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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Sho 'nuf

Starting off this week's special feature, America's Bright Future on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou was beaming as he proudly presented Sho Yano, the 12 year old American prodigy.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Sho has an IQ over 200, and is a musical prodigy. He graduated in three years from Chicago's Loyola University, summa cum laude. And, at the age of 12 years, he's now in his first year of med school. For Sho, going to school is about learning as much as he can. If he weren't also getting his PhD along with his medical degree — thus, pushing his age at graduation to 19 or 20 — he'd also be on course to become the youngest person to graduate from any medical school. Sho spent most of his early years in California, where his father, Katsura, an immigrant from Japan, now runs the American subsidiary of a Japanese shipping company. Sho lives in the university's family housing with his mother, who originally came to the United States from Korea to study art history, and his 7-year-old sister, Sayuri, a talented student in her own right who wants to be a cardiologist. Sho says he chose medicine because he wants to help people. "I wish I could find a big step," he says, his eyes widening slightly, "like a treatment for cancer."

Lou Dobbs' "thought" for tonight was dedicated to Sho and the rest of us, "Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create."
- Voltaire (1694-1778)

Lou beamed, his avuncular grin so proud of America's bright future, as he wrapped the piece contemplating a potential cure for cancer being discovered by this young American medical scientist. This was, indeed, an interesting segue from the past few weeks of Dobbs' ranting and raving about jobs lost to foreigners, jobs lost to immigrants, and the influx of foreign students on visas getting American university educations; sucking the life out of the American economy. Sho's parents met in America, while they were at university on student visas. Like many student immigrants, the Japanese met the Korean in the United States, fell in love, married, and had American children who are now a part of the American dream. Not just their American dream, but the dream of all Americans. Sho 'nuf, he's our boy!


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