Our World Has Changed
11, 2001 changed the way we look at life forever.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
We salute the heroes among us.
coverage by AC Team
Lia Chang gives us her view of 9-11
David Lim - Rescuer, Survivor and Hero
presents reflections and commentary by some of America's renowned
authors and writers.
AsianConnections thanks its very own Ben
Fong-Torres, author and former senior editor of Rolling Stone
Magazine, and novelist Amy
Tan for sharing their personal correspondence during the terrorist
the midst of the tragedy at New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon,
and in Pennsylvania, people came together all across the world.
Friendship and love were the common demoninators for all human beings.
From children looking toward the future, to the comradery of co-workers,
friends and family.
Whether it's Love for Family, Friends, your Community, or Love for
What You Do and Where You Are...Love can make a difference and make
it all matter.
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Life's fragile moments reminds us to celebrate people who have
made a difference while they are still continuing in their
pay tribute to one of our own pioneers, Victor
Wong who passed away September 12. Victor was not only one
of our pioneers in broadcast television, he was in his later
years a celebrated and beloved character actor in independent and
major Hollywood movies. Victor made his screen debut in 1984 at
the age of 57 in "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart." He appeared in
28 movies including "The Last Emperor," "The Joy Luck Club," "Big
Trouble in Little China," "Seven Years in Tibet" and "The Golden
Bee Newspaper Staff Writer, Dixie Bee writes, "He spent his
last day watching television coverage of the terrorist bombings
in New York City and at the Pentagon with his wife, Dawn Rose. "He
was very disturbed by what was happening," she said. "I hugged him
goodnight, in one of those long, consoling hugs. One of the last
things he said to me was, 'The world will never be the same.' "
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pioneers who have made significant contributions to our world.
Many are still on-the-air professionals broadcasting to millions
of people daily.
They have broken through the "glass ceiling" to help pave the way
for others. By special permission from author Christopher Chow,
and the Chinese Historical Society of America, which researched
and honored our broadcast pioneers in a special gala event this
past year, click to read "Casting Our Voices."
here for profiles of our pioneers.
3, 2001 - Singles from throughout the U.S.
attended the 9th National
JACL Singles Convention!
from all ages and backgrounds attended the
3-day 9th National JACL Singles Convention over Labor Day weekend.
Attendees came from
throughout the U.S. including San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles,
San Diego, Salt Lake City, Idaho, Maryland, and Chicago, Illinois.
who signed up early had the opportunity to be "matched"
by computer and introduced to their best matches at the beginning
of the convention. To
help break the ice, there were three non-stop days and two nights
of seminars, dancing, karaoke, wining and dining capped off by golfing
and bowling, extended trips to Las Vegas, the world renowned Getty
Museum, and viewing the recently renovated $45 million pavilion
of the famed National Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo,
Kai had fun introducing her surprise co-host at her luncheon
keynote speech on "Ten Secret Tips to Online Dating."
Nakamoto, one of America's top romance
and dating authors ("Men Are Like Fish"),
and former trainer with motivational gurus Tony Robbins and Dale
joined Suzanne in her keynote speech by dashing into the conference
ballroom wearing a huge stuffed fish costume to music from the theme
from the movie "Jaws." Suzanne
and Steve turned the event into a lively gameshow. Prizes
included autographed books from Nakamoto, feng shui author Angi
Ma Wong and movie star Jackie Chan. Gift
certificates from Southwest Airlines, T-shirts and memberships to
AsianWeek newspaper were also given away.
then introduced Shirley Tom Chan who met her husband on the Internet
and is now expecting their first child. Shirley shared her lucky
online dating experiences, and said that her girlfriend had actually
signed her up without her even knowing.
singles convention was organized and sponsored by the JACL, and
hosted by Asian singles clubs from the greater Los Angeles area.
JACL, (Japanese American Citizens League), is the oldest and largest
Asian American civil rights and human rights organization in America.
planned over two years and co-chaired by Miyako Kadagawa and Lana
Tom, and workshop and website coordinator Louise Sakamoto and Janet
Okubo, just to name a few. The convention involved the help of
more than eighty sponsors and supporters,
including Japanese newspaper Rafu Shimpo, numerous organizers and
at the convention's headquarters at the Torrance Marriott Hotel,
included ABC7-TV's Co-anchor Eyewitness News David Ono, and Warren
Furutani, a Trustee of the LA Community College District. More than
a dozen workshops featured a diverse array of experts including
Robert Kawahara, attorney on prenuptial agreements; Debbie
Wong aka "Dancing Debbie," a professional Polynesian dancer
and shiatsu massage therapist; and " Michiko J. Rolek, the
great granddaughter of Zen Master Sokei-an Sasaki, author of "Mental
Fitness" and coach on the art of Zen.
Suzanne Kai announced that a new version of the AsianSinglesNetwork.com
and the launch of the brand new JapaneseSingles.com will debut this
The tally's in! More than $355,000
was raised at the Chinese Historical Society of America's gala April
21, 2001 co-hosted by AC's Ben
Fong-Torres and Suzanne
Joe Kai with Yahoo's Lorna Ho.Undersecretary
of Transportation Norm Mineta paid tribute to pioneers in
"Aerospace to Cyberspace."
Harvard's Project for Asian & International Relations. 500
delegates from universities worldwide convened in Singapore August
23-27, 2001! Click
Cole mobilized SF to solve its child care crisis & hosted Wu
Yee Children's Services gala.
University of Chicago
rocked with "PanAsia
2001" 19 events celebrate Asian & Asian Americans,
culture and issues.
Esther Hwang & Ben Fong-Torres had a blast at Harvard's
APA Law & Public Policy event. Kathleen
Mackay reflects on Fu Manchu.
Wen Ho Lee's daughter Alberta is honored for her defense of
her father by New California Media. AsianConnections is featured
at NCM's groundbreaking Ethnic
Internet developer Wilson Wang is making a difference in our world.
Support his race for the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society!
Jackie Chan &
Amy Tan honorees at NY's Museum of Chinese.
Chef Martin Yan,
Lucy Liu and Marie Matiko at the nation's largest Asian Professional
and pop star CoCo Lee are among the headliners at Harvard University
- Politicans, authors and activists from across America meet
to interact on issues. More...
voice opportunities and challenges for the Millennium
Chef Martin Yan,
Lucy Liu, Marie Matiko and other luminaries inspired members
at the largest Asian American Professional gathering in the nation.
Gallery of the APEX/NAAAP 2000 event!
Photo Gallery of Actress Lucy Liu!
Union Strike Ends
A tentative agreement was reached October 22, 2000 between the
SAG/AFTRA union and the advertising industry, signaling an end to
Hollywood's longest strike ever which began May 1st. More...
Team's Nancy Bui, Miss San Luis Obispo shares her experiences in
Celebrities and Business titans join forces to discuss issues
affecting our Asian global community. Committee of 100 honors leaders
in Entertainment and Technology. Updated
Highlights - Click here!
is uniting people all around the globe! Check back for the relaunch
of the new dating service in 2002!