DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Creating opportunities, Pioneering transplant medicine, Expanding American studies at Yale

Photo: The Hirano family, left to right, George, Hisa, and Yasbei. Colorado River Relocation Center, Poston, Arizona., 1942, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Today’s news items highlight active responses to challenging circumstances. Asian Journal features a Filipino American movie actor setting up creative platforms for Asian and Pacific Islander media artists. UCLA Newsroom notes the passing of a former Japanese American internee in the Gila River Internment Camp who became a pioneer in organ transplant medicine. Yale Daily News reports on the popularity of Asian American courses and the call for an Asian American Studies program.

[Asian Journal] Dante Basco: Creating stories & opportunities in entertainment for Asian Americans: “The Fil-Am actor has expressed interest in creating a self-sustainable system where Asian Americans put out 10 to 15 independent films per year so that the community can expect to see about one per month, and so AAPI creatives involved in the process continually improve at their respective crafts.”
Read more: http://asianjournal.com/aj-magazines/dante-basco-creating-stories-opportunities-in-entertainment-for-asian-americans/

[UCLA Newsroom] Paul Terasaki, 86, transplant medicine pioneer, philanthropist, UCLA faculty member and alumnus: “Terasaki, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, developed the test that became the international standard method for tissue typing. The procedure, which assesses the compatibility of organ donors and recipients, has been used for all kidney, heart, liver, pancreas, lung and bone marrow donors and recipients for the past 40 years.”
Read more: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/paul-terasaki-86-transplant-medicine-pioneer-philanthropist-ucla-faculty-member-and-alumnus

[Yale Daily News] Asian American Studies classes garner interest: “This is not a field just for Asian-Americans to engage in. This is really about understanding the current complexities of America as a nation.”
Read more: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/01/29/asian-american-studies-classes-garner-interest/

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