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  • Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

    Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

    By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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  • Mario Machado - Pioneer Los Angeles TV and Radio Broadcaster - 1935 - 2013

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    Los Angeles May 6, 2013

    by Suzanne Joe Kai

    In Memoriam: Mario Machado 1935-2013 Pioneer Radio and TV Newsman, Anchor and ActorMario Machado, the nation's first Asian American on-air television news reporter and anchor passed away May 4, 2013 at age 78. Mario was a pioneer who blazed a trail for all of us. A pioneer with heart, he went out of his way to encourage us to follow our dreams. 

    In 2010, the Asian American Journalists Association honored Mario Machado inducting him onto its new Honor Roll of Asian American Pioneers in U.S. Journalism (1925-1975) at AAJA's 29th annual National Convention in Los Angeles.

    In 1999, Machado was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. The CHSA produced this video which has excerpts of some of his early broadcasts.

    As fellow pioneer television broadcaster Christopher Chow says about Mario:"Everybody in our field and in the Asian American community owes him for opening doors for us and for helping us to gain credibility and opportunities.  Not only did he perform well on air but he actively advocated for us, for our inclusion, for the hiring and promoting of Asian Pacific Islander journalists by news media organizations all across America. Mario, we salute you."

    Chow wrote about Mario in his "Casting Our Voices" for the Chinese Historical Society's tribute to Chinese American Pioneer Broadcasters:

    "His father's Portuguese name and his Chinese mother's heritage steeled him for the travails of the mass media system that often prejudged him as a Mexican and ignored him as a Chinese American. His undeniable talent for communications made him one of the first and few ethnic minority national network sports analysts when he joined CBS Sports in 1968 as a color commentator."

    Mario began his career as an on-air news reporter at KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) in 1967. In 1969 he became the first consumer affairs reporterin the nation at KNXT Los Angeles (now KCBS-TV Channel 2), where he...

  • Takuma Sato wins IndyCar series race - first Japanese driver in history to win

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    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. 

  • Super Hiro - Hiroki Kuroda throws complete game shutout

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    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 League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles matched Kuroda zero for zero over the first four innings tonight.

    Read more here.  

    Go catch a screening of "42" the new movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson which took top box office honors this weekend. Just released in theaters nationwide the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 

    Photo: Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen

    For the full story about the New York Yankees vs the Baltimore Orioles game tonight click here.

  • Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

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    April 12, 2013

    Seattle

    Photo: JunieHoang.com 

    Actress Huang "Junie" Hoang has lost her lawsuit. She sued IMDb for refusing her request to remove her correct age from her IMDb Pro account. A federal jury in Seattle ruled against her lawsuit.  

    Hoang, now 41, originally filed suit in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com for revealing her true date of birth, which she said opened her up to age discrimination. 

    In March 18, 2013, all of her claims against Amazon and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed, and on April 12, 2013, a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim for breach of contract.

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  • In Memoriam: Chi Cheng 1970-2013 Grammy winning bass guitarist of the Deftones

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    Chi Cheng (1970-2013) Deftones Grammy-winning Bass Guitarist

    Sacramento, California

    April 14, 2013

    Photo: OneLoveforChi.com  Chi Cheng (1970-2013) Grammy-winning American bass guitarist and Deftones band member  

     

    www.oneloveforchi.com posted sad news today. It published a message from Jeanne Marie Cheng, mother of American musician and poet Chi Cheng that he passed away last night.

    The website, originally started by a fan was dedicated to communicating updates and raising funds to aid in the recovery of Chi Cheng who was seriously injured in a car accident. It reported that a candlelight vigil is planned tonight, Sunday April 14 in Cheng's memory at 6:30pm at Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento. 

    Cheng, bass guitarist and co-founding member of the Grammy-winning alternative metal band Deftones died April 13, 2013 at age 42, after more than four years of medical care following a car accident in Santa Clara, California in November, 2008 which left him in a coma.  Born Chi Ling Dai Cheng in Davis, California, he grew up in Stockton and joined the Deftones shortly after it formed in a Sacramento garage. 

    Updates on the website said that he was showing signs of improvement including regaining partial consciousness and moving his legs on command. By summer 2012 he returned home to further recover.  But he took a turn for the worse this weekend.

    Cheng recorded five albums with the Deftones, debuting in 1995 with Adrenaline to 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. In 2000, Cheng released a collection of his poetry in a spoken word album titled The Bamboo Parachute.

    Click here from the home page to the full story and Tribute Interview with Chi Cheng (1970 - 2013) Credit: ArtisanNewsService on YouTube.com

    His sister Mae reportedly sustained minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt in the 2008 accident. Chi's injuries were much more serious. He was in the passenger seat without a seat belt on, and was ejected from the car when it flipped several times after hitting another car going 60 mph. 

    The message posted today on