is the leader in providing comprehensive Asian content, shopping,
community, business resources, and connectivity to the exploding
East meets West marketplace. It is a multi-channel website
with famous branded alliances.
members have unprecedented access to some of the world's top
experts and celebrities. Our many contributors and featured
stars have included:
TV Chef Martin Yan, host of "Yan Can Cook"
World's top Feng Shui author, Lillian Too
leading Intercultural Expert and Feng Shui consultant Angi
U.S. Ambassador and California Secretary of State, March
San Francisco, and former Miss Asian-America, Esther Hwang
Kick Boxing Champion Cung Le
and martial arts star Jet Li
is a main gateway to a network of industry and demographically
focused sites, including StudioLA.com, and YanCanCook.com.
StudioLA.com, features exclusive Hollywood interviews. Exclusive
e-commerce alliances include Chef Martin Yan of TV's Yan Can
Cook, Intercultural expert Angi Ma Wong and World Martial
Arts Champion Cung Le, and many others. The venture licenses
Internet, print, and TV programming and sells wholesale/retail
products, services and technology to the corporate and consumer
is created by Michael Kai. Kai originally developed the Web
site as a personal project to help people to connect globally
and to take the Asian "experience" mainstream.
15 when he felt the need to develop an online community to
celebrate the achievements and portray Asian people in real
life, as diverse, multi-dimensional people rather than the
stereotypes most commonly found in mainstream media.
a significant part of the world's population being of Asian
descent, the Web site has created a positive movement with
people from all walks of life, from New York to Shanghai to
Tokyo who share Kai's vision. The response has been tremendous
from people learning for the first time about Asian culture,
business, trends and lifestyle to celebrities, entrepreneurs
and international corporations offering mentoring, good deeds
and connections to help improve people's personal and professional
Mayor Willie L. Brown inaugurated AsianConnections.com during
a trade mission to China praising Mike before press, business
and government leaders for his initiative in creating a "bridge
for people, cultures and countries."
thanks to young Michael Kai's vision and activism, AsianConnections.com
is pleased to have as its advisors and partners an impressive
group of American and Asian-based leaders from many disciplines
including business, news, ecommerce, education, law, government,
food, travel, health, feng shui, music, sports and entertainment
Kai - Founder
Kai is the original creator and developer behind AsianConnections.com.
He provides vision and direction to the company, with
a fresh approach to content, ecommerce, and Internet development.
He has directed numerous leading edge initiatives, including
first bilingual Hollywood celebrity simulcast, produced
and syndicated by AsianConnections.com for U.S. and Asian
instrumental in the strategic planning and development of
AsianConnections.com's growing network including StudioLA.com,
(Chef Martin Yan's official Web site), and BenFongTorres.com,
the official Website of Rolling Stone's former senior editor.
In 2002 he has launched CollegeEntrance.com,
a service to help young people through the increasingly
complex college admissions process.
Adventure" at Yale is documented and available
online, much to his grief.
Joe Kai, Co-Founder
Kai has combined her experience in international business
and media to develop an online network that features some
of the world's top celebrities, authors, businesses and
e-commerce services. Kai's interest in bridging the cultural
and business gap between Asia and the U.S. dates back to
her days as a broadcaster at San Francisco's KRON-TV (NBC),
where she won acclaim as the first Asian American woman
to break into mainstream media on-camera.
earned a B.A. at Mills and a Masters in Communication from
Stanford while a talk show host, documentary producer and
reporter. At 23, she won two Emmy nominations for documentaries
on Asian America, and reported on more than 5,000 stories
including the return of POW's from Vietnam and the attempted
assassination of President Gerald Ford.
went on to a distinguished career specializing in Asian-U.S.
ventures. Numerous deals include equity financing for a
$100M China project, and for Lehman Bros. and Korea's Samsung.
She co-founded a bank, now part of a Nasdaq listed group.
returns to her media roots with AsianConnections.com, created
with the vision and leadership by her son Michael.
L. Karns, Director
Karns is one of the nation's leading authorities on successful
cross-cultural joint ventures and brings his Pan Asian expertise
to AsianConnections.com. He is the Pacific Rim Partner
at the Los Angeles law firm, Cox, Castle & Nicholson,
LLP. He is a frequent speaker on U.S. - Asia joint ventures
nationally and internationally. Clients include Samsung,
C.S. First Boston, and numerous Asian banking institutions
and Internet startups.
co-chaired for five years, Pacific Resources, the annual
conference on U.S. - Asian commercial real estate investment.
Mr. Karns earned a B.A. with honors, from the University
of California at Santa Cruz, and a J.D. cum laude from Loyola
University of Los Angeles.
Chen - IT Director
Chen is an IT professional with extensive experience in
programming and maintaining Fortune 100 Internet sites.
He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University
of California at Irvine. Mr. Chen is experienced in network
administration, database and server management and ecommerce.
He is an IBM Certified MQ Series Engineer, Certified Solutions
Expert and Lotus Specialist. He writes technical programs
written in C++, Java, Java Script, Perl, Lotus Notes, ASP,
DHTML, XSL and XML.
Fen - Technical Business Analyst
Fen is an IT professional with experience in marketing,
e-commerce, security solutions and business development
for Fortune 100 companies. She earned a Masters Degree in
Computer Science and an MBA from the University of California
at Irvine. Ms. Fen is a business development advisor and
codes innovative programming. She also develops technical
programs written in C++, Java, Java Script, Perl, Lotus
Notes, ASP, DHTML, and XML.
Campbell - Contributing Editor
Campbell has more than fifteen years of experience in managing
operations for multi-million dollar, large scale projects.
She is well versed in marketing, design, finance and business
development. She holds a BA from Mills College and has completed
graduate studies at the University of Arizona.
Chef Martin Yan
Chef Martin Yan is the most widely watched television
chef in the world. His Emmy award winning TV series, "Yan
Can Cook" is in its 20th season and is aired in more
than 240 U.S. television market and 75 countries including
China. Chef Yan has produced more than 1,500 TV shows and
20 books. AsianConnections.com is the exclusive gateway
to Chef Yan's official Web site YanCanCook.com and ecommerce
partner worldwide for his signature products and autographed
Ambassador March Fong Eu
Eu is the former Secretary of State of California and co-founder
of the World Trade Commission of California. She is one
of the most widely respected Asian American leaders in the
is Executive Director of the Millennium Group, a diversified
pan-Asian group, with ASP and other high tech and Internet
related interests in China. He was formerly Managing Director
of China operations for OOCL, a publicly traded Hong Kong
based conglomerate which was led by Mr. C. H. Tung, now
Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong SAR.
is the world's most popular author on Feng Shui, an ancient
practice which is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide.
Ms. Too is a Harvard MBA and former CEO of several major
multinational conglomerates in Hong Kong.
and Chairman of the Board, Up With People. UWP cast members
have entertained at the half time shows at the National
Football League's Super Bowl and at the Olympics. Director
Eugene Cernan, a former Commander, Apollo XVII Astronaut,
describes UWP as "one of the few organizations I know
that not only understands the interdependence of nations
and people, but also attempts to build bridges of understanding."
Ho is the former Chief Economist for Worldwide Operations
for the Federal Express Corporation. Dr. Ho has been instrumental
in developing FedEx's annual business plan forecasts, shaping
new growth strategies through market segmentations, new
value propositions and identifying strategic opportunities
Minnich was a founding partner of Total Creative, San Francisco,
wholly owned by Total Film Group (Nasdaq:TFGP) and has extensive
experience in new media and traditional media. Clients have
included The Gap, Disney, North Face, Nike, Motorola, KPMG
and Bank of America. She has directed digital advertising
industry delegations on behalf of the San Francisco Mayor's
Office Trade Missions to Asia and Europe. Her co-founding
partner, Doug Humphreys, is co-chair of SF's Multi-media