Links for October 24, 2016

Fresh Off the Boat’s Randall Park on Why He Hesitated to Play a Taiwanese-American Character

I have friends who are Korean who pretty much spend their entire lives, or at least their adult life, in Koreatown. It’s almost like being in Korea, you know? And they have such a different view of what America means to them. Because they’re in this world where they’re a little more protected from things that I experienced growing up. They don’t have the same thoughts of, What if I was in Korea right now? So it is interesting how even here in L.A. or New York or in any city with a thriving Asian community you can kind of almost sidestep those questions.

Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 1

They still resonate in the sound of a few remaining words in the Hamgyong dialect, which Soviet Koreans originally spoke when they first arrived to Uzbekistan in 1937. They still mark our ancient lunar calendar during the traditional holidays, such as Hansik and Chusok – spring and autumn equinoxes – or tol and hwangab, the auspicious first and sixtieth birthday celebrations. These ancient and typically Korean festivities and cultural rituals have somehow survived all former official prohibitions and are vigorously observed across Uzbekistan by one unique ethnic group.

LORN - ANVIL [Official Music Video]