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'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.Prior to
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...
May 13, 2013
When Haruki Murakami's latest book became available for pre-order in Japan last month it broke the country's record for pre-orders on Amazon.co.jp within eleven days.
After the first week of the release, Bungeishungu, his publisher in Japan ordered one million copies to be printed. Last month book stores in Japan opened at midnight to greet long lines of customers. Haruki Murakami's latest novel is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. This is his first new novel since writing best-selling IQ84 three years ago which also received worldwide acclaim. Murakami's books have been translated into 42 languages. Murakami lives near Tokyo and was born in Kyoto in 1949.
No word yet on when Murakami's latest book will be translated into English, but if you can read Japanese you can check it out here.
For more articles related to Haruki Murakami's books and life:
Official Random House U.S. site for author Haruki Murakami
Amazon.com author page on Haruki Murakami
Facebook page on author Haruki Murakami managed by Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books,
part of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (Random House)
Blog post at NewYorker.com by Roland Kelts "Lost in Translation"
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.