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Covering The Multicultural Asian American Community in Georgia May 1-15, 2018

25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia

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Kalayaan - Philippines Independence Day Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm Venue: Georgia Aquarium Admission: $50 before May 15; $60 after International Day of Yoga Presented by Consulate General of India Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018 Time: 7:30 am-10:30am Venue: Heritage Sandy Springs Park, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Atlanta GA 30328 For more info: GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia-Awards Gala Date: Thursday July 12, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Sonesta Gwinnett Place For tickets reservation: https://bit. ly/2roHg1D

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FEATURE 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia

Estrella Cramer Director, Corporate Finance UPS Estrella Cramer transitioned to Corporate Finance Director this year from recent role as the Supplier Diversity Director in UPS. She has more than 29 years of service across the different business units/functions in UPS including Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Product Development and Supply Chain. She was the Asia Pac Sarbanes Oxley Audit Coordinator for all UPS locations in Asia in 2004. Estrella is the executive chair of the UPS Asian Business Resource Group Community Connections Committee. She serves in the board of several organizations and an active member in various Advisory Councils. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Advocate of the Year 2016, USPAACC 2017 Advocate of the Year, DiversityPlus Magazine Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity, 2014/2017, Corporate Women of Achievement from YWCA, 2013-2015, 25 Most Influential Asian American in Georgia by Georgia Asian Times, 2014-2017, OCA National Corporate and Community Achievement Award and Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of State. Estrella graduated Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in Manila Philippines and pursued an MBA degree in Iona College, New York.

In the spirit of 2018 Asian American Heritage Month celebration, we are documenting the changing of power and the continual shifting of influence of Asian Americans in our communities.

Some names are familiar as they continue to strive to make our com-munity a better place to live. New faces are recognized for their effort and dedication to make a difference in the community.

This year’s offer a listing of individuals who made an impact in arts, business, government, politics, social work, education, healthcare, and areas that influence every aspect of Georgian’s daily life.

The list is made possible by the editorial staff and a selection commit-tee comprises of community, civic, and media representatives.

Dr. Bin Chung Vice President of Technology, Maxxis Technology Center U.S.A. Dr. Bin Chung manages various crucial tire development programs and the support of Maxxis global technical development programs. He is a pioneer by establishing the Maxxis Technology Center USA in 1999. Dr. Chung has been a respected & influential community leader for the Asian American Community focusing on promoting advanced education for the future generation. He has served as the president for the following community organizations: Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, the Monte Jade Scholarship Foundation, and the Southeastern Chinese Golf Association. He has played key leadership positions for the Tzu-Chi Charity Foundation and many other community projects. Dr. Chung is serving a pivotal role to commission the inaugural Monte Jade Innovation Competition for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States.

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Kayla Dang CEO, GMI Group, Inc Vice President, United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) Kayla Dang operates a successful female minority-owned commercial janitorial company. GMI has been serving the Southeastern region of the US since 2005. Currently serving on the Laotian American Society (LAS) Board of Advisors, Kayla contributes much of her entrepreneurial skills with the non-profit 501(c) organization to assist in shaping, guiding, directing, and leading for the sole purpose of enriching the community with Lao culture and diversity. Kayla has been awarded and recognized for her success in the business world with GMI Group, Inc. Kayla has been awarded numerous award including the 2014 Women Business Enterprise Volunteer of the Year Award with the Greater Women’s Business Council, 2014 Women Business Enterprise Trailblazer of the Year Award with the Greater Women’s Business Council, 2015 Top Asian American Business Award with the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce-SE, and 2016 and 2017 Fast 100 Asian American Business with the US Pan Asian American.

Matt Hong Chief Operating Officer Turner Sports Matt Hong is Chief Operating Officer of Turner Sports, a division of Turner and Time Warner. In this role, he oversees teams responsible for longterm business strategy, rights acquisitions, league partnerships, programming, marketing, revenue & sales inventory planning, and day-to-day operations for the division. Turner Sports presents premium sporting events including NBA regular season, All-Star and Playoffs coverage, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, MLB regular season and Postseason, the PGA Championship, ELEAGUE professional eSports, and (starting in Summer 2018) the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League across TNT, TBS and truTV. In addition to his division-wide responsibilities, Hong oversees the management of various sports businesses and properties including Bleacher Report, NBA TV, NBA Digital, NCAA Digital and March Madness Live, and and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship Live. Throughout his Turner career, Hong has been closely associated with or led several milestones for the company including the original and current NCAA multi-platform rights agreements; the current renewal of Turner’s partnership with the NBA; the company’s acquisition of Bleacher Report; the creation of ELEAGUE, and the acquisition of UEFA Champions League rights. Hong joined Turner Sports in 2008 after previous positions at Thomson and AOL. He was promoted to his current position in March 2017 from his prior role as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Turner Sports. Hong received a JD with honors from Harvard Law School and a BA in economics from NC State University, where he was the university co-valedictorian.

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Baogang Guo Professor of Political Science & Director of International Education Dalton State College Dr. Guo has a track record of promoting international education in Georgia. In 2005, he co-developed a Faculty Seminar with a $65,000 grant from U.S. Department of Education. Fifteen instructors from Reinhardt College, Clark Atlanta University, Young Harris College, Floyd College, Berry College, Dalton State College, and Cherokee and Pickens County Schools, participated in the four-week seminar. In 2007, he co-developed the USG Asia Council Faculty Seminar in South Korea and China. In 2013, he helped organize the USG Asia Council’s Workshop on Teaching Asia. Dr. Guo is an accomplished scholar: ten books authored or co-edited, including “China’s Quest for Political Legitimacy: The New Equity-Enhancing Politics”; numerous peer-reviewed academic journal articles; and many conference presentations. He served as President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA). He was the inaugural recipient of the University System of Georgia’s C. Tracy Harrington Award for Promoting International Education (2006) and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship by Dalton State College Foundation (2011). He has given many keynote talks or guest speeches, including at National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Dalton Rotary Club, and Atlanta Chapter of the US-China People’s Friendship Association. He is a research associate of the China Research Center in Atlanta. Dr. Guo is one of those rare professors who seamlessly blends scholarship, teaching, and student engagement, leading to substantial impact on Georgia’s students, communities, culture, and economy.

Ricardo (Ric) Hubler Business Development Executive, Aprio Inc President, National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) Ric has served as President of NACA since 2015. He led the organization’s effort in their programming, operational, and hosting of visiting delegation from China to Atlanta. His work at NACA has helped foster better understanding and improved relationship between Georgia and China at cultural and diplomatic level. Ric has previously served as the Director of Global Commerce business growth at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce since 2007. Rice was responsible for programs to increase international trade by helping expand their business in overseas market. He was also instrumental in fostering mentorship development for NACA with corporate Americas. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and has lived in the metro Atlanta area since 1996. He currently resides in Dunwoody, and has been active in several local charities and community organizations, including: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Atlanta, and the Woodruff Arts Center.

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May 1-15, 2018 Georgia Asian Times Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, MD Gastroenterologist, GDC Endoscopy Center LLC & Gwinnett Digestive Clinic PC Dr. Indrakrishnan holds a dual faculty position as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at both Emory University School of Medicine and at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Suwanee. He was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Board of Physicians Work force which focuses on the rural healthcare of Georgia. The board regularly interacts with legislators and provides gives the feedback to both the Senate & House bills.

Dr. Indran has a passion in the awareness of prevention of Colorectal Cancer and currently serves in the Board of Fight colorectal cancer organization, a not for profit patient advocacy organization. His advocacy has resulted in Gov. Deal declaring the month of March as Colorectal Awareness Month in Georgia for the past five years. Dr. Indran’s advocacy also prompted the White House to declare March 2018 as the National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.

Eddie Li CEO, Takiko Group Inc. Eddie Li is a successful entrepreneur in the metro Atlanta and Georgia restaurant industry. As CEO of Takiko Group Inc., Li and his partners are proud owners of the outstanding popular Fumi Hibachi Sushi Restaurant, Taki Japanese restaurant and other restaurants in Macon, Dunwoody, Hiram, Dracula, Gwinnett area. Fumi Restaurant was recognized as the Best Asian restaurant in Gwinnett in 2017. Eddie is an active philanthropist in the Chinese and Vietnamese community in metro Atlanta. Li spearheaded a fund-raising for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims in both Florida and Texas. He personally contributed over $20,000 in that campaign and collected over $100,000 for the flood victims. To ensure Asian American participation, he sponsored $25,000 to the Mitsubishi Electric Classic golf tournament in May 2017. Eddie is an active member of Sino-USA Next Generation Foundation, a well-known Chinese American based charitable origination for kids from under privileged family.

Shandry Law Founder & Entrepreneur Farmer’s Basket Restaurant Group Shandry Law is an accomplished and successful entrepreneur in the Metro Atlanta restaurant industry. She and her husband are proud owners of the popular Farmer’s Basket Restaurant, a mallbased food court restaurant chain that serves great fresh Comfort Food with stores in major malls in Atlanta, including Lenox Square, Cumberland Mall, Peachtree Center Mall, Perimeter Mall, North Point Mall, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb and Riverchase Galleria in Alabama. Shandry Law is an active philanthropist in the Chinese community in Metro Atlanta and Georgia. She supports and fundraises various Chinese Community organizations as Vice Presidents in Chinese Community Center (CCC), Chinese-Americans Lions Club of Atlanta, OCA-Georgia, Atlanta Restaurant Association (ARC) and Kwong Tung Association of Atlanta. Shandry is a board member of Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA), National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) and Hong Kong Association. She is also the Chairwoman and patron of Chinese American Cultural Performing Group.

Richard Li President Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA) Richard Li is a senior IT executive with CONA Service, LLC (Coca-Cola) as Senior Group Manager. He is responsible for Coca-Cola North America bottlers SAP and Infrastructure Operations. Prior to Coca-Cola, Li held positions as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for RGE Group in China, Senior Vice President and CIO for OFS, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He currently serves as the president of the Chinese Business Association of Atlanta. He has been heavily involved in the business community, has been promoting Asian/Chinese businesses and cultures to the mainstream. He is passionate about serving his business association members and has contributed to the business and economic development of the area. He has organized events and activities to enhance business development, collaborations and exchanges among local businesses and between US and China. Li has made positive contribution strengthening the relationship between U.S. and China through economic, technology and cultural exchanges. Li is also passionate about community services and philanthropy to help people in need.

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Maggie Mers Founder & CEO MBM International Logistics A successful entrepreneur who started her logistic company in 2004. Her business has evolved to a full-fledged logistic service services in transportation, warehousing, and customs brokerage targeting Asian community with emphasis on Sino-US trade. Maggie is active in the Chinese business community where she is currently a treasurer and a board of director for Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA). Maggie is also a board member of National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA). Despite her busy business commitments, Maggie finds time to give back to the community by helping with fundraising activities for the unfortunate and several other worthy philanthropic efforts.

Bee Nguyen Georgia State House Representative District 89 DeKalb County voters elected Bee Nguyen to a seat in the Georgia General Assembly in December 2017 election. With 52 percent of the vote, Nguyen defeated fellow Democrat Sachin Varghese in the House District 89 runoff election and filled the vacant seat of Stacy Abrams, the former House Democratic leader. The victory confirms that Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to this position. A child of immigrants, Nguyen is an advocate for women and girls, communities of color, and refugee families. She champions this work as a public servant and founder of Athena’s Warehouse, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering teen girls with an emphasis on positive female role models. In 2015, she resettled a Syrian family of nine to Clarkston, Georgia. She is active in the Syrian refugee community, working with the community to provide support refugee families. A graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Nguyen believes every voice matters and will fight for underrepresented Georgians at the state’s Capitol.

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Matt (Luan) Nguyen Math Educator, Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers in DeKalb County President, United Vietnamese American Community (UVAC) Matt is an active member of the Vietnamese community in metro Atlanta. where he serve as President for United Vietnamese American Community (UVAC). He promotes collaboration and bridging the gap between generational differences through education and meaningful program. Matt serves co-chair for the Atlanta Tet Festival in 2017. Recognizing the need of youth transitioning from high school to college, Matt started a free program call “Summer College Tour” in 2017. The program provide students and parents a deeper perspective in the educational journey. Students visited six campuses ranging from technical to university levels with the partnership of Vietnamese Student Associations, Millennial Leadership Academy, and professors of the universities. Not only attending the campus tours, students emerged in the sharing of insights from professors and students on campus. Parents were grateful with the program as they don’t have the resources to take their children on a separate visits. Matt is currently planning the 2018 Summer College Tour.

Phi Uyen Nguyen Impact Litigation Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta President, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia. Phi Nguyen embodies the values and community-oriented philosophy in her work. She sacrifices her personal life to uplift marginalized and underserved communities. While serving as President of the Vietnamese American Bar Association, she led a civic engagement initiative to civically engage the underserved Vietnamese-American community–registering 600+ new voters, appearing on local TV and radio stations, presenting at student associations, phone banking, and door-to-door canvassing on the importance of civic engagement. Her leadership helped quadruple the AAPI vote in 2016. Phi leads creative initiatives to increase youth AAPI civic engagement, hosting an entertaining civic show called “Wake Up Atlanta.” As a civil rights attorney, Phi is the Impact Litigation Director of AAAJ, where she fights against unjust and oppressive laws against AAPI and communities of color. Currently, she spearheaded a lawsuit against the US Attorney General for the unlawful detention of Vietnamese refugees, which has made national headlines. Phi serves on the board of directors for Athena’s Warehouse; a finalist for the 2016 Finalist for Good Troublemaker Civic Impact Award; the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Center for Civic Innovation 2017 Ideas Challenge Award winner; and a winner of the Law & Justice Awards for her work as Impact Litigation Director at AAAJ.

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Masae Okura Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP Masae is one of Atlanta’s goto people in the Japanese and Chinese community matter regarding immigration, employment and general business law. While she represents multinational companies investing in the United States by advising on selecting the appropriate legal entity and immigration options, she also is a key figure in international nonprofits, government entities, and does not hesitate to help anyone in need of advice or counsel. She has conducted a variety of seminar and workshops for the JASG and JCCG, and is a business practicum speaker for the Obirin University Business Management Global Outreach Program in which students from Japan study English and business at Georgia Tech and Mercer University each semester. Masae is also a big supporter of JapanFest Atlanta. Her support in obtaining artist/performance visas for performers from Japan has helped the festival grow into the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast as 20,000 people attend each year. Masae is an active member of a variety of Asian-American organizations in the community including the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG), and the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG). She also serves as General Counsel for the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, Board Member of Kennesaw State University’s Asian Studies Program, and Board Member and Financial Advisor of the Asian American Advancing Justice.

Sam Park House Representative Georgia House District 101 Sam Park represents District 101 in the House and is the only Asian American legislator serving in the Georgia Capitol. Sam currently serves as a member of industry and labor committee, intergovernmental coordination committee, and small business development committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2016. He is a strong advocate of minority community including the LGBT community. Sam won the district by defeating an incumbent on issues relating on healthcare, economy, transportation, immigration, and education. Sam earned a law degree from Georgia State University and has interned with Georgia House and Senate Democratic Causes. In 2013, he received a Fellowship in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law where he obtained a Masters in law from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

Rizza Palmares O’Connor Chief Magistrate Judge Toombs County Judge Rizza O’Connor is the Chief Magistrate Judge of Toombs County and the first Filipino-American judge in Georgia. Prior to her appointment as magistrate in November of 2013, she worked as an assistant district attorney in the Middle Judicial Circuit and in the Eastern Judicial Circuit. O’Connor, a Savannah native, graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2010 where she served as the Student Bar Association President. She graduated cum laude from Mercer University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management. Judge O’Connor currently serves as the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. She also serves the Bar as a member of the Client Security Fund Board of Trustees and is an At-Large Trustee for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Judge O’Connor has been a speaker for continuing legal education for magistrate judges and is a contributor to the updated Georgia Magistrate Courts Benchbook.

Byung “BJay” Pak U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice Northern District of Georgia Byung J. “BJay” Pak was nominated by President Trump to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia on July 27, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 2017. He is returning to the office, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division from 2002 to 2008. BJay has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; as a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine; as one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and as one of “13 Georgia Lawyers Under 40 to Watch” by the Fulton County Daily Report; 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia by Georgia Asian Times; named to “40 under 40: Georgia’s Best and the Brightest” by Georgia Trend Magazine, and as “Role Model of the Year 2013” by News & Post. From January 2011 to January 2017, BJay served in the Georgia General Assembly as a State Representative. He served three terms and voluntarily retired in January 2017. As State Representative, BJay has served as a Deputy Majority Whip, as the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, as Chair of the Subcommittee on Crimes Against Person, Property, and Public Administration, as Secretary of the Code Revision Committee, and served as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. He was also a member of the Ways and Means Committee. For his policy work, BJay has won recognition from numerous organizations and has been recognized by James Magazine in its “Most Influential Legislators” list. Prior to starting his current post, BJay served as a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Criminal Justice Reform Council. He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia as a member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and was appointed by the Justices of the Georgia Supreme Court as a Member of Georgia Commission on Interpreters.

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Bharath Parthasarathy Deputy General Counsel, Georgia State University As Deputy General Counsel for Georgia State University, Bharath has led the $400 million redevelopment of Turner Field, helping build linkages with the community and transforming an impoverished neighborhood. He has also played a key role in the launch of GSU’s Creative Media Industries Institute for the film and entertainment industry. Bharath as served on the Leadership Council of Zoo Atlanta, the Board of Directors for, and a Board of Directors for National Association of College and University Attorneys, the largest professional association for attorneys serving colleges/universities in the nation.

Marites Fernandez Pellicer Concert Pianist Founder and Director of the Kayumanggi Alliance for Cultural & Performing Arts Artistic & Program Director of Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta Marites attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she obtained a Master of Music Degee in Piano. An established concert pianist, she had performed solo recitals and played with orchestras with different conductors worldwide. Her latest performance was at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She has been active in leading the search for young Filipino-American scholars, honoring and recognizing students who excel in academics in Georgia. She is vital in pressing forward to raise and increase funds to grant scholarship to competent and well deserving senior high school students. A chairman of the scholarship committee of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am) since 2009. Ms. Pellicer continues and seeks to create and maintain a scholastic achievement environment among the young in the Filipino American community.

Raymond Portolan Immigration Paralegal, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC

Prabha “Pabs” Raghava CEO, Tours Limited LLC

Raymond Partolan is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck Immigration Partners LLC working primarily on family based immigration cases. Before joining Kuck Immigration Partners, LLC, Mr. Partolan spent several years as the Program Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, a nonprofit law and advocacy center for Asian Americans across the Southeast. There, he was a BIA Accredited Representative and prepared family immigration petitions for the most underserved populations. For over seven years, Mr. Partolan has been a fearless advocate for immigrant and refugee communities as a DACA recipient himself. In 2013, he was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University System of Georgia challenging its decision to bar DACA recipients from receiving in-state tuition at Georgia schools. He has lobbied for immigration reform at the local, state, and federal levels of government, traveling the country to share his immigrant story. He received a certificate from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. for his coursework in a “Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law,” and graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Partolan is originally from the Philippines and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.

example” leadership style.

Pabs established Tours Limited a destination management company in the year 2008 and since then has guided the company to great heights to become one of the most recognized tour operating companies in America. Pabs established the company with limited resources and through sheer grit and hard work grew the company into a multi-million dollar business, serving hundreds of business clients and thousands of traveling customers. Tours Limited has earned a stellar reputation within the travel industry in a relatively short period of time, and much of the credit for this goes to Pabs “lead by

Tours Limited is a predominantly women managed company, where practically all departments are headed by women, who were initially mentored by Pabs. This team of enterprising women with little or no experience in the travel industry was groomed and trained by Pabs, to conduct meticulous tours for travelers and visitors from abroad coming to visit our great country and other countries in the Americas. Today, this team of women stands tall and confident with extensive product knowledge of the USA and other contiguous countries, providing a valuable service to the traveling customers, and generating valuable employment opportunities for local communities at various tourist destinations.

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Steve G. Stirling CEO MAP International Steve G. Stirling personal story of struggle and endurance also makes him uniquely qualify for this year’s award. Born is South Korea, Steve contracted polio as a young child and was abandoned by his own father at an orphanage at the young age of five. He grew up in the orphanage until he was adopted by a loving American family at the age of ten. “I believe God allowed me to get polio for a purpose, and that’s why I’m so passionate about getting life saving medicines to people in need around the world,” says Stirling in an interview with Georgia Asian Times. Stirling is a graduate of Cornell University, with a Masters in Management from Northwestern University, He has twenty-five year background in executive leadership, diverse brand marketing, fundraising and management in major multinational corporations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) including Heifer International, World Vision, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Stirling joined MAP International in 2014. MAP International is a Christian global health organization headquartered in Atlanta, provides medicines, prevents disease and promotes health to create hope and lasting change in some of the poorest countries in the world. Under Stirling’s leadership, MAP International has since being recognized as one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits by Charity Navigator, MAP International has provided $5 billion in medicines and medical supplies, working in more than 100 countries around the world.

Nikki J. Yu Project Manager, International Investment Georgia Department of Economic Development Nikki works tirelessly to recruit foreign investments to the State of Georgia. Nikki’s professionalism, personality and willingness to assist has been her hallmark at work. She is a current board member of the Georgia China Alliance (GCA) and a former board member and current member of the National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA). Through these roles and others, Nikki is a strong contributor to the community and serves as a positive role model for younger Asian Americans. Nikki has demonstrated talents, skills, and passion for economic development and as a public servant. Over the past three years, Nikki has led more than 78 site selection projects and hosted nearly 100 prospect visits from 13 different countries. In 2017 alone, she has helped attract more than $110 million USD in investment which created more than 800 jobs in Georgia. Her most notable contributions last year include locating Sysnet, a 500-job contact center, in Brookhaven, and a $105-million-dollar greenhouse project in Peach County.

Boon Vong Artist & Professional Photographer Boon Vong is a University of Georgia alumni who graduated with a degree in drawing and painting. Through a wide range of art including videography he portrays Lao culture from a modern perspective. Boon has worked with National organizations such as Legacies of War, Laotian American National Alliance, and the Laotian American Society. His involvement with the Laotian American Society since 2005 has and continues to impact the Lao community as a whole. He volunteers his time and talents capturing photographs of various community events. Boon hopes that all generations continue to see the importance of all the Arts. He believes the power of a simple drawing can extend beyond the borders of a page or canvas, enriches young minds and gives many the spark of inspiration that allows us all to dream and pursue the things in life that are truly rewarding.

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New York auction sets new Monet, Matisse records New York, May 9, 2018 -- The sale of the art collection amassed by the late banker David Rockefeller kicked off Tuesday, setting new auction records for French artists Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, Christie’s said. Monet’s “Nympheas en fleur”, part of the impressionist’s famed water-lily series inspired by his Giverny home, fetched US$84.69 million at the evening sale in New York, the auction house said.

“Odalisque couchée aux magnolias” selling for US$80.75 million, Christie’s said. The previous Matisse record was US$49 million. But the highest-selling lot of the night was Picasso’s 1905 masterpiece “Fillette a la corbeille fleurie” (“Young Girl With a Flower Basket”) which sold for US$115 million, well over its presale value of US$100 million.

The previous record for the Frenchman had been US$81.4 million, set by Christie’s in 2016 for “Meule” from Monet’s famous grainstack series.

Its original purchase by Gertrude and Leon Stein, together with two other Rose Period paintings, helped jumpstart Pablo Picasso’s career. The Rockefellers purchased the canvas in December 1968.

Tuesday’s sale also set a new auction record for Henri Matisse, with his 1923

Christie’s is selling off 1,600 items from the glittering collection of Rocke-

feller, the billionaire who died last year aged 101, and his wife Peggy. The three-day sale is expected to rake in US$600 million and smash the previous record for a collection set by that of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, which fetched US$484 million in 2009. It sees Christie’s for the first time spread its flagship spring sales over two weeks, twice the traditional length. The May 2018 season is expected to break new records, six months after Christie’s sold a Leonardo da Vinci for US$450.3 million, more than doubling the world record for any work of art bought at auction.

Pablo Picasso’s “The Women of Algiers (Version O)” previously sold for US$179.4 million at Christie’s in New York in May 2015.

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Asian American Spirit Award

In the spirit of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor groups who inspire others through their own acts of service, sacrifice, initiative and generosity—particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon organizations who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the principles that strengthen America’s communities. Through their work and philanthropy, Asian American Spirit Award recipients exemplify the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative while making unselfish contributions to their community, state, or the nation.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Atlanta The annual Atlanta’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is Georgia’s premier cultural event of the year. Thousands of competitors and spectators congregate to cheer their favorite teams, witness cultural events during the opening ceremonies, and indulge in cuisines from around the world. Since 1976, when Hong Kong introduced the world’s first international races, dragon boat racing has grown in popularity, with clubs and associations forming in countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America and competitions taking place in cities around the world. The colorful Asian tradition turned exciting international sporting event has attracted quite a following in the United States as well. The first Atlanta’s Dragon Boat Festival was officially launched by Mr. Gene Hanratty in 1995 at Stone Mountain Park. Over the years, the popularity of the sport have attracted dragon boat teams from metro Atlanta and neighboring states to compete. Many corporate teams are attracted to the team building experiences element that make the sport unique. Similarly, breast cancer survivors utilizes the sport as a positive healing and team building experiences.

International cuisines have been a major attraction of the festival. Many fans are returning each year to sample a wide variety of delicious global cuisines available at the festival. The Atlanta’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival have played an important role in bridging cross cultural understanding, promotes team building, and social networking. Thousands of volunteers have contributed their energy and time to make the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival a major success over the years.

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Trump-Kim summit in June, but why in Singapore? Singapore, May 11, 2018 — It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull — Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea. President Donald Trump yesterday confirmed that the summit — a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — would take place in Singapore on June 12. “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he tweeted. Singapore also confirmed it would host the meeting, but did not give further details.  “We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement late last night. It followed a second visit to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to make arrangements for the summit. The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen for its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting international summits, observers say. The ultramodern city-state has a robust security infrastructure and is

widely considered one of the safest cities in Asia. It has tight restrictions over media and public gatherings, which will allow for a controlled environment likely to be preferred by the North Koreans. Singapore is also in the rare position of having friendly diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang. It considers the US a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state. Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation — the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans — even if relations hit a snag last year when Singapore enforced new UN sanctions on trade. Singapore will also be acceptable to China, North Korea’s only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month’s proceedings. “As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well,” said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute.

No baggage By apparently agreeing to meet Trump 5,000km away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Since Kim took over as leader, he has rarely left his isolated nation and has only officially ventured away from home this year, with two visits to China, most recently traveling to the northeastern port city of Dalian where he met Xi Jinping. He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953. Remarkable images of the two leaders greeting each other warmly over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries, rich with symbolism and high political theatre, were broadcast around the world. Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday. Nearby Mongolia was also ruled out as a possible neutral third-country venue, reportedly for security reasons.

But for Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it “doesn’t have the historical or political baggage,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS’s regional security architecture program. Singapore also has a track record for hosting international summits. In 2015, the city-state played host to a historic meeting between China’s president Xi and then Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou. It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defense forum regularly attended by heads of state, defense ministers and high level military officials. Now that the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War. - Reuters

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Former President and Mrs. Carter honored with 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Awards Half-Marathon to kick off 40th anniversary Atlanta-Taipei Sister Cities celebration Atlanta, May 2, 2018 — To mark the 40th anniversary Atlanta and Taipei sister-cities relationship in 2019, a series of celebrations had been planned to mark one of the oldest and goodwill relationship between the two cities. The sister-cities relationship was established under then Mayor Maynard Jackson’s administration in 1979. Organizer from Taipei Sister city organizing committee will sponsor the 5th Annual Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Weekend from Dec 7-9, 2018 to kick-off the celebration. Jeff Galloway, former U.S. Olympian and member of U.S. National Team, held a press conference along with members of Taipei Sister City organizing committee to announce the Half Marathon Weekend at Phidippides Running Store in midtown. “We are pleased to be announce the sponsorship partnership to kick off the Atlanta-Taipei Sister Cities 40th anniversary celebration. The half marathon is a wonderful way to learn the benefits of running,” said Peter Yeh, a member of the organizing Taipei Sister City organizing committee.

“This marathon is an ideal way to mark the celebration in the spirit of running and Phidippides, a famed ancient Greek character in running from 490 B.C.,” said Jeff Galloway at the press conference. Galloway is also a famous author and authority on running. His best selling running book “Galloway’s Book on Running” is a global bestseller and had been followed by runners worldwide. He also founded Galloway Training Program that are widely adopted by running enthusiast. For more information on the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Weekend, visit

Atlanta, May 9, 2018 -- Former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, cofounders of The Carter Center, were presented the 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Awards at a ceremony at Delta Flight Museum. The awards recognize contributions by the Carters for their work in eradicating disease and championing mental health issues. MAP International is an Atlanta-based Christian non-profit organization providing life changing medicines and health supplies to people in need around the world. Over 500 business, community and global health leaders witnessed the honor presented by MAP International President Steve Stirling. The evening’s program was emceed by chief medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The event also highlighted metro Atlanta as a leader in global health issues. Earlier in the day, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Deloitte, and Georgia Health Alliance officially launched Global Health ATL as an economic development initiative to promote Atlanta’s reputation as the “center of global health.” The goal is to ultimately create a health innovation hub to serve the global health sector incorporating entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation.

“Metro Atlanta’s assets around global health are undeniable. We are home to the CDC, Task Force for Global Health, Carter Center, CARE and American Cancer Society, not to mention Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and many other pivotal institutions around the region,” said Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber in a video presentation. “Global Health ATL is the only initiative of its kind to have the unified support of the world’s top corporate brands, health organizations and higher education institutions backing our efforts.” Atlanta is home to Center for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Last year’s inaugural awards was presented to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their life saving health and humanitarian work around the globe. “It was an incredible evening with the world’s most innovative minds in global health meeting with the top business executives. We are excited for the future of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards!” said Stirling.

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BUSINESS Tesla says Model 3 production on track, will curb spending in 2018 in so-called cash burn, according to Thomson Reuters data.

San Francisco, May 3, 2018 -- Tesla Inc stood by its production targets for its Model 3 on Wednesday, assuring investors that its key new vehicle was on track, and sought to downplay increased wariness over its finances, saying it expected to achieve net profit in both its third and fourth quarters.

Tesla did not break out a cash flow calculation as it has in previous quarters. Tesla said it produced 2,270 Model 3s per week in the last week of April, up from 2,250 in the second week of the month. It said the net reservations for the Model 3, including configured orders not yet delivered, exceeded 450,000 at the end of the first quarter.

Still, the company – which posted its worst-ever quarterly loss on Wednesday – warned it would shut down production for about 10 days during the second quarter, including its most recent stoppage in April. That temporary shutdown underscores how assembly-line fixes still need to be made to reach Tesla’s goal of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June.

spend less than $3 billion in capital expenditures in 2018, below its 2017 total of $3.4 billion.

Tesla said its spending had been trimmed and the company would

But free cash flow, a key metric of financial health, widened to neg-

ative $1 billion in the first quarter from negative $277 million in the fourth quarter, excluding costs of systems for its solar business. Analysts had not expected so much spending, predicting hundreds of millions of dollars less

China’s ZTE slams US ban on sales, says company’s survival at risk Hong Kong, May 20, 2018 -- China’s ZTE Corp said on Friday that a U.S. ban on the sale of parts and software to the company was unfair and threatens its survival, and vowed to safeguard its interests through all legal means. The United States this week imposed a ban on sales by American companies to ZTE for seven years, saying the Chinese company had broken a settlement agreement with repeated false statements – a move that threatens to cut off its supply chain. “It is unacceptable that BIS insists on unfairly imposing the most severe penalty on ZTE even before the completion of investigation of facts,” ZTE said in its first response since the ban was announced, referring to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. “The Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and de-

velopment of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of U.S. companies,” ZTE said in a statement. ZTE said it regards compliance as the cornerstone of its strategy, adding it invested $50 million in export control compliance projects in 2017 and plans to invest more this year. A senior U.S. Commerce Department official told Reuters earlier this week that it is unlikely to lift the ban. “We’re going to have to see how this unfolds. But there is no provision currently for that to occur,” the official said, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. The Commerce Department has an appeals process for companies to try to get off the list, but it is unclear whether that would be available to ZTE because the case had been previously subject

to a settlement, according to people familiar with the matter. Even so, ZTE would have little recourse in the near term because appeals would have to be approved by the Bureau of Industry and Security, the same agency that issued the ban. Companies must submit appeals to a committee that would issue a ruling within 30 days, according to the agency’s website. ZTE said it will not give up efforts to solve problems through communication, and it is determined to take judicial measures to protect the legal rights and interests of the company. TRADE WAR The ban has ratcheted up tensions between China and the United States at a time when they have already threat-

ened each other with tens of billions of dollars in tariffs, fanning worries of a full-blown trade war that. In China, there has been a patriotic backlash with an outpouring of support for ZTE on social media and most domestic newspapers have chosen to put the lion’s share of the blame for ZTE’s troubles on the country’s heavy reliance on foreign semiconductors. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is considering using an emergency law to restrict Chinese investments in sensitive U.S. technologies, a senior Treasury official said on Thursday. Trade in ZTE shares has been suspended since Tuesday. As of Monday’s close, they were worth some $19 billion.

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Fashion documentaries go behind the seams on McQueen, Guo New York, May 7, 2018 --- Late British designer Alexander McQueen liked to tell his story through his audacious fashions, so getting those who knew him to speak about his personal life proved a challenge for the makers of documentary “McQueen.” The film, which got its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, tells McQueen’s story through testimonials from his closest friends and family as well as personal archives going back to his early days and clips from his fashion shows. “We had to prove to people we had the right intention,” said Ian Bonhôte, who co-directed the film with Peter Ettedgui. “It was a lot of hoops to go through to convince people. But, you know, suddenly you just opened one door and then one door to lead to another one,” he said. McQueen, who made waves with his world-famous collections, committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40 at what many considered the height of his career. “He often said, ‘If you want to know me, look at my work; my shows are autobiographical. They’re about what I feel about the world and how I experience the world.’ So it made a great deal

of sense to try and tell the story of his life through his work,” said Ettedgui. Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, by contrast, was a relatively obscure figure for 30 years until she made headlines worldwide for designing a stunning hand-made yellow gown with a fivemetre-long train worn by Rihanna to the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala.

Will Burberry be the next fashion house to go fur-free? London, May 8, 2018 — Burberry has revealed that it is considering dropping real animal fur from its collections, as the material becomes increasingly out of fashion.

“Even though she comes from the most populated country in the world, she has obviously lived in this relative isolation,” said Pietra Brettkelly, director of documentary “Yellow is Forbidden,” also showing at Tribeca.

The British luxury brand is reviewing its use of real fur, it told The Sunday Times over the weekend, and pointed out: “There wasn’t any real fur in Burberry’s September 2017 or February 2018 runway collections.”

The title derives from Guo being told as a child that the color yellow was reserved for China’s emperor and could not be worn by commoners.

The news has been welcomed by the animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI), whose Executive Director Claire Bass said in a statement: “HSI first met with Burberry almost a decade ago to urge the brand to drop fur, so we are delighted that this iconic British fashion giant is finally reviewing its fur policy.”

“She decided to take that moment, that Rihanna moment, and really use it in an international release of her and her brand and her work,” Brettkelly said. A third fashion film making its debut at Tribeca was “The Gospel According to André,” about the life and career of Vogue magazine’s former editor-at-large André Leon Tally.

Referencing an upcoming UK Parliamentary debate on the issue of instating a nationwide ban on fur, she added: “Burberry’s fur review couldn’t have come at a better time because it will hopefully send a strong signal to MPs that even the most British of brands is recognising that fur has no place in our nation of animal lovers.”

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK in 2000, but the country imports and sells fur from animals including fox, rabbit, mink and chinchilla. Anti-fur stances are fast becoming a major fashion trend, with John Galliano and Donatella Versace just two of the high-profile designers to eschew the use of the material so far this year. In March, Versace told the press that her fashion empire will stop using fur in its collections, with fellow Italian brand Furla also making a similar pledge the same month, announcing plans to be a fur-free brand by 2019. Last year saw Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Gucci sign up to the growing anti-fur movement. Luxury heavyweights Armani, Hugo Boss, and Stella McCartney already operate fur-free models.

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LIFESTYLE Japanese kimono makers seek to revive declining industry Tokyo, May 4 , 2018― At a century-old workshop in a quiet Tokyo neighbourhood, craftsman Yuichi Hirose brushes dye across meticulously hand-cut stencils laid on fabric, using a traditional technique to produce contemporary kimono patterns. Demand for the elaborate, elegant centrepiece of the Japanese wardrobe is in decline, but a handful of artisans and entrepreneurs like Hirose, 39, are trying to revive it. “The kimono has become something that is very far removed from our daily lives,” said Hirose, who joined his family business after university.

Japan to loosen rules on home rentals so you can truly live like a local Tokyo, May 5 , 2018— In advance of the Olympic games in 2020, and in response to a recent tourism boom, Japan is relaxing its rules on home rentals. As of next month, a new law will go into effect regulating minpaku, or private residences that are let out as short-term rentals, much like Airbnb, reports The Japan Times. Currently, home and property owners must apply for a licence if they want to rent out rooms in their homes. Rooms must also meet a minimum size and the owner or a manager must be on-site at all times. As of June 15, however, those restrictions will be relaxed, in a bid to expand the country’s rental offerings. Japan hit a record-setting 28.7 million tourists in 2017, tripling its visitor numbers in the past five years, thanks largely to Chinese visitors.

The country’s goal is to increase that number to 40 million tourists in 2020, when Tokyo hosts the summer Olympic games. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Japan is also on-board, and has agreed to turn counters into makeshift concierge desks where tourists can pick up and return room keys, adds Global Traveler.

He specialises in “Edo Komon” ― a kimono pattern hand-dyed with a Japanese washi paper stencil, which dates back to the Edo period between the 17th and late 19th centuries. It’s a deeply traditional craft that requires great skill to master, he said, “but we need to create something that is accepted in this modern time”. Hirose’s innovations include developing new designs to adorn the kimono, including tiny sharks or even skull motifs. Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often a garment reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women. They can be hugely expensive and women often hire experts to dress them because the outfit requires seemingly endless nipping, tucking and strapping. The modern kimono industry peaked in 1975 with a market size of ¥1.8 trillion, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. But by 2008 it had shrunk to ¥406.5

billion and further to just ¥278.5 billion in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Yano Research Institute. “There are many hurdles” to buying a kimono, said Takatoshi Yajima, vice chairman of the Japan kimono promotion association, and a kimono manufacturer. “It’s expensive. It’s difficult to wear. It’s too delicate to wash at home,” he said. Affordable and wearable “We need to make kimonos that are affordable and wearable. If we do that, I believe more young consumers will buy kimonos.” He has nearly doubled his number of customers in the past 15 years by selling more kimonos under the ¥100,000 price tag, well below the many thousands of dollars a high-end piece can cost. “The industry will grow if we can create a market in which as many people as possible will buy a kimono,” he said. A complete kimono outfit starts with an undergarment known as a nagajuban, over which the kimono is layered, held in place with a thick obi belt and string. The outfit is completed with tabi, ankle-high white socks divided at the big toe to allow feet to slip into thick-soled sandals called zori. But beyond the basic framework, designer Jotaro Saito says there should be room for experimentation. “What’s fabulous, what’s unfashionable and what’s cool change every year. It’s wrong that kimonos don’t change even if everything else is changing,” said the Kyoto-based designer, whose work has been worn by American singer Lady Gaga.

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HEALTH Scientists devise new, more accurate peanut allergy test London, May 4, 2018 -- British scientists have developed a far more accurate blood test to diagnose peanut allergy, offering a better way to monitor a significant food hazard. Peanuts are the most common cause of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reaction, and allergy cases among children have risen sharply in recent years. The UK’s Food Standards Agency estimates up to one in 55 children have a peanut allergy. In contrast to existing skin-prick and other blood tests that produce a large number of false positive results, the new diagnostic has 98% specificity, researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) reported on Thursday. Current tests, in use for decades, are based on looking for antibodies, but they cannot differentiate between sensitivity and true food allergy. As a result, doctors often have to conduct a further round of testing in which patients are fed incrementally larger doses of peanut in a controlled hospital setting to confirm their allergy, a process that can itself trigger anaphylactic shock. So-called oral food challenges require the presence of an allergist and specialist nurses and they cost around 1,000 pounds to conduct. The new blood test is five times cheaper. Dr Alexandra Santos, an MRC scientist and paediatric allergist at King’s College London, who led the research, believes the new test will not only save money on testing but also reduce by two-thirds the number of stressful oral food challenges that are needed. The development of the new test follows advances in science that allow the detection of biological signals from

much small blood samples than in the past. “The technology has evolved. Now we have better ways to look at immune cells and to see how they respond,” Santos said. The new tests focuses on mast cells, which play a pivotal role in triggering allergic symptoms, such as skin reactions or constricting of the airways. In a study involving 174 children, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Santos and colleagues showed the new test tracked closely the severity of allergies, with the worst-affected patients having the most activated mast cells. The team is now discussing plans for the widespread roll-out of the test with an unnamed commercial partner. There are also plans to adapt it to other foods, such as milk, eggs, sesame, and tree nuts. There are currently no approved drugs for peanut allergies, although two biotech companies, the US’ Aimmune Therapeutics and France’s DBV Technologies, are working to develop rival treatments. Santos said the new blood test could play a role in monitoring patients’ response to such medicines.

New analysis finds more evidence that exercise can stave off depression Carried out by King’s College London along with researchers from Brazil, Belgium, Australia, the US and Sweden, together the team looked at 49 studies which set out to examine if physical activity could decrease the risk of developing depression.

developing depression. We have looked at whether these effects happen at different age groups and across different continents and the results are clear. Regardless your age or where you live, physical activity can reduce the risk of having depression later in life.”

The studies included a total of 266,939 participants, none of whom had mental illness, who were followed up on average after 7.4 years.

Co-author Dr Joseph Firth, Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, also commented saying, “The compelling evidence presented here provides an even stronger case for engaging all people in regular physical activity; through schools, workplaces, leisure programs and elsewhere, in order to reduce the risk of depression across the lifespan.”

After taking into account important risk factors such as body mass index, smoking and physical health, the researchers found that compared to those who engaged in low levels of physical activity, those with high levels had lower odds of developing depression. In addition, physical activity also protected both youths, adults and seniors as well as participants across a range of geographical regions including Europe, North America and Oceania. Commenting on the findings, lead author Professor Dr Felipe Barreto Schuch, Universidade La Salle (Brazil), said, “This is the first global meta-analysis to establish that engaging in physical activity is beneficial for protecting the general population from

The team added that further studies would now be useful to investigate the minimum amount of physical activity needed to reduce the risk of depression, as well as the effects of different types of activity.

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Liverpool reach Champions League final after nervy night in Rome

Roma, May 3, 2018 -- Liverpool held off a spirited Roma fightback to reach the Champions League final 7-6 on aggregate despite losing a hectic semi-final second leg in Rome on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will play defending champions Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26 after qualifying for their eighth European Cup final and first since 2007. The 4-2 defeat on the night in the Italian capital tested Liverpool’s nerves but they rarely looked in danger of losing the tie. First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool in control as Roma conceded their first goals in the Stadio Olimpico during this European campaign. Despite Radja Nainggolan bagging two goals for Roma in the final eight minutes — the second from the penalty spot — there was to be no second miracle comeback for the Italians after last month’s 3-0 win over Barcelona in Rome. It was another bitter defeat for Roma who lost the 1984 European Cup final to Liverpool on penalties in the same stadium. “It’s the first time we weren’t realy as good as we can be. We needed luck and that is what we got,” said Klopp. “7-6 on aggregate sounds crazy

because it is crazy. We came in as qualifiers and now we’re in the final and will go to Kiev. “Roma are strong, we had them where we wanted, as they were wild, ran the risks and we went 2-1 up. All good. “But then we didn’t do enough on the counter, we didn’t use the space that they gave us and we lost the game after going 1-0 up already.” Klopp said he was confident Liverpool could threaten 12-time winners Madrid in the final. “We have to play much better than tonight, the good news is we can play much better than tonight,” he said. Roma threatened early with Alessandro Florenzi sending the ball wide in the opening minutes but the hosts paid for woeful defending, giving Klopp’s side space to gain an early advantage. Senegalese forward Mane got Liverpool off to a dream start after just nine minutes to the horror of the home fans. A Nainggolan howler in midfield gave Roberto Firmino the opportunity to barge through, delivering the ball to an unmarked Mane who left Roma ‘keeper Alisson with no chance.

But six minutes later Roma got the equaliser when Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s attempt to clear a Stephan El Shaarawy header towards Dzeko across goal bounced off James Milner’s head, flying past Loris Karius and into the Liverpool goal.

Breathless finale Liverpool’s ticket to the final in Kiev looked well and truly booked after 25 minutes when Wijnaldum nodded in. Alisson denied Mane but from the resulting corner Dzeko’s attempt to clear fell to the waiting Dutchman and he made no mistake. Stephan El Shaarawy rattled the post on 35 minutes with Florenzi also firing wide, and Pellegrini showed how not to take a free-kick which was way off the mark. Dzeko broke through seven minutes into the second half with the equaliser after Karius cleared the ball straight into the path of the Bosnian who fired in his eighth goal in 12 European matches. And in a desperate scramble by the Italians in front of goal four minutes from time Nainggolan made up for his earlier blunders when he drilled a low shot into the bottom-right corner from a distance for his first ever Champions League goal.

The Belgian midfielder added a second three minutes into injury time from a penalty awarded for a bitterly contested handball by substitute Ragnar Klavan, firing into the roof of the net. It was a dramatic finale for Eusebio di Francesco’s side but it was too little too late as they failed to reach their first final since 1984 but earned a standing ovation from the 62,000 crowd. “We have grown through this experience, but I have regrets because this team should have believed more in its chances, as I did and we could have had more goals and pushed Liverpool even more,” said Di Francesco. Liverpool will again leave Rome victorious after winning the European title twice, in 1977 as well as 1984, at the Stadio Olimpico. The match had been overshadowed by off-pitch tensions after Liverpool supporter Sean Cox was left in a coma after being attacked before last week’s first leg in Anfield. “It’s 100 percent a final for Sean Cox,” Klopp said. “We said before the game we thought about it, now we’re here, all our prayers and wishes are with him.”

Georgia Asian Times May 1-15, 2018 / 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia  

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia. We also honor the Asian American...

Georgia Asian Times May 1-15, 2018 / 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia  

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia. We also honor the Asian American...