FREDDIE MAC, AREAA, COUNTRYWIDE Team up with Nonprofits to help Asian Americans in Los Angeles Become Homeowners
(Los Angeles, CA) Thanks to a new homeownership initiative made possible by many organizations working together, Soo Han is the proud owner of a new home in Winnetka, Calif. Han is one of several individuals who have become
homeowners through a collaborative community effort to increase homeownership in the Korean American community in the greater Los Angeles area.
At a ceremony today at Youngnak Presbyterian Church, Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE) and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) officially kicked off the homeownership initiative with Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), Countrywide Home Loans and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC).
This homeownership initiative, which began last year, addresses language and cultural barriers, lack of knowledge about the homebuying process and other challenges faced by Asian Americans. These barriers are keeping many Asian
Americans from pursuing their dream of homeownership.
"Through KCCD's Homebuyer Education program, I realized how important having knowledge can be for first-time homebuyers," said Han. "With the help of KCCD's counseling program, I was able to purchase my first home with more than $138,000 of layered financing and downpayment assistance and at a five percent fixed interest rate."
"What better definition of 'The American Dream' exists than that of owning your own home?" asked Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31). "But unfortunately for far too many people in the 31st congressional district, that dream has been
squelched by high costs and confusing processes. So when I learned of this new program that addresses language and cultural barriers by offering education and counseling, I was immediately supportive and appreciative that these altruistic non-profits and...
AAJA mourns the passing of William Woo, the first Asian American editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in the US. He was also one of the first Asian Americans to head an editorial page.
This article was posted on the AAJA.org website on April 12, 2006
The Asian American Journalists Association mourns the loss of William Woo, 69, who died Wednesday.
He was the first Asian American to be named editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States, said AAJA national president Esther Wu, columnist/reporter for The Dallas Morning News.
In 1986, he was named editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Pulitzer family owned-and-operated newspaper that was founded in 1903 by Joseph Pulitzer.
Bill was the first non-Pulitzer to take the reins as editor. He was a true wordsmith who cared more about good journalism than the business of journalism. He inspired many to enter this profession -- including me, Wu said.
Woo worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 34 years beginning in 1962, rising from reporter to foreign correspondent, Washington columnist, editorial writer, editorial page editor, and serving as the newspapers editor for his last decade there.
He was one of the first Asian Americans to head an editorial page. AAJA vice president of print Jeanne Mariani-Belding had the opportunity to work closely with him while she was at the San Jose Mercury News and later as a Knight Fellow.
Words cannot describe this loss. Bill has been a mentor, an inspiration and above all, a dear friend, said Mariani-Belding, who today is editorial and opinion editor at The Honolulu Advertiser. He has touched so many of our members across the country. And his work at Stanford with the next generation of journalists will have a lasting impression on our industry. He was such a wonderful human being, a wonderful soul.
Former AAJA national president Catalina Camia, Washington assignment editor for USA TODAY, said,...
Jade Snow Wong, ceramist and noted author of "Fifth Chinese Daughter" has died at 84. She died Thursday of cancer at
her home in San Francisco's Russian Hill.
Jade Snow Wong ceramist and noted author of "Fifth Chinese Daughter" has died at 84.
The Alumnae Family at Mills is saddened to announce that Jade Snow Wong, also known as Connie Wong Ong, '42, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006, of cancer at her home in San Francisco's Russian Hill.
An accomplished author, her acclaimed book, "Fifth Chinese Daughter," published in 1950, chronicled her early life growing up in San Francisco in a traditional Chinese family. It also documents her perseverance in her pursuit of a college education without financial support from her parents. Jade Snow attended junior college and then transferred to Mills at the urging of none other that Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt herself! It was during this time at Mills that Jade Snow reluctantly took an art class entitled Tools and Materials and fell in love with ceramic arts. Jade Snow graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills in 1942 and was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Mills in 1976.
In 1945, at the age of 24, Jade Snow was given the task of getting the new alumnae headquarters built on campus. Resolute in facing the numerous challenges presented, the young Jade Snow secured donations, hired an architect, and purchased furniture for the completed building. Today Reinhardt Alumnae House still serves as the timeless and classic center of Mills alumnae activities.
A skillful and gifted ceramist, Jade Snow Wong has had her pottery and enamelware showcased throughout the country and around the world. As a struggling potter working at the storefront of a Grant Avenue merchant, she met another artist, Woodrow Ong. They were married in 1950 at the first wedding to ever be held at Reinhardt House. Together they fulfilled a dream of being a Chinese American couple who made their...
APALC Honors Memory of Legal Pioneer Judge Delbert E. Wong
LOS ANGELES, CA The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) mourns the loss of Judge Delbert E. Wong, who passed away on March 10 at the age of 85, and extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Judge Wong.
"Judge Wong was an inspiration and a pioneer in the Asian American and legal communities, and a champion of justice and equality," said Stewart Kwoh, APALC president and executive director. "He was a mentor to me personally and a hero to the board and staff of APALC. His legacy is that of an outstanding lawyer and judge; a devoted husband, father and grandfather; and a community leader who led the way for others. In his passing, we have lost a giant in our community."
For several generations of Asian American law students and lawyers, Judge Wong represented a pioneer and trailblazer. Judge Wong was the first Chinese or Asian American in many legal settings, including graduating from Stanford Law School and serving as deputy Legislative Counsel for the state legislature and deputy Attorney General for California. In 1959, he became the first Chinese American judge in the continental United States. He stayed on the bench for more than two decades, retiring in 1982 but remaining active in the legal community through private arbitration.
In addition to breaking down racial barriers in the legal field, Judge Wong played an instrumental role in remedying inequity in cases he handled. In one notable case, Judge Wong stood up for the constitutional guarantee of free speech. As part of a three-member appellate panel, Judge Wong ruled in 1969 in People v Cohen that an anti-draft message on the jacket of a college student observing the trial of a fellow antiwar protester was protected speech. Judge Wong and the appellate panel overturned the lower court's decision to sentence the college student to 30 days in jail for disturbing the peace. The case...
Sam Chu Lin, Asian American Broadcast Pioneer, Dies
He was an Asian American face on broadcast news decades before it was en vogue, a tireless journalist dedicated to getting Asian American stories broadcast, and a multi-dimensional newsman without peer.
On Sunday, March 5, 2006, the unmistakable voice went silent, as Asian American broadcast pioneer Sam Chu Lin died suddenly in Burbank, Calif. He was 67.
"Its quite a shock for everyone," said his widow Judy.
From coast to coast, news of Chu Lin's unexpected death sent shockwaves.
Both U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) called Chu Lin a journalism pioneer.
"Throughout his career, Sam stood strong against discrimination and helped break down negative stereotypes, all the while conducting himself with a great amount of integrity, credibility, and enthusiasm," said Mineta, a former San Jose congressman and mayor, in a statement.
"Sam was proud of his Chinese American heritage. He wasn't shy about using his roots to make the entire Asian American community, and indeed the world, a better place," Mineta added. "And today thanks in part to Sam, doors and minds that were once shut to Asian Americans are now open and accepting."
Mineta went on to call Chu Lin a "committed journalist and consummate professional."
"And he was a kind, loyal, and generous person," Mineta added. "He is someone whom I was lucky to call a peer, but even more blessed to call a friend."
Chu Lin wrote stories that documented the careers of Mineta and Honda.
Honda called him 'one of the giants of Asian American journalism' and a 'dear friend.'
"His life was one of endless commitment to truth-seeking and justice for all Americans, but especially for his brothers and sisters in the Asian American community," said Honda in a statement.
"His advocacy on behalf of civil rights and justice for Asian Americans...