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Meet The First Asian American Gold Medalist, 91 Year-Old Sammy Lee

July 20th, 2012 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen

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.

From Time Lightbox via Wired:

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BABEWATCH: Sheryl WuDunn

September 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Sheryl WuDunn sets a really unreasonable standard for all of us mere humans. First of all, she’s brilliant. A decorated writer, educator and businesswoman, she is no stranger to success. Then there’s the pioneer aspect of her career: she’s the first Asian American person to have ever won a Pulitzer Prize. She’s a dedicated wife and partner (hubby is writing partner Nicholas Kristof). And she happens to focus on important stuff, like China, and worldwide female empowerment.

Surely she must be a stiff, right? Wrong. She’s not only likeable, but dang adorable when she opens her mouth. (See her most recent interview, where she talks about new book Half the Sky with Stephen Colbert, here).

So what’s wrong with WuDunn? Well, nothing. Except that in addition to all of these qualities, she also happens to possess one of ravishing beauty, making her just perfect. So there you go.

[Half the Sky - Official Site]
[Colbert Nation: September 28, 2009 - Sheryl WuDunn]

Thanks, Dave!

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July 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Judy Chu

Hails from: Los Angeles, CA (No, seriously–born and raised, which y’all know is rare!)

Occupation: House Representative for California’s 32nd Congressional District

Known for: After President Obama confirmed Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary in February, Chu entered the special election for her seat in California’s 32nd Congressional District. The crowd of eight candidates was narrowed to three in May, leading to last week’s special runoff election between Chu, Republican (and cousin-in-law) Betty Chu, and Libertarian Christopher Agrella.

Chu definitively won last Tuesday’s election, with 62% of the vote (composed notably of a deep Asian base, strong Latino support, organized labor and females), making her the first Chinese American to be elected to Congress.

Chu is our kind of woman: a longtime wife that shares the good work with her adorbs husband Mike Eng, an unabashed liberal, a veteran public servant, a proud Asian reprzentative and a pioneer.

And let’s face it–she’s also a knockout. But we couldn’t wait until tomorrow to sing her praises.

[LAT: Judy Chu becomes first Chinese American woman elected to Congress]

Merci, Dave and Jen!

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February 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Ariko Iso

Age: 37

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.

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Male-on-Male Adulasians

October 24th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana just revealed the results for their readers’ poll for the Top 49 Men of 2007. Did any of us make the cut?

You’re gosh darn right we did.

Shigeru Miyomato, director and general manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development–more importantly creator of seminal video games Donkey Kong, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Wave Race, and Pikminbroke into the top twenty with spot #19. Though he may be the reason that we’ve spent more time than we’ll admit banging our heads with game controllers, we can’t help but think that without his pioneering we may never have seen the creation of our favorite game ever, Guitar Hero.

Congratulasians are due to Miyomato, who we’re proud to see honored well above our other brother Tiger Woods, our boyfriend Ryan Gosling, that douchebag that won’t stop appearing in MLB commercials Dane Cook, poor sap Tony Parker, batta-batta-batta-swing-batta A-Rod, tree-hugger Leonardo DiCaprio, and mogul Richard Branson. He da man!!!


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R.I.P. Hilly Kristal and CBGB

August 29th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We are saddened to hear that Honorasian Hilly Krystal, punk-rock legend and founder of legendary rock club CBGB, has passed away due to lung cancer complications at 75. His pioneering legacy and the incredible bands he helped elevate are among the things that survive him. Incidentally, CBGB closed its doors permanently less than a year ago.

This makes us want to shut our bedroom door, cue up Television’s Marquee Moon, bawl our eyes out, and quietly put out our cigarettes.


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Happy Independence Daysian

July 4th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

In honor of the Fourth of July, Diana and I give you, Great Amazian-Americans in History, a two-part timeline. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?


Circa 10,000 years ago. Asian hunters cross the Bering Strait into North America, in search of big game.


1839. Thai-Chinese conjoined brothers Chang and Eng Bunker- the original “Siamese twins”–tour North Carolina with P.T. Barnum and decide to live out their lives in America. They marry the Yates sisters and have 22 children between the two of them. Li-trally.


1847. Eureka! California strikes gold. Chinese miners begin migrating by the thousands to “Gold Mountain,” living in squalid conditions while dreaming of a big payday, thereby pioneering the art of being “ghetto fabulous.”

1869. The first Transcontinental Railroad is completed, due in large part to Chinese laborers. Despite risking their lives and accepting shitty wages, these men are excluded from official pictures heralding the railroad’s opening. Which is the last time that any of us are caught without our own cameras.


1912. Hawaiian-born Duke Kahanamoku wins his first Olympic gold swimming medal in the 100 m free (he would medal again in the next two Games). Then he invents modern surfing. Overachiever! Showoff!


. Third-generation American Anna May Wong makes her debut at age 16 in the movie Bits of Life. The high point of Wong’s career will come later in Shanghai Express, when she nearly upstages her co-star Marlene Dietrich.

And can we talk about how great her bangs look? Bitch was fierce.

1927. Hawaiian running back Walter “Sneeze” Achiu becomes the first Asian-American football player to join the nascent National Football League. Bless you, Walter.

1928. Chi Alpha Delta, the first Asian-American sorority, forms at UCLA. Which is the only time in history that we’ve actually rooted for sorority girls.


1932. Chinese-born cinematographer James Wong Howe shoots his first talkie. People likie his films very much. He workie long time in Hollywoo, winnie two Oscars and makie his parents very proud.


1932. California native Katherine Cheung becomes the first Asian aviatrix. And, along the way, she teaches little girls everywhere how to rock a knee-high boot without looking like a cheap hooker.


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