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WiRe for the week of May 26, 2010

A look at the week in review in Asian America

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Rangeview sophomore Katie Pham wins 5A state discus title

Rangeview High School sophomore Katie Pham, of Aurora, won the 5A state discus title on May 20 at the Jefferson County Stadium. Pham had a personal-best throw of 136 feet, 11 inches. Pham followed that effort with a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 9-3/4 inches on May 22.

 

Overland junior Somin Lee wins 5A girls golf state title

Overland High School junior Somin Lee, of Aurora, won the 5A girls golf state title after shoot an even-par 146 in two rounds on May 24 and 25 at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora. Highlands Ranch's Patricia Lee finished in second place with a 6-over 152 and Cherry Creek's Shinwoo Lee finished tied for third with a 9-over 155. Somin's teammate, sophomore Seung Ha Choi, finished tied for fifth with a 10-over 156.

 

'Last Airbender' sparking controversy in casting white actors in ethnic parts

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The Last Airbender" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" are causing controversy in its casting of white actors in ethnic parts. "Of course, Hollywood, has a rich history with this kind of thing. Think: John Wayne playing Genghis Khan in 'The Conqueror,' Peter Sellers' bumbling Indian character in 'The Party' or even more notoriously, Mickey Rooney's buck-toothed Mr. Yunioshi character from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' the grandfather of all 'Yellowface' stereotypes."

 

Ann Curry mixes up Wheatons in graduation speech

"Today" show News Anchor Ann Curry mixed up her Wheaton colleges in a commencement speech to graduates at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. According to the Associated Press, "she named a list of distinguished alumni, including the Rev. Billy Graham, Wes Craven and Dennis Hastert. The problem is the evangelist, the horror movie director and the former U.S. House Speaker all attended the Wheaton College in Illinois, not the one in Massachusetts."

 

 

 

'Ran' opens at the Starz FilmCenter on May 28

Director Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Ran" will play at the Starz FilmCenter from May 28 to June 3.

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