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The purpose of this section is to provide highlights and noteworthy appearances of US Asians/APA's on television shows and films. This includes people on both sides of the camera from actors, directors, writers, special effects personnel, camera people and producers.


December 4 - 10: Monday - 10:30 P.M. on STARZ, watch Ang Lee's great film - RIDE WITH THE DEVIL that preceeded his latest film - CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON.

December 11 - 17:

On Wednesday at 9:00 P.M., watch YoYo Ma (in a guest appearance) on the NBC's top-rated show - WEST WING

On Saturday at 11:30 P.M., watch Lucy Liu on NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as the first Asian/Asian Pacific American female host of the show!

On Sunday at 7:00 P.M., watch on CBS' NIGHTLINE that talks about the reprecussions of the Wen Ho Lee case.

December 18 - 24:

On Sunday at 12:30 P.M., watch the great award-winning and pioneer actor Sessue Hayakawa in "The Bridge on the River Kwai on the USA NETWORK.

On Wednesday at 5:15 P.M. , watch Youki Kukoh and Rick Yune in SNOW FALLING IN CEDARS on the STARZ CHANNEL. Decide for yourself about MANAA's complaint about Youki's accent and the acting of Rick Yune!

Saturday: 2:30 P.M., a promo on Ang Lee's CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON will be broadcast on BRAVO that shares the stories behind the shooting of the film, interviews with Michelle Yeow & Chou Yan Fat while playing the theme song featuring YoYo Ma, Tan Dun and Coco Lee.

December 25 - 31:

Friday Star Trek Marathon starts at 7:00 A.M. and features George Takei in the vast majority of the episodes.

On Thursday at 8:00 P.M. - John Lone, Joan Chen and others are part of the cast of THE LAST EMPEROR that can be seen on BRAVO.

Saturday: 2:30 P.M. on BRAVO, a promo on Ang Lee's CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON will be broadcast.


Ratings and market share are the "bottom line" that the entertainment companies judge what programs are on and/or off television.

We need to support the new programming that displays accurate imagery that is being produced and support past viable programs - as we are the best judges. If we, as a community, don't support this type of programming - no one else will.


Additional information on the shows can be found at the following:


Information from listings on the major network television stations (i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX), cable stations (i.e. HBO, ShowTime, CineMax, Lifetime, Sci-Fi, PAX, A&E, etc.), "Super Stations" (i.e. UPN, WGN, TNT, TBS), PBS shows, etc. from many resources will be listed. Visit the websites listed below for specific information on shows of interest.


In light that December is a time of celebration, listed below are artists who have been blessed with a tremendous talent and the gift of communicating artistry at its very best.

YOYO MA - a Sony Classic artist and a child prodigy, has earned a distinguished international reputation as an ambassador for classical music and its vital role in society.

Yo-Yo Ma is a ten-time Grammy award winner. Recent releases include clarinet trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart with Emanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman; Peter Lieberson¹s King Gesar; an album of original Nashville music, Appalachia Waltz, with country fiddle player Mark O¹Connor and bassist Edgar Meyer and his latest recording of the Mozart Piano Quartets.

Yo-Yo Ma devotes time to work with young musicians at Interlochen and Tanglewood. He seeks to include educational outreach activities in his regular touring schedule, through masterclasses and more informal interaction with students.

Born in Paris in 1955 of Chinese parents, Yo-Yo Ma began his cello studies with his father at age four. He later studied with Janos Scholz and in 1962 he began his studies with Leonard Rose at the Julliard School. Yo-Yo Ma is a graduate of Harvard University, from which he also received an honorary doctorate in 1991. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. Mr. Ma and his wife Jill have two children, Nicholas and Emily.

He currently plays a Montagna cello from Venice made in 1733 and a Davidoff Stradivarius made in 1712.

ANG LEE - He has made movies in his native Taipei (Eat Drink Man Woman); in New York City and its bedroom suburbs (Pushing Hands, the Wedding Banquet, the Ice Storm); in the U.S. Civil War border-state of Missouri (Ride With the Devil); in Cornwall, England (Sense and Sensibility) and his latest - Couching Tiger Hidden Tiger.

In each locale he was a kind of foreigner; even Taiwan must have seemed strange when he returned, after 16 years in America, for Eat Drink Man Woman. But Lee has had his fill of intimate family sagas for now. "I want to paint on a big canvas in a big country," he says. "And, why not, with big stars?"

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN - He was born in Madras, India, in 1970, Shyamalan was raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Penn Valley. The son of two doctors, he developed a passion for filmmaking after receiving a Super-8 camera at age eight. By the time he was 17, Shyamalan had created 45 home movies.

He graduated New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1992 and released his first major theatrical effort, Wide Awake, in 1998. The film starred Rosie O'Donnell and Denis Leary. The Sixth Sense was next and the rest is history. Shyamalan attributes his story-telling technique to his idol - Steven Spielberg. "He has a way of telling stories - there's a wonder element to his stories. I find that so inspiring and even though you may not know the man personally, you get an idea about who he is by the way he tells his stories.

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