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APA & MEDIA NEWS
AT THE NETWORKS
years ago, none of the 26 new prime-time shows on the Big
4 broadcast networks featured a minority actor in a starring
or leading role, spurring minority advocacy groups to form
the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition and demand
change from the networks - along with the Walter
Kaitz Foundation's efforts to promote diversity
TAKE ON SOUTH KOREAN FILM
MTV Films dubs in English with Black rappers in the South
Korean hit film "Volcano High."
The release of the Dragon's Roar DVD featuring the performances
of APA music groups
such as Elements of the Outer Realm, Prach
Ly, The Sounders, Ill Again and CreAsian. Additional features
include "One on One" interviews with the above-listed
music groups - along with prominent APA filmmakers/actors
such as Byron Yee (Paper
Son), Daisy Lin Shapiro (Looking For YlloGrl), Annie/Angie
Lee (Close Call), Jeff Park (MoveProducer.Net), Eric
Byler (Charlotte Sometimes), Roger Fan, Parry Shen, Karin
Anna Cheung (Better
Luck Tomorrow) and Thuy Linh (1st Vietnamese International
PEAS REINVENT THEMSELVES
Justin Timberlake may have come up with the hook on the Black
Eyed Peas' breakthrough single, "Where Is the Love," but a
homecoming show last weekend at the Key Club proved the longtime
darlings of L.A.'s hip-hop underground didn't need a bump
from him to reinvent themselves as pop.
Rather than fight their way up the corporate ladder, nonwhites
are launching startups in record numbers and crushing old
stereotypes in the process. (Asian/Pacific Islander 89% /
African American 86% / Hispanic/Latino 79% / White 69%)
stereotype of Asian kids in America is that of do-gooders
and academic overachievers. But break the crime stats into
ethnic subgroups and you'll start running into more and more
kids like Lil' Cloudy -- gangsta.
GAME BASED ON JET LI
The memorable Jet Li movie titled "Tai Chi Master" featured
an amazing mix of wire-fighting and old-fashioned choreography
that deserves to be captured in a video game like the "Rises
to Honor" game.
Kazaa unveiled a deal with India's filmmakers to offer movie
downloads on the Internet, providing a possible boost to both
the service and to Bollywood studios.
International unveiled the first menswear of JC Collection
(an up-market European lifestyle clothing for upwardly mobile
youthful men), a brand owned by international movie star Jackie
TV VIEWING HABITS
are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population
and, perhaps more important, represent some of the most coveted
media-buying demos for many top brands, yet Asian Americans
are confounding media planners' attempts to build advertising
schedules that can effectively reach them.
some of the NYC's 300 ethnic newspapers may have a languid,
less-than-fresh feel, the Chinese press is aggressive.
GO TO VIETNAM
of Peace brings Vietnam war veterans with their family members
back to battlefields and villages in Vietnam where the veterans
do service projects.
TAKEI RETURNS TO INTERNMENT CAMP
cypress root harvested from an Arkansas swamp 60 years ago
is one of the few mementoes Star Trek actor George Takei has
from his childhood at a World War II internment camp.
ZIMEI'S TALES OF SEX
For the past month, as China's propaganda machine has promoted
the nation's new space hero or the latest pronouncements from
Communist Party leaders, the Chinese public has seemed more
interested in a 25-year-old sex columnist whose beat is her
KOH NAMED DEAN OF YALE LAW SCHOOL
President Richard C. Levin has announced the appointment of
Harold Hongju Koh, an expert on human rights and international
law, as dean of Yale Law School. Koh served as Assistant Secretary
of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1998 to
Hope Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Asian Pacific
American Artists Yoriko Cronin, April Liu, Chun Hui Pak, Iris
Shen-Van Buren and Soh Suzuki between November 20, 2003 -
January 16, 2004
PARK/P.O.D. 2004 TOUR
tour will start in early January and end in Little Rock, Arkansas,
at the end of February with Linkin Park headlining, P.O.D.
frontman Sonny Sandoval said.
a state where former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke was a
viable political candidate into the 1990s, many of Louisiana's
white, conservative voters could cast their ballots for a
32-year-old, Ivy League-educated, dark-skinned son of immigrants
Nagra remembers how she would sit in coffee shops with her
fellow actors in London dreaming of one day joining a show
like "ER." The fantasy became a reality when the British actress
of Indian descent became a regular on the long-running NBC
& APA'S IN BASEBALL
the recent Asian
imports have proven to have major league skills, big league
scouts have traditionally ignored and continue to overlook
Asian American players.
clash between two Asian rappers - up-and-coming star Jin and
another rapper linked to a vicious gang - sparked a shooting
in NYC Chinatown early yesterday that sent a third man to
the hospital, cops said.
core strength among Teens, Jackie Chan Adventures achieves
its best Teens 12-17 rating ever and best Female Teens rating
since January 2001, additionally Jackie attains its highest
Male Teen share ever.
NOMINATE APA PRESIDENT
Yen Wong will be the 2004 president of the Council of Real
Estate Brokerage (CRB) managers, which represents more than
7,000 members nationally.
is Zhang's latest, 2002's Hero (Ying Xiong)? Art house followers
and martial arts fiends have been salivating for this swordsplay/wuxia
historical adventure starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai,
Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen and Zhang discovery Zhang Ziyi.
NG VICTIM OF SLUR
Dodger and Angel pitcher Bill
Singer apologizes for remarks directed at the Dodgers'
assistant GM (Kim Ng) during meetings in Phoenix that got
him fired as the New
York Yankees' Assistant G.M.
JUVENILE ARREST RATES
stereotypes that paint Asian-American kids strictly as straight-A
students, a new report on East Bay youths finds that some
Asian teens have among the highest juvenile arrest rates in
their areas while failing to meet school standards.
VICTIM OF EXCLUSION ACT
Edward Day Cohota, also known as Sing Loo of Shanghai, China,
was in the Civil War. He served a total of 30 years and tried
unsuccessfully until his death in 1935 to become a U.S. citizen
because of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
CHURCHES GIVE THANKS
Americans in Los Angeles rolled out a red carpet Thursday
for 47 Marines who recently served in Iraq and Kuwait — showering
them with words of appreciation, gifts, prayers, songs and
TRADE SPAT WITH U.S.
denounced a move by the United States to cap selected textile
imports on Wednesday and scrapped missions to buy American
farm goods, saying the U.S. measure sullied the spirit of
HILL IN DR. SEUSS
film titled Dr.
Seuss' Cat in the Hat's sourest portrayal
is of the narcoleptic
Kwan (Amy Hill), the most loathsome ethnic stereotype
since Mickey Rooney played Audrey Hepburn's Japanese landlord
in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
in 1992, the George and Arlene Cheng's Chinese-American League
raises funds for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and seeks
to strengthen ties between the Chinese-American community
and the Orchestra. The primary fund-raising activity of the
Chinese-American League is its Gala New Year Celebration.
STARS DEVELOPING TALENT
whose fee per picture could pay for a whole slate of Hong
Kong movies, and Andy Lau, who reportedly commands about &1.3m
(HK$10m) per film, have both recently set up companies in
Hong Kong which aim to produce and finance films from up-and-coming
ON THE 100TH/442ND
Nishime and Dr. Denis Teraoka say it's about time Hollywood
brings back the story of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental
Combat Team -- World War II Army units comprised mainly of
Japanese Americans to the big screen.
CHRISTIANS AT IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS
particularly from Korea and China, have become a roaring engine
of growth for campus evangelical groups. InterVarsity, the
national group with which the Harvard-Radcliffe fellowship
and its offshoot are affiliated, has seen the number of its
Asian student members grow 300 percent since 1986.
RAP ON STREET VIOLENCE
Like Long Beach rappers before him, legends such as Snoop
Dogg and Warren G, anger and violence fuel Prach Ly's lyrics,
though his latest songs are nearly free of profanity.
COMMUNITIES SUPPORT ARNOLD
20% of black voters ignored the plea of civil rights leaders
and black Democrats to savage Schwarzenegger, and backed him.
More than 20% voted for the recall of Gray Davis. The number
of Latinos and Asians that supported Schwarzenegger was much
higher. His victory was hardly a victory solely of white,
conservative Republican males.
Veterans have been seeking recognition since Congress passed
a Rescission Act in 1946 that denied medical benefits and
veterans burial to Filipino soldiers who had served in the
U.S. armed forces in the Far East. This month, President Bush
signed two laws reversing that act and giving full military
benefits to Filipino veterans.
a Christian resource supplier, has chosen "Rickshaw Rally"
for its 2004 vacation bible school theme. "Rickshaw
Rally" has been approved for use by the Southern Baptist
Convention (one of the biggest denominations in the country),
and Lifeway's products are used in thousands of other churches
on a regular basis. The program has been scrutinized
by various Asian/Asian
SPLIT OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
divide among Asian-Americans over affirmative action runs
right through the apartment that Michael Nailat (father is
a Filipino immigrant and civil engineer in the U.S. Navy,
worked extra jobs to support his family) and Jonathan Hsieh
(son of an accountant and a homemaker, Chinese immigrants
who settled in affluent San Marino, about 70 miles from Nailat's
home in working-class Oxnard) share.
are two basic types of Asia-rooted bodybuilders and physique
stars in the USA: those who were born US citizens as sons
or grandsons of immigrants and just turned out to have fantastic
genetics for muscle-building, and those who are bodybuilders
coming to the country because it is a promised land of sorts
as far as the sport and talent-promotion is concerned.
AFFECT KOREAN FAMILIES
Americans are protesting California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's
plans to suspend a program that provides health care to children
whose parents have no health insurance.
WU - THE WU MAN
Wu's work is preaching American slang to youths in China in
"Talk da Talk" that is filmed on the road in Tahoe, Seattle,
and New York City to keep a sense of the real language.
"CEAST & DESIST" LETTER
A "cease-and-desist" letter from Miramax to Mark Pollard (co-founder
of the Kung Fu Cult Cinema website) demanding that he stop
selling copies of Jet Li's 2002 film "Hero."
CHEN JOINS DISNEY BOARD
The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors elected John S.
Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, Inc., as a new
independent director, effective January 2004.
Highly educated men and women increasingly view the political
world in dramatically different ways: Men are mostly Republicans,
women are predominantly Democrats.
After exposing the underbelly of straitlaced Singapore by
tackling drugs and juvenile delinquency, Royston Tan is taking
on another simmering issue in the city-state -- urban loneliness
in his movie that will be seen at Sundance.
On November 17, 2003, over 400 exuberant Asian Pacific American
(APA) community members, from students to senior citizens,
attended the first ever APA Presidential Candidate Townhall
Meeting held in Washington, D.C..
CHURCH CONTINUES CULTURE
For many Korean immigrants, Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church
on St. Johns Lane is a de facto community center, a place
where a growing number of Korean immigrants and their children
are preserving their culture, finding friends and making business
When we went to ten of the country's best-known African-American,
Asian-American, and Hispanic business owners for their views
on the changing role that race
plays in business, we got reactions as diverse as the
Seasoned journalist David Aikman is author of the new book
Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and
Changing the Global Balance of Power.
- WAH MING CHANG
Ming Chang, an Academy Award-winning animator
for more than 7 decades while working on three Walt Disney
films and as a Hollywood costume designer and sculptor died
at the age of 66.
Origon Group finds that China's method of arbitrating/resolving
disputes is baffling.
Ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton, YSL Beauty and H&M stores
have all purposely highlighted models with racially indeterminate
features because it is chic.
TRIP - MULTIRACIAL IRREVELANT MAG
It's been almost ten years since two aspiring music scribes
from Queens, N.Y., Sacha Jenkins (a black man with a Haitian
mom) and Elliott Wilson (a black man with a Greek-Ecuadorian
mom), co-founded ego trip magazine. (I, a Chinese man from
Boston, tagged along as co-conspirator.)
STATUS IN ASIA GROWING
When the president of the Asian Development Bank unveiled
its economic forecast for the region this month, he cited
a key reason for the rosy outlook: the rapidly increasing
importance of the People's Republic of China.
If Jayson Blair did not exist, white America would have to
create him. The confirmed New York Times plagiarist and all-around
journalistic con man, after all, is the perfect foil for those
whites who have always needed to find a dark face capable
of confirming pre-existing biases towards, suspicions of,
and fears about black people.
CHOOSE CHINA OVER U.S.
Students in China are increasingly opting not to study abroad
in the United States, hence fueling growth in local programs.
Hall (managing editor and VP of Newsday) has been named as
the winner of the 2nd Annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for
IS HK TOURISM AMBASSADOR
who has been Hong Kong's official tourism ambassador since
1995 has been tapped by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)
to star in a new TV commercial as part of the second leg of
a yearlong global thematic advertising campaign said David
Leung (HKTB for South and South East Asia).
SUZUKI MOTORS EXPANDING DEALERSHIPS
Suzuki Motor Corp., the Japanese affiliate of General Motors
Corp., said it aimed to expand its U.S. dealership network
next year by 30% to 600 outlets to help reach an annual sales
target of about 200,000 cars in 2007.
- YING RUOCHENG (ACTOR)
Ying Ruocheng, 74, a Chinese actor who appeared in Bernardo
Bertolucci's 1987 film "The Last Emperor" and 1983's "Little
Buddha" died of liver disease.
One of Southern California's most celebrated and historic
landmarks, The Wiltern LG, celebrated its renaming with a
special gala night featuring Ashanti and an exclusive celebrity
VIP party. Event was sponsored by LG Electronics, a leading
global consumer electronics company.
An overwhelming majority of Americans consider themselves
to be religious. Yet according to the Pew Research Center
for the People and the Press, people who attend church more
than once a week vote Republican by 63 percent to 37 percent;
people who seldom or never attend vote Democratic by 62 percent
to 38 percent.
MOST INSPIRATIONAL - JACKIE CHAN
China's most important TV broadcast company, has elected Jackie
Chan as one of its most inspirational people in 2003.
common dilemma in ethnic media: How to hold onto audiences
that include American-born children of immigrants - young
people who speak English and are at once thoroughly Asian
and American. One answer may be International Channel's "Stir"
hosted by "hip" and energetic young Asian-Americans.
- ODD ANIME
upon a time, in a land far, far away from the prettified,
petrified world of American animation and from the smooth,
good-and-evil symmetry of Japanese anime, there lived an artist
named Sylvain Chômet.
California Media's (NCM) Executive Director Sandy Close states
"In an era when many mainstream English-language news organizations
are losing readers and viewers, the non-English media sector
is growing rapidly."
OF A CHANGING "RACIAL SELF"
movie "Human Stain" reveals a story of racial improvisation
between Irving Berlin (Izzy Baline) and Silk.
- TRADITIONAL KOREAN ATTIRE
Korean dress celebrates dignity and ideal beauty. A fashion
show looks at the way the culture speaks through its attire.
HAINAN CHICKEN RICE
Movies' (Willie Chan/Solon So/Jackie Chan)
third project is the production of writer/director Kenneth
Bi's "Hainan Chicken Rice," starring multi-award winning actress
Sylvia Chang, celebrity chef Martin Yan and a group of young
TEN LIST OF A COLORBLIND SOCIETY
Connie Rice shares a second list of indicators America is
a truly color-blind society.
about China's new financial leaders such as William Ding Lei,
Larry Rong Zhijian, Xu Rongmao, Lu Guanqiu, Liu Yonghao, Timothy
Chan, Liu Yongxing, Ye Lipei, Guo Guangchang and Chen Lihua
BOWS FOR MR. LEE
(OHK-JA) Connors scooped some kimch'i (KIM-CHEE) from a jar
on the table, poured two cups of tea and sat down. "What did
your grandfather do that has you giggling so?" she asked.
KAWATE - OLDEST PERSON
Kawate, a 114-year-old Japanese woman (born on May 15, 1889)
who assumed the status of the world's oldest person for less
than two weeks died.
SUPPORTS HK FILM INDUSTRY
a busy Hollywood career these days, Hong Kong's "Big Brother,"
as he is known, remains committed to his home roots through
new films and business investments, including interests in
companies, restaurants and jewelry and fashion lines.
a pop culture magazine for Asian Americans, has folded after
10 years and 31 issue run of scrambling to stay alive. The
editors tried humorous articles and serious pieces. After
hearing the death rattle, they tried sex, adopting the photo-laden
formula of racy men's magazines such as Maxim and FHM.
ELECTION IN CHINA
a scuttled attempt in 1980, independents are vying to be chosen
to run in Beijing elections.
IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Americans included in Sports Illustrated's "101 Most Influential
Minorities in Sports include Tiger Woods, Ichiro Suzuki, Kim
Ng, Yao Ming and Se Ri Pak
TAKE ON JOHN CLEESE ROLE
MANAA's take on the furor surrounding the John Cleese role
as the Eurasian father of the Lucy Liu character in Charlie's
OSWALD CHEUNG - ATTORNEY
Oswald Cheung, 81, one of Hong Kong's longest-serving lawyers
and a prominent political figure, died Wednesday in a hospital
there while undergoing treatment after being badly burned
at his home in an accidental fire in September.