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  • Happy Year of the Snake! Angi Ma Wong's Predictions for the Year

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    by Angi Ma Wong FenSShui Lady ® Predictions for the Year of the Water Snake 4711   Currently Angi is scheduled to appear at an event called "The Chinese in America Interactive" with storytelling, displays, music and a surprise at the end! Wednesday May 29, 20134:40pmLive Oak Library4153 E. Live Oak AvenueArcadia, California You can order her feng shui books and kits...

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  • SF Jan 27, 2013 - Fred Korematsu Day "Heroes" Celebration

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    FRED KOREMATSU DAY "HEROES" CELEBRATION

     

    WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program

    WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

    WHAT: The Korematsu Institute celebrates Fred Korematsu Day 2013 by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked (see list below). This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on. The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, as well as a special performance by American Idol star JASMINE TRIAS.

    TICKETS: Available for purchase here

    $100 VIP reception with honorees + program admission

    $25 program general admission

    $10 senior (65+) / student / youth (under 18) admission

    If you are a Filipino WWII veteran, Japanese American WWII veteran, Internment Dissenter (No-No, Draft Resister or Renunciant), or Dollar Store Striker wishing to attend, please call us to request complimentary tickets.

    FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: http://bit.ly/kdayheroesfb

    MORE INFO: Call 415-848-7737

    FLYER: Download the flyer here

    MEDIA CO-SPONSORS: see below

    COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS: see below

    ABOUT FRED KOREMATSU DAY: Learn more about Fred Korematsu Day (actually on January 30th, Fred Korematsu’s birthday).

    FEATURING:

    Program emcee, DANNY GLOVER: actor, community activist, humanitarian Special performance by JASMINE TRIAS: American Idol star, international recording artist

     

    HONOREES:

    Photo courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institute

    1. FRED KOREMATSU: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Karen Korematsuwill represent her father at the event.

    Courtesy of Grace Lee Boggs

    2. GRACE LEE BOGGS: Chinese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Unfortunately, Ms. Boggs is unable to attend the event.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu's gown to the Ball

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    January 22, 2013

    Washington D.C.

    by AC Team staff

    If you are as talented as designer Jason Wu, lightning can indeed strike twice to your career. First Lady Michelle Obama arrived to the Commander-in-Chief inaugural ball last night wearing his stunning ruby red gown, marking the second inaugural she chose to wear one of his creations. From the homepage click here to view Jason Wu's full length inaugural gown.

    In 2009, at the first inaugural she surprised fashinistas by wearing a gown he designed, a flowing cream-colored shoulder-baring confection. Jason, then a 26 year old rising-star designer had submitted his dress he had created for her consideration, just as other designers have customarily done. In 2009, the moment First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in Wu's ball gown, was the moment his already fast-rising career launched into hyperspace.

    Designers were glued to the television watching the inaugural events to see what Mrs. Obama was wearing hoping it would be from their designs. Wu, 30, was watching the inaugural events on television with his staff in New York City. 

    Mrs. Obama appeared in Wu's flowing, belted chiffon and velvet red gown as she joined her husband onstage for their first inauguration dance at the Commander-in-Chief Ball. Wu told the New York Times, "I'm still floating." "It is a big surprise. The White House kept us pretty clueless until five minutes ago."

    Wu was born in Taiwan, moved to Canada when he was 9 years old, and graduated from boarding schools in the U.S. He attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

    It is an honor for a fashion designer to create an inaugural gown worn by a First Lady. Wu's ruby red inaugural gown is now planned to go to the National Archives. Mrs. Obama's 2009 creamy-white inaugural gown designed by Wu was donated to the Smithsonian.

    Mrs. Obama wore clothes designed by different designers throughout the inaugural events. She wore Jason Wu's cross-halter strapped ruby red inaugural...

  • Hideki Matsui announces his retirement - "Godzilla" to baseball fans in Japan and U.S.

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    Hideki Matsui, pro baseball player - Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons

    December 27, 2012

    New York City

    Hideki Matsui announced his retirement at age 38 on Thursday in Manhattan. Known as "Godzilla" to baseball fans in Japan and U.S., the 6 foot 2 inch, 210 lb. athlete has had an illustrious career in both countries. 

    He was named World Series Most Valuable Player in the U.S., and three times was named the Central League Most Valuable Player Award in Japan. He played seven seasons from 2003-2009 for the New York Yankees, and ten seasons for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

    He had a $52 million dollar four year contract with the New York Yankees through 2009. Matsui helped the New York Yankees win the World Series, defeating the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies earning him the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. At the end of 2009, Matsui agreed to a one-year $6.5 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    In addition, Matsui played one year stints with the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a basebal outfielder and designated hitter, batting left-handed and throwing right-handed. 

    For the full story click here.

     

  • In Memoriam: Senator Daniel Inouye 1924-2012

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    December 17, 2012

    American war hero and distinguished Senator Daniel Inouye has died at the age of 88 of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

    "Tonight, our country has lost a true American hero," said President Barack Obama. Senator Inouye was the second longest serving senator in the U.S. and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his World War II heroics.

    He was a member of the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in U.S. history. 

    For the full story click here

  • Feeling Stressed, and Wanting More Time? By Marilyn Tam “How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss

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    Feeling Stressed, and Wanting More Time? By Marilyn Tam 

    “How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss “It’s November already, where did the year go?”

    “The holidays are coming, and I’m still caught up in projects that I started months ago.” “Get all my work done? If I had 48 hours in a day I may get caught up in another year. Do you relate? Occasionally or more often, everyone has felt that time was rushing by, carrying with it our chances to finish what we began, say sorry, or redo something that we wish we hadn’t done.

    When the days are so packed with demands, both assigned and self-imposed, we have a tendency to live in a constant mad rush. Many of us multi-task and juggle urgent projects daily, careening through life with little time to ask why and what are we really doing. Later, sometimes too late, we realize that in our scramble through life, we have neglected what was truly meaningful to us.

    I’ve been there and more than a few times; living like that is an unsustainable and unhappy way to live. If you are feeling too stressed with what seems like an endless to do list, slow down. Take a deep breath, and then take another one, and then say, “What would happen if I didn’t do this task at this very moment?  What is really most important?  What is the truth here for me? Pull yourself back enough to get distance and perspective. Listen to the voice of your inner wisdom. The right answer to what you really need to do now will come.

    If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? ~ John Wooden

    Many years ago, when I was working my way through college, I thought I could do it all. I was taking 24 credit hours of classes (normal load is 12-15), working 20 hours a week as a fast food fry cook, on the University’s swim team and I was also the main volunteer cook at the University’s Chinese American Club. Surprising probably to no one but me, I fell ill, seriously sick.

    Frustrated and unbelieving...