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I Hate You

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The Van Halens and their Asian side

I'm going to see Van Halen play here in DC on Wednesday. I'm not a huge fan, but it'll be interesting to see a guitar virtuoso in Eddie since I play guitar as well, although I'm more about songwriting than flashy technical abilities. A college buddy of mine, who is a big Van Halen fan, is coming in from the west coast so we can catch the show. Awhile back, he sent me this link to a VH fan site and I found an interview with the Van Halen brothers, done by David Lee Roth, that talked a little about their Asian side. This was the first time I have ever heard either one of them talk in depth about their mom, who I believe was half Indonesian, half Dutch.

VH Interviews from Van Halen on Vimeo.

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Milestone for Richard Park

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Been caught up so much with the Jeremy Lin story, that I forgot to give some praise to my man Richard Park who hit a milestone. Being a role player in the NHL, he's not expected to score much, but he did score his 100th goal last month.



There are other Asian Americans who are in the NHL ranks. I don't follow the entire league, just mostly the eastern conference for which my Washington Capitals play. But the names that pop up make me take notice and I think, "Wow, that's pretty cool...". Here's a short list of Asians that I'm aware of that are currently playing in the NHL.I have no idea how many more may be lurking in the juniors or AHL teams.

Devin Setoguchi - half Japanese; plays for the Minnesota Wild

Manny Malhotra - Indian-French Canadian' plays for Vancouver Canucks (he's been in the NHL for quite awhile and I never knew he was part Asian until I read something on him)

Jon Matsumoto- half Japanese; plays for the Carolina Hurricanes

Raymond …

Growing Pains - Part 3

Sorry, I'm a bit late in posting this so it's a little after the fact, but I think there are some relevant points that should be reiterated with MSNBC political commentator Ed Shultz's segment.

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Transcript excerpt:

SCHULTZ: Now, I think that if we had seen a black player`s head in the middle of a watermelon, OK? There would have been tremendous outrage. We have an Asian athlete. An Asian athlete is not seen in the NBA too often. But there was a comfort level that it was OK to put his head in the middle of a fortune cookie -- the Knicks good fortune. Someone decided to put that on the air. You know, I`m amazed at it. There`s a lot of things I could have led with tonight to start this show out, but I`m just driven to make sure that this conversation happens in America because I think we teach hatred and we teach racism. Young kids don`t grow up with it. They are
taught this.

PETERSON: That`s true.

SCHULTZ…