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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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  • Vote for your favorite video in the White House AAPI "What's Your Story Video Challenge"

    Posted by Suzanne Kai


    More than 200 videos were submitted by members from the AAPI communities to a video challenge called "What's Your Story" sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    Here are the top eleven finalists. You may vote only once, for one of these eleven video entries. The deadline to vote is March 1, 2012. A group of finalists will be selected to come to the White House in March, 2012 to share their stories at a White House Champions of Change event. 

    White House staffers Eddie Lee, Associate Director, Office of Engagement, and Miya Saika Chen talk about the "What's Your Story" video challenge.




  • "Linsanity"- Jeremy Lin: ESPN fires writer and suspends broadcaster for its racist headline and remarks -New York Knicks Sensation has Captured our Hearts

    Posted by Suzanne Kai



    July 17, 2012

    Goodbye New York, Hello Houston! 


    After weeks of speculation, Tuesday night the New York Knicks announced it would not match the Houston Rockets' offer.


    Emotions have been running high with Knicks fans. To quote writer Ian O'Connor at, "Jim Dolan just made one of the dumbest moves of his basketball life"...


    Meanwhile, Lin remains a gentleman, thanking the Knicks and showing enthusiasm for Houston. 


    Twitter comments: (@JLin7)


    "Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! ‪#RedNation‬" "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life ‪#ForeverGrateful‬"


    For the latest on Jeremy Lin:


    July 5, 2012


    This afternoon Jeremy Lin agreed to a multi-million dollar offer sheet by the Houston Rockets. Numerous sources say that the Houston Rockets' offer is reportedly a four year $28.8 million deal with Lin. The contract cannot be signed until after the NBA moratorium ends next Wednesday, July 11, 2012, then the New York Knicks have three days to match the Rockets' offer or let him go. This story is evolving day by day, and in some cases hour by hour.


    (Video image by Suzanne Joe Kai at a press interview with Jeremy Lin in the NY Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden March 11, 2012)





    February 21, 2012

    "Can't escape race, no matter what," says writer William Wong who pens his fourth column on Linsanity.

    And as Bill points out, William C. Rhoden, a sports columnist for The New York Times who is African American laments that there's been no equivalent exuberant, mostly positive madness for a sudden African American athletic star the way there has been for Lin and Tebow, and that African American athletes continue to be stereotyped negatively. 

    Linsanity is more than an APA kid finally making it as a break-out star in the NBA. He has captured the hearts and...

  • For Love of Money by Marilyn Tam

    Posted by Admin

    Have you heard this before? “Love or Business, you have to choose.” The message is direct - you have to decide what you value more, something/one you love or your work/business. Actually, there is a more factual statement – Love is Good Business.

    February is the month of love. A great deal of thought and energy will be spent on expressions of love, usually for a romantic partner. The truth in the old axiom, Love makes the World Go Round, applies to all aspects of life, not only to romantic love. When you are doing what you love, you are going to be more successful in it, and you will also be happier and at peace. It’s only natural.

    “I don’t think I have ever worked in my life, because work to me means that you are really doing something you don’t like.”

    John Kluge, multibillionaire founder of Metromedia

                How do you harness the immense power of love in your business? You’ve guessed it – love what you do. Wait, you say, I work for money, I don’t love my work. Or, I used to like my job but over the years it’s gotten boring; now I am doing it because I can’t think of what else I can do to earn a living. Uh oh, we need to talk. It is highly unlikely that you are going to be able to excel in your business if you are just going through the motions. Equally if not more important, your quality of life is reduced because you are spending many of your waking hours at something which gives you little joy.

                How can you love your business and become more successful at the same time? Ask yourself honestly - is your life mission aligned with your business? This may take some quiet time of reflection and digging for you to get your answer. The daily grind and stress may be obscuring your original reasons for being in your line of work. Take the time to remember and reacquaint yourself with the calling that brought you into your business.

                Did you at one time feel so excited to be in your field? Recall that feeling...

  • Go out and bring in the New Year! YEAR OF THE DRAGON EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY

    Posted by Suzanne Kai


    begins January 23, 2012 with observances that continue 15 days.

    The Dragon is considered by many to be the most auspicous year in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.Go out and bring in the new year!

    Read author and Feng Shui expert Angi Ma Wong's predictions here. 

    Here are just a sample of the many events celebrating the Year of the Dragon around the country, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Monterey Park, CA, New York City, Flushing, Queens, Vancouver, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, British Columbia, Toronto, Washington DC, Milpitas, Fremont, Palo Alto, Campbell, San Jose, Foster City, Redwood City, Saratoga, Cupertino, Newark, CA, San Bruno, and beyond! 

    (Compiled from news sources around the country. Please confirm all dates, times and locations independently if you plan to attend any of these events. Dragon photo by Lia Chang.)


    Jan 14-15: San Francisco Flower Market Fair and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

    The Chinese New Year Flower Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candy and other new supplies for the home to begin the new year. At the main stage on Washington Street below Grant, the Mayor will join honored guests in officially opening the Festival with a ribbon cutting ceremony. (Estimated time for ribbon cutting ceremony 10:45 a.m.)  

    Jan. 29: Free San Francisco Zoo Admission for Dragons: The San Francisco Zoo will present Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and more family friendly entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is regular-priced but guests born in the Year of the Dragon, including 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012, can get in for free.

    Feb. 4: Miss Chinatown USA Pageant This annual pageant is a treasured tradition for Chinese Americans. Young women of Chinese descent from across...