The Asian Equation

Oooooooo, we have:  National Board Rep Lorene Yu, Chapter Co-President Nancy Loo, Treasurer Sabrina Wu & Secretary Rui Kaneya.

Oooooooo, we have: AAJA National Board Rep Lorene Yue, Chapter Co-President Nancy Loo, Treasurer Sabrina Wu & Secretary Rui Kaneya.

I often wake up with the same anxious feelings I had back in high school and college.  Just like then, I have some kind of activity everyday.  Is this some kind of Asian habit?  It’s still amusing to me that I once served as President of my high school German Club! At the same time, I did cheerleading, gymnastics and student council. At all other times, I had to work at our family restaurant. I suppose watching my parents work so hard for so long made me eager to remain productive outside of work and school.

After work today, I presided over a board meeting for the Asian American Journalists Association.  I’ve been serving as chapter co-president for the past two years along with Rummana Hussain, a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.  Other board members include Lorene Yue of Crain’s Chicago, freelance journalists Sabrina Wu and Inggrid Yonata and Rui Kaneya of the Chicago Reporter.

2008 Trivia Bowl emcees:  Joanie Lum, me, Jan Jeffcoat, Ellee Pai-Hong & Angie Lau.

2008 Trivia Bowl emcees: Joanie Lum, me, Jan Jeffcoat, Ellee Pai-Hong & Angie Lau.

There is a lot of work to be done. We’re behind in planning our annual Trivia Bowl – pitting media and business people against each other as we raise money for student scholarship programs. The event is always great fun with interesting questions about current events and Chicago history. There’s also a lot of kidding and trash talkin’ between all the media outlets.  And now that the future of the Chicago Sun-Times is a little more secure, the paper’s team is eager to go for a three-peat as champions.

Also on the agenda today, chapter elections.  There will be a call for nominations soon.  I won’t be running.  But I’m already feeling anxious about what I’ll do with more free time.

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    I seem to have picked up your “Asian habit.” By Saturday this week, it had given me a migraine! I am trying to be more organized so that I can fit everything in, without making myself sick, and I have to admit that organization is not my strong suit. I am starting to get a pit in my stomach thinking about tomorrow… but by this time tomorrow all my Tuesday obligations will be behind me, for better or worse. I guess I just need to remember that, and chill out a little. At least I have learned not to say, “If I can just get through this, then life will slow down a little.” Because guess what… it never does! :)



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