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Calendar, Night&Day A Hole in the Iron Curtain

A Hole in the Iron Curtain

What is it about North Korea that so ignites the Western imagination? Is it the air of exoticism the West projects upon this defiant, seemingly unknowable Asian land? The novelty of a modern country that exists outside of time? Panic…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Food Find: Seoul Patch's Korean Fried Chicken Sando

Fresh Eats: Food Find: Seoul Patch's Korean Fried Chicken Sando

Four months after its debut, Seoul Patch, a lunchtime popup operating out of Rocketfish in Potrero Hill, continues to evolve. Chef Eric Ehler's been spinning out his original ideas — all Korean-American culinary juxtapositions — into new forms, bulking out…
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News, The Snitch San Franciscans to South Koreans: Stop Eating Dogs and Cats

San Franciscans to South Koreans: Stop Eating Dogs and Cats

A group of San Francisco animal lovers is taking on a not-so-domestic animal-rights issue.  In Defense of Animals, a international nonprofit, will deliver 15,000 signatures tomorrow, asking the South Korean government to crack down on illegal dog and cat feasting…
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Dining, Eat To Hyang: With traditional Korean, it's all about the sauce

To Hyang: With traditional Korean, it's all about the sauce

The marvel of dining at some restaurants is knowing you're the endpoint of an intricate chain of command — a quick-moving, overheated team of cooks feeding plates to a crew of waiters and food runners. And then there are restaurants…
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Music, All Shook Down Asia Beats Us Again: Behold The French Fry-Coated Hot Dog On-A-Stick

Asia Beats Us Again: Behold The French Fry-Coated Hot Dog On-A-Stick

If hot dogs are the ultimate American street food: cheap, convenient, and good on the go, then just leave it to the Koreans to make it even more, dare I say, American? Behold the French fry-coated hot dog-on-a-stick, via…
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Film, Typhoon in a Teacup

Typhoon in a Teacup

If John Woo's The Killer had been made by a Korean director lacking talent and a script, you'd have Typhoon. This hasn't stopped the film's publicists from hyping it as "more than another adventure film. It has become an emotional…
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News, Infiltrator

Send in the Clones

The Koreans are kicking our ass. That's right, we are no longer No. 1 when it comes to pet cloning. South Korea has just cloned the world's first dog. It goes by the name Snuppy. Way to go Korea! The…
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News, Infiltrator

Save the Cute Animals!

A good argument in support of vegetarians, vegans, and animal rights protest groups is: How come it's OK to kill and eat an animal, but it's not OK to, well, fuck an animal? Think about it. Given the choice, I…
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Dining, Eat

Brother's

One of the best things about living in a broad-minded Pacific Rim city is that you don't have to settle for the usual Cantonese suspects when you get a hankering for Asian food. Here the ravenous Asiaphile might kick things…
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Dining, Eat

Summer Vacation

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that traveling is a fool's paradise; that no matter where a person journeys in search of intoxicating beauty, he finds the same sad self from which he fled. Me -- well, I haven't…
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News, Feature

Im Kwon-Taek: Drawing Down the Moon

You've probably never seen an Im Kwon-Taek film. Though his work has occasionally graced the SFIFF's screens over the years and regularly travels the festival circuit, he is virtually unknown outside South Korea. It's almost appropriate that way -- each…
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