LATEST NEWS FOR FEB 2002
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great things will happen to the Asian Pacific American communities.
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leaders listed below, information on our past victories and
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LONG & FAMILY
Jody Long has followed
her parents' (Larry and Kimiye Leung - now divorced) dancing
footsteps and acting ambitions since she was 6 weeks old.
Her recent performance in the theatrical adoption of Flower
Drum Song continues the tradition of her father, who was in
the original version of the musical for several years.
Long's 82-year-old father has retained his Chinese father's
original name, Leung, which was anglicized to "Long" in his
native Australia. When Larry Long became a performer in America,
he reclaimed "Leung" as his stage name, but passed on his
legal name, "Long," to their daughter.
Jodi's parents, Leung and Kimiye Tsunemitsu, met as performers
in 1947 at New York's "China Doll" nightclub. Kimiye adopted
the stage names "Trudy Kim" and then "Kim Leung." They worked
as a husband-and-wife act at the Forbidden City nightclub
in San Francisco and on the road.
On May 7, 1950, they performed on the Ed Sullivan's TV show
where Leung (aka the Chinese Gene Kelly) began by talking
in pidgin Chinese, wearing a Chinese robe. Then he took off
the robe to reveal a tuxedo and transformed into a Western-style
Leung, whose Cantonese father married a Scottish woman, became
a teenage tap dancer in the music halls of Sydney. After WW
II, he was half of an act called the Wing Brothers.
Kimiye Tsunemitsu is a Japanese American, born in Oregon,
whose family was sent to an internment camp in Idaho during
World War II. She found work in New York as a "pony"--one
of the shorter dancers as opposed to the taller "showgirls"--at
the China Doll.
Her parents formed their own act featuring impressions, dancing
and jokes about Chinese laundries and other subjects that
was seen at the Forbidden City Night Club and other theaters
Jodi credits include Sidney Lumet's "Nowhere to Go But Up,"
Michael Weller's "Loose Ends" with Kevin Kline on Broadway,
Mark Taper stint in "The Wash" in 1991, the TV series: "Cafe
Americain" in 1993-94 and "All-American"
Girl" in 1994-95.
was born in Taipei, Taiwan and began his ballet training at
Marin Ballet in California at the age of five. Entered the
School of American Ballet, the official school of New York
City Ballet in 1989. He became an apprentice with New York
City Ballet in the spring of 1993 and join the Company as
a member of the corps de ballet in the fall of 1995. He was
promoted to Soloist
in November 1998.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr.
Liang has danced numerous corps roles in the Company's
vast repertory. In addition, he has danced principal roles
Fosse tv program, Jerome Robbins' WATERMILL and in Peter
Martins' CALCIUM LIGHT NIGHT and JAZZ (SIX SYNCOPATED MOVEMENTS).
He also originated a principal role in the world premiere
of David Parsons' TOUCH.
80's Show," received his degree
at the University of Chicago and studied acting at the University
Theater and the Steppenwolf Theatre Arts Intern exchange program.
In his hometown of Chicago, he's appeared in productions such
as "M. Butterfly," "A Christmas Carol," "The Berlin Circle,"
"Romeo & Juliet" and "Life's a Dream."
His past roles include a recurring role on "The
Gilmore Girls" and a recurring role on "ER."
80's Show," Eddie Shin portrays Roger, Corey's upwardly
mobile friend to who is driven to ride the Reagan train to
success... but just can't quite catch a break.
Pak, who was born in Seoul Korea,
is the newest news correspondent of MTV News.
first show interview, when she was 16, was cut short when
she mistakenly called Ice Cube - "Ice Pick" - which local
evening news reported on this mishap.
hosted numerous Bay Area shows and an infamous reputation
for crashing local morning show parties.
was one of the hosts of the longest-running science show on
PBS' "Newton's Apple."
hosted "Trackers," a two-hour live entertainment/music talk
show on the Oxygen Network.
This UC Berkeley graduate producer/writer has 9+ years of
- 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.
- 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 are killed.
- Anti-Filipino riot occurred in Watsonville, California and
in Kent Washington. The Japanese American Citizens League's
first national convention was held in Seattle on August 29.
- Nearly 3000 Filipinos working in Alaskan canneries.
- 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.
- FBI arrests the Hawaii Seven for communist activity. Their
fines and jail terms are overturned in January 1958.
- Confession Program pardons undocumented
- First Chinese American to be elected to the United States
- Japanese American Citizens League wins its fight to repeal
the Emergency Detention Act of 1950, thereby eliminating the
threat of ever reactivating concentration camps in America.
- 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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& MEDIA NEWS
FILMS PICKS UP APA FILM
MTV Films has paid $1M for North American distribution
rights, in the first acquisition of an APA-American film (Justin
Lin's "Better Luck Tomorrow") from Sundance Film Festival.
The networks' efforts to increase cultural diversity
in the casts of current and upcoming network television series,
ABC, Fox and NBC in the next few weeks will host several showcases
for minority performers who will audition in front of major
executives and casting agents.
of the coalition, which includes the National Assn. for the
Advancement of Colored People, the National Latino Media Council,
American Indians in Film & Television and the Asian Pacific
American Coalition, said at the time that the networks had
not fully honored commitments reached in 1999 to increase
diversity in front of and behind the cameras.
Karen Narasaki, head of the coalition, stated that the group
has been working with the networks and their respective heads
of diversity to develop the showcases and their concerted
effort to recruit more minorities to comedies and dramas.
group last year issued "report cards" that contained low marks
for the four networks in terms of diversity. In overall grades,
ABC landed at the bottom with a D-minus, CBS scored a D-plus,
Fox earned a C-minus, and NBC received the highest grade,
NBC, in conjunction with the Laugh Factory, will hold "open
mike" auditions Jan. 29 and 30 for Latino and Asian comedians.
Unlike the other workshops, aspirants who have no experience
or agents will get a chance to perform in front of network
ACTORS ON TV SHOW'S CAST
APA'S IN CARTOONS
IGLESIAS VIDEO NEWS
Enrique Iglesias has the flair of getting gorgeous women
for his videos. Enrique
Iglesias' video for his emotional anthem "Hero," released
just before September 11, starred actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.
follow-up video, October's Escape, will feature the tennis
beauty - Anna Kournikova. "Escape" is a guitar-flavored dance
tune with the chorus "You can run, you can hide/ But you can't
escape my love."
SHIN ON "THE 80'S SHOW"
The first episode of "The 80's Show" - that includes
as part of its regular cast, starts this month on FOX.
THE KID & BRIT AWARD SHOW
Dan "The Terminator" and Kid Koala are part of the "virtual
hip-hop group Gorillaz that received six nominations in the
Brit Awards. The
group also includes Blur's singer Damon Albarn, former Talking
Heads' Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, artwork of Tank Girl creator
Jamie Hewlett, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori and Del Tha Funkee
ABOUT THE STORY OF "KOSMO.COM"
The film "e-dreams" is a feature-length documentary,
which successfully captures the highs and lows of the dotcom
frenzy of the past few years. It is a behind-the-scenes look
at an Internet start-up, chronicling the dramatic growth of
a young company (Kozmo.Com) and the fate of its co-founders,
Joseph Park and Yong Kang.
LUCY LIU LEAVES
LUCY LIU has officially recorded her final episode of
ALLY McBEAL. The
actress has decided against renewing her contract on the hit
legal comedy, but her final day on the set wasn't as ceremonious
as she'd imagined. She
says, "It was really sad, we didn't finish until really late,
11 or 11.30pm, I didn't even realize it was my last shot until
the director shouted out that it was, and everyone stood up
and clapped and I said goodbye to everybody." -World Entertainment
KIM AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Kim, an American college player who turned pro in 2000,
won 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 against No. 4 seed Kafelnikov, the 1999
Australian winner and 2000 runner-up to advance in the 2002
Australian Open. Kafelnikov,
who had 55 unforced errors to 17 by Kim. The Russian also
served 10 double-faults. Kim,
ranked No. 234, reached match point with a shot that ticked
the top of the net and dribbled over. Kafelnikov ended the
1-hour, 42-minute match with a backhand into the net.
New York State Governor George E. Pataki talked about
14 heroes in his January 9, "2002 State of the State Address."
Two of the 14 heroes were APAs, when our population in NY
is only 6%. .
Gov. Pataki stated Zack wasn't at the World Trade Center on
the morning of September 11th. But he knew that his emergency
training could save lives. So he ran toward the danger and
confusion. He was last seen on television caring for others.
He died an American hero." "Zack
Zeng, who was born in Mainland China, was a 29-year-old employee
at the Bank of New York and became an EMT to help his neighbors.
Gov. Pataki stated ""Thanks to Port Authority Police Officer
David Lim, hundreds of people who were trapped in a smoky
stairwell are alive today. By urging them to continue downward
rather than switching stairwells, he led them to safety just
moments before the North Tower collapsed. He was trapped in
the rubble for nearly five hours before being rescued. "
KIM - A GOOD SAMARATIAN
Gloria Kim is a frail 60 years old minister who feeds
bodies and souls by providing bread and homemade soup every
morning via a beat-up van. Every day, she scours Los Angeles
street corners, alleys and parks in search of the homeless
Her patrons call her "Mama" for her acts of charity-a bowl
of soup, a sack of nuts--hand-delivered with a prayer. For
15 years this has been Gloria Kim's routine, her sole mission.
Her van and her rosy-cheeked face are well-known among the
homeless in MacArthur Park, Lafayette Park, Koreatown, Griffith
Park and downtown Los Angeles.
Kim, a former nurse who turned her life over to religion nearly
20 years ago, founded the Zion Gospel Mission in 1986 in Los
Angeles, along with her late mother. Kim
immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in 1976 and worked
as a nurse in Florida. Before that, she helped a community
of exiled leprosy patients in South Korea.
GETS CONNIE CHUNG
its highest-profile signing of news talent from a major network,
CNN announced that Connie Chung is leaving ABC News to host
a prime-time show at CNN. Chung
scored a coup by landing an exclusive "20/20" interview last
summer with embattled Congressman Gary Condit. Chung, who
joined ABC in 1997, had several months remaining on her contract
but the network, a Walt Disney Co. unit, is letting her leave
PC "bangs" (Korean for rooms) is the latest rage for
many 1st and 2nd generation Korean American men. They are,
however, attracting other ethnicities and becoming a "melting
pot" environment. This trend started in South Korea and established
over 20 cybercades in L.A.'s Koreatown, New York, Chicago
and the Bay Area.