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Astonishing as the US soccer team was in this year's World Cup, Americans as whole were pretty blas-. But the US isn't the only World Cup team with fans in Los Angeles. In Koreatown, they're getting ready stay up to watch the South Korea team play against Spain. After beating Portugal and Italy, and tying the Americans, the underdog team is playing in its first quarter-final. We hear how much it means to generations of Korean-Americans and those who come to join them. Veronica Lee works at a Koreatown mall that's expecting some 3000 fans to gather around a 200-inch projection screen and two 64-inch televisions. Jenny Kim, a "1.5 generation" Korean- American and a newcomer to soccer, will also be out painting the town red.
  • Newsmaker: US Loses to Germany in World Cup Quarter-Finals
    Four years ago, the US finished dead last in the World Cup-32nd of 32 teams. Although early this morning, LA time, this year's team finally lost, their quarter-final defeat was the best finish of any American team since 1930. Mark Zeigler, who's in Asia covering the games for the San Diego Union-Tribune, praises the US for outplaying an "overrated" German team and for raising US expectations for the 2006 championship. (An expanded version of this interview aired earlier today on To the Point.)
  • Reporter's Notebook: Lack of Funds May Disconnect California Connected
    In a state so big and diverse that occasionally there's a move to split it into two or even three, California Connected is a TV program designed to give it a sense of unity. The weekly news magazine, which debuted in April, explores California's issues and challenges through the eyes of policy makers and community leaders. Executive producer Marley Klaus says that the biggest challenge of has turned out to be funding.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

California Connected

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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