Saturday, July 14, 2018

Coming Up Next: Rick Quan Returns with No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story




On the Saturday, July 21 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I will be welcoming back two-time Emmy Award winning sports broadcast journalist and documentarian Rick Quan by phone from the San Francisco Bay area. 

Rick Quan Productions has collaborated with the Chinese Historical Society of America, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and others. He was with us previously regarding The Dorothy Toy StoryYou can listen to that conversation here. 




Rick returns to discuss his latest award-winning documentary No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story. Oakland, California native Allen Joe -who recently died at age 94- was one of the first Chinese American bodybuilding champions who turned to exercise and good health to build his confidence, attract the love of his life and become both friend and mentor to martial arts legend Bruce Lee. 

I’ve established a link to the documentary where you can enjoy Allen Joe’s remarkable and heartwarming story in the Films section of MarvelsofChina.Blogspot.com, and directly on Vimeo

As we like to point out, “everything Chinese is all the rage these days.” We'll feature the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Coming Up Next: Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee of MIT & Boston Chinatown Atlas





Tune in to the Saturday, July 14 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere on WGCH.com.

You’ll meet Mr. Tunney Lee, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and former head of the Department of Architecture at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

On Conversations you’ll learn about a fascinating, collaborative project Professor Lee is a leader of Boston Chinatown Atlas. You can access it at ChinatownAtlas.org and through MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com

Professor Lee served as chief of Planning and Design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, as well as deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning and Operations. Lee’s research and teaching at MIT has focused on the process of community-based design. In addition, he has led many studios involving Boston-area neighborhoods. 

Professor Lee’s research has focused on urban development of the pearl River Delta in China, and an Atlas of Urban Residential Densities. 

Join us for the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China and more!

Mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks for Saturday, July 14, 2018 Class will be in session starting 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Coming Up Next: Edmond Gor of the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project Returns





As our celebration of the 242nd year of American independence on the Fourth of July continues join me as I welcome back Mr. Edmond Gor from Houston, Texas. 

We’ll be on Conversations discussing and getting updated on the Chinese American World War II Veterans Recognition Project, an initiative of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance

You may remember that Gor was with us on the August 12, 2017 broadcast. Go to this link and listen

The project’s mission is to recognize, honor and celebrate the military service of Chinese Americans who fought in the Second World War through advocacy, education and preservation -ensuring that the outstanding achievements and contributions of these extraordinary members of America’s greatest generation will never be forgotten. 

A bill is before Congress in Washington, D.C.  Your help is needed to get it passed. Tune in and find out how. 

Get ready for more words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, a journey to another of the Treasures of China, and much to see and do on the Weekly Almanac, and more! 

We'll be featuring a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner -the American national anthem- by Chinese Pipa Soloist, Composer and Cultural Ambassador Ms. Gao Hong. She was on the Saturday, January 12, 2018 show when we met in Hawaii. Listen here

Tune in this coming Saturday, July 7 to the next broadcast on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and WGCH.com everywhere at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time. 


Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.com. If you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Coming Up Next: Judge Michael Kwan of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association



Photo Credit: Corky Lee


America's Independence Day is fast approaching. This year the Fourth of July falls on the Wednesday after the show. 


It's my pleasure to welcome the Honorable Judge Michael Kwan from Utah to the June 30 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. 

Judge Kwan is the president of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association. On Conversations, Judge Kwan will take us on a remarkable trip back in time when legions of Chinese and Chinese American railroad workers accomplished the seemingly impossible as they built the Transcontinental Railroad.

Barely mentioned in American history textbooks, the contributions made by countless Chinese railroad workers is nothing short of astonishing and extraordinary. In the 19th century they endured hardships, exploitation and discrimination -and despite it all successfully connected the eastern and western sides of the United States of America as never before -transforming the nation in the process. Learn more at the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University

We'll learn from Judge Kwan about the recently held annual Golden Spike Conference -setting the stage for next year's 150 anniversary celebrations of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

I'll be in Utah next May -and you're invited, too! 

Our regular segments such as the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China and more will be featured, too. 

Set your alarm clock for 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time, Saturday, June 30, 2018. Tune in to 1490 WGCH and anywhere via stream-audio on WGCH.com anywhere. 

Can't listen in real time? Fear not! We've got you covered through our archival channel on Podcasts.com where you can listen at your leisure, always open and always free. 


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Coming Up Next: Paul Cabo, American Entrepreneur, Student & Intern/Correspondent From New York City to Beijing






“Go West, young man,” is a famous phrase that was first popularized in the 19th century by American author and New York Herald Tribune editor Horace Greeley.

Fast forward to the 21st century. Today it’s “Go East-everyone!” Where are they going? You’ll never guess-although, if you listen to this program the answer is a no-brainer. 

A huge number of foreigners -including Americans- have pulled up stakes and focused their dreams on China. You’ll agree that it takes a fair  amount of risk coupled with an abundance of grit, tenacity and courage to take the plunge.


Join me for the Saturday, June 23 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. You’ll meet Mr. Paul Cabo, our first Beijing correspondent, intern and guest. 

This native of Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City acted on his captivation with all-things Chinese. Cabo left behind his former life as a Starbucks manager and reached for the stars and a new life in China as an English teacher in the Chinese capitol, as an entrepreneur and university student at Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College. 

Cabo was featured in a 2010 New York Times piece, From Brooklyn to Beijing to Teach Children English-and Into the Cauldron. (Click here) He’s described his life as “fact is truly stranger than fiction.” 

His personal image evokes a “wow-factor” on the streets of Beijing, too. 

Get ready for more words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, a journey to another of the Treasures of China, and there's much to see and do on the Weekly Almanac.


Tune in this coming Saturday, June 23 to the next broadcast on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and WGCH.com everywhere at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com (click here).



Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coming Up Next: Ms. Nicky Honghao Ruan of Lotus Lee Foundation's Travel Fellowship




Coming up on the Saturday, June 16 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim, join me as I welcome Ms. Nicky Honghao Ruan of the New York City-based Lotus Lee Foundation.

Newly established in New York City, Lotus Lee Foundation is a non-profit that is partnered with Lotus Lee Studios, a theater company founded in Shanghai in 2015.

Does an all-expense paid opportunity to travel to Shanghai and be immersed in its exciting theater community appeal to you? 

You’ll want to tune in and hear about the Lotus Lee Foundation Travel Fellowship! 

Go to this link for details, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to register: https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/lotus-lee-travel-fellowship/

We’ll feature the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, the Weekly Almanac and much more! 


Tune in at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time to 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and WGCH.com anywhere. 


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Coming Up Next: Diane Ako from Hawaii and a Tribute to her Late Mother, Dancer Extraordinaire Vi Wong




It’s time to get out your dance shoes! 

When I was in Hawaii recently I read a very touching obituary about the one and only Vera Ako -whose stage name was Vi Wong- who at age 88 years “went over the rainbow” in Kailua on March 23. 

In the 1960s she was among the first wave of Asian American pioneering entertainers who dazzled audiences across North America, Europe and Japan at such venues as the legendary Forbidden City Nightclub in San Francisco, California. Celebrities who attended these Chinese performers included Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Duke Ellington. 

There’s more! Vi Wong was part of the dance team headed by legendary Dorothy Toy -who just turned 101 years young- and Paul Wing -at a time when Hollywood overlooked the talents of Asian American performers. 


Joining me from Honolulu on Conversations on the Saturday, June 9 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim is Vi Wong’s daughter, Diane Ako. 

An award-winning journalist, Diane Ako anchors and reports for Honolulu’s ABC affiliate KITV Island News. She’s also reported at stations in California, Pennsylvania and New Mexico and worked at KHON2 and KHNL. Her reporting has garnered ten first-place award from the Society of professional Journalists’ Hawaii Chapter and four Emmy nominations from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

Check out her blog at DianeAko.com

Diane Ako launched and headed her own boutique public relations agency, Diane Ako PR. From 2010 to 2014 she was the public relations director and spokeswoman for the luxury resort Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotel in Hawaii.

Ako is a Kamehameha Schools alumna who earned a B.A. in Communications from Menlo College and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Do you get the impression that groundbreaking and talent runs in the family? I certainly did! You will, too. 

Please tune in on Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and via live-streaming on WGCH.com anywhere. If you cannot tune in live we have you covered! Those on our email list will get a direct link to the show when it is archived on podcasts.com, on MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com, Facebook, LinkedIn and more!

My friends I have a request. 

Vera was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in Year 2013. Her family requests that you consider a memorial contribution to the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine “in memory of Vera Ako.” 

Here’s how:

1) Indicate if it's for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Education Fund (#12722004), the Preclinical Research Fund for Alzheimer’s (#12583204), or both

2) Please make checks payable to UH Foundation

3) Mail to:
University of Hawai‘i Foundation
P.O. Box 11270

Honolulu, HI 96828

Thank you!



Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!