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groups from Japan, Tampa (Florida), Houston (Texas), San Francisco
(California) and Southern California come together in an Asian
American Music Showcase entitled "The Dragon's Roar." Performing
artists include MeYou (rap), Ill Again (hip-hop/funk), Bad
Candie (rock), TitoFelix (Pinoy Rock) and CreAsian (rock)at
the Hollywood nightclub "Live at 56." Click HERE
for more info.
freewheeling, iconoclastic comedy routines within the
is a filmed version of the show
that begins with backstage interviews with her parents and
ends with a tale about her mother falling off a camel she
didn't want to ride in the first place. Cho
admits to her constant longing to be white till her late teens,
where she realized it wasn't gonna happen. Then her
consciousness was raised. In her teens, her feeling of
racial inferiority "turned
completely around and became this fierce pride, into like
being angry about it." She then learned to use it in her
STLE MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH
Chang and Todd
Leong are currently working with Lisa Ling (of ABC's The
View) to create an English speaking Asian lifestyle magazine.
The project is currently in development.
ARCHITECTURE 606 TOUR
hip-hop groups Primeridian, Typical Cats, the Pacifics,
DJ Presyce and others are bringing their hard-hitting music
throughout the US while bringing awareness of issues that
are important to them. Click “above” for more info.
ACTORS IN AMERICAN ROLES
Center Festival featured Amon Miyamoto’s, a popular Tokyo
choreographer and stage director,
“Pacific Overtures” production created with John Weidman's
book and Sondheim's lyrics translated into Japanese that included
an outright Japanese sensibility. This extended to an all-Asian
cast (including the American roles), men impersonating
women (as in traditional Japanese theater) and the allusions
in the score to classical Japanese court music.
has said he loves this production, calling it a combination
of Peter Brook and Jerome Robbins. Miyamoto's concept is often
theatrically brilliant, his cast highly accomplished and the
production far more sophisticated than the coarse special
effects typical of today's Broadway musical.
DENIED ACCESS TO NEARBY SCHOOLS
Asian youths are denied admission to some of San Francisco's
best schools that are located streets away from their home
to commute an hour to an inferior school across town where
they’ve been enrolled by a computer.
This new shift has rekindled charges that Asian
Americans, the majority group at many top schools, are
forced to shoulder the weight of integrating and strengthening
the city's troubled public schools. Asian Americans have renewed
charges that they are victims of their own academic success.
Leland Yee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has a
proposal of splitting the city school district in half. Many
fear that this is an attempt to create two separate and unequal
school districts--in loose terms, one for Asians and whites,
the other for blacks and Latinos.
Yee, a shoot-from-the-lip child psychologist who emigrated
from China at age 3 and a child of ‘60’s protest, says he's
merely trying to reduce red tape and make one of the largest
school districts in California more responsive to parents
Yee's region, near Golden Gate Park, is known as the Sunset
and is populated largely by Asian American families.
Many Asian American parents believe the school district is
shuffling their children around to boost test scores at bad
schools and make the district eligible for more grant money.
School administrators deny that.
and Pacific Islanders make up 35% of San Francisco and 50%
of the school district.
This San Francisco district placed a racial
quota system, capping any one ethnic group at either 40%
or 45% of a student body, depending on the school.
Asian Americans became the majority in many schools, as many
whites began moving to the suburbs or placing their children
in private schools. As a result, some Asian Americans were
having trouble getting into their neighborhood schools.
1999, Chinese American families filed a lawsuit claiming
that racial balancing violated their rights. San Francisco
agreed to stop using race to place students in classrooms.
Instead of quotas, school administrators began relying on
other factors to place students, including test scores and
a broad definition of "merit"--community service, family income
and "ability to overcome hardship."
AMI YUMI BRINGS BACK “CUTE”
Ami Yumi, the adorable
female singing duo, is a vertically integrated industry
unto itself in its native country, with variety shows, toys
and countless print and TV ads driving the sales of its records
and feeding the ravenous appetites of American cutie-pie pop
Spaceland, Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura played guileless
in the buoyant tunefulness and steely synthesizers of late
'70s New Wave with its 5 piece back-up band with their vocals
sang in unison.
As a reviewer stated, “It
was like watching the coolest kids in high school commandeer
a pep rally.”
OF ASIAN CHURCHES
churches in America have undergone tremendous change over
the years, as time and demographics have presented to many
Asian churches the unique challenges of ministering to people
of Asian heritage who are at different degrees of acculturation.
The same issues that perplex other pastors and church leaders,
such as conflicting tastes in worship music/styles, relevant
preaching and programming, take on even greater complexity
when you add language barriers and Americanization factors.
Logos Evangelical Seminary will be discussing these issues
in their September 14, 2002 Talk Show entitled “The
Journey of Asian Churches in America: A Look Back with an
Eye Towards the Future" at Evergreen Baptist Church.
and Friends (Skyler Blue - Denise Tajiri and Siena Lee, Faith
Rivera, Steve Billman, Randy Drake and members of Kilauea)
brought together the “Sounds of the Pacific.” This event combined
contemporary jazz with elements of blues, pop, contemporary
vocals and Hawaiian slack key guitar. The event was produced
in the Japanese American Theater on July 19, 2002.
This award-winning artist is best known as the leader, keyboardist,
and composer for the contemporary jazz group, Kilauea. Ho¹s
collaboration with slack key master George Kahumoku, Jr. that
garnered Hawaii¹s coveted Na Hoku Hanohano award.
OF GENE KAN
peer-to-peer file-sharing programmer extraordinaire, died
on June 29. His professional life revolved around developing
new ways to share information easily and quickly.
died as a result of an accident, according to a statement
released Monday by his employer, Sun Microsystems Inc. At
the request of his family, no other details of his June 29
death were being released, Sun officials said. Until his death
Kan worked for Sun as a consultant on the connected search
project, now known as Project JXTA. Kan's
suicide was not completely unexpected, according to some of
his friends, in light of his
hard-fought battle against depression
exacerbated by personal problems. Kan's
suicide was not completely unexpected, according to some of
his friends. They had hoped Kan was winning his hard-fought
battle against depression exacerbated by personal problems.
AMERICANS RUNNING FOR OFFICE
Two prominent Vietnamese-American activists, long-time
residents of Maryland, are running for public office. Tommy
Le is a candidate for the 2002 Montgomery County School Board,
and Nguyen Minh Chau for the state House of Delegates, District
17. The two have been active in civic affairs in their own
community for over 20 years
Tommy Le is an engineer by profession and a former teacher
in a vocational and technical school. He is currently program
manager with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and has
been consistently involved in school and community activities.
Nguyen Minh Chau, who aspires to the Maryland House of Delegates,
is a familiar figure on the social and civic scene. She is
a fourth-term elected Council member for the town of Garrett
Park, and a representative of the Maryland Municipal League
(MML) and the Garrett Park Elementary School. Ms. Chau is
also president and owner of NiMic Corporation, and a business
executive with over 25 years experience in surveys, market
research, information processing and management consulting.
MINORITY WOMEN ADVANCING IN MANAGEMENT
Women of color in executive-level and managerial positions
are receiving promotions and pay raises and building the types
of informal networks that could help them to progress up the
corporate ladder, a new study by Catalyst
- a New York-based research organization has found.
The study "Women
of Color in Corporate Management: Three Years Later" is
based on follow-up surveys with 368 of the 1,735 women who
participated in a 1999 report entitled "Women of Color in
study found that since the 1999 report, 57 percent of
black, Asian American and Hispanic women surveyed were promoted
at least once. The participants' salaries also increased an
average of 40 percent in the three-year period between the
surveys. Only one percent of those surveyed reported any downward
White women make up 86 percent of female managers, while blacks
make up just 7 percent, Hispanics 5 percent and Asian
Americans 2.5 percent.
IMMIGRATION NEEDS TO STOP
Ling-Ling (Executive Director of Diversity Alliance for
A Sustainable America) thinks this would be a good day to
pull up the welcome mat. She believes that is it time to seal
the borders and stop virtually all immigration.
She advocates that schools should explore the backgrounds
of their students and bar any whose parents are in this country
illegally. In addition, children of illegal immigrants who
are born in the United States should not automatically be
granted U.S. citizenship and illegal immigrants should receive
no health care unless it is an absolute emergency. She feels
that all citizens should be required to carry tamperproof
national identification cards.
believes that Mexico wants to take over Arizona, with other
parts of the American Southwest.
To support her controversial view, she distributes a 2-year-old
newspaper interview with a professor of Chicano studies at
the University of New Mexico. He believes that six Mexican
states will join with California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
and southern Colorado to form a new Hispanic republic through
the gradual infusion of Hispanics into the political processes
of the U.S. states with the support of the Mexican government.
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HOTLINES FOR ASIAN IMMIGRANTS
The toll-free hotline, the Asian
Language Legal Intake Project, use their language skills
and background immigration experiences to add resonance to
With the counselors’ fluent Vietnamese and Mandarin, they
help people understand their eligibility for Medi-Cal and
food stamps, assist elderly women find places to live and
advise abused women how they can stay in the country while
staying away from their husbands. The
links four legal service organizations in Los Angeles and
Orange counties--the Asian Pacific American Legal Center,
the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal
Services and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.
Callers dial (800) 267-7395 for Vietnamese-language assistance
or (800) 520-2356 for Mandarin. Plans
are to expand the effort to include Korean and Khmer, the
main Cambodian language, by 2003. More
than 1.5 million Asians and Pacific Islanders now live in
the two counties. Many have little or no English skills.
QUEST FOR COLOR ON TV FAILS AGAIN
than two years after the four major networks promised
to increase minority representation in their prime-time lineups,
unveiled fall TV schedule reflects no minority leads in
their new programs.
two of the 26 new fall series on the four major networks
feature a minority
in a leading role, and both of those will air back-to-back
Wednesdays on Fox ("Cedric the Entertainer Presents" and "Fastlane").
is urging key corporate sponsors of CBS - General Motors,
Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Philip Morris, among others - to
pressure the network to increase diversity - since they
have fallen to last
KOREAN YOUTHS ARE IN HAGWONS
American parents have been enrolling students in hagwons
to give them an academic advantage. Tutorial programs now
include sports, activities.
(tutorial schools) offer summer and after-school programs
is an age-old tradition in Korea where most children attend
some sort of extracurricular academic program. There
are more that 100 academic hagwons
in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
schools' monthly charges range from $300 for after-school
programs to $700 for full-day summer classes, sports, SAT
preparation, math/science classes and recreation. The
students, primary graders mostly, study for three hours in
the mornings in small groups. After lunch, about half opt
to stay for field trips and other nonacademic activities like
tennis and skating lessons.