Hungarian-born Susan Polgar has a very nice article profiling her today in the Associated Press. Not only is she one of the world's greatest chess competitors (she was the first chess player of either sex to win the trip crown of international tournaments - the World Blitz and the Rapid and Classical World Championships), but she does a lot of work for charity and has been promoting chess to kids around the country. She's particularly focused on getting girls interested in chess, something that has not been emphasized in the past.
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, one of America's premiere business schools, has an Indian-born American dean at its helm. Dipak Jain, a marketing expert, is also a regular visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Canadian actor Seth Rogan is one of the leading actors in Hollywood today thanks to roles in films like "The Forth Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Superbad". Rogen is also a talented comedic writer having penned "Superbad". He's set to appear in six films at the moment including one he is writing. And if you watched Saturday Live this evening, he was the host.
Most American viewers have no idea Rachel Griffiths is Australian. She's a brilliant Academy Award nominated actress (for her fine work in the 1998 film Hilary and Jackie) who has now played American characters in two very popular US television series - Brenda Chenowith in HBO's Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Whedon in the ABC series Brothers and Sisters. Griffiths American accent is flawless.
I actually remember Griffiths for her memorable screen debut with another unknown Australian actress, Toni Collette (I'm saving her for a future post) in the hilarious film Muriel's Wedding.
Every once in a while I run across Cenk Uygur's Young Turks radio show while I'm driving my kids to school. The Turkish-born Uygur has a Muslim background and co-hosts with Jewish Ben Mankiewicz and Christian Jill Pike so you know you're going to have a little diversity in their experience. The show has a decidedly liberal bent, but no matter your politics, the three are entertaining. Uygur's got a super-impressive academic background that makes him a lot more educated than the typica radio show host - a Wharton undergrad degree and a law degree from Columbia University. Not what I was expecting when I was researching today's immigrant of the day.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.