“Secretly and Greatly” Returns to AMC Fashion Valley

Didn’t get the chance to see “Secretly and Greatly” at last weekend’s premiere, or did you enjoy it so much you wish you could see it again? No worries! This film will once again be showing from Friday, July 26th through Tuesday, July 30th. The following are the daily show times:

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‘Asian Pacific Heritage Month’ Events in San Diego

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Coming up soon in celebration of Asian Cultural Month will be the 9th annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival  Saturday May 4th from 9am — 5pm at the Playa Pacifica in Mission Bay Park. Along with the race, this free event will include a festival featuring performers, artists, and potters of SD’s Potters’ Guild.

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Also, San Diego’s Asian Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday May 11th from 10am — 5pm at the NTC Park in Liberty Station. This will be a free event including martial arts, cultural dances and exhibitions, cooking demos, entertainment, games, and food!

Check out the trailer for this event:

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KKONNECT at last year’s Asian Cultural Festival!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month and has been celebrated as a month long event since 1992 to commemorate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

How you can celebrate it! (whether you’re Asian or not):    

1. Visit an Asian community. Los Angeles has many areas such as Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Thai Town & Filipinotown, but here Kearny Mesa is where everything comes together in San Diego. “Convoy Street” has become San Diego’s own Asian community. If you picked up this magazine from any of the restaurants or markets from that area, I’m sure you’re on the right track!

2. Taste a new cuisine or food. Have you ever tried Filipino, Thai or Mongolian food? Maybe you can try a new dish you’ve never considered having at a restaurant, or better yet, find a recipe online and take a shot at cooking it at home.

3. Research more about the culture or religion. You can visit the Chinese Historical Museum in Downtown which exhibits the life Chinese people had here. Did you know that the location of this museum also used to be where San Diego’s Chinatown was? There is also the Mingei Museum and Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Additionally, you can spend a great deal of time online learning about the diverse cultures of Asia and Asian Americans in San Diego. Even if you don’t consider yourself a very religious person, try attending an Asian temple or church and see how their system differs from your own.

4. Learn a new language. Even if it’s just basic greetings, try learning one of the many languages spoken in Asia. If you’re up for a challenge, maybe you can even learn the writing system and how to write your name. I recommend attending a language meet up where you can meet other people studying that language or people from another country who would be happy to teach you about their culture & language.

5. Talk to someone of Asian descent. Whether it’s a relative, friend or an employee from a restaurant, listen to their stories about the obstacles they faced as immigrants coming from Asia or as Asian Americans who were raised here. Find out what it is they follow in life and how it differs from an American’s ideals or lifestyle.

6. Listen to music or watch a movie. You can learn a lot about another culture through their entertainment industry and its content. Have you ever seen a Bollywood movie or heard the latest hits from Vietnam? While they may seem difficult to find, we’re fortunate to have sites like YouTube where you can find almost anything, and the San Diego Asian Film Festival which showcases many movies. AMC Fashion Valley also has been frequently showing popular films straight from Korea’s theaters!

7. Reflect. If you are from or were raised in an Asian country, are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, if your friends are, or even if you don’t have an ounce of Asian blood in you, take this time to reflect. Think about how your ethnicity affects your daily life and of those around you. Look back into how Asians have impacted our community and the contributions they have made in the United States.

 

Korean Rock Band Galaxy Express Coming to El Cajon

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3일 수요일 오후 9시 한국 락 밴드 갤럭스익스프레스 (Galaxy Express)가  엘카혼 (El Cajon) 지역의 The VOID 바/라운지에서 공연을 갖는다. 갤럭시익스프레스는 2011년 3월 샌디에이고를 방문해 공연을 한 적이 있어 이번이 2번째 공연이다.
티켓: $6

장소: The Void (3519 El Cajon Blvd)

 
http://www.galaxyexpress.co.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=SCHEDULE&wr_id=9Wednesday, April 3 at The Void (3519 El Cajon Boulevard). The show starts at 9 pm, and Galaxy Express are expected to perform at around 10:30 pm. The cover charge is $6.

Galaxy Express are from Seoul. They won “Musician of the Year” at the 2011 Korean Music Awards and have played at all of Korea’s major music festivals.

Here are some of their music videos:
“Horongbul” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9_QweIWsDY
“Jungle the Black” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_5e1oIcIaQ
“You and I” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uTkUBYaUC0
“Oh Yeah!” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhubcfo7cRc

HMART OPENS IN SAN DIEGO: A new chapter in the Asian Market Chronicles

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HMART OPENS IN SAN DIEGO: A new chapter in the Asian Market Chronicles

H-Mart made it’s much anticipated Grand Opening in San Diego on November 17, 2012. The atmosphere was electric as a mass of eager shoppers awaited the opening of the doors, stretching across the large parking lot and looping a few times. Pungmul dancers were frolicking through the crowds, beating drums thunderously, playing horns which resonated throughout Mira Mesa. Representatives from HMart came to commemmorate not only their new store opening, but also their 30th anniversary of existence.

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As the store doors opened, a flux of shoppers charged inside with shopping carts and a flurry of baskets. After surviving a pit of excited shoppers poking and bumping me for room (or perhaps flirting), I emerged and got my first glimpse of the market. Inside a very modern market with both Korean and American products, a deli section, fresh meat, organic produce, and fish market. H-Mart San Diego has the distinct feel of an Asian Whole Foods offering rare high-end American products in addition to Asian products. In addition, there is also a small bakerycalled “Paris Baguette”, offering desserts, pastries, fresh bread and croquettes.

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From my many travels across the United States, I’ve noticed that each H-Mart offers a different selection of products, bakeries and food courts making each H-Mart unique and adding a little intrigue with each store opening.

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In other news, Mira Mesa is slowly becoming the new hub of Asian grocery stores in SanDiego with Lucky Seafood, Seafood City, Vinh Hung Supermarket and now H-Mart.

Now we wait to see how Korean markets like Zion Market will respond to this opening… This writer expects more competitve prices and happier customers.

-Fateh K.

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March Magazine Now Available!

March Magazine Now Available!

Stop by a local Korean business around Kearny Mesa and pick up a free copy of our magazine.
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Featuring:
Updates from Korea Daily’s new Korean class
Gary’s Hanja Time
Cheryl’s Drama Fever
Aein Hope OKI TOKKI
A Tribute to Ryu Gwan Soon
Dr Lilly Cheng
SD Police Department Eastern Division Captain Andrew Mills

THE ALL-AMERICAN KOREAN MARKET MELEE: Zion Market vs. H-Mart

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THE ALL-AMERICAN KOREAN MARKET MELEE:

An Pseudo-Scientific Comparison Between Zion Market and H-Mart

Preface:

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of K-Konnect. Yada yada yada, time to start the article!

The Selection:

Zion Market: Zion Market offers everything you need to prepare a Korean meal including but not limited to fresh meat, produce, sauces, curry, kimchi, in addition to pre-prepared meals to  heat and eat.

H-MART:  H-Mart San Diego also features everything you need to prepare a Korean meal in addition to large variety. high-end organic natural products and regional products. H-Mart has a distinct feel of an Asian Whole Foods.

Advantage: Based solely on variety, and not by the fact that I would be a poorer (albeit healthier) individual eating organic foods, advantage goes to H-MART.

 

Parking Spots:

The most vexing and demoralizing experience in visiting Asian Markets is parking (unless you are a sadist). Parking spots are non-existent any time after 11:00 am. Arrange your preset radio stations on your car by music style, do your taxes, and reflect on the purpose of life because it is going to be a long time before you find a spot.

If you prefer parallel/street parking, advantage Zion Market. If you prefer parking spots and a scenic 0.3 mile walk beside traffic, advantage H-Mart. Once leaving your spot, feel free to take a glance back at the ensuing battle two cars are partaking in for the spot you left.

Advantage: No one wins here. We as a society must face this dire issue of Asian Market Parking Lot Insanity.

The Extra Experience:

Zion Market: Zion Market offers two Korean restaurants in Tonkatsu and Happy Family in addition to the Zion Bakery for your cookie, doughnut, and cake needs. Zion Market also has a gift shop, a clothing store, a cosmetics store, and a living goods store. Zion Market also plays Korean Music on their speakers to add a cultural experience.

H-MART: Surprisingly enough, unlike many other H-Marts in the United States, the San Diego location does not have any Korean Restaurants or additional stores within the store. However H-Mart San Diego has a nice bakery/café in Paris Baguette which produces fresh pastries many times in a day (However, word is Zion Market will have a Paris Baguette in the near future).

Advantage: Zion Market

The Checkstand:

Zion Market:  The Zion Market staff appear to instill discipline and military efficiency on their employees in expediting food from the conveyor to the bag.  No chit-chat, just business, before you open your wallet to pay, they have already started scanning the next customer’s food.

H-MART: From my experience, the staff are a bit more relaxed than Zion Market. This small window of time allows for the employees to ask the customers how they are doing, or how their shopping experience was.

Advantage: Depends on who you are. If you are not keen on small-talk and like to get on with your business, go with Zion Market. If you believe the shopping experience is not complete without interaction between staff and customer, go with H-MART. Since this is my article, I get the final say.

We are humans, we should be interacted with as if we are humans. H-MART wins.

The Location:

Zion Market: Zion Market is currently located off Balboa Ave on Interstate 15, a couple of signals and you are there. Traffic is not usually an issue on this stretch of road even in rush-hour.

H-MART: H-Mart is located off Mira Mesa Blvd on Interstate 15, a couple of signals and you are there. The difference? The traffic near Mira Mesa Blvd is infamous on weeknights.

Advantage: Zion Market

The Verdict:

There is no verdict. This was just an article comparing the two markets, remember? Do you really think I would risk being banned from any of these stores? Now go to both markets and make an informed opinion.

-Fateh K.

 

Balboa Park’s Lily Pond Restored 발보아공원의 ‘보석’ 백합연못 복구작업완료

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발보아공원의 아이콘으로 여겨지는 백합연못이 (lily pond) 지난여름 시민들의 ‘물싸움장난’으로 약 $12,000가량의 피해를 입었는데, 연못 복구작업완료를 알리는 행사가 25일 열렸다. 이 자리에는 샌디에이고 시장 Bob Filner와 샌디에이고 시의회장 Todd Gloria가 참석하여, 지어진지 100년이 되어가는 이 연못을 발보아공원의 보석중 하나라고 일컷으며, “지난 여름 있었던 훌리건들의 행패는 안타까운 일이지만, 복구작업을 통해 전보다 더 낳은 연못으로 복구됬고, 2015년에 있을 발보아 공원 100주년을 향한 큰 걸음…”이라고 전했다.

Balboa Park’s Lily Pond that suffered a $12,000 worth of damage caused by a mass “water fight” last August, has now been restored and presented to the public once again. Mayor Bob Filner and City Council President Todd Gloria attended the event.

H-Mart Grand Opening in San Diego!!!

HMART OPENS IN SAN DIEGO: A new chapter in the Asian Market Chronicles

H-Mart made it’s much anticipated Grand Opening in San Diego on November 17, 2012. The atmosphere was electric as a mass of eager shoppers awaited the opening of the doors, stretching across the large parking lot and looping a few times.  Pungmul dancers were  frolicking through the crowds, beating drums thunderously, playing horns which resonated throughout Mira Mesa. Representatives from  HMart came to commemmorate not only   their new store opening, but also their 30th anniversary of existence.

As the store doors opened, a flux of shoppers charged inside with shopping carts and a flurry of baskets. After surviving  a pit of excited shoppers poking and bumping me for room (or perhaps flirting),   I emerged and got my first glimpse of the market.  Inside a very modern market with both Korean and American products, a deli section, fresh meat, organic produce, and fish market. H-Mart San Diego has the distinct feel of an Asian Whole Foods offering rare high-end American products in addition to Asian products. In addition, there is also a small bakerycalled “Paris Baguette”, offering desserts, pastries, fresh bread and croquettes.

From my many travels across the United States, I’ve noticed that each H-Mart offers a different selection of products, bakeries and food courts making each H-Mart unique and adding a little intrigue with each store opening.

In other news, Mira Mesa is slowly becoming the new hub of Asian grocery stores in SanDiego with Lucky Seafood, Seafood City, Vinh Hung Supermarket and now H-Mart.

Now we wait to see how Korean markets like Zion Market will respond to this opening… This writer expects more competitve prices and happier customers.