KA Among Top Finishers in ‘Let It Go’ Cover Contest
by CASSANDRA KWOK
Disney’s animated blockbuster hit, Frozen, continues to be the talk of the town as RyanSeacrest.com recently held a contest asking fans which YouTube artist they thought performed the best cover of the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” originally sung by Idna Menzel.
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Korean Senior Alleging Race-based Attack Files Lawsuit Against McDonald’s
by JULIE HA
A Korean American senior citizen in New York has filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against McDonald’s accusing one of its workers of racially attacking him verbally and physically, Yonhap reported today.
The 62-year-old, only identified by his last name Kim, alleges that on the afternoon of Feb. 16, a female manager at a Flushing, Queens McDonald’s hit Kim with a broom after he complained to anotherrestaurant worker that he had waited 10 minutes to purchase a cup of coffee.
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Korean American Poet Wins Walt Whitman Award
by STEVE HAN
A Korean American poet has won the Walt Whitman Award, the prestigious prize awarded by the Academy of American Poets to debut writers, the academy announced on Wednesday.
Hannah Sanghee Park will receive $5,000 in prize money as part of the award, established for writers who have never had their books of poetry published. Her debut book, The Same-Different, will be released next year by the Louisiana State University Press, and the academy will purchase thousands of copies for distribution to its members.
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About a Boy, About a Dog: An Uber Cute Photo Series
by JULIE HA
Never go on adventures without your trusty sidekick. xoxo Zoey and Jasper
There are dog lovers, and there are baby lovers. But both audiences can appreciate a series of oh-so-adorable pictures recently released by L.A.-based photographer Grace Chon.
The Korean American, who previously shot photos for KoreAm’s feature story on the most popular dog breeds among Koreans, is a commercial animal photographer, but since becoming a new mom 10 months ago, she’s added babies (human ones) to her repertoire.
“I’m a total crazy dog lady and first-time mom,” Chon confesses. Her 7-year-old dog Zoey and 10-month-old baby boy Jasper, of Korean and Chinese descent, inspired this photo series called “Zoey and Jasper.”
Who can resist this adorable dynamic duo? Get more stories and updates here!
April Issue: N. Virginia Korean Community Mobilizes Politically… Over Maps
by MIKE PAARLBERG
LOBBYISTS HAVE wet dreams about this scenario.
You’ve mobilized an entire constituent group, 80,000 potential swing voters in a swing state. It’s a growing immigrant population with a profile coveted by politicians: well-educated, relatively prosperous, suburb-dwelling, beholden to no party. State legislators and gubernatorial candidates meet with you and come to any press events you organize. They are prepared to speechify about whatever issue you tell them is dear to your community, and pledge that your cause is their cause. Any issue at all.
What do you tell them?
If you are Peter Kim, president of the Virginia-based Voice of Korean Americans, you tell them what your community really wants—more than anything—is for any reference in any school textbook to the body of water that lies between the Korean peninsula and Japan, commonly called the Sea of Japan, to say that it’s also known as the East Sea.
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April Issue: KA Teens From SoCal Take Part in Elite Cyber Defense Contest
by RUTH KIM
Meet Isaac Kim and Issac Kim. No, that wasn’t a typo. These two unrelated Korean American juniors at North Hollywood High School just happen to share nearly identical names and are part of an elite five-member team competing in the finals for Cyber Patriot, a national high school cyber defense competition. What are the chances of that happening? Well, that’s probably a question better directed at these brainiacs, who one day just might be defending this country against the threat of cyber attacks.
When this reporter paid Isaac and Issac a visit last month at their school, located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, one was scarfing down a burger and the other Pad Thai noodles, while sitting in front of their laptop screens at an after-school practice session. In just a few weeks, their North Hollywood High team, Azure, would be among only 10 competitors from North America advancing to the Cyber Patriot finals in Washington, D.C., from March 25 to 29.
Find out if Isaac and Issac win the Elite Cyber Defense competition here! More stories of this week’s latest news and updates can be found online at KoreAm Journal!
The Post-Partum Blues
by DR. ESTHER OH
Sarah, a 31 year-old Korean American woman, was referred to the mental health center by her obstetrician. Three weeks earlier, she had delivered a healthy baby boy, but this new mother was now showing symptoms of sadness, fatigue, erratic sleep and loss of interest in activities. After Sarah began having disturbing thoughts of ramming her car into a building and killing her son, she asked her husband to drive her to the clinic.
She told the doctor at the clinic that she had not showered or changed her clothes in a week, and repeatedly claimed she was a horrible mother and should end her life. Sarah’s husband noted this was not the woman he fell in love with; the woman he described was happy, caring and excited to be a mother.
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Commentary: Korean Americans to Benefit From the Affordable Care Act
by DR. HOWARD K. KOH
As a physician for over 30 years, I have seen among my patients both the benefits of having health insurance as well as the problems of lacking it. For the Korean American community, one in three individuals lacks health insurance. In addition, Korean Americans are at risk for many preventable diseases, such as stomach and liver cancer.
The good news is that the Affordable Care Act provides Korean Americans new options for affordable health insurance that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs for millions of Americans.
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I Am KoreAm: Jean Marie Hufford
Name: Jean Marie Hufford
Location: New York, NY
Occupation: Child guardian and stage manager on Broadway and Off-Broadway
Describe your background.
I was born in a small town called Gimcheon. When I was four months old, I was adopted by my wonderful family and brought to the U.S. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and went to college an hour south, in Fredericksburg. Once I graduated, I moved to New York to pursue my dreams to work in theatre.
March Issue: Kim Yoo-Jung Was Born To Act
by STEVE HAN
Fifteen-year-old Kim Yoo-jung doesn’t like scary movies. Acting since age 3, she has already starred in 15 films and 17 television dramas, but as diverse as her roles have been, horror is one genre she will never get used to.
“I watch scary movies with my eyes shut,” Kim said in Korean. “I keep my eyes closed and take peeks. I can’t really watch scary movies from beginning to end.”
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SNL Korea’s Offensive Adoptee Sketch Draws Protests
by STEVE HAN
A tasteless skit by SNL Korea which makes fun of the Korean adoptee experience has understandably drawn the ire of the Korean American adoptee community.
The skit, titled “Meeting You Now,” depicts a Korean American man who has just arrived at an airport in Korea and sees his birth mother for the first time. Speaking in broken Korean with exaggerated misuse of formal, casual and slang speech, the man reads a letter to his birth mother.
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Korean American Makes Trendy Hot Sauce Based on Ssamjang
by PETER KANG
A small garden party in the suburbs of Richmond gave Steve Kim his start in the hot sauce business.
The year was 2010 and Kim, a failed restaurateur, served his modest dinner party his favorite Korean foods, including a home-made ssamjang, or hot sauce to accompany ssam lettuce wraps. A photo spread of the party appeared in a local magazine and included the hot sauce. Friends requested samples from Kim and demand grew and eventually spawned a small business, according to theWashington Post.
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Documentary About Korean American Adoptee Meeting Twin Brother Premieres
by JAMES S. KIM
Last year, Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews began searching for his birth parents. He had considered it a long shot, but less than a month after he filed the paperwork, he received an email from his adoption agency that they had found his biological mother.
Now, the Los Angeles-based rapper, who also goes by DANakaDAN, is unveiling his story. With a film crew in tow, Matthews recorded his experiences, from his adventures in Korea, to finally meeting hisparents and siblings — one of whom was his twin brother. The first episode of aka DAN, a four-part series, is available now on the International Secret Agents YouTube channel. The documentary also includes appearances from fellow adoptees, including Danish Korean rapper Niko Yu and identical twin sisters Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier.
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