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Of course, I hope this was all a show for the North Korean media and that everyone went home and secretly did a happy dance, but even with Kim Jong-il gone, it doesn’t seem that life’s going to get better for North Koreans any time soon.
DISCRIMINASIAN alert! A karaoke bar in LA’s Koreatown is looking for hostesses, and only “FRAGILE” lady candidates need apply. How do you say “This is some tall bullshit!” in Korean? [Jezebel]
Occupy Wall Street: now with more zombies! [AJC]
You down with OFC? A restaurant called “Obama Fried Chicken” has been spotted in Beijing. [Shanghaiist]
The next designer to collaborate with Target is Jason Wu (hurray!). The collection of clothing and accessories will be available next February, leaving plenty of time for Target to figure out how to avoid the shit show that happened with their Missoni collection. [New York Magazine]
Margaret Cho writes candidly (and humorously, of course) about her queer identity. [HuffPo]
Mindy Kaling’s awesome blog is back! [The Concerns Of Mindy Kaling]
Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were able to “Come Together” (requisite Beatles reference!) for a friendly photo at the premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World. [HuffPo]
What’s the bigger scandal concerning Kim Jong-Il’s grandson’s Facebook profile? That there’s a photo with him with a cute girl who may or may not be his girlfriend, or that he’s apparently a fan of democracy? [Gawker]
Rachel Lee, leader of the “bling ring” that stole jewelry and luxury goods from Hollywood celebrities like Brian Austin Green, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Partridge, pleads “no contest.” [LAT]
[Photo via NYDN]
Filed under: #occupywallstreet, Beijing, bling ring, discriminasian, Facebook, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Jason Wu, Karaoke, Kim Han Sol, Kim Jong Il, Koreatown, Margaret Cho, Mindy Kaling, Obama Fried Chicken, Occupy Wall Street, OFC, Rachel Lee, Target, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, Yoko Ono, Zombies
People, can we please stop using the phrase “Asian Invasion” to describe the new Renaissance of Asian fashion designers? KTHXBAI. [CNN]
A belated happy birthday to our favorite North Korean dick-tator, Kim Jong-Il, who just celebrated his 69th in typical lavish fashion. One party foul, though: no food rations. [NYM]
Manny Pacquiao was just in Washington D.C., where he met President Obama for a photo-op. Afterwards, we hear he knocked Vice President Biden out big-time in a thumbwrestling match. [NYT]
Check yo’ rage… and yo’ bank balance! Brokeass Chicago college students Sung Wong Chung and Alexander Choi violently attack a cab driver after their credit card bounces. [Chicago Breaking News - thanks, Diana L.!]
Ahh, the soothing sensation of a good earwax scrape. Tokyo ear-cleaning parlors take off. [CNN]
Filed under: Alexander Choi, Anton Tanumihardja, Asian invasion, Asians behaving badly, Boxing, ear-cleaning, Education, Gay Rights, Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board, Immigration, Jay Chen, Kim Jong Il, Manny Pacquiao, Sung Wong Chung
200 bona fide North Korean soccer fans arrived in Doha, Qatar via unicorn this month for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers. Fans of the other football have a reputation for being fanatical and violent in many countries, and the DPRK’s are no exception.
Shit was bonkers.
And then a brawl broke out in the stands.
Filed under: 2011 Asian Cup, 2011 Asian Cup Qualifiers, Beaten into Submission, DPRK, Drudgery, Fanatics, Football, Footie, Just Another Day at the Office, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jung Il, Neckties, North Korea, North Korean Football, North Korean Football Team, North Korean Soccer, North Korean Soccer Team, Office Space, Rabid Fans, Real Fans, Soccer, Wearing a Tie to Work
This is what currently comes up on your screen when you visit “The Official Webpage of The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”:
TRANSLATION: “The server is currently unable to handle the request due to a temporary unloading of ‘maintenance’ on the South Korean puppet group’s island territory. The implication is that this is a temporary condition that will be alleviated after our enrichment of enough uranium to bomb a bitch’s ass if we feel like it is completed.”
Filed under: Bombs, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jung Il, North Korea, North Korea Attacks South Korea, North Korea Attacks South Korean Island, North Korea Uranium Enrichment Program, North Korean Propaganda, Nuclear Weapons, Server Maintenance, South Korea, The Korean War, War, Yeonpyeong Island
KoreAm lists DISGRASIAN as one of the top 10 Asian American blogs in their November 2010 issue. YAYSIAN! [KoreAm]
Janice Min is the new editor of the Hollywood Reporter, and the cover of her first issue features a bevy of Oscar-worthy actresses. But, um, could somebody introduce Janice to some women of color? That cover’s as white as the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair! [The Feed - Thanks, Erica!]
George Takei knows the word “douchebag”, and he knows how to use it when ripping Arkansas school board member and homophobe Clint McCance a new one. [YouTube]
The DISGRASIANtern wants some Hello Kitty Reeboks for DISGRASIANmas, please. [BuzzFeed]
If you don’t like calling Kim Jong-il “Dear Leader,” how about using one of his many nicknames like “Sun of Communist Future” or, um, “Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven”? Wikipedia has a full list of his titles. [Wikpedia via kottke.org]
Filed under: a dictator by any other names is just as evil, Clint McCance is a douchebag, George Takei, Hello Kitty, Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min, Kim Jong Il, KoreAm, Reebok, The Trevor Project, top 10 Asian American blogs
Freida Pinto looks awesome, oily, and awesomely oily for GQ. [cele|bitchy]
CNN’s Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida is a hero to his fellow Filipinos. Even better: President Benigno Aquino’s administration may be expanding his system of pushcart classrooms into the public education system. [CNN]
If there were an official DISGRASIAN uniform, we’d build it around this homemade Ferris Bueller vest. [Craftzine - thanks, Elaine!]
How long should you “ooh” and “aah” over a panda stuck in a tree (oh no!) before you do the right thing and rescue it? [BuzzFeed]
This gemstone mosaic portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, based off a picture of them during a 2000 visit to Vietnam, might be the greatest wedding present EVER. [Huffington Post]
The Hangover 2 is heading to Asia, and shooting is expected to begin in Thailand this fall. Is it too much to hope that there won’t be any “ME RUV YOU RONG TIME” jokes in the script? [Celebuzz]
Takeru Kobayashi says that if he hadn’t, y’know, squabbled over his contract and gotten thrown in the clink, he totally would have won this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! [AOL News]
Kim Jong Un may succeed his father Kim Jong Il as the “Dear Leader” of North Korea as early as September. Will he sport the perm, wraparound sunglasses, and tracksuit that made his father a fashion legend? Or develop his own signature look? [The Daily Beast]
Filed under: baby panda, Chelsea Clinton, diplomacy makes for weird gift giving ya'll, Hillary Clinton, Ken Jeong, Ken Jeong better get a more screentime in The Hangover 2, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Nathan's Famous, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, North Korea, Takeru Kobayashi, The Hangover, The Hangover 2, The Hangover goes to Asia!
North Korea would like the United States to pay it $65 trillion for years of hostility [Gawker]
The Korean War started 60 years ago today. [Wikipedia]
Kimora Lee Simmons has been spreading fabulosity to South Africa. [Sowetan - thanks, Michael!]
It’s been a year since Michael Jackson (and Farrah Fawcett!) died. Cebu inmates, take it away. [YouTube]
Hails from: Japan
Occupation: Striker for North Korea’s 2010 World Cup Team
Y’all, I’m not gonna front. I am not a fan of The Other Football. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching a soccer match, it’s just that I don’t feel compelled to. I didn’t grow up watching soccer in Texas–soccer was the sport you played at my high school if you were too small for football, basketball, baseball, swimming and even, trust me on this one, tennis–so I’ve never bothered to learn its nuances. I realize that this is considered by most of the world to be a personality defect, and I accept that.
But you don’t need to know much about the game to be intrigued by Jong Tae-se, star striker for North Korea’s 2010 World Cup team, who got pummeled 7-0 by Portugal yesterday, which got TIME magazine wondering if the loss was “A Fatal Loss of Face?” Jong was born and plays professionally in Japan, is third-generation South Korean, but attended North Korean sponsored-schools in Japan, and has chosen to represent North Korea in its first World Cup since 1966.
Filed under: Chong Tese, Dear Leader, Football, Footie, Jong Tae-se, Kim Jong Il, Men Who Cry In Public, Nationalism, North Korea, North Korea World Cup 2010, North Koreans, Soccer, South Koreans, The Other Football, World Cup
First, the bad news: North Korea’s being a dick again.
After South Korea ran an anti-submarine exercise early Thursday–a response to the March torpedo attack committed by North Korea on the Cheonan, a South Korean naval vessel–North Korea got all pissy and issued a stern warning to its neighbors via the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s state-run news agency.
Now, the good: North Korea’s warning to South Korea is HILARIOUS. The KCNA is a world leader in generating purple prose, and here’s what it had to say this time (via CNN):
“Now that the puppet group challenged the DPRK [North Korea] formally and blatantly, the DPRK will react to confrontation with confrontation, and to a war with an all-out war,” according the KCNA news agency.
The news agency referred to South Korean leaders as a “group of traitors” and said they would experience “unheard of disastrous consequences” if they misunderstand North Korea’s will.
This statement comes a day after this one, which was also issued to South Korea (edited for some semblance of brevity):
As already reported, the south Korean puppet military gangsters have carved slogans for anti-DPRK psychological warfare on walls of MP posts in the Demilitarized Zone along the Military Demarcation Line and are busy resuming the loudspeaker propaganda as part of the said warfare.
The head of the north side delegation to the north-south general-level military talks Wednesday sent the following notice to the south side as regards the reckless moves of the bellicose forces of the puppet military to resume the psychological warfare against the DPRK:
…Such act is nothing but a deliberate and premeditated provocation aimed to push Continue reading Uh-Oh, North Korea’s Being A Dick Again
Filed under: Cheonan, KCNA, Kim Jong Il, Korean Central News Agency, North Korea, North Korea Is a Dick, North Korea Is a Joke, North Korea Is No Joke, Propaganda, Purple Prose, Pyongyang, South Korea, State-Run News Agencies, Torpedo Attack on the Cheonan
North Korea announced that it will reopen its border with South Korea “to allow periodic family reunions and group visits by tourists from the South.”
Although sources like the NY Times quietly mention that this morning’s announcement also condemned joint military exercises (“obviously maneuvers for a war of aggression”) of the U.S. and South Korea, stating that payback could be “annihilating,” I think we can all look past that bunch of creepy threat stuff to see the positive:
“The North said it would allow reunions of Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, with visits taking place at Mount Kumgang, or Diamond Mountain, during the three-day Harvest Moon Festival, when Koreans traditionally visit their hometowns. This year the festival begins Oct. 3.”
Families together at last. Incredible. Beautiful. This seems like a natural priority for the North Koreans, considering leader Kim Jong Il’s stress of importance on the family unit and warm, healthy familial relations:
But let’s not forget the incredibly exciting opportunity of increased tourism in the Northern region!
Regular visits to Mount Kumgang on North Korea’s eastern coast will start “as soon as possible,” the official North Korean news agency reported, as well as visits to the ancient border town of Kaesong.”
We’re sure peeps are dying to get back up to those beautiful hotspots, and will quickly forget some of the ugly little snafus from tourism’s past:
“Programs allowing tour groups — predominantly South Koreans — to visit the North were expanded in October 2007 but were stopped last year when a South Korean tourist at Kumgang who apparently entered a restricted zone was fatally shot by a North Korean guard.”
What are we all waiting for?? SOMEBODY START PACKIN’ UP THE RV!!!