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  • Network TV News Video Editor Eddy Li writes "My Journey Through Cancer"

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    Former ABC News Video Editor Eddy Li Photo courtesy: Eddy Li

    Eddy Li, former ABC News Video Editor 1971 to 2009, now retired and healthy Photo credit: Eddy Li

     

    Hong Kong

    May 13, 2013

    Eddy Li globe-trotted the world for ABC News in a high-stress non-stop news video editing job from 1971 to 2009.

    When a sudden diagnosis of cancer changed his life, Li wrote his personal account on how he entered into the darkest tunnel of his life and emerged, a more vigilant and environmentally aware individual.

    Today, as a cancer survivor and a retiree who now enjoys a healthier and more fulfilling life, Eddy shares what he has learned about our world's increasingly hazardous environment and how you can protect yourself from its toxicity.  AsianConnections' Suzanne Joe Kai chatted with Eddy about his new book, "From A Great Escape to a New Beginning - My Journey Through Cancer." 

    Suzanne: Congratulations on beating your Stage 3 cancer. When you were a news video editor with a busy globe-trotting life for years, can you share with our readers what your life was like, and how and why you have changed your lifestyle? 

    Eddy: In the eyes of an average audience, network news looks glamorous. It was indeed, at least during my days. But behind the scenes of its glamor, there went a stress-filled working environment. That is compounded by the time difference between Asia and the Americas. I joined ABC News in October 1971. I retired in October 2009.

    For me, it had been a physically challenging career. Sleep deprivation was part of my life. And it lasted for 38 years. It wasn’t easy. When the phone rang in the middle of the night, I was almost certain that I had to get out of bed and pack up, catch the next available flight and hit the road, and travel like a circus. You need a strong marriage to keep the job. Even when I was on vacation, in the back of mind, there’s always something which might happen to screw it all up.

    There wasn’t really a personal life. Despite all these, I had decent income and compensations. I had job...

  • International best-selling author Haruki Murakami breaks book sales record

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    Tokyo

    May 13, 2013 

    Haruki Murakami Photo credit: Random HouseWhen 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 MurakamiJapantimes.co.jpAmazon.co.jpAmazon.com author page on Haruki MurakamiFacebook 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"

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

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    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. 

  • Lü Lingzi is 3rd victim, Video shows Boston.com's Steve Silva was running toward blasts as it happened

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    Photo: Lü Lingzi, circulating on Weibo.com is third victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

    Lü Lingzi, in pictures circulating on Weibo.com is third victim of Boston bombings   April 17, 2013 Boston

    By Bridget O'Donnell, Shanghaiist.com

    A Chinese citizen is 3rd victim 

    The Chinese consulate in New York confirmed today that a Chinese citizen was killed in yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured more than 100.

    The victim was a Boston University grad student.

    The student was one of three friends watching the Marathon near the finish line.

    Earlier, both the consulate and BU declined to release the student's name, saying they were awaiting permission from her family members.

    That student has now been identified as Lü Lingzi (pictured) who was pursuing a grad degree at BU in Mathematics and Statistics.

    Lü worked as a manager assistant with Deloitte Consulting in Beijing, before moving to Boston.

    Lü was with her friend Zhou Danling watching the marathon at the finish line.

    A graduate of Wuhan university now studying actuarial science at BU, Zhou is said to have woken up from her coma, but remains unable to speak.

    Chinese netizens have flocked to Lü's Weibo page, leaving thousands of condolence messages. Her final post was a picture of her "wonderful breakfast" before the marathon.

      Originally posted April  16 on Shanghaiist.com. Distributed by New America Media to AsianConnections.com

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    Boston.com's senior producer Steve Silva's eyewitness account and the footage he shot. (Click on the blue title at the top to the full story and the video)Steve Silva, a senior sports producer for Boston.com, the online publication of The Boston Globe, and a Boston marathon runner himself was at the finish line filming at the time of the explosion.

    A professional journalist, the video Silva shot shows he was shooting and running toward the horrific disaster as it was happening, while others were (naturally) running away from it. 

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  • April 21 Pasadena, CA - MEDIA ACCESS EVENT - Meet with journalists. Learn how to pitch stories to the press

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    Our AAJA-LA.org board has a great slate of programs this year. Don't miss this event this Sunday April 21 - but hurry! RSVP by April 18 on Eventbrite.

     

    Presented by Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles chapter, in partnership with KPCC, Southern California Public Radio  

    When: 10:00 a.m. to noon Sun April 21, 2013

    Where: Crawford Family Forum at KPCC, 474 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena

    LIMITED SEATING + RSVP required by Thursday, April 18 on Eventbrite

    What: Please join us for a session for community groups to learn how to pitch stories to the media and to get news covered.

    Meet with journalists and trainers in print, broadcast, online media and public relations.

    Step by step, how does the press select stories to cover?

    What’s a pitch, and what kind of pitches catch the attention of decision-makers?

    How do you make a local story appeal to national media?

    How can you help journalists gain access to and understand diverse communities, diverse issues?

    The workshop will include specific examples, case studies as well as allow participants to break into small groups, with a trainer guiding a conversation in each group.

    Attendees may want to bring specific ideas and issues to brainstorm within your group and with our speakers.

    SPEAKERS:

    - Ashley Dunn, Los Angeles Times

    - Jay Eckstein, KABC Channel 7 

    - Oscar Garza, KPCC

    - Rachanee Srisavasdi, VENG Group 

    Moderator: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times

     

    FAQs

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, your name will be on the guest list.  

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