Been a bit busy, but here are a couple of links you might find of interest:
- Six Koreans got beat up in front of a nightclub in Singapore by locals apparently angered that the singer—also a Korean, mind you—hugged one of them. If the photos are to be believed one of them was seriously effed up. Can’t find mention of it in the Korean press, either. Which is odd—if the attack had taken place in, say, Australia, I’m sure it would be described as a virtual pogrom. Anyway, I really can’t see what would have set the locals off (HT to Aaron).
- Yep, it’s more blackface on Korean TV. What I found more amusing was the way it was reported by one of the local papers. I’m not going to feign outrage about the skit, but I will say that there’s been enough criticism of blackface (see, for instance, this) that I’m moderately surprised producers continue to OK it.
- Bloomberg ran a piece on Miky Lee, the new de facto CEO of the CJ Group (HT David):
Miky Lee helped fashion South Korea’s movies and music into a multibillion-dollar industry. Lee Mie Kyung, as she’s known in Korea, and Lee Jay Hyun, who turns 54 on March 19, turned a sugar and flour refiner their grandfather had founded in 1953 called Cheil Jedang Corp. into the country’s 14th-biggest conglomerate.
- If you’re bored, there’s lots of photos up at my photoblog. I’m doing a 365 project, so there will be new stuff on there pretty much every day—some of it better than others.