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Super Hiro - Hiroki Kuroda throws complete game shutout

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Monday, 15 April 2013

Photo: Hiroki Kuroda - Pitcher for the New York Yankees
April 14, 2012 New York Yankees 3, Orioles 0 Photo: New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda  It's baseball season and it couldn't be sweeter with 38 year old Hiroki Kuroda's five-hit shutout. Kuroda is a New York Yankees pitcher.  The New York Daily News reports that was just part of tonight's story. 27 year old Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan, a left-handed pitcher for the Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles matched Kuroda zero for zero over the first four innings tonight....


Swimming to New Orleans - One Man's Search for Friends and Family

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 09 September 2005

First-person narrative, by Nick Glassman, Sep 07, 2005
NCM - Pacific News Service

Editor's Note: A SF Bay Area man goes to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and finds a war zone of floating bodies, armed and angry survivors and threatening policemen.

I just returned this past weekend from my first trip to Louisiana since Katrina. It's beyond what you can imagine -- it's hell on Earth.

First-person narrative by Nick Glassman, Sep 07, 2005
Pacific News Service - NCM

Editor's Note: A Bay Area man goes to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and finds a war zone of floating bodies, armed and angry survivors and threatening policemen.

I just returned this past weekend from my first trip to Louisiana since Katrina. It's beyond what you can imagine -- it's hell on Earth.

I flew into Baton Rouge, which sits about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, and the city is destroyed, but not by the storm. There are hundreds of thousands of refugees from New Orleans in Baton Rouge. People are camping on the side of the roads, in their cars if they have them, and all over the LSU campus. The first thing you notice is how outraged everyone is.

The people of Baton Rouge don't want us here, and you can't blame them. There seems to be no plan for the New Orleaneans once they are dropped off in Baton Rouge, and locals are confused, horrified or worse. They know this is potentially a permanent situation, or at least the way it will be for the next several months. It's safe to say they're as scared as the homeless and exhausted refugees that litter their streets.

We rented four houses in Houma, La., which is about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge or about 30 miles west of New Orleans. We spent the weekend moving our family there, then our friends, and then people we met who had no other options. When I left, we had perhaps 40 people and another 20 on the way. It's an amazing thing to see -- your best friends, family and...

What's in store for the Year of the Wood Rooster?

Posted by Angi Ma Wong on Thursday, 13 January 2005

Feng Shui expert and author Angi Ma Wong provides your Year of the Wood Rooster astrology forecast.

After the unpredictable Year of the Monkey with its horrendous surprise ending with the Asian earthquake and tsunami, most of us are ready for the new year of the Rooster which begins on February 9, 2005. The element of wood remains above that of metal during this year, portending a continuation of disharmonious relations on the international front but with hope. Because wood is more flexible, there will be fewer serious confrontations than last year and more opportunity for resolution.

During this year, the most dreaded of the 3 Afflictions, the 5 Yellows, resides in the NW so if your front entrance is facing 292.6 degrees to 337.5 degrees, find and use another entrance into your home so as not to activate this direction. Hang your pagoda windchime outside close to the front door for protection from serious illness, accidents and calamities to your household.

Do not face West when you are working this year of the Rooster (even if you are a West group person and it is one of your four best directions) where the Grand Duke Jupiter rests. To do so will only bring frustation and a feeling that you are struggling but not making progress. For East group people, it is good to face East as you will have the support of the Grand Duke behind you. The 3 Killings is in the East this year and you can face it, but not have this direction behind you.

The Rooster symbolizes the liver, neck, back, spine, teeth and posture so take care of these parts of your body as well as your nervous system. Back problems, Parkinsons and Alzheimers disease will dominate health news. Because the metal element is dominating over wood, metal daggers, knives and firearms may factor into assassination attempts and suicides such during last year, such as when NY Times best-selling author Iris Chang died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following severe depression. On...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao blasts off for his new adventure in Space

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 14 October 2004

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.

Dr. Holt Cheng - Pioneer Physician

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 23 January 2004

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, with special thanks to AsianWeek.
- Joyce Chan, AsianConnections Contributing Community Editor


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 fact, I am sure my father is smiling down on us today, here in San Francisco as well as the Guang Hua campus in Guangzhou, China.

Enterprising Chinaman with No Queue

Dr. Holt Cheng first made news headlines on Aug. 8, 1904, in The San Francisco Call newspaper. Although his picture was prominent, the compliments were backhanded and even his name was butchered. The newspaper described Chang A. Holt of 804 Stockton...

What's in store for the Year of the Monkey?

Posted by Angi Ma Wong on Saturday, 10 January 2004

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>>