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Mexican Korean fusion hits Midtown by Cliff Bostock @cliffbostock In 2008, a food truck in Los Angeles, Kogi, launched a citywide obsession with Korean tacos. Since then, similar trucks have rumbled across America, thrilling the taste buds of fans with a variation on the Mexican fare that has long dominated the street-food scene. JAMES CAMP Unfortunately, until recently, getting licensed to operate a food truck in Atlanta was o…
Girls’ Generation to release new single in U.S. ..
Hallyu girl group Girls’ Generation will release their latest single “The Boys” in the U.S. and other countries, through Interscope Records, an American record label owned by the Universal Music Group. The record label is home to many big-name stars, including Lady Gaga, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas. SM Entertainment, the group’s agency, announced on Wednesday that the new single will be released on Oct. 19, through iT…
Korea to establish 30 more Korean language institu..
The Korean government will increase the number of state-run “Sejong Hakdang” Korean language institutes overseas to 90 next year from the current 60, as interest in Korean soars thanks to the growing popularity of Korean pop culture. Sejong Hakdang, or the King Sejong Institute, is named after the famous Joseon Dynasty ruler from the 15th century who invented hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The institute runs Korean language programs. To …
Old Korean dialect survives ordeal in Central Asia
This is the third and last in a series of articles to shed new light on the role of Korean emigrants that helped Korea get where it is today. — ED. By Kang Hyun-kyung TASHKENT ― 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 th…
Scott & Company Jazz Trio will perform at H-mart S..
Scott & Company Jazz Trio will perform this Sat.(Oct. 8) at H-mart Suwanee, GA sponsored by ACOM and H-mart from 2:00 - 3:45 pm. Free admission. Drummer Scott von Ravensberg was performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry like Ray Charles, Bobby McFerren, Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton John. Recently he was performed "Sammy and Me" with musical actor Eric Jordan Young at Atlanta Alliance Theate r. On Oct…
Pan-Asian youth film school opens in Busan
Members of the 7th Asian Film Academy pose together during the opening ceremony for the program in Busan, Thursday. / Courtesy of BIFF By Lee Hyo-won A film academy inviting young aspiring filmmakers from across Asia began last week ahead of the opening Thursday of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The Asian Film Academy (AFA) opened for the seventh time Thursday as part of the country’s largest cinema event. This yea…
Sumi Jo to visit Pyongyang in May
Coloratura soprano shares her belief in power of music to help those in need The concert schedule of Grammy-winning South Korean soprano Sumi Jo is extremely tight. Successfully finishing the “Hyundai Capital Invitational Sumi Jo Park Concert” at an outdoor stage in Olympic Park in Seoul last Saturday, she had to fly on Tuesday morning for another concert in Busan, and another in Daegu the next day. After the Korean tour, her worldwide concert…
K-pop to reach wider audience through U.S. deal
Viacom International Media Networks, which owns MTV, said on Thursday it has agreed with SBS Media Holdings to set up a joint venture to produce and export Korean music programming, helping K-pop artists get more exposure on MTV channels. The joint venture will also provide Korean-language versions of music channel MTV and kids channel Nickelodeon for Korean audiences through the Korean media group’s cable and satellite TV channels. Under the agreemen…
Girls’ Generation back with third album
Girls’ Generation will release their third album’s first single “The Boys” on Oct. 4 through music websites in Asia and iTunes in the U.S. and Europe, the group’s agency S.M. Entertainment said Monday. The nine-member group will unveil all the tracks from the new album the next day, the agency said. The title song, “The Boys,” was composed and arranged by Teddy Riley, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. Rile…
Singer Kim Jang-hoon opens Dokdo website
Korean top singer Kim Jang-hoon has opened a website on Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islet with a Japanese professor at Sejong University. “Kim created the website (www.truthofdokdo.com) with Yuji Hosaka,” said Kim’s management agency on Friday. “Kim has financed the project and professor Hosaka has been in charge of supplying content.” “It will be the only way to let the world know Dokdo is Korean territory if we provide our conte…
Korean American Readings
The Martyred by Richard E. Kim Richard E. Kim’s book THE MARTYRED, a 1965 National Book Award Finalist, became a Penguin Classic book in May 2011 (pictured left). The introduction is by Heinz Insu Fenkl , with a Foreword by Susan Choi . This Korean War story follows Captain Lee who investigates the murders and kidnappings by North Korean Communists of Christian ministers and priests. As Lee investigates the depths of this crim…
Korean franchises lined up for overseas markets
From fried chicken to bibimbap, Korean franchises lined up for overseas markets The first overseas store of Bulgogi Brothers, a local franchise specializing in Korean barbeque, opened Thursday within a hip shopping mall in Makati, the financial hub of the Philippines. For Zeus Yi, the company’s president, the Manila opening represents the culmination of his research and preparations over the past three years. “I found there…
Aein Hope’s fashion features Hangeul, Korean mot..
Hangeul may simply be a means of communication to most Koreans, but for American Aein Hope, the creative mind behind jewelry and accessories line “oki tokki,” it’s a source of inspiration. “I first started thinking about starting oki tokki back in 2008, when I designed a t-shirt with Hangeul for my Korean class. I had lots of positive feedback from it and I felt confident that designing things in Hangeul was something I could possibly purs…
Forbes Names Forever 21 Co-Founder Among 100 Most ..
The co-founder of fast fashion retailer Forever 21 was named one of the world’s 100 most influential women by Forbes magazine. Forbes, which released the list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for 2010 on Thursday, slotted Jin-sook Chang at number 39. The 48-year-old Korean immigrant and naturalized American citizen was the only Korean person on the list, which was topped by Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel. One of just six …
10 Koreans nominated for Signature Art Prize
South Korea has more entries nominated for this year’s Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize than any other nation. This is the first time Korean artists are participating in the award. Founded in 2008, the prize identifies artists for outstanding work, recognizes significant recent creations coming from Asia-Pacific countries, and encourages the development of contemporary art in the region. It is organized by the Singapore Art Muse…
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