Thursday's Link Attack: K-Pop, Guggenheim, Park Chu-young

SM Town Bringing K-Pop Stars to Madison Square Garden
Chosun Ilbo

K-Pop is coming to Madison Square Garden in October when the SM Town Live World Tour descends on the world’s most famous concert venue in Manhattan, New York.

The six-hour concert on Oct. 23 will feature prominent artists such as Girls’ Generation, Super Junior and SHINee. They belong to SM Entertainment, one of the country’s leading talent agencies.

“The concert will show the global power of K-pop again,” SM said in a statement. “We expect this New York concert will be a big hit following the success we were met with in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris.”

Nets name Milton Lee GM of operations for D League affiliate Springfield Armor
New Jersey Star-Ledger

The Nets announced today that Milton Lee has been named the team’s general manager of minor league operations.

Lee will oversee basketball operations for the Nets’ D League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, including the selection of the team’s head coach, coaching staff and assembling the team’s roster.

Lee had previously served as the New Jersey Nets’ director of basketball operations.

Fireflies in the Garden: Here at Last

Here’s a trailer for Fireflies in the Garden, the long-delayed Dennis Lee drama-movie in which Willem Dafoe plays the difficult, domineering, abusive dad to bearded romance novelist Ryan Reynolds. After premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival all the way back in 2008—i.e., many many firefly life cycles ago—and waiting around in limbo due to the shutdown of its production company, the film’s finally due to hit theaters on October 14.

Suspected North Korean cyberattack on a bank raises fears for S. Korea, allies
Washington Post

After nearly half of the servers for a South Korean bank crashed one day in April, investigators here found evidence indicating that they were dealing with a new kind of attack from an old rival: North Korea.

South Korean officials said that 30 million customers of the Nonghyup agricultural bank were unable to use ATMs or online services for several days and that key data were destroyed, making it the most serious of a series of incidents in recent months. But even more troubling was the prospect that a belligerent neighbor had acquired the tools to disrupt one of the world’s most heavily wired nations — and that even more damaging attacks could be in store.

Hollywood Star Lindsay Price to Promote Korean Tourism
Visit Korea

American actress Lindsay Price has been officially named the Honorary PR Ambassador for Korean Tourism.

Korean Artist Explores Infinity At Guggenheim
Chosun Ilbo

One of America’s most prestigious museums of modern and contemporary art is showcasing the work of Korean artist Lee U-fan.

Born in Korea, the 75-year-old has lived and taught in Japan, where he enjoys the respect of several post-war generations of intellectuals for his role in leading philosophical and artistic movements countering westernization.

Gay former Army Lt. has trial put on hold in DC
AP via Google News

A gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence to protest the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy may be closer to having charges against him dismissed after a judge put his trial on hold Wednesday.

S. Korea tells Japan to take ‘sincere’ measures over former wartime sex slaves
Yonhap News

South Korea called on Japan Thursday to take “sincere and active” measures to deal with the issue of compensation for Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japan’s soldiers in World War II, the foreign ministry said.

In Politics, Stupidity Can’t Get You Fired
Wall Street Journal

In a landmark case that provides some insight into the moral compass of South Korea’s National Assembly, a politician has avoided expulsion from parliament despite earning a suspended jail term for defamatory sexual remarks.

More Koreans buy luxury products
Korea Herald

Korean consumers’ love for luxury goods may have exceeded that of the Japanese, research found Wednesday. Koreans consumed 5 percent of their per capita income on high-end products, compared to 4 percent of the Japanese, according to McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm.

Park Prepared to Fight for Place Among Arsenal’s Starting Line up
Chosun Ilbo

Korea captain Park Chu-young said on Wednesday he was thrilled to have signed with English Premier League outfit Arsenal this week as he expects it will be his last stop in Europe.

6 best places to watch sports in Seoul

Perhaps sports bars — and the obnoxious fans inherently associated with an NFL or EPL upbringing — are most often found in Western cities. But Seoul, the host of some of the world’s largest sports competitions, has evolved into a major athletics hub.

And when the city’s ceaseless soju drinking habits are added to the mix, this Korean metropolis offers the perfect environment for scoffing at Tom Brady and his new hairstyle.


Check out this short film by former KoreAm editor-in-chief Kai Ma.