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Jet Li Takes his Last Martial Arts Bow in

Posted by Mike Kai on Monday, 09 October 2006

AsianConnections has followed Jet Li's spectacular international film career for many years including his big break in American movies with Lethal Weapon 3. It's tough news for Jet Li fans, but he's taking his last bow in martial arts films with FEARLESS. Hear the decision from Jet himself, as he talks with Jim Ferguson about his final martial arts film. Ronnie Yu, the director FEARLESS shares his thoughts about the making of the film.

AsianConnections has followed Jet Li's spectacular international film career for many years including his big break in American movies with Lethal Weapon 3. It's tough news for Jet Li fans, but he's taking his last bow in martial arts films with FEARLESS. Hear the decision from Jet himself, as he talks with Jim Ferguson about his final martial arts film. Ronnie Yu, the director FEARLESS shares his thoughts about the making of the film.

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Koreans Workers Project Announces Settlements

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 02 November 2006

Korean Workers Project announces overtime and record-keeping settlements for deli-grocery worker and retail store worker.

Flushing, NYThe Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and YKASECEmpowering the Korean American Community, today announced the terms of two significant settlements on behalf of Mr. Park, a deli-grocery store worker, and Mr. Lim, a retail store worker. In both cases, the Korean Workers Project secured satisfactory back wage settlements that additionally require the employers to maintain proper records of their employees hours and wages.

According to a survey AALDEF conducted with low-wage Korean immigrant workers in the New York metro area, approximately three out of four Korean immigrant workers do not receive legally-mandated overtime pay if they are entitled to it.
("Forgotten Workers," April 2006, AALDEF: www.aaldef.org/docs/KWP_2006WorkerSurvey_analysis.pdf.)

We are glad both businesses decided to take the high road by paying these workers their rightful overtime pay. In addition, the settlement enables the Korean Workers Project to work with the businesses to ensure that the businesses keep proper records, pay all wages properly, and do their part to raise workplace standards City-wide. said AALDEF Staff Attorney Steven Choi. Choi represented both Korean immigrant workers in their back wage claims for unpaid overtime and spread-of-hours wages.

Mr. Park, an immigrant from Korea and a resident of Queens, worked the 7 a.m. 7 p.m....

More Than 75 NYC-Area Organizations Unite to Unveil Platform of Demands

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 21 October 2006

Thousands rally and march to demand full legalization and declare "round two" in response to a new wave of Sensenbrenner-backed attacks.

Today, the New York metropolitan-area immigrants rights movement presented its platform of demands to the nation from Union Square, and declared Round Two of its response to lawmakers failure to propose and pass a full, fair, and humane legalization bill. Marching to Times Square, more than two thousand protesters declared, No Deal! No Half-Steps, No Half-Measures! Full Legalization Now! and demanded an immediate end to detentions and deportations.


Earlier this week, New York United for Immigrant Rights (NYUIR)a coalition of more than 75 immigrant and human rights organizations in the New York metro areacalled on all communities to denounce the new wave of Sensenbrenner-backed attacks on immigrants. In September, the House passed a series of enforcement-only bills that authorized the construction of a redoubtable $6 billion border fence, and proposed to misuse state and local police to enforce civil immigration laws and shield the government from accountability for misdeeds or misapplication of immigration law, among other measures.

Local residents from Latino, Asian, Caribbean, African, Arab, labor, religious, civil rights, and human rights communities marched to Times Square, carrying a Border Wall of Remembrance and Resistance to commemorate the people who are suffering under current immigration laws, and a series of funeral coffins...

Michael C. Lin to Assume Executive Director Position at OCA

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 30 November 2006

Michael C. Lin to Assume Executive Director Position at OCA

OCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael C. Lin will become OCA Executive Director effective December 1, 2006.

Lin has been an OCA member for over 25 years and is retiring after 30 years at the National Institutes of Health where his last position was as a Program Director responsible for nurturing and funding cutting edge research in the cardiovascular field. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery College in Maryland, and has served as the Chair of the Maryland Governors Commission on Asian Pacific Americans Affairs (1998-2002).

Lin was also OCA National President from 1995 to 1998, where during his tenure OCA spearheaded a national voter registration campaign, co-sponsored by 18 other prominent national Asian Pacific American organizations. Under his leadership, OCA also convened the historic Asian Pacific American Leadership Summits, attended by the top community leaders and major civic organizations across the nation, to address issues confronting the Asian American community. He expanded OCAs education initiatives, including the highly popular internship program which provides opportunities for college students to work in the Congress, various federal agencies, non-profit organizations and at the OCA National Headquarters.

OCA is truly fortunate to have Michael accept the position of OCA Executive Director, said OCA National President Ginny Gong. His long history with OCA, at both the...

James Kim, a Father and a Hero

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 06 December 2006

James Kim, a Father and a Hero

I don't know what it is, but, even after all these years, I feel a sense of pride when I see an Asian face in a prominent position in the media.

I was proud, then, to see James Kim's smiling alongside his many pieces on CNET's site, explaining and reviewing digital music products, making them understandable to geeks and non-geeks alike. He was a senior editor at CNET, specializing in reviews of mp.3 players. He also appeared on the site's online show, Crave, talking gadgets in an unassuming style. He had an easy laugh, and got others to laugh with him.

So it was a disturbing piece of news to hear, in late November, that he and his family were missing in the wintry woods of southern Oregon, where theyd gone on a Thanksgiving trip from their home in San Francisco.

James, 35, his wife Kati, 30, and their two daughters, four year-old Penelope and seven month-old Sabine, came from San Franciscofrom my own neighborhood, in fact: Noe Valley, where James and Kati owned an an apothecary shop. They also had a small clothing store in the Haight-Ashbury, and James worked full-time at CNET. This was a handsome, happy family, full of life and future.

And then they got lost in the Oregon wilderness. For agonizing days, there was no word of the family, which had traveled north in a station wagon. On December 4, a helicopter pilot spotted Kati and the girls, and they were rescued. We then learned that James had set off, in the snow and through unknown...