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The Gift of Life—Twice in My Lifetime

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A few years ago, our beloved Brian Lusk wrote a very special blog, A Tale of Redemption,  that my family will always treasure.  He posted his moving thoughts about my life’s story and what the Vietnam War meant to him. Not long after his post, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, our Company posted the NBC Bay Area affiliate’s story about my quest to find an... read more

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Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders

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 “And the Winner is…” Stomp, stomp, stomp, and more stomp, stomp, stomp!  Forty eight thunderous feet created a human drum roll, as I unsealed the envelope and announced that the New York chapter had received a coveted achievement award at the annual OCA Chapter Awards luncheon.  And with a party mix booming in between award presentations, the high energy... read more

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Keeping PACE with America’s Fastest Growing Ethnic Group

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We're about to reunite with a very special group who won our hearts last year.  In celebration of Southwest's big 4-0 last summer, we gave away 40 tickets to 40 nonprofits (for a total of 1,600 roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines).  One of the lucky winners was the nonprofit organization Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE).  It just so happens... read more

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: A Quote a Day

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In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, our Employees, Customers, community partners, legends, and leaders share their thoughts about being Asian American & Pacific Islander:Tuesday, May 31:  “I'm really not any important leader but would like to be a role model for the young people. I am proud of my heritage and thankful that my parents came to... read more

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The Flights of My Life

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I’ve waited 2 ½ years to share my feelings about this exact moment in time. My only child, James Phan Delevett, has now reached the same age I was -- 2 ½ -- when I fled my homeland of Vietnam, in April 1975, and was separated from my biological mother, Nuoi Thi Phan.  My 10-year-old brother and I would never see her again.My mother was supposed to be on the same... read more

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Legends and Leaders

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Each May, our nation pays tribute to the contributions of generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our history.  Today, over 16 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up one of the fastest growing and most diverse populations in the United States.  Each of the 45 distinct ethnic groups and 28 language groups contributes to the... read more

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Red Envelopes and Good Fortune

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Everyone knows February 14 is Valentine’s Day, your LUV Airline’s favorite holiday. But while you’re swapping red envelopes with love notes inside, millions of Asian Americans will be opening a different kind of red envelopes. That’s because the date also kicks off the Lunar New Year, and for the next 15 days, Asian people here and overseas will be celebrating the... read more

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And the Hell’s Kitchen winners are Chef Dave and our Southwest Facebook Fan…

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Well, the results are finally in, and a few event details have been confirmed--judging by your nearly 200 comments, there was unequivocally a favorite pick.   By a wide margin, Dave was your favorite --and most importantly, Chef Ramsay’s, too.  The “One-Armed Bandit” stole the competition, and I have to admit, I was rooting for him as well.  What a fighter to the... read more

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‘Tis the Season for Change

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As I’m writing this post and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, I can watch the gold and orange leaves fall to the ground outside of my office.  It doesn’t seem like over a year ago I wrote, “The ABC’s of the Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Community Affairs Team.”  Time has zipped by, and I’m no longer the new kid on the block.  As with the change of... read more

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ARE YOU READYYY…For Your Hell’s Kitchen Surprise?

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Well, tonight’s the big two-hour finale of Hell’s Kitchen, where we’ll see which chef Gordon Ramsay picks to run Araxi Restaurant in Whistler. The season’s flown by! It seems like just a few weeks ago that Kymberli and I were in L.A. for the taping of the season premiere, crying over spilled shrimp.  Since then, we’ve watched Dallas’ own Van Hurd fight his way... read more

A Golden Promise and A Hell’s Kitchen Surprise!

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Last year, after the Golden Globes were canceled, I wrote that my friend Kymberli Brady promised to invite me to the 2009 Globes. Well, she fulfilled her promise, and we hopped on a Southwest plane to attend the Golden Globes, followed by a string of after parties!  But the (temporary) life of a movie star didn’t stop there.  Kymberli’s brother, Kent Weed, happens to... read more

Honoring the Service of Those Who Served Honorably

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On August 9, 2008, four days before the birth of my son James, I waddled to the “Road to Redress and Reparations” Forum that was presented by the San Jose Japanese American Citizens League, Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, and San Jose City College.  The event commemorated the 25th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the... read more

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Gettin’ the Lowdown Before Gettin’ Outta Town!

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I just filled out my profile on Southwest’s new online tool, Travel Guide.  And I’m really excited about its debut this week!   Ever since we got hitched in 1997, my hubby Peter and I have taken more than 35 (vacation) trips to over 20 countries. We couldn’t begin to count how many domestic trips we’ve flown on Southwest.  We can’t help it, we’re... read more

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My Match Made in Heaven

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Our tribute to Colleen continues this week.    I didn't attend our Company's recent Awards Banquet on June 28th, but I vividly remember the one I attended two years ago for my Southwest Tenth Anniversary. After everyone at my table had won an award, it still didn't dawn on me that I was probably sitting at the table for a reason. It didn't hit me until our President... read more

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The Circle of Life – Southwest Style, of Course!

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April was a memorable month for me, as I participated in significant milestones for two Southwest Employees and experienced one myself while in Moscow! Earlier in the month, a longtime mentor of mine retired after 32 years of dedicating her LUV, talent, drive, and passion to Southwest.  From Flight Attendant with hot pants and go-go boots to Director of the Legislative... read more

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Proud to be Asian American

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Last year, we introduced Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with facts and FUN trivia questions.   Today, I want to share a few words from our President: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America Americans who trace their ancestry to Asia and the Pacific Islands have contributed much to our Nation.... read more

The ABC’s of Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Community Affairs Team

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I recently attended my first Corporate Community Relations Consortium meeting in San Jose, where corporate community relations/affairs professionals network and share benchmarks.  I left the meeting feeling a sense of pride for what these committed colleagues (representing Fortune 500 companies such as Yahoo, Intel, eBay, HP, Cisco Systems, and Adobe to name a few)... read more

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Here’s to Good Health in the Year of the Rat

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According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 is the Year of the Rat, which begins on February 7th and ends on January 25th, 2009.  First in the cycle of 12 animal signs, the Year of the Rat begins the sequence and recurs every twelfth year.  Some famous RATS include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, and even William Shakespeare!  I'm excited about this "Rat-atouille"... read more

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

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What a bummer that the Golden Globes ceremony was canceled this year! Sure, some of my favorites like "Ratatouille" and Javier Bardem still won Golden Globes. But I have to admit, I love to watch the glitz of the red carpet every year too. Making it even more disappointing was that I was supposed to help a friend, Kymberli Brady, work the green room during this year's awards... read more

The Gift of Life—Twice in My Lifetime

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A few years ago, our beloved Brian Lusk wrote a very special blog, A Tale of Redemption,  that my family will always treasure.  He posted his moving thoughts about my life’s story and what the Vietnam War meant to him. Not long after his post, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, our Company posted the NBC Bay Area affiliate’s story about my quest to find an... read more

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

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What a bummer that the Golden Globes ceremony was canceled this year! Sure, some of my favorites like "Ratatouille" and Javier Bardem still won Golden Globes. But I have to admit, I love to watch the glitz of the red carpet every year too. Making it even more disappointing was that I was supposed to help a friend, Kymberli Brady, work the green room during this year's awards... read more