website. Chiao and Pulham's report says, "The U.S. space program is handicapped by a lack of funding – and, even more crucially, a lack of clear direction. So much so that the U.S. now risks watching from the sidelines as other world powers – notably Russia and China – take the lead in establishing a base on the moon as a stepping stone for a human mission to Mars. As the race for president of the United States moves closer to Election Day, the candidates’ near silence on space-related issues becomes more conspicuous – and more unsettling."
Read more by Dr. Leroy Chiao at his website LeroyChiao.com
November 13, 2014
Leroy Chiao former NASA Astronaut: Philae's comet landing is "Amazing"
Philae's historic comet landing today is 'amazing' says former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao. Read his commentary at CNN.com.
Chiao was Commander of the International Space Station during ISS Expedition 10 where he lived on board from October 13, 2004 to April 23, 2005. During his 15 years at NASA, he flew four space missions, performed six spacewalks and has logged nearly 230 days in space.
In 2004 and 2005, Chiao communicated from space to editor Lia Chang to post here at AsianConnections. Today, Chiao is busy working in space technology research and ventures, and is a popular motivational speaker and educator.
In 2004 and 2005 Astronaut Leroy Chiao transmitted blog posts and Q&A with editor Lia Chang for AsianConnections. Most of the communication was conducted beginning with the Expedition 10 mission pre-launch period and continued to transmit from space beginning in October, 2004 while he was Commander of the International Space Station for six and a half...
2016 V3 Honorees!:John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu
Actor John Cho, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and blogger Phil Yu were honored at this year’s V3 Digital Media Conference special awards ceremony on June 24 to kick off the full day V3 conference on June 25, 2016.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership decides who gets to win the Oscars and up to now the members are 94% white and 77% male.
The Los Angeles Times has issued its own tip sheet on 100 potential member candidates to help diversify the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership. Lisa Nishimura, NETFLIX's VP Original Documentary/Comedy and Alex Cabellero, NALIP's Executive Director are two executives on the Los Angeles Times' list. (image left)
As we write this, industry professionals are meeting this weekend in a private 'summit' on what should be the next steps to take after the initial protest letter signed by 25 members was sent to the Academy.
The #OscarsSoWhite and ongoing Whitewashing - white actors playing Asian characters are topics that have been going on for decades, but the recent backlash has reached a tipping point of activism with well-established industry insiders now starting to stand up, speak up and and fight for change.
At 2pm today, June 4, 2016 there is a panel on the topic at the Producers Guild of America's annual conference at Sony Studios in Culver City, "Produced By LA 2016."
The Los Angeles Times list is here:
The event, as part of 2016 CAAMFEST was a big success - go to 1990Institute.org for future dates and events!
On March 19, 2016 student finalists, teachers and special guests gathered for a screening and awards ceremony as part of the events of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFEST 2016.
Sat March 19 | Youth Voices on ChinaAwards Bash + CAAMFest ScreeningTickets: $8 students under 18 | $15 adults
Join our YVOC Awards Bash & Screening with Joan Chen, our student finalists, teachers, special guests. It'll be a fun afternoon with a great CAAMFest premiere in Japantown's New People Theater, followed by delectable Hawaiian food!
Come meet some of our judges (who had tough judging criteria), including Alibaba's Annie Xu, Tonia Hsieh, Stephanie Yang, George Lucas Educational Foundation's Milton Chen, New York Times' Katie Brenner, plus Assemblymember David Chiu's staff!
Plus a special panel:
Don't miss our reception's special 30-minute "Power of Video and Social Media Panel:" featuring experts who will discuss their video and social media strategy work for the White House, the Olympics, Tencent, and Jeremy Lin, and their US-China careers:Edward Lee Jan Lin with Patricia SunJeremy Lin's Business Manager. This engaging, interactive session is mainly geared to our student audience, who will also come away with video-making and social media tips...and how to win Youth Voices next year!
If you are one of the 10,000 people turning 65 everyday in the United States, you are eligible to apply for Medicare but you might want to wait, or apply three months before the month you turn 65. Confusing? Yes.
Medicare expert Jae Oh recently published a valuable resource, Maximize Your Medicare, 2016 Edition.
Medicare currenly has 55 million beneficiaries. Many Americans eligible for Medicare have no idea how Medicare works and the many choices that each individual must make can be confusing or easily misunderstood.
Maximize Your Medicare explains how to choose and why. What you can choose may be very different from what you should choose. The book provides analysis and advice in plain-spoken English with NEW, UPDATED 2016 Premiums, and cost-sharing details.
The book offers tips on how to get extra benefits and explains benefits that you may not have known existed. There are sections which describe some specific groups of beneficiaries, from veterans to governmental employees to the seriously ill.
Special attention is devoted to those that are part of employer-sponsored group plans.
Given the rapid changes to retiree healthcare benefits, it means that those who believed that they were "all set," will be required to learn the new language of Medicare.
Jae W. Oh, MBA, CFP®, CLU® ChFC® is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant, a licensed insurance producer, and a contributor on www.mymedicareanswers.com, a website powered by Humana, one of the nation’s largest carriers of Medicare plans. Maximize Your Medicare is available at Amazon.com.
President Obama awarded the late civil rights pioneer Minoru Yasui with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House's highest civilian honor on November 24, 2015.
"A posthumous award to Minoru Yasui would close the circle of honor that surrounds the three men (Minoru Yasui, Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi) who, in 1942, challenged the forced removal and imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry," Holly Yasui, Minoru Yasui's daughter and co-chair of the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee told NBC News.
Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Gordon Hirabayashi was awarded posthumously in 2012.
Photo credit: 1983 Coram Nobis Litigants (LtoR) Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu Courtesy of Holly Yasui and Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee.jpg
For more on the story:
NBC News Asian America - Minoru Yasui
NBC News Asian America - Crowdfunding campaign for Minoru Yasui film
Go to AAJA-LA.org for information on the next round of scholarships!
Here is the link to the AAJA-LA.org application!
August 12, 2015
Don't miss this great opportunity! The deadline is September 25, 2015!
The Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles is pleased to announce its annual scholarship competition.The chapter will award several scholarships of $2,500 each to full-time college students in the Greater Los Angeles Area. If you are a student, we hope you will take part. We are here to support your studies and career advancement. If you are not a student but know of one, please forward this information. http://aaja-la.org/2015/08/2015-aaja-la-scholarship-applications-being-accepted/
From its inception in 1981 as our organization’s founding chapter, AAJA-LA has been committed to supporting the next generation of journalists. Through the years, the chapter has made the scholarship program the centerpiece of its fundraising efforts.
The program also serves as a way to connect our past and future. In addition to several general awards, the chapter gives two scholarships in memory of early members of our chapter: the Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship, given to a promising broadcast student, and the Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, with preference given to a student who is from the Inland Empire or who demonstrates special financial need.
Our 2014 scholarship winners included students with varied experiences in audio, print, multimedia and web: Karin Chan (UCLA), Jennifer Crane (UCLA), Anastassia Olmos (USC), Cameron Quon (USC), Kevin Tsukii(USC) and Vivian Vu (Chapman University).
EligibilityStudents who are committed to AAJA’s mission and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career. Full-time students who are enrolled in colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties and taking journalism or related courses and...
The Mystical Energy of Toshogu Shrine
Travels by Linh Phung
On a humid and misty August day, I traveled to Nikko, Japan, a small town where nobody goes out after 11 PM. I remember being out a little past 11 with a friend and the owner of the hostel drove to look for us because he was worried.
It’s a tourist town where everyone goes to visit the Toshogu shrine (東照宮) during the summer or ski during winter.
There’s something undeniably mysterious about the shrine area - an odd, inexplicable energy that made my hair stand up when I was hiking by myself up some off-beaten trail surrounded by soft moss and graceful cedar trees.
Update! September 20, 2016
Keep watching! "Fresh Off the Boat" has been renewed for a third season to premiere October 11, 2016.
Here's a 'rewind' back to our article on February 4, 2015 on why we should watch the show. First, it's entertaining! Secondly, read below writer Hanh Nguyen's 8 reasons:
February 4, 2015
Update! Ok! Now that "Fresh Off the Boat" has officially made its debut tonight, here are 8 reasons from TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen why we need this network sitcom to succeed.
Nguyen writes, "Fresh Off the Boat is an imperfect comedy, but that doesn't stop me for fiercely, passionately wanting it to succeed." On Nguyen's list: "It's time Asians stopped being "The Other" Please read her full article at TVGuide.com here.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network sitcom about an Asian-American family in 20 years. The last was Margaret Cho’s short-lived “All-American Girl” in 1994 and 1995. Randall Park (The Interview) plays the father of a Taiwanese immigrant family. The cast includes children Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, and Forrest Wheeler, and the mother is played by Constance Wu.