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— by Phil Yu: This is Daniel Dae Kim’s fourth time on the cover of this magazine. Or maybe it’s his fifth? At this point, it’s a little hard to keep track. But he remembers the first.
Hanging out in the offices of Character, formerly KORE Asian Media, he spots the vintage issue now serving as wall décor. A fresh-faced 31-year-old Kim shares the February 2000 cover with Rick Yune, Lindsay Price and Sophia Choi for a Valentine’s Day-themed feature, “Love, Korean American Style: KoreAm Asks 16 Celebrities to Reveal Their Secrets of Romance.” At the time, with only a handful of minor TV credits to his name—you may remember his star turn in a California cheese commercial—Kim’s inclusion arguably stretched most definitions of “celebrity.” But Korean American celebrities were a little harder to come by back then…
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April 25, 2019