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Michelle Wie Wins LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii

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Michelle Wie has won her first LPGA victory since 2010, after rallying yesterday from four strokes behind on the final day of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in her home state of Hawaii.

The 24-year-old managed to win by two shots, finishing at 14-under 274, edging out Angela Stanford, who was leading by four strokes after Friday’s round. Stanford finished second at 12-under 276, and top-ranked Inbee Park finished third with an 11-under 277.

The victory marked Wie’s third in her career on the LPGA Tour, and broke an almost four-year winless streak. It was also her first on American soil. She previously won the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010 and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in 2009. The win moves Wie into first place on the LPGA Money List, with total earnings of $616,555 in 2014.

The LOTTE victory felt extra sweet for the Korean American golfer because she was born and grew up in Honolulu.

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Author: Julie Ha
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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Hyun-Jin Ryu to Raise Funds for SKorean Ferry Victims At Dodger Event Sunday

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has pledged a $100,000 donation through his HJ 99 foundation to help those affected by the ferry tragedy in his native South Korea, and will also be making a special appearance tomorrow to raise additional funds for those affected.

From 11:45 to 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, at the Viva Los Dodgers event, Ryu will be signing autographs for fans and accepting monetary donations to benefit survivors and families of those who lost their lives in the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking in South Korea. Ryu’s autograph signing will take place in Lot 6 at Dodger Stadium, at the team’s autograph tent located to the right of the stage.

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Author: Julie Ha
Posted: April 19th, 2014
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In Wake of Tragedy, How Do We Talk to Our Children?

Pictured is one of the young survivors of the South Korean ferry sinking. (Photo via Getty)

As many of us—parents especially—empathize deeply with the pain of the families of the South Korean ferry victims, we also find ourselves wondering how to talk about this tragic incident involving so many children with our own kids. KoreAm looked back to our February 2013 issue, when mental health columnist Dr. Esther Oh gave some valuable advice on how to help our youth deal with trauma, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. We revisit that advice here.

How Do We Talk to the Children?

In light of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, mental health columnist Dr. Esther Oh dispenses advice on how to help our youth deal with trauma.

by DR. ESTHER OH

My eyes are glued to CNN, and it’s hard to digest the headline I’m seeing: “Gunman kills 20 elementary school students.” I am left speechless, as more news surfaces about the gunman, who took the lives of 20 young children and six adults. Weeks later, the details are still chilling.

It’s hard to imagine how the victims’ families and friends—as well as the survivors—can return to their lives after this horrific incident. Such tragedies often make us think about how we would handle such a situation if we were ever faced with it. The truth is, many of us will also face some form of trauma in our lives, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster. After the initial shock wears off, most adults are able to process what happened, with support from others, and eventually move on in life.

Children and teenagers, however, differ. They’ll undergo a range of reactions, based on their age, previous experiences and understanding of the world. They’ll often turn to adults for answers and comfort. Knowing ahead of time how to deal with such events will help you take care of yourself and also prepare you to talk to your own children in an effective and healthy way. (more…)

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Author: KoreAm
Posted: April 18th, 2014
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April Issue: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Celebrates 20 Years of Asian American Comedy

Greg Watanabe (left) and Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle of 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.
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The Comedy Might of 18MMW

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, known for its incisive humor taking on Asian and Asian American topics, celebrates its 20th anniversary year.

by ADA TSENG

An 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors creative brainstorming session may not be what one would expect from such a zany, boisterous Asian American comedy team. As Greg Watanabe and Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle discuss possible new sketch ideas for their upcoming show in San Diego, topics include the recent affirmative action bill in California; China’s growing influence on Hollywood contrasted with the fear-inspiring headlines about China in American media; Cambodian refugee communities that have come to the U.S. through San Diego’s military bases; and even the Korean “comfort women.”

“I’ve always wanted to do a sketch about Korean ‘comfort women,’ but I have yet to figure out how to make it funny,” says Hornbuckle, referencing the very serious issue of Korean women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Survivors, and their supporters, have been fighting for an apology and reparations from the Japanese government for decades.

“Would it be about making fun of the Japanese [denial]?” Watanabe muses, before launching into a discussion about how there were actually some Japanese activists trying to get the issue addressed in the 1970s, and how the challenge would be to contextualize the sketch, as many audience members may not have heard of the “comfort women.” (more…)

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Author: Cassandra Kwok
Posted: April 18th, 2014
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Vice Principal Rescued From SKorean Ferry Found Hanged

Rescue workers install floats where the capsized passenger ferry sank in the sea off Jindo island. 
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The South Korean ferry tragedy, from which over 260 people are still missing, has added another casualty, after the vice principal from the high school that had over 300 of its students on board was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide.

Kang Min-kyu, one of the 179 passengers rescued, was found hanging from a tree at a small mountain on Jindo island, near a temporary shelter where families of those still missing have gathered to learn the fate of their loved ones. The vice principal at Danwon High School in Ansan, Kang had organized the school’s annual field trip to Jejudo, the destination to which students and faculty never reached.

The 52-year-old had been missing since Thursday. The South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo reported that, before Kang went missing, police had questioned him about whether he took proper care of 325 students and 14 teachers as the ferry was sinking,

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Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 18th, 2014
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