Jeremy’s Spoken

February 17, 2012


The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigour and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you.

—Mao Zedong, 1957

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NOVELIST MIN JIN LEE got nothing but publishers’ rejection letters for more than a decade. Now critics are comparing her debut work, Free Food for Millionaires, to Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. Read more and listen to the author read from her book.

JAPANESE AMERICAN student pastor Eddie Uyesugi, 22, pleaded innocent to charges of confinement and battery Aug. 11 in Monroe Circuit Court. He is alleged to have beaten an autistic boy, 14, during an attempted exorcism. He surrendered to police last month.

ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL WAN J. KIM was the first immigrant and first Asian American to head the justice department’s civil rights division. After a turbulent two-year tenure, Kim resigned Aug. 23. His boss, embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Kim served with distinction and honor. Others weren’t as generous.

ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS YELLOWCARD have released their sixth album, “Paper Walls.” They are led by vocalist/violinist Sean Mackin, who is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. “Shadows and Regrets” off the new joint.

S.F. BUDDHIST MINISTER HIROSHI ABIKO has been celebrating Obon in the Bay Area for 50 years. Rev. Abiko was one of the early advocates of reintroducing taiko to the yearly Buddhist “day of the dead” in late ’60s, along with Rev. Mas Kodani of Los Angeles.

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE’S DAUGHTER SARAH was married last month to Chinese American Bill Lee. “Bill who?” Lee, 36, was CEO of Usenet newsgroup index RemarQ, which was funded the Sand Hill VC group. Lee cashed out in 2000. Former eBay president Jeff Skoll, producer of Al Gore’s global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, was Lee’s best man.

PROFESSOR IRENE MIURA, chairwoman of the child development department at San Jose State Univ. and a former member of the board of UC Regents, has succumbed to cancer at age 68. Her lifetime of achievement was chronicled by the San Jose Mercury.

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