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TV DOESN'T OFFEND GOVERNMENT
Phoenix Satellite TV reporters, a Hong Kong-based network,
take care not to offend the Chinese government. Doing so would
jeopardize Phoenix's status as the only foreign-owned television
channel with permission to broadcast news to the mainland
TALENT OF LANG LANG
Lang Lang recent activities include giving a solo performance
in Most Mozart festival's opening night gala, signed a five-year
contract with Deutsche Grammophone, performs 150 performances
a year worldwide, Teen People magazine named him one of the
"Top 20 Teens Who Will Change the World" and appearing on
the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
CHARLIE CHAN RETURNS
Fox Movie Channel has televised four restored Chan films with
a roundtable discussion of prominent Asian Americans representing
film history, sociology, authors and actors will address racial
stereotypes, the casting of non-Asians in Asiatic roles and
race relations in America. Click HERE
to read Part 1 & HERE
for Part 2 of the dialogue.
Twenty years ago, African-Americans were No. 1 in U.S. minority
business ownership. US Census Bureau reports that Latinos
are first, Asians second and African-Americans third. Asian-American-owned
businesses have increased 10% per year, compared to 7% for
non-minority-owned businesses and California was home to 34.6
percent of those businesses.
The adoption of so many Korean
children is an uncomfortable subject for Korean people,
adoptees and others. They don't know whether to feel shame
or pity or turn their backs.
WHEN SKIN COLOR WAS DESTINY
One demographer estimated that more that 150,000 black people
sailed away permanently into whiteness during the 1940's,
marrying white spouses and most likely cutting off their black
families. (with the support of the Black press)
AMERICA'S ALLURE IS FADING FOR CHINESE
Some smuggled Chinese are even leaving America as soon as
they pay their debts, and without gaining permanent residency,
because they want a less stressful life at home.
Read the story of how EWP's "Passion" became a reality - despite
its many complexities and review
of the production.
CORY YUEN'S "SO CLOSE"
As seen in his many movies, like his recent "So Close," Cory
Yuen's inventiveness in setting up martial arts action is
"THE ROCK" IN "THE RUNDOWN"
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, pro wrestler and action hero, sets
his sights on drama in his latest film "The Rundown."
"LOST IN TRANSLATION'S" TOKYO ROOTS
Sophia Coppola's main source of inspiration for the film was
the time she spent in her post-college years wandering around
Tokyo, not knowing what she wanted to do for work, contemplating
her options while being intoxicated with its sense of hysterical
glamour, East-crashes-into-West artifacts and mishmash of
misspelled, often hilarious pop-culture references. Her film
is the latest example of Japanese
and American films have incorporated, taken, utilize and
developed various cultural elements. (Note: Some Asian
Americans have a different opinion of the film.)
UPCOMING FILMS WITH APA ACTORS
Read about the various Asian Pacific American actors, directors
and writers participating in films scheduled to be released
in the near future - that includes Robert
Tsai in John Black's "School of Rock." Click HERE
to read about APA's in upcoming TV shows. Network casts include
Price in NBC's Coupling and Parminder Nagra joined ER.
R.I.P. - KATHERINE CHEUNG
Katherine Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied tradition
in the 1930s to become the nation's first licensed female
Asian American aviator, died Tuesday of natural causes at
her home in Thousand Oaks. She was 98.
ERIKA TAI IS IN "TRILOGY"
Playwright Ken Urban's opus "The New Jersey Trilogy" is complex,
thematically dense, raucously funny, brutally unflinching
about violence, intellectually challenging and, occasionally,
L.A.'S CHINATOWN AWAITS "GOLD RUSH"
With a new light-rail line bringing in more visitors, merchants
and community leaders are making plans to return the area
to its glory days.
R.I.P. - KENJI ITO
Kenji Ito, Seattle attorney and civic leader acquitted in
1942 by an all-White jury of U.S. spy charges, dies at the
age of 94 on August 10, 2004.
PROBLEMS AT HYUNDAI
At Hyundai Motor America Inc., two things have been on the
rise: monthly sales figures and the number of executives walking
out the door.
"The wine guys really have not done that much marketing to
the Asian American population," said Greg Chew, co-founder
of DAE Advertising in San Francisco who is developing a national
association of Asian American wine consumers.
YAHOO & ET
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is partnering with Paramount
Television Group's popular celebrity news program "Entertainment
Tonight" where they will take over the Web site for "Entertainment
Tonight," sell its advertising space and stream video clips
of its celebrity interviews, including outtakes not seen on
ZUMANITY'S ASIAN INFLUENCES
The 15 or so actual acts in "Zumanity" constitute a Chinese
menu's worth of sexual configurations: androgynous man/androgynous
woman; black man/white man; disinterested man/angry woman;
sadistic man/submissive woman; exhibitionistic man/sex-hungry
UPCOMING APA CLOTHING DESIGNERS
Read about upcoming clothing designers such as Marilyn Yu
Clothing, Munhee Moon of Sunhee
Moon, Carol Young of Undesigned
and Ivy Chan/Umay Mohammed/Shinobu Sering of Nisa.
JEWELRY BY ROSALINA
Rosalina Tran Lydster, founder of Jewelry by Rosalina, creates
high-end jewelry, ranging from $1,500 to $70,000, exclusively
for Neiman Marcus. Typically, just 10 copies of each design
are produced, but she also works directly with clients for
INTERVIEW WITH SIMON YAM
Read about his participation in the last Laura Croft movie,
his charity efforts, modeling career, television dramas and
film career of 170 movies.
INTERVIEW WITH TERENCE YIN
Read about Terence Yin who was a UC Berkeley student aspiring
to become a medical consultant, but now a Hong Kong movie
star and a singer with 19 films, two TV dramas and a supporting
role in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
ANITA MUI HAS CANCER
Hong Kong Canto-pop diva Anita Mui has revealed she has cervical
cancer, but vowed to overcome the disease.
VINCE JUNG & FORMOSA CAFE
Vince Jung, the 39-year-old owner whose father and grandfather
ran the famous Formosa Cafe (adjacent to Paramount Studios)
before him, very little has changed in eight decades until
the recent developments around his restaurant.
DAVID HWANG CHARGED
David Hwang, Rancho Santa Margarita man native, was being
held on 21 counts of child molestation after discovering more
than 100 videotapes, some depicting the man engaged in sex
acts with children as young as 3.
R.I.P. - YUKIO OKUTSU
Yukio "Yuki" Okutsu, a Hawaii-born Army sergeant whose Distinguished
Service Cross was upgraded to a Medal of Honor three years
ago for his heroism in World War II, died at the age of 81.
AN OMAR SHARIF BOYCOTT
Attention Hollywood: A 71-year-old, Oscar-nominated actor
with vast experience and an exotic accent seeks good roles.
No "Ali Baba-type stuff."
APA'S REJECT POST 9/11 COUNSELING
According to a recent Asian American Federation of New York
study, many Asian-Americans have rejected professional
therapy after Sept. 11.
SANDRA OH IN "UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN"
Sandra Oh is a featured cast member of "under the Tuscan Sun"
film starring Diane Lane.
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS' REFLECTIONS
At 41, Lou Diamond Phillips gets a little sentimental when
he looks back on a career that includes roles in 40 movies
and a Tony nomination for "The King and I."
CHINA EMBRACING BEAUTY CONTESTS
"People really like beauty pageants. With higher living standards,
they have higher spiritual pursuits. They want to see beautiful
WHAT THE F.. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BEING ASIAN
Controversial Philadelphia-based spoken word duo Black
Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage sounds off about racism,
sexual stereotypes, and the need for a Pan-Asian activist
FILM REVIEW: MILLENNIUM ACTRESS
In Satoshi Kon's "Millennium Actress," a blend of fantasy
and history, the young actress Chiyoko Fujiwara is shown in
a role with war-battered Japan as the backdrop.
NEW BREED OF JAPANESE BASEBALL PLAYERS
Unlike most of the foreigners who play here, the returning
Japanese players are more bicultural and bilingual. This has
allowed them to win the trust of their teammates, many of
whom envy their travels, and bridge the gap between Japanese
and American brands of baseball.
OLDEST PERSON IS JAPANESE
Kamato Hongo is believed to be the oldest person (by Guinness
Book of Records) in the world at the age of 116.
VIENNA TENG - MUSICIAN
It's not surprising that many Asian Americans find Teng's
COMEDY MEETS RACISM
As minorities' numbers have grown, so has their ability to
make their voices heard when they feel humor slips into insult.
But that doesn't mean comedians will stop treading the line
between the two.
AA'S LESS LIKELY TO BE SCREEN
Asian and Latin American immigrants in California are less
likely to be screened for cancer than either whites or blacks,
a lapse that costs lives and raises health care costs. Blacks
and Hispanics feel that they receive worse
healthcare than their white compatriots.
TAIWAN IN THE UNITED NATIONS
Of all the nations in the world, only one -- Taiwan -- is
excluded from the United Nations.
During his current tour of the United States, the Dalai Lama
has confirmed his status as the world's No. 1 feel-good guru,
reaching across boundaries of culture and religion.
SOUTH KOREAN SUICIDE AT WTO MEETING
South Korean activist who took his life at the WTO meeting
becomes a symbol of opposition to more competition in agricultural
MARGARET CHO'S CLOTHING LINE
Working with longtime friend and clothing designer Ava Stander,
Cho set out to create a collection
that is classic, glamorous and comfortable for the fuller-figured
woman. Discover some other changes in her life, such as her
husband - Al
Ridenour, (writer and artist).
Support their upcoming programs such as Passion, 38th Anniversary
Season Politics of Passion,
DHHWI Charlie Chan for Governor Reading Series, David Henry
Hwang Writers Institute classes and the 7th Annual Company’s
APA'S AT FASHION WEEK
Fashion Week is off to a sexy start, with sweet overtones,
in N.Y. with the creations of Kimora Lee Simmons, Kaisik Wong
and Rosa Cha are featured.
FILM REVIEW: SO CLOSE
"So Close" is a martial arts valentine to the power of fighting
women. It's a slick and delirious Hong Kong action film where
women are the high kickers who count, fully capable of putting
the hurt on any male who gets in their way. It may sound like
"Charlie's Angels," but it puts that glib and soulless film
in its place.
ASIAN IMPORTS RULE
If California really does set most automotive trends, the
outlook for America's domestic car companies is grim: Import
brands are now easily outselling the Big Three in the nation's
largest car market.
GERREN TAYLOR READS RONALD TAKAKI
The first African American model to appear in a Marc by Marc
Jacobs print advertising campaign, shot by famed fashion photographer
Juergen Teller is keeping up with schoolwork by . . . and
reading (Ronald Takaki's "A Different Mirror: A History of
AA'S IN MUSICALS
Asian Americans take center stage in two splashy musicals
- Flower Drum Song and the Wedding Banquet.
PETER CHANG - 1ST KOREAN AMERICAN
October 2003 will mark the 100th birthday of Peter
Chang, whose life itself is the history of Korean immigrants.
His mother boarded one of Korea's first immigrant boats, the
Gallic, in 1903, well into pregnancy, and gave birth to Chang
at the Crusaders Hospital in Oakland near San Francisco, as
Chang became the first Korean-American.
KOREAN AMERICAN CHRISTIANS
Going to church has long defined the lives of most Korean
immigrants, but many young Korean Americans are leaving the
conservative, insular ministries their parents built and are
creating their own multiethnic institutions.
L.A.'s Koreatown parade celebrates the 100th anniversary of
Korean immigration to the U.S. will pass by hundreds of Olympic
Boulevard restaurants, health clubs, shops and banks that
have helped the neighborhood bounce back from the 1992 riots.
The flavor and energy of Korea thrive in a midtown enclave
in New York.
BYRON YEE'S "PAPER SON"
In Byron Yee's production title
"Paper Son," which has
been warmly received by critics in San Francisco and Canada,
the Oklahoma City-born comedian traces his emotional journey
from super-assimilated American to self-acceptance as the
son of a Chinese immigrant.
MATTERS OF RACE
challenges its audience to reconsider the architecture of
race, its role in American democracy and its relationship
to power in America.
STATES APA'S LOSE IN CA RECALL
Rep. Judy Chu states "APAs Lose Most from California Recall
Election." (Note: Carol
Braun, the only Black woman to serve in Congress, announced
her candidacy for President. Note: Vietnamese American Van
Vo is running for California governor.
US DETAINS MUSLIM CHAPLIN
U.S. authorities have detained
34 years old James "Yousef" Yee, a Muslim
chaplain (after being raised as a Christian) who counseled
suspected terrorists at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo
Bay, saying he was carrying classified documents when
he arrived back in the United States.
SUCCESS OF DAT PHAN
With a sitcom, movie deal and national tour in the works,
plus a team of publicists, Dat Phan is obviously being groomed
for big things.
LITTLE TOKYO PROJECT
Little Tokyo Project raises big expectations as a 303-unit
apartment complex breaks ground, downtown boosters say the
time is ripe for more residential construction.
MICHELLE BRANCH IS AN AMERICAN DREAM
Michelle Branch to Portray Leslie Gore on NBC's 'American
ERNIE REYES IS WITH "THE ROCK"
As the rebel leader Manito in director Peter Berg's high-octane
comic action-adventure "The Rundown," martial arts expert
Ernie Reyes Jr. seems to defy gravity as he spins and twirls
and delivers precision, scissor-like kicks to the abdomen
and head of muscle-bound action star the Rock.
ROLAND TSENG DONATES $38M
Roland Tseng, A businessman who attended Cal State Northridge
only briefly, has agreed to donate a collection of Chinese
antiquities to the campus in a gift the school estimates to
be worth $38 million.
CHINA EDITS HILLARY
The Chinese publisher (Yilin Press) has acknowledged making
changes in the text (Hillary's book) but said they were "minor,
technical" alternations that did not affect the integrity
of the book.
MAGIC & OTHERS IN L.A. CHINATOWN
Plans are underway to develop new housing and retail space
in Chinatown — in a possible collaboration with Earvin "Magic"
AKRAM KHAN - DANCER
As both performer and choreographer, Khan, 29, is currently
among the hottest properties in international dance. Born
in London to Bangladeshi parents, he's also part of the mushrooming
young Anglo-Asian population portrayed in such movies as "East
Is East" and "Bend It Like Beckham."
STRONG ACCENT, LITTLE EXPERIENCE
Many within the APA communities have stated that being an
immigrant, having a "strong accent," little experience in
politics, etc. have been "deciding factors" on not achieving
the success they "deemed" they deserve - yet we have the success
B.D. WONG'S VIEWS
Today, when Wong looks into TV's electronic mirror he does
indeed see himself such as police psychiatrist George Huang
on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," prison priest Father
Ray Mukada on HBO's "Oz" series, on "Chicago Hope," "The X-Files"
and "Bless This House," among other series and none of those
shows was he playing a subservient Asian man.
R.I.P. - EDWARD SAID
Edward W. Said, a Columbia
University professor and leading spokesman
in the United States for the Palestinian cause, has died.
He was 67.
GOLDSEA'S 50 MOST INSPIRING APA'S
Read Goldsea's choices of pioneers who paved the way for other
FIRST VIETNAMESE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA),
in collaboration with the Vietnamese Language and Culture
(VNLC) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), presents
the first historic Vietnamese International Film Festival
CHINA'S PIANO ISLAND
For decades, music — or more accurately, Western classical
music — has defined this former colonial outpost, nicknamed
Piano Island for its high concentration of pianos in private
homes - Gulangyu.
APA COMMUNITY'S SUPPORT OF THE ARTS
It's amazing what kind of excuses people make to get themselves
out of attending events in the Asian American community.
FILM REVIEW: "RUNDOWN"
Peter Berg's action-comedy underscores what fans of "The Scorpion
King" already know: The Rock is a genuine movie star.
FILM REVIEW: "UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN"
Director Audrey Wells fails to live up to earlier promise
in this lurching romance that includes Sandra Oh.
INCOME GAP LEAVES CITY ASIANS BEHIND
Long recognized as one of the most prosperous minority groups,
Asian-Americans nationwide enjoy overall incomes and educational
rates higher than whites as well as most other minority groups.
That holds true in Chicago's suburbs, as well, but the story
is very different in the city, where many ethnic Asians are
mired in poverty deeper than most other minorities, including
African-Americans and Latinos.
R.I.P. - NAWABZADA KHAN
Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, 85, the head of Pakistan's main
opposition alliance and one of its greatest democracy advocates,
died Friday of a heart attack after falling ill during a meeting
of party leaders in Islamabad.
would provide money to colleges and universities that have
at least 10% Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduate
enrollment to enable such schools to improve and expand
their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
JAMES OH - GOLFER
Only 21, James Oh wins the Nationwide Tour event at Empire
Lakes as he makes the case he's ready to be a professional.
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
Her new book (The Fifth Book of Peace) -- the first Kingston
has published since her 1989 novel, ''Tripmaster Monkey,''
save for a collection of essays -- is a strange, scarred thing,
pieced together from fragments, smelling of smoke and anguish.
JHUMPA LAHIRI'S "THE NAMESAKE"
This is my novel (The Namesake), such as it is, Lahiri is
also saying: in a world of eroding kinship, the story of one
modest, haphazard stay against oblivion, summed up best, of
course, by the name Gogol.