Daily Dose & Announcements: 02/09/09

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» Asian Americans Perform Well in Advance Placement Program
» Sam Yoon Looks Ahead to Run in Historical Mayor Race
» Assemblywoman Ma Introduces Legislation to Save JROTC
» Wells Fargo Appoints Michael Lee Rincon Hill Store Manager
» Randy Kajioka appointed California Board of Pharmacy
» Jake Shimabukuro Releases His First Live Album
» Sale of “Philippine Star” brings anticipation, dread
» Top of Beijing luxury hotel ‘exploding’
» Warriors Filipino Heritage Night
» Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Poster Contest

Compiled by Lian Qiu

Nation

Asian Americans Perform Well in Advance Placement Program

The College Board published a report on Feb. 4, showing that 15.2 percent of the three million graduates from public high schools in the United States last year passed at least one course in the Advanced Placement program.

The World Journal reports that students from ethnic minority groups have a low passage rate, but Asian American students are the only exception. They make up five percent of all the graduates, but ten percent of those who passed the exam. According to the report, the passage rate has been growing in the recent years. Five years ago it was at 12.2 percent and in 2007 it was 14.1 percent.

Sam Yoon Looks Ahead to Run in Historical Mayor Race

Sam Yoon, who vaulted onto Boston’s political scene when he was elected the city’s first Asian-American city councilor just four years ago, will look to break down another barrier this fall, as he plans to launch a historic bid to become Boston’s first Asian-American mayor.

“This campaign will be very focused on the city’s future and not on its past,” Yoon said. “We need a vigorous and healthy debate and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Bay

Assemblywoman Ma Introduces Legislation to Save JROTC

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 223, in support of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). AB 223 requires that San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) provide JROTC as an option in meeting the Physical Education (PE) graduation requirements. JROTC will be eliminated from San Francisco’s public schools in June 2009.

“This program works – It’s a leadership development opportunity for thousands of students and a valuable resource for minority women,” said Assemblywoman Ma.

The mission of the JROTC program is “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” Students of all genders, races, and sexual orientations participate in the JROTC program, and openly gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pupils are among the cadets and cadet leadership.

Last year the voters of San Francisco overwhelmingly passed Proposition V, which urged the San Francisco City Unified School District to support the JROTC program by continuing to make it available to students of the district.

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Commerce

Wells Fargo Appoints Michael Lee Rincon Hill Store Manager

Michael Lee has been appointed Assistant Vice President store manager of Wells Fargo’s new Rincon Hill location in San Francisco, serving customers in the rapidly-growing South of Market and Mission Bay neighborhoods. The store is scheduled to open on February 24.

Prior to his promotion, Lee, a three-year company veteran and a consistent top performer, served as assistant manager and business banking specialist at the Broadway-Grant location. Before joining Wells Fargo, Lee held extensive banking experience, serving as a senior personal banker and a loan officer.

Lee received a B.S. in international business and corporate finance from San Francisco State University. Lee is very active in his community serving local nonprofits including the Chinese Youth Center and the San Francisco Chinatown Rotary Club.

Randy Kajioka appointed California Board of Pharmacy

Randy Kajioka, 49, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the California Board of Pharmacy.

He has worked for Kaiser Permanente since 1984 where he has held the position of pharmacy project manager since 2003. Prior to that, Kajioka served as an out-patient manager from 2001 to 2003, part time staff from 1996 to 2001, assistant chief pharmacist from 1989 to 1996 and staff pharmacist from 1984 to 1989. Since 2007, he has served as director of pharmacy operations to RNRx Medical Staffing. Additionally, Kajioka has served as a pharmacist for Walgreens Pharmacy since 1996 and Bel Air Pharmacy since 1986. From 1986 to 2000, he served as a relief pharmacist for Pinnacle Relief Agency and, from 1986 to 1987, Kajioka was a nuclear pharmacist for Medi-Physics. Prior to that, he was a pharmacy inventory clerk, intern and pharmacist for GEMCO.

Kajioka currently serves as vice president of the Sacramento Asian Peace Officers Association.

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Arts/Entertainments

Jake Shimabukuro Releases His First Live Album

Jake Shimabukuro’s shows last year created unforgettable music. His tech crew recorded that concert, and the moment is captured on Live, his upcoming Hitchhike Records release on April 14

This is Shimabukuro first full-length CD since 2006’s best-selling Gently Weeps. After taping dozens of U.S. and overseas performances, he chose these tracks as representing the best of the best of his live playing.

“I enjoyed putting this album together because it preserved the feeling of each concert. Every venue had a refreshingly intimate vibe that made the creation of music pleasurable,” he said. “My favorite moments are the spontaneous ones of laughter and joy between songs.”

The 17-song CD includes 12 Shimabukuro originals and five covers, including a jaw-dropping version of J.S. Bach’s Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D Minor and a memorable interpretation of Thriller the Rod Temperton song made famous by Michael Jackson.

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Global

Sale of “Philippine Star” brings anticipation, dread

Manila – The impending sale of the major English-language daily newspaper “The Philippine Star” to MediaQuest Holdings Inc, a subsidiary of the giant telecommunications company Philippine Long Distance Co (PLDT) has created quite a stir. Politics could again be finding its way into the Philippine media scene.

PLDT is headed by business tycoon Manuel V Pangilinan. What is worth analyzing, according to Danilo Arao, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines’ Department of Journalism, “are the political plans of Pangilinan and his close business associates as a result of buying into the Star, especially given that national and local elections will take place in 2010″.

Politician Sonny Belmonte, widower of ‘Star’ founder, the late Betty Go-Belmonte, is planning to run for higher public office in 2010. He is now mayor of one of the capital’s major cities. Pangilinan may needs the fame of Beltimonte for influence.

- abs-cbnnews.com

Top of Beijing luxury hotel ‘exploding’

A massive fire engulfed a newly constructed, unoccupied luxury 40-story hotel in central Beijing, China on Monday night as crowds watched a nearby fireworks display marking the end of Lunar New Year celebrations.

Fireworks might cause the fire. Xinhua reported that Beijing residents were supposed to stop selling and lighting fireworks by midnight. Many people in the city were trying to use whatever remaining fireworks they had before the deadline.

The fire began about 9 p.m. and continued to burn an hour later.
It reached past the 30th floor, but did not spread to any adjacent buildings. The hotel is next to a newly constructed tower for China Central Television (CCTV), but no one has moved into that building either.

The modern, angular building was a sign of Beijing’s recent transformation and modernization. It had been scheduled to open late last year, but the opening was postponed until this year, though most of the building had been constructed.

-CNN

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Announcements

Warriors Filipino Heritage Night

Event: Warriors Filipino Heritage Night: Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Description: Special pre-game cultural performances will be provided by Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble and Kamatuuran School of Kalijin.

Details: Discounted ticket at $35 (reg. $48) / $45 (reg. $65), with a commemorative Filipino Heritage Night t-shirt, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., ORACLE Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA

Contact: Kristin Cantlin at 510-986-5403

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Poster Contest

Event: 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Poster Contest

Description: The design should emphasize the festival’s 42nd anniversary, and reflect this year’s theme of “Nikkei Spirit”. It may include the dates of the Festival (April 11, 12, 18 and 19), with emphasis on the Queen Program on Saturday, April 11 and the Grand Parade on Sunday, April 19 beginning at 1 p.m. The winner will earn a $500 grand prize

Details: All entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2009 at the following address: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, 1759 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Entries can also be submitted electronically in PDF or EPS format, at 300 DPI or higher, to cbfpostercontest@gmail.com. Finished size must not exceed 11×17; smaller entries must be capable of enlargement to 11×17. Please include name, address and phone number.

Contact: For more information, please call 415-563-2313, or visit www.nccbf.org.

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