A gang of fleeing bank robbers decided to give the residents of South Central Los Angeles a bit of economic stimulus Wednesday morning by tossing wads of cash out of the window of their getaway vehicle, and although TV news anchors and reporters tried to put a socially acceptable spin the actions of the Robin Hood gangstas, those on the street saw it in a complete different light as many of them rushed into the street to scoop up the Benjamins. “Deshawn,” who said he did not grab any of the robbers’ stolen money, told KTLA-5′s reporter Elizabeth Espinoza he saw this morning’s shower of cash as “neighborhood stimulus.” Added Deshawn: “We all need it. If you had seen it, what would you do?” he asked the reporter rhetorically. “If you saw money flying out, you would do the same thing they did, especially if you’re in a time of need.”

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You know that Asian/Pacific Island American Heritage Month has reached its zenith when TimothyDeLaGhetto aka Traphik aka Tim Chantarangsu drops his CSUF Undie Run vlog. Who is TimothyDeLaGhetto? Duh. He’s the international king of Asian American TouTube clowning who brings much-needed levity to this month-long government-mandated orgy of whorish corporate-backed “festivals,” boring discourse and self-congratulation that “APAHM” is. A true social media wonder, TimothyDeLaGhetto has a bazillion followers of his Internet antics, all conceived from his luxurious crib in his parent’s house in Paramount, Calif. Here are some links to DeLaGhetto’s bad self:  YouTube Channel  / Tim Chantarangsu Wiki   / http://TimothyDeLaGhetto.com

A new report issued today by the L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) says that Angelenos are living longer, but that across the board those who live in poorer neighborhoods of the sprawling county have fewer grocery stores offering fresh, nutritious food, and less opportunities for outdoor recreational areas and safe places for children and families to play, which results in lower life expectancy.

The report found that Asian/Pacific Islanders have an average life span of 84.8 years while African Americans live to about 73. There is also an average 5.3-year gap between men and women, with women outliving men.

The DPH study, “Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County: How long do we live and why?&#8221 (PDF), suggests there are major discrepancies of life expectancy among county residents based on race and geography.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Sacramento) points out that men of color significantly trail behind most students on achievement and school completion scales. African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American men are outperformed by their female counterparts in each racial grouping by 9%, 9%, 7%, and 2 %, respectively.

“We must address this crisis and quickly,” Honda wrote in an article appearing in the Jan. 26 Huffington Post. “While Asian Americans are over-represented in the top scores, they are also over-represented in the bottom scores.”

Read Rep. Honda’s entire HuffPo article here.


I was changing a leaky shower head in an upstairs bathroom when I first heard the news. Two Asian American women on assignment for the cable channel Current TV were arrested by North Korean soldiers near North Korea’s border with China. Early on, CNN’s senior international correspondent John Vause, quoting South Korean sources, reported Euna Lee, 36, and Laura Ling, 32, had been on North Korean soil and were seen running back toward China when apprehended.

The third member of Current TV’s Vanguard team, “cameraman Mitch Koss,” and a guide of Korean-Chinese ancestry somehow eluded capture. Reportedly, Koss was questioned by Chinese authorities and released. He booked it out of the PRC, hightailed it back to the US of A, and then he dropped off the face of the Earth.

Lee and Ling were sentenced to 12 years “reform through labor” this week by North Korea’s Central Court for “grave crimes against the Korean nation.” And Mitchell Koss has sentenced himself to silence.

Three months have passed without so much as a Twitter from the elusive Mr. Koss. Meanwhile, the lazy dog media have veered away from a search for the facts and seem content to wallow in the lame sentimentality of weeping siblings and naive pleas for their release. Poker metaphors are everywhere. And the one person who could tell us flat out what really happened at the Tumen River March 17 isn’t saying squat.

And Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department? They’re currently on location filming a remake of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

This is beginning to sound like the set-up to a bad Ludlum novel or, maybe, a remake of  Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Who is Mitchell Koss and why isn’t he talking?

Mitch Koss Ani Close Up

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Saigu: 4.29.92

April 29, 2009

minerva“South Korea’s democracy seems to be deteriorating by the day — this time with the proposed 18-month incarceration of a blogger critical of the South’s economic policy,” observes WIRED’s Threat Level blogger David Kravetz.

Popular South Korean blogger Park Dae-sung (aka Minerva) faces up to 18 months in prison for posting comments critical of the ROK’s economic policies, The Associated Press is reporting.

South Korean prosecutors said Minerva will be sentenced on April 20 for posting a story the government says undermined the county’s credibility.

In a Dec. 29 post, Minerva wrote that the South Korean government had ordered financial institutions to stop buying dollars in order to curb the won’s fall against the greenback.

The posting devastated the local foreign exchange market, forcing the nation’s financial authority to spend $2 billion of its reserves as the demand for dollars surged wildly, prosecutors claim.

Park’s online popularity swelled after he foretold the collapse of Lehman Bros. and anticipated the resulting plunge of the South Korea currency, the won, all the while castigating policymakers for their blunders.

Park has been held without bail since mid-January.

fas·cism: (often capitalized) a political philosophy that exalts nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


The Asian American vernacular press have served their communities for more than a century, but the economy has hit them hard and one day soon the quaint but vital Asian American ethnic newspapers on the east and west coasts may be nothing more than microfiche memories. H/T L.A. Observed.

—Rachel Roh

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sinking economy is threatening the ethnic publications that immigrant communities rely upon to stay informed and navigate American life.

Although the ethnic press once seemed immune to the forces hurting mainstream newspapers across the country, a growing number of publications that serve immigrant and minority communities are laying off staff, closing print editions or shutting down altogether.

Unlike mainstream newspapers, which have seen circulation decline over the decades, most ethnic publications have been retaining or expanding their print readership base, thanks to the growth of immigrant populations with strong newspaper reading habits.

  • Plan to Close Chinese-Language Paper Deepens Shadow Over the Ethnic Press, 01/22/09, The New York Times,

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The L.A. Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association (KIWA) staged the latest of an ongoing series of  demonstrations in front of a local church March 18 to protest the demolition of a church-owned apartment building to make way for a parish parking lot.

Protesters said 38 residents were evicted from their Oxford Ave. homes by the Oriental Mission Church.  The apartments were on property adjoining the main church complex. KIWA has been conducting a campaign to save affordable housing in Koreatown since last summer, but demolition on the OMC-owned apartment began March 17.

The Oriental Mission Church was founded in 1970 with 27 worshippers and has grown into one of the largest evangelical Christian churches in Koreatown. OMC is currently led by Pastor Jashua Choonmin Kang. The church is perhaps best known for its efforts to assist business owners and families affected by the 1992 L.A. riots.

OMC’s purpose statement reads in part: “The Church shall be a church of service; serving its members and the community as our Lord exemplified.”

Last week’s demonstration was held to call attention to further evictions and demolition of more affordable housing on OMC-owned properties.

  • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) website
  • Oriental Mission Church website
  • L.A. Coalition for Economic Survival website

H/T Neal Broverman

It’s been almost a half-century since Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto reached the top of the U.S. charts with Sukiyaki. Now, with Asia all the rage in high-tech and youth culture, some wonder who’ll be the next Asian singer to hit it big in the West. To all but Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, Korea’s Rain was a bust, and now he’s being sued for millions by an American promoter. Flack chatter predicts that BoA will breakthrough into the U.S. market, and New York-born JPOPer Utada Hikaru seems to be on a never-ending world tour. But KPOP star Sung Si Kyung, a nerdy, bespectacled 29-year-old, honey-throated balladeer-journalist who was signed to a record contract after an Internet audition may be the first Asian crossover star created by micropayments, lossless audio downloads and streaming HD video. But Sung’s international stardom will have to wait until he completes a mandatory 27-month stint in the South Korean army. Here’s Who Do You Love in Sung’s unaccented English pop vocalese.

Who Do You Love

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Fox TV news Unit 9 investigative reporter Ti-Hua Chang’s recent report on poverty in New York’s burgeoning Asian American community confirms what social service workers have been saying for years;  that despite their model minority image the poverty rate among NYC’s Asians is higher than anyone wants to admit.

With footage showing recession-battered Asians rummaging through grocery store Dumpsters and restaurant garbage for food, Chang’s story “Community in Crisis” points out that although Asian represent 12% of  New York’s population, they receive less than one percent of benefits doled out to the city’s poor by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s government either because they are unaware of the programs or that they are undocumented and afraid of being apprehended.

Watch the award-winning Chang’s report below or at myfoxny.com



  • COMMERCIAL APPEAL: Tim Kang may be marketable, but the actor’s all about being obscure, KoreAm
  • Yila Tim Kang, IMDb
  • Video: Q&A with Tim Kang re: CBS series The Mentalist

Tight $pirals

October 9, 2008

UNFORTUNATE TIMING—Citibank equities trader John Chiang, 28, made the cover of the September issue of Trader Monthly as one of the top 30 Wall St. traders under 30. Read why he’ll keep his cool as the economy tanks. RUMOR has it that KoreAm, the fine Korean American monthly is in financial trouble. It’s tough out there for all print journalists. The October issue features brainy Northwestern University Wildcat QB C.J. Bachér, whose favorite meal is his Korean American mom’s galbi. It’s at the newsstands now. Buy it or subscribe. We won’t be “scan-stealing” from KoreAm for now. LASTLY, happy birthday John!



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