Wednesday’s Link Attack: Kim Jong-un, World Cup, Wonder Girls

Kim Jong-un ‘Masterminded Attacks on S.Korea’
Chosun Ilbo

A North Korean document supports the conclusion that North Korea attacked the Navy corvette Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island last year to whip up domestic support for the succession of leader Kim Jong-il’s son, Jong-un.

The document, which the Chosun Ilbo obtained from a source in China on Tuesday, claims that Kim junior was deeply involved in both attacks. Titled “Lecture Materials,” the document was apparently drawn up for military propaganda officers early this year.

Hollywood Blockbuster About DMZ in Pipeline
Chosun Ilbo

A multi-million-dollar blockbuster is being produced featuring Seoul and the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. The Seoul city government said on Monday that CJ Entertainment and Di Bonaventura Pictures have agreed to work jointly on a science fiction movie called “DMZ Project” and are now in the second stage of writing the scenario for the flick.

Korean Author Debuts in English With Popular Novel
AP via ABC News

Here’s an article about Korean novelist Kyung-Sook Shin, whose book Please Look After Mom is the first Korean novel to make the New York Times bestseller list.

On a recent day in New York, Shin discussed, through her translator, the popularity of the novel and its universal themes of mother and child, and the gradual realization that all our moms actually have a life outside the family and are women with thoughts and desires.

N. Korea Kim’s sister ‘treated in Russia’
AFP via Google News

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is believed to have received medical treatment in Russia after disappearing from public view for two months, according to a report.

Kim Kyong-Hui, a key influence on the communist leader’s youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, was spotted by South Korean tourists at Moscow airport early last month walking with a stoop, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Let us be the first to welcome our new Korean overlords

Automobile blog Jalopnik discusses Korea’s rapidly-growing presence in the U.S. car market.

Through the first seven months of 2011, Hyundai and Kia have sold more vehicles to Americans than all European automakers combined, and are growing faster than any other automaker. Here’s how South Korea’s automakers have the rest of the world on the run.

Korea Face Rocky Road to World Cup Finals
Chosun Ilbo

The road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is going to be tougher for the Korean national soccer team as changes to the group-stage format mean it must either overcome several strong opponents from the Middle East or square off against Australia or Japan in the early group matches.

The legend that is Lee

Here is a long profile on Lee Young-pyo, the recently retired South Korean soccer superstar.

Now 34, Lee was still a student in 1999 when he was first called to the South Korean national team to face Mexico at the Olympic Stadium, just across the Han River, still swollen from the previous week when the worst rain for a century caused chaos in the capital. It was the first of 127 appearances that spanned 12 years and three World Cups and, he says, one of his proudest moments. As you can imagine in a career that also included stints with PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund there are others.

Chino Hills woman dies in freeway crash
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Calif.)

A 43-year-old Chino Hills woman died Sunday after the vehicle she was traveling in crossed an open center divider for unknown reasons on the northbound 15 Freeway and was struck by another vehicle headed south.

Paramedics pronounced Jae Hyun Cho dead at the scene on the freeway about six miles north of Mountain Pass (Baily Road) and 14 miles from Primm, Nev., after the 9:50 a.m. crash, according to a San Bernardino County coroner’s news release. Cho’s husband, Danny Cho. drove the 2005 Toyota 4-runner where she was the front passenger.

The library where you can borrow a person

Inspired by a quirky idea that started out in 2000 in Denmark at the Roskilde Festival, a group of young people have organized Singapore’s first Human Library.

The ‘books’ include an alternative healing practitioner, members of the Singapore Contemporary Young Artists, a member of the Singapore Association for the Deaf, a poet, parkour enthusiasts, as well as a rural development social worker.

Wonder Girls Cover B.O.B. and Bruno Mars

Thousands and thousands and thousands of you came to in recent weeks to vote on which song Korean pop sensations Wonder Girls should play for their Mashup Monday cover. It was close, but B.o.B and Bruno Mars’ hip-hop/R&B-tinged “Nothin’ On You” won with 47% of the vote, narrowly beating out poppy Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” which got 43%.