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Tuesday September 3, 2002

Thai Tennis Star Hits His Stride

TJ DeGroat


He's already out of this year's U.S. Open, but Asian tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan's recent play has made him a bona fide star on the men's circuit and, more importantly, brought attention to the game in his native Thailand.

Srichaphan advanced through the first two rounds with ease at this year's final Grand Slam championship, but he faltered against Great Britain's Greg Rusedski, a big-serving former top 5 player, in a tight five-set match.
 
 
Tuesday September 3, 2002

9/11 Anniversary Brings Out Civil Rights Marchers

TJ DeGroat


With the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks still in the nation's collective mind, a coalition of groups representing Arabs, Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans will march on the Justice Department to denounce some of the Bush administrations actions during its war on terrorism.
 
 
Tuesday September 3, 2002

Indian Marketing Pro Works Wonders for McAfee.com

TJ DeGroat


As Wall St. continues its unpredictable roller coaster ride, many companies are rethinking their business plans, but for McAfee.com, the key to success lies in sticking to a familiar mantra: acquisition, retention and extension.

The man responsible for promoting the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based security software provider is Atri Chatterjee, vice president of marketing. The Indian-born Chatterjee, who joined the company five months ago, is a veteran of Netscape, Clarify, Inc. and Sun Microsystems.
 
 
Monday August 26, 2002

Asian-American Studies Finds a Home at U. of Minnesota

TJ DeGroat


More than 30 years after California students protested in favor of creating an Asian-American studies program at several Bay Area universities, the spirit is reaching white-dominated Minnesota.

Beginning this fall, students at the University of Minnesota will be able to take courses that will count toward a newly created minor in Asian-American studies, offered by the American studies faculty.
 
 
Monday August 26, 2002

Online Dating - Virtual Nightmare?

Christine Lee


Seems like anything and everything can be found on the Internet nowadays, including a mate. All that stands between a web surfer and a new main squeeze are a few clicks of the mouse. When you consider the alternative – waiting for Prince Charming to arrive on your doorstep – downloading and sorting hundreds of pictures and profiles in the space of a few hours becomes more appealing.

After all, millions of Americans can't be wrong, right?
 
 
Monday August 26, 2002

3AF Unveils New Awards Ceremony

Chan Cho


The Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) announced the establishment of the 3AF Awards last week. The awards will recognize outstanding companies and individuals who have made an impact in the Asian-American market.

Winners of the first competition will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 3 at the 3AF conference in New York City.
 
 
Monday August 26, 2002

They're Here, They're Queer . . . and They're Asian

TJ DeGroat


From Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis to award-winning journalist Helen Zia to self-described pansexual comedienne Margaret Cho, gay Asian Americans are here, they're queer and they're hoping America gets used to them.
 
 
Monday August 19, 2002

China's First Lesbian Film Wins Praise

TJ DeGroat


What's life like for China's gay and lesbian population? Many Westerners are finding out, thanks to Li Yu, the young Chinese director who took on the risky task of featuring a lesbian love story in her first feature film.

China's first lesbian-themed film, 'Jin nian xia tian (Fish and Elephant),' overcame myriad obstacles, from government censors to outraged prospective actors, but it's finding a home abroad, becoming a festival darling in Europe and North America.
 
 
Monday July 29, 2002

Jennifer Project Brings Japanese-American Singer to Asia

TJ DeGroat


Biracial entertainers are more common and more popular than ever. Consider the soaring paychecks of Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry and Lenny Kravitz, all of whom come from families with one white and one African-American parent.

Now, a 15-year-old Hawaiian girl named Jennifer is hoping to reach even loftier heights.
 
 
Monday July 29, 2002

Immigration Legislation Could Legalize Millions

TJ DeGroat


Immigration reformers this week had cause to celebrate when House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., announced his plan to introduce a bill that would legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.

Gephardt unveiled his plan Monday at the annual meeting of the National Council of La Raza, prompting the crowd of about 3,000 Latinos to jump to its feet in applause.
 
 
Thursday July 18, 2002

New Vistas: 'Acting' on your Dreams

Christine Lee


A career in arts is far from an easy stroll - from landing a lucky break to running a production crew, these jobs initially offer few financial rewards and require a long, persistent journey for most.

For Asian Americans, a career in theatre offers other obstacles, including overcoming stereotypes to finding an interested audience. The following is a brief account of a few Asian Americans who have found their own niche in theatre.
 
 
Thursday July 18, 2002

Women of Color Make Gains In Business World

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Minority women in executive and managerial positions are receiving promotions and building a foundation of networks that could help secure their future progress up the corporate ladder, a new study has found.

The study "Women of Color in Corporate Management: Three Years Later" is based on follow-up surveys with 368 of the 1,735 women who participated in a 1999 report with the same title.

 
 
Thursday July 11, 2002

Local Asian-American TV Stations Set To Go National

TJ DeGroat


NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and Univision? Believe it or not, the Spanish-language broadcaster in 1999 overcame mainstream networks like WB and UPN to become the fifth-largest network in the United States. Now, Asian-American TV stations are poised to pool their resources to create a national network for the country's second fastest-growing ethnic group.

The Bay area's KTSF and Southern California's KSCI are two of the major players in the race to bring Asian-American programming to a national audience.
 
 
Thursday July 11, 2002

NYC Newspapers Reflect Diverse Community

Chan Cho


The number of ethnic newspapers and magazines published in New York City is growing at a steady clip, with 270 publications currently targeting the city's diverse population. Nearly half of the publications in the survey use a language other than English and 14 percent use more than one language.
 
 
Thursday June 27, 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.
 
 
Thursday June 27, 2002

Islamic Groups Praise Justice Dept.'s Response To Hate Crimes

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From assaults to acts of vandalism, the Justice Department has investigated 350 reports of crimes against people of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Prosecutors believe most of the crimes were in retaliation for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. State and local authorities have begun prosecuting about 70 crimes, the Justice Department said. Federal charges have been brought in 10 cases.
 
 
Thursday June 27, 2002

Chinese Basketball Phenom Scores First Pick in NBA Draft

TJ DeGroat


China's most popular basketball player made history last night, becoming the first foreign-born No. 1 NBA draft pick.

The 7-foot-5 Yao Ming, who has piqued the interest of almost every basketball team in the country since competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics, will leave Shanghai for Houston, where he could start next season.
 
 
Wednesday June 19, 2002

N.J. Farmers Trade in Corn for Bok Choy

TJ DeGroat


The rich farmland of Southern New Jersey produces award-winning corn and tomatoes, but an increasing number of the garden state's farmers are trading their tomato patches for Asian staples such as bok choy and mustard greens.

As the country's beleaguered farmers battle for survival, many are realizing that the relatively untapped ethnic market could lead to financial success.
 
 
Wednesday June 19, 2002

Asian Fast Food: Variation On An Old American Theme

Chan Cho


In the hamburgers and french fries-dominated world of fast foods, Taco Bell has proven financially that change really is good. Now one of the world's largest restaurant companies is set to introduce another variation on an American tradition: Asian fast food.

"America loves Asian food. We're excited to test this new restaurant concept with Martin Yan, who is to Asian food what Colonel Sanders is to Kentucky Fried Chicken," said David Novak, chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands.
 
 
Wednesday June 12, 2002

Breast Cancer on Rise Among Asian-American Women

Chan Cho


Rates of breast cancer among Japanese-American and other Asian ethnic women are on the rise, researchers report, and a significant factor may be unhealthy eating and living habits adopted with time in the United States.

The analysis of breast cancer cases reported in Los Angeles County found a 6 percent annual increase in the incidence of the disease between 1993 and 1997 among Asian-American women.
 
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