Monday's Link Attack: Winter Olympics, Danielle Kang, More

S. Koreans ‘support unified 2018 Olympic team’
AFP via Google

A majority of South Koreans support the idea of fielding a unified team with North Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to an opinion survey released on Monday.

Lawmakers to Push Joint Korean Winter Olympics Team

A South Korean lawmaker says her ruling party and its main opposition have agreed to push for a team of athletes from both North and South Korea at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Pepperdine Star Danielle Kang Holds Her Own In Featured Group

The amateur who plays for Pepperdine University was supposed to be the tagalong in a group that featured Yani Tseng, world’s No. 1 player, and defending champion Paula Creamer.

Instead, Danielle Kang captured her share of the spotlight in the morning round at the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday, finishing tied with Creamer and one stroke ahead of Tseng, who’s attempting to complete a career Grand Slam this week.

Police: Newspaper employee embezzled more than $140,000
The Orange County Register

An employee suspected of embezzling more than $140,000 from the Korean Times was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Investigators believe that Bong Soo Kim, 52, persuaded various businesses to purchase advertisements in the newspaper and then asked clients to make the checks out in his name, according to a written release from the Garden Grove Police Department.

Marja Vongerichten shares soul food of Asia in “Kimchi Chronicles”
The Los Angeles Times

“I call Korean food the soul food of Asia,” Marja said, not only because Korean food consists of simple yet bold and comforting dishes like one-pot stews and pickled vegetables, but because it draws upon her innate familiarity with her roots and soul.

Marja was a 1970s G.I. baby—born to a black American G.I. and a Korean mother. At the time, Amerasians like Marja were discriminated against, so when Marja was 3, her mother gave her up for adoption.

S. Korea Olympics delegates get heroes’ welcome
AFP via Yahoo News

The delegation which won South Korea the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics returned home Friday to a heroes’ welcome as the government promised resources and manpower to make the Games a success.

South Korea loses monopoly on Taekwondo talent
Christian Science Monitor

South Korea failed to win the men’s World Taekwondo Championships for the first time in history. It blames its fall from the top on new ways to record scoring.

TNT Orders Second Season of ‘Falling Skies’

U.S. cable network TNT said Thursday it has renewed its alien-invasion series “Falling Skies” for a second season.

The science-fiction action-drama stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and Drew Roy. Created for TNT by DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, it premiered last month in the United States.

Check out our cover story featuring Moon Bloodgood from the April 2007 issue of KoreAm.

U.S. To Allow Import Of Korean Penguin Cartoon

South Koreans were upset by reports that the U.S. planned to ban the entry of one of their most beloved citizens: Pororo the cartoon penguin. Producers want to bring the series to the U.S., but there were some concerns that production had been outsourced to animators in North Korea. The U.S. bans imports from the Communist North. U.S. Treasury officials say the cartoon is not subject to an import ban.

Koreans deceived by fake Obama prize
Korea Herald via AsiaOne

A Korean volunteering group was caught for allegedly selling fake prizes in the name of U.S. President Barack Obama, police said.

Twenty-nine people including lawyers, businessmen and students were swindled, according to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

A new global interest in Korean studies
JoongAng Daily

Scholars from around the world who teach and study Korean said that Korean studies have grown substantially in other countries. The scholars were attending the 2011 Korea Foundation Assembly in Seoul, which was held earlier this month.