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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! Zheng Huang and Anish Mahajan

July 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Names: Zheng Huang and Anish Mahajan

Occupations: Huang is a financial/business consultant, Mahajan an internist and health services researcher.

Known for: Their recent appointment (along with 13 other men and women) by President Obama to serve as prestigious White House Fellows–an honor “based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government” (maybe you’ve heard of a couple other White House Fellows, like Colin Powell and Wesley Clark).

Perhaps what makes these appointments even more remarkable are the respective journeys that Huang and Mahajan have taken en route to Pennsylvania Ave. Huang, who arrived in the U.S. at age 10, was placed in 5th grade without knowing a word of English; he decided to memorize a 100 words a day out of the dictionary until he was rocking 10th grade AP English, ultimately moving on to obtain degrees in Economics and Business at Stanford and Harvard, and become the youngest-ever Managing Director at Intel. Mahajan was clearly born to multitask; he obtained a public policy degree from Brown before earning his M.D. there, completed a Master’s in public health at Harvard while researching low-cost monitoring strategies for HIV therapy and characterizing the response of the private sector to AIDS in southern Africa, and has been serving a 2-year stint as an LA neighborhood council member while working as an internist at UCLA medical center.

Wow. Um, we love overachievers and all, but this is ridiculous.

[TWH: President Obama Appoints 2009-2010 Class of White House Fellows]

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It’s About Time…

October 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

…somebody shared this necessary, obvious statement with our big, dumb, xenophobic, pretty-damn-racist country America:

“It is permitted to be said, such things as, ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well the correct answer is that he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be President?”

There are things that Powell has done that I will never be happy about, but I will always be grateful he had the balls to finally stand up and say this.

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Who’s This Hardass Asian Daddy?

April 14th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Recently, a man whom I’ve admired but not totally understood, a man who has at times seemed emotionally distant, someone who worked his way up in America from nothing, said that what kids need today is…

…a sense of shame. We have got to make sure that we give our youngsters a sense of the need for excellence, the need for hard work. And we believe in you. We have expectations for you. Don’t disappoint us.”


And no, it wasn’t my Dad talkin’, it was this guy:

Colin “Hardass Asian” Powell


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