Iris Jung

Iris Jung

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‘Café Minamdang’ cast says the show’s Korean shamanism theme brings a ‘whole new type of fun’ to viewers

Cafe Minamdang

Based on the web novel “Minamdang: Case Note,” “Café Minamdang” follows the story of the criminal profiler-turned-shaman Nam Han-jun and Han Jae-hee, the “ghost” homicide detective.

Operating in Café Minamdang, shaman Nam Han-jun runs a shady fortune-telling business with his team, targeting the worst in society. In their search for justice and truth, the paths of Han-jun and Jae-hee intertwine, dangerously linking them to the missing serial killer “Gopuri,” a haunting entity whose spree has not yet come to an end.

Joji enters top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 chart for first time with viral ‘Glimpse of Us’

  • Japanese Australian singer Joji’s latest viral single “Glimpse of Us” recently became his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Co-written by the 29-year-old singer, whose real name is George Kusunoki Miller, “Glimpse of Us” is a stripped-down ballad that explores the darker side of love with lyrics comparing a current relationship to a previous one.
  • After its June 10 release, “Glimpse of Us” blew up on TikTok, where thousands have used the song for relationship-related videos.

Japanese Australian singer Joji’s latest single “Glimpse of Us” recently became his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Known for his previous popular songs such as “Slow Dancing in the Dark” and “Run,” the 29-year-old singer, whose real name is George Kusunoki Miller, has been a steadily rising force in the music scene for years. Earlier this month, his most recent single exploded on TikTok and various music charts. 

Olivia Rodrigo has choice words for SCOTUS overturning of Roe v. Wade at Glastonbury performance

  • Olivia Rodrigo paused during her Glastonbury Festival performance on Saturday to address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • “I’m devastated and terrified that so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” Rodrigo expressed.
  • After identifying the five justices that voted to overturn the precedent by name, Rodrigo declared, “I hate you” before performing “F*ck You” with Lily Allen.
  • Olivia Rodrigo has joined the many AAPI celebrities and lawmakers who have condemned the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • The ruling to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision makes abortion no longer a constitution right, allowing states to make individual decisions on reproductive healthcare.

Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen dedicated “F*ck You” to the U.S. Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Olivia Rodrigo paused during her Glastonbury Festival performance on Saturday to address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States with Lily Allen by her side.

‘Proof’: A BTS journey in review

  • Released on June 10, “Proof” is BTS’ first anthology album with “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” as its lead single.
  • True to the album’s title, “Proof” is a collection of old, new and demo songs that provide proof of the South Korean megagroup’s identity, fans and legacy.
  • The first CD is the culmination of the group’s previous and current albums — a collection of the lead singles from all of their Korean albums.
  • The second CD begins with a new single, “BTS Run,” and also consists of hand-picked songs from previous albums that provide “proof” of how different identities can live in one individual.
  • Only available in physical print, the final CD is an intimate confession to ARMY, featuring three new singles and demos for previous hits.

BTS’s newest album “Proof” is the complete finale of the group’s first nine years together, concluding their first chapter in the spotlight while also reminding them to “get ready” for what the future holds.

Nearing the decade anniversary of BTS’s 2013 debut, the success and achievements of the South Korean megagroup in the musical realm have reached global dominance. From their consistent releases of chart-topping songs to their history of breaking records left and right, BTS has left their mark on the world. With the release of “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” and “Proof,” the group’s first chapter has reached its finale. True to their first anthology album’s title, “Proof” is a collection of old, new and demo songs that provide proof of the group’s identity, fans and legacy.

‘A lost generation’: UN expert issues urgent call for help to stop Myanmar junta’s war on children

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  • Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, revealed the Myanmar military junta’s attacks on children.
  • In a June 14 report, Andrew detailed that the military attacks have displaced over 250,000 children, and more than 1,400 children have been detained. There are also 142 recorded cases of child torture.
  • Andrew highlights Myanmar children as the most vulnerable to the junta’s brutality.
  • If international action is not taken, Andrews warns that “Myanmar’s children will become a lost generation.”

Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, reported the Myanmar military junta’s “relentless attacks” on children.

Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a country that borders Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China. While the majority of the population (54 million) identifies as Buddhist, there are multiple ethnic groups, including Rohingya Muslims.

Henry Golding enters the world of Jane Austen in the new trailer for Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’

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  • Henry Golding will star alongside Dakota Johnson in Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”
  • Golding is set to play Mr. William Elliot, the handsome heir to Kellynch Hall whose true intentions remain unclear.
  • Although the novel and film are set in the Regency era of Britain, the film is expected to take some “joyous artistic license.”
  • “Persuasion” will be released on Netflix on July 15 after premiering in select theaters on July 8.

Henry Golding stars in Netflix’s trailer for the upcoming live adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” with Dakota Johnson.

The “Crazy Rich Asians” star plays the role of the suspicious Mr. William Elliot, a distant cousin of Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson) and heir to Kellynch Hall. Well-mannered, handsome and in search of a new bride after his wife’s death, Mr. Elliot sets his sights on Anne, prepared to use his charm to win her heart. 

Why Zelenskyy wore a T-shirt designed by a Singaporean teen during a recent international summit

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  • During the Shangri-La Dialogue, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was seen deviating from his usual attire in favor of a T-shirt designed by 16-year-old Singaporean Ava Soh.
  • The shirt he wore featured an NFT of a girl on a ladder, spray painting a large Ukrainian flag.
  • The NFT represents a “young Ukrainian girl defiantly painting a new future because self-belief is the best middle finger to oppression,” according to Soh’s company website.
  • Ava Soh first created her brand, Daughters of the Revolution, at age 14 to “empower the next generation of 21st century heroines through self love.”
  • In his address, President Zelenskyy presented Ava Soh and her initiative as an example of the support Ukraine has gained worldwide, citing it as why Ukraine will prevail.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy broke from his usual attire in favor of a young Singaporean designer’s T-shirt for a recent international appearance.

On Tuesday, Zelenskyy attended the annual 19th Regional Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to present a special virtual address to delegates. The Ukrainian president was seen on screen deviating from his usual green or brown attire by wearing a black T-shirt designed by 16-year-old Singaporean Ava Soh.

Zelenskyy calls on world to take ‘preemptive measures’ to prevent China invasion of Taiwan

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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave his special address at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue on June ll.
  • After his remarks, the president answered reporter Josh Rogin’s question on Taiwan “stand[ing] strong” against China.
  • President Zelenskyy strongly stated the need to “forestall violence, forestall war, because there is no positive aspects coming from wars” and not abandoning weaker countries at the “mercy” of those that are more powerful.
  • The president also emphasized the “preemptive way” and worldwide “diplomatic resolution.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world to aid Taiwan before a possible Chinese invasion in his special address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue.

On June 11, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a special address at the annual 19th Regional Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue. Held in Singapore, the summit is a unique meeting in which government ministers come together to debate ongoing security challenges and create bilateral discussion.

Toothy takes: In defense of Asian fusion cuisine

If American Chinese food isn’t authentically Asian then neither am I 

Growing up with the privilege of nightly access to fresh, homemade Chinese food, I have always taken its Americanized cousin for granted. At best, American Chinese food was a guilty pleasure. At worst, it was an orange stain on Chinese tradition — a cheap knock-off of the recipes my ancestors passed down for generations, watered down and commercialized for Western palettes.  

But I have come to realize that the very notion of authenticity within a cuisine revered for its cacophony of diverse culinary styles is completely outrageous. Sichuan cuisine is famous for its extensive use of the Sichuan peppercorn, which gives its dishes their signature “mala” (numbingly spicy) taste. Meanwhile, the cuisine of the Jiangsu Province is far more cosmopolitan, favoring artistic presentation and more aromatic flavors. 

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki classic to become a protected preserve

  • On June 2, Tokorozawa, Japan, Mayor Masato Fujimoto declared that the city would be preserving Totoro's forest.
  • Totoro no Mori, or Totoro's forest, is a forest located in Sayama Hills. The forest was the main source of inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s 1998 film, “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The project is expected to cost 2.6 billion yen (approximately $19.35 million) and cover the 8.6-acre forest.
  • The funds will be provided through city funds, crowdfunding, Miyazaki’s personal contributions and donations by Studio Ghibli.

Totoro no Mori, the Japanese forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro,” will become a protected nature preserve.

The forest where protagonist sisters Satsuki and Mei first meet Totoro in the movie is modeled after Totoro no Mori, as is the town where they live.