Because of my magical moderating skills (do you realize what an art moderating is?!), I was asked to lead a panel of Asian Americans in the media that took place a couple weeks ago at the APA-UCLA 2010 Scholarship Awards Reception. On the panel were Ted Chen (NBC news anchor!), Tzi Ma (the face of "the Chinese" on 24!), and Tamlyn Tomita (too many movies and TV shows to list!), three powerhouses in the Asian-American community who were all funny, insightful, and taller than I.
The fact that I teach at USC (UCLA's biggest rival school, for those of you who don't know) was smartly kept under the radar. I felt like I was part of a grand conspiracy, especially when one of the event hosts flat-out refused to say "USC" when introducing me. I believe she used a dirty euphemism like "another school that we won't mention."
Anyway, at the end of our panel, we all received generous gift bags that contained a UCLA T-shirt and baseball cap. Now I'm not one to not be appreciative and I know how gauche it is to re-gift merchandise, especially on a blog, but I think the event people are able to understand that I simply cannot have this stuff in my apartment. The merchandise will inevitably burst into flames and burn my home down. (You don't want that to happen, do you, event people?!) Believe me, it will happen if I don't get rid of these valuable (to you) items! So....
Here's yet another thrilling Bamboo Nation contest!
THE PRIZE: A brand-new, medium-sized UCLA Bruins T-shirt (though it looks large to me) and a brand-new, small/medium Bruins baseball cap, both made by Adidas.
THE RULES: Leave a comment—any comment—by Sunday, May 23, 2010, 11:59 p.m. If you don't have an ID you can sign in with, you can comment anonymously and leave your name or your initials; when I announce the winner, you'll know if you won and all you have to do is e-mail me to claim your prize. One winner will be chosen at random. Anyone in the world may enter. (Even you, Romanians!)