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July 2 was No Shame Day, which was started by The Siwe Project’s founder Bassey Ikpi to promote support of mental health care and encourage people to to seek treatment. Many folks (including Jen) took to social media to share stories and show support. [The Siwe Project]
This is critical for Asian Americans, as a recent study has shown that Asian Americans tend to shun treatment for mental health issues. That same study also revealed that Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depression across race and gender. [PsychCentral]
Much to my chagrin (and H-Town native Jen’s delight), Jeremy Lin may be on the verge of signing a 4-year, $31 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets. As a limited free agent playing with the Knicks, Jeremy may yet see a matching offer from his team. [ESPN]
The average age of China’s women’s gymnastics team for the 2012 Olympics is 19.5, which seems positively ancient compared to the 2008 squad of supposed 16 year olds. [The Atlantic Wire]
Lia Neal became only the second African American woman to make a U.S. Olympic swim team last weekend. Her 4th place finish in the 100m final at the Olympic trials earned her a spot on the 400m relay team. A native of New York (holla!), Lia is of African-American and Chinese descent. [WP - thanks, Rome!]
China has lifted a ban preventing lesbians Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian
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Filmmakers Mina T. Son and Sara Newens are raising funds to finish post-production on TOP SPIN, their documentary about three American teen table tennis players with Olympic aspirations. Two of their subjects, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, have already earned spots on Team USA [Kickstarter]
A veritable who’s who of Pinoy music will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, July 8 for Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines – Celebrate Global Filipino Music. The show will feature Pinoy pop, hip-hop, and original Pinoy music. Among those joining Apl.de.ap are fellow Black Eyed Peas Taboo and will.i.am, Legaci, and Nicole Scherzinger, with hosts Vanessa Hudgens, Jo Koy, and Anthony Valadez. [Hollywood Bowl]
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is accepting submissions, looking for “films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality.” The deadline for submissions is August 30. [seattleaaff.org]
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After the 1998 Winter Olympics, Michelle Kwan famously told Bob Costas:
“People ask me how it feels to lose the gold. I tell them, I didn’t lose the gold; I won the silver.”
Which, like, does not compute for those of us raised to believe that second place is First Loser and is typically grounds for revoking somebody’s Asian card, only it’s Michelle Kwan we’re talking about here, who’s, like everybody’s favorite little sister.
But Kwan’s 30(!) now, if you can believe it, and judging by her appearance at last night’s White House state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao, everybody’s favorite little sis is all growed up.
And she finally took the gold! I mean…DAYUM.
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Many Asian American athletes shined over the weekend in the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships–including 10-year old prodigy Nathan Chen who won gold in the Novice division, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani who won the junior ice dancing competition.
But the country’s attention (and the Championships’ official site) seems focused on the enigmatic Mirai Nagasu, who took home an improbable silver in the women’s competition, falling just short of the solid-but-flairless Rachel Flatt.
Name: Mirai Nagasu
Occupation: Student, American figure skater
Known for: Flash and surprises. Though she didn’t fancy herself an Olympic contender and hoped mostly to show her potential for the future, Nagasu competed beautifully in the Spokane, WA figure skating National Championships last week, nabbing a coveted ticket to the Olympic Games. She may not have bested the gold medal winner with numbers, despite a near-flawless final performance, but Nagasu quickly became a people’s favorite and proved one very important point: The future is now.
Filed under: 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Amazing Teens, Competitions, Figure Skating, Flair, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, National Championships, Olympics, Rachel Flatt, Spokane, Teenagers, the Olympics