December 2010 Archives

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

"Did You Eat?" Means "I Love You"--Deciphering Our Families at Christmas

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Dec 29, 2010 12:10 PM

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 A few days before Christmas last year, I cheekily signed off an email to family and friends, “I’ve got a date with Robert Downey, Jr. on Christmas day.”

My mother was pleased to hear that I was going to be with friends on Christmas day since I could not go home, and she asked my brother if he knew anything about my new friend, Robert Downey, Jr.

My brother told her that Robert Downey, Jr. was an actor.

My mother worried about the low income and job insecurity of actors.


Andrew Lam

SF State to Establish Center to Study Japan

By Andrew Lam, Dec 29, 2010 11:15 AM

 Thanks
 to a a private donation, San Francisco State University announced that 
it will establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and 
Japanese Culture, reports Asianweek.com. The $5 million gift from alumna and Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena is the second-largest private individual gift in the school's history.

Summer Chiang

Gunshot Tracker Tests Scare Neighbors

By Summer Chiang, Dec 29, 2010 10:25 AM

Chinese community leaders say a system to track gunshots in Visitacion Valley has frightened Chinese-American families in the area.

The San Francisco Police Department installed a gunshot monitoring system, known as "ShotSpotter," in three different locations in and around the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood, at the intersections of Burr and Argonaut avenues, Campbell Avenue and Rutland Street, and Mansell and Brussels streets. The system detects the sound of gunshots and alerts authorities immediately as to where the bullets were fired.


Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Reading Rosa Parks and Pearl Harbor with others

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Dec 22, 2010 2:15 PM

When I was in elementary school, I was taught that at the end of a long day in 1955, an old and tired seamstress with aching feet sat down on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and was just too tired to get up and give up her seat to a Caucasian passenger. I always imagined thick white orthopedic shoes, and I felt the heaviness of her exhaustion weighing her down in her seat, and I thought that it was an accident or coincidence that she started the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement in America.

Elena Shore

Bakeries: No Trans Fats Means Bread Costs More Dough

By Elena Shore, Dec 22, 2010 11:35 AM

On Jan. 1, California will become the first state in the country to ban trans fats, which have been linked to an increase in bad cholesterol, obesity and heart disease. The law, AB 97, was approved in January 2010, and gave bakeries one year to adapt to the new rules. But although it might be good for people's health, the change isn't doing any favors for the health of small businesses, reports La Opinión.

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