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-Konnect-ers showed their spirit (and trendy style) by sporting 멋진 사람 (Super Cool Person) t-shirts and boppin’ to the Kpop beat in the Korea Daily/KKonnect booth at this year’s 4th annual Asian Cultural Festival held on May 10. The booth was crowded most of the day with fair-goers guessing Korean celebrity identities based on only their lips, discovering their personality traits as determined by blood-type, playing Yut-nol-ee, and the ever-popular “Name that K-Pop Song”. KKonnect staffers were on hand to meet and greet, hand out candy and prizes (there were a few who really knew their lips!) and enjoy the lovely sunny day. _Cheryl Dawley


Cheryl's Drama Fever

Soju Drama Queen joins the Pacific Arts Movement's Spring Showcase: “Abigail Harm” An American Movie with Korean Roots It comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you. Abigail Harm is a vanguard film that confronts the stereotypical images and ideas of love. What is love? What is real love? What isn’t love? Director and writer Lee Isaac Chung brought to life an old Korean folktale about a woodcutter and a nymph, giving it a unique twist. Starring veteran actress Amanda Plummer as Abigail Harm and Tetsuo Kuramochi as The Companion, the story is intriguing in its honesty, and refreshing in its ingenuity. Their outstanding performances were humble and poignant. Abigail is a woman who exists on the fringes of society; she is one of the invisible people, rarely making eye contact, and in fact, most comfortable with the blind. She makes a living reading to the visually impaired, and lives her life hidden in her apartment, watching life go by from the sidelines. Her only living relative, her father, is dying. The mixed emotions that she exhibits as she continues to insist that she needn’t come to his side are telling of the difficult and complex relationship she has with her father. When Abigail rescues a mysterious man on the run, he offers her an unusual reward for her kindness – the love and devotion she had never experienced before. Embarrassed and confused, she declines at first, but finally seeks out his intriguing advice. “The creatures still gather in this location. It comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you.” Doubt and disbelief soon

diminish and give way to hope as she makes her way to the designated location where she is confronted by a beautiful young man. He reclines in a tub. The robe lies on the floor. She quietly slips forward, snatches the robe and is away. Life changes. “Are you real?” Her voice carries a pleading tone. “Are you real?” Faced with the idea that the creature loves her but is “tied” to her, Abigail must grapple her own concepts of love. The death of her father jolts her into another dimension of reality and she finds herself questioning what she wants from life and love. What makes love real? Is love conjured with a potion real? Is love that develops between two people tied together through fate real? It comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you. The robe. The metaphorical tether that ties one person to another. To tie your love down. Cheryl holds degrees in Chemistry and Psychology, but is working in neither of those fields. She’s been employed in Research Science, Chemical Hygiene, Office Management, Religious Education, Media and considers herself a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Her current television and musical tastes do not seem to include much in the English language except for the odd loan word or catch phrase. Writing about Korean Music and Drama is her passion. Eating Korean food is a moral imperative. |




Summer Special Review Series

Chilling Out Korean Style: Patbingsoo in San Diego What do you get when you give a group of KKonnect Korean culture enthusiasts a $20.00 bill on an unseasonably hot weekend during the summer? A Patbingsoo article… Be it June in San Diego, or 유월 in Seoul, summer is hot, and people both young and old seek refuge from the blazing summer heat with a sweet, brisk, and refreshing bowl of pat-bing-soo. Members of KKonnect equipped with camera phones, a Ben Franklin, and sweet teeth, decided to embark on a grand saccharine sojourn exploration and documented the many patbingsoo variations served in San Diego at Big Joy Family Bakery, Café HUE, and MARU. This is our story… Before we begin, let’s delve into what patbingsoo is. The name Patbingsoo is an amalgamation of the words “Pat” (sweetened red beans) and “bingsoo” (ice), the two ingredients that form the basis of the Korean dessert.  Street Vendors innovate an assortment  of Patbingsoo, utilizing toppings including condensed milk, fresh fruit, ice-cream, cereal, tteok, syrups and jelly, even manipulating the technique at which the ice is cut or shaped. Each ingredient adds a layer of flavor complexity, vibrant color, aesthetic uniqueness, and texture allowing one to have a vastly different culinary experience with each Patbingsoo establishment visited.  Like a snowflake, no  Patbingsoo “Korean Ice Flake”  is the exactly the same.


Big Joy Family Bakery 4176 Convoy St Price: $5.35 (small) I finally had a taste of San Diego’s summer on a relaxing Saturday, so I took advantage of this and found myself at Big Joy Family Bakery & Café to try their patbingsoo. The patbingsoo I ordered included just the right amount of ingredients which perfectly complimented each other; first, the perfect amount of ice to not give your mouth an ache, then topped with an array of fresh cut fruit to convince you this was a healthy dessert option. The signature sweet red beans and mochi pieces on top of that convince you otherwise, but then it is topped with a nice scoop of ice cream (vanilla or green tea are your options) and at this point you can’t help but drool over this beautifully presented piece of dessert. Overall I have to say this was a pretty delicious and refreshing patbingsoo, perfect to enjoy on a hot day. · Elegant Presentation ·  Delicious Fresh Fruits including (banana, kiwi, pineapple, mochi, blueberries, strawberries)

· Good for 1-2 people Café HUE 3860 Convoy St Price: $5.95 (small) Cafe HUE is well known in San Diego to serve some of the most artistically crafted, beautifully decorated desserts, and their patbingsoo is no differ

ent. Upon ordering, you have the choice from an assortment of  tantalizingly colorful, hand-made gelatos, some as simple as french vanilla  to uncommon flavors such as lychee, nutella, lemon, taro, pistachio, and tiramisu. After a few moments of jamming to K-pop songs like Kara and T-ara, you are presented with a gorgeous mountain of patbing·  soo. The top of the mountain had our gelato, laden with multiple syrups, cascading over red beans and onto a sea of jelly, mochi, and fresh fruits. The serving size of the patbingsoo could easily feed two hungry KKonnect writers, or four peckish people. The KKonnect Team enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant, the serving size, and the presentation. ·  Large Portions (can even be shared among 4 people) ·  Variety of Toppings (jellys, mochi, fresh fruits, syrups) ·  Option of choosing from 14 different gelatos

MARU 4681 Convoy St Price: $5.00 (one size) Served in a stylish, pebbled glass dish, Maru's simple patbingsoo stands out from the typical ones as it does not come with fruits. But rather than this being a downside, this actually makes this one a unique dish. A chilly bed of shaved ice serves as the foundation for a luscious red bean compote and sweetened condensed milk. Sliced almonds and mochi are generously sprinkled atop and the crowning glory – a large scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. I was offered chocolate, strawberry or caramel sauce on top or on the side, and following my server’s recommendation, opted for a side of chocolatey goodness. The taste? Well, lets just say that more than a single person’s share managed to disappear from the bowl despite

my best efforts at self control. Red beans are not your thing? Maru offers shaved ice concoctions in others flavors as well. Yum! · Simple style ·  Almonds ·  Extra chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrup upon request A Cafe 4646 Convoy St Price: $4.99 (small) A Cafe is another great place on Convoy to indulge in this sweet delight. Despite the fact that A Cafe is a Hong Kong style restaurant, their "shaved ' ice" is still a mighty opponent in the competition of great Korean desserts. Their version of patbingsoo comes with a wide variety of fresh fruits (mango, strawberries, cantaloupe and more) and ice cream flavors like Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Green Tea. Just even their sweet shaved ice alone is a sugary treat: when the ice cream melts and the fruit juices mingle together (because with how big the servings come, it will melt for even the fastest eaters) the taste experience is like no other. Patbingsoo is a perfect dessert for the summertime; fresh, fruity and flavorful. ·  Various fruits in bigger chunks ·  Fun silver bowl ·  Unique toppings such as taro and green bean

Got another patbingsoo spot to share? Tell us your favorite by emailing us Reviews by: Natalie, Cheryl, Fateh, Camila Fellow taste-testers: Jini, Simeon, Janelle, Dani, Alex |




Stuck In The Middle The Hanja character for ‘middle’ (중) is wonderfully simple – it is merely a box with a line drawn right down the middle:

中 It is easy to see how a box with a line down the middle could mean ‘middle’, but it wasn’t always this way. In ancient China it looked like this:

Some people think that these pictographs represented a pole with flags flapping, while others believe that it is some kind of arrow piercing the center of a target. After a thousand years it had evolved to its modern, simple form. In the east, China was considered the center of the world (it’s no wonder that so many Korean words derive from Chinese!) This idea is reflected in China’s name: 中(Center- 중) + 國 (Nation-국) = 中國 (China- 중국) In Korean we pronounce these characters as


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“Joong Gook”, but in Mandarin Chinese they say ‘Jong Guo’, and in Japanese they say ‘Chugoku’. As you can see, they are all very similar. In English we say “China” which supposedly derives from the “Chin” dynasty, and this name was brought to the west by Marco Polo. Unlike most Hanja characters that need to be combined with other characters to make words, 중 can be used as a word by itself. The meaning of ‘middle’ can be stretched to mean ‘in the middle of something’ or ‘during’: 밤중 – In the middle of the night 식사중 – During a meal 수업중 – During class 운전 중 – While driving (‘during driving’) It can be combined with verbs to mean ‘in the middle of doing something’ or ‘while’. 가는 중 – While going 일하는 중 – While working 먹는 중 – While eating 자는 중 – While sleeping When you are specifying a particular person or thing from a group of things, you can use 중. For example when you say "One of my friends" you

Gary Routh is an engineer at The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). He began learning Korean in 1994 using various methods, including the study of Hanja as a helpful tool in building vocabulary. Email him at

are referring to a particular person from amongst your group of friends. To do this in Korean we first need to identify the group: My friends - 내 친구들 And then identify what we are specifying from this group: One person - 한 사람이

In this sentence there is a group of something (women 여자들), and from inside that group (This is the 중 - the center) there is one person (한 사람). Here are a few more examples:

When we add the 중 to the group like this it means "From among this group" like this: 내 친구들 중 - Among my friends (literally 'in the middle of my friends')

Of all our friends, he lives farthest away. 내 친구들 중에서, 그 애가 가장 멀리 산다.

When you put it all together it looks like this: 내 친구들 중 한 사람이 - One of my friends In the next example, we will make the sentence “One of the women was the first to speak.” In this sentence the group is ‘women’, and the part is ‘one person’.

Which one is the faster of the two? 둘 중 어느 게 더 빨라요?

Some of these cars are called hybrids. 이 차들 중 일부는 하이브리드 자동차로 불린다. You can see that there are very many uses for 중, but I couldn’t end this article without mentioning that this very magazine has a 중 hiding in it. Open the cover and turn to table of contents. You will find that this magazine is published by 중앙일보.

So the group is women: 여자들 And we are specifying on person: 한 사람이 When you put it together it looks like this:

중앙 (中央) means 'central' and 일보 (日報) means 'daily report'. In English it may say 'Korea Daily', but now you know a secret- that in Korean it says "Central Daily"!

여자들 중 한 사람이 처음으로 말했습니다. One of the women was the first to speak. |






BIBIMBEATS presents the Rap Heavyweights of K-Pop Think K-Pop is just flashy clothes and cool choreography? Think again. Beneath all those layers of BB cream lies quite an intimidating pool of talent. In fact, the genre is home to some of the most versatile rappers the country has to offer. Evident recently in PSY’s booming popularity, K-Pop rappers are a force to be reckoned with. Here are a few that Bibimbeats ensures can make the most skeptical hip-hop fans nod their head. First we’ve got maknae*-leader duo Bang Yongguk and Zelo of B.A.P. The group has had increasing success since debuting earlier last year, selling out international venues to earning Best New Artist recognition from four separate award shows in 2012. Some critics attribute their early success to Yong-guk’s solo collaborations and Bang & Zelo’s sub-unit work prior to B.A.P’s debut. But then again, maybe it was Zelo’s killer 16-syllable-per-second rap in the smash single “Warrior”. Either way, it’s safe to say Bang & Zelo are only getting started. Bibimbeats Recommends: “Rain Sound”


As a member of a group that’s seven strong, it’s probably easy for a guy to get lost in a band like INFINITE. But with debut album “Fly High” released this January, rappers Dong-woo and Hoya of sub-unit INFINITE-H were able to do so effortlessly – and with some pretty well-respected back-up. Enlisting veteran hip-hop producer Primary and the talent roster of Dynamic Duo’s Amoeba Culture brought the album an ‘old school’ feel. Title track “Special Girl” enjoyed public praise from idols and rappers alike, and “Fly High” even bumped national darlings SNSD’s

comeback off the top on charts across the board. (Whoops! Sorry, girls!) Bibimbeats Recommends: “Can’t Do It” Next up we’ve got the only idol to make it as one of CNN’s “50 Reasons Why Seoul is the Best City” – BIGBANG leader G-Dragon. GD’s no newbie, beginning his rap career when he was just 13 years old. Citing Wu-Tang Clan as a major influence, his love for hip-hop doesn’t stop there – his vibrant, ‘fashion forward’ music videos being something of a reinterpreted nod to that of mid-90s Hype Williams. Last month, his second solo album “One of a Kind” reached platinum status in South Korea, selling over 225,000 copies and breaking a record that – and here’s the kicker – he previously set with his 2009 solo debut “Heartbreaker”. Bibimbeats Recommends: “A Boy”

evolve. Bibimbeats Recommends: “Be Quiet” When someone’s a protégé of one of the genre’s greatest, they’ve got to have something going for them – especially when it comes to Cho PD-trained Block B leader Zico. While Block B and their record label are currently in quite the legal battle, Zico remains a top rapper, evident in both his 2012 mixtape ‘Zico on the Block 1.5’ and pre-debut work with bandmate Kyung. Zico fans can check out rookie group OFFROAD’s comeback “Head Banging”, a summer anthem he both composed and produced. Bibimbeats Recommends: “Feel So Young” *Maknae 막내 - the youngest

Maybe he doesn’t have a string of solo album successes, but B2ST’s Jun-hyung is easily one idol rapper to watch. His determination as a lyricist has taken him to holding his own in collaborations with esteemed rappers like Beenzino, Verbal Jint, and Outsider. Fans can currently check him out in production duo Brave Brothers’ project Absurd with fellow idols LE of EXID and FeelDog of BIGSTAR. With a 19+ language rating, Absurd’s “You Got Some Nerve” definitely breaks him away from the squeaky clean B2ST image. It will be interesting to watch Jun-hyung continue to Dani is the former DJ/radio show host of Remix Reuse Resample on KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine. She is currently a Korean language student and the proud owner of a BIGBANG lightstick. For more Bibimbeats music videos and recommendations, find us online at: bibimbeats. |


Restaurant Review

Nolbu: Bringing something

uniquely Asian-American to Convoy Street

I’ve been going to Convoy Street for a while now. I’ve eaten at their restaurants, drank at their tea shops, knocked back a few brews at the bars, and for the most part, all those places have one thing in common: they seem to be more catered towards an Asian crowd. It makes sense, as Convoy Street is San Diego’s version of Chinatown, or Little Seoul (it depends on where you are, I guess). And the only way to survive on that street is to blend in.

Q: How did you come up with the Soju Melon? And how do you make one? Through traveling, we found that a lot of people already do this in Asia. Summer’s coming, so we figured, why don’t we give this a try here? We hollow out the watermelon, take the pulp out, and fill it up with soju. Any soju will work. We tend to use the more popular ones.

Nolbu is a bar that flies in the face of those conventions. It is a bar that, “reflects what growing up as an Asian-American was about.” While you’ll find Korean food on the menu, their drink selection is not what you’d expect to find at a bar on Convoy Street. For instance, they carry a lot of local craft beers. Ballast Point IPA’s, Blue Moons, and many other craft beers are being served, and according to Patrick, they go well with their normally spicy Korean dishes. I’m not one to argue that, since I’ve got a cat’s tongue. Plus, my love for beer helps things.

Q: What are your hopes for Nolbu? Our hope is for Nolbu to be the premier spot for Asian/Korean food and local craft beers.

Earlier today, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Nolbu’s founder and manager, Patrick. However, things got busy and I had to order up a Soju Melon or two. That wasn’t a complaint. Q: You know you’re facing some stiff competition, how do you stick yourself up against all the establishments already here on Convoy? It’s got an Asian-American flavor. WE ARE SAN DIEGO, we have the San Diego lifestyle down. We’re small, so we’re intimate, but large enough that we can offer something for everyone. We are the one spot on Convoy that isn’t…Convoy. We’re doing something that encapsulates San Diego, not Convoy. Q: What has been your biggest hurdle since starting Nolbu? Setting our standards high, and keeping the standards high. As the originators of the soju watermelon and the white gummy soju, we know that we have to keep our standards high because, well, there will eventually be copiers. We can never be satisfied, and we believe there always is room for improvement. 102 | SAN DIEGO KOREAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY MAGAZINE . June 2013

Q: What is your favorite food here? Definitely the bossam. ( Pork underbelly with pickled vegetables.)

Q: What do you have to say to our readers? Nolbu is a place where you can stimulate your palate and feed your soul. If you’re looking for a chill bar, with good food and a chill atmosphere, then look no further! We’d love to have you over. So would I recommend this place? You bet. Not only is the décor awesome and inviting, it’s really fun to look at! The food’s delish, and nothing is too overpowering. Every one of their dishes is presented tastefully and is appetizing. The staff is really helpful and friendly. My only gripe? I’ve got a cat’s tongue, so eating some of the dishes require me to drink lots of liquid to keep my tongue cool. The liquid may or may not have alcohol in it. 4633 Convoy Street #102 (858)499-8999

Francis is the CEO and writer of the up-andcoming webcomic "STRAWBERRY SCENTED BURNOUT", and when he's not writing scripts, he's training in the martial arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing. He's a huge anime, manga, and video game nerd, and writes articles for K-Konnect when he remembers the deadlines. He does have a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

TEDxSDSU on April 21, 2013 was from 4pm to 8pm. There were about 10 speakers total who attended the event and each had about 15 minutes of speaking time. Here are a few of their remarkable stories that have been empowering, inspirational, motivational, and encouraging: Paul and Denise Fejtek, married couple, climbed and conquered the highest and deadliest mountain in the world, Mount Everest on May 23, 2010. Paul has a birth defect, a type of disease, in which his right hand and arm is a lot smaller than his left, thus his right arm is weaker than his left. To achieve the impossible, he attached a common household item to his arm to aid him in his climb which was a $3 bathroom or closet hook. Afterwards, he wrote a book called, "Steps to the Summit" describing his experience. He ended his speech by giving an acronym for SUMMIT. Success Ultimately Means Making Impact Today. Chad Crittenden was one of the participants for the television show "Survivor." But Chad had one thing that set him apart from everyone else. He had a small bump on his foot, and went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor called Synovial Sarcoma. To save his life, he accepted to amputate his leg because ultimately he didn't want to give up his passion of both soccer and running. He now is living with a prosthetic

leg living a normal life and is glad that he made the decision he has made. In addition to competing in Survivor, he accomplished great deeds including running in triathalons, competing in snowboarding and mountain biking, and in September 2012, he reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. He is currently a teacher and has a family of 4. Robert Ahdoot is a math teacher and also a founder of He first defined the terms Outsecure and Withinsecure. Outsecure is "the habit of defining ourselves by external ideas, created by other people. Withinsecure is "feeling the threat of outsecurity and starting to feel outsecure and getting messages like, 'What do I think? What do I feel? What do I believe about this situation?' starts creeping in." The moral of this story can be expressed by a quote by Albert Einstein. "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." This translates to, 'your path is not my path. Everyone has their own passion, their own life path.' We must find our own personal identity withinsecure.

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