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And I think they became less, and less patience for that as the four or five hours went on. Yes, two days of grilling, you know, a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of will get back to you on that, so at the end of the day, what will these hearings achieve? I know Facebook is trying to get in front of this. And the big question is oversight, and regulation. You know, they have stricter privacy controls rolling out in Europe in the next month. We will see how that goes, and how that will apply to the rest of the world.
And he also called on the CEO of Twitter, you know, Amazon and testify as well because, you know, the Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook was really standing for these really complicated questions about this moment in the whole tech industry, and these unintended consequences.
Yes, and perhaps this will be the way for other top tech executives to get similar treatment, similar grilling as well.
Laurie Segall reporting live for us from New York, thank you so much. During the hearing, the House wants to know if Facebook is tracking users with its likes. When someone goes to a website, and it has the Facebook like or share, that data is being collected by Facebook, correct? This is how that works, if you go to a website, it sends your computer or phone a tiny file known as a cookie. Those cookies could be small information from that website. For example, shopping site will save your login information or stuff in your cart.
There are two sides of him, you know. That of course is the data that was opened up to them. So the way I say it is that, if we were best friends and I told you a secret, of course, if you tell someone else my secret, we would have a problem. You know, you are still my best friend. I would say, how come you shared this? But, you know, Filipinos are more on the positive side. I also spoke to Cayetano about relations between the Philippines and China.
More on what he said about that ahead this hour on News Stream. We are learning new details about the FBI raid on the U. The decade of recording captured Mr. Trump begging to his vulgar comments about women.
This is the first known war that directly mentions the President by name. And, Abby, wow, there is a link here, but how was Cohen involved with the Access Hollywood tape. Well, that is really unclear. I think what seems that investigators are looking into whether or not Cohen tries, perhaps, suppress that tape, which as you know, was eventually released by the Washington Post, by someone, an individual who was not named by the Post. When the Post released that tape, it really shocked by the political scene, it also angered President Trump.
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He has a very deep concern about the direction that the Special Counsel and other investigations have taken. This investigation started off as Russian collusion, of which there was none. This as The Washington Post reports that former chief strategist Steve Bannon is pitching a plan to the White House to cripple the Russia probe by firing Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, having the White House stop cooperating with Mueller, and retroactively invoking executive privilege after several White House officials have already interviewed with Mueller.
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I can tell you that he is not talking about firing Bob Mueller. So, Kristie, even though this -- a raid was carried out by the southern district of New York not directly by the Mueller probe, our sources tell us the president thinks that this is really Mueller using another department to carry out an -- an attack on him -- on him and his personal lawyer.
And he also tweeted this morning, denied The New York Times report that he tried to fire Mueller in December, but as you know, often when the president denies these reports, they turned out to be true. Abby Phillip, live from the White House for us, thank you. We will hear from the South Korean culture minister his thoughts on the historic hip-hop concert.
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This statistic shows just how warm ties have become between the two countries. And the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Philippines reachedlast year, overtaking U. China is a close neighbor. On the agenda are these joint development projects in the dispute of South China Sea. We know that Xi Jinping just recently said that he will not give one inch of his territory. Does -- do you really believe that China under Xi Jinping is a partner that you can work with and you can trust?
Well, there is no two countries in the world that have the same interest. You know, all countries have different interest. And in the South China Sea, there are multiple claimants. So we say the same thing, that we are not going -- and we mean it, we are not going to give a single inch of our territory and we are not going to give or sovereignty rights.
So having said that, how do we move forward from that? Because the reality is there are words, there is international law, and there are actions on the ground. And the reality in this world is that super powers sometimes have different rules. So we want to be treated as a sovereign equal. So when we started the relationship, we drew red lines.
China said these are our red lines. We said these are our red lines. How can we proceed? How can we build mutual trust? So we are -- you know, the joint, the possible joint exploration is a testament that we can make a bad situation better, you know, not necessarily good yet, but take a bad situation and build upon it. Do you plan to announce any oil or gas deal to China and when will that happen?
Well, the first thing we did was to ask everyone including ourselves, China, ASEAN, to stop building in uninhabited areas. Do not inhabit uninhabited features. Do not go to the other areas of your claim. Yes, but the president has almost taken one step forward. President Duterte has said, he loves China, he needs China more than anybody else. Why is he saying that? I mean, we are close neighbor. Does Duterte loves China more than his own sovereignty?
Sovereignty of the Philippines? He loves the Filipino people. He said he will die for the Filipino people. He will not die for America, for China, for Japan, but he will die and give his life for the Filipinos. And that was Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaking to me earlier. Now, is there something missing from this picture?
On previous occasions, the North Korean leader has made speeches at these assembly meetings. Paula Hancocks sat down with the South Korean culture minister who attended the event. It was an unlikely sight. What sort of things were you and Kim Jong-un talking about during the performance? President Donald Trump to be successful.
He was very natural when he was talking about music, culture, sports. Kim Jong-un was completely different from the person you see on the news.
He hopes the Trump-Kim summit in May or early June could move things forward. They both have a tendency to make quick decisions with confidence. From meeting Kim Jong-un, do you feel that you can trust him? I want to trust him. I think this is our chance to reset the destiny of our nation. Moves that Do calls a stepping stone to peace. Now, the CEO of Facebook responded to a flood of questions in the past two days, but how many of them did he actually answer? Live from Hong Kong. This is "News Stream.
I can certainly have my team get back to you. I will have my team get back to you. Congressman, we can follow up. I would be happy to follow up with you and go on to more detail on that. We will certainly follow up with you on this. We will get back to you on that. And in the process of bringing the show to life, Kim took on another complicated question: Why haven't there been more Asian-centered major theatrical productions?
I got a chance to see the show and talk with Kim about it. Here's a condensed version of our conversation: I grew up in Seoul and I grew up listening to very early incarnations of K-pop. And I think K-pop has exploded in the last 10 years like no other music genre that I've ever seen before.
It's become so vibrant and avant-garde and subversive and quirky and ironic and earnest at the same time. And so I really wanted to use what K-pop meant to me as a way to talk about what I was feeling about myself and about the culture at large.
About identity issues, about race politics, about everything that I was seeing as a person. It seemed like a perfect way to talk about these things as a metaphor. What K-pop artists were you listening to? I became super obsessed with Girls' Generation when they started getting popular.
And lately I've been super, super obsessed with BTS and also sort of the older artists who are still around who try to break into the industry who didn't quite make it for various reasons, like Rain. And I've always sort of wondered why they haven't had this huge break that I think they deserve.
Why do you think they never got that break? You know this is a question that we raise in the show. And one of the questions that Jerry — the character [played by actor James Seol] who puts together this whole evening — asks the audience directly: Some audience members are saying out loud everything ranging from "because you guys are weird" or "because you guys are too 'stylized,' " whatever that means, to "because of systemic racism.
He is such a wonderful actor in that he knows the beats that he has to hit in the script and, when needed, he can improv his way into those beats. And I think what to me has been such a wonderful learning experience as a viewer is that his reactions are real.
So when people say, "You guys are too stylized," he — I think for the right reasons — scratches his head for a second and thinks, "What does that mean? What do you mean by too stylized? If you're Asian — does that mean you're too cute? Does that mean you're too sexy? Does it mean you don't sound like us? And so I think he's been having honest reactions to these answers. Why was it so important for you to have a show about identity? I was born and raised in Seoul. I moved to the Midwest when I was 10 years old.
And then I moved to New York where I've been for the last 10, 15 years. Throughout that time, I thought of myself as a Korean person, as a Korean-American person, as an American person. As a person who wants to be white, as a person who doesn't want to be white.
As a person who wants to be the minority, as a person who doesn't want to be the minority. The narrative of the show feels to me like a narrative that many people experience when they start to think about identity. And for me that narrative has been, "Oh, there's something different about me. What can I do to investigate that? And how do I 'fix' that to become something different, something — someone — else? And I got to accept it for what it is. And that is really the narrative that I think the piece is trying to convey.
Can you talk about the casting process? I think the casting process of KPOP could be its own musical. To be honest with you, we searched for a span of a year and a half almost two years. We have a phenomenal casting director, Henry Russell Bergstein who helped find, cultivate and really wrangle up 18 phenomenal performers. And to be honest we found everyone from a range of various backgrounds. Ashley Park is a Broadway star and has been in several musicals all over the country and is about to be in Mean Girls on Broadway.
And you have someone like Jason Tam who has been in musicals since he was probably a fetus, and you have someone like Jiho Kang who has never been in a musical before, who we found on YouTube.
You found him on YouTube? He had competed in a reality television program in Seoul. We called him in for an audition, and he is an applied math major, graduated from Harvard and is the smartest person that you've ever met in your entire life. And he was working for the government in Washington, D.
We said, "Will you please pack up your entire life and move to New York and do this production? Every single person has a story like this.
It has been such a joy to be able to find too much talent. I hear all the time people saying there's not enough Asian-American talent, there's not enough people of color who could play this role who or who could be stars.
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But that's not true. What was your biggest fear in this entire process? Not necessarily with the creative team. But overall, what kept you up at night?
I think that because the show both indirectly and directly deals with themes of identity and acceptance and race and and immigration, a lot of these scenes and songs and staging really hit very close to home. And I was always up at night thinking about the performers and knowing that we were asking them to not only be pop stars but think about these very big, deeply rooted issues and ask them to perform night after night and really engage with a part of themselves that feels dangerous and scary and vulnerable.