Mochi Minis

31134802Though we’re all drowning in the recession, apparently certain cultural factors allow Asians Americans to stay employed better than everyone else, as statistics show that the unemployment rate for Asians in October was 7.5 percent compared to 10.2 percent nationwide. [via Hyphen Blog, from the USA Today article, “Cultural factors help limit recession’s impact”] 37-year-old John Cho made People magazine’s list of 110 of the “Sexiest Men Alive” (he’s on page 124 of the Nov. 30 issue). He’s featured as “Sexiest Man With a Badge” for his role in FlashForward. On his reaction to being called sexy, he says, “From my friends it’s a combination of pats on the back and smacks on the head.”

"Each one is dependent on the other to make their economy strong," said David Zhang, a New York City physician who immigrated to America at age 25. "The U.S. cannot leave China, and China cannot leave the U.S. It's symbiotic, like an organism."…"It's like that little brother you always used to pick on, and now he's lending you money," said Nanci Zhang, a 22-year-old Los Angeles resident. "But you can't quite conceive of one brother without the other." [from the AP article, “Chinese Americans reflect on Obama’s trip”]

Kyoko Katsura, (in the photo to the right in a bow pose), is the winner of the women’s division of the New York Regional Yoga Championship. The creators of the style of Bikram yoga, Rajashree Choudhury and Bikram Choudhury, hope to make competitive yoga more popular in the U.S., with their ultimate goal of having yoga qualify as an Olympic sport. So much for focusing on your inner zen and peace... [via New York Times article, “Is the Spirit of Competition in the Soul of Yoga?”]

Photo: James Estrin/The New York Times