Na is the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence
in literature for young adults. "A Step from Heaven. She tells
the tale of Young Ju as she grows from a toddler in Korea
to a high-school graduate in California desperately trying
to be a 'true' American while her immigrant parents try to
make her stay close to her Korean heritage.
Both intimate and universal, this powerful story of Young
Ju's coming of age is rooted in the conflict between her traditional
Korean immigrant family and the need to find her place in
the United States. These lyrical vignettes create a heartfelt
account of every teen's struggle between family and self."
was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego. "A Step From Heaven"
is her first novel.
OF FLUSHING'S KOREATOWN
Within the last ten years ago, NYC's Flushing has been
changing from Koreatown to a Chinatown, as the result of Chinese
banks and investors have been financing Chinese businesses
on Main Street. This
situation has caused the Chinese immigrants have moved to
Flushing at more than double the rate of Koreans, the script
on those signs has changed almost entirely, from Korean to
Chinese, Korean and English.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (currently
the oldest member of the Bush Cabinet and the first APA to
be appointed to the President's Cabinet under Bill Clinton)
was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington
D.C. for a hip replacement.
- YOUNGEST GOLFER ON LPGA TOUR
Hawaiian native, Michelle
Wie became the youngest
golfer to qualify for an LPGA Tour event at the age of
12 (in 2002). She shot an 83 at Waikoloa Beach Resort in Hawaii
to earn a spot in the 2002 season-opening Takefuji Classic.
In January 2002, the 5-foot-10 Wie
became the first female golfer to qualify for the Hawaii Pearl
Open, an amateur tournament.
HEALTHCARE GIVEN TO ASIANS
Americans, along with Hispanic and African Americans,
are more likely than whites to have difficulty communicating
with doctors and accessing health care, states a new study
by the Commonwealth Fund, a private New York-based health
research foundation in November 2001 from 6,722 people (669
were Asian Americans).
Twenty-seven percent of Asian Americans said they have experienced
similar communication difficulties. Access to language interpreters
also was limited. Among non-English speakers who said they
needed interpreters during a health care visit, fewer than
half said they always or usually had one.
One in 10 Asian Americans said they felt they would receive
better health care if they were of a different race. Only
1 percent of whites felt that way. Among
those 50 and older, 18 percent of Latinos and 16 percent of
Asian Americans said they had been screened for colon cancer
in the past year. Among African Americans, 31 percent said
they had been screened, and 28 percent of whites said they
had been screened.
NUGGETS GO CHINESE
Menk Bateer, the most valuable player of the Chinese
Basketball Association All-Star Game, made his NBA debut Feb.
27 in the Nuggets' 110-93 loss to the host Warriors. Bateer,
26, a native of Inner Mongolia, becomes the second Chinese
player in the NBA, joining Wang Zhizhi of the Mavericks.
Tiger Woods paid 4.2 million yuan ($500,000) in taxes
on his appearance fee for a November exhibition match in the
south China city of Shenzhen, making Woods the biggest taxpayer
in that city last year, according to the official Xinhua News
Welma Naguit, a Montebello Filipino woman, was one of
three winners of California's $193-million state lottery.
This single mother, a resident alien who came to the United
States a year ago from the Philippines, will collect her winnings
in a single payout, will get $33 million before taxes. Paul
Briscoe, 49, and his wife Rose, 45, and a Half Moon Bay man,
Andy Kampe, are the other winners. The
jackpot was the largest California prize ever won.
LAU & BILL LEE RUN FOR MAYOR
Both Police Chief Fred Lau and. San Francisco's Chief
Administer Officer Bill Lee are being courted for running
for the 2003 San Francisco Mayoral seat in November. The
Chinese wild card in this race is Rose Pak, president of the
Chinese Chamber of Commerce - a Lau supporter and sometimes
referred to as Mayor Willie Brown's "gatekeeper" in Chinatown,
who has earned her share of political enemies over the years.
AT JOHN WILLIAMS' BASH
participation in the John Williams's 70th
Birthday Celebration Concert was filled with his joy in
making music reached out to the audience, back to the orchestra
and over to Williams on the podium. He played Williams' music
with heart and with subtlety, with energy and with commitment.
He savored every melodic line and each climatic moment.
TAP INTO CHINESE MARKETPLACE
Cushman & Wakefield Inc., the second-largest U.S. real
estate company, formed a joint venture with Premas International
Ltd. to provide real estate brokerage and other services to
companies expanding in China and Chinese firms looking to
CAMP PICTURED IN THE LONGEST MURAL
The Great Wall of Los Angeles (billed as the longest
mural in the world at ˝ mile) was completed in 1983. Yet the
broad reach of history is clearly apparent on what is billed
as the world's longest mural.
Rosa Parks and Albert Einstein are on the wall. So are Adolf
Hitler and Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The wall is a memorial to
pain and anger and war and ideas. It celebrates inventors,
poets, film stars and thousands whose names will never be
recorded: deported Mexican nationals, abused Native Americans,
laid-off workers of the Great Depression, coolie laborers
and people of Japanese heritage imprisoned in internment camps.
A non-profit group organized more than 400 people--most of
them disadvantaged youths--to design and paint the landmark,
a project that took years and changed the lives of some of
the teenagers involved. The
mural is 13 1/2 feet high and stretches 2,470 feet down one
side of the flood channel, along Coldwater Canyon Avenue.
It extends from Burbank Boulevard to Oxnard Street.
DONG - CA'S REP IN SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH
17 years old Alhambra High senior, Tim
Dong, is California's only contestant in the Intel
Science Talent Search. The
winner of the nation's most prestigious contest for budding
young scientists will receive $530,000 in college
scholarships. Each winter, the finalists are selected
from thousands of high school seniors nationwide who conduct
original scientific research.
Previously known as the Westinghouse for its first sponsor,
the 60-year-old contest has a proven record of identifying
groundbreaking thinkers. Finalists have earned five Nobel
Prizes, two Fields Medals (the Nobel of the math world) and
10 MacArthur grants. Other
APA finalists include the following:
Christy Alyono (Potomac, MD),
Sayaka Balakrishnan (Mangilao, Guam),
Cai (Naperville, IL),
Cheng (Armonk, NY),
Gao (Austin, TX).
Kim (New Hyde Park, NY),
Li (Potomac, MD),
Leung (Brooklyn, NY),
Li (Rego Park, NY),
Li (East Setauket, NY),
Lii (Manhasset, NY),
Kaur Parihar (Floral Park, New York),
Srivastava (Baton Rouge, LA),
Sur (Cambridge, MA),
Venkatachalam (Berkeley Heights, New Jersey),
Venkatraman (Flemington, New Jersey) and
Yang (Naperville, IL),