Recapturing the Olympic Glory of an Asian-American Pioneer

When TV reporter Ryan Yamamoto saw the name Tommy Kono, he wondered, “Who?” Unfortunately, most people today might ask the same question. But thanks to Yamamoto and his wife, fellow TV reporter Suzanne Phan, Kono’s legacy has been captured in a half-hour documentary, Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story. The film is making the rounds this month on PBS stations across the country, just in time for the Rio Summer Olympics. Tommy Kono was a Japanese-American athlete who was …

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on Social Security?

In the next few months America will elect a new president who will take an oath to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution. That person will commit to executing the promises made during the campaign, and voters will begin to hold them accountable. For the past year, AARP has been front and center, holding candidates accountable to Take a Stand on developing real solutions to keep Social Security strong for future generations. For the past 81 years, Social Security has provided income …

AARP Film Features Caregiving Stories of Asian Americans

In June, AARP hosted the premiere screening for Caregiving: The Circle of Love at the University of San Francisco. The 14-minute documentary tells the powerful and inspiring stories of three Chinese American caregivers. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui’s segment, “Coming Home,” explains how he flies from New York to San Francisco every weekend to help care for his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Elizabeth Chun’s segment, “Sandwiched Caregiver,” is about her efforts to care for her mother and her grandchildren. And …

‘Changing Season’: A Look at Transition on a Family Farm

You’d think after a lifetime of growing and harvesting peaches, you’d get sick of eating them. But the Masumoto family still loves peaches and serves them up every way imaginable. “I love peaches, almost literally [they’re] in my blood,” says David “Mas” Masumoto, 62, the farmer who has nurtured his parents’ peach groves. “We have 10 varieties and each has a window of ripeness for two weeks,” adds his daughter, Nikiko Masumoto. “So it’s like getting to see your best …

AARP Is Looking for Asian American Heroes

Do you know an AAPI hero who works or volunteers at a nonprofit that serves 50-plus Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) — someone who’s always there and can be relied on by the organization? If you do, nominate her or him for AARP’s AAPI Heroes Award. We’re taking nominations this month and will present the finalists on Facebook during May, for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, for members of the public to vote on their favorite nominee. …

Tips to Reenergize Your Job Search

Are you looking for a new job or considering a career change? Many experienced workers share the sentiment that navigating today’s job market is not as easy as it was perhaps 20 years ago. In the world of social media and job hunting online, it can become even more difficult to navigate the myriad social and professional platforms. It may require you to regroup, get reenergized and rework your job search plan. Reenergize Your Job Search Twenty years ago, the typical job search involved …