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Within a recent interview with Helen Zia, she stated words for our communities to consider. They are as follows:

"As Asian American, we tend to put our blinders on, thinking that if we just study, work hard and become professionally successful, we have made it. But if we can move away from that philosophy and start to pay attention, we will recognize that our self-interest, livihood and survival depend on our willingness to contribute to the world around us"

It is important to consider the issues that directly affects the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities within the context of what is happening throughout the United States and Asia (especially during this time of Easter)- such as the following:

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GEORGE ARATANI

A continuing legacy of hope for Japanese Americans and all Americans have been made possible by the high-impact, but “quiet,” Japanese American philanthropist George Aratani - the founder of the Kenwood Electronics Corporation and the Mikasa Chinaware firm. He has utilized the wisdom gained from his wartime internment tragedies to use philanthropy to fight the prejudice and fear that many Japanese Americans lived through that is at the root of his giving of approximately $10 million dollars: His goal is to help institutions involved with Japanese Americans help others with similar legacies of discrimination and loss.

Southern California’s largest donor to Japanese American causes is recognized nationally for his visionary entrepreneurship and where he acquired the reputation of being a remarkably successful and innovative business leader. He is a vivid example of the ability of Japanese Americans to create their own American success stories and one of the most respected members of our business community.

For decades, this hard-driving and successful entrepreneur has been a towering leader in the Japanese American community in Los Angeles as well as nationwide. Through his philanthropic generosity and commitments, he has played a singularly decisive role in supporting major cornerstone programs that enriched the lives of Japanese Americans and Americans for generations to come. His generosity spans a wide spectrum that mainly targets Japanese American organizations that includes the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, The National Japanese American Memorial in Washington, DC and the Asian American Studies Center at UCLAA.

The impressive breadth of his vision is matched only by his extraordinary ability to effect change. From prejudice and injustice, desolate concentration camps, impounded wealth, and savaged spirits, he has created a living legacy of fulfillment and achievement. His Aratani Foundation helps support about 100 recipients.

This community leader was born to a prosperous farmer tycoon in Guadalupe – a California seaside and agricultural town located 170 miles north of Los Angeles. His aspiration was to become a professional baseball career, not his family’s farming business, before injuring his leg. Despite being accepted at Stanford, he followed his father’s advice by attending Keio University - a prestigious private school in Tokyo.

His father’s death a year before WWII forced him (at the age of 24) to return to run the family agribusiness (i.e. farming, farm equipment, shipping and packing businesses). After Pearl Harbor, his entire family was interned at Arizona’s Gila River camp, along with 120,313 other Japanese Americans sent to 10 camps throughout the West as the result of then-President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 that started on February 19, 1042 and continued for three years. (Note: Sakaye, his wife, was interned at Arizona’s Poston camp.)

As a result, his family lost everything that they owned - an estimated $20 million to non-Japanese associates. He ended up losing most of it but never sued his partners. "If the president of the United States could put us behind barbed wire, what chance would I have in court when the war was going on?" he said.

After serving in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service teaching Japanese to American soldiers, he traveled to Japan with only a vague idea about what he would import from the war-devastated nation before starting Mikasa, Kenwood and a third business in Japan to import U.S. medical equipment.

Through his business ties with Japan, later in life, he has always been sensitive to the necessity of maintaining a strong and healthy relationship between Japan and the United States. His involvement in support of cultural exchange between these two nations is legendary.

He and his wife, who have two daughters, have lived in the same three-bedroom home for more than 40 years: a retreat in the Hollywood Hills featuring a Japanese garden and tatami room. He says he is just as happy at Burger King as at the finest geisha houses in Japan.

George Aratani states that his giving and entrepreneurial spirit is inspired by the example of his father, Setsuo Aratani.

MELISSA ARATANI KWEE
Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee is the oldest daughter (she has three younger sisters and brother) of Kwee Liong Tek and his Japanese American wife, a property tycoon who is the chairman of Pontiac Land - her family owns post properties such as Millenia Walk, Ritz Carlton and Conrad International). Her heritage includes being the granddaughter of George Aratani – the Kenwood electronics-empire founder, who became her role model. (She adapted his surname, Aratani, as her middle name as a sign of respect) Her family instilled in her a 'very strong ethic or value of playing your part, doing your bit and contributing what you have'.

This Harvard anthropology graduate has chosen to be a social activist beneath her well-cut clothes and transatlantic accent, as oppose to the life of a socialite. As a result, she often exudes a quiet conviction, self-confidence and a social conscience that money cannot buy. She has stated that “money is only a tool - use it but do not let it use you.” As a result, she has a definite idea of how she wants to spend the rest of her life - to make a difference in other people's lives.

As a girl, she says, she was always hatching plans to 'solve the world's problems'. Her teenage years including participating in various social service projects, such as raising funds for flood victims, trying to save the rainforests in Malaysia, worked with a conversation group in Nepal (where she learn how to speak Nepali and taught English at a local high school) and reading to depressed teenagers at Woodbridge hospital.

Upon her graduation from Harvard, she returned to Singapore in 1995 and set up a non-profit group for the development of women and youth called Project Access. She attributes her heightened social consciousness to the school she attended here, United World College, and its 'incredibly-compelling vision of young people being a positive force in their communities'.

Melissa spends much of her time doing corporate communications for the Pontiac Land group while sitting on a number of organizations such as the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem), the Singapore Repertory Theatre and the United World College school board, either doing review work or 'organizing, advocating or connecting people. This in addition to her activities of speaking to youths or conducting workshops on various topics like volunteering, global awareness, leadership and family, or dabbling in schemes from Aids awareness projects to fundraisers for East Timor.

She subscribes to the proverb “To those to whom much has been given, much is expected.”

SETSUO & YOSHIKO ARATANI
A Hiroshima native, Setsuo Aratani (1885-1940), with his wife Yoshiko (1889-1935), overcame racist land laws to become a prosperous farmer and entrepreneur in the California seaside town of Guadalupe, near Santa Maria.

 

Dec. 1941 photograph of Issei (first generation) 
Japanese American Central Coast Pioneer Families: H. Yaemon Minami of Minami Farms (seated, second from left), Naoichi Ikeda of Ikeda Farms (seated, second from right), Setsuo Aratani of Guadalupe Produce (seated, far right), and Masuko Aratani, a principal of All Star Trading (standing)

 

At one time, before World War II, he was one of the “Big Three” (Aratani, Minami and Tomooka – along with others such as the Idedas) who were prominent Japanese farmers that dominated the region of Guadalupe in Central California since the early 1900s. They were Japanese immigrants who tilled thousands of acres of farmland and harvested tons of carrots, lettuce, peas, and chili peppers; the produce was packed in ice and shipped as far as Texas and the East Coast. They had a major impact on the agricultural development of the Central Coast.

Before the arrival of the Big Three farmers, Chinese laborers, hoes in hand, broke the arid ground and planted sugar beets for the Union Sugar Mill in Betteravia, established in 1899.

Setsuo grew lettuce, carrots, strawberries and other produce on 5,000 leased acres in the Santa Maria and Lompoc valleys. He also sold farm equipment, operated two packing sheds (including Guadalupe Produce), ran a packing and shipping business and launched other entrepreneurial ventures.

He quickly became known as "Boss," sharing his leadership and wealth. According to Hirahara's book, he gave — not loaned — money to friends, bought a new car for the local Buddhist monk and organized a Japanese cooperative to raise money for local schools.

Of the Big Three farmers, Setsuo (aka “Ace” for his golfing and poker expertise) was probably the most ambitious – as noted in his Spanish-style house, as compared to the other wood-framed homes. He began one of the first packing operations, and he always thought big. He diversified his crops and his businesses, dabbled in the sale of sake (rice wine), from his hometown, and he launched a hog farm, a chili dehydrating plant, and a fertilizer plant, as well as investing in a wholesale produce market in Los Angeles.

For two decades in Guadalupe, the town -- at least superficially -- disregarded color barriers and joined together for picnics where Japanese, European Americans, Mexicans and Filipinos sat together to eat mesquite barbecue and watch performances by locals.

By 1928, Setsuo's business was doing so well that he sent his company baseball team to Japan. Setsuo had spent $3,000 on the tour, a small fortune at that time. His advice to his son was "if you want to get into business and continue to grow, you have to surround yourself with capable people you must treat them as part of the company. There are only 24 hours in a day. When the business gets bigger and bigger, there are so many things to do. You need good people to take on various important responsibilities. Then you can continue to make progress and grow bigger. But first you have to work as a team, just like the team that went to Japan." This philosophy was taken to heart by George Aratani.

 
 

ARATANI FOUNDATION
Mr. Aratani is currently Chair of the Aratani Foundation in Los Angeles, California. In 1994, the Aratani Foundation was created to help support non-profit organizations that serve the Asian Pacific American community. The Foundation was named after George Aratani who founded three international corporations: Mikasa - a leading tableware company, Kenwood - a high fidelity electronics enterprise and AMCO - a medical supply business.

KENWOOD ELECTRONICS
In 1961, George Aratani, Bill Kasuga, and Yoichi Nakase decided that what the country needed was a better stereo. Rather than building something from scratch, they located Trio – a Japanese company who was already making advanced stereo equipment that they could market. Upon a few years of marketing their new line of Kenwood Electronics, they were making the most popular receiver in the United States and by 1986 the Kenwood name was so well known that the Trio corporation in Japan changed its name to Kenwood worldwide. Ambition and engineering excellence has been key factors constantly associated with Kenwood products. Today, Kenwood products are distributed in over 120 countries around the world, and Kenwood USA markets more than 250 products.

CHIURA OBATA

Chiura Obata was born in 1885 in Okayama and came to California in 1903.

He earned his living in California as illustrator for different newspapers and as commercial designer.

During this period his favorite subjects were Californian mountain landscapes. In 1927 he visited Yosemite park and the Sierra Nevada - painting and making sketches. Obata stayed in the USA until the death of his father in 1928.

Between 1928 and 1932 he worked in Tokyo as a painter and transformed his California landscape watercolors and sketches into a portfolio of 35 woodblock prints titled World Landscape Series - America. The prints were published by Takamizawa, Tokyo, as a limited edition of hundred.

In 1932 Obata Chiura returned to the US. He had received a post as an art instructor at the renowned University of California, Berkeley.

In 1942 Obata Chiura and his wife Haruko were among the more than 100,000 Japanese Americans who were moved from their homes at the West coast into ten relocation camps. During his internment in different camps, the artist made about hundred sketches and paintings until his release in 1945 that can be seen in the book Topaz Moon.

During his confinement at Topaz in Utah, he organized an art school for the 8,000 Japanese Americans in Topaz. The Topaz Art School had over 600 students with 16 art instructors.

After 1945, Obata Chiura could continue his former post as an art teacher at University of California at Berkley until his retirement in 1954. He continued to paint, sketch and to travel through the American countryside. In 1965 he received an order from the Japanese Emperor for promoting cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. Chiura Obata died at the age of 90.

 

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GEORGE ARATANI'S GIFT
George Aratani never forgot his shattering wartime internment camp experience, and a $500,000 gift to UCLA from him and his wife, Sakaye, will help preserve the memory of the internment for generations to come by establishing the nation's first endowed academic chair to study the internment and the decades-long, successful campaign to gain redress for it.
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N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK
The UCLA student show saps those (racial) slurs of their pejorative power through a succession of group scenes and comedic monologues in which the actors recount personal encounters with racial typecasting while the audience responded with laughter.
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APRIL 16 PROTEST VS. DETAIL MAGAZINE AD
Asian Media Watchdog's Doris Lin, Colleen Eustice-Sakai and Jimmy Fujikawa are organizing a protest against the Detail Magazine Ad within the "Gay or Asian" article on Friday: April 16, 2004 at 12:00 P.M. in front of their office.
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WILLIAM HUNG - A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
William Hung has become a "cultural phenomenon" as the result of his good-natured response to the criticism stated by American Idol's Simon. Is he a role model or another example of Asian Americans stereotype being continued?
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ASIAN HIP-HOP TO THE UNITED STATES? ?
The increasingly global appeal and popularity of hip-hop (such as Malayasia's "Too Phat") could thrust Asian acts such as Too Phat before a wider audience through programs such as the MTV Asia Awards.
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DAMIEN NGUYEN IN "FLOATING HELL"
The film follows the hardships of Damien Nguyen's character "Binh," a young Vietnamese man, as he searches for his American GI father, played by Nick Nolte. After escaping a refugee camp in Malaysia, Binh finds himself stowed away as human cargo in the cargo ship commanded by Tim Roth's morally ambivalent character, Captain Oh.
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MCDONALD'S APA SCHOLARSHIPS
The RMHC (Ronald McDonald's House of Charity)/ASIA Scholarship program provides financial support to students who are committed to pursuing post-secondary education in their chosen field at an accredited institution.
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IMPORTING CEO'S FROM CHINA/INDIA
Can an unknown from India or China function at the exalted level of an American CEO? Ken Lay had no idea what went on as Enron's top guy, and yet he took home $141 million from Enron in 2000.
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MURDERED FOR MAKING A DELIVERY
Huang Chen left left his usual place behind the counter at his father's restaurant to carry a late-night phone order to an apartment in a Rochdale Village housing complex. When he arrived after 10 p.m., authorities said, he was robbed, beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed to death after pleading with his assailants to take his money and spare his life.
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MR. CHOW IN KOREA
An internationally renowned celebrity-hangout and stomping ground for movers and shakers, MR CHOW, has arrived in Seoul's trend- setting district, Apgujeong-dong.
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BUSTAMANTE MEETS WITH CHIINESE AMERICAN LEADERS
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante met with two dozen Chinese-American businesspeople, community leaders and consular officials Monday to discuss economic development and lay the groundwork for a trip to mainland China.
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4TH CHINA-US CONF. ON WOMEN'S ISSUES
Global Interactions, Inc, and the All China Women's Federation (ACWF) proposed to organize the 4th China U.S. Conference on Women's Issues Education in late April or early May of 2004.
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END OF CHRISTIAN RACISM
The Baptist General Convention of Texas will end its longstanding formal relationship with LifeWay Christian Resources.
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R.I.P.: HAROLD YEE
Harold was the first activist to conceive of a national platform for APAs, and use it to directly negotiate with presidential candidates.
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R.I.P.: GORDON LAU
Gordon Lau, who in 1977 became San Francisco's first elected Asian American supervisor, died Sunday of heart failure. He was 56.
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1 IN 5 ASIANS FACE HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
Recent HUD study shows APAs still faced discrimination when wanting to buy or rent a residence.
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KILLING FIELDS OF LONG BEACH
Six young Cambodian-American men including a Marine just back from Iraq have died since late October 2003 in a rash of suspected gang- related violence in Long Beach, Calif. home to the largest concentration of Cambodians outside Phnom Penh.
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RISKS OF CHINA'S PORTALS
Shares of three Chinese Internet portals have been among the highest fliers on the Nasdaq market recently, tripling in value over the last 12 months - but.
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WOOLSEY DEFENDS TINA PHAN'S RAPIST
If CA. Rep. Lynn Woolsey were a GOP white male, feminists would be picketing his office, Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe would be calling for his resignation, and the New York Times would be in full editorial lynch mode.
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CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS PROFITS
A convincing turnaround at Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Asia's second-largest carrier by value, was set to gather speed, having returned the airline to profit after SARS blighted the first half.
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HK FILMS IN NYC
Hiroyuki Sanada in Royal Warriors, Sammo Hung in Pedicab Driver, Sammo Hung in Eastern Condors and Anthony Wong in Ebola Syndrome are playing in NYC.
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POWER OF ETHNIC MEDIA
It is estimated that 84 percent of Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans in the state had some contact with ethnic media outlets.
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NORTH KOREA & U.S.
Neither North Korea's Kim Jong IL and the U.S. seems interested in settling their long-running dispute over the communist country's nuclear weapons programs before the U.S. presidential election - though South Korea strongly urges the parties to talk because North Korea is a threat to world peace - despite their fear of being bombed if disarmed. Note: N. Korea replies that it will not comply with the U.S. demands.
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SOUTH KOREA VOTES TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT
South Korea's National Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Roh Moo-hyun by 193-2, amid dramatic scenes as rival politicians physically battled on the floor of parliament.
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MUSLIM CHAPLIN JAMES YEE RESIGNS
Muslim chaplain Capt. James Yee has signed a proposed agreement to resign from the Army if the military will end its effort to prosecute him for allegedly mishandling classified information at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS
Although each martial art is different, they share any beliefs and customs of the orient. Karate, judo, kung fu and tae-kwon do are some of the most popular martial arts.
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SHEN WEI'S VISUAL DANCING
Rigorously stylized and modulated contemporary dancing dominated by a sophisticated sense of spatial design: That's Shen Wei Dance Arts, the New York-based company.
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CHAO GIVES $18.1M TO WORKERS
With $18.1 million awarded to the state March 4 by U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Pennsylvania has received a total of $41.8 million this fiscal year in regular and emergency grants to help furloughed steel, textile and other manufacturing workers learn new skills and, by extension, find new jobs.
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US FEARS CHINA'S CHIP DESIGNS
China's drive to become a leading global supplier of semiconductors within a decade is rapidly propelling that nation up the technology ladder and creating new trade tensions with the United States.
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YOYO MA FEAT. IN CHINESE COMPOSER FESTIVAL
Having previously acknowledged Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, the American Composers Festival ("Tradewinds From China") featured Yo-Yo Ma in a piece composed by Chen Yi.
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HK FILMMAKERS GO TO CHINA
Hong Kong film is a brand in the world. For kung fu action, there's no place that can catch up with us.
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THEATER DISTRICT IN SHANGHAI
Shanghai, once the nightlife capital of Asia, hopes to revive some of its former glamour with a downtown theater district called Drama Avenue - Shanghai's answer to London's West End and New York's theater district.
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MIAO HUANG & HUSBAND NAMED IN COMPLAINT
The complaint filed against Asian Pacific Legal Services in Alhambra also names owners Walter Wenko and Miao Huang Wenko; and six lawyers who allegedly allowed their names to be used to further the false impression that legal services were being provided.
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REVIEW: RED TROUSERS
Robin Shou's affectionate "Red Trousers The Life of Hong Kong Stuntmen" is so engaging and illuminating that it is enjoyable even for those unfamiliar with one of cinema's most dynamic forms.
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HIP IS BEING JAPANESE
Japan is increasingly viewed as a source of hip culture, fueled by the popularity of anime, Japanese fashion and even the independent film
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WILLIAM HUNG'S RECORD DEAL
American Idol's William Hung signed a record deal with independent label Koch Records. (Note: Is he a stereotype of idol?)
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TALE OF SANDRA TSING LOH - A PIONEER
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SUCCESS OF N.E.R.D.
At a time when there's little cash to spare, competing labels are willing to spend richly on the talents of a production duo that plays the field.
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SOUTH KOREA & U.S. HOLD WAR GAMES
The USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier sailed to South Korea for annual joint military exercises, drawing condemnation from North Korea that the war games will worsen tensions amid the crisis over the communist country's nuclear weapons program.
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REPORTS OF RAPE IN THE PACIFIC
At least 92 accusations of rape involving Air Force personnel in the Pacific were reported to military authorities there from 2001 to 2003.
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CHANG-RAE LEE
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MINORITIES WILL BE NEARLY 50% OF THE U.S.
The nation's Asian and Hispanic populations will roughly triple in size by midcentury, when minority groups overall will be nearly equal in number with whites.
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"THE ROCK" CONSIDERS POLITICS
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KEVIN SO - APA TROUBADOER
Riveting...impeccable…." That's what the Boston Globe says about Kevin So, one of the most exciting and powerful singer/songwriters to emerge from the Boston music scene. Making a name for himself as a boundary-stretching singer/songwriter, So's original blend of pop, rhythm & blues, and hip hop has garnered the attention and praise from Billy Bragg, Martin Sexton, Mary Lou Lord, Richie Havens, David Wilcox, and most recently Keb’ Mo’.
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CECE TSOU AND "HOLD THE RICE" TV PROGRAM
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MICHELLE KWAN
Michelle Kwan was voted the 2003 USOC Sportswoman of the Year after winning her fifth world championship and seventh national crown last year.
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BANZAI PURCHASED BY COMEDY CENTRAL
"Banzai" is a television show produced in the United Kingdom and parodies Japanese game shows. The program contains Asian actors and announcers that use exaggerated expressions, broken English, costumes, and props.
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CHINESE HISTORY ON DISPLAY IN NEW YORK CITY
NYC's Museum of Chinese in America tells the story of the immigrant diaspora through an old and historic L.A. restaurant in Chinatown.
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JOHN WOO ON TELEVISION
Woo has directed two TV movies, "Once a Thief" and "Blackjack," but his project for the WB is his first for a series. "The Robinsons: Lost in Space" is a remake of the popular '60s series that followed the struggles of a space colony family.
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TAIWAN'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Taiwan's high court has ordered all ballot boxes sealed as demonstrators protest the results of presidential elections.
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OZOMATLI'S JIRO ARRESTED
Two members and the manager of Los Angeles band Ozomatli were arrested in Austin, Texas, early Thursday morning when the group took its performance onto the street during the first night of the South by Southwest Music Conference.
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TRACES OF INDIA
"Traces of India" at UCLA's Fowler Museum invites us to observe the ways others observed the country.
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JACKIE'S 80 DAYS PROMO
China's famous action star Jackie Chan plans to lead a hot-air balloon team flying from Britain to France at the opening ceremony of his new Hollywood movie 'Around the World in 80 Days'.
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U.S. ACCUSES CHINA OF HAMPERING TRADE
The White House files a WTO claim alleging tax policies hurt American chip manufacturers. Beijing calls the dispute 'a misunderstanding.'
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DIVERSITY LACKING AT CAL POLY
A largely automated admissions process hinders minority applicants at San Luis Obispo campus.
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FENG SHUI USED IN WORK SPACES
More big firms, among them News Corp., are quietly using feng shui in their work spaces to help ensure success.
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MINORITY DROP-OUT RATES FALL
Asian students have maintained their comparatively high graduation rates (80%) at the University of California campuses.
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CHAY YEW'S INTEREST WITH THE INTERNMENT CAMPS
Chay Yew's job is to discover what's new and distinctive in Asian American theater and help those stories make their way in the world - such as the internment camps.
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VAN TRAN - VIETNAMESE POLITICIAN
If Assembly candidate Van Tran wins as expected in November, he will be the first Vietnamese American elected to a state office.
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HONDA - BEST IN AUTO SAFETY
In the heated competition for market share, some auto manufacturers further shift their focus to protecting passengers. For Honda, the goal is to 'become the top.'
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JAPANESE LANGUAGE
Of all languages in the world, Japanese is the only one that has an entirely different set of written characters to express foreign words and names. Just seeing these characters automatically tells the Japanese that they are dealing with something or someone non-Japanese.
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POPULISM IN CHINA'S POLITICS
From small gestures in villages to high-level policy changes, the new leaders in China are making their mark. But stability remains paramount.
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AFL-CIO SEEKS TRADE SANCTIONS VS. CHINA
AFL-CIO says the repression of worker rights depresses wages and leads to the migration of jobs. Experts doubt the tactic will work.
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NBA, TECHNOLOGY AND CHINA
NBA Commissioner David Stern gathered with luminaries such as Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel and America Online Inc. CEO Jonathan Miller for a Technology Summit to discuss the impact of technology on sports and entertainment. The NBA has raced ahead of other professional leagues in embracing new technology to promote its sport.
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CHINA'S TEXTILE TRADE
With modern factories, economies of scale, A-grade infrastructure, cheap labour and fully integrated cotton, textile and garment industries, China is now set to dominate the whole range of the garment and the clothing industries.
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OUTSOURCING AND INDIA
Relations between the world's largest two democracies, the United States and India, have never been better, but a small cloud has appeared in these otherwise clear skies: outsourcing.
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JOHN HUI'S PAST PLANS FOR GATEWAY
Lap Shun "John" Hui, the usually media-shy China-born entrepreneur who sold eMachines to Gateway, initially wanted to buy out Gateway and take it private.
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CHINA'S "TOM ONLINE"
TOM Online Inc., a China-based Internet company specializing in wireless services, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for an initial public offering worth up to $160 million.
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U.S. - JAPAN TREATY
Copies of the first treaty (Treaty of Kanagawa that was signed on March 31, 1854) between the United States and Japan, the one that ended the island kingdom's seclusion from the rest of the world, went on display Thursday in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing.
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PROPERTIES TAKEN
In China, entrepreneurs have often paid a high price in a society that has never fully trusted them, a vestige of Mao Tse-tung's days when private ownership was deemed a cardinal sin.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ASIA?
We constantly hear stories about violence in the Middle East to the point it almost becomes numbing. In Europe, there is chaos because of sympathetic support with the United States and trains in Spain get blasted. And now it’s Asia’s turn to face the fury.
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IMPEACHMENT OF SOUTH KOREA'S PRESIDENT
If you have CNN in your house, then you probably saw the events that took place, only briefly on March 12, 2004. It probably looked something like this: Asian guys in a government meeting trying to get to the microphone at the same time, throwing furniture around, and crying their eyes out.
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WHO IS POINTING THE GUNS IN TAIWAN?
Just like Spain's Train Massacre on March 11, with it’s election to occur the weekend of, an election was about to be held in Taiwan on March 20 with an assassination attempt on Chen, Shui-bian and his vice president Annette Lu the day before.
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THE MOVIE "CLOSE CALL" OPENS ON APRIL 16
Director Jimmy Lee and his daughters Annie Lee (lead actress) and Angie Lee (producer) bring a raw and racy film about a young Korean American girl from a broken home trying to find herself in Los Angeles - turning to sex, drugs, raves and crime as a cry for help. Film also stars Jeff Fahey, Philip Moon and Cristina Ma.
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