Profiles

Do Asians Have the Swag to Teach the Cool Kids?

Do Asians Have the Swag to Teach the Cool Kids?

In today’s rapidly evolving, technological, and pluralistic society good educators are more important than ever before.  At the front lines of those educators are the high school teachers, particularly those teaching in public schools.  They are responsible for molding the futures of impressionable teens who struggle with their identity, their self-esteem, unrealistic expectations set by the media or their parents, and trying family or social circumstances. They are responsible for teaching academic lessons and life skills that their students can then apply in the workforce or in furthering their education.  As a result, teachers are typically required to possess a […]

BD Wong: America’s Favorite SVU, Law And Order Actor

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B.D. Wong was born on October 24, 1960 and raised in San Francisco, California, where he graduated from San Francisco State University and eventually moved to New York, where you found incredible success In one of his most well known roles BD Wong plays a doctor with a criminal justice twist in a special unit of law enforcement (Law and Order SVU) as Dr. George Huang. He actually plays a forensic psychologist; a psychologist specializing in crimes and criminal justice and he performed the part perfectly, somehow perfectly combining compassionate with an analytic perspective. Wong has said that he remained […]

Jerry Yang: Profile of an Internet Pioneer

Jerry Yang: Profile of an Internet Pioneer

Jerry Yang is an entrepreneur who founded Yahoo!, one of the leading search engines on the internet. BusinessWeek branded Yang as one of “The Most 25 Most Influential Men on the Web.” Forbes also listed the entrepreneur as one of the richest men in America. Jerry Yang was born in Taipei on November 6, 1968. His mother moved the family to California when he was 8 years old, and he was raised in San Jose. When he moved to the United States, Yang spoke only one word of English; however, it only took him three years to be proficient in […]

Nobu Matsuhisa: A Celebrity Chef

Nobu Matsuhisa: A Celebrity Chef

As we all know, Asian food is immensly popular in the United States. It’s hard to find a town without a Mexican restaurant and an Asian buffet. While the Nobu Matsuhisa may not run an Asian buffet, the principle remains the same: the food of the far east is loved by the people of the west. That is why we have chosen to do a profile on our top Asian-American celebrity chef: Nobu Matsuhisa. Noba Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef who blends Asian cuisine with South American flavors. He was born in Saitama, Japan and lived there until a regular […]

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior designer Vern Yip gained widespread acclaim largely through his regular appearances on the hugely successful design show “Trading Spaces” on The Learning Channel which began airing over a decade ago. On this show, two sets of participants would redesign a room in each other’s homes with each of the two teams working with the guidance of a professional designer. As one of the recurring design guides, Yip, 45, was well known for his classic and tasteful designs and his calm, easy going demeanor. His sleek style aesthetic and know-how would seem to be products of intensive formal design training. […]

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Ming Tsai grew up in Dayton, Ohio, working alongside his parents in the restaurant that they owned called Mandarin Kitchen. Ming loved the cooking and the eating, but he also learned valuable lessons about the day to day operations of the restaurant, including how to please customers. When Ming got a little older, he went east to go to school. He first attended Phillips Academy Andover, and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Yale University. Interestingly, it was during this time that he spent his summers in France, where he trained at the top culinary school Cordon-Blue in […]

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

Born in Guangzhou, China on April, 26, 1916, he was the son of a prominent Chinese banker. Traveling to America at the age of 17, he enrolled in college. I.M. Pei began his studies at UPenn’s architecture school but soon transferred to MIT. It was there that he earned his degree in 1940. In addition to his degree, he was awarded the RIBA gold medal, the MIT Traveling Fellowship, and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Two years later he would enter the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he would study under the auspices of Walter Gropius. After a brief […]

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

Connie Chung was born in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1946. She became the first Asian-American and the second woman in the history of news journalism to anchor a major network news program. In 1969, Chung received a journalism degree from University of Maryland. Right after college, she started working for WTTG in Washington and eventually worked her way up to being a reporter for the station. Two years later CBS News hired Chung as a Washington-correspondent. During this time, she landed an exclusive interview with President Nixon, which took place during the infamous Watergate scandal. Chung moved to Los […]

David Ho: A pioneer in AIDS research

David Ho: A pioneer in AIDS research

David Ho was born in Taiwan on November 3, 1952 to engineer Paul Ho, and his wife Sonia. His father left for the United States when he was only 5, with he and his family remaining in Taiwan until David was in the sixth grade, when they got their chance to come to America. He spent the rest of his youth in Los Angeles, and at age 22 he received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the California Institute of Technology in Pasedena, CA. He then went for his doctorate, and in 1978 he obtained his MD from Harvard Medical […]