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akufuncture #FBF Today we remember the birthday of someone everyone in America should know but few actually do. Qian Xuesen (錢學森) was born on December 11, 1911 in Hangzhou, China, 2 months after the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China. At the age of 24, Qian Xuesen had graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was on his way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a masters degree in mechanical engineering. Known as Hsue-Shen Tsien or H.S. Tsien while in America, he went from MIT to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he became the first director of the groundbreaking Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that would later build rockets for NASA. Serving the United States with distinction as one of the brightest rocket scientists in America during World War II, Qian would sadly be forced to leave the country in the 1950s under false allegations of being a Communist. Qian Xuesen would return to China as a highly-regarded rocket expert and becoming the "Father of Chinese Rocketry", developing the East Wind (東風) ballistic missile and the Long March space rockets (長征系列運載火箭) for the People's Republic of China. Of Qian's forced defection from America to China, U.S. Under Secretary of the Navy Dan Kimball famously said, "It was the stupidest thing this country ever did. He was no more a Communist than I was, and we forced him to go." An innovator who lived in interesting times, we remember Qian Xuesen and his continued impact on the history of both America and China's rocket programs.

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akufuncture #TBT Today we celebrate the birthday of a true wuxia (武俠) film legend. Cheng Pei-pei (鄭佩佩) was born on December 4, 1946 in Shanghai, China. At the age of 14, she went to Hong Kong to pursue her dream of being a star. A skilled actor and dancer, Cheng Pei-pei was cast as a dancer and bit player in random films until her big break: the lead heroine in the Shaw Brothers classic Come Drink with Me (大醉俠) directed by legendary Hong Kong director King Hu (胡金銓) in 1966. Come Drink with Me is often considered one of the greatest Hong Kong films ever made and was Hong Kong's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards, which helped catapult Cheng Pei-pei to international stardom. Since then she has been featured in numerous kung fu epics of the 1960s and 1970s (the Golden Age of Kung Fu Cinema), often called the "Queen of Swords" for her fierce characters and remarkable martial arts talent. Western audiences probably know Cheng Pei-pei best for her portrayal of the vengeful villain Jade Fox (碧眼狐狸) in Ang Lee's modern wuxia classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍). Here is a badass photo of the great Cheng Pei-pei beating up a bunch of guys in Come Drink with Me. Happy Birthday Queen of Swords Cheng Pei-pei!

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akufuncture Whether you're having a traditional American-style Thanksgiving dinner or having your turkey with sticky rice and chopsticks, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! Whether it's been a good year or a tough year, remember to give thanks for what you have and spend quality time with your loved ones! Here is a photo of Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正委員長和蔣夫人) enjoying a meal together in Chungking (重慶) back in 1942.

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akufuncture Party with us this Turkey Saturday with @wearejetset and @vickibaybeee.

We'll be giving away 99 Problems Tee all night!! #akufuncture #party #jetset #asian #clubbing #metsat #thevickili #teamvicki #leggo #turkey #hollywood #swag #instagood #chinese #taiwanese
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akufuncture We're thankful for our family, good friends, delicious food... And comfy tees, like the #TMDG shirt our #wcw @ellenteeee is wearing! Get shirts, hats, and other quality Christmas gifts this week at www.akufuncture.com

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akufuncture Tis the season for giving. Give thanks and gift friends with our special holiday collaboration with #missHINhouston2014 @vickibaybeee! Join #teamvicki and order your #thevickili x #akufuncture shirt at

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akufuncture #TBT This week in history, on November 19, 1931, a great literary genius passed away at the age of 34, the victim of a tragic plane crash. Xu Zhimo (徐志摩) was a leading figure in the modern Chinese romantic poetry movement of the early 20th Century. Educated at Peking University, Columbia University, The London School of Economics, and King's College, Cambrdige, Xu Zhimo was a bonafide genius. From "On Leaving Cambridge" (再別康橋) to his numerous other poems written in Chinese vernacular, Xu Zhimo helped build the foundations for modern Chinese literature. A hopeless romantic, he was intimately involved with famous Chinese literati and socialites like Zhang Youyi (張幼儀), Lin Huiyin (林徽因), and Lu Xiaoman (陸小曼). An international lover, Xu Zhimo is even rumored to have romanced famed American journalist Agnes Smedley and Pearl S. Buck, the author of The Good Earth. Known by Chinese students around the world for his distinctive round glasses and his impeccable sense of fashion, Xu Zhimo was a modern man of letters who left a lasting legacy on modern Chinese poetry.

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akufuncture We're doing a special #TBT today in tribute to some very special people: veterans. Here is a photo taken in April 1942 of a Navy Recruiting Station set up at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's Headquarters in Old Chinatown, Los Angeles, California... Notice the youth with the slicked back hair, the swaggy Chinese American sailor, and the recruiting poster in both English AND Chinese! Regardless of your ethnicity, we at Akufuncture salute and give thanks to the brave selflessness, timeless standards, and honorable service of our men and women in the Armed Forces. Remember to thank a veteran today!

#akufuncture #veteransday #veterans #heroes #youtherealmvp #military #armedforces #army #navy #airforce #marines #coastguard #america #usa #chinese #chineseamerican #asianamerican #soldiers #sailors #veteransday #losangeles #la #chinatown #history
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akufuncture Congratulations @vickibaybeee for being chosen as #‎MissHINHouston2014 this past weekend! Look out for our special collaboration with #thevickili at the end of November!
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akufuncture #TBT 14 years ago, an album changed the game for Chinese music in Taiwan. On November 7, 2000, Alfa Music released Jay (周杰倫同名專輯), the self-titled debut of Taiwanese Mandopop superstar Jay Chou. At the time, Jay Chou was a reclusive classical music enthusiast with no college education from Linkou District (林口區) in Taipei, making his living writing songs for other artists. Jay's producer, popular Taiwanese television host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲), saw something special and encouraged him to put together an album. Jay decided to select 10 songs he had written... but were rejected by other singers because they were too "different". That "different" sound would go on to catapult Jay Chou to the top of the Chinese music charts and make him the most influential figure in Chinese popular music in the 21st Century. From "Tornado" (龍捲風) to "One-on-One" (鬥牛) to his lead single "Adorable Woman" (可愛女人), Jay introduced the world to his unique blend of Chinese-style pop music with classical, hip-hop, R&B, and rock influences that would transform the sound of Chinese pop music forever. Gotta give it up for 周董!

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akufuncture If you want to eat good Korean barbecue, Los Angeles is the place to be! Right now the most popular place to eat some #chadol #bulgogi and #samgyupsal is Kang Hodong Baekjeong in LA's Koreatown! Join @elizabethtran626 @lavendaire @vickibaybeee in the LAST video in our Akufuncture Food Crawl "Best of Los Angeles" series, with highlights from our entire 6 restaurant foodie adventure! Watch the full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF3hidz5K5Y and get the Akufuncture shirts you see in the video at www.akufuncture.com!
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