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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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International best-selling author Haruki Murakami breaks book sales record

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 11 May 2013

International best-selling author Haruki Murakami breaks book sales record

Tokyo

May 13, 2013 


Haruki Murakami Photo credit: Random House
When Haruki Murakami's latest book became available for pre-order in Japan last month it broke the country's record for pre-orders on Amazon.co.jp within eleven days.

After the first week of the release, Bungeishungu, his publisher in Japan ordered one million copies to be printed. Last month book stores in Japan opened at midnight to greet long lines of customers. Haruki Murakami's latest novel is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. This is his first new novel since writing best-selling IQ84 three years ago which also received worldwide acclaim. Murakami's books have been translated into 42 languages. Murakami lives near Tokyo and was born in Kyoto in 1949. 

Murakami was a writing fellow at Princeton Univeresity in Princeton, New Jersey, Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

No word yet on when Murakami's latest book will be translated into English, but if you can read Japanese you can check it out here.

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For more articles related to Haruki Murakami's books and life:

Official Random House U.S. site for author Haruki Murakami
Japantimes.co.jp
Amazon.co.jp
Amazon.com author page on Haruki Murakami
Facebook page on author Haruki Murakami managed by Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books,
part of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (Random House)
Blog post at NewYorker.com by Roland Kelts "Lost in Translation"
Wikipedia

 
Japanese edition of Haruki Murakami's
"Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage"

Mario Machado - Pioneer Los Angeles TV and Radio Broadcaster - 1935 - 2013

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 06 May 2013

Mario Machado - Pioneer Los Angeles TV and Radio Broadcaster - 1935 - 2013
Los Angeles
May 6, 2013

by Suzanne Joe Kai

In Memoriam: Mario Machado 1935-2013
Pioneer Radio and TV Newsman, Anchor and Actor

Mario Machado, the nation's first Asian American on-air television news reporter and anchor passed away May 4, 2013 at age 78.

Mario was a pioneer who blazed a trail for all of us. A pioneer with heart, he went out of his way to encourage us to follow our dreams. 

In 2010, the Asian American Journalists Association honored Mario Machado inducting him onto its new Honor Roll of Asian American Pioneers in U.S. Journalism (1925-1975) at AAJA's 29th annual National Convention in Los Angeles.

In 1999, Machado was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. The CHSA produced this video which has excerpts of some of his early broadcasts.

As fellow pioneer television broadcaster Christopher Chow says about Mario:

"Everybody in our field and in the Asian American community owes him for opening doors for us and for helping us to gain credibility and opportunities.  Not only did he perform well on air but he actively advocated for us, for our inclusion, for the hiring and promoting of Asian Pacific Islander journalists by news media organizations all across America. Mario, we salute you."

Chow wrote about Mario in his "Casting Our Voices" for the Chinese Historical Society's tribute to Chinese American Pioneer Broadcasters:

"His father's Portuguese name and his Chinese mother's heritage steeled him for the travails of the mass media system that often prejudged him as a Mexican and ignored him as a Chinese American. His undeniable talent for communications made him one of the first and few ethnic minority national network sports analysts when he joined CBS Sports in 1968 as a color commentator."

Mario began his career as an on-air news...

Takuma Sato wins IndyCar series race - first Japanese driver in history to win

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 22 April 2013

Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race

Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race

Long Beach

April 21, 2013

Takuma Sato, 36, is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race.

Sato, won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the team of legendary racer A.J. Foyt.

This was the team's first victory in more than a decade.

Sato came close to winning his first IndyCar race at last year's Indianapolis 500 but when he tried to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap he spun out. For the full story click here. 

Super Hiro - Hiroki Kuroda throws complete game shutout

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 15 April 2013

Photo: Hiroki Kuroda - Pitcher for the New York Yankees

Photo: Hiroki Kuroda - Pitcher for the New York Yankees

April 14, 2012

New York

Yankees 3, Orioles 0

Photo: New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda 

It's baseball season and it couldn't be sweeter with 38 year old Hiroki Kuroda's five-hit shutout. Kuroda is a New York Yankees pitcher. 

The New York Daily News reports that was just part of tonight's story.

27 year old Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan, a left-handed pitcher for the Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles matched Kuroda zero for zero over the first four innings tonight.

Read more here.  

Go catch a screening of "42" the new movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson which took top box office honors this weekend. Just released in theaters nationwide the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 

Photo: Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen

For the full story about the New York Yankees vs the Baltimore Orioles game tonight click here.

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 15 April 2013

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

April 12, 2013

Seattle

Photo: JunieHoang.com 

Actress Huang "Junie" Hoang has lost her lawsuit. She sued IMDb for refusing her request to remove her correct age from her IMDb Pro account. A federal jury in Seattle ruled against her lawsuit.  

Hoang, now 41, originally filed suit in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com for revealing her true date of birth, which she said opened her up to age discrimination. 

In March 18, 2013, all of her claims against Amazon and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed, and on April 12, 2013, a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim for breach of contract.

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Time.com

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