Jo Ling KentCULTURE
Born in San Francisco and raised in Minnesota, Jo recently graduated from Rice University and currently lives in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar to China. As a half-Chinese writer always up for adventure, she explores the ins and outs of what’s happening and what’s hip according to Chinese 20-somethings in the world’s most talked about country. Jo is excited to be ASIANCE Magazine’s first contributor writing and blogging directly from Asia.
A former Ms. Tokyo, Keiko put her steps in the Big Apple with just enough cash to survive and nobody to depend on. As she strolled down Fifth Avenue for the first time, she came across a tall, black and polished building across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, OLYMPIC TOWER. As she gazed at the astonishing building, she said to herself, “One day, I am going to live in this building and have my own offices inside.” Keiko’s strength would be the bridge between the U.S. and Japan by introducing new products and businesses to both parties. She could utilize her bilingual abilities and understanding of both markets. Keiko’s most recognized projects include launching the Wonder Bra in Asia and undertaking the consulting for Sara Lee’s expansion into the Japanese market in 1993. As she once stood in front of Olympic Tower and imagined the day of being able to live there, her dream came true. She now has a beautiful apartment and an office in the high-rise building overlooking downtown Manhattan. Keiko recently went back to school at Harvard University’s Owner & President Management program and completed her course in May 2004, becoming the first Japanese woman to graduate from this program. During her time off, Keiko delights in taking walks through Central Park with her husband Rocky H. Aoki, Founder of Benihana and her beloved Wheaton terrier, MUGI. Now she brings her diverse capabilities to ASIANCE Magazine as Lifestyle Coordinator and Board of Advisor.
Tina TangFASHION 411
Why did Tina Tang leave a six figure salary on Wall Street? To follow her dream, of course. Tina started out as a Trader for the prestigious investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs. While the hours were grueling (5 am wake-ups being the most difficult), the salary compensated for the sacrifice. However, Tina’s artistic creativity yearned to be un-harnessed. In 1998, before anyone dared to leave a secure paying job for a new unknown career, Tina chose to listen to her heart. It was during this life altering decision that Tina Tang Studio was created. Started in 1999 as an online jewelry shop, Tina Tang now owns three jewelry boutiques in Manhattan.
Yoshiko K. RothBEAUTY
Yoshiko’s fascination with skin health began in her childhood with the discovery of her Chemist father’s dictionary of dermatological diseases. This prompted her to spend many afternoons and weekends at skincare counters in department stores and pharmacies, studying ingredient labels, warning anyone who would listen about the effects of UV rays on the skin, while looking out for the newest innovations in skincare. Of Japanese and German origin, Yoshiko has been working in skincare since obtaining her MBA from New York University. Eternally passionate about skin health, she co-founded Juara in 2004, where she continues to share her enthusiasm for effective skincare.
Wendy graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. However her passion for jazz led her to New York City where she immersed herself in jazz artist management and television production while also working at the world-renowned Blue Note jazz club in the West Village. After three and half years, she took herself back to Washington, D.C. in September 2001.
Discovering Asiance has reconnected Wendy with her college roots where she played an integral role in establishing a proactive student group to permanently bring Asian American Studies to campus. Currently Wendy is enjoying motherhood and is pursuing a career as a writer. She is very excited to share and celebrate the accomplishments, lives and spirit of Asian American women in her new column “The Player”.
Hillary Chan LatosENTERTAINMENT
Hillary covers fashion, travel, pop culture, celebrities, art, design, New York nightlife, discovering the latest trends and must visit destinations. Always on the go, whether it’s catching a plane to an exotic locale or socializing at parties and NYC hotspots, she understands the busy life of a modern woman and the need for chic, comfortable and innovative shoes. Seeing that a high end designer travel shoe didn’t exist, she founded a designer footwear company, Jour & Nuit, and invented shoes in varying heel heights with interchangeable straps and ornaments. Made in Italy, the line will be available worldwide Summer 2006. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California in Marketing and a BS in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Born and raised in San Francisco, she currently resides in New York City.
Tanya is a seasoned Asian American pop culture journalist. She has written on such musicians as Jin tha MC, Adrienne Lau and numerous Hip- hop artists. She is fluent in English, Thai and Laos and is excited to participate in ASIANCE Magazine, an emergence of a diverse culture.
Dr. Mable CheungHEALTH
Dr. Cheung is a Cosmetic, Cellulite & Medical Acupuncturist in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. As a third-generation Chinese Medical Practitioner, she truly believes in the ways of Traditional Chinese Medicine for optimal healthy and wellness.
Jaymie established this labor of love in order to pursue her love of writing and various cultures. Seeing a need and lack of all things Asian in American media, Jaymie decided to test her luck and enthusiasm with ASIANCE Magazine. Determined to acquire and maintain the interest of readers of this magazine, she attributes its high quality and content to the talent and dedication of the various journalists. Jaymie received an MBA in Finance and Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business and credits the school for launching and encouraging this venture.