Her family’s story is telling of the ways many of Spain’s 170,000 Chinese immigrants have managed not only to weather a tough economy but even to thrive, aided by intense labor and a strong Confucian model of family loyalty, while joblessness and cuts to government services have left other Spaniards struggling.
Interesting Huffington Post article about Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in LA, who is using his medical background to push for improvements in healthcare. The article states that while Obama is working from the outside in, Soon-Shiong is working from the inside out, trying to create a big bank of medical information that can match your DNA to information in a database in order to get the best treatment.
In this video, Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer berates a Park Service worker for preventing some World War II veterans from seeing the WWII memorial. All day yesterday, the conservative talk show hosts were going off on Obama, chastising him for putting barricades up and preventing people from seeing exhibits that were closed due to the government shutdown. The conservative talking heads didn’t mention that these barricades were necessary to prevent vandalism and that it costs money to have staff on hand to maintain the memorials, but instead they went about attacking the Obama Administration over a freeze on spending caused by a shutdown that the Republican-led House of Representatives started. The Republicans forced the government to close, and now some of them are angry that they aren’t getting the government services that they want.
Very interesting: Wealthy Chinese seek U.S. surrogates for second child, green card. For the small price in the low six figures, you too could hire an American surrogate from China. And if you stay in your child’s good graces, he or she might even apply to get you a green card when he or she turns 21. It looks like these wealthy and powerful Chinese people are doing a Reverse-Eric.
What I found a bit strange though, was the end of the article, when they talk about infertile Chinese parents making “designer” babies by selectively choosing egg donors.
This is not Asian-related, but it’s one of the most inspirational things I’ve read: Diana Nyad is the first human being to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Diana Nyad had dreams of swimming from Cuba to Florida since she was 8 years old, and she attempted it five times, beginning when she was 29. Well, yesterday she did it. Clothed in a wetsuit and wearing a vinyl mask to protect her from jellyfish, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad swam 110 miles, taking 53 hours to swim from Havana to Florida.
Christopher Lane, a baseball player and college student from Australia, was gunned down and murdered a few days ago by three teenagers. Lane happened to be out on a jog that night. James Edwards, Jr, and Chancey Luna, both 16, and Michael Jones, 17, drove by and shot him in the back. As it turns out, Edwards and Luna are black, and Jones is white. When asked about their reason for killing Lane, Jones said, “”We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.” According to CNN:
Ho Lee Fuk! Sum Ting Wong with the way this news station conducts their fact-checking. Seriously, isn’t this just another example of that Bart Simpson gag where he asks the school announcer to page “Jenny Talia?” You’d think they’d look twice before going forward with it.
I was so shocked over Saturday night’s Silva loss that I forgot to comment on the lone Asian American on the card. Mark Munoz, after battling a year of depression, came back and put a hurting on Tim Boetsch. The Filipino Wrecking Machine was back in form. Props to Tim Boetsch as well. That guy’s tough to be able to take that kind of ground and pound from a dude who hits very hard.
According to the NY Times, they were planning to spend the summer in the United States at a summer camp. Because of China’s one-child-policy, the NY Times article surmises that the two girls were only-children.