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Monday December 9, 2002

Educational Pioneer Supports UCLA Asian-American Center

TJ DeGroat

The University of California system is a model for diversity, with Asian Americans
making up nearly one-third of the student population at the flagship Los Angeles campuses. But Sue Ann Kim's experience as a graduate student in the late 1960s was one of alienation.

Kim, the first Korean-American student to receive a doctorate from UCLA, is doing
her part to support the 11,500 Asian Americans at the campus by establishing the Sue Ann Kim Endowed Scholarship, which will help fund the university's Asian-American Studies Center.
Wednesday November 6, 2002

UC Chancellor Dies At Age 67

TJ DeGroat

Chang-Lin Tien, the first Asian American to head a major American research university, died at age 67.

Tien, who served as chancellor of the University of California's flagship campus in Berkeley, died from complications of a brain tumor first diagnosed in 2000.

An expert scientist, Tien was equally comfortable conducting research and interacting with students.
Wednesday November 6, 2002

Asian Diversity News Briefs


Chinese basketball fans tune in to watch Yao Ming make his NBA debut with the Houston Rockets . . . Winners of the 7th annual Kiriyama Prize announced . . . the Financial Times plans an Asian edition despite the recent advertising slow down...
Wednesday November 6, 2002

AD Job Fair: Nov. 14-15


The first event of its scope and breadth, the inaugural Asian Diversity Job Fair and Conference this week will provide an unprecedented opportunity for job seekers to meet with recruiters looking to tap into the Asian-American talent pool.

Organizations from the private and public sectors will connect with the more than 20,000 expected attendees at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City Nov. 14-15.
Wednesday November 6, 2002

U.S. Provides $85 Million To Eliminate Health Disparities

TJ DeGroat

Disparities in minority healthcare are so pervasive that many ethnic communities are oblivious to the risks they face.

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took a step toward eliminating inequities in healthcare when Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the department would award $85 million to community health organizations.
Tuesday October 29, 2002

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Bryan B. Min

Sandra Lee

In the past few months, Bryan B. Min has pocketed top awards from the United States Small Business Administration and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce for the remarkable achievements of his fledgling company, Epsilon Systems Solutions.

Since its inception in 1998, Epsilon has grown steadily and earned more than $12 million in revenue last year. The company's list of clients includes the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and Department of Transportation.

The cornerstone of this enormous success has been Min's principled leadership and his relationship with his employees.
Tuesday October 29, 2002

Legal Benchmark: Calif. Appoints Its First KA Judge

Sarah Siritaratiwat

Paving the way for Asian Americans in the legal field, Tammy C. Ryu last month was appointed a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, making her the first female Korean-American judge in California.

Although Ryu has always had a strong attachment to the Korean-American community, she takes particular pride in being a role model for Korean-American women in law.
Tuesday October 29, 2002

First Asian-American Congresswoman Dies at 74

TJ DeGroat

Patsy T. Mink, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Congress, died of pneumonia Sept 30, just a week after winning the Democratic nomination to continue representing Hawaii's 2nd district.

A political trailblazer, Mink was running for her 13th term in Congress.

Born Dec. 6, 1927, Mink grew up outside of Maui. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii in 1948, Mink couldn't find a medical school that would accept a woman. That, coupled with her difficulty finding a law firm that would hire a female lawyer, motivated her to support the women's and civil-rights movements.
Tuesday October 29, 2002

TV Roles Remain Elusive for Minorities, Women

TJ DeGroat

Primetime television remains a white man's world where women and minorities are vastly underrepresented, according to a new report released this week by the National Organization for Women (NOW).

"On television, persuasive myths still exist about gender, race, sex, violence, class, age — you name it!" said NOW Foundation President Kim Gandy. "Network programming sends a distorted, often offensive, image of women, girls and people of color. Television remains very much a man's world, with women serving primarily as eye candy."
Monday October 21, 2002

Revolutionary Cancer Program Lands at UC Davis

TJ DeGroat

Researchers investigating ways to minimize ethnic disparities in cancer rates have a new home at the University of California - Davis, thanks to a $7.6 million endowment from the National Cancer Institute.

The university last month announced it would serve as the national headquarters for the newly created Asian-American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment (AANCART).
Monday October 21, 2002

Hit the Road Jazz: Asian Festival Goes National

Sarah Siritaratiwat

The little-known Asian American Jazz Festival has sputtered along for the past 21 years with little to no national attention. But suddenly the festival is a hot commodity.

Originally a Bay Area tradition, Asian American Jazz went national for the first time this year. A collaboration of African-American and Asian-American jazz and electronic music, it is the largest of its kind in the United States.
Monday October 14, 2002

Calif. State Assembly Names First Asian-American Speaker

TJ DeGroat

It was a historic day for the California State Assembly on Oct. 4 as Wilma Chan, D-Oakland, was named majority leader, making her the first woman and first Asian American to hold the party's top position.

"Ms. Chan brings with her a wealth of experience I expect to tap extensively as we deal with the significant legislative challenges in the upcoming session,' Assembly Speaker Herb J. Wesson Jr., D-Los Angeles, said.
Monday October 14, 2002

Kiriyama Prize Finalists Announced

TJ DeGroat

As globalization forces countries to become more knowledgeable about their neighbors, the Kiriyama Prize, which honors books that help people to better understand the nations of the Pacific rim, is taking on greater importance.

"In light of the cataclysmic events of this past year, and with rumors of war in the air, the need to recognize and listen to voices of all kinds from around the world has never been more imperative," said Peter Coughlan, administrator of the prize.
Monday October 7, 2002

Spotlight on Keiko Harvey

Chan Cho

Keiko Harvey has been named one of the 'Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business,' by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).

Harvey was born in Japan and came to the United States when she was 17 years old. A graduate of Rutgers College of Engineering, today Harvey is Verizon's senior vice president of Advanced Services and is responsible for the company's consumer and small-business digital subscriber line (DSL) and dial-up Internet services, as well as building its nationwide long-distance network.
Monday October 7, 2002

Asian Business Incubator Awarded Federal Grant

TJ DeGroat

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week awarded a $2.5 million grant to a Vietnamese-owned business incubator based in Garden Grove, Calif. The award marks the first federally funded project focused on the Asian-American business community in Orange County.

The E-Business Development Inc. Incubator, a 30,000 square-foot complex, will assist Asian-American businesses in economically troubled cities overcome language and cultural barriers in order to expand into mainstream markets. The organization aims to create at least 500 new jobs.
Monday October 7, 2002

Asian Games Open With Unification Theme

TJ DeGroat

This summer, Paradorn Schrichipan's success on the U.S. hardcourts prompted celebration in Thailand, Yao Ming's ascent to the top of the NBA draft class raised the profile of Chinese competitive basketball and the recent World Cup pumped millions of dollars into the South Korean economy.

This week's opening of the 14th Asian Games continues the celebration of Asian sports success, bringing together nearly 10,000 athletes from 44 nations to compete in 38 sports in Busan, South Korea.
Monday September 16, 2002

From Champion Fighter to Savvy Entrepreneur:
The Cung Le Story

Monica Ortiz

Cung Le has been called one of the best fighters in the world; among his list of titles is the 2001 Light Heavyweight World Championship in kickboxing.

But it's his transformation from a champion fighter to a savvy businessman that is turning heads these days.

The story reaches far back to 1975, when Le and his mother fled Vietnam on one of the last American military aircraft leaving the country, barely three days before the fall of Saigon.
Monday September 16, 2002

Tobacco Companies - Multicultural Pioneers?

Chan Cho

Are big bad tobacco companies at the forefront of multicultural marketing? A new study that claims the industry has been targeting Asian Americans seems to show just that.

A team of U.S. and Canadian researchers waded through 500,000 pages of internal tobacco industry documents - made publicly available as a result of U.S. court cases - to investigate promotion strategies aimed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Monday September 9, 2002

Asian-American Income Levels Gain on Whites

TJ DeGroat

During the past decade, Massachusetts' Asian-American community experienced tremendous growth in both population and income, according to new statistics from The Boston Globe and the State University of New York at Albany's Lewis Mumford Center.

The picture-perfect economy of the 1990s benefitted all of Massachusetts' racial groups, but Asian Americans saw their annual household income increase by 14 percent, second only to the 25-percent growth of Native Americans.
Monday September 9, 2002

Leader in Asian-American Civil-Rights Movement Dies at 66

TJ DeGroat

Yuji Ichioka, a professor and historian who coined the term "Asian American" died of cancer Sept. 1. He was 66.

Ichioka taught University of California, Los Angeles' first classes on Asian-American topics and helped found the school's Asian-American Studies Center in 1969. He was considered one of the countries top experts on Japanese-American history.
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