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Happy birthday to His Awesomeness, Slash, an esteemed honorasian who turns 45 tomorrow. Like many mythical creatures, Slash is practically ageless, timeless, and as mysteriously cool as when he first started rocking faces off at Madame Wong’s in ’84.
He will always be an inspirasian to us! We hope those hot fingers get a rest from axe-rocking, just for one day, so that Slash can celebrate the big 4-5 properly–with both fists wrapped around vodka bottles.
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It finally happened! On September 22, amazian Jim Yong Kim was inaugurated as the 17th President of Dartmouth College.
If you recall, he is both the first physician to lead Dartmouth in all of its 240 years and the first Asian American to head an Ivy League institution.
Never mind that he’s already a decorated student and educator, with an A.B. from Brown and both graduate degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) from Harvard–where, prior to his move to Dartmouth, he held professorships at the Medical School and School of Public Health. Or that he’s commonly regarded as a “global health pioneer” for his work with various health institutions and the World Health Organization, and for co-founding the nonprofit medical organization Partners in Health. (Ed Note: My dad just read the last paragraph and started crying.)
We just watched Kim’s inaugural speech, and can totally see why students have found him to be a “most inspirational instructor,” guiding young people to feel they can change the world:
…but we couldn’t help but notice that all of Kim’s warm and cuddly stuff seems to be frosted with just a hint of awesome Hardass Asian Presidentialness: All that talk of excellence, persistence, preparasian? Thank bejeezus! He knows how to talk on our terms!!!
Even WE can’t help but feel rather inspired by Kim’s philosophies (but we’re sure as hell not going back to school to prove it!).
Filed under: Change Is the New Change, Dartmouth College, Doctors, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Excellence, First Asian American To Lead An Ivy League, Harvard, Inspirasian, Partners In Health, World Health Organization
Name: Y.E. Yang (a.k.a. Yang Yong-eun)
Hails from: South Korea
Occupation: Professional Golfer
Known for: Despite starting Sunday as a 20-1 underdog ranked #110 in the world, unleashing a shocking performance to ultimately best #1 Tiger Woods (previously 14 for 14 as a closer in majors) for the win in the 2009 PGA Championship.
Since the upset, Yang has been described as an almost mythical hero:
…and we’re totally buying it. Besides possessing one truly astounding great win, Yang really does seem like a pretty great, humble guy–and wouldn’t you know it, also happens to be the very first male from Asia to win a major golf championship.
We can barely avoid tearing up while reading his own words of inspirasian for the peeps:
“’I hope this win would be as — if not as significant, something quite parallel to an impact both to golf in Korea as well as golf in Asia so that all the young golfers, Korean and Asian, would probably build their dreams and expand their horizons a bit with this win,’ he said.“
Can you? Didn’t think so. We’re so feeling the hype!
L.A. beatmaster Nosaj Thing (real name: Jason Chung) was profiled last week by Flavorwire‘s Tomas Palermo, who celebrated the young Angeleno as chief among Southern California’s hot bunch of experimental beatmakers (or, more lovingly, “MIDI warriors”).
In this dense Q&A (prepare to take an ego hit if you hear about 35 artist names dropped that you don’t know), Chung emerges as a charming, ambitious electronic producer–a self-confessed web geek whose inspiration comes equally from Chopin and Daedelus, that composed much of his latest and greatest on a laptop while in air transit (an approach we’re happily familiar with).
We’ve tasted his newest tracks, and trust us, they’re delicious–lulling yet alive, dangerously smooth and complex. Now we’re dying to buy his new release, Drift, which drops digitally next week (a week earlier than the CD/LP)–so might we suggest buying the mp3 version if you’re a web geek, too?
JEN! JEN! OMG, JEN!
Do you think Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng reads DISGRASIAN? Did she happen upon your quiet pleas that she channel her beautiful prose into a tome?
‘Ladder to the Moon’, Maya Soetoro-Ng’s first book, is inspired by Maya and Barack’s mother as well as by Maya’s four-year-old daughter. What lessons, the author wonders, might her daughter have learned from her grandmother had the two ever met? In ‘Ladder to the Moon,’ Maya Soetoro-Ng pays homage to her mother’s tradition of storytelling — and celebrates her mother’s enduring legacy of service — with an unforgettable story of love and compassion being passed along generations. Brimming with the beauty and magic of the night, Ladder to the Moon is a modern-day fable that will charm readers of any generation with its lush prose and timeless message about discovering one’s own strength. Illustrator and publication date are to be determined.
While–as the product of a fairly stoic, left-brained, Hardass Asian Family– I don’t quite understand how one can be inspired by their relations towards such gentle images of ancestry and beauty, I certainly do appreciate it.
Freakin’ fly me to the Moon, Jen! Can we get on some pre-order action?? Where is this book!!?!?