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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

    Posted by Admin

    Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • It's the Year of the Dragon! What's Your Sign? Check it here!

    Posted by Angi Ma Wong

    IT IS THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON!   January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013

    What's your sign?   If you don't know what your Chinese zodiac animal is, check your birthdate with the chart below.*

    Then read AsianConnections.com's 14th annual Chinese Lunar New Year Predictions for the Year of the Dragon by best-selling author and Feng Shui consultant, and AsianConnections.com columnist Feng Shui Lady® Angi Ma Wong.

    AsianConnections.com thanks former Ambassador March Fong Eu for her Dragon art.

    YearAssociated ElementHeavenly StemEarthly BranchAssociated AnimalYear 1924–19831984–2043 1 Feb  5, 1924 – Jan 23, 1925 Yang Wood 甲 子 鼠 Rat Feb  2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985 2 Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926 Yin Wood 乙 丑 牛 Ox Feb 20, 1985 – Feb  8, 1986 3 Feb 13, 1926 – Feb  1, 1927 Yang Fire 丙 寅 虎 Tiger Feb  9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987 4 Feb  2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928 Yin Fire 丁 卯 兔 Rabbit Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988 5 Jan 23, 1928 – Feb  9, 1929 Yang Earth 戊 辰 龍 Dragon Feb 17, 1988 – Feb  5, 1989 6 Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930 Yin Earth 己 巳 蛇 Snake Feb  6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990 7 Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931 Yang Metal 庚 午 馬 Horse Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991 8 Feb 17, 1931 – Feb  5, 1932 Yin Metal 辛 未 羊 Goat Feb 15, 1991 – Feb  3, 1992 9 Feb  6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933 Yang Water 壬 申 猴 Monkey Feb  4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993 10 Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934 Yin Water 癸 酉 鷄 Rooster Jan 23, 1993 – Feb  9, 1994 11 Feb 14, 1934 – Feb  3, 1935 Yang Wood 甲 戌 狗 Dog Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30 1995 12 Feb  4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936 Yin Wood 乙 亥 猪 Pig Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996 13 Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10 1937 Yang Fire 丙 子 鼠 Rat Feb 19, 1996 – Feb  6, 1997 14 Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30 1938 Yin Fire 丁 丑 牛 Ox Feb  7, 1997 – Jan 27,...
  • AsianConnections presents Year of the Dragon Predictions by Angi Ma Wong Feng Shui Lady®, best selling author and Feng Shui consultant

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    THE YEAR OF THE WATER DRAGON 4710              January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013

    AsianConnections.com proudly presents its 14th annual Lunar New Year forecast by Feng Shui Lady® Angi Ma Wong Angi Ma Wong, a regular AsianConnections.com columnist is a best-selling author of 29 books and a Feng Shui and Intercultural consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She has been a guest on numerous TV programs including OPRAH, Regis, CNN Headline News, CBS Morning News, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, and featured in publications including People, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, TIME, USA Today, Redbook, and in over 600 broadcast, print and internet features. Her corporate clients have included AT&T, Bank of America, Four Seasons Hotel, The Limited, and more than one hundred residential and commercial real estate developers globally including Lennar, Centex, Pulte and Standard Pacific. Read Angi's predictions for your Year of the Dragon Chinese Zodiac animal horoscopes published here at AsianConnections.com.

    Don't know your Chinese Zodiac animal sign? Check your sign here.

    "Not to worry: We’ll all still be here for the 2012 holidays," says Feng Shui Expert Angi Ma Wong,author and columnist at AsianConnections.com. 

    With the advent of the new years: Gregorian, solar and lunar, there has been growing interest and concern about a possible apocalypse occurring at the end of 2012.  Don’t worry, be happy – you can make plans for your Hannukah, Christmas and Kawanzaa celebrations this year assures feng shui expert Angi Ma Wong of  Palos Verdes, California.  She advises not to get caught up in the hoopla regarding a possible total destruction of humankind and our planet occurring on the day of the winter solstice on this year.  While something may happen, it will not be a catastrophe that wipes out our planet.

    The Mayan calendar is measured in baktuns, each one lasting 324 years, explains Wong. December 21, 2012 is the winter solstice with the longest night of...

  • Meet the authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, Museworks, Ltd.

    Posted by Lia Chang

    I caught up with musicologist Joanna C. Lee and veteran music journalist Ken Smith at the Longacre Theatre in New York, after the post-show talkback following the 100th performance of Chinglish, by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright David Henry Hwang, which was recently named by TIME Magazine, Bloomberg Radio, NY1 and WNYC as one of the Top 10 Broadway shows of the year.

    Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang (center) is flanked by (l-r) his cultural advisors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, actors Johnny Wu, Christine Lin, Gary Wilmes, Angela Lin, Stephen Pucci, Jennifer Lim and Larry Lei Zhang after the 100th performance of Chinglish on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in New York on January 5, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    Smith and Lee were tapped as cultural advisors by the playwright when Chinglish, his play about an American businessman looking to land a deal in provincial China, had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Smith writes about their participation as resident Chinglish cultural advisors here.

    Chinglish cultural advisors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith at the opening night party of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Brasserie 8 ½ in New York on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The husband and wife team are co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac and co-directors of Museworks Ltd., a Hong Kong-based cultural consulting company offering wide-ranging support, from production to translation and media services, for artists and institutions seeking links to and from Asia. Their clients include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Holland Festival, Habitat for Humanity, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Sotheby’s HK.

    Ken Smith, Hong Kong-based composer Eli Marshall (Ashes of Time Redux) and Joanna C. Lee after the 100th performance of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish in New York on January 5, 2012. Photo by Lia...

  • Memorial Services January 6 for Civil Rights Leader Gordon Hirabayashi 1918 - 2012

    Posted by Lia Chang

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, along with the members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) - Asian Law Caucus, Asian American Justice Center, Asian American Institute and Asian Pacific American Legal Center - mourn the loss of civil rights leader Gordon Hirabayashi, who passed away on January 2, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the age of 93. His former wife, Esther Hirabayashi, passed away in Edmonton just hours later on the same day. She was 87.   He is survived by his wife, Susan, his children, Marion, Sharon, and Jay, his brother, James, and his sister Esther (also known as Tosh Furugori). "He was a great father who taught me about the values of honesty, integrity and justice," says his son, Jay Hirabayashi. "He was rightly recognized as a hero, but he never saw himself that way. He saw himself as someone who did wh at he had to do to stand up for the rights he believed in."    In 1942, Hirabayashi was a 24-year-old student at the University of Washington when President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, ordering the incarceration of 120,000 innocent people of Japanese ancestry. Hirabayashi, an American citizen, turned himself into the FBI in order to intentionally defy a curfew law imposed on all west coast residents of Japanese ancestry. After he was arrested and convicted, Hirabayashi appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Similar toKorematsu v. United States (1944), and Yasui v. United States (1943), the Supreme Court sadly ruled in Hirabayashi v United States (1943) that the curfew law was justified due to military necessity. Hirabayashi was sent to a prison camp in Arizona.     In 1983 and 1987, after the discovery of new evidence proving the government had known there was no grounds for the mass incarceration, both Korematsu and Hirabayashi re-opened their cases, leading their convictions to be overturned in the U.S....
  • Five Secrets to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life by Marilyn Tam

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    Five Secrets to a Happy, Healthy & Successful Life  By Marilyn Tam

    You make well-meaning resolutions to improve your life. But your resolutions fade under the stress of multiple demands on your time and attention. Oftentimes the resolutions are history before the month is done. How can we ensure that we actually benefit from the good intentions that we made with such conviction?

    Many years ago I made an earnest resolution to work less and to spend more time on my personal life, family and health.

    Being a type A personality, it was easier to say that than to follow through. By late in the same month, as I am running through another airport, I realized that I am already back to my old pattern of working seven days a week.

    On the next plane ride I took the time to ask myself a few hard questions. From that experience I developed these Five Guidelines to have a Happier, Healthier and more Successful Life. Isn't that what we are ultimately after?

    1. Make resolutions that you can manage. Specify your desired end result and make the goals measureable. For example, instead of saying that you want to lose weight, give yourself a specific time frame for a number of pounds or inches broken down into smaller pieces so that you have incremental targets to meet. Make the objectives a slight stretch but achievable. You are more likely to continue once you see positive progress towards your ultimate goal.

    Limit the number of resolutions. Your mind can only deal with so many tasks at a time. Limit your resolutions to fewer than seven and prioritize them. That way you can work on them in order of importance to maximize your success potential.

    2. Review your life mission before you make your resolutions. What are the most important things in your life? When you make your commitments based on what you truly value, instead of what someone else or society tells you that you ought to do, you will be more motivated to work towards them.

    3. Get Partners and Mentors....