Happy New Year !

Kyla Ross and fellow teammate McKayla Maroney participated in this year’s Tournament of Roses parade

Top 10 Moments of 2012

For this blog’s 100th post, I will be counting down the top 10 moments of 2012 for Asian Americans

10. US Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian wins Gold for his 100 m swim at London 2012 which he also won the Golden Goggles

 9. Paul Qui becomes the second Asian American to win Top Chef and wins the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest

8. Susan Choi is given the James Beard Journalism Profile Award for her article “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz” published in Food and Wine Magazine 

7. Kyla Ross along with her fellow US gymnasts of the Fierce Five wins gold medal in Team Performance

6. The Mindy Project makes its debut!

5. President Obama nominates first Asian American Lesbian Federal Judge

Senate panel advances  first lesbian Asian American judge

4.  Kal Penn, co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign,  delivered a fired up speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

3. November 2012 election reigns in historic majority house representations of women and minorities for the Democratic party including 7 Asian Americans


2. Also, the 2012 election mobilized a higher voter turnout of Asian Americans than in 2008 with 73 percent of their votes to re-elect President Obama, the highest percentage ever of Asian American vote for any single candidate 

1. Hawaii elects the first Asian American woman, Mazie Hirono to the U.S Senate

All About Kyla Ross

While all the Olympic attention is focused on Jordan Wieber and Gabby Douglas, I am going to talk about Kyla Ross. Kyla was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has quite a multi-racial background. Her father is Black and Japanese and her mother is Filipino and Puerto Rican. She started gymnastics when she just three years old. She is the youngest of the Fab Five U.S Olympic Gymnastics team of age 15. But for a 15 year old, I am amazed at her calm composure, poise and well-rehearsed answers when speaking with reporters. What also fascinates me is definitely how she performed on the uneven bars with such ease as she swung from the low bar to the high bar and landed so effortlessly. Kyla clearly played an important role for Team USA winning Olympic gold with her special talent in that event. As an Asian American, I was also happy to see someone like Kyla Ross being a part of the Gymnastics 2012 team. I know we haven’t seen the last of Kyla and she has a long way to go and I’m not surprised if we do see her four years from now in Rio.