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RAPPER ON BET'S 106 & PARK
On BET's 106 & Park "freestyle battle" section - an Azn
rapper name Jin (from AznRaps.com)
who went up against Hason, who had a 6-week winning streak
on the show, and beat him!
LEE - 1ST AP WOMEN IN MARYLAND LEGISLATURE
Susan C. Lee was appointed yesterday by Maryland Governor
Parris N. Glendening (D) to a vacant seat in the House of
is the first Asian Pacific American woman to serve in the
state legislature and fills the seat vacated by Nancy K. Kopp
(D), who was elected state treasurer in February 2002.
though having never held an elected office before, has extensive
experience in state and local politics. Lee has been an attorney
with the Washington, D.C. law firm Gebhardt & Associates and
previously at Pena & Associates.
is currently the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County NAACP Multicultural
Community Partnership and a co-founder and board member of
the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
(APAICS). She holds a law degree from the University of San
Francisco School of Law and a B.S. from the University of
Maryland, College Park.
INOUYE FELLOWSHIP RECEIVES $100K
George T. Aratani has endowed $100,000 to the Asian Pacific
American Institute for Congressional Studies' (APAICS) for
the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship Program. The
nine-month program is designed to encourage a graduate student
who has a commitment to the Asian Pacific American community
to pursue a public policy career.
Mr. Aratani is currently Chair of the Aratani Foundation in
Los Angeles, California. In 1994, the Aratani Foundation was
created to help support non-profit organizations that serve
the Asian Pacific American community.
The Foundation was named after George Aratani who founded
three international corporations: Mikasa - a leading tableware
company, Kenwood - a high fidelity electronics enterprise
and AMCO a medical supply business.
The first Inouye Fellow for the 2001-02 Program year is Ms.
Snehal Majithia of Chappaqua, New York. Ms. Majithia graduated
in May of 1999 from New York University with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Political Science, Gender Studies, and Asian
American Studies. For the duration of her fellowship, Ms.
Majithia is working with the Center for Policy Alternatives,
a non-profit, nonpartisan public policy and leadership development
CHAN - 1ST CALIFORNIA MAJORITY LEADER
Just two years after getting elected to the California
State Assembly, lawmaker Wilma Chan, D-Oakland, has been named
the Assembly's next majority leader. The
appointment makes Chan the first Asian Pacific American and
the first female to take the role of majority leader. She
currently serves as majority whip. She
was the first APA elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
and the Oakland school board in the 1990's. Chan
won top ratings from senior and children's advocacy groups
for her support on 35 bills dealing with seniors' and children's
HEAD THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS TEAM
Southern California's Irvine University Boy's Tennis
team members might be one of the best in the United States.
In 2002, they have already won its second consecutive Division
Coach John Kessler's team include the following tennis players:
Li (Southern California boys' 16 division sectional champion)
EXPANDING ITS CHAIN RESTAURANTS
which has 17 ethnic food buffets, has tapped into consumers'
appetite for all-you-can-eat sushi - despite the business
falloff after September 11, 2001.
In 2001, Los Angeles-based Todai
Franchising has the annual sales of its company-owned
and franchised outlets up to $70 million. It maintained a
profit margin of 5% at year's end and exceeding the restaurant
industry average of 3% to 4%. Todai
operates in five Western states, with most of its 17 restaurants
in California. About half are franchised, the remainder company-owned.
founders, Kaku and Toru Makino, opened the first Todai in
Santa Monica in 1985. The restaurant, one of the first all-you-can-eat
sushi places, was so popular that by the late 1990s, they
had opened 10 buffets in California.
Hans Kim, Todai's chief executive, form an investment group
name Meramia, that purchased a majority stake in the Todai
chain in 1998 and upgraded the menu by adding such items as
Canadian lobster and crab. It doesn't, however, make any pretensions
of the dishes at swanky sushi spots.
Though Todai buys in bulk and gets discounts, the upgraded
food costs consume 39% of the chain's sales, compared with
about a third of sales at other buffets. Todai,
a 17 years old company, is more expensive than most buffet
restaurants with "Adult" lunches ranging from $12 to $14 for
lunch and $22 to $26 for dinner - depending on the location.
Company's strategy is to operate in upscale areas with a sizable
concentration of Asian Americans. The
chain hopes to sell stock to the public within three years
to fund future expansion to meet their goal of 30 new restaurants
in the next five years.
AT THE OLYMPICS
Anton Ohno won two medals at the 2002
Olympics - a Gold and a Silver.
Kwan won the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Olympics, despite
being expected to win the Gold. Presently, she is already
tied for having the second-most American women's titles, three
behind Maribel Vinson. Only two men have more national titles,
Dick Button and Roger Turner, who have won seven each. If
Kwan goes on to the world championships in Nagano next month
she could equal the five world titles won by compatriot Carol
Heiss, though she is a long ways away from the ten world titles
of Norway's three-time Olympic champion Sonja Henie.
POLITICAN CHANGES VOTE
House of Representatives voted 240 to 189 to approve
legislation that would limit campaign funds from special interests.
Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), a Filipino American and
executive committee member of the Congressional Asian Pacific
American Caucus, voted against the bill. He, along with 11
other Democrats, broke away from his party to vote against
what may be the most significant overhaul of campaign finance
laws in over 25 years.
Rep. Scott defends his vote against the Shays - Meehan campaign
finance reform bill because it "violated the First Amendment
of the Constitution."
The bill (H.R. 2356) will now be sent over to the U.S. Senate
for consideration and debate. After
16 hours of debate, the bill includes the following provisions:
the amount of soft money contributions and restrict election-related
advertisement by third party groups;
the use of soft money to pay off campaign debts;
donations strictly to state parties, which could not be
used to promote federal candidates; Bans corporations,
unions and advocacy groups from targeting candidates by
name in "issue ads" within 60 days of a general election
or 30 days of a primary; and
the limit on individual contributions to candidates from
$1,000 to $2,000.
APA Members Vote on H.R. 2356
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
Michael - Yea
Robert - Yea
Patsy - Yea
Robert - Nay
David - Yea
Eni (does not have a vote)
Robert (does not have a vote)
THE KID & BRIT AWARD SHOW
Dan "The Terminator" and Kid Koala are part of the "virtual
hip-hop group Gorillaz that received six nominations in the
Brit Awards. They, however, didn't win any awards. The
group also includes the following musicians:
singer Damon Albarn
Talking Heads' Tina Weymouth
of Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett
Matto's Miho Hatori and
Tha Funkee Homosapien.
APA FIGHT PROMOTER'S EVENT
Chang presents an evening of professional boxing on Saturday:
March 9, 2002 at 7:00 P.M. at Annandale Sports Center. Event
features the following:
"Blood" Green vs. Danny Wofford, 12 rounds for the W.B.S.
Super Heavyweight Championship
Foster vs. TBD, 6 rounds for the W.B.S. Women's Bantamweight
WBF-Intercontinental and VA State Champion Sugar Han Kim
vs. Thomas Coleman in a 4 round non-title affair
info can be found at House
of Chang website.