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The last time the Olympics were in London in 1948 was also the first time an Asian American won a gold medal in the Games. That distinction belongs to 91 year-old Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, who was born in Fresno, CA and is of Korean descent.
Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, 91, was the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold Continue reading Meet The First Asian American Gold Medalist, 91 Year-Old Sammy Lee
Filed under: 2012 London Olympics, 2012 Olympics, Amazians, Asian American Athletes, Asian American Doctors, Asian American Gold Medalists, Asian American Olympians, Californiasians, firsts, Greg Louganis, Greg Louganis Coach, Heroes, Inspirasians, K-Town, Korean War Veterans, Korean-Americans, London Olympic Games 1948, OGs, Olympic Divers, Olympic Gold Medalists, Pioneers, Sammy Lee, Samuel "Sammy" Lee, Segregation, The Korean War, the Olympics, Trailblazers
The blogosphere’s abuzz over today’s NY Post headline that declared Jeremy Lin an “AMASIAN” after he hit a game-winning three against the Toronto Raptors last night. Writers are wondering if this is offensive, given the fact that Lin is Asian American, born and raised.
And the answer to this question?
YES. THIS IS TOTALLY OFFENSIVE. WE ARE TOTALLY OFFENDED. HEADS WILL ROLL.
BECAUSE THE NEW YORK POST IS BITING OUR STYLE.
AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THEY’RE SPELLING “AMAZIAN” WRONG.
Behold, the first entry in the DISGRASIAN Dictionary:
Say what you will.
Whether you watch baseball, can’t watch baseball, love baseball, hate baseball, listen to every MLB game at the ballpark with headphones on, think Bud Selig is a prick, or have no idea what RBI or a sac fly are…
…think Tim Lincecum’s ears must be lucky and Brian Wilson’s beard bitchin’…
….or wish they’d put bags over their heads when they pitch.
Or if, well…
Continue reading Frisco Gets Frisky
Filed under: Amazians, Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson's beard, Bud Selig, Game 5 of the World Series, Giants Win The World Series, Major League Baseball, Pitchers, San Francisco Giants, SF Giants, Texas Rangers, Tim Lincecum, Tim Lincecum's ears, World Series
Why She’s a Babe: Jane Chen is a good-looking do-gooder. Not only is she a babe, but she’s helping to save the life of babes in the traditional sense of the word with the Embrace Infant Warmer, which looks like a mini-sleeping bag and can perform the role of an incubator for babies born prematurely at less than 1% of the cost of a traditional incubator–$25 versus upwards of $20,000. Chen and her team of Amazians plan on piloting the Infant Warmer in India before introducing it to other developing countries. And anyone saving babies–a bit of an obsession of ours, we’ll admit–is beautiful in our book.
Watch Jane’s TEDTalk in which she explains how the infant warmer works:
Filed under: Amazians, Babes, Babies, Beautiful Babies, Do-Gooders, Embrace Infant Warmer, Good-Looking Do-Gooders, Incubators, India, Innovative Ideas, Jane Chen, Non-Profits, TED Fellows, TED India, TED Talks
Name: Hines Ward
Occupation: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and newly-appointed member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Known for: Four Pro Bowl selections; a pair of Super Bowl hardware; being voted Super Bowl XL MVP; Steelers career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs; donating $1 million to create the Helping Hands Foundation, which works to improve literacy among children in the U.S. and, in Korea, fights discrimination against biracial youth like Hines, who’s Korean and African-American; being Amazian of the Week twice; making Diana smile every Sunday; reprezenting in the Obama administration.
Also named to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders? The unstoppable Ramey Ko–fellow Texasian, municipal judge, founder of Asian Americans for Obama, and hero of that unfortunate Betty Brown name-changing kerfuffle. Congratulasians, Ramey!
For a complete list of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders appointees, click here.
Filed under: Amazians, Biracial People, Blasians, Hines Ward, Hines Ward President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Mixed People, Mixed-Race People, Pittsburgh Steelers, President Barack Obama, Ramey Ko, The Pro Bowl, The Super Bowl
Okay, first the good news: Tibetans are superhuman!
Tibetan pilgrims–or hipsters?
About 3,000 years ago, when Tibetans split off from the Han Chinese, they developed a unique ability to survive in altitudes above 13,000 feet, where oxygen levels are 40% lower, a genetic change a recent study cites as the fastest ever observed in humans.
Now, for the bad: “For such a very strong change, a lot of people would have had to die simply due to the fact that they had the wrong version of a gene,” said Rasmus Nielsen, a professor of integrative biology at Berkeley who led the statistical analysis.
This may not come as a surprise to anyone nominally aware of Tibetan history, which has been marked by struggle and loss. On that note, today marks the 75th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
Happy birthday, Your Holiness!
Filed under: Amazians, China, Dalai Lama 75th Birthday, Genetic Changes, Genetic Mutations, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Human Rights, Scientific Studies, The Dalai Lama, Tibet, Tibetans, Tibetans Fastest Evolved Humans
Intern Jasmine‘s birthday is in March, but Jen and I happen to think it’s never too early to start compiling gift ideas for her next celebrasian!
Cuz here’s the deal: MINDstyle has made an actual Manny Pacquiao toy collectible. A frickin’ MANNY PACQUIAO toy. Are they FOR SERIOUS??? Jasmine is gonna freak the eff out! FREAK OUT! It’s so awesome!!!
Those details!!! The belt, the brow, that frown of intimidasian… little Pacman is BADASS.
And not to be a dick, but now that I’ve thought about it… Jasmine, shmasmine! I think we ALL need one of these! When’s our birthday, again?
Filed under: Action Figures, Amazians, Best Presents Ever, Birthday Presents, Boxers, Boxing, Gift ideas, Gift Lists, Intern Jasmine, Manny Pacman Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao Art Collectible Toy, MINDstyle, Sri Lanka + London and South East UK = Awesome, Toys
Name: Diane Keng
Hails from: Silicon Valley
Occupation: High school senior, CEO
Known for: Doing business. WSJ just profiled Keng, a high school senior that presented her company, MyWeboo.com (a social networking management site that launched in March), to venture capitalists at last week’s Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Keng shares MyWeboo with her 25-year-old brother, but it’s her third start-up company. Yeah, that’s right muthafuckaz! THIRD START-UP.
Did we forget to mention that Keng started her first company at age 16, but bailed because it wasn’t making enough money? And that despite her busy business schedule, she still does well in school and plays badminton? By golly, Keng is my a Hardass Asian Parent’s WET DREAM. Perhaps that’s why her dad gave her $100k in tuition money and my dad still regrets paying for my English degree. *sigh*
**This post has been changed to fix some factual errors. Thanks, Diane!
Filed under: Amazians, Amazing Teens, Businesswomen, CEOs, Cupertino, Diana is Quite a Name, Diana Keng, English Degrees Are Useless, Hardass Asian Parents' Wet Dreams, High School, My Weboo, San Francisco, Seed Money, Silicon Valley, Social Network Integrasian, Social Networking, Startups, Teen Wonders, Websites, WSJ
Name: Mao Asada
Hails from: Japan
Occupation: Figure skater
Known for: Playing second-fiddle to Queen Yu-Na at this year’s Winter Olympics; looking woefully sad on the medal podium while collecting her silver; inspiring some crazy nationalism between Japan and Korea; being the first woman to land two triple-axels in the same program back in 2006; finally getting redemption a month after the Olympics at the World Championships by beating Yu-Na, who fell on a triple salchow during her free skate.
So the rivalry between Yu-Na and Mao? Yeah, it’s ON. Like Ali-Frazier, but with sequins and spangles and a shit-ton of makeup.
Meanwhile, you gotta love the headlines from some of the Korean news outlets, which aren’t reporting Mao’s triumph so much as Yu-Na’s failure. From the Korea Times: “Yu-Na Fails to Defend Title.” And from Chosun Ilbo: “Kim Yu-Na Loses World Title in Turin.”
Filed under: 2010 Figure Skating World Championships, 2010 Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics, Amazians, Bitchfights, Figure Skating, Ice Queens, Ice Skating, Japan vs. Korea, Kim Yu-na, Mao Asada, Nationalism, Queen Yu-na, Rivalries
I realize this ad featuring AOTW Apolo Ohno is supposed to be selling you on that nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine-induced sleep coma Nyquil is so famous for…
But all I see is a serious case of O-Face. You know what I’m talkin’ about…Oh!
Filed under: "O" Faces, 2010 Winter Olympics, Advertising, Amazians, Apolo Anton Ohno, Apolo Ohno, Apolo Ohno Nyquil Ad, Mixed People, O-Face, Office Space, Unfortunate Ads, Vancouver Olympics, Vancouver Winter Olympics
That’s not actually asking much. Last night, during the NFC Championship shootout/battle royale/best game of the season, it was hard to look at anything else. When Fujita wasn’t putting pressure on Brett Favre, he and Anthony Hargrove were tackling him hard.
Filed under: Amazians, Brett Favre, College Sweethearts, Defense, Defensive Linemen, Focus On America, Football, Gay Rights, Go Saints, Honorasians, Hotties, Linebackers, National Equality March, New Orleans, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NOLA, Professional Athletes, Rad Japanese Dudes, Reprzentasian, Saints, Same-Sex Marriage, Scott Fujita, Sports, Super Bowl Ads, Super Bowl Miami, Super Bowl XLIV, Who Dat?
Last week marked the first annual Military Rape Awareness Week, sponsored by Veterans For Peace, a non-profit and officially-recognized United Nations NGO comprised of military veterans seeking alternatives to war.
Military Rape Awareness Week was conceived as a response to a recent Veterans Administrative Study funded by the US Army Medical Corps that found 1 in 3 women in the military have been raped.
US Army Reserves Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee, who was raped twice while serving in Iraq, is one of those women. She spoke at the week’s kickoff event, at the Times Square Recruiting Station in NYC:
And we’re worried about gays in the military because why?
Filed under: Amazians, Gays in the Military, Iraq War Veterans, Military Rape Awareness Week, Rape in the Military, Rape Victims, Sandra Lee, Scary Studies, U.S. Army, US Military, Veterans, Veterans' Affairs