Ren Hsieh

Ren Hsieh is writer and editor for Dat Winning, a blog covering sports from an Asian/American perspective. He is the Executive Director of The Dynasty Project, a non-profit that creates and supports athletic programs for New York City’s APIA communities.

Updated April 2016

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Rediscovering the Legend of Tommy Kono, World’s Greatest Weightlifter

If you’ve never heard of Tommy Kono, he probably wouldn’t have held it against you. Kono was a Japanese American man of humble origins, born in Sacramento, CA, who spent three years of his childhood in northern California’s Tule Lake internment camp. He also may have been the greatest weightlifter the world has ever seen.

Kono rose to fame in the 1950s, winning Olympic gold medals in weightlifting for the U.S. in 1952 and 1956, and a silver in 1960. He also won the World Weightlifting Championships six consecutive times from 1953 to 1959, finishing his ...

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Asian Players Helping to Make History in Women’s Pro Hockey

A closer look at the Asian pro hockey players in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League

Earlier this month (March 2016), the National Women’s Hockey League finished its inaugural season with the Boston Pride winning the Isobel Cup by defeating the Buffalo Beauts 2–0 in a best-of-3 series. Posing with her teammates for championship photos after the series clinching win at the Prudential Center Practice Facility in New Jersey was Rachel Llanes, a Filipina American from San Jose who played her college hockey at Northeastern. She was one of three players of Asian descent ...

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