I started out with the intention of writing the Top 10 Moments of 2008. You just don’t know how much has happened in a year until you sit down and have to write about it. Below are 10 distinctive moments for me in 2008, but trust me, there’s so much more that happened. If your favorite 2008 moment didn’t make the list, don’t be sad. There’s always next year!
Rain on The Colbert Show
Rain brings Korean contraband to the US – specifically his balls. Stephen Colbert has no choice but to step up and be “dancing in Korean… dancing in Korean…”
Don’t believe it?! Watch with your own eyes here. Bring your own balls.
Jay Chou Releases “Capricorn”
“Capricorn” was leaked all over the internet for weeks in advance, yet still sold 1 million albums in one week. Jay proves himself to be the “President” once again! Ningin wraps up 2008 with free tickets to Jay Chou’s concert at Mohegan Sun Arena, USA.
“The Cho Show” hits American TV
More than 10 years after an unsuccessful attempt to put the first Asian-American family on American TV, Margaret Cho returned with “The Cho Show” on VH1. Americans of all types are tuning into the Korean-American comedian’s part reality show, part scripted comedy about herself, her parents and her 3-foot-10-inch assistant Megan Walsh-Boyle. I TiVo it and fast forward past the commercials.
Edison Chen Sex Photo Scandal
Edison Chen shows that he may be the Cpop casanova but he’s no tech-savy guy as he drops off his Mac laptop for repairs with some 1,300 sexually explicit pics. Among the photographed are Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Bobo Chan Man-woon, Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi, Rachel Ngan Wing-sze, Mandy Chen Yu-ju, Candice Chan Si-wai, and Vincy Yeung Wing-ching. Some people say that even bad publicity is good publicity, but those “some” people are wrong.
Big Bang Confirms USA Tour
Big Big announce they’re coming to the US – or are they? Now speculation runs rampant that there was a Korean-English misinterpretation and they’re only coming for vacation in 2009. Say it ain’t so!
Stationmaster Tama Saves the Wakayama
Who is this Stationmaster Tama that saved the Wakayama Electric Railway Company? Who brought in ¥1.1 billion to the local economy around Kishi Station? Who was granted honorary knighthood in Wakayama Prefecture? Well, he’s a cat. (You can say “neko” if it sounds fancier.)
Wonder Girls perform in New York City for Chuseok
New York City gets a free outdoor Wonder Girls concert. JYP, J-Lim and G Seoul also show up and perform. Great reasons to be thankful for Chuseok in 2008! Missed the performance the first time? Watch it here. And here.
Zhang Ziyi Gets Engaged to Vivi Nevo
European guys all over the world cried into their beers while watching the news at their local Irish Pub.
The world comes to China, and China welcomes the World with the biggest and most extravagant Olympic ceremonies in history. Whether the Friendlies, or Fuwa as they were officially renamed, are super cute or super uncool is never resolved.
BoA Comes to America
Ningin.com sits down with the legendary BoA herself during her New York City visit. BoA fans everywhere confirm what they’ve known all along – America is about to get hit with something B-I-G. (Btw MTV Iggy, we’re still waiting for your BoA videos… it’s almost 2009…)