This website is dedicated to the hearts, minds, and
spirits of great people who have made a difference in our world.
To mentors and heroes everywhere.
A special tribute
to Alvin Joe, Jr. who is looking down on us and smiling knowing that
we are carrying on his lifelong work of encouraging others to achieve
their dreams. Alvin took the concept of networking and mentoring to
a "higher art form" and helped hundreds of people to develop the courage
and necessary skills to start their own businesses and expand their
professional careers, even while he was just starting out on his own
himself. He was one of the original founders of the Asian Business
Association 20 years ago as well as numerous other organizations which
continue today as dynamic forces within the Asian American communities
in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. More than 1,000
people gathered together to honor him in an extraodinary tribute in
San Francisco. They came from all walks of life, from all ethnic backgrounds,
Asian, Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and told emotional stories
of appreciation of how one man, Alvin Joe had inspired and mentored
them to achieve their dreams.
people, on both sides of the Pacific Rim from New York City to San
Francisco, from Singapore to Shanghai, Seoul to Taipei, and Tokyo
to Manila helped to launch this exciting project. It began as an
inspiring concept among friends to connect the world. Here are just
a few of our members:
was inaugurated by San Francisco Mayor
Willie L. Brown in the Fall of 1999 during a Sister City Trade
mission to Shanghai in cooperation with Mayor Xu Kuangdi and City
Officials. Brown praised AsianConnections.com as "bridging
people, businesses and countries closer together."
On Up in 2002!
Stephen Rakower, one of AsianConnections.com's biggest cheerleaders.
He's an angel in more ways than one! A graduate of Princeton University
and University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Steve is our resident
physician and enjoys advising AC Team members on how to live a healthy
is a positive driving force at AsianConnections.com and has made
major contributions since its earliest days. Jeannie is an Online
Producer and key member of AC's Business Development Team. She is
a rare multi-talented individual who can produce, direct, do business
and chew gum at the same time. She is a graduate of University of
California at Berkeley. An outstanding communicator and organizer,
Jeannie is also Director of Communications at Yan Can Cook, Inc.,
and involved in all aspects of celebrity Chef Martin Yan's Emmy
award winning TV series Yan Can Cook, from television production,
marketing, to development and research for his cookbooks. She also
manages YanCanCook.com, which is an exclusive e-commerce partner
and member of the AsianConnections.com Network.
is the Webmaster and Director of Operations of AsianConnections.
As founding partner of his own successful company, he has collaborated
with AC Team for more than three years, and is now taking AsianConnections.com
into its next stage of development in 2002. Paul is one of those
guys who excels in everything. You know the type. Of course he got
straight A's in high school. Paul graduated with a degree in Engineering
at University of California at Berkeley, all the while co-founding
his own profitable firm which developed sophisticated web sites
for corporate and entertainment industry clients. Paul is the founding
partner and business development director of RottenTomatoes.com,
America's top independent movie reviews web site. Paul and his talented
group created martial arts movie star Jet Li's first edition web
site and is now upgrading the backend technology of AsianConnections.com
and its network to continue its growth as the premier East Meets
West connection on the web.
Katie Noel Joe,
"Design Princess," created AsianConnections.com's mascot
bear. A native of San Francisco, she is a student at University of
California at Irvine. She was the ultimate sorority girl complete
with Prada bag and social calendar, until she woke up one day and
chucked it all. Still good buddies with her sorority pals, she's now
in jeans and no make-up. This exquisitely beautiful person is hitting
the books instead of the latest party and coming up with great ideas
as a member of AC Team.
S. Joe is a member of AsianConnections.com's "Cheerleading Team."
Jeanie is president of GeoResource Consultants, an award winning
geotechnical and environmental consulting group in San Francisco
founded by her late husband, Alvin Joe 22 years ago. She is active
in numerous organizations in the SF Bay Area including, former board
member of the Asian Business Assoc., Asian American Architects and
Engineers, Asian American Manufacturers Assoc., and Women Construction
Owners and Entrepreneurs. She was a delegate accompanying San Francisco
Mayor Willie Brown on his Trade and Friendship mission to China,
Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Scott Joe is AsianConnections.com's "Post-College Correspondent."
Steve is a recent graduate in Economics from the University of California
at Irvine. A member of the Asian American Lambda Theta Delta fraternity,
Steve loves sports and was star center for a championship basketball
team, captain of the volleyball team and is a snowboarding enthusiast.
Steve was a scholarship recipient of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership
Project. He is active in community and charity work for the Asian
American community, the Boys and Girls Club tutoring and after school
program, the Soup Kitchen of San Francisco and numerous other organizations.
Huang, AsianConnections.com's revered "Chief Mentor," is a U.S.
attorney and for 15 years a senior executive and Vice Chairman of
the Shanghai operations of Mr. C.H. Tung's conglomerate, OOCL. While
Chairman C.H. Tung was appointed as Chief Executive of Hong Kong
(Special Administrative Region) after Hong Kong's Handover to China,
Albert has continued his brilliant business advisory role and has
been appointed Chairman of several major Pacific Rim joint ventures
and enterprises including advising major multinational corporations.
He has a special interest in media, internet and entertainment development
for the U.S. and China markets.
AC TEAM CONTRIBUTORS:ALUMNI:
has many wonderful and talented contributors around the world who
have brought life, creativity and substance to our thousands of
pages. These contributors have helped create and shape AsianConnections
to entertain, inspire, and influence, while projecting positive
role models and images of Asian people, cultures and lifestyle to
professional web designers and developers include taltented Wendy
Chan, Allen Ying and Florence Ng who are Graphics Design graduates
from the University of California at Irvine. Wendy, Allen and Florence
also "multi-task" at AsianConnections as feature reporters. :)
Brenden Tkach is a super-hot web designer and developer professionally
trained in 3-Dimensional graphics, cutting-edge audio and video creation,
using programs such as 3-D Studio Max, Premiere, and Sound Forge.
David Chia is AsianConnections.com's "Chia Pet." Dave has been
immersed in the internet world since its early inception and provides
strategic and business development planning. Dave is a Medical student
and was a popular webmaster for University of California at Irvine
Graduate School of Management's commercial and academic website. One
of his projects since earning his MBA is helping to take his family's
biotechnology firm public.
is a contributing editor and flash developer. He is also the webmaster
for one of the world's largest electronics distributors, in charge
of all of its business to business ecommerce and intranet websites.
He holds a BA and Masters Degree in English from the University of
Hawaii. Steve was born in Hawaii. Steve's a big Internet auction addict
and is having fun developing his collection of Batman "bat-signals"
and collectibles from retro-70's nostalgia TV shows like The Love
Boat. His collection of Star Wars lightsabres is awesome.
Ron Chen: Skilled in Perl, Java, Java Script, Visual Basic,
HTML, DHMTL, XML, ADO, Unix Server Softwares IIS4, IIS5, MS Transaction
Server, MS Site Server, MSSQL 6.5, DB2, Oracle, ASP, ADO, RDO, ODBC,
COM+, HTML, XML, DHTML, ActiveX, ISAPI, CGI, CDO, VB, VBScript, Visual
InterDev, SQL, Perl, and Pascal. Ron earned a BS in Mathematics from
the University of California at Irvine.
Tony Hsu is honing the art of computer animation at the Academy
of Arts in San Francisco, and does web graphics design at one of the
largest business to business electronics distributors. Before following
his call to the art world, Tony earned a degree in Criminology at
Derek Vu Powell,
the "Roadrunner" is a graduate of University of California at Irvine's
Graduate School of Management. Derek is a one man "connections-central"
and the epitome of AsianConnections.com's Mission Statement. This
high energy, upbeat, "can do" leader inspires AsianConnections.com
web team with his encouraging, motivating and energizing e-mails,
telephone calls and brainstorm sessions over clams and black bean
sauce. Derek studied at the University of Hong Kong and is part of
the Andersen Consulting Group's international trade team.
"John Boy" as his close friends endearingly call him since
the days he was just a teenager working in the garment industry,
is one of the Korean American community's brightest young leaders.
As a supportive member of AsianConnections.com's web team. John
is well versed in international trade, business and the internet.
He was the youngest president of the Korean Garment Wholesalers
Association, one of the most influential Asian industry groups in
Los Angeles, the center of the nation's largest garment industry.
Born in Seoul, Korea, raised in LA's multi-ethnic urban community
and educated in the U.S., including a degree from UCLA's Anderson
Executive Management program, John is a perfect cross cultural "bridge."
As president of the FIA, Fashion Industry Alliance, and principal
with international consulting firm, Global Business Exchange John
leads trade delegations from the U.S. to Asia and Europe and is
an advisor for Asian based garment and textile manufacturers entering
the U.S. market.
We wish to
thank the following mentors and those who encouraged us to create
this exciting website:
We wish to thank the following
mentors and those who encouraged us to create this exciting website:
Yuen, the founder of AST computers and other ground breaking ventures
for your inspiring words and friendship; April Minnich, the ultimate
multimedia and web maven and partner of SF's Total Creative, Rod
Dyer - Hollywood's design guru, advertising and marketing geniuses
Dan Michel, Howard Russo, Scott Kelly, Scott Taylor - what an honor
to know you all. Hugs and kisses to media mogul Mr. Gerald Green.
To Albert, Martin, March, Blanton, Ken and Lillian for your friendship
and treasured words of wisdom.To Ms. Zhuge, China's dynamo.Thank
you Esther! Thank you Carol Lin for your comradery and technical
excellence in this fast breaking internet world; to Jack Ong and
Jasmin Wynd, for your words of encouragement, two Asian American
leaders in Hollywood who have "made a difference" at the Screen
Actors Guild on the images of the Asian American in the media and
entertainment; Tom Chin, investment banker and words of wisdom;
Teresa Wang, Angel Huang, Vivien Lu Wen and Robert Lee for your
tireless efforts to translate our site. David Talisman of True Digital.
ABCFlash.com's co-founders Chinworth Yau and Pierre Wuu for believing
in our Singles Network concept; Shel Weisel, founder of Love@1st-Site
who has demonstrated that websites can promote the highest integrity
and have the power to change people's lives positively; authors
Lillian Too and Angi Ma Wong; Bonnie Wong and Yunah Kim, networking
and mentoring experts of the Asian Women in Business, New York for
your encouragement; Mark Bisgeiere, Hollywood entertainment attorney;
Victor Wang, Investment Banker and internet pioneer in China, Lu
"Vivien" Wen, China media and film company president, Jia Horng
and Susan Lin in Taipei, dear friends and first investors almost
20 years ago who have stood by us all these years; Hirofumi Hayashi
in Tokyo for your lifelong friendship and my first computer tutor;
MGM Grand's executive Bill Bralla; UC Irvine's Professor Louis H.
Masotti; Stanford University Professor and Co-Founder Asia/Pacific
Center Dr. Daniel Okimoto; Peking University Professor Dai; in Seoul,
senior executives and dear friends: Mr. Paul Hoe Won Yoo, Daewoo's
Mr. Hyun Chung Kim, Mr. Kang Ko, and S.H. Lee, Tom Chin, Mr. K.
S. Kang, Mr. Sang Cheon Yim, and the global team at Daewoo; Posco
and former Samsung's Mr. Peter Hun Yung Park, Samsung's Mr. Yong
Nam Kim and his incredible team, Shinhan's distinguished former
Chairman Hong, Professor Kimm, globe trotters Mr. Chull Yang Park,
Mr. Hyo Bahng, Ms. Peggy Kim, Mr. Sun Man Charles Noh, and the talented
international team of Dong Ah; family members Justice Harry and
Mayling Low, Larry Low, Allan Low, Kathy Low, Nori Ohtomo, Ray Zhang,
Warren, Andrea, Sandra and Noni Yee, and pals, Suyin Stein, Tom
and Clara Timmons, Stacey Smith Orme, Maria Wang, Celeste Budd,
Sarah Weddington, Angel Huang, Nancy Ning, Helen Coffey, Kelly Howard.There
are so many others we wish to thank. Life's a journey...and wow,
what a journey it is!! Thank you, all!!
Grandpa Alvin Joe, Sr. who inspired us with his brilliant
mind and cheerful spirit until the golden age of 88 years. His spirit
lives on in all of us!!
"Scrappy-dog," the cocker spaniel/Llasa apsa dog we
the pound who has brought us joy, happiness, and laughter.
"Pepy Le Pieu," aka "Pepy" the crazy
loud mouthed green parrot whom we brought with us from an Arizona
farm to California, and who now helps us edit the content of our
website and keeps Scrappy-dog in line.