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March – Let’s Celebrate Women and Women’s Accomplishments ALL MONTH!!!

International Women’s Day March 8.

We celebrated at Asian Connection by calling out some amazing WOMEN near and dear to our hearts!  Please enjoy!

7 Notable Asian Women:

Malala Yousafzai, author, and an inspiration to all women at only 16 she survived an attack by the Taliban on a school bus, where she was shot in the head. She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Corazon Aquino, president of the Philippines

Radhika Coomaraswamy, Under Secretary of the United Nations and also well-known as a human rights advocate.

Bibi Russell, a Bangladesh fashion designer

Sirimavo Banderanaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon / Sri Lanka three times, and leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

Captain Durga Banerjee, the first female pilot of Indian Airlines

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar (Burma). Enduring 15 years of house arrest to then become the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Several Notable Asian Women in SF:

The first known Chinese woman to immigrate to America was Marie Seise who arrived in 1848, arriving just as the Gold Rush turned San Francisco into a bustling metropolis.

Heather Fong, former Chief of San Francisco Police Department

Rose Pak a prominent political activist noted for her advocacy for the Chinatown community and her influence on city politics. Pak served as a consultant for the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.  Although Pak never held an elective political office, she was known as an outspoken and well-connected “gatekeeper” figure who supported politicians by raising funds and connecting them with the city’s growing Asian American community.

Amy Tan, author whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Her best known work is The Joy Luck Club. In 1993, director Wayne Wang adapted the book into a film. Tan has written several other novels, including The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement.


More Amazing Asian Women:

Qiu Jin – (1875-1907)  – a feminist who is considered a national hero in China. She was executed after participating in a failed uprising against the Qing Dynasty. She was a vocal supporter of Women’s rights.

Shelley Hwang, innovative breast cancer doctor and surgeon, her research with Laura Esserman is ground-breaking.

Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood actress, beautiful, talented, has made nearly 50 movies while breaking stereotypes.

Yayoi Kusama, Artist, bringing radical and revolutionary things in the art world.

Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan’s new President, representing 23 million people.



Lion Dance… at work

Understanding other cultures is a big deal. When we are part of a diverse group, when work with our customers better. We understand more; hopefully we develop empathy and perspective. Practicing Diversity is a core value of ours. It is also a requirement for many employers all over the world. For me, the best way to learn is to ….DOI!

We will have a fellow team member teach us how to be a Lion and we may participate in a Lion Dance. This is happening on January 26 and February 10. On February 11, Wells Fargo will have a float and we will walk in the San Francisco Lunar New Year Parade. WF has been a long-time supporter of this great event. This will be my 2nd time… I love this energetic happy parade.

I am so excited about a lion dance, I looked it up. There is a school in SF, we could learn more!  Here is the link.  Maybe they could be a SPEAKER at one of our Asian Connection events. This is so interesting. This is the ABOUT US – take a look!  There is more than one kind:

Traditional Lion dance

A great showcase of Southern Lion Dancing is our backbone. With props including crabs, scorpions, water pots, benches, and staggering tall wooden beams, the dancing lion comes alive to overcome these obstacles.

Flying Lion dance

The most modern and advanced movements in this art can be seen in this act.  Clambering over obstacles, leaping through the air and stepping across danger, this lion dance act is a must see.

Northern Lion Dance

Also known as the “Buk See” or northern lion, this dog-like dancing lion performs life like movements including acrobatic steps and jumps.

Walking in the San Francisco Lunar New Years Parade was exciting, we saw many “Lions” and also dozens of high school and college Marching Bands. There were gymnasts performing, local non-profits walking (many that we volunteer with!), even stilt walkers in the parade, many Lions and dozens of floats. It was a very happy time, children and adult spectators were cheering and clapping. We were cheering and clapping too.