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Name: Phymean Noun
Hails from: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Known for: Seeing a disgraceful situation and doing something to make it better. When Noun realized how many children were scavenging through her city’s trash dumps just to survive, she quit her job and started the People Improvement Organization to provide the area’s underprivileged kids with a free education–fronting $30k her own money to build the first school.
The humble Noun was honored at last week’s CNN Heroes Awards, and even though we were momentarily distracted by her presenter Lucy Liu’s bad teleprompter reading and ill-fitting dress, our icy hearts warmed to flooding tears from the inspirasian of her story. If only we could all give so much!
Find out more about the PIO here.
Occupation: Non-partisan organization of Chinese-American leaders
Founded in: 1990
Known for: Being the Who’s Who of Chinese-American ballers, with members like Yo-Yo Ma, YouTube’s Steve Chen (pictured above), playwright David Henry Hwang, film producer Teddy Zee, architect Maya Lin, Gary Locke, former governor of Washington state, and our, uh, “friend” Lisa Ling; addressing U.S.-China relasians and Chinese-American issues; encouraging philanthropy within the community after conducting an alarming 2001 survey that found “one in five Americans polled said Chinese Americans ‘don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind’” and, to that end, raising $3.5 million dollars for Sichuan earthquake relief in the last month.
To learn more about The Committee of 100, click here.
To make a donasian to the Committee’s earthquake relief fund, click here.
I’ve been convinced, after talking to the guy and seeing his willingness to change the world (through the philanthropy of his Peapod Foundasian, dedicasian to get out the American vote, and impromptu ignition of the “Yes We Can” movement), that Will.I.Am is a brilliant, talented, and overall bitchin’ fellow.
But if the rumors that he is now dating the loathsome queen of exploitasian, Tila Tequila, are true…
Happy 36th Birthday to Midori Goto, one of the leading concert violinists in the country, founder of American and Japanese non-profits Midori & Friends and Music Sharing, and Angelino. You may be stepping further away from your years as a child music prodigy, but don’t be too upset–hell, it happens to all of us.
When I read this headline today on chinadaily.com.cn, “Wannabe woman aided by transsex celeb,” I thought, this is going to be good.
A 24-year-old male Chinese, determined to become a woman, got financial support Sunday from South Korean transsexual entertainer Ha Ri-su to finance his gender alteration surgery, Qilu Evening News reported Monday.
–And then I was like, AWWWWW! Trannies are like Fairy Godmothers. They teach gays to be queens, girls to be fierce, and gender-confused wannabes to be full-fledged transsexuals…how cool is that? When I finally got a gander at the picture of philanthropic “South Korean transsexual entertainer Ha Ri-su”–
–I was like, DA-AMN. Tranny Godmother looks CUTE. Barring that one-tit baring aqua sparkle mess of a shirt, she looks kinda like a UCLA student majoring in Microbiology who spends too much time on Facebook and loves grabbing soup dumplings on the weekends with all her pre-med friends. The world could learn a thing or two from Ha Ri-su. I would like to be so bold as to suggest Tranny Godmother’s next two charity cases:
They’re best friends. Consider it two birds, one stone, dear sweet Tranny Godmother Ha Ri-su. Please.