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APA & MEDIA NEW
SEEKING RACIAL DATA
Aetna has been collecting data on the racial and ethnic
backgrounds of some of its 14 million health-plan members
as it tries to address disparities in meeting the medical
needs of minority patients.
A wave of obesity is sweeping through Asia as its population shifts
into vast new cities where the food is faster and fattier and the lifestyle
NEEDS "AMERICAN NAMES"
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) stated that people with surnames of
Asian and East Indian derivation do not have "American names,"
adding that they do not "represent the normal American. . . . list
of scholarship recipients. . included a disproportionately large number
of students with "Oriental names" and Indian names.
Bollywood is not just an Indian, but a global, phenomenon. "Our
films have reached half the world (parts where Hollywood has yet been
recognize)," declares the expat Indian director Mira Nair (Monsoon
Hispanics, not African-Americans, are the largest minority group
in the United States. Hispanics are growing faster as a population than
are African- Americans. The two groups need to see each other as potential
allies, not competitors. That perspective would also help end "lesser
than" connotations associated with the term "minority."
NORTH KOREA SECRET
Why won't China rein in North Korea in the current nuclear crisis?
The answer lies in Beijing's secret goal of getting U.S. troops off the
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional
Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on the leaders
to repudiate the (Coble) remarks "as an inaccurate, misleading and
potentially damaging view of history."
WEST PLAYERS UPCOMING SHOWS
Support "Nisei Widows Club," Manzanar reading, Visionary
Awards Dinner & 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors' "Psycho Karaoke."
WITH BOLLYWOOD'S VIVEK
Revealing with India's hottest upcoming movie star.
CHOW & STREET RACING
Asia's Taiwanese-born Mando pop superstar lended his voice to the
campaign to stop street racing at a conference organized by Richmond MP.
The comic action hero and Hong Kong's de facto first citizen will spend
three months in India from June shooting for his home production, a Cantonese/English
film packed with fantasy sequences and special effects.
WANTS TO ACT
Beijing-born Li enjoys making
"popcorn action films," but he'd like to add some new flavor
to his steady diet of popped-kernel cinema. His new movie with Morgan
Freeman (Danny the Dog), Jet is the one being "saved?!?!"
CHO'S 2003 REVOLUTION TOUR
The 34-year-old comic
has evolved into an R-rated prophet, using the pain of a past fraught
with weight, race and sex discrimination, bad relationships and alcohol
and drug addiction, to lead us down the happier trails of her life today
in her Revolution Tour.
GRABS A TIGER'S APPRENTICE
Adding another potential franchise to its bulging development slate
of children's fantasy projects, Miramax has acquired film rights to prolific
Chinese-American kid-lit author Laurence Yep's trilogy "The Tiger's
A reputed organized crime associate, his wife and their daughter,
who is an attorney, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment last night
on charges of committing a hate crime against a Queens woman at a Bayside
restaurant in January.
Jing Wang has been appointed chairman of Qualcomm China and will
oversee strategic initiatives and provide strategic direction for the
Company's China operations.
". .cartoon by . . . Mizzery featured an Asian teaching assistant . .
. speaking broken English. The caption read, 'Where have all the English-speaking
grad students gone?"
STONES IN CHINA
The arena concerts will take place in Shanghai on April 1st &
4th in Beijing. However, the Chinese
government has ordered the group to ax "Brown Sugar," "Honky
Tonk Woman," "Beast of Burden," or "Let's Spend the
Night Together," said Chen Jixin head of Beijing Time New Century
Entertainment, a concert organizer behind the two China dates.
DEPUTY CHIEF HEATHER FONG
"The mayor (Brown) believes she is capable of stepping into this
position," said spokesman Johnston as she takes the responsibilities
of being San Francisco's top policeperson..
The book "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" reduced an
entire group of girls to an ugly cultural Asian stereotype, making them
sound like savages just for a laugh.
MOVES TO PARAMOUNT
Producer-director John Woo is moving his Lion Rock production shingle
to Paramount with a two year "first-look" producingdirecting
deal from MGM.