Vice Principal Rescued From SKorean Ferry Found Hanged
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 18th, 2014
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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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Marissa Webb Named Banana Republic’s Creative Director
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 18th, 2014
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Mega-brand Banana Republic has hired Marissa Webb, a former womenswear designer at J. Crew, as its new creative director and executive vice president of design, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times this week.

Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was in charge of the store’s design department from 2009 to 2013, during which time the retailer lost ground to competitors J. Crew, H&M and others. Gap Inc., Banana Republic’s parent company, revealed earlier this week in its financial reports that the retailer’s sales declined by 4 percent from the year before.

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Webb was adopted by an American family from Korea at age 4. She also previously worked for Polo and Club Monaco. In 2011, she launched her own eponymous label, a casual contemporary clothing line that is sold at retailers like Barneys New York.

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Thursday’s Link Attack: Korean Americans Protest Sexual Violence; Hettienne Park Does a Post-Mortem; NKorean Defectors to Testify
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Posted: April 17th, 2014
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“No means no!,” Korean-American group protests sexual violence
Queens Chronicle

Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.

The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.

The rally also marked the 25th year of the establishment of KAFSC, an organization dedicated to providing a wide range of services for victims of violence and their families.

Hannibal’s Hettienne Park Breaks Her Silence About Beverly’s ‘Shocking, Funny’ [Spoiler]
TV Line

Hannibal‘s Hettienne Park will be the first to admit she’s got a twisted sense of humor.

The actress remembers laughing the first time she saw the sliced-up corpse of her character, FBI agent Beverly Katz, who was killed off and displayed in a Damian Hirst-esque “art” installation by the titular serial killer in Episode 4 of NBC’s Friday-night drama last month.

Exclusive: Dia Frampton & Will Champlin celebrate Clear hair x ‘Voice’ campaign
Examiner

On April 15, the hair care product Clear: Scalp & Hair threw a fabulous party to celebrate being the hair sponsor and the first beauty sponsor of NBC’s “The Voice.” The intimate affair was held at the Crosby Hotel. The brand’s international ambassador Miranda Kerr was in attendance and she said how excited she was to be there. She also took countless selfies and photos with guests. She was very gracious. She appears in the brand’s commercials. Her hair had a beautiful shine. After introductory remarks and fabulous light bites, which included mini pizzas, salmon and spring rolls, guests were treated to an intimate concert by “The Voice” alum Dia Frampton, Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee. Right after the concert we interviewed Dia Frampton and Will Champlin exclusively.

Cresskill teacher wins scholarship to travel to South Korea
NorthJersey.com

Sitting in her classroom on the second floor at Merritt Memorial Elementary School, Judy Beekman expresses her excitement about her first trip to South Korea this summer.

The English as a second language teacher won a scholarship for educators funded Sejong Korean American Cultural Education program, which is part of the Bergen County Korean American-Parents Association.

Joined by her husband, Ron, and other winners, Beekman will visit South Korea for 13 days where she will observe schools and orphanages, touring the different cities, staying with a Korean family for three days, seeing cultural highlights, and visiting popular places.

North Korean Defectors to Speak at UN Security Council Meeting
Voice of America

Two North Korean defectors will testify at an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

It will be the first time that North Korean defectors will speak to the council about the human rights situation in the reclusive country.

Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, told VOA’s Korean Service that defectors Shin Dong-hyuk and Lee Hyeon-seo will appear before the council.

Two Navy Helicopters Join in Korean Ferry Rescue Effort
USNI News

A pair of Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopters have been assigned to aid in rescue effort following the Wednesday sinking of a South Korean ferry, Navy officails told USNI News on Thursday.

The aircraft have been assigned a search area five to fifteen miles from the site of the sinking off the Korean coast to look for surviors from the ferry Sewol.

The Seahawks will operate from big deck amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The Navy has also traded liaison officers with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy as part of the search effort.

Notes on Writing and Translating in Korea Today
WORDS without BORDERS

With Korea being this year’s Market Focus at the London Book Fair, there was a multitude of events exploring the publishing potential around this country, revealing a whole universe of literature to be read, and of course, translated. The “Writing and Translating in Korea Today” seminar at the Literary Translation Centre gave a succinct overview of the Korean literary landscape. The panelists were all translators as well as authors. Krys Lee, author of Drifting House, was born in South Korea, grew up in the United States, studied in both the US and the UK, and is a professor of Creative Writing at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College. Author Shirley Lee was born in South Korea, received an English education while growing up in China, and has been widely published; her focus is translating North Korean literature. Brother Anthony of Taize, a scholar specializing in Korean poetry, lives in Seoul, became a naturalized citizen of Korea in 1994, and has translated some thirty books of Korean literature. The discussion was chaired by Cortina Butler, Director of Literature at the British Council.

Glee Will Time Jump—and Won’t Be in New York—for Final Season
E! Online

Let the Glee mystery begin!
Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit’s sixth and final season:
It won’t be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters—although Murphy insists that for the final year, “anybody who wants to come back can come back.”

SKorea Imposes New Regulations on Mixed Marriages
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 15th, 2014
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South Korea unveiled this month a new set of policies regulating marriages with foreigners, including requirements for the latter to pass a Korean language proficiency test and for Korean partners to have a minimum annual income of 14.8 million won ($14,000), AFP reports.

Officials backing the latest regulations, effective April 1, say such policies address the two main issues causing marital conflict among such mixed-marriage couples: communication and low income.

“Strong state intervention is inevitable to stop ineligible people from buying foreign brides,” a Justice Ministry official said, according to the AFP. “This is a diplomatic issue related to our national image.”

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SKorea’s Health Insurance Body Sues Cigarette Makers
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 14th, 2014
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South Korea’s national health insurance body has filed a lawsuit against cigarette makers for over $50 million for causing smoking-related diseases that ran up the health care costs, Bloomberg reported today.

National Health Insurance Service, an affiliate of South Korea’s health ministry, is suing the country’s three major tobacco companies, KT&G Corp., Philip Morris International Inc. and British American Tobacco plc, for at least 53.7 billion won ($52 million). This is the first lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry by a South Korean government agency.

“It’s the duty of NHIS to take responsibility for people’s health and to manage insurance finances,” the agency said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

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