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  • Happy Birthday March Fong Eu!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    March 29, 2013 Happy Birthday to March Fong Eu, a truly great lady. Today, March 29, the former U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia and Secretary of State of California turns 91.  Happy Birthday March! (LtoR) Suyin Fong Stein, March Fong Eu, Suzanne Joe Kai Photo by May Hsu March 23, 2013    Last Saturday, her daughter Suyin and I celebrated her birthday early. Dr. Eu is in...

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  • Son Surprises Mom with a new house on Mother's Day

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    Las Vegas

    May 13, 2013

     

    Photo credit: DIYMike's Youtube.com Channel videoMother's Day was a very special day for a Mom in Las Vegas. Her son, known as "DIYMike" on YouTube.com with his own channel of helpful do-it-yourself videos, decided to surprise his Mom with her dream come true. Click the top headline to the YouTube.com video or here.

  • Nicole Wong to join Obama Administration as White House's first Chief Privacy Officer

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    Nicole Wong Photo credit: Bart Nagel

    Washington, D.C.May 8, 2013

    President Barack Obama has reportedly selected Nicole Wong as the White House's first Chief Privacy Officer. Wong received her law degree and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a partner at Perkins Coie law firm. After working for Google for eight years as a vice president and deputy general counsel overseeing censorship issues for products such as YouTube.com, she joined Twitter as its legal director in November, 2012. 

    Wong's new role will be to advise the Obama administration on matters involving Internet Privacy. She will reportedly be a senior advisor to Todd Y. Park who was appointed in March, 2012 as the United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

    Todd Y. Park Photo credit: WhiteHouse.gov   Prior to Todd Y. Park's latest White House post as the United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, he was appointed in 2009 by President Obama as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Park is a graduate of Harvard, and co-founder of two health information technology companies.

     

    Related sources:

    White House Blog profile on Todd Y. ParkWikipedia on Todd ParkWikipedia on Nicole WongCNET.com

     

  • Network TV News Video Editor Eddy Li writes "My Journey Through Cancer"

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    Former ABC News Video Editor Eddy Li Photo courtesy: Eddy Li

    Eddy Li, former ABC News Video Editor 1971 to 2009, now retired and healthy Photo credit: Eddy Li

     

    Hong Kong

    May 13, 2013

    Eddy Li globe-trotted the world for ABC News in a high-stress non-stop news video editing job from 1971 to 2009.

    When a sudden diagnosis of cancer changed his life, Li wrote his personal account on how he entered into the darkest tunnel of his life and emerged, a more vigilant and environmentally aware individual.

    Today, as a cancer survivor and a retiree who now enjoys a healthier and more fulfilling life, Eddy shares what he has learned about our world's increasingly hazardous environment and how you can protect yourself from its toxicity.  AsianConnections' Suzanne Joe Kai chatted with Eddy about his new book, "From A Great Escape to a New Beginning - My Journey Through Cancer." 

    Suzanne: Congratulations on beating your Stage 3 cancer. When you were a news video editor with a busy globe-trotting life for years, can you share with our readers what your life was like, and how and why you have changed your lifestyle? 

    Eddy: In the eyes of an average audience, network news looks glamorous. It was indeed, at least during my days. But behind the scenes of its glamor, there went a stress-filled working environment. That is compounded by the time difference between Asia and the Americas. I joined ABC News in October 1971. I retired in October 2009.

    For me, it had been a physically challenging career. Sleep deprivation was part of my life. And it lasted for 38 years. It wasn’t easy. When the phone rang in the middle of the night, I was almost certain that I had to get out of bed and pack up, catch the next available flight and hit the road, and travel like a circus. You need a strong marriage to keep the job. Even when I was on vacation, in the back of mind, there’s always something which might happen to screw it all up.

    There wasn’t really a personal life. Despite all these, I had decent income and compensations. I had job...

  • April 21 Pasadena, CA - MEDIA ACCESS EVENT - Meet with journalists. Learn how to pitch stories to the press

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    Our AAJA-LA.org board has a great slate of programs this year. Don't miss this event this Sunday April 21 - but hurry! RSVP by April 18 on Eventbrite.

     

    Presented by Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles chapter, in partnership with KPCC, Southern California Public Radio  

    When: 10:00 a.m. to noon Sun April 21, 2013

    Where: Crawford Family Forum at KPCC, 474 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena

    LIMITED SEATING + RSVP required by Thursday, April 18 on Eventbrite

    What: Please join us for a session for community groups to learn how to pitch stories to the media and to get news covered.

    Meet with journalists and trainers in print, broadcast, online media and public relations.

    Step by step, how does the press select stories to cover?

    What’s a pitch, and what kind of pitches catch the attention of decision-makers?

    How do you make a local story appeal to national media?

    How can you help journalists gain access to and understand diverse communities, diverse issues?

    The workshop will include specific examples, case studies as well as allow participants to break into small groups, with a trainer guiding a conversation in each group.

    Attendees may want to bring specific ideas and issues to brainstorm within your group and with our speakers.

    SPEAKERS:

    - Ashley Dunn, Los Angeles Times

    - Jay Eckstein, KABC Channel 7 

    - Oscar Garza, KPCC

    - Rachanee Srisavasdi, VENG Group 

    Moderator: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times

     

    FAQs

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, your name will be on the guest list.  

  • GIRL RISING - in Select Regal Theaters April 19-26 Frieda Pinto, Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, and others narrate

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    GIRL RISING to screen nationwide in select Regal Cinemas April 19-26, 2013 Photo credit: GIRL RISING

    Sokha is one of nine girls featured in GIRL RISING. She was a Cambodian child of the dump, orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. Through a series of miracles she finds her way to a school and has risen to become a star student with a promising future. Photo credit: GIRL RISING

    April 19-26, 2013 GIRL RISING is screening nationwide in selected Regal Cinemas.

    “No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl, and this film is a wake-up call to the world that it’s time to educate girls,” actress Freida Pinto said in a statement to India-Times.com. “Right now, 66 million girls are not in school, and 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year — that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds."

    Freida Pinto joined other actresses Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett to narrate GIRL RISING which recently premiered in Los Angeles and screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    Sometimes it only takes a single person to start a revolution. This time, its a documentary film. GIRL RISING is the centerpiece of a campaign for girls' education. The film's message: "Educate Girls and you will change the world." A simple notion, yes, but in reality - not so simple.

    Millions of girls in developing countries face barriers to education that boys do not encounter. The film's campaign reports that 66 million school-age girls are not in school, 496 million girls over age 15 cannot read or write, and there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school worldwide.

    They grow up in extreme poverty, they are subject to early and arranged marriages, they are child-slaves, they are victims of war, gender violence and discrimination, and much more.  

    The film is directed by Academy Award nominee director Richard E. Robbins, with a team of filmmakers to tell the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries, written by 9 writers,...