Daily Dose: 03/24/08

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» SoCal Shocked in API Slaying
» Taiwanese Americans Return to Homeland for Tight Presidential Elections
» Ana ‘The Hurricane’ Julaton Wins in Vegas
» Historical Marker Honors Japanese Rice Farmers in Texas
» One Dead, Seven Injured in Stabbing Spree at Japanese Shopping Mall
» China Says Dalai Lama Caused Riots to Damage Beijing Olympics

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SoCal Shocked in API Slaying

The neighbors called it “The Castle,” and when Hsiao Hsu and her husband moved into the multimillion-dollar, 6,000-square-foot compound in the hills near West Covina, they had fulfilled a dream.

On Thursday, March 20, those trappings of protection only amplified the mystery that surrounds the midday killing of Hsu, who was shot while reporting a burglary to a 911 dispatcher.

A gun and gloves were found nearby, as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies combed the hillsides for clues. Authorities said more than one suspect may have been involved.

But with few other details emerging and no arrests made, neighbors remained on edge Thursday night.

Hsu, 45, a real estate agent, went by the name Michelle Chien. She and her husband, Robert C. Chien, had two young children, who were not home when the attack occurred.

— Los Angeles Times

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Taiwanese Americans Return to Homeland for Tight Presidential Elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Thousands of Taiwanese Americans are returning to their native Taiwan to join in a presidential election that could have major consequences for both Taiwan and the U.S.

“We have to come back to save this country and teach the Taiwanese people about democracy,” said San Franciscan Raymond Chao, who arrived in Taiwan to join a raucous political atmosphere.

Taiwan plays a central role in the relationship between the U.S. and China, which claims the democratically governed island is one of its provinces. China has threatened to use force against Taiwan should it ever officially declare independence. The United States, which does not recognize Taiwan as a country, is the island’s chief backer.

Neither major candidate is expected to seriously disrupt the status quo of the trilateral relationship between Taiwan, China and the U.S.

— San Jose Mercury News


Ana ‘The Hurricane’ Julaton Wins in Vegas

Ana Julaton

LAS VEGAS — Bay Area resident Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton won a four-round unanimous decision over Clara De La Torre on March 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Julaton, who is undefeated and currently ranked number 13 in the world by the World Boxing Council, may be fighting for a world title as early as December of this year.

In her three-year boxing Ultimate Fighting Championship career, the 27-year-old Filipina has become the 2006 S.F. Golden Gloves in Charity heavyweight champion, California state champion, Diamond Belt champion, 2007 S.F. Championships gold medalist and U.S. Championships silver medalist.

The fight was shown on national television on the Versus channel.

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Historical Marker Honors Japanese Rice Farmers in Texas

HAMPSHIRE-FANNET, Texas — Sandra Tanamachi’s 12-year campaign to remove racial slur from Texas streets reached successful end on March 12, when Jefferson County commissioners approved the removal of the street sign “Jap Road.”

The residents of Hampshire-Fannet erected the road sign to honor Japanese rice farmers Yoshio and Yasuo Mayumi, who grew rice on 1,700 acres of land in the early 1900s. But in 1992, Tanamachi, a schoolteacher, found it to be offensive, and she vowed to get it removed.

Her initial attempt to get the Jefferson County commissioners to approve the removal of the street sign failed after several years, and her supporters gave up the effort. However, Tanamachi struggled on her own, despite threats against her and her residence.

The commissioners decided to remove the street sign because they were reportedly embarrassed that their town had become a nationwide issue. In 2004, the residents voted on a new street name and agreed to place a historical marker honoring the early Japanese settlers.


One Dead, Seven Injured in Stabbing Spree at Japanese Shopping Mall

TOKYO — One person was stabbed to death and at least seven others were hurt by a man who went on a knifing spree on March 23 outside a shopping mall in eastern Japan, police said.

The suspect carried two knives and slashed the victims while walking along a short hallway connecting a railway station to the mall in the city of Tsuchiura.

Chaos broke out after the attacks, with the sirens of several ambulances blasting through the mall compound and frightened shoppers trying to escape the bloody scene, local police official Takahiro Nakajima said.

At least seven people were injured, and a 27-year-old man died as he was being rushed to a nearby hospital, said Kiyoto Ogata, a police spokesman.

Police arrested at the scene the alleged attacker, Masahiro Kanagawa, 24, who was wanted in the earlier slaying of a 72-year-old man, Ogata said.

The man later told investigators that he “just wanted to kill anyone,” Kyodo News agency reported.

Associated Press

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China Says Dalai Lama Caused Riots to Damage Beijing Olympics

China accused the Dalai Lama recently of orchestrating the recent anti-government riots in Tibet in a bid to mar the Beijing Olympics and overthrow the area’s Communist leaders.

The Chinese government was attempting to fill the information vacuum with its own message, saying through official media that formerly restive areas were under control. It again accused the Dalai Lama of trying to harm China’s image ahead of the summer games.

“The evil motive of the Dalai clique is to stir up troubles at a sensitive time, and deliberately make it bigger and even cause bloodshed so as to damage the Beijing Olympics,” the Tibet Daily said.

The Dalai Lama called the accusation “baseless,” asserting he supported China’s hosting of the summer games.

“I’ve always support [that] the Olympics should … take place in Beijing … so that more than 1 billion human beings, that means Chinese, feel proud of it,” the Dalai Lama said.

Associated Press

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Compiled by Irene Aranya and Bradford Low

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