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Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female
November 14, 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about. The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman. That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego. After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water. Then she...

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Nicole Wong to join Obama Administration as White House's first Chief Privacy Officer

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Nicole Wong to join Obama Administration as White House's first Chief Privacy Officer

Nicole Wong Photo credit: Bart Nagel

Washington, D.C.

May 8, 2013

President Barack Obama has reportedly selected Nicole Wong as the White House's first Chief Privacy Officer. Wong received her law degree and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a partner at Perkins Coie law firm. After working for Google for eight years as a vice president and deputy general counsel overseeing censorship issues for products such as YouTube.com, she joined Twitter as its legal director in November, 2012. 

Wong's new role will be to advise the Obama administration on matters involving Internet Privacy. She will reportedly be a senior advisor to Todd Y. Park who was appointed in March, 2012 as the United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

Todd Y. Park Photo credit: WhiteHouse.gov   Prior to Todd Y. Park's latest White House post as the United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, he was appointed in 2009 by President Obama as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Park is a graduate of Harvard, and co-founder of two health information technology companies.

 

Related sources:

White House Blog profile on Todd Y. Park
Wikipedia on Todd Park

Wikipedia on Nicole Wong

CNET.com

 

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

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 13 May 2013

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

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...

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

 
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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. 

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

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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

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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