November 24, 2010 |
Kalyn Taylor was on a sightseeing trip with her in-laws at Seoul Tower, a tourist hot spot with a panoramic view of South Korea's capital, when she saw the television images showing billowing smoke and licking flames from North Korea's attack on a South Korean island. Taylor, a mother with a 1-year-old son, felt her heart sink. "I was scared Seoul might be a target," said Taylor, 20, who moved here less than a year ago with her husband, a soldier stationed in the U.S. military base in Seoul.
September 17, 2010
In the animated kiddie movie "Alpha and Omega," sometimes the wolves look like wolves and sometimes they look and move like humans; some bear an uncanny resemblance to Dora the Explorer. That in itself should tip you off to the target audience for this unexceptional 3-D offering, which is also available in 2-D for those looking to avoid paying a ticket surcharge for low-budget animation. But the movie's visual flatness would work best at home on the small screen, where young girls (and maybe their big sisters)
June 25, 2010 |
I turn 80 today. Sixty years ago, on my 20th birthday, an event occurred that changed the lives of my generation. The Cold War turned hot as North Korea invaded its southern neighbor. For kids like me who were not old enough to serve during World War II, this would be "our war." It's often called "the Forgotten War." For us, it will never be forgotten. Nor did America forget us when we returned to civilian life. During the Korean War, I was a Marine, serving as a member of the Camp Pendleton Post Band.
June 25, 2010 |
Sixty years ago, at dawn on June 25, the Korean War broke out when Communist North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea. In response, 16 member countries of the United Nations, including the United States, joined with the Republic of Korea to defend freedom. Over the next three years of fighting, about 37,000 Americans lost their lives. They fought for the freedom of Koreans they did not even know, and thanks to their sacrifices, the peace and democracy of the republic were protected. On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, I remain grateful to America for having participated in the war. At that time, the Republic of Korea was one of the most impoverished countries, with an annual per capita income of less than $40. In 2009, my country became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee, the first aid recipient to become a donor and in only one generation.
June 21, 2010 |
On a stretch of clean, white Southern California beach, thousands of young Marines this month charged forward from the sea, leaping from helicopters and landing craft, echoing the exercises conducted decades before when Marines trained for Iwo Jima and Inchon. It was the largest and most complex amphibious exercise since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also could be one of the last. Soon after Marine recruits are given that distinctive, high-and-tight haircut, they are taught about the great amphibious assaults of the past.
May 31, 2010 |
When Chew-Een Lee was growing up in western Sacramento during World War II, he was eager to enlist in the military to fight for his country. He joined the ROTC in high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps as soon as he graduated. "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek and obsequious," said Lee, whose father was a farmer and prominent figure in the Chinese community in Northern California. But to Lee's disappointment, he was given a job in a language school rather than a combat billet.
May 28, 2010 |
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 5,000 Americans have lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — almost 600 of them Californians. This sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all of our brave men and women in uniform, will be honored over the Memorial Day weekend. In honoring their service, we should not overlook a very real though hidden aspect of war: the socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation. Over the last six years, we have studied this inequality by collecting and analyzing data on the hometowns of more than 400,000 members of the armed forces who died in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
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May 15, 2010 |
Retired Marine Col. Victor J. Croizat, a combat commander in some of the toughest battles of World War II and later a military advisor and diplomat to emerging nations in Africa, the Caribbean and Far East, has died. He was 91. Croizat died of congestive heart failure May 8 at his home in Santa Monica. After retiring in 1966, Croizat gained acclaim as a chronicler of the Marine Corps, particularly its development of an amphibious assault capability that proved decisive in the island-hopping campaign that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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May 14, 2010 |
Walker "Bud" Mahurin, the Army Air Forces' first double ace in Europe during World War II who went on to serve in the Pacific and later became a POW after being shot down during the Korean War, has died. He was 91. Mahurin, a retired Air Force colonel who had suffered a stroke in October, died Tuesday at his home in Newport Beach, said his stepdaughter, Valerie Miller. "The name is familiar to almost everybody in the Air Force," said Doug Lantry, a historian at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
March 14, 2010 |
The Surrendered A Novel Chang-rae Lee Riverhead: 472 pp., $26.95 You could say that Chang-rae Lee explores Asian American identity in his novels. You could say he explores the legacies of war, or the roots of betrayal, but none of these grand statements, one suspects, accurately describes the inspiration, the grace behind the books he writes. This is an author who pulls at threads -- from his own past, from his ancestors' and from his cultural memory. He weaves them, quite literally, chapter by chapter, into stories.