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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....

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Meet Christine Park - GM Concept Car Designer

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 12 January 2010

This is not your Mom's car. And its designer is not a gearhead either.
Meet Christine Park - Concept Car Designer for Cadillac.


This is not your Mom's car. And its designer is not a gearhead either.

Meet Christine Park.

She just unveiled her latest concept car design for Cadillac today at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

Her XTS Platinum concept is part of the sexy-looking Platinum series of top-of-the-line models which includes new luxury features and a plug-in hybrid propulsion system.

She explains, “When I design, I think of it in terms of writing a novel and I think of myself as a novelist. you’re telling a story through the car."

Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in California, Christine credits her Asian heritage with influencing her style and believes that, as a woman, she brings a sense of delicacy and sensitivity to car design.

More about Christine soon - she is currently showing off her concept car at the huge 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Check back soon for our exclusive interview with her.

TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 10 April 2009

TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY tells the story of Wat Misaka, the first Asian American pro basketball player.

The Basketball Hall of Fame has an entire case devoted to "Diversity in the NBA", but the first Asian American pro basketball player Wat Misaka, is nowhere to be found.

Not only was he the first Asian American pro basketball player, he was the very first draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1947. The first non-white person to be drafted into professional basketball.

Award winning filmmakers Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson set out to correct this disgraceful omission with a new documentary TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY. The documentary profiles Wat Misaka, a Nissei born and raised and still living in Utah.

TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY, includes in depth interviews with Wat and his family, teammates from his championship teams (including All-American star Arnie Ferrin of the Minneapolis Lakers) sports authorities (including Knicks Historian Dennis D'Agostino and ubiquitous New York sportscaster Spencer Ross), and many who continue to look up to him as both a role model and personal hero.

The film also has video clips from his 1944 and 1947 college games, rare footage from a visit to the Topaz Internment Camp, and countless photos of his triumphant career.

Overcoming the national political climate during World War II, Wat was a star player for the University of Utah 1944 and 1947 championship teams, taking 2 years off in between to serve in the U.S. Army.

His perseverance and loyalty to his teammates, other Nissei friends (including those interned at Topaz) and his family are a testament to the unflappable Japanese American spirit.

The directors of the film, Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson provide these notes about their film:

When we first heard about Wat, we, like everyone else we talk to, were amazed to find out that in 1947 he was the first...

Over 45 Asian LPGA Tour Golfers Attend Michelob ULTRA Open

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 20 May 2007

Over 45 Asian LPGA Tour Golfers Attend Michelob ULTRA Open

Williamsburg, VA (May 15, 2007) - Michelob ULTRA welcomed over 45 Asian LPGA Tour golfers participating in the LPGA Tour at the Michelob ULTRA Open during a special reception at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa.

The tournament took place at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, owned and operated by Busch Properties, Inc., the real estate subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies. Participating LPGA Asian golfers that attended the reception included former Michelob ULTRA Open champions Grace Park (2003) and Se Ri Pak (2004), 2006 champions Seon Hwa Lee, ShopRite LPGA Classic and Jin Joo Hong, KOLON-Hana Bank Championship, 2007 tournament winners Mi Hyun Kim, SemGroup Championship and Stacey Prammanasudh, Fields Open in Hawaii. Forty-seven of the top 50 LPGA Tour players competed in the Michelob ULTRA Open for a share of the $2.2 million purse. The winner, Suzann Pettersen, received $330,000.

Welcoming remarks at the reception were given by Wayne Nooe,Michelob ULTRA Open tournament director. LPGA player Mi Hyun Kim, winner of the recent SemGroup Championship, received special recognition from Chris Higgs, LPGA Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, for donating $100,000 of her winnings to the Kansas tornado victims.

"We are honored to be celebrating the achievements of the Asian LPGA golfers at the Michelob ULTRA Open for the fifth year,"said Jason Pak, Senior Director, Asian Marketing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "With each passing year this reception grows in significance as the presence of Asian players within the LPGA becomes evermore prominent. This is
apparent in the current LPGA standings with over 20 from the top 50 of the Official Money List players being Asian."

Kristi Yamaguchi is U.S. Figure Skating's Official Spokesperson for National Skating Month

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 18 November 2006

Kristi Yamaguchi is the official spokesperson for U.S. Figure Skating's National Skating Month, which takes place each January.

U.S. Figure Skating has named 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi as the official spokesperson for its upcoming National Skating Month, which takes place each January. Yamaguchi will aid U.S. Figure Skating, its member clubs and Basic Skills programs in encouraging people to take to the ice this winter to learn to skate. In its sixth year, National Skating Month has already set records for the 2007 event, with approximately 310 clubs and Basic Skills programs signed up to participate, and a total of 350 expected by Jan. 1. The previous record-holding year was 2006, when 304 clubs and programs participated. For more information, log on to www.usfigureskating.org.

Olympic Hall of Fame honors Kristi Yamaguchi and other American legends

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 08 December 2005

Olympic Hall of Fame welcomes Kristi Yamaguchi and other American legends into the Class of 2006

Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, sprinter Evelyn Ashford, swimmer Rowdy Gaines and gymnast Shannon Miller along with fellow Olympian Bob Hayes (deceased) and Paralympian Diana Golden-Brosnihan (deceased) were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2006 during a black tie ceremony at the Harris Theatre in Chicago this evening. The members of the 1984 Mens Gymnastics Team - Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Scott Johnson, Peter Vidmar and alternate Jim Mikus were honored, in addition to "Miracle on Ice" Coach Herb Brooks (deceased) and Olympic speedskating gold medalist Jack Shea (deceased).

Inspired by 1976 Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill, Yamaguchi started competing at the age of seven, carrying a Hamill doll with her for good luck. At the 1988 World Junior Championships, Yamaguchi won the ladies' title as well as earning the pairs gold medal with partner Rudy Galindo. Winner of back-to-back world titles (1991, 1992), the four-time U.S. World Team member was one of the first American women to compete in both pairs and ladies singles. She won the Olympic gold in ladies singles at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.

The nationally-televised broadcast of the ceremonies airs on NBC from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, January 1, 2006.

The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America's premier athletes in the modern Olympic Games. The first U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1983 during ceremonies in Chicago. That Charter Class, which included Olympic greats Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe and Muhammad Ali, remains the largest group (20 individuals and one team) ever inducted. In 2004, after a 12-year hiatus, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was revived through the support of the Allstate Insurance Company as the presenting sponsor.

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