NEWS FOR JULY 2001
Entering July 2001, we have seen the furor surrounding Pearl
Harbor dwindle (in light of its disappoint sales), the struggle
for diversity intensifying and the growing influence of Asian/Asian
Pacific Americans within the general public.
These just-mentioned situations provide greater evidence that
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THE GRAND COALITION
"Grand Coalition" ("National Coalition of organizations advocating
greater diversity in the media and entertainment industries")
The National Coalition is
comprised of four groups: NAACP, National Latino Media Council
(itself comprised of a number of Latino/Hispanic organizations),
APA Media Coalition (itself comprised of a number of APA organizations)
and American Indians in Film and Television.
Each of the overall coalition
members listed above are represented by a Chair. The Chair
of the NAACP is Kweisi Mfume; for National Latino Media Council
it is Esteban Torres; for the American Indians in Film and
Television it's Sonny Skyhawk. For the APA Media Coalition
it was Norm Mineta (presently Karen Narasaki). Mfume, Torres
and Mineta are all former Congressmen. This gives the Coalition
Because of Mineta being appointed
by President.Clinton to be Commerce Secretary and then appointed
by President Bush to be Transportation Secretary, Karen Narasaki
was chosen as the replacement. The reasons include the following:
experience and effectiveness as an advocate
established relationships with NAACP
based in Washington D.C (a location of political power)
has an available staff and
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are here 20 years later and it is still not routine to have
Asian Americans depicted as doctors in shows set in Los Angeles
or San Francisco hospitals," said Karen
Narasaki, a spokeswoman for the Asian Pacific American
Media Coalition. "To me, that is a discouraging indication
that we as Asian Americans are generally seen as foreigners
and not as a part of everyday American families."
The APA Media Coalition is an ad hoc group of people who are
interested in advocating for greater diversity in network
television and other media. Groups include MANAA, East West
Players, Visual Communications, NAATA, Asian American Coalition
for Total Inclusion On the Networks (AACTION), OCA and the
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC).
in turn, is a consortium that includes the major APA legal
aid organizations such as Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific
American Legal Center (which Stewart Kwoh heads), San Francisco-based
Asian Law Caucus and New York-based Asian American Legal Defense
and Education Fund. NAPALC also administers a coalition of
APA groups under an umbrella called National Coalition of
Asian Pacific Americans -- NCAPA includes groups representing
JAs, CAs, KAs, VAs, Pilipino Americans, South Asians, probably
Thai Americans and others.
Individuals who have been active include the APA Media Coalition
Chair, Karen Narasaki (who is the executive director of NAPALC),
Sharon Scanlon (NAPALC), Guy Aoki (MANAA), Ken Narasaki (EWP),
Tim Dang (EWP), George Takei, Jack Ong (AACTION), Sumi Haru
(SAG), Eddie Wong (NAATA), Daphne Kwok (OCA), Christine Chen
(OCA), Linda Mabalot (Visual Communications) and Dan Mayeda
(East West Players).
M. Mayeda, Co-President of the Board of East West Players,
and one of the leaders of the APA Media Coalition. Mr. Mayeda
has participated in meetings with the major networks and publicly
addressed the diversity issue at EWP's recent 35th Anniversary
Dinner at which the four networks bought tables.
He was the first person to break the color
line and run a Hollywood studio. As head of production, he
was responsible for the acquisition, development, and production
of Sony Pictures/Tri-Star/Columbia's projects such as As Good
As It Gets, Jerry Maguire, Philadelphia, My Best Friend's
Wedding, Starship Troopers, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Legends
of the Fall, the Fisher King and The Big Hit.
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- Chinese workers arrives in Hawaii
- Memphis TN conference of plantation owners proposed substituting
Chinese labor for black slaves.
- Nineteen Chinese were massacred in Los Angeles. October
24 marked the worst incident of Anti-Chinese violence in America
up to that time.
- the Arizona Weekly Star ran an editorial in 1879 portraying
Chinese Americans as "an ignorant, filthy, leprous horde"
and "the most pernicious and degraded race on the globe."
Chinese workers were attacked in railroad camps and mining
towns and driven out of Arizona's mines and railroads.
- Hawaii is the United States' 50th state.
- Korean workers are brought to Hawaii
- Filipinos were greatly recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters
Association as cheap contract labor when the Gentlemen's Agreement
of 1907 cut off the Japanese supply.
- Japanese plantation workers in Hawaii go on strike
- Duke Kahanamoku won his first Olympic gold medal and set
a world record in the 100-meter free-style and won a silver
medal as a participant in the 200-meter relay in Stockholm.
He represented the United States in the Olympics for the next
- Asian Indians owned about 123,000 acres in California's
Imperial and Sacramento Valleys.
- Justice Sutherland, speaking for the Supreme Court in 1923,
said that Bhagat Singh Thind and other Asian Indians were
aliens ineligible to citizenship because they were not white,
as only whites and blacks could become citizens.
- In the Hanapepe Massacre, police attack union headquarters
in Hanapepe, HI where 16 sugar plantation workers and 4 policemen
- Truman grants full pardon to the Japanese Americans who
had been convicted for resisting the draft while they and
their families were held in concentration camps.
- These 85 interned Japanese Americans were prosecuted and
incarcerated because they refused to be drafted into the U.S.
military unless their rights as citizens were restored.
- FBI arrests the Hawaii Seven for communist activity. Their
fines and jail terms are overturned in January 1958.
- Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. was founded. (OCA)
is a national non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization
of concerned Chinese Americans. dedicated to securing the
rights of Chinese American and Asian American citizens and
- National convention of the Japanese American Citizens League
adopts resolution calling for redress and reparations for
the internment of Japanese Americans.
- First Philippine Festival
of the Arts begins in New York City.
- National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC),
a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization was formed to advance
the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans.
- Ellery J. Chun, creator of the "Aloha Shirt" dies.
- Maya Lin is honored by the NAACP as someone who has excelled
in the face of overwhelming odds.
- Patrick Oliphant's racist cartoon was an offshoot of the
recent stand off between the U.S. and China over the U.S.
spy plane incident.
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PETER NGUYEN FIRED
"From the earliest days after its founding in the 1930s,
the Screen Actors Guild has been concerned with the problems
of inequality and the stereotyping of performers of color."
That's the opening statement of the Screen Actors Guild's
website page dedicated to its long history of affirmative
But the guild in 2001 has found itself being challenged by
three minority employees fired this year. Peter Nguyen, an
affirmative-action office's supervisors and an executive assistant
who also served as a strike coordinator during SAG's bitter
six-month commercials-contract walkout has filed a multi-million-dollar
lawsuits against the union for wrongful termination and racial
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HARBOR IS SINKING
Based on recent information, Disney executives and media
analysts estimate that "Pearl Harbor's " original worldwide
theatrical revenues of $400 million to $450 million will fall
to $200 million or less.
SALONGA IN FLOWER DRUM SONG
has been cast in the leading role of Mei Li in the David
Henry Hwang's revival of "Flower
Drum Song," opening Oct. 14 at the Mark Taper Forum.
for upcoming film festivals, grants, etc. such as Media Access
Awards, Public TV's POV film showcase opportunities, Northwest
Film Center's "Call for Submission," AATC plays, etc.
Lisa Ling announced that for nine months, she has been
dating Rick Yune (Snow Falling in Cedars, Fast and the Furious)
JAPANESE ARTISTS ARE COMING
Among the top 20 albums in Japan for May, 2001 - 14 made
by Japanese artists and six of those were partly or completely
recorded in the United States to get an "American feel.".
NAATA's "Filmmaker of the Month" (Quentin Lee) has an
interview talks about his new film,
and other activities.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FACT SHEET
The National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
has translated their "Debunking the Myths" Affirmative Action
Fact Sheet into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The translation
project was made possible by funding from Philip Morris Companies,
WRITER GETS DEAL
Revolution Studios paid an untitled pitch by Maurissa
Tancheroen for a low-six-figure sum. Revolution partner Todd
Garner nabbed the pitch, which centers on two Asian American
FBI agents who go undercover as Korean grocery store clerks
in order to infiltrate a gang in South Central Los Angeles.
Kim is headlining local comedy and college shows in New
York while talking about being Korean-America, following Margaret
Cho and a struggling young woman comic trying to find
love and happiness in New York.
How far behind is Asian/Asian Pacific American TV? Especially
with Hispanic Television Network Inc. signing agreements with
cable-system operators to air Spanish-language programming
24 hours a day in Los Angeles, the nation's largest Hispanic
FAILED AT DIVERSITY
criticizes ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, saying agreements reached
16 months ago haven't been honored.
Johnnie Cochran Jr., Esteban Torres and Bill Cosby (part of
the coalition that includes NAACP, National Latino Media Council,
American Indians in Film & Television & Asian Pacific American
Media Coalition) harshly criticized the four major television
networks' attempts to diversify their prime-time lineups.
ABC rated at a D-. CBS earned a D+. Fox scored a C-, and NBC
received the highest grade, a C.
BEST CO. FOR "AA'S"
wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation) was named one
of the best companies for Asian Americans because their of their
diversity of workforce and purchasing practices by Asian Enterprise
F. Robert Salerno, Avis' president and chief operating officer
stated that."this recognition reflects our ongoing efforts
to keep diversity at the center of the Avis agenda. We are
proud of our relationship with the Asian American community
and are always looking for ways to improve that relationship
through hiring, procurement and marketing activities."
KONG - AP NATIONAL WRITER
Deborah Kong, a freelance writer who most recently worked
for USA Today, has been named a national writer for The Associated
Press, specializing in minority issues.Kong, who will be based
in San Francisco, covered technology for USA Today. She also
has worked for the San Jose Mercury News and The Philadelphia
WORLD JOURNAL - MAJOR US NEWSPAPER
Journal is one of the largest daily newspapers in the
US, even though it is written in Chinese. Claiming
a daily circulation of about 350,000, it ranks somewhere around
20th to 25th in the country, on a par with The Detroit Free
Press, Miami Herald and Baltimore Sun. Tt
serves the Chinese-American community and is probably the
largest ethnic paper in the country.
The Hawaiian language nearly became extinct when the
United States banned schools from teaching students in Hawaiian
after annexing the then-independent republic in 1898. The
number of Hawaiians speakers have risen from fewer than 1,000
in 1983 to some 7,000 to 10,000 currently.
Boston's new developments, high rents, and a community's
erosion raise worries in the local Chinatowns. Projected high-rise
development in Chinatown's low-lying streetscape, driving
up property values, longtime residents worry about the potential
departure of many local Chinese families.
NEW YORK APA POLITICIANS?
Will Asian Americans ever elect a councilmember of their
own in New York? Various conflicts between different Asian
sectors, plus the normal trials of fighting the system, has
made this a difficult situation. Learn
more about this situation.
IN CHINA JOINT VENTURE
A $200 million joint venture between AOL (29M subscribers)
with top Mainland China PC maker Legend Holdings (40% of marketplace)
was finalized. The
venture, to be 51 percent-owned by Legend and 49 percent by
the U.S. media giant, will provide consumer Internet services
in China, with each group pledging to commit $100 million
over time. Both
companies will initially invest $25 million in the venture,
which will earn revenue from fees for its technical support
and services to Legend's FM365 unit.
AALDEF and pro bono counsel Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays
& Handler LLP continue to represent seven Asian/American and
white college students in their federal civil rights lawsuit
against the national restaurant chain Denny's Inc. The
students were denied service and then attacked in the Denny's
parking lot in April 1997 in Syracuse, NY. In July 2000, the
federal judge granted Denny's motion for summary judgment
and dismissed the civil rights case.
ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST DKNY
In June 2000, AALDEF
filed a novel class action suit on behalf of all workers who
made garments for designer/manufacturer Donna Karan. The
complaint seeks to stop Donna Karan International, Inc. from
merely switching its work from one factory to another whenever
a complaint is filed. By pulling its work out of the factory,
Donna Karan makes it appear that it has severed ties with
abusive employers. In
reality, the clothing continues to be made in sweatshops that
do not pay minimum wage and overtime.
FIRMS TARGET "AA'S"
Schwab, Merrill Lynch and TD Waterhouse have all opened
offices in areas with large Asian populations, part of national
strategies at each firm to attract Asian customers. Firms
also are staffing call centers with representatives who speak
Asian languages and, like ETrade, are operating Asian-language
ON CHINESE" CRIME
Kaitong Inc. / Ding Gang Xie's company promised visas to
many Chinese immigrants, but was just another example of fraud
and another "Chinese on Chinese" crime.
10-year-old Sho Yano was just 8 when he scored 1,500
out of 1,600 on the college-entrance SATs and started college
(Loyola University in Chicago) at age 9. His grade on his
first college composition was an A-. On his first chemistry
exam, he scored 106 out of a possible 108. His father, Katsura,
is Japanese by birth and a successful businessman. His mother,
Kyung, who is Korean, stays home to raise the children. Both
have advanced college degrees but neither has Sho's remarkable
VS. US-BORN TASTES
"Immigrants have immigrant tastes all their lives, even
as they move up [into the middle class]," said David E. Hayes-Bautista,
director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Latino Health and
Culture. "They still prefer the things they liked back home."
Is this true for our Asian/Asian Pacific American populations?
Changes made in 2000 to the 1994 federal Violence Against
Women Act allow abused immigrant spouses a two-year window after
a divorce to petition for permanent residence. Under the old
law, a divorced non-citizen spouse could not independently apply
for a green card.
Center for the Pacific Asian Family
Help line in English, Hindi, Gujarati and other South Asian
Muslim help line, shelter, community agency in Hindi, Urdu,
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