Gangneung, South Korea
February 17, 2018
18 year old American figure skater Nathan Chen from Salt Lake City, Utah came to the Winter Olympics to win a medal.
He didn't, but instead he wowed audiences worldwide by making history as the first person in Olympic competition to perform six unprecedented quad jumps.
Nathan's historic performance of six quads, included five clean quad jumps, and on the third quad his hand touched the ground.
Despite his extraordinary talents and record as the only international skater who was undefeated on the Grand Prix circuit this season, at the 2018 Winter Olympics Nathan came in 17th in a short program, and in the team event short program, another dismal score.
"I already fell so many times, I might as well just go out, throw everything down, and see what happens," Chen told the press.
On his third day of competition, in men's free skate, Nathan skated as the star that he is, and rose from 17th to 5th place.
Reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan won the gold, becoming the first back-to-back gold medalist in the event since 1952 when American figure skater Dick Button won the gold.
Chen, the son of Chinese immigrants, began taking skating lessons at the age of three. By the time he was ten, he was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He is expected to compete in March for the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships.
Inside the Angel Island Immigration Station
The U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island, which has been on the annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places since 1999, re-opened after more than three years of restoration and preservation work on February 15, 2009. The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service, along with Save America's Treasures and American Express Partners in Preservation, two of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's valued partnerships, contributed
much-needed funding in the efforts to preserve, restore and interpret the historic immigration station, which is now open to the public for tours.
In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am sharing this article I wrote about my grandmother's experience being detained at Angel Island, which appeared online in the September 19, 2000 edition of A. Media, Inc.
"My name is Lee Bak Huen. In 1937, I was 15 years old when Japan bombed China and many of the people in my grandmother's village were killed. At the time, my father, brother and two sisters lived in Locke, Ca, and my father sold clothes to farmers to support us. Fearing for my life, he sent my passport and a booklet that detailed everything about my family and my home for me to study. He managed to scrape together $300 Hong Kong dollars, enough for third class passage on the SS President Hoover. My journey from Hong Kong to San...
Feng Shui expert and author Angi Ma Wong provides your Year of the Monkey astrology forecast.
The Year of the Wood Monkey begins on January 22, 2004, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
It will be a year to be imaginative, innovative, creative, resourceful, clever, and observant - all attributes that will lead to sure success.
Don't take yourself so seriously that you become stressed out or uptight. This is not the year for confrontations, but rather to exercise your wit and good humor in the face of anything getting in your way. Those who are eager to learn and are flexible, even unconventional are those who will come up with the best new ideas, innovations and inventions.
Thirteen days after the Lunar New Year begins, the Chinese solar year begins with a major shift in energy, heralding a new 20-year period of 8.
If you have used feng shui in designing your home, be aware that a major shift in energy takes place on that day and the areas of both good luck and troubles shift dramatically in your home and office. It's time for a feng shui tune-up!
Click here for my predictions of your Chinese Zodiac sign>>
Recognition came nearly a century after Holt A. Cheng graduated from medical school.
Julie Soo wrote the following feature on Dr. Holt A. Cheng. I am very pleased to be able to reprint her article at AsianConnections.com, with special thanks to AsianWeek.
- Joyce Chan, AsianConnections Contributing Community Editor
THE FATHER OF ALL CHINESE DOCTORS
HOLT A. CHENG WAS A TRAILBLAZER
By Julie Soo
Recognition came nearly a century after Holt A. Cheng graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco in 1904 and handily passed the California Medical Board examination to become the first Chinese American licensed physician in California.
Surrounded by three generations of Chengs at a formal San Francisco Medical Society ceremony on July 26, Dr. Homer Cheng, Holts 76-year-old son, said tears came to his eyes when he received a copy of a November 2002 letter.
The correspondence from Dr. Robert Lull, then president of the 135-year-old San Francisco Medical Society, written to Dean Ling of Guang Hua College (part of the medical school Holt Cheng founded) announced that the San Francisco Medical Society would honor Cheng. Even though he never practiced as a doctor in San Francisco, he would retroactively become a member of the society.
This has to be the greatest honor my father could receive in the United States, says Homer Cheng. Although he may not have accomplished all he set out to do in his relatively short life, I believe he accomplished quite a bit. In...
Astronaut Leroy Chiao blasts off in Soyuz for his new adventure in Space
Astronaut Leroy Chiao is on his way to a new adventure in Space. The Soyuz TMA-5 spaceship carrying Dr. Chiao, Expedition 10 commander and NASA International Space Station (ISS) science officer, cosmonaut Salizhan S. Sharipov, Russias Federal Space Agency flight engineer and Soyuz commander, and Russian Space Forces cosmonaut Yuri Shargin to the ISS, blasted off at 11:06pm EST on Oct. 13 (9:06 a.m. Baikonur time (306 GMT) on Oct. 14).
The crew is scheduled to dock to the Station on Oct. 16.
Chiao and Sharipov will replace the current Station crewmembers, cosmonaut Gennady I. Padalka, Expedition 9 commander, and astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer, who will return to Earth Oct. 24 with Shargin.
Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy.