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Tuesday January 10, 2006

Asia rides wave of Korean pop culture invasion

Evan Osnos

The ever-growing fever for Korean pop culture is generating a Korea boom in Asian countries while boosting the Korean economy and tourism.
Tuesday January 10, 2006

Pacific Islanders Balance Cultural and Workplace Demands

Dan Woog

Once lumped together with Asian Americans by census data and stereotypes, Pacific Islanders are now seen as a distinct group with its own traditions and concerns.
Thursday January 5, 2006

Chinese language catching on in US classrooms

Julia Silverman

The level of interest in establishing Chinese language programs in K-12 schools is rising rapidly.
Friday December 16, 2005

Making an Impact in Corporate America: A Panel Discussion

Danny Kim

Read about ACLN's second Business Speaker Series event on changing Corporate America from within.
Tuesday December 13, 2005

Retail, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Logistics

Denise Santos-Dizon

Asia remains poised for growth in the coming year in the sectors of fast moving consumer goods, retail and logistics. The region is practically on a hiring spree, says Kelly News Services.
Monday December 12, 2005

A View of Asians at Work - What Keeps the Buzz Going

Mercer Human Resource Consulting

What factors generate motivation and loyalty at work? See how employees in Asia view their work environment and address the issue of pay.
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.
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