… and moments we’d like to forget
The top 10 Asian achievements of 2009
This year, Anh “Joseph” Cao became the first Vietnamese American to serve in the U.S. Congress. He represents Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which covers New Orleans. He is the first Republican to serve that district since 1890. Rep. Cao drew criticism from fellow party members after he cast the sole Republican vote for the house’s health care bill (HR-3962). Rep. Cao serves on the Homeland Security, Transportation, and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
The top 5 stories you’ve heard way too much about and 5 stories that went under the radar
Fame, fortune, and scandal were the driving forces behind the endless news coverage of Jackson. Readership of Jackson news shot up when a Los Angeles coroner ruled the singer’s death a homicide after lethal levels of the anesthetic propofol, combined with two other sedatives, were found in his system.
The top 8 Asian athletes to watch for in 2010
The University of Washington football team won five games under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian after the team went winless in the previous year. The University of Washington men’s basketball team won the Pac-10 Championship, and the Seattle University men’s team moved up to Division I. In its inaugural season, the Sounders FC reached the Major League Soccer playoffs.
Top 10 Asian films of 2009
2009 brought a wealth of Asian and Asian-related films to American theaters. Here’s a quick look back at 10 films you should have seen — and if you haven’t, you should hunt these down at your local video store:
The 2009 Asian celebrity wall of fame … and the 2009 hall of shame
Welcome to the special 13th edition of my pop culture column! After one year of covering Asian Americans in pop culture, I have witnessed a lot of ups and downs. It is on that note that I present my list of top celebrities and figures that reflected how far Asians have come in pop culture and the bottom five that were flat out embarrassing.
The top 10 events that shook the world in 2009
After a week of violent protests in early December, India agreed to split the southern state of Andhra Pradesh into two separate states, forming the new state of Telangana. The decision was made following an 11-day hunger strike by Telangana Rashtra Samiti party leader K. Chandrasekara Rao and a week of
Chinese international students die in wreck in Port Angeles
According to the Chinese Consulate General in Seattle, the traffic accident occurred at 10:04 p.m. on Dec. 12. Chi-Kan Cheung, 21, from Hong Kong, was driving a 1998 Ford Escort. Duo Li, 20, from Nanning, was riding in the back seat. Ho P. Ng, 20, was also a passenger in the car.
China executes European citizen, stirring anger
URUMQI, China (AP) — China charged Akmal Shaikh with smuggling drugs and executed him on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 29. But family and acquaintances say the 53-year-old Briton, originally from Pakistan, was mentally unstable and was lured to China from a life on the street in Poland by men playing on his dreams to record a pop song for world peace.
Singer Digby hopes to increase Asian presence in music, talks about success
For singer-songwriter Marié Digby, each of her songs tells a story about her life. While on tour this past week at the Triple Door to promote her second album, “Breathing Underwater,” Digby explained to the audience that she prefers songwriting when she feels inspired or emotional about an event.