Thursday’s Link Attack: K-pop, K-food, Brad Pitt

Grading This Week’s Top Ten K-Pop Songs

David Cho of sports/pop culture blog Grantland breaks down the latest in K-pop in an amusing chat format.

David: Before we get started, it’s probably important to explain that in Korea pop groups (known in Korea as “idol groups”) are very household and less fringe than they are here. Like, your mom (without assuming too much about her), probably doesn’t know who Ke$ha is. But in Korea, my parents know at least 5 of the 9 members of Girls Generation’s names, if not more.

Molly: But your mom probably knows who Lady Gaga is.

David: No way.

5@5 – Korean food debunked
Eatocracy at CNN

CNN’s food blog asks Marja Vongerichten of Kimchi Chronicles why Korea food is so pungent.

Serious about globalizing Korean food? Then stop watering it down

Pushing the same boring and bland dishes will hardly win people’s hearts — or bellies


Jung Gon Kim, Ellicott City Barber, Charged With Sexually Abusing Boy At ‘Scissors Sound Hair Salon’
9 News Now (Washington D.C.)

A barber has been charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, police said. Now, police are asking more possible victims to come forward.

Jung Gon Kim, 54, of Boyds, is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old client at the hair salon, Howard County Police said.

“A 13-year-old male victim came forward to police last month to report the abuse. The victim had been a client of Scissors Sound Hair Salon, located at 3419 Plum Tree Drive in Ellicott City. He reported to officers that on several occasions, Kim made inappropriate and sexual comments toward him. Police believe that in September, the incidents escalated when Kim sexually abused the boy,” police said in a news release.

Korean-Americans a big part of the Midlands
WACH Fox News (South Carolina)

It may be the Deep South but the cultural make up of Columbia has been changing in recent years.

Thousands of Korean-Americans call Richland County home and they’ve brought their own way of life with them. When Jaehoon Choe moved to Columbia from Korea 33 years ago he wondered if he made the right decision.

“I thought this was not a capital city of South Carolina,” Choe said. “This must be a little cow town, because as I drove from the airport to where I was staying, there were no neon signs in downtown, it was just dead.”

Married with two daughters; Choe is one of nearly 3,000 Korean-Americans living in Richland County.

New U.S. Ambassador to Start Job on Nov. 10
Chosun Ilbo

The new U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim will be sworn in at the State Department on Thursday and assume his post in Seoul on Nov. 10.

A Korean government source on Wednesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mother died Tuesday, so he will be sworn in by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns.

‘Same Difference’ By Derek Kirk Kim [Review]
Comics Alliance

Embarrassment, disappointment and regret are shown and buried in characters’ faces with such quickness that the sting of each is palpable; Kim’s proven himself adept at making readers feel what his characters feel. Looking away whenever I expected an uncomfortable scene would’ve been a disservice to the overall story and I’m pleased I never did. Without going through the fall, there’d be little reward in experiencing the rise, and being able to grow along with these characters is why Same Difference is such a treasure.

‘Bald’ is not libellous, South Korean court rules
AFP via Google News

Calling somebody “bald” is not derogatory and does not constitute libel, South Korea’s top court ruled Thursday.

A 30-year-old man only identified as Kim living in the southern port of Busan was charged last year with defamation after calling another man named Park “bald” during an online chat.

An investigation found that Park was not even bald, and Kim was convicted and fined 300,000 won ($265).

The Supreme Court overturned the decision, calling for caution in restricting free expression.

Brad Pitt to Make First Trip to Korea
Chosun Ilbo

Hollywood star Brad Pitt will make his first visit to Korea to promote “Moneyball,” which is scheduled to be released here on Nov. 17, according to All That Cinema, a PR agency in Korea.