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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

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    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • 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...

  • Guy Kawasaki - The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

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    Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

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    We received alot of positive feedback to our posting of Guy Kawasaki's Spring, 2013 talk at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan).

    The former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures is such a good speaker that you wanted to hear more of him.  He was the keynote speaker at the first Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2005, and its timeless. 

    You can click on the top blue headline to the full story and his video or click here. In his keynote, "The Art of the Start" he gives insight into the characteristics that make a successful start-up.

    His first test is, "Are you making "meaning?"  He finds that the start-ups which have the highest chance of success are created by people who have a mission. He says they want to make "meaning" and not money. He feels the entrepreneurs who more often succeed are those who want to change the world. They want to make the world a better place, to improve the quality of life, to right a wrong, to fix something and change it to make it better, or they want to prevent the end of something good. 

    He urged his audience of students to be "Prototypers" not typists. He was referring to entrepreneurs who create things, or develop something, versus those who merely write a business plan with a mission statement. 

    Kawasaki says, "Get going." "As an entrepreneur - Think different. Don't look at the existing status quo. Don't look at what is successful now, except to say how can I leap frog that? How can I change the world. How can I shift paradise? How do I get to the next curve? How can I create the next curve?"

    Second, "You should polarize people. Create products and services that you love." 

    Third, "Find a few soul mates. There is this myth about the solo entrepreneur - that is a vastly overrated and inaccurate myth." "You need people to balance off your skillset, if you are great at engineering you need sales,...

  • The Associated Press Drops the Term "Illegal Immigrant"

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    New America Media, News Report, Posted: Apr 02, 2013

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    The Associated Press announced Tuesday, April 2, 2013 that it will no longer use the term "illegal" or "illegal immigrant" to describe a person. Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote in a blog post that the decision was part of the company's attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels. She did not specify which term the Associated Press would use instead.

    But the question doesn't only apply to English-language news media. New America Media asked editors of U.S. in-language media outlets what terms they used to describe undocumented immigrants (in Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese) -- and found some surprising responses.   - Report courtesy of New America Media (For the full report click on the blue headline above)

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    New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Sep 19, 2011

    Before publishing a story on immigration, every editor faces a question: What term should be used to describe an immigrant who is in the United States illegally? The AP Stylebook states that the preferred term is “illegal immigrant” -- but that “illegal” should not beused as a noun. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists advocates the use of the term “undocumented immigrant” or “undocumented worker.” A campaign headed by the Applied Research Center and its news site ColorLines – called “Drop the ‘i’ Word” – considers “illegal” a slur and is calling on media outlets across the country to take a pledge to stop using the term.But for editors of U.S. ethnic media -- whose news outlets serve the nation’s ethnic and immigrant communities, in multiple languages -- the choice may not be as clear. Undocumented immigrants may be described as anything from “living in hiding” in Punjabi to “illegal overstayers” in Korean.Some ethnic media sectors have taken a stand on the issue:...
  • SF State University celebrates its new President Leslie E. Wong

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    New President Leslie E. Wong SF State University Photo: CA State University

     

     San Francisco

    A week-long celebration begins March 9 to 15, 2013 to commemorate the investiture of San Francisco State University's 13th President, Leslie E. Wong.

    The formal investiture of President Wong will take place Thursday March 14, at 2pm in McKenna Theatre on campus.

    A celebration dinner honoring President Wong's investiture, and the induction of alumni into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame will take place on Friday March 15 at the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco.

    The celebration dinner will be emceed by author and former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine Ben Fong-Torres, also a San Francisco State Hall of Famer.

    After a nationwide search, the California State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Leslie E. Wong, as president of San Francisco State University last May, 2012. Dr. Wong, was the head of Northern Michigan University since 2004. San Francisco State University has a campus of nearly 30,000 students.

    Dr. Wong is a native of Oakland, California. His mother is of Mexican descent from a family of farm workers. His father is Chinese American, and was an executive of the National Dollar Store.

    The full schedule of week-long events are listed at presidentialinvestiture.sfsu.edu

    http://presidentialinvestiture.sfsu.edu/content/leslie-e-wong-phd-13th-president-san-francisco-state-university

     

  • Justin Chon stars in 21 and Over

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    Hollywood

    February 26, 2013

    What?!! An Asian American male star in a Hollywood movie that isn't a Kung Fu film? 

    Justin Chon ("Twilight"), steps into the spotlight as the lead character in the comedy 21 and Over, opening in theaters nationwide March 1.

    Chon, 31, was born in Garden Grove in Orange County, California, and was raised in Irvine, California. He attended business school at the University of Southern California. At age 20, Chon began taking acting lessons, inspired by growing up watching his father in black and white films. His father is a former child actor from South Korea.

    AsianConnections' Suzanne Joe Kai chatted with Justin about his new role, 
breaking stereotypes, and what's next in his fast-rising career.  (For the full interview transcript click on the blue headline link above.) 

    Justin: Hey Suzanne, thank you.

    Suzanne: You’re right from Orange County, California!

    Justin: Yeah, Irvine. Yeah, born and raised. I was born in Garden Grove Hospital.

    Suzanne: Can you describe your role in your new film 21 and Over coming out in theaters March 1, 2013?

    Justin: Yeah. I play a character named Jeff Chang. It's his 21st birthday and my two friends come up to celebrate with me but I have a medical school interview the next day. They convinced me to have one beer and obviously that beer turns into absolute chaos. My character's just an average kid. He's actually not that smart, he's like failing out of school.

    Suzanne: What made you jump on board this film?  

    Justin: Well, the guys who wrote it wrote The Hangover and they’re great writers. I just read the script and I loved it. I’m an Asian American actor and it’s a three-dimensional part so it’s great to see somebody who wrote such a great part for an Asian American so I just had to do it. 

The whole movie's mass is with partying but the core of it is really about these three guys and their friendship.

    Suzanne: I think this is one of the very few or if not the first movie...