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nestorThe hope for world peace after the Second World War has faded into insignificance with the current ongoing regional armed conflicts in the Middle East and tribal wars in Africa. There is a gleam of hope that the tension arising from North Korea’s nuclear weapons program can be diffused in order to avert the armed conflict to spread in Northeast Asian region. Regional conflicts can lead to a global war.
Asia is the most dynamic region in the world today as evidenced by the rapid economic growth in China, the fast technological development in India, Japan, the second largest economy in the world, plus the advanced economies of Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore.  
Filipinos and Filipino immigrants are interested in reducing regional tensions in Northeast Asia, particularly in regards to the North Korean nuclear weapons program.  There is an indication that North Korea is willing to have a fruitful dialog with South Korea and other concerned countries such as the United States, China, Russia and Japan.


presidentDearest AAm Readers,

Happy New Year! My biggest learning from 2009: when all seems lost, how you overcome and move forward is a true testament to your ability, character and courage. Admittedly, 2009 was a challenging year for many people across our country, myself included. But I feel I am a stronger and better person for it, and it has set me up for some positive goals and changes, as we head into 2010. What are your new year’s resolutions?

This month, we welcome the talented Gwendoline Yeo to Denver as she performs her one-woman hit, “Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open”. On January 16th, she will share her vivid and humorous story about growing up with Chinese immigrant parents in San Francisco, at the Ricketson Theatre.




The Southeast Asia gallery at the Denver Art Museum features several important and beautiful stone sculptures from various ages in the history of the Khmer empire in Cambodia. The monumental torso depicted here represents Rama, the hero of the Reamker, the Khmer version of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Rama was considered the ideal Hindu king. By the mid-sixth century he came to be regarded as a god, and ultimately the tenth avatar of Vishnu. The image’s power and strength is conveyed through its stance and great size. Its size and the drapery style identify it with the ancient site of Lingapura, the capital of the Khmer under king Jayavarman IV, who ruled from 928 to 941 CE.




“One World, One Dream.”

That was the slogan of the 2008 Olympics. As I anticipated these games, as I have every time they come up, that slogan would have new meaning for me. As a trainer and athlete, I always desired to one day go to the Olympics. As a martial artist and historic enthusiast, I always dreamed of one day visiting China. I never thought I would get paid to go to the games with the U.S. Olympic Team, much less visit the grand historical sites of China.

In 2008, that dream would come true. It all began when 24 Hour Fitness, the company in which I am a Master trainer, would expand their sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Team by building a facility in China where the athletes could train. That brought upon the need to have qualified trainers and staff to run the facility and assist the Olympic coaches as they trained the athletes for their events. Each trainer would have their travel and accommodations provided to work at the High Performance Training Center for two week shifts during the course of the Olympics.

The selection process would involve recruiting the top trainers of the company through a screening process of qualifications, certifications, experience, and client testimonials. Of the 4,000 trainers in the company, only 125 applications would be accepted. And of those, only the top 16 trainers in the company would have the opportunity to join the U.S. Team and assist in their goal of bringing home some medals.



jewelry designer

meet pearl: I graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York in 2008 with a degree in Design and Management. My parents are originally from Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in the late 1970’s. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where I currently reside. Since I was little I’ve always had an interest in art and being creative. Along with jewelry I also re-design vintage fashion and design my own clothes.


hodgkinsonSusan Hodgkinson founded The Personal Brand Company in 1994. She is a leadership development expert, awardwinning executive coach, professional speaker and creator of the Leadership Brand Management and Personal Brand Management methodologies. She holds a MBA from Simmons School of Management and is on the Executive Education faculty there as well as adjunct Faculty at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, The Ross School of Business at University of Michigan and Babson College Executive Education. She is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at national conferences and author of the new book, The Leader’s Edge: Using Personal Branding to Drive Performance and Profit. The Leader’s Edge can be purchased from and through all major booksellers.

When it comes to building your breakthrough personal brand as a person of color, trust is the name of the game and although it may sound straightforward, creating a brand centered around trust requires both pro-activity, extra attention and consistent focus. Our executive coaching work centers on helping you recognize you already have a reputation—a personal brand— and you control it. It is your most important currency at work. We work with clients to manage their brand holistically via The 5P’s of Leadership Brand®:


Living in modern times with all its comfort, technology, and sophistication does not guarantee happiness. We are constantly on the move and falling behind from a frantic schedule. We cannot thrive with high levels of stress and we cannot allow ourselves to grow without harmony. Feng Shui is described as an ancient Chinese art and science used to create harmony and balance in our environment. When we have harmony and balance it supports our lives. When lives are supported, it increase abundance and well being. Feng Shui gives us advice and guidance on how to create environments in which we feel comfortable.


fatherpeteLet’s face it: the current state of your mind is most likely a mess. If you’re honest, your mind is probably a rapid succession of scenes displayed in your cortex like so many commercials on television. You might enjoy experiencing time moving along as you are lulled to sleep by the drone of images that inundate you every second. But if you are tired of following the endless hop-scotching of your thoughts, it is time to meditate.




From swordsmanship to aikido to kendo and more, centuries-old Japanese martial arts have crossed overseas into its neighboring countries and even into the West. Japanese forms of martial arts are now more prevalent in the U.S. than ever before with dojos popping up in every city and classes found in many universities and recreation centers. Martial arts that originated in Japan are extremely diverse, with vast differences in training tools, methods, and philosophy across various schools and styles. Japanese martial arts is generally divided into koryu and gendai budo based on whether they existed prior to or after the Meiji Restoration (in the 1860s), respectively. To begin picking up on the martial arts vernacular, there are three key Japanese terms that are most often used:


Nan Desu Kan Anime Convention Prepares to Pack the Marriot DTC by Annie Guo


So what does Nan Desu Kan really mean? “It’s a bad pun really,” says Amanda Liebermann, Executive Director of Denver’s annual NDK Convention. “Nan Desu literally means ‘what is that’ and then with the addition of “Kan” being a slang term for a convention.”