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ASIAN POPULATION IN THE U.S. SURGING
"Archie said he never thought he'd see the day when white
and colored would be kissin' from coast to coast." -- Edith
Bunker, on "All in the Family," on seeing Sammy Davis Jr.
greet Raquel Welch on "The Tonight Show." (1971) "If the only
time you show a balanced relationship is in an interracial
relationship, whether it's conscious or subconscious, it sends
a message I'm not comfortable with." -- "ER" star Eriq LaSalle
on asking the series writers to terminate his character's
on-screen romance with a white female doctor played by Alex
STEVEN CHOW'S SHAOLIN SOCCER
Steven Chow's Shaolin Soccer, even with subtitles, is engineered for mass consumption. You don't have to be a kung fu movie or soccer fan to enjoy Steven Chow's films. You just need an irreverent sense of humor.
WWII MONUMENT DEFACED
Police are trying to find those responsible for defacing a monument to Japanese-Americans who fought during World War II even as their loved ones were held in internment camps at home.
CHEN SHI-ZHENG & PEONY PAVILION
Chen Shi-Zheng has turned "Peach Blossom Fan," a classic kunju opera from 1699 by Kung Shang-Ren, into something altogether new that has solicited various perspectives.
GANGURO ("BLACK FACE")
Ganguro, literally "black face," has its roots in the mid-1990's, starting with a desire among Japanese girls to emulate the popular, sun-tanned Okinawan singer Amuro Namie and the black British fashion model Naomi Campbell. Thanks to the rising popularity of hip-hop in Japan, their idolization has since expanded to include Lil' Kim, Run-DMC, Mary J. Blige, the Big Tymers and others.
FILIPINO FINALIST ON "AMERICAN IDOL"
Asian-Americans are enthusiastically cheering on Jasmine Trias, the young woman who have made it to the final 5 on Fox's "American Idol" - the most-watched show on American television.
Nearly one out every 10 couples standing in front of the wedding altar in Korea today is saying "I do" in a different language. That is because interracial marriages for Koreans - who pride themselves in the unbroken 5,000-year-history of their homogeneous population - have drastically increased in recent years.
FILM REVIEW: KILL BILL 2
Assassins aside, "Kill Bill's" second act is a love story, its creator insists. And in Quentin Tarantino's world, love is a beating thing.
WILLIAM HUNG'S SUCCESS
Will William Hung get the last laugh on the "American Idol" judges who booted the 21-year-old UC Berkeley engineering student off the show in January before he'd finished his off-key version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs"? (He has "helped" teams win such as the L.A. Dodgers.)
JAPANESE AMERICANS IN TEXAS
More than a hundred of the descendents of early 20th-century Japanese Texan pioneers gather in a small cemetery at League City Texas to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Seito Saibara.
YO-YO MA PERFORMS AT LINCOLN CENTER
Up to 7 million people, on average, watch the public television series "Live from Lincoln Center," which on Thursday will feature cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman.
WAYNE WANG & QUEEN LATIFAH
"Maid in Manhattan" director Wayne Wang is in early negotiations to shoot "Last Holiday," a comedy remake with Queen Latifah taking the lead role originally played by Alec Guinness.
LANG LANG - ALL FLASH AND NO SUBSTANCE?
These days, the best way to start a punching match among musical highbrows may be to bring up the young Chinese-born pianist Lang Lang. He's either what full-page ads call "the future of classical music" or, as one critic fears, "the new Liberace."
US AUTOMAKERS' HYBRID MODELS
American automakers (Ford & GM) are finally entering the hybrid derby, nearly six years after Honda Motor Co. sold the first gasoline-electric powered car in the U.S.
JULIE INOUYE BIDS FOR HOSPITAL
Julie Inouye, who led the community revolt two years ago that prevented Santa Barbara-based Tenet from closing the hospital's doors, has made a bid for another Tenet-owned hospital.
SOUTH KOREAN DIRECTOR - KIM KI-DUK
He's the bad boy of South Korean cinema, an upstart who didn't attend film school or serve an apprenticeship with an established director, the usual routes to helming your own picture.
US CATCHING UP WITH ASIA/EUROPE IN WI-FI
For now, location-based mobile gaming is a niche market, often depending on players owning specific phones and subscribing to specific carriers. For example, Mogi -- which is currently only available in Japan -- requires GPS phones from Japanese carrier KDDI.
SCHWARZENEGGER ACCEPTS NO IMITATIONS
In advertising, Governor accepts no imitations and Schwarzenegger and his attorneys are vigilant in guarding the use of his image.
YASH GUPTA IS USC'S BUSINESS DEAN
USC Marshall School of Business announced that Management expert Indian American Yash Gupta, leader of the University of Washington Business School for the last five years, will move south to become dean of USC's business school.
INDIAN MUSIC WITH A WESTERN TWIST
A new generation of Indians, led by Ustad Alla Rakha's son, keep a heritage of virtuoso musicianship alive.
WHO NEEDS ENGLISH
As South Korea's economy grows closer to China's, more people are studying Chinese. For some, the choice is a rejection of the U.S.
ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF THE ARTS
Performances, exhibitions and educational programs of California's nonprofit arts organizations pump $5.4 billion annually into the state's economy, making the arts more than twice as powerful an economic engine as they were a decade ago. As a result, the arts community is at odds on whether the Cultural Affairs Department should be involved in promoting Los Angeles
REVIEW: N.E.R.D. & BLACKEYE PEAS
is clearly fixated on carnal relationships, then Blackeye Peas concentrate
on the interpersonal ones. On this night, at least, the latter was the
GIANT ROBOT'S 10TH YEAR OF EXISTENCE
To say Giant Robot is a magazine about Asian pop culture is like saying Rolling Stone is a magazine about American music, which is to say, not to reveal very much.
GEORGE TAKEI'S "TOKYO ROSE" PROJECT
While it's been "light years" since George Takei took the helm of the USS Enterprise in "Star Trek," the veteran Japanese-American actor is still interested in taking audiences "where no man has gone before" by being the executive producer on "Tokyo Rose: American Patriot."
ASIANS IN PEOPLE'S "BEAUTIFUL LIST"
Lucy Liu, Suchin Pak, Ken Watanabe, Angella Ahn, Lucia Ahn, Maria Ahn and Elizabeth Cho are on People Magazine's "Beautiful List."
From politics to same-sex marriage outfits to rapping about health care, comedian-turned-activist Margaret Cho has plans to change the worldone laugh at a time.
OPM'S ASIAN FOR DUMMIES
OPM celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an all-new show that includes porn stars, K-town kool kats, ninjas, world leaders, and ordinary Asian Americans in not-so-ordinary situations till May 29.
DNC, CHINESE AMERICANS & KERRY
According to a poll released last month and commissioned by New California Media, Chinese Americans plan to vote for John Kerry for president by a 4 to 1 margin. Sixty percent of Chinese Americans registered to vote plan to cast their ballot for Kerry, as opposed to only 15 percent who favor George W. Bush.
ARTHUR LIU AND AIR AMERICA
Arthur Liu, owner of Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, which owns Air America affiliates WNTD-950 AM in Chicago and KBLA-1580 AM in Los Angeles, said Air America bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million.
ASIAN TV POWER
With most U.S. Asians living in high concentrations among a handful of major cities, mostly in California and New York, the Asian media business is a regional one. KSCI (financed by L.A.-based investment bankers Leonard Green & Partners, KTSF-TV (owned by Lincoln Broadcasting Co. in Brisbane, CA) and International Channel (cable/satellite TV channel 90% owned by Denver-based Liberty Media) represent the three powerhouse entities in the Asian TV market.
ARE ASIANS PC KILLJOYS
Intent on asserting our rights and yet not offending others, we have lost the ability to poke fun at ourselves, as the recent furor over a report in an American magazine shows THE devil's in the Details.
JAPANESE ATTRACTED TO THE HULA
Every Hawaiian child is exposed to the hula, with its mix of rich spiritual tradition and connection with nature, and many make it part of their lives. But given the dance's popularity in Japan, which has a population about 100 times Hawaii's 1.2 million, more people might be dancing hula in Japan than in the islands where the dance was born.
HOLLYWOOD & INTERRACIAL LOVE
" Archie said he never thought he'd see the day when white and colored would be kissin' from coast to coast." -- Edith Bunker, on "All in the Family," on seeing Sammy Davis Jr. greet Raquel Welch on "The Tonight Show." (1971) "If the only time you show a balanced relationship is in an interracial relationship, whether it's conscious or subconscious, it sends a message I'm not comfortable with." -- "ER" star Eriq LaSalle on asking the series writers to terminate his character's on-screen romance with a white female doctor played by Alex Kingston. (1999)
ANNA MAY TO LUCY
Dragon lady, lotus blossom, seductress. Asian-American actress Anna May Wong played all the Asian stereotypes during her film career, which began more than 80 years ago, during the silent film era.
QUENTIN PLANNING KILL BILL 3
"I (Quentin Tarantino) was thinking this would be my 'Dollars' trilogy. I was going to do a new one every 10 years. But I need at least 15 years before I do this (Kill Bill 3) again," the director tells Entertainment Weekly magazine
HOLLYWOOD EMBRACING BOLLYWOOD
Bollywood that mega-billion-dollar moviemaking behemoth long popular everywhere else in the world is finally touching America. Indian film stars in Hollywood, Bollywood composers working with Michael Jackson and Andrew Lloyd Webber and choreographers are working with stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
TLC'S VERN YIP IN NBC SHOW
Vern Yip, one of the designers on TLC's "Trading Spaces," will be leaving the program to star in his own home improvement show on NBC titled "Design Intervention" in June, for airing in September 2004.
KEN MOK'S NEW PROGRAMS
Ken Mok and Tyra Banks have a pilot commitment for their unscripted half-hour laffer entitled "The Simple Life" along with extending their "America's Next Top Model" program.
USPACC GALA DINNER
USPACC's May 5 - 7 Event in Irvine California Honors NASA's George Chen, Linksys'Janie and Victor Tsao, Kenson Ventures's Chairman Dr. Kenneth Fong and Award-Winning Author Adeline Yen Mah. May 5 will feature a Celebrity Golf tournament and various meetings with Elaine Chao speaking at the Welcome Reception. May 6 will feature various business forums ending with a Volvo-sponsored reception. May 7 will feature a Guanxi* Breakfast & Plenary Session and the Guanxi Suppliers Opportunity Fair.
MAKEOVER OF "BOMBAY DREAMS"
Despite the criticisms the reviews, over all, were mixed the show has become a popular hit, recouping its costs in 14 months. But when the principal American producers Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams signed on to take it to Broadway, where it opens on April 29 at the Broadway Theater, they knew it needed a major overhaul.
SOUTH KOREANS ON TIME'S LIST
Hwang Woo-suk and Moon Shin-yong of Seoul National University, along with
tuberculosis expert Lee Jong-Wook (Director-General of the World Health
Organization and the first Korean national to take the helm of a UN body)
are on Time magazine's latest list of 100 most influential individuals.
IRON CHEF COMES TO L.A.
In 'Iron Chef America,' the competition comes to Los Angeles, and the spatulas fly. Oh, how to explain Iron Chef (Masaharu Morimoto) to the uninitiated. Julia Child meets the World Wrestling Federation. Godzilla vs. Nigella. "Monday Night Football" for cooking fanatics.
CASH FOR CITIZENSHIP
Among the poorest people in America, these wary but would-be citizens of lower Manhattan were grasping at any and every opportunity to get into the system without being snared by it. This strategy isn't new among illegal immigrants: Pay federal income taxes in hopes of laying a paper trail that might lead to citizenship.
LOYALTY BRINGS CITIZENSHIP TO HMONGS
The Hmong arrived in the United States with virtually nothing, their worldly possessions often packed in a single suitcase or cardboard box. They are among the poorest and least educated of the United States' migrant populations, a distinct ethnic minority that until the early 1950s had no written language and has long used small amounts of opium for ritual and medicinal purposes.
HENRY LEE INVESTIGATION
Henry Lee, a key figure in the Simpson trial, is investigating the attack on Taiwan's leader.
SANJAY KUMAR RESIGNS AT CA
Sanjay Kumar resigned yesterday as chairman and chief executive of Computer Associates International as a criminal investigation into securities fraud and obstruction of justice reached the highest level of the company.
ASIANS RULE IN SMALL BUSINESS
Rather than fight their way up the corporate ladder, nonwhites are launching startups in record numbers and crushing old stereotypes in the process.
SOUTH KOREA'S LG CONQUORS INDIA
LG, which makes everything from refrigerators to flat-screen TVs, is the hottest consumer products company in India. It has cornered 30% of the air-conditioner market, 21% of washing-machine sales, and 19% of the color-TV business, beating out such rivals as Whirlpool, Sony, and Samsung.
Hundreds of former detainees and their descendants traveled to the Manzanar National Historic Site for the opening of a National Park Service museum that preserves a bitter memory for many Japanese Americans.
INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE CHAN
Jackie Chan is admired worldwide for his daredevil stunts and his comedy action movies, but his generosity toward those less fortunate often misses the spotlight.
ASIAN ARTISTS IN TIME MAGAZINE'S LIST
Norah Jones, Aishwarya Rai, Hideo Nakata and Ken Kutaragi were recognized in TIME 100 "Artist and Entertainer" class.
STATE OF SCHOOL SEGREGATION
To see how integration is playing out 50 years after the Supreme Court banned school segregation, consider Pajaro Valley Unified.
R.I.P.: DAN FUJITA
Den Fujita, a charismatic businessman who established the McDonald's fast-food chain in Japan as well the country's branch of Toys ``R'' Us, died April 21 of heart failure,
ASIAN HIGHWAY AGREEMENT
Forty-five years after it was proposed, a modern version of the ancient Silk Road that once linked Asia with Europe is nearing completion - an 87,500-mile web of highways and ferry routes connecting 32 Asian countries.
CHINESE DIPLOMATS @ LOS ALAMOS
Two Chinese diplomats, away from their Los Angeles consulate improperly, recently sped their vehicle past a Los Alamos National Laboratory guard post near classified facilities in what U.S. officials think was an intelligence mission.
HAING NGOR CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED
A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of the 1996 killing of Haing Ngor, an Oscar-winning actor who survived Cambodia's killing fields.
CHINESE TV GOES CRIME FREE
The Chinese government has ordered state-controlled TV networks to suspend prime-time airing of programs about crime and violence during the coming May Day holidays to provide a "healthy environment" for children.
ATUL VASHISTHA & OUTSOURCING
Vashistha is one of the leading practitioners of "offshoring." His San Ramon consulting firm, neoIT, helps U.S. companies cut costs by sending work to India, the Philippines and other nations with cheaper labor.
XUAN WEN LI POISONED
Meet Xuan Wen Li. Fremont semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. poisoned him with arsenic, then fired him just as it did with up to 500 other Chinese immigrants.
Wendy Wang, who works on port policy for the mayor, became the second member of L.A. Mayor Hahn's staff to receive a subpoena in investigations regarding the city's contracting practices.
US REJECTS PETITION FOR CHINA SANCTIONS
The Bush administration on Wednesday rejected a petition by organized labor (AFL-CIO) to penalize China for its workplace practices and indicated that it would rebuff a request targeting Beijing's currency policies.
HYUNDAI BETTER THAN U.S./EUROPEAN RIVALS
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. roared past European and American rivals to finish in a stunning second place in a J.D. Power & Associates survey of model year 2004 vehicles.
CHINA/U.S. REACH ACCORD ON PIRACY
U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to curtail piracy of American movies, music and computer software, reduce barriers to U.S. technology and make it easier for domestic firms to gain entry to China's markets.
REVIEW: CLOSE CALL
Like a supermarket tabloid, "Close Call" trumpets the shocking news that a Korean American 16-year-old can go just as wild as any other high school girl, wilder even than the girls in "Thirteen."
U.S. & JAPAN ALLIANCE ANNIVERSARY
Japan and the United States celebrated the 150th anniversary in their alliance - a partnership that is increasingly forcing Tokyo to rethink a pacifist military policy drawn up by the Americans 50 years ago.
HIP-HOP POLITICAL ACTIVISM
Today's hip-hop constituency possess great media access and financial clout to tackled gang violence, South African apartheid, drugs, police abuse and now they want to play an instrumental role in this year's presidential election.
SCHWARZENEGGER AND HOLLYWOOD
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday tapped a cast of Hollywood figures, including his former co-star Danny DeVito and Clint Eastwood, to mount an effort to keep movie and television productions in California.
DETAIL MAGAZINE PROTEST
A spoof in the latest issue of Details has provoked a fierce reaction from area Asian-Americans furious over what they perceive as a scurrilous jest by a national magazine.
BRITTNEY DOES CHINA
Chinese promoters are talking with Britney Spears' managers about her performing in China later this year, a promoter said Wednesday.
HOOK-UPS AT SHANGHAI HEALTH CLUBS
Don't let all the equipment fool you: Shanghai's health clubs serve a clientele more interested in being seen than in being fit.
MOVIE REVIEW: CELLPHONE
The hottest movie in China these days is "Cellphone," a dark comedy about a morally bankrupt TV talk show host who lies, cheats and schemes his way through life using his feature-laden cellphone.
CELEBRATING IMMIGRATION'S DIVERSITY
In a city forever celebrating itself, the story of Ellis Island has assumed heroic dimensions: More than 12 million immigrants poured into the harbor gateway near the Statue of Liberty.
CLINTON URGES PHILANTHROPY
Citing "a greater necessity for private philanthropy than ever before," former President Bill Clinton urges high-income individuals benefiting from estate tax cuts to donate to charitable causes.
BOAO FORUM IN ASIA
Chinese President Hu Jintao will host about 1,000 business and political luminaries from East Asia and beyond, including former President George H.W. Bush, on the southern island of Hainan. The Boao Forum for Asia now in its third year is patterned after the highly successful World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to showcase political agendas.
INFLUENCE OF MARIA SHRIVER
California's first lady emerges as a powerful partner with her governor husband. 'Arnold (Schwarzenegger) and I are a team,' she says.
SCHWARZENEGGER'S "TO DO" LIST
After signing a massive workers' compensation insurance overhaul bill Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now is turning his persuasive powers to the next steps he deems necessary to bring clear skies to California's business climate.
SCHWARZENEGGER'S MARYBEL BATJER
Marybel Batjer - Gov. Schwarzenegger's Cabinet secretary is known for her ability to work wonders behind the scenes. She also works with Pat Clarey (governor's chief of staff); Joe Rodota (campaign's policy chief; and longtime Schwarzenegger aide Bonnie Reiss.
SCHWARZENEGGER WANTS ANOTHER TERM
Bad news for Democrats especially Democrats hoping to run for governor next time: Arnold Schwarzenegger loves his job. Really loves his job.
When the choice is between placating party conservatives or steering negotiations to a delicate compromise, the governor's instinct is to reach for consensus.
SONY'S WIRELESS TV
Sony aims to amaze with its wireless TV, a portable multi-use device to be rolled out in the U.S. that aims to change how people watch the tube and surf the Net.
MERITS OF OUTSOURCING
Sending jobs overseas isn't always worth it, U.S. companies find problems with logistics, language and red tape can make outsourcing jobs overseas a money-losing move.
BAPTISMS IN THE BATTLEFIELD
baptisms are not unusual among front-line troops, said Navy Lt. Scott
Radetski, the battalion's Protestant chaplain. So many service personnel
on deployment request to be baptized that the military even has a two-page
sheet on how to create a battlefield baptismal font, called the Field
Immersion Baptismal Liner Instructions. Books such as Tim LaHaye/Jerry
Jenkins' "Left Behind" series have also addressed the strong
need to discover what God's role is within these days of warfare.
RADIO FLYER GOES TO CHINA
Radio Flyer Inc. will stop making its famous red metal wagons in Chicago by the fall, halting its final manufacturing operation and releasing nearly half of its 90 employees.
NEW MEN MAGAZINES
Four new magazines aim to help retail-challenged men navigate the choice of everything from shaving creams to fast cars.
CHINA'S DIGITAL JUNKYARDS FROM U.S.
Chinese laborers eke out a living using acid, fire and their bare hands to recycle mountains of electronic scrap, most of it from the U.S.
VIDEO GAMES AT MUSEUM
Three decades after "Pong" ricocheted into popular culture, video games are bouncing into the rarefied world of fine art. A vocal clique of academics, curators and critics is asking whether digital muscleman Duke Nukem deserves the same study and reverence as, say, a Degas sculpture.
ASIA STOCKPILING U.S. DOLLARS
A massive buildup of U.S. dollars held by Japan, China and other Asian countries is fueling increasing unease among analysts and policymakers, who fear it poses risks to the fragile American economic recovery and global financial stability.
CHINA POSTPONE THEIR WIRELESS PLAN
China agreed to give up a plan to impose its own standard for wireless technology, essentially agreeing to join the rest of the world rather than dividing it up.
LOSING TOP TECHIES TO ASIA?
Governments in Asia are so eager for employment and the transfer of technology to their young populations that they are offering huge tax holidays for U.S. manufacturers who will set up shop.
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TRAVELING IN ASIA
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Malaysia, Chengde and Thailand have strong efforts in attracting tourists to visit their respective destinations. In addition, tour operators are trying to bring tourists to Los Angeles.