"The West Wing": Season Eight, unscripted

The popular White House drama returns with an all-new cast, an anything-can-happen storyline - and its first Asian.

For a good six years of the Bush administration, Democrats – denied of the presidency twice – were left to languish in the solace of “The West Wing” on Wednesday nights. Veteran actor Martin Sheen as a grandfatherly president of the Democrat persuasion fronted a charismatic crew of staff in the White House in weekly episodes of political intrigue, international conflicts and ethical dilemmas.

Obama: An Asian American?

They are calling him the first post-racial president. But is playing the race card and claiming him as one of our own.

Post-racial and bi-coastal: in the four short years since catapulting to global recognition from little-known Chicago politician, Barack Obama, the junior US Senator from Illinois, has meticulously outlined himself as many things to many people.

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Ten Asians making the news in America

From shore to shining shore, America is made up of successive generations of immigrants. But it has always found it difficult to accommodate those who came via the Pacific instead of the Atlantic.

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Ten Asians making the news in America.

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5. John Choon Yoo — The President's legal (com)pass to Guantanamo Bay

Cassel: If the President deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?

Aiming for the top

Indian-American Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is set for a meteoric rise in American politics.

Many Indians aspire to be President of India. But only one Indian, at least for the moment, can aspire to be the President of the United States.

Instant noodles rule the world!

It is the most popular processed food on earth and by far the most controversial. Its supporters say it is the ideal food for the masses and one of the 20th century's great inventions. Its detractors call it a weapon of mass destruction and blame its high sodium content and preservatives for widespread malnutrition from the Philippines to Mexico.

instant noodles

Easy to prepare and stomach-filling, it has become the staple diet of the world's dispossessed and victims of war and disasters, from the 2005 Boxing Day tsunami to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

A wet and salty treat

"Daddy, what are we having for dinner?" we asked. My mother was in the hospital and my eight-year-old brother, my father, and I were on our own for food. What could three people who did not know how to cook, cook? We’d never made anything more than simple sandwiches.

The answer came in a box from the Korean grocery store.

Don't tell the Japanese instant noodles is really Chinese!

In 2000, the Japanese public voted instant noodles as the most important food invented in the 20th century. Little do they know that it was invented by a Chinese.

It is on record that Momofuku Ando (above) of Osaka, the founder of the giant food concern Nissin Food Products, invented instant noodles in 1958. What is almost never mentioned is that Ando, now 98, was born a Chinese named Wu Bai-fu.

How Wen Jiabao likes his noodles

Fearing political unrest due to runaway inflation, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has made scapegoats out of noodle makers.

"China has 1.3 billion people. When you multiply a small problem 1.3 billion times, it becomes a huge problem." Wen Jiabao, China's Prime Minister, made that statement two years ago. Today he has his hands full dealing with exactly such a problem.

A tale of two terminals

The British and the Chinese both built airports. Who did it better?

In March 2008, two of the most groundbreaking airport terminals in history were opened within two days of each other. Both terminals were designed by British architects – the Richard Rogers Partnership for Terminal 5 of Heathrow (T5) and Norman Foster for Beijing International’s Terminal 3 (T3). Both were built at astronomical costs, of US$8.5 billion and US$3.5 billion, respectively, to deal with the rising numbers of international passengers.