LATEST NEWS FOR NOV 2001
we enter November, we have entered historic times. Our country
and the Asian Pacific American communities are entering a
season to directly address issues of race, hate crime, evil,
good, war, goals of peace, conflicts and a great number of
other issues. Our wish is that these unfortunate and historic
days will lead us down a path of greater understanding and
togetherness that will be greatly needed in our future. We
invite you to discover some of the prominent APA leaders listed
FEATURED ARTISTS & LEADERS
1991, videomaker, novelist, slam poet, and spoken word performer
Fulbeck has been recognized as one of the world's premier
artists exploring Hapa* identity. Fulbeck combines improvisation,
stand-up comedy, political activism, and inspiring personal
stories to explore his Cantonese, English, Irish, and Welsh
background, media imagery of Asian men, interracial dating
patterns, and icons of race and sex in popular culture.
His videos and performance
work have shown in over 20 countries, aired on PBS, and
received numerous awards, while his first novel, Paper Bullets,
has just been published by the University of Washington
Press. Paper Bullets is a fictional autobiography exploring
the hapa identity of a young man, who like the author is
shaped by the conflicting desires, stigmas, and codes of
male conduct in this country. Part coming-of-age, part racial/sexual
adventure, and part love letter...Paper Bullets chronicles
a contemporary man's search for love and meaning.
Fulbeck is also an ocean
lifeguard, Lakers fanatic,guitar junkie, dubbed kung fu
grandmaster, professional dreamer, and Associate Professor
of Art and Asian American Studies at the University of California,
Announced on July 10, 2001, Rose Ochi was appointed by Mayor
Jim Hahn of Los Angeles to the LA Board of Police Commissioners.
As of August 21, 2001, she was elected to be Vice President
of the Commission. In light of the LAPD's current troubles,
Rose has been brought in to solve their current problems.
Rose was the Director of the Community Relations Service,
a branch of the Department of Justice which provides a Federal
conciliation service to help resolve and prevent racial and
ethnic conflict, violence and civil disorders at the local
and State levels.
Rose's deep commitment to equal justice and civil rights stems
from her own family's experience with racial discrimination.
As one of the 120,000 Japanese Americans unjustly interned
in prison camps during World War II, Rose has personally faced
direct prejudice due to her racial and ethnic heritage.
In 1997, Rose was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate
to become the first Asian American woman to serve at the Assistant
Attorney General level. Her extensive experience in building
collaborative partnerships between multi-racial civil rights
leadership, law enforcement groups and elected officials makes
her ideal to head the federal agency whose mission is to help
communities resolve racial and ethnic conflicts.
Attorney General Reno had called upon Rose to coordinate race
relations matters for the Department and asked her to serve
on President Clinton's Initiative on Race Task Force. Rose
has worked to develop anti-hate crime educational materials
and programs and contributed her wisdom on issues such as
police misconduct and racial profiling.
Prior to her appointment, she was Associate Director at the
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. She worked
with state and local governments and private associations
to implement the President's National Drug Control Strategy
where she spearheaded the development of the innovative Breaking
the Cycle Program drug treatment model.
Rose Ochi has served in a range of civic, community and professional
associations, including the DOJ Attorney General's National
Minority Advisory Council, the NOBLE Hate Violence Advisory
Committee, the President's Commission on Immigration and Refugee
Policy, and the Japanese American Citizens League among others.
The 20 year LPGA Tour rookie
old out of Arizona State spent the last few years building
a remarkable launching pad -- winning 55 national tournaments.
Some of her victories
include the 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the
1999 NCAA individual title. Last summer she won five of the
10 she entered on the LPGA's Futures Tour.
Park, who was brought up in Arizona since she was 12,
has been actively courted by equipment and clothing manufacturers
because of her dazzling smile. Currently she is being managed
Ovitz's management team.
Grace has joined the roster of Golf
Digest Playing Editors where she will provide instructional
articles to help players improve their golf games.
This 5'6" beauty was born March 6, 1979, in Seoul,
South Korea. Her residence is in Phoenix, Arizona where
she attended Arizona State. She was tied for eighth at this
year's U.S. Women's Open at Old Waverly Golf Club in Mississippi,
shattering the previous scoring record for an amateur with
a 5-under-par 283. As an amateur, led the field in driving
distance at both 2001's Nabisco Dinah Shore and U.S. Women's
Open. Her father (Soo-Nam) owns a steak restaurant in Korea
and mother Jinae sports a single-digit handicap.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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& MEDIA NEWS
On November 10, 2001 at L.A.'s Club Metro (1024 Grand
Avenue/L.A., CA), a prominent fund-raising music event featuring
groups from throughout the United States are raising funds
for the Red Cross' "Relief Fund for the Sept 11, 2001 Victims."
The groups include One Voice, Prach Ly, e:Trinity, Francis
Kim, April, Khmer Angels and many other groups.
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC)
presented its American Courage Award to MTV's President Van
Tomer on October 18, 2001. Lisa Ling (from "The View") will
present to the award to MTV
- in addition to Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta,
Ford Foundation President Susan Berresford and Merill Lynch
Executive George A. Schiersen. "MTV's vision and cutting edge
leadership is an example to corporate America. NAPALC is proud
to call MTV a partner in its campaign against hate" stated
NAPALC Executive Director Karen Narasaki.
MTV (considered the most widely viewed cable network for young
people) launched a year long anti-discrimination campaign,
"Fight For Your Rights," focusing on combating intolerance
and hate crimes. They have addressed, in straight-forward
fashion, in dispelling myths about Arabs, South Asians, Muslim
Americans and Islamic culture in the wake of September
WEN HO LEE PROJECT SHELVED
John Ridley's ("Three Kings") miniseries at ABC about
Lee is on hold. Little hope of its resurrection because
of the described conspiracy of the FBI and government against
Wen Ho Lee.
Read about how John Ridley, Dean Devlin and other writers
enter a time of moral questioning. Devlin wonders what happened
on the fourth plane on September
11, 2001. "Did they actually overthrow these guys? There's
the catharsis of being there with them and of doing something
when nothing else could be done."
ASIAN MOVIES ARE RED HOT
Miramax's Harvey Weinstein put $2 million of restoration
costs into the movie "Iron Monkey" (an obscure Hong Kong martial
arts movie directed by Yeun Wo Ping - whose credits include
28 films & action choreographer of Crouching
Tiger and The Matrix), a new stereo soundtrack, a great
new sound mix and sound effects that earned $6 million and
a per-screen average behind only the weekend's leader - "Training
Other signs of success are Crouching
Tiger, emergence of Jackie Chan as a global film star,
Jet Li's success, The Musketeer, Sony Classics' Happy Times,
Miramix's upcoming "Zu Warriors" (special-effects-laden period
action film directed by Hong Kong master Tsui Hark), 3 movies
featuring Stephen Show (Hong Kong's Jim Carrey) such as Shoaline
Soccer & Tears of the Black Tiger and Oscar Zhang's "Hero"
- film features Zhang Ziyi, Jet
Li, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung that's directed by Hong
Kong's Kar-Wai Wong),
Miramax hired Dee Dee Nickerson, a veteran film executive
who speaks fluent Mandarin, to find production opportunities
and ways to establish the Miramax brand in China.
Chay Yew's play about the the Cultural Revolution's costs
has obvious touches, but the East West Players' 2001 production
is effective while receives critical acclaim - along with
its actors (Emily Kukroda, Page Leong and Jeanne Sakata).
Previous performances at the Singapore Arts Festival, via
the Singapore Repertory Theatre) has allowed Kuroda, Leong
and Sakata know where they're going with Yew's complicated
text, as seen by each highly charged pause, how every dynamic
peak is filled with no "watch me-watch me-watch me" business.
ASIAN/ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER
Asian American playwrights and actors, voices and visions
are emerging as vibrant presence on the American stage. Current
examples include the following:
"The Lion King: The Musical" at the Pantages exhibits traditional
Asian theater influences: director Julie Taymor's costuming,
puppetry and masks are inspired by Japanese Bunraku puppetry
and Indonesian shadow-play techniques are interwoven with
successful Chinese American novelist, a Beijing opera star
and his star pupil confront artistic truths and China's revolutionary
past in East
West Players' production of "Red." Jeanne Sakata, Page
Leong and Emily Kuroda in a stunning interplay between loyalty
and tradition, political upheaval and censorship. Play features
subtle about-face regarding gender roles, politics and a haunting
glimpse into the choreographed poetics of Chinese opera.
and Hammerstein's Flower
Drum Song is updates by Tony Award-winning playwright
Henry Hwang at the Mark Taper Forum. Presentation reprises
the American immigrant tale of generational divide and filial
piety based on the novel about San Francisco's Chinatown by
C.Y. Lee. Lea Salonga
stars as the sensible Chinese girl, Mei-Li, and Sandra Allen
plays the tawdry Linda Low character.
Curtain" shares the story of a young Vietnamese American
girl search in Northern California's rugged redwood forests
for the father she lost after the Vietnam War. ). Anne Tran
plays Geri in this San
Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre production directed
by Robert Dahey.
Up" explores Buddhist themes, poetry and dance. Director
Mark Valdez describes "Lighten Up" as a modern dance/play
and is "grounded in ritual, bringing people of all different
beliefs from all over Los Angeles." The production is a performance
about "enlightenment, and the sacred and sublime."
FANG FIRED FROM S.F. EXAMINER
Florence Fang, matriarch of San Francisco's politically
powerful Fang family and chairman of its newspaper chain,
yesterday fired her son, Ted, as editor and publisher of the
San Francisco Examiner, which has been buffeted by financial
problems and family infighting.
The move comes as seven construction companies have filed
more than $1.4 million in liens against ExIn LLC, the Examiner's
corporate parent, citing the failure to pay them for remodeling
work on the newspaper's offices in the old Warfield Theater
on Market Street.
The Fangs acquired the Examiner from the Hearst Corp. last
year in a controversial deal that shook the city's political
establishment and barely survived an anti-trust challenge
in federal court.
Hearst announced in August 1999 that it would purchase The
Chronicle and either sell the Examiner or close it if no buyer
could be found. But in January 2000, real estate investor
Clint Reilly sued to stop the sale, arguing that Hearst planned
to shut down the Examiner and create a San Francisco newspaper
Hearst then agreed to transfer the Examiner to the Fang family,
publisher of the San Francisco Independent, the weekly Asian
Week and other small papers in the Bay Area. The deal included
a subsidy from Hearst to the Fangs of up to $67 million over
But Reilly pressed his suit through a monthlong trial that
finally ended in favor of Hearst and the Fangs in July 2000.
When the Fangs took over the Examiner, both Ted Fang and the
media made much of the fact that it was the nation's first
major metropolitan newspaper owned by an Asian American family.
NA ON LATE NIGHT
appeared on "The Late Show with Craig
Kilborne." She was charming and articulate while plugging
her Asian American boy band called "At
Na only got 1 out of 5 in the 5 questions game. That's the
Kathy Ireland level of futility.