Running with the Boys: Profile of Dr. Fia Yi by Grace Jahng Lee
As an attractive Korean American female who is a Major in the U.S. Air Force and a Colorectal surgeon, Fia Yi, 35, gets a lot of double-takes from patients and hospital staff alike: “You’re the doctor?”
She maintains a sense of humor (“God bless my Asian genes for keeping me looking young!”) as she describes frequent occurrences of mistaken identity. Patients often get nervous or confused: “Wait, are you a medical student?” They begin to question her credibility, asking, “How many of these [procedures] have you done?” She responds, “I’ve done more than some doctors who are gray-haired.”
When she goes into a new hospital and walks into the operating room, the nurses sometimes ask, “Are you the medical student? You need to put your name up on the board.” When she clarifies, “No, I’m the surgeon,” the nurses’ eyes widen as they apologize, “Oh, I’m so sorry!’” Yi laughs, “It’s not like I walk in with Hello Kitty socks on.”
Create Your Own Path
Profile of Hyun Kim by Julie Young
To see Hyun Kim in person, one might think he seems to fit the part of the hip, well-styled and good-looking marketing industry insider. Follow him on twitter and you see that he, appropriately so for his profession, has his finger on the pulse of all that is current. One could mistakenly make a judgment that, perhaps, Hyun is just another “industry” type who cares about all things material and trendy. But, if you do follow him on twitter, you will also quickly notice that he is not a self-promoter and that he can be critical about his chosen industry. Then, he publishes a piece on his personal website called “Never Want To Forget” and you realize that there is so much more to Hyun than what meets the eye. In fact, it was his piece “Never Want to Forget”
that made me want to interview Hyun. The piece starts out, “I never want to forget the look on my mom’s face when the cashier rang up the sneakers and we realized that they were not on sale.”
Hyun Kim was born in 1976 in Korea. He moved with his younger sister and parents to Ithaca, New York when he was 7 years old so that his father could attend Cornell. He spoke no English upon his arrival to the states and he remembers sitting in an English as a Second Language class with, “…me, a Vietnamese kid, a Cambodian kid, and a Russian kid all just sitting in the room staring at each other because we couldn’t talk to each other.”
The Will to Win
Profile of Will Demps
by Julie Young
"I have to say - and I say this with a record of unblemished heterosexuality - Will Demps is smokin' hot." This hilarious quote, written by a straight man, which was found on an Australian blog called Eurasian Sensation (http://eurasian-sensation.blogspot.com/), pretty much sums up every human beings reaction to a photo of Will Demps. Even my four year old daughter’s reaction to a photo of Will was, “Oooo la la, he’s handsome!” (Thank goodness she has good taste! But geez are we in trouble!) It’s a fact that Will Demps, former NFL player for the Ravens, Giants and Texans respectively, has been blessed with astoundingly good looks. One could easily assume that such an attractive, former professional athlete would be quite full of himself. The reality, however, is that Will Demps is a man who is humbled by the many blessings in his life. He is guided by his Christian faith and he recognizes the importance of giving back to the community.
As I waited for Will in the lobby of his hotel, I didn’t know what to expect. We’d spoken on the phone to arrange the interview but I wondered, what would this man, whom legions of women (and men) adore, be like in person? He arrived to the lobby looking like a West coast celebrity. Decked out in Ray Bans, expensive jeans, tan blazer with a light pink scarf and a knit cap, there was no doubt this man was used to the limelight. Yet, he beamed with his freakishly perfect smile, apologized for being late and gave me a big hug, as if we were longtime friends.
By Irene Park
At 30, Daniel Choi is still new to many things. For one thing, there’s life away from the military. There’s the newfound fame surrounding his high-profile activism. And then of course, there’s the undeniable fact of his being gay.
You may already be familiar with the story of how Choi helped to bring about the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), the U.S. policy that banned openly homosexual individuals from serving in the military. The former lieutenant first rocked the nation on March 20, 2009, when he came out on The Rachel Maddow Show; soon after, he was discharged from the New York Army National Guard under the very policy he was protesting. Later on March 18, 2010, he and fellow gay veteran Captain James Petrangelo II handcuffed themselves to the White House fence demanding that DADT be repealed. And finally in late 2010, Choi attended the signing of the bill that would remove homosexuality as a cause for dismissal from the army.
For someone so exposed to the limelight when it comes to activism for gay rights, Choi still seems somewhat unadjusted to his new lifestyle as a reputed gay rights activist. Beneath his easy charm and endearing candor lie the subtle signs of unease, like the constant fidgeting at the collar of his shirt and a restless leg. After all, how to be a public figure isn’t the only thing Choi has had to learn.
Profile of Dr. Paul Oh
By Michelle Oh
Robots may once have been reserved for the world of science fiction, but they exist among us now and, more quickly than we realize, are becoming a more prevalent and vital part of our society. Today, around the globe, there are robots that dismantle bombs, aid surgeons and even fight wars.
Dr. Paul Oh is among those pioneering the next wave of robotics in this country. Oh is currently an Associate Professor and serves as the interim head at Drexel University's Mechanical Engineering Department. He is also the founder and Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). When he isn’t teaching in the classroom or managing a lab, Oh lends his expertise to prominent organizations such as NASA, The Boeing Company and most recently, the National Science Foundation where he served as the Program Director for Robotics in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) from 2008 to 2010.
“Everyone has a preconceived notion of what a robot is,” Oh said. “Everyone will draw something that’s very similar to each other. If you ask a lay person, they’ll say something like, ‘It’s an assistant, something that does what I want it to do.’”
But for leading experts in the field, like Oh, that’s not enough.