Quick News Roundup

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

From across the way:

Author breaks cultural barriers with words

At Tufts, Bean’s outspoken independence lent itself to her attempts to break cultural barriers and work against stereotypes of Asian American women. Bean jokes in a short bio from the Indiana University School of Journalism that she majored in “History, Government and screaming.” From trying out for the role of Anne Frank to becoming the first Asian−American cheerleader at Tufts with her sister Betty Bao Lord (J ’59), Bean worked to push beyond the confines of the Tufts bubble.

“My first year cheerleading, I ended up in a picture,” Bean said. “The wonderful thing about that picture was that in 1962 when they were only allowing 165 Chinese [to immigrate to the United States] per year, I end up in Sports Illustrated — fully clothed, mind you.”
Asian American Seniors Grateful for Home Care

Rhee said PASSi personnel pay regular visits to him at the senior center, provide in-home care for ailing seniors, and organize activities to keep them active. “I am enjoying my life here. You can’t get this kind of life in a communist country.” Rhee is a native of North Korea who escaped to South Korea in 1957 to avoid communism. Seeking freedom and a better life is the common reason for Asians to immigrate to the U.S.
11 year old Ethan Matsuda's message to the President about education

Watch 11 year old Ethan Matsuda tell President Obama about the horrific cuts to public education and how going to war in Afghanistan will drain resources away from investing in America's children. As Ethan says, "There's nothing left to cut, Mr. President.." He's only in the sixth grade, but we see a future in politics for this kid. Check out the The Giving Tree book he mentions.
juju chang to co-anchor good morning america

It's being reported that ABC News correspondent JuJu Chang will replace Chris Cuomo on Good Morning America, as part as the network's revamping of the ABC morning show: Chang replacing Cuomo on 'GMA.' Chang, who joined ABC News in 1991 as a producer for World News Tonight, has been working on several projects for ABC News magazines, ABCNews.com and has been filling in on Good Morning America Weekend.
Did “Asians Scare Sarah Palin Away” from Hawaii?

Palin, though notoriously ill-traveled outside the United States, did journey far to the first of the four colleges she attended, in Hawaii. She and a friend who went with her lasted only one semester. “Hawaii was a little too perfect,” Palin writes. “Perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics for eighteen-year-old Alaska girls.” Perhaps not. But Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different to account [Scott] Conroy and [Shushannah] Walshe [authors of another bio, "Sarah From Alaska"]. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.” In any case, Palin reports that she much preferred her last stop, the University of Idaho, “because it was much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’ “