‘My heart bled for them’: Director Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou’ aims to change the fate of American adoptees facing deportation
In a shotgun home in the Louisiana bayou, a Korean adoptee’s small-town world is rocked when he finds out that in the 30 years he’s lived in America, he is not considered a citizen and is at risk of deportation.
Justin Chon, the writer, director and star behind “Blue Bayou” plays the character Antonio LeBlanc, a financially struggling New Orleans-based tattoo artist who was adopted from South Korea when he was 3. The film peers into the lives of Antonio and his pregnant wife Kathy, played by Alicia Vikander, as parents of Kathy’s young daughter from a previous marriage.
Joanne Molinaro, a vegan food blogger known as The Korean Vegan, has responded to a string of racist messages following her response to someone telling her to “get Korea to stop eating dogs.”
Community leaders and local clergy members from Harlem in New York City organized a gathering to celebrate a Korean American restaurant owner’s nearly 40 years of service to her neighborhood.
Members of the community rallied against anti-Asian violence and honored Betty Park, the owner of the soul food chain Manna’s, at an event on April 14 on Malcolm X Boulevard, according to Patch.
An immigrant-owned Korean restaurant in San Francisco is hoping to recover after falling victim to an early morning burglary this month.
Surveillance footage shows a hooded figure breaking into The Crew at around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 15. The man left the restaurant with a bag of objects.
A team of scientists from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a new technique that detects prostate cancer in patients with almost 100% accuracy within 20 minutes using only a urine sample. The research was funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the results are published in the latest issue of ACS Nano.
The team, led by Dr. Kwan Hyi Lee from the Biomaterials Research Center and Professor In Gab Jeong from Asan Medical Center, introduced a smart A.I. analysis method to an electrical-signal-based ultrasensitive biosensor for the new technique, according to Phys.org.
Shake Shack will offer Korean-inspired Gochujang menu items at its various branches nationwide until April 5.
What’s on the menu: According to its website, Shake Shack will sell Korean-Style Fried Chick’n, Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites and Korean Gochujang Fries.
Korean American professional football player and Atlanta Falcons kicker, Younghoe Koo, is on track to become the NFL’s lead scorer.
Leading kicker: Koo, one of four Korean Americans playing in the NFL right now, managed to get a 5-for-5 on field-goal tries and 4-for-4 extra-point attempts against the Las Vegas Raiders at Sunday’s game, according to CBS Sports.
A South Korean government program that aims to reunite overseas Korean adoptees with their biological parents has completed its first successful reunion.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly spell Yanil’s name.
A Korean teen living in the Netherlands was kicked in the face after being mistaken as a Chinese national amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Korean-born adoptee was officially recognized as the daughter of her biological father after a local court ruled that her name be entered in the man’s family registry.
The landmark ruling, made by the Seoul Family Court on Friday, could set a legal precedent for many returning adoptees who want to access their birth parents’ records.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with a public apology from Mayor Jean Stothert.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert called out a social media user for using their Korean name to hide behind “symbols.”
A 74-year-old South Korean man died of an apparent suicide inside his cell in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in California.
Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield on Sunday, according to Associated Press. A team of advocates and attorneys were working on his release, pointing out the risk of him being infected with the coronavirus.