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The hero I never met

When it comes to women pioneers in the media arts industry, I can think of no Asian-American woman more influential than legendary Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and educator Loni Ding.

A tribute to Midge Costanza and her ways

With Midge’s passing we also lost a good friend to many communities — the women’s community, the Italian-American community, the civil rights community and the animal-lovers community. Midge embraced a lot of different San Diego neighborhoods and causes. She was open-minded and open-hearted.

Why women in politics is important

Equal representation is something we have been struggling towards for years but sometimes we lose sight as to why it is important.

My wake-up call on friendships

My most cherished friends are the people with whom I share my deepest thoughts, feelings and secrets. With these friends, I can call them day or night, as many times as I want, to laugh, cry, or even just talk about random nothingness; and they are a huge part of who I am as a person.

Women and symphony orchestras

Whenever I attend an orchestra concert, I do a quick assessment of how many female musicians are on stage.

Beulah Magruder is outliving all of us

When Beulah Magruder’s high school reunion rolled around, she boarded an Amtrak train to transport her from San Diego to the Iowa countryside. She was 96 years old.