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  • Super Hiro - Hiroki Kuroda throws complete game shutout

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    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...

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  • Muktamar 2011 comes to Las Vegas December 23-27

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    Muktamar, the largest Indonesian - Malaysian Islamic Seminar in North America is being held in Las Vegas this year from December 23 - 27. 

    The 2011 Muktamar seminar theme is "Leveraging Our Ability to Best Serve Humanity." Click here to view a preview video of Muktamar 2011 shot and edited by Pungkas "Pongky" Nataatmaja and Leon Taufani of and produced by the Indonesian Islamic Community of Las Vegas, Nevada. 

    A special thank you to Pungkas "Pongky" Nataatmaja for permission to offer this informative and beautifully shot and edited video to AsianConnections' viewers.   Pongky is a senior web designer and developer, and multimedia engineer. Since 1999, he has designed and built database-driven websites, e-commerce websites, and led overall project management including technology, branding and strategies from start to finish for numerous clients. Among projects, Pongky was senior web developer for the movie review site, and worked at DesignReactor, Inc. as an interactive game programmer and front end designer. 
  • 8 year old Awonder Liang of Wisconsin Wins World Chess Championship

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    8 year old USA Team member Awonder Liang of Madison, Wisconsin is the best chess player in the world for his age group. He won the gold medal at the World Youth Championship in Brazil in the Under 8 Open, November 26, 2011. 

    This year's coach and World Chess Federation Senior Trainer (FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs) was Michael Khodarkovsky. 


    Photo (Left): USA Team member 8 year old Awonder Liang wins Gold Medal at World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil.

    Photo by permission Andrea Rosen



     Here's a sample of the rankings from the American team competing at the World Youth Championship in Caldas, Novas Brazil this year:

    Awonder Liang of Wisconsin earned a gold medal in the Under 8 Open with 7.5/9

    Ruifeng Li of Texas earned a silver medal in the Under 10 Open with 7/9.

    Sarah Chiang of Texas earned 4th place in the Girls Under 14Jeffrey Xiong of Texas earned 5th in the Open Under 12.

    David Peng of Northbrook, Illinois earned 7th in the Under 8 Open.

    Albert Lu of Southern California placed 12th in the Under 10 Open.

    Kevin Wang of Maryland placed 15th in the Under 14 Open. 

    Varun Krishnan of La Jolla, California placed 14th in the Under 14 Open. 

    Click here for the story from NPR here for the story in the New York Times and here to the U.S. Chess organization. 




  • The Reasons for Giving Thanks by Marilyn Tam

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    As a citizen by choice of the United States of America, Thanksgiving was a new holiday to me. What a great holiday! A day devoted to gathering and giving thanks with loved ones and that's all. 

    No gifts exchange, no specific religious reasons, which may trip up one group or another, just come together to share, celebrate the harvest, eat good food and give to thanks.

    I can really get behind this! 

    What is Thanksgiving?

    Most cultures have a festival to give thanks for the bounty from the earth. In my ancestral country of China, we have the Moon festival/Mid Autumn festival, on the eighth lunar month to celebrate the harvest and the fullest moon of the year.

    Yet it took me to leave my birthplace and be transplanted into another culture and environment for me to fully appreciate Thanksgiving.

    Is it the actual name of the American holiday, or is it the physical and emotional distance of being a newcomer that got me to look at the reason behind the holiday?

    Have you ever had this happen to you? Where it took a physical, mental or emotional detachment or even the combination, before you could see what you really had?

    Sometimes we only appreciate what we have when we are away from it, or more sadly, after we've lost it.

    I am particularly reminded of this because this year marked the loss of several dear friends and my beloved mentor, Robert Muller.

    Dr. Muller was the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and the most optimistic and happiest man I've ever met.

     Since he dealt with numerous global calamities in his job daily, his bubbling enthusiasm was especially remarkable. I asked him during one of the rare times when he wasn't surrounded by people seeking his advice and attention, what gave him that positive energy.

    He smiled broadly and practically sang out his answer. "I'm so thankful to be alive! I am thankful to God for the opportunity to serve the world, to help create more peace. Isn't it great?" He further explained how we could...

  • LIfe and Beyond by Marilyn Tam

    Posted by Marilyn Tam

            The recent death of Steve Jobs, a man who dared to dream and create beyond the constraints of the prevailing consciousness, brought many people including me to a place of deeper reflection. What does it mean to be really alive? How do I make sure that I am living my highest potential every day? How do I ensure that I will feel at peace when it is my time to leave this planet?

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.   And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.                   They somehow already know what you truly want to become.                  Everything else is secondary.”  --- Steve Jobs 

    I believe above quote holds a key to Jobs’ success. He followed his life purpose, what he was born to do. He didn’t have his life path handed to him on a silver platter. He was given up for adoption; he quit college after one semester because it was draining his parents’ entire life savings for him to attend. He still wanted to learn so he slept on the floor of his friends’ dorm rooms. He sold soft drink bottles he scavenged to return for money to buy food so he could sneak in to attend classes. 

    What was remarkable about this story aside from the passion he had for learning was what he said about the experience. He said that not having to fulfill course requirements for a specific degree freed him to learn what fascinated him. He followed his intuition and curiosity. And his interests rewarded him and all of us. One of the classes he took was a calligraphy class. Ten years later when he added the myriad of fonts he learned in that class to the typography in the first Macintosh – the world of computer communication is richer and much more expressive because of that. 

    How are we living our lives? Are we doing what...

  • Living the Life of Your Dreams - The Secrets to Turning Your Dreams into Reality by Marilyn Tam

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    Are you wondering if you can improve your life? Be happier? Attain more business success and money? Have more fulfilling relationships? Have more energy and vitality? Look better? “Living the Life of Your Dreams – The Secrets to Turning Your Dreams into Reality” by Marilyn Tam in just 39 pages gives you the tools, action steps and secrets on to how to achieve your dream life. Available as an ebook or softbound copy:  This short little book is packed with wisdom, tips and stories to help you understand your life purpose and the steps to getting you what you really value in life.Marilyn also will give you free gifts for visiting her webpage.  These are full of inspiring and useful secrets of healthy, happy and successful living. Just click on the link above. “If you want to live the life you've dreamed of, read ‘Living the Life of Your Dreams’. Marilyn had to go through many tough challenges to achieve her dream life - she can help you attain yours.” ~ Jack Canfield, NY Times best selling author, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “The Success Principles.” “At last. The book you've been waiting for. Can you make a living - and a difference in this world - and still have a life? In this slim and powerful volume, Marilyn Tam, former President of Reebok and CEO of Aveda, tells how she traded burnout for a life of Dynamic Balance. By following the simple and brilliant guidelines she suggests, you too can make the shift to living the life of your dreams.”~ Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., NY Times Best selling Author of “Inner Peace for Busy People” and “Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive”, co-founder and former director of the Mind/Body Clinical Center, Harvard Medical School.