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July 2003, Vol. 28 No. 2
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Korean Connections 8
A hundred years after the first Koreans immigrated to Hawai‘i, UH writer Gary Pak explores his Korean American roots, and the UH system celebrates its Korean ties in academics, arts, performance, business and more.

Media Magician 10
Meet UH alum Richard Parsons, the irrepressible, can-do AOL Time Warner CEO and one-time Rainbow Warrior walk-on athlete with an impressive record of turning around troubled companies.

The Advocate 14
Avi Soifer, the William S. Richardson School of Law’s new dean, couldn’t be more delighted with his new assignment. Why he chose UH and what he hopes to accomplish here in this Q&A. See also the profile of the law school’s name sake and Founders Award recipient on page 24.

Public Good 15
At Honolulu Community College, faculty have found ways that students can practice hands-on skills while providing much needed services to the surrounding community.

Hawaiian Ways 16
From studying ancient healing methods to licensing the Hawaiian genotype, from applying traditional values to convincing a computer company to adopt Hawaiian fonts, UH programs reflect their unique island home.

Battling the Paradise Factor 21
In a warm, humid climate, age, insects and mildew shorten the life of materials and artifacts. UH librarians fight back to protect valuable collections … and offer tips for preserving your family photos and other items.


Front Page research and scholarship news 3
Gingko for climbers, calcium for weight loss, bioplastics from trash, a space-dust telescope and more

Nuhou/news 5
Entrepreneurial students, better businesses, unwanted aliens, award-winning chefs and more

Alumni profiles and class notes 23
Jong-Wook Lee heads World Health Organization; fraternity brothers start Tiki’s; Robert Stephens builds roads from old tires; Chris Loos writes a true-crime book

UH Foundation Report 31

Sports 32