Creating Fun Times within a Team Zone

Last weekend I had an amazing weekend with friends in San Francisco. It was one of those times when high energy people come together and the collective excitement grows exponentially with the addition of each person. The weekend brought friends from Seattle together with friends living in San Francisco with Seattle ties. Add to this […]

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Marriage Joins Two Families Across Cultures, Languages

My son, 25, last year married a wonderful young Vietnamese woman who was temporarily working in the US. They met through an introduction from my other son who had lived in Vietnam volunteering at an orphanage. Unfortunately, only her father was able to get a visa into the US to attend the wedding. Last month, […]

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New Year is Not a Redo

As the New Year of 2015 commences, many feel renewed with the rollover of the calender. It’s like a fresh start or a “redo”. In golf a “redo” can be taking a second shot at the ball and not counting the first, which obviously in this scenario was not very good. While revising or re-stating […]

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Technology Offers a Bright Future for Mankind

Technology is advancing at an incredible pace in nearly all fields. While some predict an apocalyptic¬†end to the world with runaway Artificial Intelligence machines or with a barren earth depleted of all natural resources, I see quite the opposite in our future. Necessity can indeed be the mother of all inventions. As we consume more […]

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Jane Park’s Julep Story of Refusing to Fail

I went to an Xconomy event the other day and had the privilege of hearing Jane Park of Julep tell her story. I love learning about local business success stories but this was even more interesting for me since she is a woman entrepreneur as well as a Korean-American entrepreneur. Jane has a pretty impressive […]

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North Korean Dining Experience in Phnom Penh

While visiting Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I went to a North Korean government supported restaurant. I believe the restaurant is part of an outreach program by the reclusive North Korean government to “friendly” outside communities. My understanding is that there are around 100 of these restaurants in different countries that have had past ties with Pyungyang. […]

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Tells of Unspeakable Atrocities

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is not for the faint of hearts. This is the site of a former high school in the heart of Phnom Penh that was later converted into Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khumer Rouge regime from its rise in power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. The Khumer […]

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Son Looking for Different Type of Fulfillment

I’ve traveled to Phnom Penh to visit my son who is living here. As most of you know, parenting never stops and it was important for me to check in on my 24-year-old son. He’s been here a little more than a year after having spent 10 months volunteering at an orphanage in Ho Chi […]

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Inspiring Story of Moving Beyond the Past

Last Saturday night, I went the Asian Counselling and Referral Services (ACRS) Annual Benefit Gala. The theme was “A Culinary Journey” as different Asian-American chefs prepared separate courses for the night. The evening was a superb dining experience as well as a smashing success for raising donations. More than $80,000 were publicly pledged. The night […]

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Growth As Person Who is Different

When I was young, I would be embarrassed whenever my parents spoke Korean to me in front of my friends. As a young child or even as a teenager, I wanted to fit in and not be different. I really didn’t like anything that further highlighted my differences. My battles were always to prove that […]

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