Susan Ahn Cuddy, one of the early pioneers in the Korean American community, will be celebrating her 100th birthday (Korean age) in January. The Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles will be hosting the event for one of the most influential and trailblazing women on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bonaventure Hotel.
Cuddy was born in America in 1915 as the daughter of the first married couple to immigrate to the U.S. in 1902. Her father, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho was a freedom fighter during the Japanese colonial period, and her mother Yi Hye Ryon (Helen Ahn) was a central figure in the early Korean community in Southern California.
In what was to become an illustrious career, Cuddy joined the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 and became the first female gunnery officer, reaching the rank of lieutenant. She also worked for Navy Intelligence, the Library of Congress and the National Security Agency. Cuddy retired in 1959 and returned to Los Angeles. Continue Reading »
Wife, son of American man detained in North Korea beg for his release
The wife and son of an 85-year-old American being held in North Korea called for his release Monday, saying they need him back at the head of the table for Thanksgiving.
Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California, was pulled off a plane in Pyongyang. He has been detained ever since.
His wife, Lee, said she would like to remind authorities in North Korea that Newman has been held for 30 days.
S. Korea demands return of citizen detained by Pyongyang
South Korea on Tuesday formally demanded the safe return of one of its citizens detained by Pyongyang and said failure to do so can only be construed as an inhumane act.
In a formal statement released by the Ministry of Unification, Seoul urged the North to release personal information about the person they are holding.
The ministry in charge of handling all cross-border relations said Pyongyang refused to accept the South’s notification asking for the release that had been sent via the Korea National Red Cross.
China and South Korea Built a Statue Together and Now Japan Is Angry
You know what won’t diffuse tension in Northeast Asia: building a tribute to one of the region’s more divisive historical figures. But Seoul and Beijing last week confirmed plans to do just that, vowing to erect a statue of Ahn Jung-geun, a Korean independence hero reviled by Japan, in the northern Chinese city of Harbin.
In October 1909, as imperial Japan tightened its grip on the Korean peninsula, Ahn shot and killed the Japanese governor of Korea, Hirobumi Ito, on a railway platform in Harbin. Ahn was then executed by the Japanese in March 1910 — months after Japan formally annexed Korea. To Koreans, Ahn is a martyr. He is celebrated in children’s books and commemorated in a hit musical. Visitors to Seoul can stop by his very own museum, the Patriot Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall.
Brisbane and Korean community reeling after woman’s alleged murder
Brisbane Times (Australia)
Brisbane has moved into damage control following the violent death of a Korean student.
The Korean Society Queensland will host a remembrance ceremony for 22-year-old Eunji Ban Wickham Park on Wednesday, the same park where her body was found in a pool of blood about 4.20am Sunday.
She had only been living in Brisbane for 5½ weeks before her death.
Police raid massage parlors in possible sex trafficking ring
FOX News Baton Rouge (La.)
Police raided two Port Allen massage parlors on Monday morning, all in an attempt to shut down what may be a sex trafficking ring.
It started as an undercover operation, and now arrest warrants have been served for some employees accused of providing sexual favors for money.
Police were looking to serve warrants to an employee, Barbra Kim, 52, and the owner Sang Back Kim, 46, for prostitution by massage.
S. Korea says 16th century royal seal at LACMA may have been stolen
Los Angeles Times
South Korean government officials want the United States to investigate the circumstances surrounding a 16th century Korean royal seal that they believe was stolen out of a shrine in Seoul before being acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Korean officials allege that the gilt bronze seal — which has been part of LACMA’s collection since 2000 — is one of more than 40 such signets from the Joseon Dynasty that went missing after the end of the Korean War. The Korean government has long thought some of the missing artifacts were stolen by American soldiers and taken to the United States.
A federal law enforcement source said U.S. officials were looking into the Korean seal but would not provide details. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Teen hype for bygone era
In Korea, film distributors are rereleasing old-generation movies and broadcasters are taking their audiences back to the 1990s.
“In such an orderly and digitalized society, there is an increasing demand for the slower-paced culture of the ‘90s,” said Park Ji-yeong, a local film marketer. “People want to relive the ‘analog’ generation, and to satisfy those needs we decided to rerelease films like ‘Christmas in August.’ Such films are set in the ‘90s but are far from tacky.”
Other films, such as the 1980 film “La Boum” and 1999 film “Love Letter,” will premiere once more. Films such as “Jurassic Park,” whose original version was released in 1993, have been reproduced in 3D.
‘Oldboy’ screenwriter adds own twist to Korean horror classic [SPOILER ALERT]
For screenwriter Mark Protosevich, reimagining the mind-bending “Oldboy” story with its horrifying twist was a daunting task. The material already was well-known in Asia, where it developed from a series of Japanese graphic novels and was also a Korean film cult classic.
Protosevich (“I am Legend” and “The Cell”) spent months reviewing the original movie, pouring over the manga, and studying other films with twist endings like “Vertigo” and “Point Blank” to arrive at his visceral rendition, which opens Wednesday.
The journey began five years ago when actor Will Smith, whom he worked with on “I am Legend,” approached Protosevich about writing the script. A version of the film starring Smith never took off, but Protosevich felt so emotionally invested, he wrote three more drafts until Spike Lee signed on to direct it in July 2011.
Minzy of 2NE1 Admits to Plastic Surgery on Her Nose
There have been speculations about 2NE1 member Minzy getting plastic surgery recently as netizens pointed out that the idol star looked different in her recent photos compared to her past photos. Related sources to Minzy initially denied the plastic surgery rumors, claiming that Minzy was just getting prettier as she blossomed into a young woman. Read the full statement here.
Now, Minzy has come out to admit that she received plastic surgery on her nose. She spoke with local news agency Osen and said, “There has been a lot of talk recently about my changed appearace. I’m not the type to hide anything so I wanted to quickly come out and say it. Since long ago, I suffered when I was singing and dancing due to my rhinitis. When I went to hospital, they told me I needed surgery because my nose was crooked toward the front.”
About the surgery itself, Minzy said, “Since I’ve never underwent surgery before, I was worried. My mother suggested that since I was already getting corrective surgery to straighten my nose, I should also get plastic surgery. So I worried over it even longer.”
Korean-American Singer David Kim to Debut as Dabit in December
Korean-American singer David Kim will be making his solo debut under the stage name Dabit and released two teaser photos for his debut digital song “Whoo Whoo Whoo.”
Dabit was formerly a trainee at Choeun Entertainment to debut in the current idol group 24K. Dabit left the agency to pursue music that is closer to his heart, and now Dabit will debut as a soloist under KoffeeDream Entertainment with his single album, “When the Wind Blows.”
Dabit composed and wrote the two tracks in his debut single album. The intro, “When the Wind Blows” is said to be a warm jazzy song, while the main track “Whoo Whoo Whoo” will change the pace as an upbeat swing song about falling for someone at first sight. According to his agency, “Dabit’s aim is to create pure and honest music that is easy on the ears but still has depth in it.”
Die-hard fans drive K-pop’s multi-million dollar industry
The appeal of South Korea’s popular music also known as K-pop, which has gone viral and rung up millions of dollars in revenue for the Korean entertainment industry, is unlikely to lose appeal any time soon as its fan base continues to build globally, experts say.
In the first half of this year alone, sales raked in by the country’s top three entertainment agencies – SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment – soared to a record high of 173 billion Korean won ($156 million).
In an industry where fame comes quickly and could fade just as rapidly, industry watchers say K-pop’s distinctive fan base could keep its massive popularity going for a while.
Choo on this: Should Reds go after leadoff man?
There is no doubt that several teams — the known and unknown — pursuing free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo are finding out what the Reds learned last year during their due diligence.
There is no leadoff hitter who reaches base better than Choo. And that could very well be the reason he floats above the Reds’ price threshold.
Acquired from the Indians on Dec. 11 in a three-way trade that sent outfielder Drew Stubbs to Cleveland and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius to Arizona, Choo gave the Reds more than they could have ever expected from the top of the order.
Korean Gaming Pros Appeared on SNL in Counter-Strike Parody
This past weekend SNL Korea parodied Counter-Strike and featured appearances from top StarCraft players.
Gaming giants Hong Jin-Ho (aka “YellOw”) and Lim Yohwan (aka “BoxeR”) made special guest appearances on SNL Korea.
Tipster Landon points out that there’s a reason why Hong and Lim are appearing together in this faux Counter-Strike set against the Imjin War, which was the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 16th century.
Seoul, Beijing Find New Common Ground Against Tokyo
Wall Street Journal
History quite literally shapes the present in northeast Asia, where leaders refuse to let the past rest in peace as they tap into this infinite source of conflict – so much so that Japan seems unable to escape the diplomatic quagmire that it’s in with China and South Korea.
But while the source of the current strain between Japan and its neighbors tended to be territorial rows or about mid-20th century aggression by the imperial army and how the current Japanese leaders continue to offend, Seoul and Beijing have recently decided to go further back in time to denounce Japan, possibly driving the schism deeper between Asia’s top economic powerhouses.
On Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye thanked a visiting senior Chinese official for the progress made for a monument in Harbin, China, commemorating the 1909 assassination of Hirobumi Ito, who presided over the Korean Peninsula as governor when it was a colonial protectorate of Japan’s.
Japan envoy urges attention on Tokyo efforts to help comfort women
South Korea should acknowledge Japan’s efforts to help Korean women sexually victimized by Japan in the early 20th century, Japanese ambassador to Seoul said Tuesday, calling for cooperation in resolving the tricky issue.
“Acknowledging Japan’s efforts and taking a cooperative attitude are important in order to solve the issue of comfort women for Japanese soldiers,” Koro Bessho said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency to mark his one year on the job.
The Japanese government made efforts in the 1990s to help the female victims, establishing an Asian women’s fund to help them, sending apology letters to each of the victims and providing medical support for them, Bessho said. “But such efforts have not been properly assessed in South Korea.”
Seoul unveils lists of Korean victims of anti-Japan uprising, massacre
South Korea on Tuesday made public decades-old official lists of Koreans killed by colonial Japan during its independence movement in 1919 and victims of Tokyo’s massacre following a powerful earthquake four years later.
According to the National Archives of Korea, a registry recently found in the country’s embassy in Japan showed detailed information about 630 Koreans killed during the March 1 national uprising against its colonial rule in 1919.
The Korean Peninsula was under Japan’s brutal colonial rule from 1910-45.
Currently, a total of 391 people are officially recognized as victims of the independence movement.
The Fall of the House of Moon
: Sex rituals, foreign spies, Biden offspring, and the Unification Church’s war-torn first family
In Jin [Moon] had assumed control of the U.S. church at a precarious moment for Moon’s religious empire. Her father had come to the United States from Korea nearly 40 years earlier, aiming to “subjugate” America as the first phase in a plan to establish a new world order. Moon had gone on to amass extraordinary political influence, building a vast network of powerful right-wing organizations and forging alliances with every Republican presidential administration since Ronald Reagan’s. In 2004, he and his wife even staged an elaborate coronation ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, which at least a dozen lawmakers attended.1 Republican Roscoe Bartlett bowed down before the couple, and Democrat Danny Davis carried in one of two golden crowns that were placed on their heads. Moon then informed the audience that “kings and presidents” had declared him “humanity’s savior” and that Jesus, Buddha, Hitler, and Stalin had been “reborn as new persons” through his teachings.
But in recent years, Moon’s plans to remake America and salvage humanity had run into trouble. Followers had drifted away; his political influence had ebbed. With his ninetieth birthday approaching, he increasingly looked to his children to preserve his life’s work.
For Korean students, it is Harvard, MIT all the way
Korea Times US
No matter how trends change, it is still Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all the way for Korean students.
That has held true even as the number of Korean students heading overseas for their studies has dwindled due to the ongoing economic downturn.
Despite a small reduction in the number of students heading to foreign countries, the ranks of those choosing top universities in the United States are still going strong.
Family’s future in Canada uncertain due to work permit wait
CBC News (Canada)
A man who brought his family to Winnipeg from South Korea five years ago says their future in Canada is uncertain due to immigration bureaucracy.
Kyung Sung Kim says he has been waiting for Citizenship and Immigration Canada to renew his work permit since it expired 2½ years ago.
While Kim, a carpenter, has been allowed to continue working in the interim, he said waiting so long to get his work permit renewed has been difficult for his family.
German game developer calls addiction bill ‘joke’
Khaled Helioui, CEO of Bigpoint, a Germany-based game developer, argues that a proposed bill on game addiction will hurt Korea’s gaming industry.
“This bill could be quite a big threat to the online game industry,” Helioui said during a recent interview. “The government might be putting at risk something they have built over the last 10 years.”
The bill was proposed by Rep. Shin Eui-jin of the ruling Saenuri Party on April 30 and places Internet games in the same category of addictive activities as drugs, alcohol and gambling.
Chinese Tourists in Seoul Spend Most on Shopping
Most Chinese tourists stay in Seoul for six days and spend an average of $250 a day, according to a recent survey. The results are based on a poll of 2.22 million Chinese who visited the country in 2011.
The results showed that 91.1 percent stayed in the capital for an average of six days and spent $250 a day, mostly on shopping.
Their favorite destinations were Myeong-dong (69.2 percent) and Dongdaemun market (66.7 percent).
‘Snowpiercer’ Wins Big at South Korean Film Critics Awards
Bong Joon Ho’s sci-fi blockbuster Snowpiercer won best film at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards on Monday. It also took home best director and best cinematography.
Set in a dystopian future, Snowpiercer is one of the year’s highest-grossing films, with over 9.3 million admissions. It is most expensive Korean film to date. Bong’s first English-language film — starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton — it was also sold to a record 167 countries.
Hallyu is more than K-pop: Korean jazz artists gaining global attention
Korea Times US
Jazz is not a style of music for everyone’s taste and seldom sees commercial success — at least in Korea where K-pop is dominating the music industry.
Under this mercantile environment unfavorable to diverse musical genres here, some jazz musicians are turning their eyes to overseas fans, making a splash in the international jazz scene. Jazz songstress Nah Youn-sun and duo Winterplay are solidifying their strong fan bases around the world.
Son Heung-min Ranked Among Top Rated Young Players in Europe
Bayer Leverkusen’s Son Heung-min has been named one of the five top rated players aged 21 or under in Europe’s top five leagues this season by WhoScored.com.
The site, which collects statistics on the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish leagues, announced its verdict on Friday.
Its top five players were Brazil’s Neymar of Barcelona, Switzerland’s Ricardo Rodriguez of Wolfsburg, Italy’s Luca Antei of Sassuolo, France’s Paul Pogba of Juventus, and Son.
Cal’s Kim competing at Q-School this week
The 2012-13 Haskins award winner Michael Kim is competing in second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, Nov. 19-22. The California junior will compete as an amateur at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.
Kim is exempt into second stage of Q-School after his 17th-place finish in June at the U.S. Open at Merion, which earned him low-amateur honors.
Kim and fellow first-team All-Americans – Daniel Berger and James Erkenbeck – are also competing in second stage this week. Berger, who turned professional after his sophomore season at Florida State, will play at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla., and Erkenbeck, who graduated from New Mexico, will play with Kim out in California.
One of the top law firms in South Korea said it will provide free legal services to Korean adoptees overseas who want to return to South Korea and regain citizenship.
Kim & Chang signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday with adoptee advocacy group Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (GOAL).
“We will focus on how to protect Korean adoptees’ rights who want to return to their home country,” the firm said in a statement. “We will support their lawsuits or other legal activities in case they face such challenges as nationality and labor status issues.” Continue Reading »
After mom’s trip, U.S. keeps pressing N. Korea to release American man
The U.S. government kept pressing North Korea Tuesday to free an American citizen after a trip there by his mother did not lead to his release.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “we remain gravely concerned about” the fate of Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old Korean-American man held in the communist nation for almost a year.
“We continue to urge the North Korean authorities to grant him special amnesty and immediate release,” she said at a press briefing. “I don’t have any other updates.”
Bae’s mother, a resident of Seattle, made a five-day trip to Pyongyang and left Tuesday (local time). During her visit she met with her son three times. She came back with him still there.
Seoul ‘Bridge of Life’ Attracts More Suicide Attempts
Wall Street Journal
The city of Seoul is standing by its efforts at calling attention to bridges over the Han River that are suicide hotspots, despite evidence that the attention is leading to more, not fewer, suicide attempts.
Last September, one of the most notorious suicide spots, Mapo Bridge, was given a makeover, with its gray guardrails festooned with LED lighting, complemented by comforting and inspirational messages and pictures. Pedestrians’ movements are detected, prompting slogans to appear: “The most shining moment of your life has yet to come” or “Your worries will feel like nothing when you get older” or “A difficult moment will eventually flow like the river below.”
The results have been mixed. In the first year since its renovation, 65 people attempted to kill themselves on the Bridge of Life, as the government has nicknamed Mapo Bridge, according to data from the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters. That’s more than four times the 15 attempts in the previous year.
S. Korea’s alliance with U.S. facing ‘conundrum’ as China rises
South Korea’s military alliance with the United States is facing a “long-term conundrum” with China increasingly flexing its military and economic muscles across Northeast Asia, a Seoul expert said Friday.
While Washington urges Seoul and Tokyo to build an even stronger cooperation to rein in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, it will be difficult for South Korea to forge closer cooperation with Japan because of Tokyo’s unrepentant attitude over atrocities during its brutal colonial rule of Korea, said Moon Chung-in, a political science professor at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
“South Korea faces a potential strategic dilemma in maintaining its alliance with the U.S. while continuing to build a close and mature relationship with China,” Moon said in an op-ed published in China’s official Global Times newspaper.
Gwinnett DA seeks death penalty in couple’s stabbing death
The Gwinnett County District Attorney filed a Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty in the case of a married couple found stabbed to death in July, according to a news release.
Ki Song Kim, 45, of Duluth has been charged with two counts each of felony murder and aggravated assault in the stabbing deaths of Young Chan Choi, 63, and Sun Hee Choi, 59, on July 27, 2013. the bodies of the couple were discovered on Worrall Hill Way by police responding to a report of a disturbance.
According to the notice filed, the killings involved torture.
More Senior Citizens Live and Die Alone
Five out of 10 old people live only with their spouses but apart from their children, and two out of 10 live alone, according to a survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2011.
One of four single senior citizens has lived alone for less than five years, and one in three for between 10 and 20 years.
An overwhelming number of old people who live only with their spouses do so not by choice but because circumstances forced them to.
Test-taking in South Korea: Point me at the SKY
LUNCHTIME, it is held, would be the optimal time to invade France. Little can distract a Frenchman from his sacred noonday repast. In South Korea, that opportunity could be the Thursday in the second week of every November. On November 7th this year stock markets, public offices and banks all opened an hour late, the army halted aviation exercises and police units marshalled traffic, as over 650,000 18-year-olds took the annual, state-administered suneung, or College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT), an eight-hour-long exam that is their main ticket to study at one of South Korea’s top universities, and thence—for the lucky few—to a coveted job in the government, the bank or at one of the country’s chaebol, its massive family-owned conglomerates.
South Koreans cram for dream jobs at Samsung
In a cram school in the South Korean port city of Busan, 70 college students packed into a classroom, chanting “We can do it!” as they studied for an exam they hope will guarantee them a job for life with Samsung Group.
The promise of Samsung, whose sprawling business empire spans consumer electronics to ships, offers not only a good salary and benefits but also holds the key to a good marriage in this Asian country where Confucian traditions run deep.
The twice-a-year recruitment rounds by the “chaebol”, conglomerates such as Samsung and Hyundai, have spawned a cottage industry worth millions of dollars as young Koreans do what they have done from the age of 5 – cram to get ahead.
South Korea’s One Direction: Super Junior’s Wembley gig shows K-Pop is on the rise
The Independent (U.K.)
They are the epitome of manufactured, commercialised pop – and they are coming over here. Super Junior, a 13-piece South Korean boyband and “super franchise” are playing their first UK headline gig at Wembley Arena on Saturday night before delivering a guest lecture at the Oxford Union on Sunday, representing a new high water mark in the apparently unstoppable rise of “K-Pop”.
Ironically for a group from the youth-obsessed world of South Korean chart music, the band is made up of music-industry veterans, some of whom are going on for 30 years old.
Their first hit came in eight years ago and while they are almost unknown in the UK they have had top 10 albums hits all over the world and were the best-selling K-Pop artist for three consecutive years.
Amber Liu: An Androgynous K-pop Star
Alongside the four other doll-like, pitch-perfect women in her K-pop group, Amber Liu is out of place. She hails from Los Angeles, for starters. Her parents are Taiwanese.
More than anything, though, it’s her look. While her chic counterparts wear matching skirts and dresses, Liu sticks to shorts, muscle shirts and T-bird–style men’s jackets. Her hair is short, boyish. She does pushups with her fans and plays basketball with male K-pop stars. She wears baseball caps, and raps.
During a magazine shoot in which she and another member of her group, f(x), posed as a couple, Liu played the boyfriend character, and rumors continue to circulate that she’s secretly a dude posing in an elaborate Victor/Victoria ruse.
She’s a one-of-a-kind figure on the increasingly global K-pop scene, in which a hegemonic, factorylike infrastructure churns out carbon-copy pop stars who are expected to look and act, well, perfect. Many obtain invasive plastic surgery to fit expectations, and any deviation from conformity is stamped out behind the scenes.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Blood and Ties,’ A Mystery From South Korea
New York Times
The South Korean film “Blood and Ties” probably resonates strongly in its home country, where the central conceit has had well-known real-life parallels like the Hwaseong serial killings. But by the standards of American thrillers, after a promising start, it degenerates into unconvincing ticking-clock melodrama.
Da-eun (Son Ye-jin), a young woman who wants to be a reporter, has been raised by a loving, doting father (Kim Kap-soo) after her mother, for reasons she seems not to have examined carefully, disappears from their lives. As Da-eun is preparing for a crucial job-screening exam, an old child-abduction case returns to the news because the statute of limitations on it is about to run out.
Roy Choi’s Tacos Channel LA And The Immigrant Experience
Roy Choi is a chef who’s celebrated for food that isn’t fancy. He’s one of the founders of the food truck movement, where instead of hot dogs or ice cream, more unusual, gourmet dishes are prepared and sold. His Kogi trucks specialize in tacos filled with Korean barbecue.
Choi was born in South Korea in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles with his parents at the age of 2. His parents owned a Korean restaurant near Anaheim for a few years when he was a child. He tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that his mother had some serious cooking talent.
“She had flavor in her fingertips,” he says. “She had this connection and this innate ability to capture flavor in the moment and people felt it. Because our lives were so based around food, when someone is good at food, everyone notices and it’s a big deal.”
Choi’s new book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, is part memoir, part cookbook.
Clarkson Potter to Publish Koreatown, USA in 2015
Food writer Francis Lam was hired by cookbook publisher Clarkson Potter back in January as an editor-at-large, and now news of his first project: Koreatown, USA, by Food Republic contributing editor Matt Rodbard and Momofuku/Jean-Georges alum Deuki Hong, is slated to be published in 2015. According to Rodbard, the book will “explore Korean food in America, in both traditional settings (the food of K-Towns in Los Angeles, New York and beyond), as well as in the kitchens of non-Korean chefs.”
The book promises 100 recipes — most of which will be original but with some contributions from chefs like Paul Qui, Sean Brock, and Craig Koketsu — and essays on topics like “Korean-Uzbekistan cuisine, decoding the weird and wonderful Koreatown bakery and the art of eating live octopus.”
Ryu Hyun-jin Holds Exhibition Baseball Game in Incheon
Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin began his busy off-season schedule with a friendly game against a celebrity baseball team on Thursday night in Incheon.
The player returned to Korea on Oct. 29 after a successful debut season in Major League Baseball.
Ryu’s team, which he put together for this game by assembling his friends and close acquaintances, took on a team consisting of celebrities here. Ryu played first base.
Outback·TGIF·Baskin Robbins All Flourishing in Korea
International chain family restaurants, led by Outback Steakhouse, are recording stellar growth in Korea. Just what is the secret behind their success?
Global brand companies such as Outback Steakhouse, TGIF, and Baskin Robbins’ 31 have succeeded in so-called ‘glocalization’: partnering with local agents, diversifying its products to suit Korean consumer’s needs, and marketing its products through aggressive advertisement.
Korea is a difficult market for multinational companies to operate in, due to fierce competition against domestic rivals and Korean consumers’ picky palates. Global retail giants such as Walmart and Carrefour shut down their businesses after 8 years and 10 years of operation, respectively. P&G and GM have failed to gain a foothold in the Korean cosmetics and automobile market. Even quick service restaurant chains including McDonald’s and KFC are slashing the number of chain stores they operate in Korea. In this context, these family restaurants’ success in Korea seems even more remarkable.
Personality Profile: Yoon Lee
Tiger Newspaper (South Pasadena High School)
There are few people in the world who can recite Star Wars and run eight miles all while screaming at intervals of five minutes. Luckily, South Pasadena High School has senior Yoon Lee, a varsity cross-country athlete, chick flick fanatic, and all-around eccentric individual.
Apart from his contagious smile and cozy brown eyes, Lee is famous for the odd, self-described “reptilian” noise he makes by smacking his lips, a habit he adopted while attending elementary school in South Korea.
Lee was born in Seoul and spent the first seven years of his life dabbling in a variety of hobbies. On some school days, he attended four consecutive lessons in violin, swimming, piano, and the Korean board game of Go before returning home.
One of his fondest elementary school memories is when he won his first grade campaign for “ban-jang,” the equivalent of class president, by a landslide.