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Monday December 12, 2005

Children of Asian Immigrants: What Shapes Their Career Paths?

Dan Woog

The stereotypes are vivid: New immigrants from China and Japan gravitate to technical jobs, while those from Pakistan and Bangladesh work in small businesses or drive taxis. But what about their children? Do they feel free to choose nontraditional career paths?
Friday December 9, 2005

Japan's 'Womenomics'

William Pesek Jr.

Are women in Corporate Japan finally breaking through the glass ceiling? Read what Bloomberg columnist William Pesek Jr. thinks.
Thursday October 30, 2003

"Banzai" - Hilarious or delirious?


A couple of weeks ago, Fox Television premiered a new reality comedy show "Banzai," a British imitation of popular Japanese game shows featuring practical jokes, silly stunts and experiments with a chance for audiences to place an interactive betting on their outcomes during the show. Since the show aired, many Asian American organizations and civil activist groups have protested against the show's condescending nature towards the Asian ethnicity, inspiring a current debate on whether the show is a demeaning Asian stereotype or just a goofy, harmless comedy. Here are two opinion columns presented over this current debate.
Thursday October 30, 2003

Asian American and Female in American Television and Films: Lynn Chen from All My Children

Althea D. Chang

As a 5-year-old child in a family of musicians, Lynn Chen was performing with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus and was at home on the stage.

At a young age, encouraged to pursue her interest in the arts, Chen, who was told she could sing before she even learned to speak, sang, played instruments, and practiced ballet. By word of mouth through contacts at the Metropolitan Opera, Chen heard about castings, and got acting roles in New York City opera houses and even a role in a Broadway musical. Chen came of age on the stage, and who could imagine a more supportive environment to grow up in than a theater full of people applauding?
Thursday October 30, 2003

Sexploitation of the Asian Kind in Advertisement

Ji Hyun Lee

Media saturation dominates in our lives. Every second of the day is a decision about what to eat, drink, wear, who to date, and how to think. 'Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun,' raps the multi-cultural cast on television. 'Drink the un-cola,' Seven-Up says. 'Get into a pair of khaki a go-go's,' Gap entices with tantalizing dancers and a catchy tune. 'The right relationship is everything,' Chase entreats. 'Think different,' Apple computers emboldens its consumers.

Ultimately, advertisers decide who we are and how we are going to live. After all, how could anybody resist Foxwoods Resorts' buoyant jingle that tells us to live for the wonder of it all. But with all this seemingly positive mantra bombarding us on a minute-by-m
Wednesday June 4, 2003

Asian American and Female in Corporate America

Seo Hee Koh

Colorful crayon drawings form a less than corporate back drop to her desk. But it is obvious that Jeannie Diefenderfer, Group President at Verizon, knows the ins and outs of climbing the corporate ladder while hoisting her race and gender on her small shoulders.

Then again, perhaps ''hoist'' is less than accurate.
Wednesday June 4, 2003

Dell's Deals

Althea D. Chang

In the same way that malnutrition will not end by simply giving food to the hungry, big computer companies giving away computers does not ensure that people will be able to educate themselves on how to use them.

Luckily, Dell Computer Corp. does not just give away hundreds of computers to the community and call it a day. They start at the source: education.
Friday December 20, 2002

Catholic Church Appoints First Asian-American Bishop

Sandra Lee

The Catholic Church appointed its first bishop of Asian ancestry in the United States this week, signaling the church's efforts to better reflect its multicultural congregation.

Monsignor Ignatius Wang will serve in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where 25 percent of the 450,000 members is Asian American, according to Maurice Healy, a spokesperson for the diocese.

'It is a common belief among Asian people, especially among the Chinese, that the Catholic Church is a western Church,' Wang said. 'This is one concept I will help to correct.'
Friday December 20, 2002

Market Snapshot: Chinese-American Consumers Prefer COSTCO, Bank of America

Chan Cho

Twelve percent of Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area are planning to purchase a home and 21 percent plan to buy or lease a new car in the next year, according to a new survey.

The findings are part of an annual report by KTSF-TV, San Francisco, that provides a snapshot of the Chinese-American community's purchasing, language and political preferences.
Monday December 9, 2002

New Study Reveals Affluent U.S. Filipino Market


In what could indicate a significant opportunity for the savvy marketing executive, a recent study found that the average Filipino household in the United States is well-educated and affluent, and 60 percent of these households have children under 18 years living at home.

"There is no longer an absence of credible research data on the Filipino community," said Rafael Lopez, vice president and managing director of ABS-CBN International.
Monday December 9, 2002

Creative Marketing Fuels Western Union's Profits

Chan Cho

Having increased profits by more than a third in the first quarter, with a 15 percent growth in revenues, the financial performance of Western Union continues to be a beacon in the currently dismal economy.

A major engine for its success in recent years has been the company's strategic outreach to the Asian immigrant population in the United States, a group that is noted for sending money to loved ones in their native countries.
Monday December 9, 2002

Health Information Lacking for South Asians

TJ DeGroat

A recent report from the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) found that there is little information about the health status, needs and concerns of the country's South Asian community.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization created the Brown Paper, the first national initiative to investigate and publicize the general health of South Asian Americans with the hope that the medical community would further research this fast-growing population.
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.
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