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Taste the Flavors of Korea with these Dramas!

We hope you’ve worked up an appetite, because this week is all about Korean food! As one of the most cherished and unique aspects of Korean culture, food (such as kimchi) is at the center of many Korean dramas and movies. So try something new and enjoy this week’s delectable features on Viki!

Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum) is one of the most popular K-Dramas of all time. With the beautiful Lee Young Ae playing the lead role of Jang Geum, this is the story of how a common girl can rise through the levels of Korean society and become the royal chef in the King’s palace.

Feast of the Gods (신들의 만찬) is an exciting story about two young women competing for the chance to take their place in the culinary dynasty of Korea. In true K-Drama fashion, the real “heir” to the dynasty was lost as a child, and must later prove her cooking skills against the girl who was adopted in her place.

Pasta (파스타) is a romantic comedy starring Gong Hyo Jin as an aspiring pasta chef in a restaurant run by a ruthless, sexist head chef, played by Lee Seon Gyun (the nice guy in Coffee Prince). With mouth-watering Italian cooking scenes and chemistry in the kitchen, what’s not to love?


Immortal Classic (불후의 명작) revolves around the iconic dish of Korea: kimchi. One family has kept the secret recipe of the best kimchi safe for hundreds of years, but a small restaurant claims to serve an even better version. Watch this show to find out whose kimchi will prevail in the end!

Le Grand Chef (식객) is a Korean movie about a young chef named Sung Chan, who competes against his rival for a place in cooking history. But when new information about his family’s past is revealed, Sung Chan must make hard decisions about his future in the competition and as a chef.

Gourmet (식객) is a 2008 drama based on the movie, Le Grand Chef. This show stars Kim Rae Won as a modern Sung Chan, who runs a small food truck and has a passion for traditional Korean cuisine. Nam Sang Mi and Kim So Yeon also star in this delicious drama.

We all know that Korean Dramas would not be the same without the great food, so enjoy these videos and tell us which Korean dish is your favorite!

Interviewed in Korean Blog, “Valley Inside” by Sungmoon Cho!

Read the original article (in Korean) here: http://valleyinside.com/stephanie-parker/

And here is an English translation (done by me) of my interview:

Stephanie Parker, who discovered a new self through Korean culture, has become an evangelist for Korea


The Ethics of Online Anonymous Speech (Honors Thesis Preview)

“I’m ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court. Our Founding Fathers wrote ‘The Federalist Papers’ under pseudonyms. Inherent in the First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously. Shouldn’t that right extend to the new public square of the Internet?”

Salvatore Strazzullo, May 15, 2010

Salvatore Strazzullo is the attorney working on the case of Rosemary Port, a blogger who is suing Google for up to 15 million dollars after her identity was revealed to the public in a previous online defamation case. Port, under an online pseudonym, runs a fashion gossip blog called “Skanks of NYC” and last year wrote negative remarks about a former supermodel named Liskula Cohen. The model saw the website and sued to have the identity of the anonymous blogger revealed by way of sending a subpoena to Google, claiming that the comments written about her were defamatory. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge approved the action, and Google was compelled to release Rosemary Port’s name for the defamation case. Port feels that her right to privacy and First Amendment right to anonymous free speech have been violated, now that her identity as the writer of all posts on “Skanks of NYC” has been revealed to the public and the press. She plans to sue Google, accusing the conglomerate of having “breached its fiduciary duty to protect [Port’s] expectation of anonymity.” (NY Daily News, 5/19/2010) While her particular case has little chance of success because Google was bound by a court order to release Port’s identity, the question of if and when an anonymous person’s identity should be unmasked is still relatively open. Her attorney, Strazzullo, asserts that a right to anonymous speech is “inherent” in the First Amendment, and that the Internet is a new kind of “public square” in which ideas should be able to flow freely. Balancing the right to anonymous free speech against the right of a plaintiff (in a libel case, for example) to eliminate that anonymity through subpoena is one of the many ethical challenges facing the courts in recent years because of the Internet.

The next few years will be critical in deciding what we think the place of online anonymity should be in the future of American public discourse, as our speech and information become more public through social networking sites and new trends. The idea that the Web is a public resource, a space where people can speak freely and share their opinions is now coming into conflict with the fact that free speech is not absolute, and that people mostly turn to privately-owned social sites and blogging platforms to speak out. The companies that provide these spaces, such as Facebook and Google have become the main actors in deciding who can speak anonymously, in what context, and what they can say; this changes the relationship between citizens, their speech, and the law in important ways that as of yet have not been spelled out for the public or the courts to understand. This is what I seek to address in my thesis, through a combination of empirical review, legal analysis, and ethical investigation into the protection of anonymity under the First Amendment. Because we are at such an important turning point in online regulatory policy and the formation of public opinion, it is extremely important to take a step back and understand what the impact of future legal action could be.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1995 that an individual’s anonymity is protected under the First Amendment, meaning that any law requiring someone to provide their name before speaking or publishing their opinions would be deemed unconstitutional. (McIntyre v. Ohio Campaign Commission, 1995) For the United States in particular, anonymous speech has had an important role in historically significant events: the Federalist Papers and Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” were published and distributed under pseudonyms, and during the Civil Rights Movement progressives communicated anonymously to avoid persecution and arrest. In addition, whistle-blowers against government or corporate wrongdoing, abuse victims, and other types of individuals who fear retribution for speaking the truth have consistently used anonymous speech to achieve their aims. Above all, the ability of a person to hide his or her identity when speaking increases their autonomy and range of self-expression. For these reasons, anonymity can be said to hold some value in American society – and the Internet is the perfect medium in which to communicate anonymously.

Anonymity online helps to advance the same values as freedom of speech, but many believe that it brings about more negative consequences than good – and therefore it should be discouraged or even restricted on the Internet. A law currently in place that protects the right to anonymous online speech is Section 230 of the Internet Communications Decency Act, which says that website owners cannot be held legally accountable for what people write on their sites. This law encourages hosts to keep their anonymous discussion spaces and comment sections open, but certain scholars have recently come out in support of modifying or even repealing Section 230. Ian Kerr, Chair of Ethics, Law, & Technology Research at the University of Ottawa, writes in his book, Lessons from the Identity Trail, “anonymity basks in its association with good causes,” referring to the narratives of the Founding Fathers and protesters for Civil Rights. (Kerr, 443) This association alone, Kerr believes, does not prove that anonymity is inherently valuable, nor does it absolve anonymity from its dark, harmful costs. The costs mainly come in the form of incendiary, hateful speech that pollutes many online discussion spaces and blogs where anonymity is allowed, because the authors of anonymous comments feel a certain lack of social inhibition as they write.

The same freedom in anonymity that allows a whistleblower to expose the truth also allows a normal person to transform into a “troll,” or rude and disruptive poster. In order to curb this type of behavior, many websites have recently turned to commenting systems that require users to log in with their real name such as Facebook Connect, even though Section 230 protects them from being sued; this move largely eliminates the ability of a commenter to be anonymous by linking their words to their social networking profile. Farhad Manjoo, in his Slate Magazine article, “Troll, Reveal Thyself” celebrates the fact that anonymous online discussion spaces are slowly disappearing. (Slate.com, 03/09/2011) “Perhaps we’ll miss some important comments that could only be posted anonymously,” he supposes; “But I doubt that’s a real loss.” He believes that “In all but the most extreme scenarios, anonymity damages online communities.” As a blogger, he is frustrated by anonymous critics who write rude things about him and his work in the comment section provided below his articles; he wishes there were some way to eliminate that kind of inappropriate speech by introducing the etiquette of “the offline world” to the Internet – repealing Section 230 of the CDA would take us in that direction.

In this thesis, I disagree with the above authors and instead argue that the current move towards restricting anonymity online causes us to lose something of real value and importance. Critics like Farhad Manjoo and Ian Kerr are evaluating anonymity on a kind of utilitarian scale; they observe that in many situations, allowing people to be anonymous online brings about a variety of insensitive, unsavory comments and decide based on such observations that anonymity is a net loss for the Internet. I argue that while utilitarian calculus is one way to determine the worth of online anonymity, it is not the only way. Taking that logic to its conclusion would bring the entire First Amendment into question; if the bar for deciding on a right to free speech depended upon whether the speech was civil and “worth hearing” for the audience, much of the speech we hear every day would be outlawed for its irrelevance to democracy or intellectual pursuits. Thinking of the issue in terms of unconditional, constitutive values like autonomy and equality will help us understand the deep connection between anonymity and free speech, and the important place that both hold in today’s society.

Why I made an About.me

It’s official – personal analytics is hot and here to stay. We’ve been heading in this direction for quite some time, with Facebook and Google leading the way. Businesses, organizations, and some bloggers have been wrapped up in analytics for years, but now the general public will finally get a taste of personal branding fever. The hottest new player in the hottest new market is About.me which offers a free personal “splash page” (kind of like an online business card) along with a simple, easy-to-digest analytics dashboard. You can see data like how many people have visited your page, how much time they spent looking at it, and how they found it in the first place. It’s only 3PM on Day 1 and I’m sure I’ve checked the dashboard 5+ times! I have officially fallen into their monetized trap of self-obsession.. Oh yeah, here’s my splash page: about.me/sparker

I’ve actually been waiting for About.Me or something like it ever since I came to Silicon Valley. Everybody around here has a spiffy, colorful homepage that shows a unique blend of their professional and fun-loving identities. Despite my love for the Internet and my “programming experience” from CS 105, I’ve never gotten around to designing and building my own website. I barely have time to figure out how much “Community Manager”, how much “Stanford student” and how much “Asian Pop Fan” to include in a blog.. or maybe I’m just a lazy Senior at heart. However, I have certainly jumped on the social media magic school bus, and my profile & posts are spread out all over the Web. It’s great to have one place to pull together many of those profiles and present them in a neat, simple fashion for whoever’s interested in learning a little more About me.

Never Slow Down..

It’s been almost two months since the True Entrepreneur Corps program ended, and I’m sure the team thought they wouldn’t be getting any more concluding blogs, but here I am!

Right now I’m in Florence, Italy kicking off my Fall Quarter studying abroad. Needless to say, the experience is turning out to be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding parts of my life..and I can’t wait for what each new day will bring. On the other hand, I’m not sure if I would be enjoying myself this much if I did not have the ability to come back to my host mother’s home every night, flip open my Toshiba Satellite, and connect to the Web.

At home I take it for granted that I can look up anything about any part of the world, talk to people anywhere, and take advantage of things like location-based services and GoogleDocs.  It’s actually not a guarantee that every host family in Florence offers convenient Internet access, and it’s not a huge part of daily life here. When I came to Italy, I’ll be honest..I hadn’t done much research. I hadn’t made a check-list of things to see, or a plan of how to see them. In a completely unfamiliar place, I found myself just following the other Stanford students to the places they wanted to explore, until I sat down at my computer and looked up exactly the type of things in Florence that interest me: live music, great restaurants, night clubs, museums. This is starting to sound like my Italy blog…so what does it have to do with TEC?

It’s important for me to talk about where I am and what I’m thinking in Italy because of how my experience at True helped shape my entire perception of what it means to explore new places, learn new things, and stay connected to the world.  While I was doing the TEC internship in San Francisco, I made a point to put myself out there and learn all I could about the technology scene and the entrepreneurs making things happen. I showed up at conferences, un-conferences, and private parties with the intent of immersing myself in a new culture that I might want to join one day. I met digital journalists who are changing the way we think of news; young start-up founders with optimism and passion I had never seen before; investors who have an excellent understanding of how capital works and an even better understanding of how people work. There was an overload of energy in each room I stepped into, and it’s something I want to keep searching for as I begin my career in the next few years.

For now, I’m taking a step back and looking at where I was two months ago..mentally because my memories of the experience lose clarity and detail with each passing day; physically because, well, I’m in Europe now. Even from out here, I can keep an eye on the faraway SF tech scene, even if my ‘prolific’ Twitter presence has taken a hit in Followers =P TEC taught me that I can take that mental step back in any situation, and think about the larger implications of all the little details and events I’m swimming in. It was a truly valuable experience in ways I never could have imagined while I was still in California, and I will keep the memories in my heart forever.

Thank you for everything!

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