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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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When you think about what it means to be a "real" parent, what does that mean to you? Have you asked an adoptive family about their child's "real" parents? Have you felt like your adoptive child would be taken away by their biological parents, because of their shared DNA?

I thought about all of this and more while watching this older Korean series, because the underlying theme was that you are not a real parent unless you gave birth to a baby. I am hoping it was meant as a parable, rather than a reflection on society.

For what it's worth, I believe that a child can have more than one set of "real" parents. Adoption aside, many children have been raised by loving step-parents and grandparents, who are also very "real."

I will say that if there is a lesson to be learned from "Loving You a Thousand Times," it's that it's never a good idea to hide a child’s history from him or her. No, you don’t have to disclose to everyone all the details about how your child came into your family. But, you owe it to your child to be transparent with them.

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Author Charles Elton says he loves living in his house by the sea in Somerset, England. But when he takes a vacation, he heads for Los Angeles.

"Everyone in England is very snobbish about Los Angeles, saying there's no culture, it's movie orientated (and you have to) drive everywhere," says Elton, whose latest book is "The Songs" (Other Press, $24.95). "A few years ago, I rented a house in the Hollywood Hills for the summer and took my children. People were amazed I didn't rent a villa in Tuscany like everybody in England does. My answer was that the Hollywood Hills look like Tuscany, the food is better, there are first-run movies and shopping malls. What's not to like?"

Read more in my column in outlets such as the +Chicago Tribune, +Los Angeles Times and the +Orlando Sentinel:

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What he released wasn't an "apology."

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I asked actress Kiersten Warren where was her home away from home, and she said, "Honolulu is where I grew up and I'll always feel more Hawaiian than anything. Weird, I know. If someone told you to go ask that Hawaiian girl something, you'd never walk up to me But the lau lau and the kaukau at the luau is deep in my soul. Every so often, I YouTube "Kanaka Wai Wai" just to have a nostalgic cry. Lanikai is my favorite picnicking beach and Waimea is my favorite swimming beach. And walking on the beach is the best exfoliator for your feet that one can have."

Read more of my column on Warren in outlets such as the +Chicago Tribune, +Los Angeles Times and +Orlando Sentinel. (Syndicated by the +Tribune Content Agency.)

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"I live in sunny Mountain View, California -- the best place on earth," says Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson. "It's home to Google, Linkedin, What's App, 23 and Me and, of course, OZY!" As the founder and CEO of OZY, Watson takes pride in producing programs such as "Third Rail with Ozy."

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. Got to have a basketball in tow. Need a cellphone that works! And good people. That's it.

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This isn’t a new phenomenon. I won’t go into the historical aspect here, but the emasculation of Asian men usually goes something like this: Dude bros will be discussing Asian men and then take the opportunity to denigrate their looks. Below, you can see that “handsome” John describes K-pop singers as “lady-boys.”


This isn’t just internet trolls saying ridiculous things like this. I had a long conversation with a well known and highly respected film critic. We were discussing Asian cinema and he opined that the reason +Bruce Lee hadn’t become a bigger movie star was because he was … wait for it … ugly.

There are many words you can use to describe Lee. Ugly isn’t one of them. Meanwhile, this same white, male critic went on to praise the looks of actors such as Bruce Willis. I have nothing against Willis. I loved him in “Moonlighting” and “Pulp Fiction.” But he doesn’t hold a candle to Lee when it comes to looks.

I do believe that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But it’s clear that for many people, who say these offensive things, they refuse to see beauty in men who they view as inferior.

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One of my goals as a mom is to make sure that my child understands that everything on social media lasts forever. Tweeting about genitalia is never a good any age.

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Stand-up comic Kendra Cunningham, who holds a master's degree in forensic psychology, has appeared on shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "Mom's Night Out" and enjoys bartending when time permits. She is also the author of "Blonde Logic" and has released a comedy album of the same name.

Read more in my column in outlets such as the +Chicago Tribune and +Los Angeles Times.

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The first Korean film to be shot in the Caribbean, “Way Back Home” was shot in a real women’s prison, with some of the actual guards and detainees serving as background characters. The filmmakers clearly believe that while Jang Mi-Jeong (the woman on whom the movie is based) may have been guilty, her crime was less egregious than the way the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handled her case.
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