginia has put pressure on state lawmakers to make sure it’s a legislative priority this year. The Japanese do not want the textbook requirements changed.
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Dennis Rodman: “I’M Not a Traitor”
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman offered a sort-of apology for his antics during recent trips to North Korea on Friday, in a wide-ranging CNN interview conducted in the rehab facility where he’s being treated for alcohol abuse.
“I don’t go to the camps, I don’t do anything,” Rodman said of his visits to the isolated country. “I’m not a traitor.”
The interview came after Rodman’s last interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo raised eyebrows and even outrage when Rodman angrily defended his “friend,” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and suggested an American imprisoned there may have been detained justifiably (he later apologized for the latter remark).
Rodman, speaking with Cuomo more calmly this time, expressed remorse about how his drinking has affected his family.
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Va. textbook bill on alternative Sea of Japan name heads toward a partisan showdown
Two little words. They looked like an easy way to make a lot of people happy.
On the campaign trail, Terry McAuliffe (D) said that as governor, he’d make sure that new school textbooks note that the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea.
The promise was important to Northern Virginia’s large Korean American community, who see the Sea of Japan designation as a painful relic of Japanese occupation.
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Seniors’ truce good at eatery
Queens Chronicle (New York)
The truce is holding between Korean-American seniors and the McDonald’s at Northern and Parsons boulevards.
That’s the status report from Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who last week brokered a deal so that the seniors will not monopolize space in the McDonald’s during peak business hours.
Many seniors use the eatery for social gatherings, where they spend many hours and few dollars with their elderly friends.
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KoChix, where Korean fried chicken gets a sticky, open-ended approach
When most Washingtonians think of Korean fried chicken, two syllables immediately leap to mind: BonChon. It’s reflexive, unthinking, based on the limited offerings in our area. In that sense, our Korean fried chicken market is more Communist than capitalist. It’s BonChon or nothing, you ungrateful proles.
Not that I have anything against BonChon. My delight in the chain’s hot lacquered wings and drumettes is well documented, a passion that no one could generate solely through a tightly controlled market and state-sponsored propaganda. BonChon just knows how to batter and fry those babies.
But there’s a whole wide world of Korean fried chicken (often called “The Other KFC” on these shores), of which Washingtonians remain largely ignorant. South Koreans do not live under the perpetually gray skies of a BonChon totalitarianism. They have vast choices, as varied as the many shades of fried chicken in the American South.
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