Asian Influences

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Asian American Festival - Vivian Chen
Vivian Chen has always had a passion for food dating back to her days growing up in Taiwan.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, ABC7 is proud to present our annual special, 'Asian Influences'. It is an Emmy-award winning program that turns a positive spotlight on the accomplishments of Chicagoans of Asian and Pacific heritage. 'Asian Influences' is hosted by Linda Yu. Correspondents are Eric Horng, Judy Hsu, Ji Suk Yi and Ravi Baichwal. The latest ASIAN INFLUENCES airs Saturday, May 23 at 6:00 pm, with an encore presentation Sunday May 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

Beverly Kim-Parachute Restaurant

Parachute in the Avondale neighborhood has garnered much acclaim, both locally and nationally.

It is the "love child" of husband and wife chefs, Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark. They call the global cuisine Korean American... thanks in part to Bev's Korean heritage. Ji Suk Yi explains how Beverly's food 'style' grew from cooking with her mom.... and why Parachute is a dream come true.


3500 N Elston Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 654-1460

Shama Patel-Air and Mud

Shama Patel began her career as a Chicago lawyer... but changed 'course' and decided to become an entrepreneur instead. Nearly 2 years ago, she launched 'Air'... An aerial fitness regimen, using silk hammocks. She launched in Charlotte N.C. and now has 5 of these fitness studios across the country, including 2 here in Chicago. Just a couple months ago, she added 'Mud' to the, She offers half-hour facials utilizing mud from the dead sea.


2217 N Clybourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

(312) 288-9614

Mud-Facial Bar

676 N LaSalle St

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 288-9614

Pin Ni-President Wanxiang America

Back in 1994, Pin Ni came to the US from China hoping to pursue a doctorate in Economics. But with a little prodding from the head of Wanxiang, China's largest maker of auto parts, he took a gamble and invested a small amount of money hoping to make a profit. That was by far the best thing this young man could have done. Now, Pin Ni sits at the top of Wanxiang America, a multibillion dollar company that manufactures auto parts and distributes them to companies all across the US.

Wanxiang America

88 Airport Road

Elgin, IL 60123

Phone: 847-622-8838

Vivian Chen-Director of Marketing, McDonalds

Vivian Chen has always had a passion for food dating back to her days growing up in Taiwan. Ten years ago, she landed a coveted role at McDonald's Corporation and hasn't looked back. As the Director of Marketing, Vivian was most influential in the integration of cuties in the Happy Meal, an accomplishment that means a lot to this woman who hopes to inspire other Asian American youth looking to fulfill their American dream.

Clive Pai, Ph. D.-UIC Physical Therapy Professor

1 out of 3 older adults fall each year. Most all fractures in older adults are caused by falling. In fact, last year, more than 25 thousand older adults died from fall injuries. But a UIC Professor is trying to turn that trend around. Clive Pai, Ph.D. just received a 5-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, to further the study of a therapy he designed that he says actually helps prevent senior citizens from falling. Professor Pai conditions them to avoid falling by slipping them up on a special treadmill. They wear a harness, to prevent an actual fall. After experiencing a slip on the treadmill, they acquire muscle memory to avoid falling. His research has shown that the seniors who get the special 40 minute therapy help reduce their risk of falling by 50% over the next year.

To become a participant in this study, please email:

Yiru Wang at

Clinical Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory

University of Illinois at Chicago

1919 W. Taylor St. Basement 56, Chicago, IL60607


Asian Galleries-Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has amassed one of the most significant collections of Asian art in the country..... with tens of thousands of pieces. Many can be seen in AIC's 10 Asian galleries The collection spans from prehistoric times through the modern era... and originates from China, Korea, Japan, India.. and the Near and Middle East. When you visit, you'll see Chinese ancient ritual bronzes, ceramics and some 800 jade pieces. Also here, the collection of Japanese woodblock prints is thought to be one of the finest in the world!! And the Institute just welcomed an internationally-known Chinese Art Scholar to its staff... to lead... and expand this already impressive collection. Tao Wang was welcomed as the Pritzker Chair of the Department of Asian Art.

An encore presentation of ASIAN INFLUENCES will air Sunday May 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm.