Tuesday's Link Attack: Dartmouth's Jim Yong Kim, Joon Pahk, Rain

Charlie Rose: Dartmouth’s Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim made an appearance on the Charlie Rose Show recently.

Catch his interview if you have a chance. He talks a lot about his specialty – global healthcare, as well as his involvement in Seoul National University – and how visitors from the University visited Dartmouth to help create a more liberal arts education and spur creativity on campus.

Watch the interview here.


[Korean President] Lee embarking on US trip
Korea Times

President Lee Myung-bak arrived in Washington for a six-day state visit to the United States Tuesday (local time) amid reports that U.S. Congress will soon approve a free trade agreement signed with Korea.

On the first day, he will meet Koreans living in the American capital city. Lee will pay tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, and visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial. After that, he will meet businesspeople at a luncheon hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Lee will hold a summit with his U.S. counterpart President Barack Obama, Thursday, which will be followed by a joint press conference in the afternoon.

Joon Pahk on Jeopardy

The Harvard professor continues to roll on Jeopardy, racking up winnings of more than $160,000 in six days.

US cedes status as breakdancing capital to South Korea
Christian Science Monitor

If you’re looking for the world’s best break dancers you won’t find them in New York, even though break dancing – also known as B-boying – still brings to mind images of kids spinning on cardboard on Bronx sidewalks. The art form’s current epicenter is on the other side of the world in Seoul, South Korea.

B-boying was introduced here by American soldiers shortly after its genesis in the United States.

But it really took hold in the late 1990s when a Korean-American named John Jay Chon gave a break dancing video to some of Seoul’s urban dancers.

Gay ex-military officer Dan Choi suffers setback in White House protest case
AP via Washington Post

A gay West Point graduate discharged from the military for revealing his sexual orientation has been dealt a setback in a court case resulting from his arrest during a White House demonstration.

The chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled Tuesday that a judge overseeing Dan Choi’s trial cannot take into account whether prosecutors were treating Choi’s November 2010 protest differently because its subject was “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Choi’s lawyer had previously argued that his client was being treated more harshly, and Magistrate Judge John Facciola said that appeared to be the case.

But Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote in an opinion Tuesday that Choi’s attorney should have raised the issue of harsher treatment before trial and he cannot now use it as a defense.

Getting Rich in Korea: It’s a Family Thing
Wall Street Journal

South Korea’s richest citizens are mostly inheritors, and wealth mobility in the country remains rigid, according to a report released Monday.

Eight of the top 10 richest people have inherited all or some of their wealth, according to Chaebul.com, a consulting and research company for conglomerates. The company compiled the list based on research on stock, dividends and real estate of the wealthy.

Samsung reports breakthrough in LED technology

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that its researchers reported a breakthrough in light-emitting diode (LED) technology that will allow production of ultra-large advanced display panels on ordinary glass, such as window panes.

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology succeeded in fabricating nearly single crystalline Gallium Nitride (GaN) on amorphous glass substrates, a milestone that will enable production of super-sized LEDs using glass substrates, Samsung said.

“In ten years, window panes will double as lighting and display screens, giving personality to buildings,” said a Samsung researcher who was part of the project.

Rain salutes his crying fans, ‘I’ll do my best to come back in one piece’

On Oct. 11, singer/actor Rain bid farewell to his fans before leaving to begin his military life.

At 1:10 PM, the star arrived at his training camp in Gyeongido, and fans burst into tears when they realized that this would be their last moment together before his hiatus.

Bowing deeply, Rain greeted, “Hello everyone. I feel like I’m causing a commotion again because of my enlistment. I’m sorry. I’ll do my best to come back in one piece.” Rain then took off his hat and revealed his military-standard buzzcut. He waved goodbye to his fans cheerfully, before heading in for duty.

Kim Han-sol: harbinger of NK change?
Korea Times

When it comes to Kim Han-sol, the grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il who recently went viral on the Internet, most agree ­― at least by appearances ― that the child seems normal. The question, however, looms: Does this signal any inkling of hope for the rigid regime’s future?

On The Road With Priscilla Ahn
Shoes TV (blog)

Here are some pictures of the folk singer’s shoes. If you’re into that sort of thing.

S. Korea beats UAE in World Cup qualification match at home

South Korea beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a Asian-region qualification match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday, maintaining its top rank in Group B.

The senior team, led by head coach Cho Kwang-rae, secured the third straight victory in the penultimate round of the continental qualification by winning the match against the UAE 2-1 in Suwon, 46 kilometers south of Seoul.

Old Korean dialect survives ordeal in Central Asia
Korea Times

Here’s an interesting story about “Koryo-saram” in Central Asia. They speak a defunct dialect of Korean which will soon go extinct.

In the late 1990s, a visiting Korean scholar interviewed several ethnic Koreans in a remote rural area of Uzbekistan during a field trip there.

Back then, Yang Min-jong, now director of the Korea Culture Center in Moscow, was doing research on stories that had been passed on orally in Central Asia.

Yang, 50, said he had a hard time making himself understood when communicating with the old generation of ethnic Koreans who spoke in a dialect of Korean, called “Koryo mar.” These people are called “Koryo-in” in South Korea, but they refer to themselves as “Koryo saram.”