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Sam Chu Lin, Asian American Broadcast Pioneer, Diesspecial from Nichibei Times Weekly

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 13 March 2006

Sam Chu Lin, Asian American Broadcast Pioneer, Dies

He was an Asian American face on broadcast news decades before it was en vogue, a tireless journalist dedicated to getting Asian American stories broadcast, and a multi-dimensional newsman without peer.

On Sunday, March 5, 2006, the unmistakable voice went silent, as Asian American broadcast pioneer Sam Chu Lin died suddenly in Burbank, Calif. He was 67.

"Its quite a shock for everyone," said his widow Judy.

From coast to coast, news of Chu Lin's unexpected death sent shockwaves.

Both U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) called Chu Lin a journalism pioneer.

"Throughout his career, Sam stood strong against discrimination and helped break down negative stereotypes, all the while conducting himself with a great amount of integrity, credibility, and enthusiasm," said Mineta, a former San Jose congressman and mayor, in a statement.

"Sam was proud of his Chinese American heritage. He wasn't shy about using his roots to make the entire Asian American community, and indeed the world, a better place," Mineta added. "And today thanks in part to Sam, doors and minds that were once shut to Asian Americans are now open and accepting."

Mineta went on to call Chu Lin a "committed journalist and consummate professional."

"And he was a kind, loyal, and generous person," Mineta added. "He is someone whom I was lucky to call a peer, but even more blessed to call a friend."

Chu Lin wrote...

APALC Honors Memory of Legal Pioneer Judge Delbert E. Wong

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 13 March 2006

APALC Honors Memory of Legal Pioneer Judge Delbert E. Wong

LOS ANGELES, CA The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) mourns the loss of Judge Delbert E. Wong, who passed away on March 10 at the age of 85, and extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Judge Wong.

"Judge Wong was an inspiration and a pioneer in the Asian American and legal communities, and a champion of justice and equality," said Stewart Kwoh, APALC president and executive director. "He was a mentor to me personally and a hero to the board and staff of APALC. His legacy is that of an outstanding lawyer and judge; a devoted husband, father and grandfather; and a community leader who led the way for others. In his passing, we have lost a giant in our community."

For several generations of Asian American law students and lawyers, Judge Wong represented a pioneer and trailblazer. Judge Wong was the first Chinese or Asian American in many legal settings, including graduating from Stanford Law School and serving as deputy Legislative Counsel for the state legislature and deputy Attorney General for California. In 1959, he became the first Chinese American judge in the continental United States. He stayed on the bench for more than two decades, retiring in 1982 but remaining active in the legal community through private arbitration.

In addition to breaking down racial barriers in the legal field, Judge Wong played an instrumental role in remedying inequity in cases he handled. In...

In Memoriam: Jade Snow Wong

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Jade Snow Wong, ceramist and noted author of "Fifth Chinese Daughter" has died at 84. She died Thursday of cancer at
her home in San Francisco's Russian Hill.

Jade Snow Wong ceramist and noted author of "Fifth Chinese Daughter" has died at 84.

The Alumnae Family at Mills is saddened to announce that Jade Snow Wong, also known as Connie Wong Ong, '42, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006, of cancer at her home in San Francisco's Russian Hill.

An accomplished author, her acclaimed book, "Fifth Chinese Daughter," published in 1950, chronicled her early life growing up in San Francisco in a traditional Chinese family. It also documents her perseverance in her pursuit of a college education without financial support from her parents. Jade Snow attended junior college and then transferred to Mills at the urging of none other that Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt herself! It was during this time at Mills that Jade Snow reluctantly took an art class entitled Tools and Materials and fell in love with ceramic arts. Jade Snow graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills in 1942 and was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Mills in 1976.

In 1945, at the age of 24, Jade Snow was given the task of getting the new alumnae headquarters built on campus. Resolute in facing the numerous challenges presented, the young Jade Snow secured donations, hired an architect, and purchased furniture for the completed building. Today Reinhardt Alumnae House still serves as the timeless and...

In Memoriam: William Woo

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 12 April 2006

AAJA mourns the passing of William Woo, the first Asian American editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in the US. He was also one of the first Asian Americans to head an editorial page.

This article was posted on the AAJA.org website on April 12, 2006

The Asian American Journalists Association mourns the loss of William Woo, 69, who died Wednesday.

He was the first Asian American to be named editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States, said AAJA national president Esther Wu, columnist/reporter for The Dallas Morning News.

In 1986, he was named editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Pulitzer family owned-and-operated newspaper that was founded in 1903 by Joseph Pulitzer.

Bill was the first non-Pulitzer to take the reins as editor. He was a true wordsmith who cared more about good journalism than the business of journalism. He inspired many to enter this profession -- including me, Wu said.

Woo worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 34 years beginning in 1962, rising from reporter to foreign correspondent, Washington columnist, editorial writer, editorial page editor, and serving as the newspapers editor for his last decade there.

He was one of the first Asian Americans to head an editorial page. AAJA vice president of print Jeanne Mariani-Belding had the opportunity to work closely with him while she was at the San Jose Mercury News and later as a Knight Fellow.

Words cannot describe this loss. Bill has been a mentor, an inspiration and above all,...

FREDDIE MAC, AREAA, COUNTRYWIDE Team up with Nonprofits to help Asian Americans in Los Angeles Become Homeowners

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 05 August 2006

FREDDIE MAC, AREAA, COUNTRYWIDE Team up with Nonprofits to help Asian Americans in Los Angeles Become Homeowners

(Los Angeles, CA) Thanks to a new homeownership initiative made possible by many organizations working together, Soo Han is the proud owner of a new home in Winnetka, Calif. Han is one of several individuals who have become
homeowners through a collaborative community effort to increase homeownership in the Korean American community in the greater Los Angeles area.

At a ceremony today at Youngnak Presbyterian Church, Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE) and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) officially kicked off the homeownership initiative with Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), Countrywide Home Loans and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC).

This homeownership initiative, which began last year, addresses language and cultural barriers, lack of knowledge about the homebuying process and other challenges faced by Asian Americans. These barriers are keeping many Asian
Americans from pursuing their dream of homeownership.

"Through KCCD's Homebuyer Education program, I realized how important having knowledge can be for first-time homebuyers," said Han. "With the help of KCCD's counseling program, I was able to purchase my first home with more than $138,000 of layered financing and downpayment assistance and at a five percent fixed interest rate."

"What better definition of 'The...