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Judicial nominees deserve better: Here's a good Los Angeles Times editorial on why UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu and federal magistrate Edward Chen, judicial nominees who have been stuck in confirmation limbo, should be confirmed before a new congressional session begins.

My Middle Name: Check out this beautifully written blog post over at The Busy Dad Blog on growing up Asian and dealing with dumbass bullies, "ching chongs," and an embarrassing, un-pronounce-able middle name.

'Did you eat?' means 'I love you' — Deciphering our families at Christmas: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's latest 'Adventures in Multicultural Living' column is a fun holiday-themed about friends, food, and of course, lots of awkward-but-loving family time with our immigrant parents.

Vincent Chin case Legal Milestone Plaque Installation: Frances' blog also has a very thorough, helpful roundup of links to media coverage of last week's unveiling of the Vincent Chin memorial plaque in Ferndale, Michigan.

Why American students lag behind: Here's Rep. Mike Honda, a former educator himself, in a CNN opinion piece with his take on America's embarrassingly poor performance in a recently released report from the Program for International Student Assessment.

We Are NY Tech: Teresa Wu: Teresa Wu, Consumer Operations Associate at Google Docs and co-blogger/author of My Mom is a Fob, was recently one of daily featured individuals on We Are NY Tech.

Can't overestimate Yao Ming's impact: Yao Ming won't be playing for the Houston Rockets again this season -- and might be finished for good -- but his cultural impact on professional basketball can't be overestimated.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii: Here's a nice NPR piece from earlier this month on late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and the story behind his beloved rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

'Biggest Loser' Fave Ada Wong Clears Up 'Cultural' Wrinkle With Parents: Ada Wong, fan favorite contestant on the latest season of The Biggest Loser, discusses losing 99 pounds on television, her much-discussed relationship with her parents and why she thinks viewers loved her so much.

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