- ASIAN/JAPANESE STYLE
(Kill Bill, Last Samurai and Lost
in Translation) are the objects of heated debate, particularly among
Asian-Americans and Japanese, about whether Hollywood's current depictions
of Japan are racist,
naïve, well-intentioned, accurate — or
all of the above.
ASIAN IMMIGRANT WOMEN SUICIDE RATES
Chinese American women have the highest suicide
rates of all racial and ethnic groups nationwide. Public health professionals
think they know why.
LEGEND OF FIRE HORSE WOMAN
In her first novel, "The Legend of Fire Horse Woman," Jeanne
Wakatsuki Houston returns to the California internment camp that was central
to her critically acclaimed 1973 memoir, "Farewell to Manzanar."
LA CAJA CHINA
La Caja China is a rectangular plywood wheelbarrow lined
with marine-grade aluminum, with a steel top upon which you could build
a fire and under which you could cook a pig, or a great number of chickens.
CHINESE LANDSCAPE PAINTING
Chinese landscape painting is one of the great historical
traditions in world art . . with a hugely appealing opportunity for an
imaginative journey into time and space.
B.C.'S TWO WONGS DON'T MAKE A WRIGHT
Two New Mexico newspapers have refused to publish an upcoming
installment of Johnny Hart's caveman comic strip "B.C.," which makes a
potentially insensitive remark referring to two Asian characters who fail
in their attempt to build a working airplane.
JOHN WOO & CHOW YUN-FAT FILM
Ever since someone started thinking about sending Chow
Yun-Fat and John Woo to the American Old West when the Transcontinental
Railroad was still under construction - there has been confusion.
PIPA AND GAO HONG
A horse trotting, flowing water, a woman singing. These
are just a few of the sounds and images pipa player Gao Hong can evoke
with her versatile four-string Chinese lute.
MICHELLE KWAN'S ONGOING SUCCESS
The Olympic medalist and seven-time national champion says
she still has the passion to compete in 2006 Games.
When Susannah Park, of West Philadelphia, found out about
Chink's Steaks, in Wissinoming, she called the restaurant owner and has
since begun a campaign (with the support of the Anti-Defamation League
and other community groups) to change the shop's name.
THEATER REVIEW: FLOWER DRUM SONG
'IF we want to make something new, we first have to love
what is old." That line from David Henry Hwang's "revisal" of Flower Drum
Song expresses the challenge facing the musical's characters, who strive
to honor their cultural heritage while forging new lives as Chinese Americans
in 1950s San Francisco.
A golf prodigy straight out of the ninth grade, Wie, with
a swing so sweet it should be poured like syrup on pancakes, has been
compared to an early-teen Tiger Woods.
RAV'S OBSESSION WITH THEATER
Obsessed by the theater, as noted by attending plays by
the dozens and leading online chatter, Ravi Narasimhan may be as passionate
about the local stage as its artists.
FILIPINO DOCTORS BECOME NURSES
Lured by higher pay and heavy recruiting, Philippine doctors
are getting additional degrees and starting over in the U.S. -- as nurses.
NORAH JONES RETURNS
Radio programmers — along with a good chunk of the pop
music audience — have been Jonesing for Norah, and now she's back with
her new album, "Feels Like Home." won't be out until Feb. 10
PARK EXPANDS THE SPIRIT OF PUNK
As an activist, Mike Park (Asian Man Records founder) has
campaigned for racial unity through the work of his ska-punk groups, spearheaded
1999's Ska Against Racism tour, founded the Plea for Peace Foundation,
the nonprofit group behind a nationwide tour and a series of benefit CDs.
INDIAN AMERICANS WIN MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP
Indian American brothers (Jacob and David Chacko) both
won a highly-valued Marshall scholarships to study at Oxford University.
KENSEI OGATA AWARDED PURPLE HEART
More than half a century after he was severely wounded
in the Korean War, Kensei Ogata has finally been recognized by his country
with a Purple Heart.
GUY KAWASAKI PROVIDES ADVICE
Guy Kawasaki, an entrepreneur, author and the chief executive
of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital investment bank for tech
firms - pvovides advice to people starting a business at Forbes Magazine.
ASIAN PRESENCE AT SUNDANCE
Discover the many Asian/Asian Pacific Americans that are
making their presence at the Sundance Film Festival.
RUSSELL WONG IN "TWISTED"
Wong is in the film "Twisted" that features
Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia
MARGARET CHO'S WORDS AT MOVEON EVENT
Read what Margaret
Cho said at a recent MoveOn.Org
event and her own viewpoints.
BAI LING IN "MY BABY'S DADDY"
Bai Ling is in this Cheryl Dunye-directed film that includes
Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson and Michael Imperioli
JOHN WOO & CHINESE HISTORY
Acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo says he wants to
do a film that explains Chinese culture to viewers in the West.
Manchester United will pay an initial £500,000 for the
Dong Fangzhou (a 18-year-old striker who is a Chinese soccer prodigy)
- which could eventually rise to £3.5m depending on appearances.
LEONARDO NAM'S "PERFECT SCORE"
Leonardo Nam is in the cast of Brian Robbins-directed "The
Perfect Score" with Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen and Chris Evans
Glenn Yamahiro - Wisconsin's first Asian-American judge
has a lot of experiences under his belt, including experiencing racism.
ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS' WORKSHOP'S DEMISE
Money woes forced the Asian American Writers' Workshop
to close its doors last month. Public programs are canceled until at least
the first week in February.
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S "THE VILLAGE"
latest movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set
in 1897 and tells the story of a close-knit community with a mythical
race of creatures residing in the woods around them. Cast includes William
Hurt, Adrien Brody and Sigourney Weaver.
THE FUTURE OF JUSTIN LIN
Justin is negotiating to direct/co-write MGM's Street (basketball
comedy) with Alex Gartner, teaming with Aaron Spelling for an hourlong
drama set up at the WB network and attached to direct Brad Meltzer's "The
Tenth Justice" at 20th Century Fox.
DANCE & THE SOUTH ASIAN FEMALE
Mita Ghosal, Shyamala Moorty and Anjali Tata created an
extraordinary evening where did Bollywood meet rap meet performance art
meet modern dance and bharata natyam, but there was humor, depth and beauty
to burn in their program, "Uproar" that provided a provocative excursion
into the "diverse terrain of the South Asian female."
"Tommy Chong is the most identifiable stereotype of a marijuana
smoker on the face of the planet," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director
of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML.
MR. WONG DVD RELEASE
On February 17, Maverick Entertainment will release the
National Lampoon Presents IceBox.Com's
Mr. Wong DVD/VHS.
APA VIDEO GAME ENTREPRENEURS
Discover Sony Computer Entertainment America's CEO Kazuo
Hirai, Leadman Electronic's CEO Frank Fu, DreamCatcher Games' CEO Richard
Wah Kan and IGN's CEO Frank Jung.
ASIAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP
There is also a need for encouragement and equipping of
American leadership. A national conference would help address this
need as well as help build new bridges and strengthen existing ones between
Asian American leaders and ministries. This is the vision behind the first
ever national Asian
American Leadership Conference (AALC) in LA on March 29-31, 2004 sponsored
STEVE KERR & YAO MING
On January 19, 2004, Turner Broadcaster Steve Kerr described
Yao as a "7'6" Chinaman," during the Houston versus Memphis game.
After being informed, Steve Kerr expressed his apologies
to Yao Ming, APA communities and the general public.
GEN. WESLEY CLARK'S APA AGENDA
While it's important to recognize the impressive strides
that APAs have made, it is equally important to see the "model minority"
myth for what it is - a dangerous misconception that APAs no longer face
challenges in this country.
VIVIAN SHUH MING LOUIE'S VIEWS
Research with immigrant and native-born minority groups
consistently show that regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality,
parents want their children to do well in school, and children expect
to go on to higher education. The key is how those aspirations do or do
not get actualized.
INTERVIEW: JOSEPH KAHN
Kahn seems like the ultimate film buff - a pudgy, Asian
guy wearing glasses - talks faster than the Micro Machines guy, but it's
because he has a lot to say.
LAST SAMURAI FIGHT SCENES
White guys doing martial arts. Ever since The Matrix, it's
been en vogue for Caucasians to learn the real thing. In "The Last Samurai,"
Tom Cruise trains with costar Ken Watanabe and Hiroyuki Sanada.
INTERVIEW: JOHN WOO
It used to be that to mention John Woo meant you were a
cool, sophisticated film scholar. Now everyone cites Woo as the master
of Hong Kong Cinema, because he's the only one who's been mass marketed.
Hong Kong Cinema goes further than Woo, but there are elements of Woo
in lots of modern action movies.
INTERVIEW: XIN XIN XIONG
Though The Musketeer boasts a cast including all star veterans
Catherine Deneuve, Tim Roth and Stephen Rhea, as well as young talent
Mena Suvari and Justin Chambers, all of the ads give action choreographer
Xin Xin Xiong the spotlight. A frequent collaborator with Tsui Hark, Xiong
choreographed such films as Double Team and Time and Tide, as well as
performing stunts in most of the Once Upon a Time in China Films.
INTERVIEW: RONNIE YU
Director of "Freddie vs. Jason" and other films (i.e. Formula
51, Warrior's of Virtue, etc.) talks about his latest projects.
LEUNG'S ARREST CURTAIL APA INVOLVEMENT
Coming on top of scandals involving illegal contributions
by Asian Americans to President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign
and Democrat Al Gore's embarrassing fund-raiser at a Buddhist temple,
Katrina Leung's arrest and the concerns that surround it could send would-be
donors packing, warned Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.
APA'S NATIONAL GROWTH
The nation's Asian American population grew at about five
times the national rate from 1990 to 2000, with California remaining home
to more Asian Americans than any state. Asian Americans comprise 4.2%
of the U.S. population, according to the 2000 census, up from 2.8% in
1990. The Asian American population grew 72%, to 11.9 million, while the
total population grew 13%, to 281 million.
LA CATHEDRAL CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR
Flailing two wooden sticks the size of rolling pins, choreographer
Jaw John Chang pounded out the steady dragon dance beat on a floor drum
with his lanky arms at L.A. Cathedral's Chinese New Year Celebrations.
APRIL W WILKNER
She is the multi-racial model on UPN's Top Model "Reality
OFFENSIVE REMAKRS HAPPEN EVERYWHERE
As we were walking in, I heard a voice behind me taunt,
sing-song style, hey, look at the pretty Chinese women, aren't we lucky
to live in West Windsor where we have these pretty Chinese women to look
SMILE - FILM IN CHINA & U.S.
Sean Astin, Beau Bridges, Mika Boorem, Linda Hamilton,
Cheri Oteri and Erik von Detten (along with Yi Ding and Song Jia) are
part of Jeff Kramer's cast in "Smile" - a coming-of-age drama set in the
United States and China (Shanghai & Jingxi) about an American and Chinese
DEVON AOKI IN D.E.B.S.
Devon Aoki is part of the cast of Angela Robinson directed
"D.E.B.S." (story about people being taught espionage) that also includes
Jordana Brewster, Michael Clarke Duncan (President of D.E.B.S. Academy),
Sara Foster, Meagan Good, Jill Ritchie (Kid Rock's sister) and Holland
KIWI ACTRESS MAKES HISTORY
The Whale-Rider actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, 13, is the
youngest-ever nominee for best actress for the Academy Awards.
HK'S "INFERNAL AFFAIRS"
As the Palm Springs International Film Festival draws to
a close, moviegoers this weekend have the opportunity to catch "Infernal
Affairs," the movie that single-handedly revived the moribund Hong Kong
OVERVIEW: ASIAN MUSIC
In movies, TV and music (within Asia), last year was characterized
by only a few innovations and too many tragedies.
The hype over China's public offerings has overshadowed
Taiwan's China plays, but a key presidential vote next month may put the
island's shares in the spotlight and boost an already bullish market.
UNIVERSE FILMS FEATURES POP STARS
Hong Kong Universe Films is ramping up its big screen offerings
with plans to make 12 to 15 films this year --- and its investing in bigger-budget
productions than before.
ANN HU'S "FEI"
Emerging Pictures recently completed Ann Hu's "Fei" - the
first production it will handle from concept through release that stars
Wang Zhiwen, Zhou Xun and Vivian Wu. It is being produced by Chen Zhen
and exec produced by L.A.-based Lisa Lu.
CHINA'S GROWING MARKET FOR LINGERIE
Once considered bourgeois frippery, the fancy bra has become
an indicator of China's boom.
R.I.P.: KIHARU NAKAMURA
Kiharu Nakamura, a geisha in Tokyo in the 1930's who wrote
a popular memoir and taught sopranos how to portray the most famous geisha
in fiction, Madama Butterfly, died on Jan. 5, 2004.
LOVE OR HATE
Love's OK, but Hate Keeps Us Together. Any old dog can
love you, but it takes a real human being to hate you with the obsessive
focus and enduring, almost inanimate commitment that characterizes our
species. Left to their own devices, most peoples entirely dehumanize their
Anywhere else perhaps, a shiny cellphone fallen on the
backseat of a taxi, a nondescript umbrella left leaning against a subway
door, a wad of cash dropped on a sidewalk, would be lost forever, the
owners resigned to the vicissitudes of big city life - but not in Japan.
CHINA'S POLICY ON INTERNET USAGE
Liu Di, a 23-year-old college student known online as "Stainless
Steel Mouse," was recently released on bail after a year in prison for
her ironic musings about China's political shortcomings.
KROC'S $1.5 BILLION DONATION
The estate of the late philanthropist Joan
B. Kroc donated an estimated $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to
build 25 to 30 community centers in struggling neighborhoods around the
HERTZBERG & SCHWARZENEGGER
Democrat Bob Hertzberg, who opposed the recall of Davis,
is a confidant of Arnold Schwarzenegger's and a liaison to lawmakers.
TOYOTA PASSES FORD
Japanese giant Toyota Motor Corp. sped past American corporate
icon Ford Motor Co. in 2003 to become the world's second-biggest car company,
according to released sales figures.
R.I.P.: MOLLY KELLY
Molly Kelly, who as a child trekked 1,000 miles across
the Australian desert to return to her Aboriginal mother in a journey
that inspired the 2002 movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence," has died. She was thought
to be 87.
SCHWARZENEGGER INSIDER - SCOTT COX
Broadcaster is among those who find new status after backing
REVIEW: COLD MOUNTAIN
Is Cold Mountain a great movie? Absolutely. . . but I also
mourn for what it might have been . .
GOD & POLITICS
As the Democratic candidates for president attend religious
services for the holidays, their celebrations may be tempered by an uncomfortable
fact: churchgoing Americans tend to vote Republican.