YOYO MA PERFORMING AT UPCOMING FESTIVAL
Yo-Yo Ma will perform
the world premiere of Chen Yi's new composition at Pacific Symphony's
American Composers Festival in March 2004.
AA AMERICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
There is a need to encourage and equip the existing leadership - this is the vision behind the first Asian American Leadership Conference.
AMERICAN IDOL'S WILLIAM HUNG
Hung's uninhibited tryout for 'American Idol,' done on a whim, has
into a cult celebrity.
(Note: Members of his Bible study group admonished
him for creating too much of a distraction, and he said he hasn't been
When Soong-Chan Rah received an advertisement for a 2004 Vacation Bible School curriculum published by the nation's largest Protestant denomination, he thought it was a joke.
KEN WATANABE IN NEXT BATMAN MOVIE
Oscar nominated actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) will play the villainous mastermind Ra's Al Ghul in Warner Brothers. upcoming Batman movie.
REGINE VELASQUEZ IN CONCERT
Songbird Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid are in concert on March 27,
2004 in San Francisco.
SOUTH ASIANS EXPECT STEREOTYPES
and others with South Asian heritage are watching American pop culture
incorporate more South Asian music, culture and talent. But that visibility
comes with a price.
WE SERVE WITH PRIDE
There was not a dry eye in the house as I stood in front of a packed room, reading the Honor Roll Call of about 100 Chinese American World War II Veterans.
INCREASE OF AFFLUENT ASIAN AMERICANS
The number of wealthy Asian-Americans increased more than fivefold in the past two years, making them the fastest-growing group of affluent investors,
CUSTODY FIGHT BETWEEN TWO CULTURES
Jack and Casey
He and Jerry and Louise Baker have been tussling over a child who was
born to the Hes, but who ended up with the Bakers on a temporary arrangement.
CITIES WITH OVER 50% ASIANS
make up 61% of the population in Cerritos, 58% in Walnut, 52% in Rowland
Heights and 50% in San Gabriel, San Marino and Rosemead.
SPENCER & NASCAR
NASCAR will not penalize driver Jimmy Spencer for a remark about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor or his hope that Toyota's venture into truck racing will be a failure.
DIANE TANAKA & "WE TELL STORIES"
Diane Tanaka takes over one of Southern California's oldest and most respected educational children's theater companies - "We Tell Stories."
CHINESE AMERICANS' POLITICAL CLOUT
San Francisco's Chinese population has long been large in number. But now, as voter participation increases, it is also gaining political clout.
HOWARD PIEN'S SUCCESS
Chief Executive Howard Pien told analysts that Chiron's vaccine sales should reach $1.3 billion by 2008, exceeding the projected sales of the company's blood-testing equipment or biotech drugs.
MARS AND ASIAN AMERICANS
is one of 40 Asian American scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratories (JPL) of NASA who hold mission-critical roles for the Mars
Project and for the space agency's various deep space exploration efforts.
AT&T WIRELESS' MISUSE OF "JAP"
has outraged Asian-American civil rights organizations with a full page
ad that promotes the company's reduced international calling rates under
the abbreviation "JAP" for Japan.
KERRY & JOHNNY CHUNG
In July 1996,
Kerry was locked in a tough re-election fight when he heard that a generous
potential contributor (Johnny Chung) wanted to visit his Capitol Hill
office with some friends, including a Hong Kong businesswoman named Liu
ASIAN DIVA NATION - MARGARET CHO
A pose so iconically Asian, the bow appears only to enhance the yellowface persona that the comedienne, Margaret Cho, throws on with her other accessories - the affected accent, the mincing steps, and the reference to a "host family"
MISAKI ITO - THE NEXT BOND GIRL
Hoping to expand the international appeal of its upcoming third-person James Bond adventure, Electronic Arts has signed up Japanese actress Misaki Ito as the third "Bond girl" in James Bond 007 Everything or Nothing.
ASIAN INMATES INTEGRATED
Despite widely reported fears of violence, there has been no upsurge in attacks against Asian inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail system since they were returned to the general population in late January 2004 after a decade of protective separation.
DEAN CAIN IN "PERFECT HUSBAND"
TV's former "Superman" portrays the Modesto man accused of killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn child in "The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story," a USA Network movie.
REVIEW: NORAH JONES' COME AWAY W/ME
Norah Jones' new CD (Feels Like Home) doesn't knock you out at first, but then neither did "Come Away With Me," but it scored the largest opening week in more than two years to bow on top of The Billboard 200 by selling 1.02 million copies in the U.S.
BAY AREA'S CHINESE AMERICAN VOTERS
Chinese Americans, and to a larger extent, all Asian Pacific Americans,
could be elected to six or seven of the Board of Supervisors' 11 seats.
ASIAN AMERICAN APATHETICS
If a new Asian cultural club arose on campus, I wouldn't be surprised to see RSO status granted to AAA, Asian- American Apathetics.
1ST FILIPINO BISHOP
Solis, the first Filipino American Bishop was ordained in Los Angeles
and his job in the archdiocese will be to unify various Catholic ethnic
YAO SIGNS WITH MCDONALD'S
In signing pro basketball star Yao Ming to global endorsement deal, McDonald's Corp. is not only expanding its global reach, but also trying, perhaps, to reverse some of the negative publicity it received from two other high-profile celebrity endorsers.
APA'S GATHER TOGETHER FOR POLITICAL CLOUT
In an attempt to showcase their political clout and educate one another, the APA community will hold a May 29 summit in the Tacoma Dome that could attract more than 10,000 Asian/Pacific Islanders statewide -- not to mention politicians hunting for votes.
KY DUYEN NGUYEN
Entertainer Ky Duyen Nguyen catches flak over the journey home by her dad, the former South Vietnamese premier.
Zheng He discovered the Americas some 70 years before Columbus, and went on to circumnavigate the world, 100 years before Magellan.
WAYNE INOUYE HEADS GATEWAY
Wayne Inouye will head the recently merger of the money-losing Gateway Inc. and the Irvine-based EMachines Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $266 million, creating the country's third-largest computer maker that is bleeding red ink, losing market share and burning through nearly $3 million in cash each month.
CANDIDATES PLAY "CHINA CARDS"
candidates are playing their "China Cards" via John Kerry's receiving
money from a lieutenant colonel in China's People's Liberation Army, his
"independent Taiwan" position, RMB revaluation/imbalance between US-China
trade, candidates attacking China knowing that it wins votes, etc.
CHINA BUYS $1M TON OF U.S. WHEAT
A Chinese wheat-purchasing
delegation to the US has signed contracts with US grain suppliers to buy
1 million tons of wheat, and more contracts are likely.
TIPS FOR WESTERN WOMEN IN ASIA
There is a myth going on about single women on the move working in other countries. That if they are single, they are easy prey. Easy prey for what? Mostly for sex.
REVIEW: DAVID HENRY HWANG'S "TIBET"
The production's sights and sounds create a unique theatrical experience for youngsters, one which often (if not always) transcends the strains in David Henry Hwang's ungainly script for "Tibet Through the Red Box," loosely based on an award-winning children's book by Peter Sis.
TRAILBLAZING CHINESE DIRECTORS
Kaige, Andrew Cheng & Doug Chan) top Chinese directors offer their perspective
on how they capture the changes happening in China.
MARCO POLO IN REVERSE
In the spring of 1288 a curious throng packed the Vatican to celebrate Easter and glimpse a visitor from the far side of the world. Rabban Sauma, a Mongolian Christian, had braved a 7,000-mile trek from Beijing.
Comparisons of the mostly "minority" foreign-born and mostly "white" native-born populations that fail to account for the socioeconomic impact of ethnicity incorrectly suggest that place of birth, rather than minority status, is the primary factor explaining disparities between immigrants and natives.
QUESTION 27, QUESTION 28
Chay Yew's new theater piece about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII reanimates history with breathtaking immediacy.
VH1'S ILLEST MINORITY MOMENTS
Minority issues still make people squeamish, so our culture has developed a number of coping mechanisms to (not) deal with them. The first, and most popular, is professed blind acceptance of everything and everyone, a naive myth.
ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL PROFILE
They've watched presidential hopefuls woo NASCAR dads, blacks in South Carolina and Hispanics in New Mexico, and now some Asian-Americans are wondering: What about us?
AARON LEVINE & ESPN'S "DREAM JOB"
Levine (Asian/Jewish) will be competing on ESPN's new reality show "Dream
Job." If he beats 11 other finalists, Levine will receive a one-year contract
to join the network as a Sports Center anchor.
Chang-Rae Lee's second novel, ''A Gesture Life,'' was named one of the best books of 1999 by several newspapers and magazines or that The New Yorker had named him one of the 20 best American writers under 40.
MINEKO IWASAKI - GEISHA
Mineko Iwasaki was a famous geisha in Kyoto's most prestigious geisha district until her retirement in 1980. She was the source of much of the rich texture in the descriptions of "Memoirs of a Geisha," its author says.
MS. VIETNAM RESIGNS
Kim Hoang Tong
officially gave up her title as Miss Vietnam of Northern California on
Monday, after revelations that she posed nude for an adult Web site jolted
the conservative local Vietnamese American community.
DEWEY BALLANTINE'S MEMO
Responding to a note seeking someone to adopt a puppy, a partner in the London office of the law firm of Dewey Ballantine wrote, "Don't let them go to a Chinese restaurant."
RETURN OF GHETTOPOLY?
David Chang, the creator of Ghettopoly, the game that caused black folks to flip their lids last year, is suing Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly.
CATHAY'S PROFITS ARE UP
Cathay General Bancorp of Los Angeles, vying to become the biggest Asian American bank after completing a major merger with BGC Bancorp, said fourth-quarter profit rose 39% on strong loan growth.
In the latest Optic Nerve, the excellent comic-book artist Adrian Tomine has his fortune cookie and eats it too. A young Chinese American woman narrates: "For most of my life I had felt distant from my grandfather, perhaps mistaking the language barrier for coldness."
CHINESE FEMALE PIRATES
Something to bear in mind is that Lai Choi San was not the only real-life female Chinese pirate of note. For example there was in the early 19th Century the notorious Cheng I Sao ('Wife of Cheng I") who commanded a pirate federation that terrorised the South China coast.
MTV AND ASIA
As MTV invades Southeast Asia (via their recent Immies), the faces of MTV are no longer just Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake but also Indonesia's Padi and Singapore's Stefanie Sun (seen at their recent MTV Asia Awards). These names may not sound familiar to the average American, but their looks and voices have reshaped MTV's global image.
MTV ASIA AWARDS
The glitterati of pop music will be in Singapore for the MTV Asia Awards 2004 and the theme for the event is - what else? - love with artists such as Michelle Branch, F4's Vanessa Wu, A*Mei, BoA, Stephanie Sun, Sammi Cheng, Blackeye Peas, Machi (Chinese Hip-hop group), Malayasia's Too Phat, Singapore's Urban Xchange and Stacie Orrico among other artists.
MTV ASIA AWARD WINNERS
At MTV Asia Awards, Mariah Carey won a special Lifetime Achievement Award, BoA was honored for being the 'Most Influential Asian Artist' and Linkin Park won Favourite Rock Act/Favourite Video awards.
love them because they're cheap to produce, They get all that star power
and they don't have to pay anybody."
AA'S IN CLUB DREAD
Jay Chandrasekhar directed and co-wrote CLUB DREAD. Named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch in 2001," Chandrasekhar is a filmmaker, comedy writer and performer, and serves as the director of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group that includes Lindsey Price.
INTERVIEW: APOLO OHNO
Short-track speed skaters typically are not heard from in mid-June. But then, Apolo Anton Ohno is not your typical short-track speed skater.
YEE AND FENG SHUI
Assemblyman Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and speaker pro tem, has asked the state to make its building standards code promote and publish "feng shui principles."
CHINA LIFTS FOREIGN TV BAN
China is lifting its ban on foreign investment in television and film production companies, as part of a package of landmark reforms intended to revitalise the country's sprawling state-dominated media industry.
CALIFORNIA'S EXPORT FROM CHINA ARE UP
California exporters are getting a boost from a weak dollar, a budding global recovery and a fast-developing China, experts say. California exports to the Asian giant soared 22% last year, as China snapped up everything from waste paper to software to fuel its humming factories.
MANIA FOR JAPANESE MANGA IN EUROPE
Manga-mania is sweeping the country. Manga — Japanese "graphic novels," many of them violent and pornographic — accounted for about a third of the 1,860 new comic books published in France in 2003, compared with about 20% in 2002 and less than 10% in 2001.
CALIFORNIA'S SALESMAN - SCHWARZENEGGER
Schwarzenegger became a celebrity pitchman selling the state of California
in a 30-second commercial to be aired around the world, is part of a campaign
aimed at burnishing California's global image, boosting tourism and exports
and attracting more foreign investment.
NEW ZEALAND AS A FILM POWERHOUSE
ago we had nothing that could be called a film industry. Then, in 1978,
the government established the New Zealand Film Commission. Then "Lord
of the Rings" won 11 Oscars.
APA LAW & PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
The Tenth Annual National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law & Public Policy titled "Border Crossings: Globalizing the Asian Pacific American Movement
for the 21st Century" in March