Daily Dose: 11/17/08

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»Asian Market Report
»Chinese Community Has Lung Cancer Rates Among APAs
»APIAVote Leadership Briefing Series on the Transition of the Administration & Congress
»Suspected Gunman Arrested in 3 Deaths at Santa Clara Chip Startup
»Asian Civil Rights Group Petitions California Supreme Court to Stop Proposition 8
»Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments
»American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Commemorates World AIDS Day 2008
»Celebrate a Merry Christmas in Pinoy Style
»Alexa Chung Launches New Photography Project
»Japanese Teens Go From YouTube to the Silver Screen
»Sharks Tearing Up NHL with Usual Suspects and Emerging Setoguchi
»Can Peter Reid Lead Thailand To The World Cup?
»China TV Bans Top Football League Due to Misbehavior
»Top Female Asian Met Officer ‘Attacks Woman’ at Son’s Football Match

Compiled by Josh Laddin, Justine Rivero & Sye-Ok Sato

AsianWeek Market Report

AsianWeek Market Report        
Asian Stock Indexes        
NIKKEI 225 Tokyo 8,522.58 60.19 0.71%
HANG SENG Hong Kong 13,529.53 -13.13 -0.10%
KRX Busan 2,285.02 -29.83 -1.29%
SSE IX Shanghai 6,783.03 122.62 1.84%
BSE Bombay 9,291.01 -94.41 -1.01%
HOSE Ho Chi Minh 345.05 -7.02 -1.99%
SET Bangkok 303.75 4.10 1.37%
Asian American Market Report        
Yahoo! YHOO 10.85 0.03 (-0.25%)
Citigroup C 9.69 0.265 (2.78%)
Amkor Technology, Inc AMKR 2.81 -0.21 (-6.95%)
Sybase SY 25.51 0.53 (2.12%)
East West Bank corp,Inc EWBC 15.04 0.04 (0.27%)


Chinese Community Has Lung Cancer Rates Among APAs

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in the United States and will kill more Americans this year than breast, prostate, colon and liver cancers combined. The Chinese American population has the highest death rates for lung and bronchial cancer among all Asian American groups.

Lung cancer patient Ellen Chung refuses to let these statistics affect her positive outlook on life.

“My first oncologist gave me nine months to live and said the only effective treatment option was chemotherapy, which may or may not give me more time — I decided to try another oncologist,” Chung said. “Now, almost six years later, I take a pill once a day called Tarceva, which allows me to continue living my life,” Chung said.

“In recent years, there have been advances in lung cancer treatment, including targeted therapies, like Tarceva, that allow us to specifically attack the cancer cells,” said Dr. Nick Chen, Chung’s current oncologist. “Studies have been conducted showing the benefit of Tarceva in nonsmoking Chinese American women, like Ellen, who has had a positive response.”


APIAVote Leadership Briefing Series on the Transition of the Administration & Congress

EVENT: Conference Call with Maria Haley
DESCRIPTION: Maria Haley, former Clinton White House personnel director will discuss Transition and the White House Personnel Process. She will provide insight on how one will be able to navigate their candidacy for an administration appointment and what criteria one must meet to serve in the executive branch.
DETAILS: Free, Nov. 18, 1 p.m., online, fill out form at: apiavote.org/, conference-call, RSVP
CONTACT: alivina@apiavote.org,

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Suspected Gunman Arrested in 3 Deaths at Santa Clara Chip Startup

There was no indication that Jing Hua Wu posed any danger when he walked into the offices of his Santa Clara employer, a few hours after he’d been fired. So there was no reason for three top company officials to refuse his request for a meeting.

But some time after Wu and the three executives went into a room to talk, police say, the 47-year-old engineer pulled a 9 mm handgun and shot all three dead.

Nineteen hours later, a Bay Area manhunt ended when police cars swooped into the parking lot of a shopping center at El Camino Real and Grant Road in Mountain View. Wu was unarmed and made no attempt to struggle, police said, when officers piled out of the cars and handcuffed him in front of the Home Consignment Center store.

— San Jose Mercury News

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Asian Civil Rights Group Petitions California Supreme Court to Stop Proposition 8

LOS ANGELES — Civil rights groups recently filed a petition with the California Supreme Court to stop the enactment of Proposition 8 because it would mandate discrimination against a minority group and did not follow the process required for fundamental revisions to the California Constitution.

In the petition, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Equal Justice Society, California NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., argued that in order to protect the fundamental rights of all Californians, a higher standard is required to overturn the right to marry. Minority communities cannot be stripped of their fundamental rights by a simple majority vote.

“We would be making a grave mistake to view Proposition 8 as just affecting the LGBT community,” said Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society. “If the Supreme Court allows Proposition 8 to take effect, it would represent a threat to the rights of people of color and all minorities.”

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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the following appointment: Rameshwar Singh, 71, of San Jose, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger first appointed him in January.

Singh has served San Jose State University as an associate professor since 1967 and as a professor of water resource engineering since 1977. He has written numerous reports: Hydraulic Design Manual for CE 154 (2005), Modeling Pumping Stations (2000-2005), Modeling of Storm Water (Milpitas, California, 2004), Feasbility of Plastic Barriers in Flood Control (1999 report to Flood Prevention International), Laboratory Manual for Hydraulic and Fluid Mechanics (1998, Textbook in CE 150) and Hydraulic Modeling of Circulating Water Pump (1998), submitted to the government of Ghana.

Singh is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education. Singh holds a doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the salary is $100 per diem. Singh is a Republican.

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American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Commemorates World AIDS Day 2008

December 1st marks World AIDS Day. The impact of the epidemic hits close to home. According to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, 18,107 San Franciscans have died from AIDS since 1981, and 18,679 are currently living with HIV/AIDS in The City. While new drug therapies make living longer and healthier more feasible for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, debilitating illness still causes a huge struggle for many. 

Though there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) Community Clinic has been treating the symptoms of individuals with HIV/AIDS for almost two decades. In early 1990s, ACTCM was granted Ryan White Funding by the City of San Francisco to treat the HIV/AIDS population with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  In addition to its on-site Community Clinic, ACTCM also provides services to individuals with HIV/AIDS at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic several days per week. 

Though acupuncture cannot cure HIV, it can offer relief from symptoms. Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to treat over 43 conditions, including such HIV symptoms as headache, fatigue, aching muscles, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Traditional Chinese Medicine, which encompasses acupuncture and Chinese herbs, has been used to treat AIDS conditions since the beginning of the 1980s.

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Celebrate a Merry Christmas in Pinoy Style

EVENT: Pasko Expo, the annual Filipino-themed Christmas festival
DESCRIPTION: The festival will feature live entertainment, authentic Filipino food and retail vendors in hopes to benefit Gawad Kalinga, Pilipino Youth Coalition in Vallejo and Toys for Tots.
DETAILS: Free, $6 parking, Saturday Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Exposition Hall in Solano Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, Calif.
CONTACT: (888) 416-3331, email info@phase1ent.com or visit PaskoExpo.com


Alexa Chung Launches New Photography Project

Alexa Chung has been a busy girl of late. Not content with her fabulous day job as TV presenter on Channel 4 and glamorous night duty as DJ at London’s hippest parties, the stylish starlet’s latest venture sees her exercising her creativity as mentor to budding young photographers.

Chung, who adds “accomplished photographer” to her list of accolades, will act as one of five advisers to entrants in “Gender, Power and Poverty,” a global competition, which encourages these issues to be explored through photography.

Organized by Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a youth-driven website and magazine for those passionate in the fight against global poverty and social injustice, and cutting-edge magazine Vice, the winner’s work will be featured in these publications and displayed in the Association of Photographers gallery in London in January 2009. There will also be a cash prize of £1,000.

— The Telegraph

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Japanese Teens Go From YouTube to the Silver Screen

HILO, Hawaii — Two Japanese teenagers in Hilo, Hawai‘i, made famous amongst YouTube fans of their homemade videos, are starring in a full feature film based on their internet antics. The duo’s debut movie is selling out in premiere locations in Hilo, Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi’s dreams came true when a 10-year-old boy showed his movie producer father the duo’s YouTube videos and contacted the teens through MySpace and offered the chance to take their act to the big screen.

Entitled Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure, their premiere show in the Bay Area has already sold out.

Since 2005, Higa and Fujiyoshi have made 55 short videos and posted them on YouTube, garnering 150 million views. Their bizarre but humorous take on topics such as “How to Be a Ninja,” “How to Be Emo” and “How to Be a Nerd” have legions of followers.

— Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Sharks Tearing Up NHL with Usual Suspects and Emerging Setoguchi

The San Jose Sharks have been tearing their way through the NHL so far this season.

And while the success has been partly due to strong performances from usual suspects like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov, it’s hard to ignore the contributions of Devin Setoguchi.

“I got a chance of a lifetime to play with two of the best players in the NHL,” he said Wednesday, speaking of Thornton and Marleau. “I’m just trying to make the best of it right now.”

Setoguchi finds himself on the first page of the NHL’s scoring list with nine goals and 17 points. Even more importantly, he’s starting to carve out a niche on the league’s best team.

He expects a few people back home to tune in on Thursday, when the Sharks take on his native Calgary Flames.

“I have tons of family and friends there and the whole town kind of supports me,” said Setoguchi. “When I come back in the summer, they’re always there and they’re always asking questions. It’s great support.”

— Canadian Press

Can Peter Reid Lead Thailand To The World Cup?

No longer is Peter Reid surrounded by such football anthems as “Marching On Together” and “Blue Moon.” These days the ex-England man stands only for the national song of Thailand and he has had a good start by lifting the T&T Cup — a mini-tournament hosted by Vietnam — on Sunday.

Whatever happens in Bangkok and the rest of Asia over the next few months, and perhaps years, the Liverpudlian will emerge a better coach. 

Whether he is presently a good enough coach to take Thailand, first back to former glories, and then to scale new heights, remains to be seen. The job will not be easy. Reid may have been surprised to learn that expectations are not low in the Land of Smiles. Fans are accustomed to being top dogs of the region and not also-rans. Reid’s first job is to lead his team to glory in December’s AFF Suzuki Cup — the competition formerly known as The Tiger Cup.


China TV Bans Top Football League Due to Misbehavior

BEIJING — China’s main TV station, China Central TV (CCTV), has stopped broadcasting matches from the country’s top football league, accusing players of lacking “professional ethics.”

A scuffle broke out between players of two top teams last week, while another team has been ejected from the league. Fans of the Guanggu football club in Wuhan, China, protested after their team was thrown out of the Chinese Super League.

China’s top sports newspaper, Jiang Heping, head of the CCTV sports channel, pointed the finger at the players. He told the newspaper that every week brought fresh bad news about players, whom he said were letting down their fans. Jiang said the ban was only a temporary measure and did not mean CCTV would completely abandon the Chinese Super League. The head of CCTV’s sports channel says the league must improve before it is allowed back on air.

 — BBC News

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Top Female Asian Met Officer ‘Attacks Woman’ at Son’s Football Match

KENT, England — Chief Inspector Parm Sandhu, The Metropolitan Police’s highest ranking female Asian officer, is being investigated for assaulting her former husband’s girlfriend at her eight-year-old son’s school soccer game.

She is said to have lashed out at police civilian worker Shen Mertkol following alleged insults and shoves on the touchline at the game in Sevenoaks. Sandhu’s ex-husband, Inspector Steve Reed, and her new partner, Commander Rod Jarman, were said to have stepped in to pull the two women apart.

Sandhu, of Sikh origin and originally from Birmingham, joined the police in 1989 and has spent time in the Met’s counter-terrorism department and became the Met’s first Asian woman chief inspector in 2004. Sandhu, who won an Asian Women of Achievement award in 2006, has reportedly denied attacking the woman.

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