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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
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Name: Phil Yu, aka Angry Asian Man
Hails from: NoCal
Occupation: Blogger, Community Leader, Full-Time Mensch
Why He’s a Babe: Our friend Phil is on the cover of this month’s KoreAm Journal lookin’ hella hawt. His scruffy good looks aside, however, it’s what Phil reveals in the the accompanying Q & A–conducted by our other pal, Jeff Yang, in what is probably Phil’s most candid interview to date–that explains why everyone crushes on Angry Asian Man. Dude’s a total rock star–we’ve spoken at packed conferences where people line up just to get a whiff of his Angry Asian Man Essence–yet he couldn’t be more humble, self-effacing, and dedicated to his readers, his community, and the things he writes about.
But the KoreAm interview also reveals some bad news for all of us AAM groupies: Continue reading BABEWATCH: Phil Yu, aka Angry Asian Man
Hails from: Hong Kong
Occupation: Visual Artist
Why He’s A Babe: Besides rocking cool-geek chic as naturally as black hair, Wong applies poetic impressions of Hong Kong to very quirky, easy-on-the-eyes “experiments.”
Recently, Wong created a wheeled homeless shelter–including a bed and a desk–that unfolds from the shape of a robot (see photo, above). He says: “My question is: what if the homeless shelter is beautiful, to the point where it becomes a public artwork on the street?”
A four-eyed do-gooder with great intentions and an even better aesthetic? If that ain’t hot, we don’t know what is.
Occupation: Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Known for: Being the NFL’s first full-time female trainer, making her just the third woman to hold the job in all male professional sports. Since joining the team in 2002, she has seen the players through two Super Bowl matches–and as confirmed yesterday, two corresponding Super Bowl victories.
Keeping players healthy and strong throughout an NFL season is no joke. The “pioneer” has been hard at work for the last five months… we sure hope that on this Monday, she slept in and savored the success.
Filed under: Ariko Iso, Athletic Trainers, First Ladies, Inspirasians, NFL, On the Field, Pioneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rad Jobs, Steelers Won The Super Booooowlllll, The Super Bowl, Victory, Woot Woot
There’s an online petition and grassroots campaign underway to convince Obama to appoint Iraq War veteran, Army Major Tammy Duckworth, his Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs. You may remember Duckworth from the DNC, where she identified herself as Asian-American (she is half-Thai from her mother’s side), a Daughter of the American Revolution, the daughter of an immigrant, a female helicopter pilot, a veteran, and a “wounded warrior.” The Illinois National Guard member–who still serves on weekends–lost both her legs and some of her right arm after the Black Hawk she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004. You cannot read her story without tearing up and thinking that your life struggles are totally inane by comparison. She’s the perfect person for the job.
Who knew that Bai Ling was, as Michael Kors would say in that gaysal (gay + nasal) voice of his…”high fashion”? Last week, the NY Times published a story about Band-Aids being the latest fashion craze and even cited Bai Ling as an early adopter.
What’s next? Nipple-slipples as the hottest red carpet accessory? Oh, wait…never mind.
Speaking of Bai and fashion accessories, our favorite alienasian boldly went where every man has gone before and attempted to explain why white dudes love Asian chicks on her blog last week:
Dinner was nice last night, meet with a good director and his chinese lovely wife and his Italian friend, its a trend that westen guys find Asian girl to be their girl friend and wife, they all attracted to the east, which I don’t belame them, we have the pointry the romance and the beauty and the mystery of sex……
…but not, apparently, the good spelling.
Hails from: Detroit
Occupation: Hip-hop dancer and former contestant on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (with the group A.S.I.I.D., aka “And So It Is Done”)
Known for: Being called the “hardest boy” in his group by ABDC judge Lil Mama; being known as”the deaf guy” and “the Asian guy” of the A.S.I.I.D. dance crew (who was sadly voted off last week) until people saw his moves, the pure joy with which he dances, and that smile, which transcended the competition, his ethnicity, and even his disability; rocking a FilipiFro (Filipino ‘fro).
Click here to see the A.S.I.I.D. performance that earned Joey props from Lil Mama.
The aptly-named Loving never considered herself a political activist:
“The preacher at my church classified me with Rosa Parks. I don’t feel like that. Not at all. What happened, we really didn’t intend for it to happen. What we wanted, we wanted to come home.”
She’s a true inspiration to us and our belief that you don’t necessarily need to picket in the streets to create change, and, sometimes, the most personal choices you make happen to be the most political.
Click here to read Loving’s obituary in The Washington Post.
Hails from: Los Angeles
Known for: Winning an Obie for his first play, FOB, about the complicated nature of Asian-American identity, winning a Tony–the first Asian-American to do so–for the masterful M. Butterfly, a post-modern take on Puccini’s opera and the real-life, gender-bending love affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera singer (which was later adapted into a film by David Cronenberg), being named a Pulitzer finalist this year for his latest effort, Yellow Face, inspiring our peeps to become artists, writers, actors and dramatists.
If you’re not familiar with Hwang’s work, buy a copy of M. Butterfly right this minute. It’s life-changing, we swear.
Japanese supermodel, Sayoko Yamaguchi, has died at age 57 from acute pneumonia. Yamaguchi was the first Asian to appear in Shiseido ads when the Japanese company made the important decision to stop only using Caucasian models in their campaigns, and she was named one of the top models in the world by Newsweek in 1977. Yamaguchi went on do cool art and film projects, like “Fantasy Mode to Order” (where the above photo is from) and Pistol Opera, a cult film about a female assassin.
Click here to read full obit.
Near the end of a solid rookie season where he worked his way up to starting pitching for the Red Sox in 2006, left-hander Jon Lester, 23, received the shattering news that he had lymphoma. After six rounds of chemo and stints in Class-A and triple-A ball, Lester returned to the mound last night for Boston against the White Sox, pitching 6 innings for the win, 6-2.