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Jae-Ha Kim
Columnist, Chicago Tribune. Blogger (travel, celebs, racism, K-pop, food). Followed by Olympians, rock stars, my husband & (hopefully) YOU!
Columnist, Chicago Tribune. Blogger (travel, celebs, racism, K-pop, food). Followed by Olympians, rock stars, my husband & (hopefully) YOU!

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"Younger" and "Transparent" actress Molly Bernard says, "I love Berlin. It's one of my favorite cities in the world. I'd say you must go to the Bauhaus-Archiv. It's my favorite museum. And take a trot through Volkspark Friedrichshain. And ride your bike to and around Tempelhof."

Read my profile of her in the +Chicago Tribune.

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Q: What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?

RICHARD SHORT: Visiting the southern shores of Thailand directly after the tsunami had hit was a gut-wrenching experience. Detritus still littered the beaches and the suffering was tangible. Also leaving the incredible Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria, and seeing one of the clergymen spitting on a homeless beggar on the steps outside left a sour taste and seemed anathema to the reasons behind a church in the first place.

More in my column in the +Chicago Tribune 

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Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

A. I'm told I visited Mexico as a child, but I have no memory of that vacation. The first trips that made strong impressions on me were to my mother's hometown in a somewhat rural part of northeastern Montana. I was born in Hollywood and raised all over Los Angeles and, as a city kid, my world had to be necessarily small. Too dangerous to wander off. But while visiting my grandmother in Glasgow, Montana, I was given a lot of autonomy. I could ride my bike to the grocery store, to the video rental place, to Woolworths. When the fair was in town, I was allowed to go by myself. That was just all groundbreaking stuff for me. Also, there was snow in the winter and I never saw that at home. I loved it.

Read more in the +Chicago Tribune:

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+American Ninja Warrior host +Akbar Gbajabiamila offered some wonderful stories about his travels, which are in my column today in publications nationwide, such as the +Chicago Tribune:

"From the 40 countries I've traveled to, I've learned that we are all more alike than we are not. At the core of every human being I've encountered in my travels, I whole-heartedly believe that we all just want to matter. That's why I believe God created communities -- so we can learn from each other. Regardless of your socioeconomic background, race, religion and any other difference, we all represent the human race."

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Barry Watson ("Date My Dad") is a big fan of his hometown, Traverse City (Michigan). His suggestions for new visitors to the are: "Get in the lake, eat cherry pie, get in the lake, go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, get back in the lake, go to John Cross Fisheries in Charlevoix, buy some white fish, go home and grill it with lemon and paprika, then get back in the lake."

Read more about the actor's travel tips in my column in the +Chicago Tribune

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Thank you, BTSarmy for being so enthusiastic and lovely; and for making the past few days so memorable!

#BTS #BTSARMY +BTS 방탄소년단 +Bangtan Boys

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Actress +Emily Wickersham portrays Special Agent Eleanor Bishop on the popular CBS series, +NCIS. An avid proponent of exploring the world, she says, "Every time I travel, a little piece of that trip comes back with me and it becomes a part of me. Experience is something that adds to anyone's life and work. For actors, I think the more you know and learn, the more you're able to add to the richness of the characters you play."

Read more of my column in the +Chicago Tribune 

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JAE: You speak like an American. I've heard that you taught yourself to speak English. Is that true?

RAP MONSTER: Oh, thank you for saying that. I guess I taught myself, but really, it's my mother. My mom taught me, because she made me watch the news on CNN and BBC and that really helped. She also bought me some DVDs of the (sitcom) "Friends." I watched that over and over.

JAE: Really? I wrote the first book on “Friends“!
RAP MONSTER: Really?! Wow. That’s so cool! “Friends” is like the show of my life.

Read more of our interview in outlets such as the +Chicago Tribune

#BTS #BTSarmy #bangtanboys #kpop #rapmonster #rapmon

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I knew that when BTS won a Billboard Music Award this weekend that there would be xenophobic, stupid comments from idiots. The most common was from helpful citizens who pointed out that this is an American show made for Americans and therefore should only feature American artists.

Funny, but they had no problem with these other "American" performers and nominees from Sunday's awards show:

Adele (England)
Alessia Cara (Canada)
Calvin Harris (Scotland)
Céline Dion (Canada)
Coldplay (England)
Drake (Canada)
Justin Bieber (Canada)
Lukas Graham (Denmark)
Rihanna (Barbados)
Sean Paul (Jamaica)
Shawn Mendes (Canada)
Sia (Australia)
Zayn (England)

The oddest comment was by a woman (I guess. It's the internet, so who really knows) who said she couldn't understand a word that they said. Which means she must not understand English, because #RapMonster's 1-minute acceptance speech was in perfect, unaccented English. She must've meant she didn't understand him saying "thank you" in Korean at the end. Yeah, I'm sure that's it...
Be sure to come back next Tuesday when my interview with the band runs!
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