Ghosts of Jeju: The history behind the resistance to a naval base on Korea’s island of peace

When Maine-based filmmaker Regis Tremblay started digging into the history of the protest against the South Korean government’s construction of a naval base in the tiny village of Gangjeong on scenic Jeju Island, he interviewed Charles Hanley, former Associated Press reporter and co-author of the war crime expose Bridge at No Gun Ri, who told him “you have no idea the magnitude of the issues you are getting into here.”

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Hana Asian Market in Bloomington: A great selection of Korean and Japanese groceries

Hana Asian Market is located in the middle of a little strip mall a couple of blocks from where Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue) meets Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. During the last 15 years it’s had three owners and two names, but it still carries (mostly) the same Korean and Japanese foodstuffs as it always did.It was the middle of the week and the middle of the afternoon when I visited, and the small store was already filled with customers. Owner Min Yong Cho rang up the line of mostly Korean and Japanese patrons, chatting with each of them.One regular customer, Alli Zarling, is not Asian but is a devotee of Japanese anime and, she claims, all things Japanese and Korean. She brought with her a group of like-minded friends to what she said is her favorite store. “I love it here,” she says. Continue Reading

VOICES | In the Swagger: College introduces the world of Korean America to one adoptee

I’m currently aboard a flight destined for Rochester, Minnesota, where my parents live, and home to the Mayo Clinic, a slice of middle-class America. My parents are great people. My mom stayed home with my brother and me until we were in middle school, and now works as a preschool teacher. My dad served as an educator as well, and now spends his time driving and bonding with residents of an assisted-living home. They’re polite, happy people, who in typical Minnesotan fashion say hi to strangers and can keep a conversation going about anything, especially the weather. Continue Reading