Gangneung, South Korea
February 17, 2018
18 year old American figure skater Nathan Chen from Salt Lake City, Utah came to the Winter Olympics to win a medal.
He didn't, but instead he wowed audiences worldwide by making history as the first person in Olympic competition to perform six unprecedented quad jumps.
Nathan's historic performance of six quads, included five clean quad jumps, and on the third quad his hand touched the ground.
Despite his extraordinary talents and record as the only international skater who was undefeated on the Grand Prix circuit this season, at the 2018 Winter Olympics Nathan came in 17th in a short program, and in the team event short program, another dismal score.
"I already fell so many times, I might as well just go out, throw everything down, and see what happens," Chen told the press.
On his third day of competition, in men's free skate, Nathan skated as the star that he is, and rose from 17th to 5th place.
Reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan won the gold, becoming the first back-to-back gold medalist in the event since 1952 when American figure skater Dick Button won the gold.
Chen, the son of Chinese immigrants, began taking skating lessons at the age of three. By the time he was ten, he was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He is expected to compete in March for the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships.
February 13, 2018
Pyeongchang, South Korea
Congratulations to Chloe Kim, 17 year-old USA team snowboarder who just won the Gold medal in the women's halfpipe.
The American snowboarder from Torrance, California, Chloe Kim won with a score of 98.25 on her final run with China's Jiayu Liu taking silver and United States' Arielle Gold winning bronze.
Kim, became the first woman to score a perfect 100 score in the halfpipe in 2016 and has won three X Games gold medals.
Kim's parents emigrated from South Korea to the U.S. in 1982 reportedly with just $800 in cash.
Chloe's father, Jong Jin Kim gave up his job to help his daughter train in snowboarding and reach her Olympic dreams.
February 15, 2018
Happy Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year begins Friday, February 16, 2018!
Ben Fong-Torres and Julie Haener co-host Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade on February 24 in San Francisco beginning at 5:15pm PST. Organizers expect 1.2 million people will be attending in person.
The Parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26 6:00-8:00pm Saturday February 24, 2018 on television! Watch the Parade live from the streets in San Francisco - the largest of its kind outside of Asia! It will weave its way through San Francisco Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. Here's a report which includes comments on the 60-year parade tradition from Ben Fong-Torres on NBCNews.com.
Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, this is truly a sight to see.
The parade began in San Francisco more than one hundred years ago, and is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America.
This year the Southwest Airlines® 2018 Chinese New Year festivities range from the great Chinese New Year parade, to street fairs, a fashion show, and many other events beginning February 10 and run through the month of February and into early March. Bobo the parrot says Gung Hay Fat Choy!
This Lunar year marks the Year of the Dog. Here is a beautiful watercolor rendition of the Dog, as painted by the late, great former US Ambassador and former longtime Secretary of State...
January 9, 2018
The Honorable March Fong Eu will be laid to rest tomorrow Wednesday January 10, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10AM (PST) at Chapel of the Chimes, at 4488 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.
She has left us with a lasting legacy of a lifetime of service to our world, and inspiring us to strive to make our world a better place. You will be dearly missed.
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Back on March 29, 2013 I wrote a birthday commentary to celebrate her birthday.
March 23, 2013
Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, 2013 the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91.
As a successful Asian American in the public eye for decades as well as being a female in the male dominated world of politics, Dr. Eu has been one of the most popular political figures in California history.
She has inspired generations of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has always had a strong connection to serve the 'common man.'
For decades, her official government office staff whisked her from event to event by limousine and plane, yet she's...
December 20, 2017
Nobel Peace Center, Oslo
Sim Chi Yin has travelled to North Korea and the US to photograph nuclear sites as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2017, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is named “Ban the Bomb” inspired by ICAN’s slogan.
Equipped with cameras and a drone, Sim Chi Yin has spent the past two months traveling along the border of North Korea and across six American states to depict a world we otherwise would not see.
Sim Chi Yin’s photographic series –Fallout– offers an insightful investigation into the realities of nuclear sites and nuclear weapons, and how they have affected individual lives and societies.
“Creating this exhibition has been fascinating for me given that I had read Cold War history at university and my previous career as a Beijing-based journalist writing about the region including North Korea.
I set out to create a series of images pairing the landscapes of North Korea with those of the United States – which are the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st Century and the only country to use them.
I found some interesting, uncanny parallels, which led me to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons, past and present.
Given the current global worries over the recent North Korean missile tests, and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, it feels particularly timely to reflect on this issue,” says Ms. Sim.
“The Nobel Peace Center is...