“AARP understands that while all Americans 50+ share the same goals of aging with dignity and peace of mind, each of the communities in our lives offers unique opportunities and contributions toward helping us get there,” said Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, executive vice president for multicultural markets and engagement at AARP. “David understands how the experiences and contributions of AARP and the aging Asian-American community are relevant to each other, and we’re excited welcome him to our team.”
Kim joins AARP from Washington-based public affairs firm The Raben Group, where as a principal he provided strategic counsel in the areas of reputation management, multicultural marketing and communications to global corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
In 2010, Kim completed a three-year appointment as chief of staff at the United States Mint, the world’s largest mint and the oldest agency in Federal government. During his appointment, Kim led a 15-member agency-wide branding team that created the Mint’s first brand platform, logo and brand standards manual since the inception of the Mint in 1792. The Mint branding initiative received top recognition as one of the five best repositioned brands by the 2011 REBRAND 100 Global Awards. It was the only American brand awarded.
Before joining the Mint, Kim was director for Asian marketing and community relations at Anheuser-Busch Companies in St. Louis. There he established high-end branded marketing platforms based on lifestyle, culture, music and sports, including Michelob brand tie-ins with Asian and Asian-American LPGA golfers; with celebrity chefs such as Ming Tsai, Roy Yamaguchi and Sam Choy; with Asian film directors such as Academy Award winner, Ang Lee; and with the Grammy-nominated jazz...
As violence is escalating against journalists working in war-torn countries, low profile or nearly invisible still and video cameras, and content capture and distribution technologies are becoming necessary survival gear.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported an unprecedented number of casualties: eleven journalists have been killed this year worldwide, eight of the eleven in the Middle East, one in Vietnam, one in the Philippines, and one in Mexico. CPF reports that there have been more than 300 attacks on journalists covering the recent political unrest in the Middle East.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and his camera crew were attacked by pro-government supporters on February 2, 2011 in Cairo while covering the Egyptian conflict. A video shot by Cooper for CNN's AC360 can be seen on this link. Cooper was able to keep his small Flip video camera recording, as he was escaping from his attackers. While Cooper was able to broadcast his reports and fly back to New York, many other journalists have not been as lucky. Some have been jailed, brutally beaten, stabbed or shot, their equipment destroyed, or worse - killed. The large, conspicuous shoulder mounted video cameras have quickly been replaced by low profile gear such as the miniature Flip video cameras. Laptops are being replaced in the field by iPhones and other cell phones which can transmit still images, audio and video, and update blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Al Jazeera online producer Bilal Randeree tells Robert Hernandez of OJR: The Online Journalism Review, in addition to Flip video cameras, a live blog, and cell phones for tweeting such as iPhones and Blackberries, the equipment is set up with various apps to capture and distribute images and video including Audiioboos and Twitpics to transmit audio and images, and for areas with blocked, or no Internet, Thuraya IP satellite modems.
With the escalating violence against journalists in areas of conflict around...
October 12, 2011:
Peace Boat will be holding a special event on October 13, reporting and looking back on the activities in the 200 days since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and announcing the launch of the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader Training Programme. This programme will train people in disaster relief skills to ensure that the effects of future disasters can be mitigated. Please join us to learn about our work, our future goals, and to connect with other Peace Boat supporters. For more information on this event and about Peace Boat click here.
August 18, 2011:A magnitude 6.8 quake jolts Japan off Fukushima. August 17, 2011:
Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami created huge Icebergs in Antarctica.
Satellite image evidence show icebergs broke off in Antarctica, collectively the size of 50 square miles approximately, or two times the surface size of Manhattan, in about 18 hours from the time the initial Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit 8,000 miles away in Japan on March 11, 2011. The findings were published online in the Journal of Glaciology. It is the first known direct observation of a connection between tsunamis and icebergs. Click here for the story on the NASA website, and to view the multimedia satellite images taken by the European Space Agency/Envisat, MODIS Rapid Response/NASA, and NASA/Goddard.
July 10, 2011:
A major earthquake with the magnitude of 7.1 has hit off Japan's northeastern coast Sunday July 10, 2011. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake struck at 10:57am at the epicenter, about 130 miles east of Sendai, Japan. For more on the story click here. July 14 - 17, 2011 Los Angeles, CA
(City-wide at various locations and times): "LITTLE TOKYO DESIGN WEEK: FUTURE CITY"Japan and California are two of the world's centers of innovation in design and technology.
Don't miss the LITTLE TOKYO DESIGN WEEK: FUTURE CITY festival July 14-17 in LA and donate to JAPAN PLATFORM through the U.S. Japan...
Activist and Scholar L. Ling-chi Wang is retiring from the board of the civil rights organization that he co-founded, Chinese for Affirmative Action.