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With all the fizzled hype surrounding moguls skier and NFL-wannabe Jeremy Bloom, one story that slipped under the radar is Toby Dawson, the bronze medal winner in the Olympics freestyle moguls. Dawson was the only American skier to win a medal in the moguls event.
The Seattle Times ran this story on Hines Ward, the Super Bowl MVP: Biracial Super Bowl hero is big hit in South Korea. Hines is half Korean, half black—his mother is Korean and his father was a black GI. This isn't the first story on this subject. I wonder if it's blown up by the media, or if they really are as crazy for him over there as they say. The story addresses the contempt in Korean society for mixed race people. But times are changing. People seem to be more open, letting go of old prejudices.
Sometimes though, it seems that people enthusiastically embrace all things multiracial and multicultural just as a way to show how modern and with it they are.
Many of the posts on this blog rant and rave about how Hollywood disses Asian Americans. East West Players and the Asian American Theater Company are offering three programs that probably offer the best long-term solution: getting more Asian Americans involved.
After chasing Olympic gold for over a decade, Michelle Kwan announced today that she is withdrawing herself from the U.S. Olympic team for this Winter Games. Kwan has tallied five world titles, nine national championships and silver and bronze medals at previous Olympics (1998 and 2002, respectively) but has been unable to take it all home at the Olympics. In explaining a decision that Scott Hamilton described as "generous", Kwan said, "I respect the Olympics too much to compete... I don't want to be a distraction here." The doctor who examined her stated this new acute injury is not career-ending, but still, not a bad list of accomplishments for a 25 year old.
Asian American boookstores are priceless -- precarious and brave. What Advanced Searches on Barnes & Noble.com will never yield, what the shelves of Borders can't be counted on to carry much less surrender -- the Asian American bookstore will have gathered and displayed for you, rows upon rows of just the things you might not want to miss. It's like having a literary personal shopper.
"Another month has somehow slipped by. As my final deportation hearing is getting closer, I can't help but get excited. I look forward to the opportunity to express myself to the government and the people about why I deserve to stay in this country. I'll be speaking for my future. The month of February is full of hope and potential. I'm waiting for another miracle."
That's the most recent post on Eddy Zheng's blog.
Time to catch up on a few stories that we've reported on in past issues of Hyphen.
Here's an update on the Operation Meth Merchant story that we covered recently in issue 8. If you haven't been following, 49 people were charged in Georgia of selling over the counter meds that can be used for making meth. Forty-four of those people were Indian American. The Indian American community said, "Hello?! Racial profiling?!" The ACLU decided to step in and help.