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For Love of Money by Marilyn Tam

Posted by AC Team - on Monday, 06 February 2012

For Love of Money by Marilyn Tam
Have you heard this before? “Love or Business, you have to choose.” The message is direct - you have to decide what you value more, something/one you love or your work/business. Actually, there is a more factual statement – Love is Good Business. February is the month of love. A great deal of thought and energy will be spent on expressions of love, usually for a romantic partner. The truth in the old axiom, Love makes the World Go Round, applies to all aspects of life, not only to...

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UPDATE: N. Korea sets June 4 Trial Date for Current TV Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee held since March 17

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 14 May 2009

UPDATE:
May 12, 200 - North Korea sets trial date June 4 for American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

April 24, 2009 - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is deeply troubled by the news that two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have reportedly been indicted in North Korea for illegal entry and "hostile acts."

NEWS UPDATES:

May 14, 200 -

News has been very limited about American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, currently scheduled to stand trial June 4 in North Korea.

The two American journalists who work for CURRENT TV in San Francisco, are accused of entering the country illegally and intending "hostile acts." They have been held in North Korean custody since March 17.

Here from around the Web are news stories, and citizen activist bloggers:

May 15, 2009 N. Korea Sets Trial of 2 U.S. Journalists

May 14, 2009 U..S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopeful for detained U.S. journalists.

May 13, 2009 Yahoo News Reuters reports.

May 14, 2009 CNN reporter Sohn Jie-Ae and Don Ridddell discuss the political backdrop of news two U.S. Journalists will face trial in North Korea

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April 24, 2009 -

CNN reports N. Korea has concluded an investigation and has ordered Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to stand trial.

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April 24, 2009 -

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is deeply troubled by the news that two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have...

Barack Obama's ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2009 Proclamation

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 11 May 2009

Barack Obama's ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2009 Proclamation

The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discriminationyet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their families and creating opportunities for their children.

Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects of society. They have created works of literature and art, thrived as American...

A Letter from Lisa Ling

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 03 June 2009

Candlelight vigils were held in 9 cities June 3 as American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are in court in North Korea facing charges of "illegal entry" and "hostile acts."
Read tonight's message from Laura Ling's sister, Lisa.

After more than two months of silence hoping that their daughters would be released through diplomatic channels, the Ling and Lee families have now gone public to plead for their daughter' safe return home.

UPDATE June 3, 2009 11pm PST

Message read at all 9 vigils, June 3rd - Trial Day for Laura and Euna:

Statement by Lisa Ling

On behalf of the families of Laura and Euna, I thank you. Words cannot express how moved we are that you have all come out here to support the girls. To the organizers and volunteers of this unbelievable grassroots movementat last count there were 9 vigils happening in cities across the U.S.--we are awed and deeply humbled by your efforts. Some of you we know, many of you we dont, most of you dont even know Laura and Euna. But tonight, we are forever linked.

It is the morning of June 4, in Pyongyang, North Korea. As we stand here tonight, it is entirely possible that my sister Laura and Euna Lee are standing trial in a North Korean courtroom. I know they are scared.

They are being charged with illegal entry and hostile acts. My sister is strong, but there is nothing hostile about her. Euna is the mother of the most angelic 4-year-old daughter, hardly a threatening character.

As many of you may have heard from some of...

Los Angeles Chapter ASCEND Conference Highlights

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

Members of the Asian American business, accounting and finance community gathered in Los Angeles to rethink how they will do business in the future.

This is their second annual event since the founding last year of the LA Chapter of ASCEND, a non-profit organization which has ten professional chapters, 16 student chapters and more than 4,500 members nationally.

On May 20, 2008, the Los Angeles Metro Chapter of Ascend, whose aim is to be the premier professional association for enhancing the presence and influence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the finance, accounting and business related professions, celebrated their 2nd annual event commemorating the launch of this local chapter last year.

Renowned actor and producer Ming Lo, appearing in Hollywood hits like Million Dollar Baby and Jarhead, emceed the event for the more than 200 guests and VIP's of the Asian American business community.

Co-Keynote speaker, the honorable Carol Liu, California State Senator, gave an insightful interpretation of the recent election results where Californians voted against all but one of the proposed propositions on the ballot noting that "Californians have spoken. Yesterday's election was a wake up call to government. It needs to revamp the ways of doing things in the state. The taxpayers have said [California's government] needs to make due with what [they] currently have, just like Californians have to do everyday." She also noted that going forward, governments need to "return to...

Chinese Immigrants Lead Call for College Access

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. -- English-language learners have the lowest scores on the California High School Exit Exam and the lowest rates of college attendance in the state. Zhuanyi Deng hopes to change all that.

New America Media Education Editor Carolyn Ji Jong reports.

New America Media, News Report, by Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, Posted: May 28, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. -- English-language learners have the lowest scores on the California High School Exit Exam and the lowest rates of college attendance in the state. Zhuanyi Deng hopes to change all that.

Deng is part of a group of Cantonese-speaking low-income students who went to high school largely unaware that they had to take a certain set of courses to be eligible to attend the University of California or California State University. They are determined not to let other students meet the same fate.
Zhuanyi Deng and MuTing Cen, members of Asian Immigrant
Women Advocates youth group, work on their speeches.
She is on her way to a lunchtime meeting with the heads of the English Language Learner program at Oakland Technical High School. Deng and fellow youth group member Jessica Chen are presenting a guide they have developed with other Chinese immigrant youth in Oakland to help English-language learners in the district navigate the A-G series of courses necessary for California high school students to be eligible to enter a public four-year college.

As they walk toward the classroom where the meeting will be held, they speak softly...