NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2002
invitation is extended to discover various Asian American leaders
listed below, information on our past victories and the many
great things that are presently happening in our communities.
Read about the following in our September edition:
For an upcoming article, we are seeking your views on your
choices from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities
of the most successful, prominent and high-profiled example
of the following
to share your choices and the reasons behind your respective
MUSICAL INPUT IS NEEDED as we seek identify the best songs
from our music artists.
have your opinion heard on the following music groups:
Kim (folk rock)
Cheese Incident (jam band)
on your views if people would come to a Hollywood night club
showcasing prominent Asian Pacific American music artists.
FEATURED ARTISTS & LEADERS
He was on his way back to college in Japan when he boarded
the ill-fated Flight
Before being killed during the 9/11 tragedy, Toshiya Kuge
was a 20-year-old Waseda
University sophomore student from Tokyo, Japan. He was
studying science and engineering at Waseda .
He grew up in Toyonaka City and graduated in 1999 from Kitano
High School. Kuge grew up in Toyonaka City, and graduated
in 1999 from Kitano High School, where he was a well-regarded
student and goalkeeper on the soccer team.
He also played linebacker in American-style football and was
a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, Toshiya had
his Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with him on the flight and
died 80 miles from where the Steelers play their games.”
Toshiya Kuge "wanted
to be friends with people" and to study in America, he
wrote in an essay for a class he took earlier in 2001 at the
University of Utah.
They (Pharrell Williams and Chad
- 2002 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award winner) are
one of today's most successful hip-hop production team over
the past five years. Since they
were discovered by Teddy Riley in high school, their punctuating
beats and syncopated rhythms fueling a unique sonic aesthetic
have been heard from artists such as Jay-Z, Mystikal, Backstreet
Boys, Brittany Spears, Noreaga, Kelis, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Janet
Jackson, Mary J Blige, Babyface, Usher and No Doubt.
Their influences ranges far and wide from artists such as
Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan, Donny Hathaway to America
have released a new “In
Search Of…” c.d. under the name of N*E*R*D
(Pharrell and Chad
with school friend - Shay
Haley) that mixes hard hip-hop beats to black psychedelic
pop to classic rock to new wave that will bring a new beguiling
sound to the pop landscape.
This conductor/music director was born in 1935 in Shenyang,
China. He studied at the Tokyo's Toho School of Music.
In 1959 he won first prize at the International Competition
of Orchestra Conductors held in Besançon, France and won the
Koussevitzky Prize for outstanding student conductor in 1960.
Bernstein appointed him assistant conductor of the New
York Philharmonic for the 1961-62 season. His career afterwards
consists of being with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Ravinia
Festival (1964), Toronto Symphony (1965 to 1969), San Francisco
Symphony (1970 to 1976). He became an artistic director of
Tanglewood in 1970 and began his tenure as music director
of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973. He had the longest
tenure of any music director currently active with a major
In the fall of 2002, Ozawa will assume the post of music director
of the Vienna State Opera.
has recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic,
the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre
National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonia
of London, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony,
and the Toronto Symphony, among others.
His awards including being named a Chevalier de la Légion
d’Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac, recognizing
not only his work as a conductor, "Musician of the Year" by
Musical America and the first recipient of Japan's Inouye
Sho (the "Inouye Award," named after this century's preeminent
Japanese novelist) recognizing lifetime achievement in the
In 1992 Ozawa
co-founded the renowned Saito Kinen Festival.
received Emmys for BSO’s PBS television series Evening at
Symphony in 1976 and for Individual Achievement in Cultural
Programming, for Dvorák in Prague: A Celebration, with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1994.
product of a military family and a bi-racial family (her
mother is from Korea and her dad is an African-American from
North Philly was influenced by her mother’s artistic passions.
Her creative background was composed by her mom’s talents
as painter, singer and classical pianist that was supplemented
by her father’s old soul collection - along with a great appreciation
and acknowledgement that “He” (and her parents’ prayers) was
graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English
and Fine Arts, her passion for music bought her to the attention
of DC native Rich Harrison, whose production skills had already
caught the ears of noted industry heavyweights Jeff Burroughs
and Darryl Williams of Rise Entertainment and Edwin Holmes
Their demo resulted in a record deal with Columbia Records
resulting in the album entitled “All
I Have,” along with collaborations with labelmates Nas
and Royce da 5' 9". Her first single was the song entitled
Don’t We Fall in Love?”
Check out Jin’s
where he won the Azn
freestyler who won 7 weeks in a row on BET's freestyle
friday. The rapper
has signed with Ruff Ryders record label. One of the things
that helped him
win the freestyle battle was his
slanted eyes...when you have someone who can freestyle
as good or better as most common American rappers, yet is
not white or black, it has such a greater appeal. A Chinese
American respected freestyle battle veteran
was featured recently on BET's 106 & Park for 7 straight weeks
and was included in their "Hall of Fame." He
is now signed
with Rough Riders. He
was also recently on HOT 97
In the movie, they are the “Fook Twins.”
Inaba (who was also in “Austin
Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me” as one of the Felicity
Dancers) plays Fook Yu and Mizota plays Fook Mi. They are
the ultimate Austin Powers fans will go anywhere to see him
while dressed in outrageous attire.
Inaba was one of the main
dancers in Madonna's
Girlie Show World Tour and danced alongside Ricky Martin
in his 1999 World Tour.
For three years, she was a Fly
Girl on In Living Color. Soon she will be helping to choreograph
routines for the Miss America Pageant and on a tv show entitled
“World Super Models.
Mizota’s background was in local studios such as the Performing
Arts Center in Van Nuys and The Edge. This Danville native
has been seen in Friends, Nikki,
Suddenly Susan, Boogie Nights, Lord
of Illusions and Batman
& Robin. She has also accompanied Prince, Garth Brooks,
and Smashmouth in their music videos - in addition to Gap
and Dr. Pepper commercials.
In 2002, she is the host of “Filter
on G4tv” - a half-hour television show dedicated to providing
entertainment, news and information about video, computer,
online, and wireless games. Her other hosting credits include
The Back Row, PAX-TV’s Forbidden Secrets, Microbe Man and
GM Onstar. Her TV credits include King of Queens, Passions,
MTV’s Undressed, Get Real, Ally McBeal, ABC’s Cinderella,
The Drew Carey Show and Fame LA. Her additional movie credits
include Miramax’s A View from the Top and Imposter. She has
also wrote, produced and starred in a sitcom presentation
Bros. TV Workspace on the lives and experiences of three
dancers -- Mizota and two of her friends.
Jang was born on March 11, 1954 in Los Angeles. After the
tragic loss of his father in a plane accident in the Grand
Canyon in 1956, Jon and his brother and sister were raised
single-handedly by his mother in Palo Alto. Jon dropped out
of academia (over his mom’s wish to be a chemical engineer)
and began piano lessons at the late age of 19.
Jang was accepted at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and
awarded the Lydia Lord Davis scholarship. He studied piano
with Wilbur Price and composition with Wendell Logan while
receiving a B.Mus degree in piano performance in 1978.
Jang has created music that he has called "two flowers on
a stem" - a metaphor expressing the symbiotic relationship
of his cultural identity as a Chinese American as well as
his musical philosophy of honoring tradition and encouraging
innovation. "My music does not come from the third stream,
but the flowing stream."
Jang has received commissions from the National Endowment
for the Arts, The Library of Congress, Kronos Quartet, Berkeley
Repertory Theatre, Chanticleer, Brava! for Women in the Arts,
Kulintang Arts, Cal Performances - University of California
at Berkeley and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis’ "When
Sorrow Turns to Joy - Songlines: The Spiritual Tributary of
Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang."
He composed the score to dramatic adaptation of Maxine Hong
Kingston’s "The Woman Warrior."
Jon Jang’s ensembles have toured at major concert halls and
music festivals in China, South Africa (1994), Europe, Canada
and the United States. Jang has recorded with distinguished
artists such as Max Roach, Maxine Hong Kingston, James Newton,
David Murray, Zhang Yan and Jiebing Chen.
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& MEDIA NEWS
IN MEMORY OF 9/11
In light that the tragedy of 9/11 occurred one year ago,
please join us in remembering the many innocent victims that
died on September 11, 2001. A brief review of that tragic
day can be found by clicking HERE,
with President Bush’s speeches during this historic time that
is listed HERE
and a brief overview of Osama bin Laden can be viewed HERE.
On Sunday: September 1, 2002 - a vast array of artists
from throughout the United States and Asia gathered together
at the Asian American Music Festival entitled
“The Dragon’s Roar!”
Rap music will be represented by the Japan’s MeYou (the event’s
headliner) and Prach Ly (Cambodian American poet) who spoke
of Pol Pot and other social ills.
The d.j. scene will be represented by Hong Kong’s Digital
Cutup Lounge - West who will bring transient Asian fusion
music throughout the entire evening.
Rock fans will enjoy Houston’s (Texas) Bad Candie, Tampa’s
(Florida) TitoFelix and CreAsian intense energy.
Urban r&b/dance fanatics will thoroughly enjoyed the music
of Las Vegas’ Sirena.
Corrine May will soothe the souls of people that love adult
alternative music that reaches the soul through great and
UCLA-based Ill Again will satisfy any fans of great music
that combines hip-hop, rock, jazz, humor and other diverse
music within their “off the wall” performance.
San Francisco’s Flibbertigibbetts will be providing their
animation trailer, along with the clips from Brian Mayeda’s
The event’s emcees are Amy Anderson (Korean American comic
who is the host of the upcoming “Asian Invasion at The Laugh
Factory”), Calvin Jung (acclaim actor whose last major appearance
was in Lethal Weapon 4) and Eddie Mui (who has numerous high-profiled
theater credits) in this rare night of unity within the Asian
Pacific American communities.
In addition to Flibbertigibbetts’ animation shorts, trailers
from various movies such as Buddhaheads (featuring Calvin
Jung and Eddie Mui), The Red Thread (starring Keiko Agena
and Eddie Mui) and Love Among Us (Korean American drama).
In memory of 9/11, the event is supporting the efforts of
CPC’s Relief Services that is provided immediate services
to the victims of NYC’s Chinatown, that was dramatically affected
by the attacks.
future movies include The Tuxedo, Highbinders, Shanghai Knights,
remake of Jerry Lewis' The Bellboy, film with Roberto Benigni
and Rush Hour 3.
Tuxedo" is the first film that Jackie has done for DreamWorks.
and his family are big fans of Jackie.
In Highbinders, Jackie
plays a policeman helping people who escape from China on
a boat. It's the first movie where he dies, but he becomes
a "ghost-policeman/angel policeman.
As per Jackie's website, he hasn't stopped working since 1970.
OZAWA LEAVING BOSTON SYMPHONY
Ozawa made his final farewell performance with the Boston
Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival in the Berkshires in July
facile and poetic Ozawa
has been at the helm of the Boston Symphony for 29 years.
Though many felt he didn’t maintain
the orchestra's high standards, he was very popular with
the public and raised a great deal of money for the symphony.
This is evident at a recent celebrity gala (with John Williams,
Mstislav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, Jessye Norman, Marcus Roberts
and Steven Spielberg) and BSO program that had attendance
figures of more than 41,000 while raising about $350,000.
MEETS RICK YUNE!
Rick Yune is part of the cast of the 20th edition of
the James Bond franchise entitled "Die
Another Day" that will be released on November 22, 2002.
is being directed by Lee Tamahori and produced by Michael
G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The script was written by
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The
flick will feature Pierce Brosman and Halle Berry, with a
cameo from Madonna
(along with the title song). Click
to view the movie's trailers.
- A SECRET AGENT
Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas are featured in the upcoming
movie entitled “Ecks vs. Sever.” Lucy
plays the “perfect” agent (Sever) who has gone bad and Antonio
(Ecks) as the character who must terminate her. The
film also stars Gregg Henry, Ray Park, Talisa Soto and Miguel
Sandoval and is produced by Elie Samaha, Chris Lee, Andrew
Stevens and Kaos. Tracee Stanley is the executive producer.
ON APA PLAYWRIGHTS
The book "Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical
Critical Sourcebook" includes information on the vast majority
of prominent Asian Pacific American playwrights
of the people described include artists such as:
NIGHT SHAYAMALAN'S ABC SPECIAL
In a rare occurrence, an Asian Pacific American is the
host of a network television during prime time.
Night Shyamalan (writer/director, Signs, The Sixth Sense,
Unbreakable) explores the compelling phenomenon of fear by
exploring our most spine-tingling scares in this ABC special.
In each of the special's ten segments, real people describe
a true frightening experience, exploring how that fright altered
their behaviors and lives.
Hear various people's stories of experiencing fear in the
Night Shyamalan's Signs of Fear also explores terrors
like alien abduction and poltergeists. All of the people in
this program face fears so powerful, they change their lives
to escape ever having to endure them again.
In addition to the true
life stories, M. Night Shyamalan's Signs
of Fear uses footage from his films and others ? such
as Poltergeist and Twister ? to illustrate the emotion of
Michael Minoru Fawn Liu is the
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH) at the
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was the keynote speaker
at OCA 2002’s National Convention, whose sponsors included State
Farm Insurance, General Motors and Verizon.
Liu oversees the administration of all public housing and
Native American programs and has been involved with public
policy affecting community development since 1978.
His commitment to public service includes a decade as a legislator
in the Hawaii State House of Representatives and Senate.
The OCA Chinese American Pioneer Award was presented at the
convention to the following:
- often known as the "Unofficial Undisputed
Asian American Photographer Laureate" for his 30 years
documenting some of the most pivotal moments for Asian
Pacific Americans in American history with his camera.
General Coral Wong Pietsch - first woman general in
the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and the first
Asian American woman to hold the rank of Brigadier General
in the Army. She serves as Chief Judge (Individual Mobilization
Augmentee) and Commander, Judicial/Defense Services Unit.
In addition, she serves as principal assistant to the
Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency who is the
full-time active duty Chief Judge, US Army Court of Criminal
2003 officers are:
Lee - General Manager KCET)
Tokuda - Arts Education Director,
Y. Wong - PR/Marketing Manager
- Business Manager
De Leon - Development Associate
Fukuhara Arthurs - Board Chairwoman
Fujihara Anderson - President
Wong - Vice President
Tanaka - CFO
M. Mayeda - legal counsel and board director Board of Directors
Chang, Tim Dang, Suzie Fung, Mark Hsu, Hon. Robert M. Kawahara,
George Kiriyama, Norbert Tan & Chinworth Yao.
Council of Governors include: John Woo, Terence Chang,
Beulah Quo, George Takei, George and Sakaye Aratani, Gareth
C.C. Chang, Gordon Davidson, David Henry Hwang, Senator
Daniel Inouye, Robin M. Kramer, Gregory Peck, John Randolph,
Graham Y. Tanaka, Robert Wise, Hon. Delbert and Dolores
FRANCISCO'S ALLEYWAY TOURS
Teenage tour guides at San Francisco’s Chinatown
Alleyway Tours provide historic information on Chinatown
(aka “C-Town”) - where 30% of the population is Chinese and
with one of the world’s largest population of Chinese-speaking
resdients outside of China.
Their tours include personal history, social
commentary and uncomfortable little-known “truths”
such as the 1880’s “Oriental
School” (purpose is to separate themselves from Asians
and Mongolains” because of the false fear that they were
dirty disease carriers) - along with other transgressions
and peccadilloes suffered by her ancestors.
In addition, they dispel many false stereotypes (i.e. all
Chinese people are martial arts experts and their passivity),
through their travels
of hidden treasures within “C-Town.”
ROCK IS KING!
Rock” is cast in the
“King Kamehameha Project” that is being produced by
Shestack for 2003/2004. NOTE:
conquered the tribal-ruled seven Hawaiian islands between
1795 and 1819 and made himself king.
will focus on how he pulled Hawai'i together when he realized
how big the outside world was. He was not out for personal
glory; he was always out to preserve Hawai'i. He knew he
couldn't have a Hawai'i that was fighting amongst itself;
he knew he had to build up his nation. He was a man of great
vision; he assimilated weapons, taking the white man's techniques,
and innovated them. It will also include his love for Queen
HU IN X-MEN 2
Kelly Hu has been included in the cast of X-Men
2. She will begin filming after she has completed the
Jet Li/DMX film titled "Cradle 2: The Grave."
Century Fox described her role as "Yuriko Oriyama, better
known as the comic book's Lady Deathstrike. This feared
mutant is a prominent ''X''-villain and archenemy of Wolverine,
whom she believes responsible for her father's death.
BRIAN MAEDA’S FILM - BUDDHA HEADS OPENS
Brian Maeda's "Buddha Heads" is an independent film
that opened at selected theaters to provide audiences an
accurate observation of Asian gang life in the "Crenshaw"
Times' Kevin Thomas states that the film . . . "defies
the stereotype of Japanese Americans as model citizens .
. .how many fictional sagas, as opposed to documentaries,
have been made about the Japanese American experience and
its remarkable collective triumph over racism and injustice?
LILY MARIYE'S NEW CAREER
After years of playing a nurse on "ER," Lily
Mariye has started her career as a director.
has appeared as Nurse
Lily Jarvik since the show's 1994 debut.
Shangri-la Cafe," a short film based in part on her
Japanese American family's life in Las Vegas in the late
1950s was her first effort that has won many awards.
Mariye’s Japanese American parents suffered from post
W.W.II racism in Las Vegas Nevada - one of the last cities
in the western states to desegregate in March 1960.
As a result, they made a living by opening a restaurant
that served Americanized 1950's style fake Chinese food.
In her film, Mariye used a small daughter to represent real
innocence while asking asking questions that everyone was
thinking but no one would dare to ask. Questions such as
“is there a color that we're not supposed to be?” “Are we
that color?” Mariye
made the jump to directing through the American Film Institute's
Directing Workshop for Women, founded in 1974 to bring more
women into the mostly male ranks of film and TV directors.