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DRUM SONG ON BROADWAY
Salonga headlines the New York cast of updated David Henry
Hwang's version of Flower Drum Song when it opens on Broadway's
Virginia Theater in the fall of 2002.
ACQUIRES SOUTH KOREAN FILM
has acquired rights for all English-speaking territories to
Lee Jung-Hyang's "The Way Home." It is believed to be the
first time the studio has acquired a Korean film, according
to Korean sales companies. The deal also represents the first
sale to a major U.S. studio by Korean entertainment powerhouse
CJ Entertainment, one of the country's top three producers
and distributors (and the market's largest mainstream exhibitor).
Way Home," about a small child moved from the city to live
in the country with his mute grandmother, has been a huge
hit in Korea with 3.5 million ticket admissions and was No.
1 at the box office.
OF AA NEWS PEOPLE
American Society of Newspaper Editors today released its annual
Newsroom Employment Survey showing a second consecutive year
of decline in the number of Asian Americans working at daily
According to the survey, the number of Asian Americans in
the newsroom decreased from 1,299 in 2001 to 1,283 this year.
In 2,000, there were 1,321 Asian Americans working in newsrooms.
overall number of minorities in the business increased slightly
during the last year, from 6,563 in 2001 to 6,567 in 2002.
The ASNE newsroom diversity survey has been recognized as
the benchmark for the industry, and it is a survey AAJA uses
to gauge how the industry is doing in terms of diversity.
number of minorities in newsrooms were slowing climbing until
2001, when the ASNE report showed a decline for the first
time in 23 years.
giant News Corp is hoping a Chinese-made version of the hit
U.S. sitcom ``Friends'' will win fans when it launches a long-coveted
local-language channel in China in May 2002.
The program, titled "Joyful Youth,'' will be among a host
of other locally produced talk shows, dramas and game shows
that News Corp's Hong Kong-based unit Star Group (headed by
Jamie Davis) will offer one million cable TV viewers in the
southern China province of Guangdong on its new channel called
Xingkong Weishi or Star Satellite.
In 2001, China gave its first time permission for cable distribution
in Guangdong to three foreign media companies -- Xingkong,
Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite TV (with 40 million viewers),
which is also 38 percent owned by News Corp., and AOL Time
Warner's China Entertainment TV (CETV). Xingkong
have costly plans to produce more than 700 hours of original
content in the channel's first year.
TARGETS APA BUYERS
unveiled the second phase of an advertising campaign specifically
targeting and pitching its vehicles to the Asian-American
community in California. Print
and television advertisements for the 2002 Dodge Caravan was
shown in the San Francisco Bay area and in a Chinese-language
campaign for the Jeep Liberty in the Los Angeles area.
This pilot ad campaign for the Dodge Caravan and Jeep Liberty
provided a better understanding of Asian-American consumers
and positions Chrysler to gain share in this important market."
Imada Wong Communications Group of Los Angeles developed the
AMERICAN FEDERATION RECEIVED $320,000
Hands, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized by Cathay
Bank, today granted $320,000 to the Asian American Federation
of New York in support of September 11th relief efforts in
New York City.
911 Healing Hands, Inc. was established in September of 2001
with a $250,000 donation by Cathay Bank in response to the
horrific national tragedy of September 11, 2001. With the
assistance of the Organization of Chinese Americans, the fund
had raised close to $400,000 by the end of 2001 to be used
towards relief efforts in the aftermath of September 11th.
The remaining 15% of the funds will be devoted to public education
promoting understanding and harmony amongst various communities,
and building a monument as a memorial to the Chinese American
victims of September 11th," said Dunson Cheng, Chairman of
the Board and President of Cathay Bank.
The grant from the 911 Healing Hands will also support Federation
efforts to coordinate and develop services for displaced workers,
residents, and emotionally affected individuals and families.
Additionally, the Federation will assist a number of surviving
families, which remain a critical focus, and economically
impacted individuals who may have fallen through the cracks,
through the Federation WTC Fund. Source: Asian American Federation
of New York
"THE TUXEDO" OUT ON AUGUST 16, 2002
Pictures' action comedy "The Tuxedo," starring Jackie Chan,
will open nationwide on August 16, 2002. Starring
opposite Chan is Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Heartbreakers"). The
film also stars Jason Isaacs ("The Patriot"), Ritchie Coster
("The Thomas Crown Affair"), Debi Mazar ("The Insider"), Mia
Cottet, and Peter Stormare ("Chocolat").
The action comedy marks the feature film directorial debut
of Kevin Donovan, who made his name as an award-winning commercial
director. John H. Williams ("Shrek") and Adam Schroeder ("The
Truman Show") are producing "The Tuxedo," with Walter F. Parkes
("Gladiator"), Laurie MacDonald ("Gladiator") and William
S. Beasley ("The Mexican") serving as executive producers.
The screenplay is by Michael J. Wilson and Michael Leeson
from a story by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi and Michael J. Wilson.
GIA ("LOVE YOUR FAMILY") IN CHINESE
Love Your Family in Chinese, "Care Ministry" is part of the
"Focus on the Chinese Family" organization based in Diamond
Bar, CA that addresses various family problems from the immigrant
to the first
generation families. They
deal with cultural problems that often strain marriages and
sometimes lead to abuse.
The counseling families receive is provided by Chinese mental
health professionals and is all from a Christian perspective.
Couples learn parenting skills and anger management. Another
strain on the families is that young Chinese in this country
have become Americanized
and have adopted a way of life often contrary to their parents'.
These children often feel intense pressure from their parents
to be perfect, an outgrowth of Chinese culture.
Chinese families emphasize IQ but not 'EQ' - emotional intelligence.
deal with Chinese children who are taught that a family problem
should not be shared with outsiders. Trust and a relationship
must first be developed before assistance is accepted.
The problem is more acute with "parachute kids," so named
because they've been dropped in the States while their father
remains in Taiwan to earn money, and their mother travels
back and forth between the two. As a result, families don't
communicate, kids are ostracized at school and parents are
more concerned about the "American Dream."
Suicide is another major problem because it is acceptable
because of the reincarnation concept taught in Buddhism."
Chinese families, though Buddhist, still send their children
to Christian schools for culture.
Gangs are another problem because it gives them a sense of
belonging," Deanna Go (assistant to the President) said. One
of Focus on the Chinese Family's primary outreaches to these
children is its annual sports camp.