Author Archives: Jen

About Jen

I’m a Korean-American living in the bay area, I studied public health and social work in grad school, and I have an obsession for anything theater related, especially ballet and Broadway musicals. I just spent three years in NYC so I am still adjusting to normal winter weather and having a car, and most of the time, I am busy funding my passion for theater with a full-time job in healthcare public relations. On any given day, you can find me watching Project Runway, shopping, doing yoga, skipping to the theater, or looking for the perfect cocktail.

Fell + Cole: San Francisco Inspired Ice Cream Arrives in Seoul

When I heard about a new ice cream store that had opened in Seoul, inspired by San Francisco’s gastronomic ice cream shops that are so popular, I put Fell + Cole on my schedule, during my recent vacation to Korea. … Continue reading

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Visitors in Yantai Park Must Pay to Relax on Park Benches

An interesting news story reports that Yantai Park in Shangdong province, eastern China has installed coin-operated park benches that allows visitors to relax in the park only if they input coins for that privilege, or else metal spikes will ‘encourage’ … Continue reading

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Mao’s Last Dancer Movie Premieres This Friday

…Or the first American movie ever where an Asian male does ballet and falls in love with a beautiful Caucasian female. Mao’s Last Dancer is a movie that is scheduled to appear in some theaters this Friday, August 20, based … Continue reading

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Japanese Cat Videos Robbing Americans of Productivity

Maru the Cat, arguably the cutest cat in the world, resides in Japan and was recently covered in a New York Times article talking about the popularity of dogs and cats among the American audience. Slightly chubby, Maru‘s star power … Continue reading

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Hee Seo: First Korean Soloist Ballerina at The American Ballet Theater

Hee Seo, a ballet dancer with the New York based American Ballet Theater, will be promoted to soloist this August. Recently cast as Juliet and other amazing prima ballerina roles even as a corps dance member, Seo stands out among the crowd … Continue reading

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Asian Countries Makes a Strong Start for the FIFA World Cup 2010

Every four years, I turn from a ballet and classical music fanatic to a crazed soccer fan. This year brings the same, with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Just recently started: shockers such as Spain’s loss to the … Continue reading

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A Bridge in Nanjing, A Hero: Chen Sah

One of my favorite podcasts is This American Life, a radio show that tells stories of “ordinary people,” with each show focusing on a simple theme. This particular podcast was titled The Bridge, covering several unique stories about bridges all … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: The Return of Alex Wong

Good news for So You Think You Can Dance fans, because Alex Wong is back! A gifted ballet dancer who most recently performed with the Miami City Ballet as a soloist, he initially auditioned in Season 5 but had to … Continue reading

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‘Dancing Across Borders:’ Movie Documents Ballet Talent Found in Cambodia

‘Dancing Across Borders‘ is a documentary featuring Sokvannara (Sy) Sar, a beautiful Cambodian dancer who caught the eye of Anne Bass, a huge supporter of ballet in New York City. The documentary follows teenaged Sy as he transforms from a … Continue reading

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Shopping Alert: Eugenia Kim Hats at Target

Eugenia Kim, Korean-American milliner for celebrities, fashionistas, tormented hipsters and those with large wallets — found her calling after a bad haircut inspired her to make a feather hat to cover her hair. She caught the attention of J. Lo … Continue reading

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Billy Elliot the Musical To Debut in South Korea

This amazing story about a British boy named Billy living in a mining town while seeking his passion for ballet has, in movie form and musical form, charmed audiences all over the world. The Broadway musical has opened in London, … Continue reading

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How to Cook Korean Food: Maangchi’s Korean Cooking Blog

I love to cook. I take Italian cooking class (making my own ricotta cheese!), love watching the Food Network and make pizza, bread, cakes and homemade ice cream during the weekends. Korean cooking, on the other hand, has always been … Continue reading

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