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Heroes In The News


The Committee of 100 Commends President-Elect Donald Trump and Congratulates Elaine Chao On Nomination as U.S. Secretary of Transportation


The Committee of 100 (C100) commends President-Elect Donald Trump and congratulates Elaine Chao on her nomination as the next United States Secretary of Transportation. Chao is the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a Presidential Cabinet in American history. From 2001-2009, she served as President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Labor.




Republican Mark Kirk singles out rival Tammy Duckworth’s Asian heritage


A Republican senator struggling in his re-election race made a racially charged remark about his Democratic opponent in a debate on Thursday night. Illinois senator Mark Kirk seemed to suggest the Asian American heritage of congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, somehow diminished her family’s long service to the US.




Jeremy Lin donates $1 million to Harvard


Jeremy Lin is in Boston Wednesday for the Nets opener vs. the Celtics. It’s a bit of a second home for him, having played college ball at Harvard. And he made some news, non-Nets news, while there. Lin announced a $1 million gift to Harvard in support of undergraduate financial aid and renovations to the College’s basketball arena.




Linsanity Returns: Fans Pour in for Jeremy Lin at Brooklyn Nets Preseason Opener


Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin stood alongside teammates for the national anthem at their preseason opener Thursday night, their arms locked around one another’s shoulders, in a show of solidarity against violence in minority communities. ”




Graphic novelist wins ‘genius’ grant, just getting started


A funny thing happened to graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, 43, on his way to work the other day — the office, for him, being actually a table at a Panera Bread shop near his San Jose, California, house. “I used to have a studio at home but I have four children — one boy and three girls — and the oldest girl got sick of sharing a room with her sister, so to keep the peace in our house, I gave up the studio,” he said. ”




John Chiang is calm, cool and collected. So why’s he ‘leaning toward’ running for governor?


State Treasurer John Chiang is soft-spoken, reflective, substantive and a numbers geek. So why in this political era of shouting and showboating is he even thinking about running for California governor? Since last summer, Chiang, 53, has been talking about perhaps running for governor in 2018 when Gov. Jerry Brown is termed-out. He has been inching closer and now is “almost there,” he told me. ”




Open Season on Jeremy Lin? In Video, Fan Highlights Hard Fouls


Hsiu-Chen Kuei waited until her husband and three sons had gone to bed one night recently before surreptitiously beginning work on an ambitious personal project. As they slept, Kuei, 48, a stay-at-home mother from San Jose, Calif., hunkered down at her computer and began poring over highlight videos featuring Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin, her favorite N.B.A. player. ”




Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang Warns Graduates to Resist Nostalgia


Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang urged graduates at Suny Purchase College to resist what he called the “absurd notion that everything in our world can be reduced to how much money it makes.”




From Army to Congress, a tough mission


Her training as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. military taught Tammy Duckworth to speak up when a foolish order jeopardized a mission. So when a superior officer on an Army National Guard Drill Weekend demanded that she fly him home through a rampaging storm, Duckworth drew the line.



Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History


Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It’s dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley. Yahoo’s 45-year-old billionaire co-founder stops before a glass deal toy on a low table. The plaque commemorates what may have been one of the dumbest business decisions of all time. Yahoo’s board agreed to sell 523 million Alibaba shares, half of its stake, back to Alibaba at $13 apiece.



Obituary: Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, 88, was Korean War hero


Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, who grew up in Sacramento to become the first Asian American officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a decorated Korean War hero, has died at 88. He was found dead Monday in his home in Washington, D.C., possibly of a heart attack, said his niece Lori Lee of Sacramento.



Julie Chu Flag Bearer in Olympic Closing Ceremony


Julie Chu ties for the second most decorated American woman in the history of the Winter Olympics. She is also only the third American athlete to have made it onto four Olympic teams in different years. She also has the distinction of being the first Asian American to make it to the women’s Olympic hockey team.



Mr. Tyrus Wong, a Disney Legend


Tyrus Wong’s cinematic artistry has been displayed and enjoyed by many generations of movie goers around the world for more than seven decades. And most of us have never heard of him!  He began his career in animation with Walt Disney in 1938, and when “Bambi” was conceptualized, Tyrus  presented backdrop artwork using Sung Dynasty landscapes which was instantly loved by Disney, and his artistry revolutionized animation.



Interview with Scott D Seligman, author of ‘The First Chinese American’


Scott D Seligman is the author of The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo, a biography of the 19th century civil rights activist who coined the term ‘Chinese American’.


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