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Oli London detransitions from ‘Korean’ woman to British man

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  • Influencer Oli London has announced his detransition from a "Korean" woman to a British man, citing God and Christianity as the reasons for the change.
  • Although London previously identified as genderfluid, he said, “I’ve come to realize, actually, I am a man. And I want to stay as a man.”
  • London states that although he is detransitioning, he was “born in the wrong body” as he was born British “when it should have been Korean.”
  • In a recent TV appearance on Fox News’ "Tucker Carlson Tonight," London criticized the “new norm” of gender politics in the classrooms of young students.
  • Inspired by trans TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney, London began documenting his life in a series called “Days of Manhood.”
  • London also declared he was taking a hiatus from making music after his final album in January and introduced himself as a politician.

Influencer Oli London announced his detransition from a “Korean” woman to a British man, citing God and Christianity as the reason for the change.

London, 32, first announced his detransition in a video on his YouTube channel.

Markiplier says his ‘ungodly’ $38 million annual income from YouTube feels ‘unfair’

  • YouTuber Markiplier admitted to Logan Paul that he makes “an ungodly amount of money, and it feels unfair.”
  • Markiplier joined Paul during a recent episode of the podcast “IMPAULSIVE” and talked about his YouTube career and health.
  • “I'm open to talk about it because it just seems like such a cheat of the system to be able to have this much success, when really all I want to do is make content and inspire others to make content,” the 33-year-old YouTuber, who is of Korean descent, tells Paul. “But at the same time, it's something I can't deny, because to deny it would be a hypocritical thing to do."
  • In a January report, Forbes listed Markiplier as the world’s third-highest-earning YouTuber, with MrBeast taking the top spot and Paul's brother, Jake Paul, in second place.
  • Nielsen’s 2020 Asian American Report also listed Markiplier as one of the two highest-earning Asian American content creators on YouTube at the time alongside Evan Fong, also known as VanossGaming.

Markiplier, one of YouTube’s highest-earning content creators, admitted that the “ungodly amount” of money he earns, which sits at around $38 million annually, “feels unfair.”

Markiplier, whose real name is Mark Fischbach, joined Logan Paul during a recent episode of the podcast “Impaulsive” to talk about his YouTube career and health.

Son Heung-min becomes highest-ranked Asian player in men’s Ballon d’Or history

  • Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min became the highest-ranked Asian player in Ballon d’Or history, reaching 11th place on Monday.
  • Son was ranked higher than other athletes such as 37-year-old Manchester United member and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who reached No. 20 this year.
  • He is the third Korean to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or following Seol Ki-hyeon in 2002 and Park Ji-sung in 2005. He is also reportedly the only Asian athlete who was nominated this year for the prestigious football award.
  • Son’s Ballon d’Or ranking came after a stellar performance last season, where he received the Premier League’s Golden Boot for scoring 23 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min has surpassed several superstar athletes in the 2022 men’s Ballon d’Or rankings, making him the highest-ranked Asian football player in the annual football award’s history.

Son, 30, reached No. 11 this year, according to the rankings that were released on Monday. He ranked higher than other athletes such as 37-year-old Manchester United member and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was placed at No. 20 this year.

Charles Melton stays connected to his roots through his Korean mother’s food

  • “Riverdale” star Charles Melton told Yahoo! Life’s “Deglazed” that he sometimes calls his mother for her recipes.
  • "I always felt like I had home with food," Melton told the publication. “It's a no-brainer to say my mom's meals are the best meals I ever ate."
  • "She taught me a bunch of tricks," Melton said about his mother’s method of cooking, which does not involve cookbooks or measuring cups. “She would ask me what does this need? Is this too spicy? Too salty?"
  • His mother, Sukyong, moved to the United States after marrying his U.S. military father, Phil Melton, in 1990.
  • After some training, Melton can now cook bulgogi, a Korean dish made of marinated beef, and a “decent version” of kimchi, which he usually brings to potlucks.

Riverdale” star Charles Melton revealed that he stays connected to his roots through his Korean mother’s cooking.

Speaking to Yahoo! Life’s “Deglazed,” Melton, 31, shared that no matter where he is – whether that be Alaska, Germany, Kansas or South Korea – his mother’s food is guaranteed to make him feel more at home.

‘Squid Game’ star Jung Ho-yeon becomes first Korean featured on Time100 Next list

  • “Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon, 28, was named one of the Phenoms of Time’s  “TIME100 Next” this year.
  • The magazine’s special issue was released on Wednesday.
  • “I think Hoyeon is still fighting every day – against her fame, the expectations, and the jealousy of her success, as well as her own desires,” Emmy-winning “Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in support of Jung’s inclusion in the list.
  • “I often joke around and call her a ‘warrior.’ There’s no doubt that she has the skill and courage to fight her numerous battles. And I hope her acting career can become a true resting area, not her battleground,” Hwang added.
  • “Squid Game,” which premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17, 2021, went on to become the streaming platform’s “most-watched series launch of all time.” The series also received 14 Emmy nominations in early September.

South Korean star Jung Ho-yeon made history this week by becoming the first Korean featured in the Time100 Next list.

On Wednesday, Time unveiled its list of 100 people from different fields who they believe could shape the future, with 28-year-old Jung among the individuals named under the Phenoms list.

S. Korean President Yoon proposes new ministry to protect Korean Americans from hate crimes

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  • On Tuesday, President Yoon met with overseas Koreans in New York City and vowed to increase efforts to protect Koreans and Korean Americans against hate crimes.
  • He announced a bill aimed at establishing a ministry dedicated to overseas Koreans is expected to be passed by the National Assembly.
  • Earlier the same day, President Yoon joined the 77th United Nations General Assembly, delivering his keynote speech at the U.N. headquarters.
  • Yoon also met with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres regarding nuclear weapons and North Korea.
  • During his time in New York, Yoon will continue to attend the U.N. General Assembly and hold various summits, including meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol promised to increase efforts to protect Koreans from hate crimes, placing emphasis on support for overseas Koreans.

On Tuesday, President Yoon met with overseas Koreans in New York City. During the meeting, Yoon presented efforts to protect Koreans and Korean Americans against hate crimes, including a bill to establish a ministry dedicated to overseas Koreans.

Nearly 300 Korean adoptees demand S. Korea investigate falsified adoption documents

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  • Nearly 300 Korean adoptees have called for the South Korean government to investigate falsified adoption documents that mask their real identities.
  • The 283 complaints that were filed have pointed out lost or distorted information.
  • Some adoptees found that their identities were switched with other children who had died, were too sick to travel or were taken back by their birth families.
  • Many adoptees expressed frustration at the lack of information on their adoption papers, which often turn out to be falsified or distorted.

Nearly 300 Korean adoptees in Europe and the United States have filed applications demanding that the South Korean government investigate the circumstances of their adoptions.

Many of the adoptees suspect that their adoption papers contained falsified or distorted information to launder their real identities. During the 1980s, many Korean children were taken from their families during the foreign adoption boom.

Adrenaline-fueled trailer for Netflix Korean action film ‘Seoul Vibe’ promises epic car chases

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  • Netflix has released the teaser trailer for its upcoming Korean action film “Seoul Vibe.”
  • “Seoul Vibe” revolves around a team of skilled street drivers and mechanics who go undercover to “dismantle” a money-laundering ring.
  • Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo confessed to charges of bribery in 1995 after successfully hosting the Olympics a few years prior.
  • The film is similarly set during the start of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, although it is unclear whether it will center around the former President’s specific case.
  • As seen from the trailer, the film will feature epic car chase scenes in the country’s capital and old-school hip hop themes which were characteristic of the time.
  • The film boasts a star-studded cast, including actor Yoo Ah-in (“Voice of Silence”), who will star as investigative team leader Dong-wook.

Netflix has released the adrenaline-fueled first teaser trailer for its upcoming Korean action film “Seoul Vibe.”

“Seoul Vibe” revolves around a team of skilled street drivers and mechanics who go undercover to expose a money-laundering ring at the time of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Korean family sues NJ funeral home for $50 million for putting the wrong body in mother’s casket

  • A Korean family filed a $50 million lawsuit against Central Funeral Home of New Jersey and Blackley Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. for a mix-up that nearly saw the wrong body buried in place of their mother’s casket.
  • The mistake caused the family to suffer “great shock, emotional distress and psychological pain and hurt upon learning that the passing of their mother was not properly celebrated but that the body of a stranger was wearing the decedent’s clothing and personal effects and placed in her coffin in error,” according to the lawsuit.
  • The Central Funeral Home later apologized and offered the family a refund of about $9,000.
  • The family said they are not interested in the money. If they win the lawsuit, they reportedly plan to donate the money to two Korean churches that their mother was active in.

A Korean family filed a $50 million lawsuit against a funeral home in New Jersey for a mix-up that nearly saw the wrong body buried in place of their mother’s casket.

The children of Kyung Ja Kim, who passed away on Nov. 10, are suing Central Funeral Home of New Jersey and Blackley Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. for failing to follow their own policies in ensuring the bodies were properly identified.

‘All of Us Are Dead’ revived by Netflix for Season 2

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  • Netflix’s hit Korean zombie series “All of Us Are Dead” has been renewed for a second season.
  • The news was announced on the first day of Netflix’s Geeked Week, a five-day virtual event showcasing the platform’s anticipated content.

K-zombies are resurrecting once again, as Netflix announced that the hit show “All of Us Are Dead” has been renewed for a second season.

The streaming giant revealed its plans to continue the high-school zombie horror series on Monday, the first day of Geeked Week. The five-day virtual event showcases what Netflix has in store for its viewers, from exclusive news to trailers and more. 

Korean mother who beat her 35-year-old son to death with a stick sentenced to 7 years in prison

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  • In a trial that took place on Wednesday, March 16, a 64-year-old woman was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Supreme Court of South Korea for the death of her son.
  • The incident took place in August of 2020, when the son, who had been staying at the temple to study for a public servant exam, allegedly threatened to leak information to the public regarding issues within the temple.
  • According to CCTV footage of the incident, the mother beat her son over 2,000 times with a stick for around two and a half hours: the son died of internal bleeding.
  • The courts dismissed the original murder charges, stating that the mother was unaware her actions would lead to her son’s death.

A Korean mother beat her adult son with a bamboo stick over 2,000 times, resulting in his death.

The Supreme Court of South Korea sentenced a 64-year-old woman to seven years in prison on Wednesday, March 16, for beating her 35-year-old son to death, reported The Korea Herald

K-drama dominance continues as new shows ‘Thirty-Nine’ and ‘Juvenile Justice’ break Netflix Global Top 10

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  • South Korean shows continue to dominate the charts with series “Thirty-nine” and “Juvenile Justice” breaking into Netflix’s Global Top 10.
  • JTBC’s “Thirty-Nine,” set to finish March 24, is the story of three unmarried women who reflect on their time together and remaining when one of them falls terminally ill.
  • The second Korean Netflix original of the year, “Juvenile Justice,” which highlights controversy surrounding Korea’s juvenile criminal justice system, debuted this past Friday and immediately topped several global charts.

The past weekend once again showed the dominance of South Korean dramas, as “Thirty-Nine” and “Juvenile Justice” both broke into Netflix’s Global Top 10 rankings.  

According to FlixPatrol, a site that tracks streaming data from popular video platforms, both ranked among the top 10 most-watched Netflix shows in the world. South Korea continues to attract a global audience and proves its industry is not just a one-hit wonder with the success of “Squid Games,” which premiered last year.