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POETS ON HBO'S DEF POETRY
Rage (Catzie Vilayphonh and Michelle Meyers) and Beau
Sia can be seen on
Russell Simmons' Def
Comedy Jam, HBO premieres an all-new four-part series
that showcases practitioners of one of the country's fastest-rising
performing-art forms -- def poetry -- in an intimate, uncensored
Taped live at The Supper Club in New York, the four installments
of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry will be hosted by popular
rap artist Mos Def, and will spotlight original material performed
by contemporary urban poets and well-known music/comedy artists,
including Jewel, Dave Chappelle, Benjamin Bratt and Cedric
FEATURES ASIAN ARTISTS
"Sound Affects" program profiles Keiko
Matsui and Hawaiian slack-key guitarists George Kahumoku
and Daniel Ho (among other eclectic artists) in their inaugural
season of 13 episodes."
is to try a non-traditional method of raising money and to
meet the goals of the president of PBS, Pat Mitchell, need
for new shows that will bring in younger audiences. Alison
Badger's (show's producer and host) idea was to take up-and-coming
musicians and introduce them to older audiences (25-49).
have been other music shows, like 'Austin City Limits' and
'Sessions at West 54th,' but none of them have come from the
West Coast," Badger says. "This being the entertainment capital
of the world, we need to have a music show based here."
FRANCISCO'S CHINATOWN TRAGEDY
For decades, San Francisco Chinatown's 145 residential
hotels, known as SROs, have represents a most embarrassing secret
in an otherwise glittering city where housing costs for a decade
have been the nation's least affordable.
With 13,000 residents in line for government-assisted housing,
this has become a last resort for immigrant families who have
dropped off the city's social-service radar screen--many unaware
of their legal right to complain about poor conditions.
Francisco has ignored the problem because the Chinatown
population is largely immigrant, don't speak English, don't
vote and don't complain.
Francisco Chinatown's 16 square blocks--one of America's
most densely populated neighborhoods--are home to 60% of the
city's 450 SRO families, including 760 children.
Chinatown families tend not to suffer from the alcohol and
drug dependency or spousal abuse rampant in other inner-city
SROs. They are more often intact multi-generation families
with two working adults. Still, they remain in their quarters
an average of six years--twice as long as their counterparts
One in three SRO tenants is infected with the tuberculosis
germ--an early onset of the disease that does not always lead
to an active case--with infection rates "similar to those
found in sub-Saharan Africa. Children growing up in SROs routinely
suffer from psychological and learning difficulties.
Laura Monoson of Hogan & Vest Inc., the company that oversees
one of the SRO hotels states "The Chinese are used to community
kitchens and bathrooms, it's part of their culture."
CHEN IS AXED
CNN pulled four shows and 30+ employees such as Roger
Cossack, Bill Tush and Joie Chen. "NewsSite"
- the afternoon show anchored by Chen,
a former anchor on WXIA in Atlanta, was launched this summer
and was shelved after the Sept. 11 attacks. The
Atlanta-based news operation eliminated the jobs of at least
400 CNN employees in 2001.
This upcoming movie producer was a an office production
assistant in the film
Happiness (featuring Larra Flynn Boyle and Jon Lovitz),
production secretary in Woody Allen's "Sweet
and Lowdown, producer in "Upheaval
and associate producer in "The
Business of Stangers" that features Stockard Channing.
HO LEE & HELNE ZIA
Ho Lee and Helen Zia are appearing at UCLA to promote the
upcoming book about the unfortunate
actions taken against Mr. Lee by the United States government.
for more info and visit the message #378.
FIGURES IN THE MEDIA
According to the leading union for actors, the Screen
Actor's Guild, Asian-Americans accounted for 2.2 percent of
all the roles in the movies and on TV in 2000. That number
marked a 0.1 percentage point increase from the previous year.
Asian-Americans make up 3.8 percent of the U.S. population
and their numbers are even higher in Los Angeles and New York,
where much of the filming for TV and movies is done.
HO SIGNS WITH RANGERS
Texas Rangers gave a $65 million, five-year contract with
Chan Ho Park. This 28-year-old right-hander who went 15-11 with
a 3.50 ERA in 2001 joins a team that has added John Rocker,
Dave Burba, Todd Van Poppel, Jay Powell and Carl Everett,
Park's contract calls for salaries of $11 million next season,
$12 million in 2003, $13 million in 2004, $14 million in 2005
and $15 million in 2006.
Based on the current guaranteed total of the contract, Park
has an average salary of $13 million a season, sixth among
pitchers behind the Yankees Roger Clemens ($15.45 million),
Colorado's Mike Hampton ($15,125,000), the Dodgers' Kevin
Brown ($15 million), the Yankees' Mike Mussina ($14.75 million)
and Arizona's Randy Johnson ($13.1 million).
"CHARLIE' NGUYEN'S NEW FILM
Indie filmmaker Truc "Charlie" Nguyen made his just-released
feature film on a budget of $200,000. This
was done though extreme cost-cutting measures and getting
the entertainment company he works for to invest in the film.
Instead of shopping for a distributor, he decided to rent
a local theater for theater-goers to see his film.
Written and directed by Nguyen, the movie stars Van Son as
Huy, a Vietnamese American who returns to Ho Chi Minh City
to marry his debonair fiancee, Lan (Hong Dao), only to run
into some major snags just before the wedding. He loses his
wallet along with his pants, then he takes the wrong train,
where he meets the lovely Phuong ("Tawny" Thanh Truc Nguyen).
The two get stranded in a rural village, where Huy does a
lot of soul-searching and chances are ... the wedding is off.
Set in the former Saigon and the coastal town of Phan Thiet,
the two-hour feature was filmed in Vietnamese and has English
spent three months with his volunteer cast in Vietnam, waiting
to get film permits. Once approved, the shoot took only three
weeks because the crew was willing to work 16- to 20-hour
Discover and support newly-released films such as ABCD,
American Desi, The Debut and American Adobo. Learn more about
these films by clicking HERE.
Check out upcoming APA theater performances such as the
"Day of Remembrance" in San Francisco (Message # 372), East
West Players' Sister Matsumoto (Message #366), "Exit the Dragon
is performing in Vancouver (Message #367) and various events
with spoken word artists (Message #382 & #385). Click HERE
for more info.
CHEN - DIR. OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY
The U.S.-born daughter of immigrants from China, Chen first
exercised her political skills working in a nonpartisan role
in Taiwan's first elections in 1987 and recently was a former
project manager for Catellus Development Corp..
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mayor
James K. Hahn appointed Chen, an energetic veteran of
the real estate development business, to head a new effort
to assist displaced workers, stimulate the economy and revive
travel and tourism in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Her job is a six-month appointment - ending on May 2002. She
has no big budget to hand out incentives to business--not
with tax revenues to the city running $71 million below anticipated
levels, thanks to the downturn.
Chen hopes to unlock big money by removing bottlenecks on
more than $1 billion worth of city projects for which funding
has been approved by voters but which have not been started
because of slow government procedures.
Chen will promote Hahn's $100-million housing trust fund to
give developers initial capital so they can get financing
from banks and qualify for funds from other government agencies.
Helen Young Hayes and Lawrence Chang of Janus Worldwide
Fund (one of the top global-stock mutual fund managers of the
1990's, burned by stock markets this year, are taking a very
cautious approach to 2002.
They state that the giant Janus Worldwide Fund has a sizable
cash cushion and perhaps the most defensive posture the fund
has ever had, though the $21.4-billion fund has fallen 24%
this year, worse than nearly three-quarters of its rivals.
But it still is ranked at the top of the world stock fund
category for the last 10 years, with an average annual return
of 14.2%, according to fund tracker Morningstar Inc.
AMERICAN DONATION TO 911
Members of the Chinese American Disaster Relief Coalition
of Silicon Valley will present the Uniform Firefighter's Association,
Widow and Children's Fund with a donation of $100,000. Andrew
Hsia, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural
Office in New York, presented the donation to New York Fire
Department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen. The
people and government of Taiwan have also made several donations
to September 11-related charity funds including a donation
CHINATOWN RECEIVES $1M!
Elaine Chao & George Pataki provided $1M for NYC's Chinatown
that suffered economic setbacks as the result of the September
11, 2001 tragedy. Click HERE
for more info and visit the message #350.