Seasons Greetings from U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao in Space and the cast of Waitin' 2 End Hell on Earth

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 23 December 2004.

Seasons Greetings from U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao, my fellow castmembers of Waitin 2 End Hell and National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita.

My friend Leroy Chiao, Commander of the International Space Station, called today at 9:55am PST to wish AsianConnections' readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Space.

With just 30 hours to go before the Progress M51 cargo spaceship arrives with Christmas presents, 2.5 tons of food, water, fuel and equipment, he and Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov have tightened their belts since they discovered the previous crew had tapped into their food resources.

He's squirreled away canned crab and radiated beefsteak to prepare for their special Christmas meal.

As we talked during the end of his work day, his view from the window of the Space Station included the tip of Africa, India and China.

While Leroy is in residence at the International Space Station viewing Earth from Space, National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita has just returned from Africa where he has been creating new images for his latest story for the Magazine. His internationallly best-selling tome Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey , is back in bookstores and the award-winning documentary on Marco Polo's Journey which he narrates has continued to air on the National Geographic Channel around the world.

After finishing the Sacramento run of William A. Parker's Audelco Award nominated play "Waitin 2 End Hell", I'm spending some quiet time with my family in California. I'm fortunate to have played with such a talented group of artists - Ella Joyce, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Donn Carl Harper and Darryl Alan Reed, and will treasure my time on and off-stage with them.

And if you haven't heard yet about the hilarious prank at the Harvard-Yale Football game that's been on the news around the world, including MSNBC, the Jimmy Kimmel TV Show, and Asian and European media, its the brainchild of prankster Mike Kai and his classmate Dave Aulicino.

That's our Mike, the founder of back in 1998 (yep, when he was only 14!)

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The video, the song, the message board

Best Wishes for the New Year and stay tuned to my Lia's Focus column for my backstage photo diary of "Waitin' 2 End Hell".

Bios of the Cast