Asian American Commercial Watch: Visa’s Real Life Events & Chloe Kim

I caught this Visa commercial while watching the Olympics, which is no surprise since Visa is an Olympic sponsor and was pleasantly surprised to see Chloe Kim towards the end of the commercial:

You know faster is better. We’ve got a faster way to pay.   You don’t have to be an Olympic snowboarder like Chloe Kim to shave seconds off your time at checkout. Tap to pay like a champion with your contactless Visa card where you see the Contactless Symbol. #PyeongChang2018 #TeamVisa

And even before the Olympics started, I’ve seen Visa highlight Chloe Kim in some web ads:

I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Chloe Kim now that she’s an Olympic Gold winner in the halfpipe! Congrats again Chloe – hope to meet you one day!

Rene Astudillo: My 22-Year Path to U.S. Citizenship

Rene Astudillo delivered this as an Opening Statement at a panel on Immigration held August 11, 2011 at the Annual National Convention of the Asian American Journalists Association, Detroit, MI. It is published on 8Asians with permission.

On January 27 of this year, I became a citizen of the United States. After being in this country for 22 years, hearing the words, “My Fellow Americans” in a pre-recorded video of President Obama — was, to say the least, exhilarating!

My long path to citizenship began in 1989, when I came to San Francisco to work as assistant manager for a multinational corporation based in Manila. I entered the U.S. with what is called an L-1 Visa, one that allows employees of a foreign company with an established business in the U.S. to legally work for that company. It was a 3-year work visa.

During those three years, I pursued one of my passions, which is journalism. I was contributing editor and writer for various publications in the San Francisco Bay Area and Honolulu. Most of my writings consisted of political commentary critical of the Philippine Government and as a result, my family in the Philippines received threats to the effect that I should be on the lookout upon my return to the country.

Unfortunately, my company’s business in San Francisco did not do very well and so it closed down in mid-1992, just as my work visa was about to expire.
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