99 MARKET IN FOSTER CITY
The West Coast's
largest Asian-American supermarket chain, 99 Ranch Market, opened here
this week to throngs of loyal and happy customers in Foster City..
PARK CHAN-WOOK & ASIAN CINEMA
director Park Chan-wook, whose ultra violent film "Old Boy" won the Grand
Prix at the Cannes film festival, believes Asian cinema is moving away
from the fringe and increasingly influencing the mainstream.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH PURCHASE HARBIN BREWERY
emerged as the winner in the takeover battle with SABMiller to buy China's
SCOTT SASSA & FRIENDSTER
the former television wunderkind, has thrown in his lot with Internet
phenom Friendster, agreeing to serve as the rising "social networking"
Web site's chief executive officer.
NIELSEN'S PEOPLE METER & MINORITIES
Us Out, the coalition of African-American and Hispanic organizations that
has been waging an aggressive campaign against Nielsen Media Research's
local people meter ratings service, took additional steps to try to shut
down the new service.
THAI FILM INDUSTRY
of the film
industry in Bangkok is even more dramatic. After flourishing until
well into the 1970s on a steady diet of sub- Bollywood musicals (three-hour
epic soaps shot in 16 millimeter and shown mostly in drive-ins),
have joked for years that if Martin Scorsese had made it through boyhood
without being whacked over and over by a nun with a ruler he might never
have made "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver."
HENRY YUEN & GEMSTAR
top executives of the company that publishes TV Guide may collect $37.6
million in severance payments that had been blocked by regulators, a federal
appeals court ruled.
QUIKSILVER PURCHASES DC SHOES
"DC shoes is
a tremendous fit with our organization from a cultural, strategic and
operational standpoint", Says Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman and CEO
of Quiksilver. He added "We both share respect for the authenticity that
makes our brands powerful, and we both benefit from product design that
reflects technical excellence and great style."
WORLD'S WORST LIVING DICTATORS
marshal various arguments to justify their repressive actions to their
people and the world, 1. Kim Jong Il, North Korea. Age 63. In power since
1994. 2. Than Shwe, Burma. Age 71. In power since 1992. 3. Hu Jintao,
China. Age 61. In power since 2002.
SADDAM - POL POT BY ANY OTHER NAME
In an atmosphere
of chaos within Cambodia - Pol Pot came to power, and in less than four
years the Paris-educated leader and his followers pursued a Maoist utopia
that pushed this country into a nightmare of terror, hunger and death.
"Saddam Hussein is like Pol Pot." The U.S., he said, was right to attack.
ROGER YASUKAWA & NASCAR'S DIVERSITY
Americans are in the first five rows — 15 drivers — for next week's Indianapolis
500. Two are prominent: Buddy Rice, the pole sitter from Phoenix, and
Sam Hornish Jr., the two-time Indy Racing League champion from Defiance,
Ohio. The third: Roger Yasukawa, born in Los Angeles and now a West Hollywood
MIDORI JOINS USC STAFF
Midori Goto will take an appointment as Jascha Heifetz Chair in Music
at the Thornton School of Music.
CHINA'S BOOM GOING TOWARDS A BUST?
China's Boom May Be Building Toward a Bust
—Some economists say the runaway housing market reflects a bigger
problem: an economy starting to spin out of control.
CHINA'S FATAL LOVE OF CARS
Love of Cars Can Be a Fatal Attraction Amid a middle class boom, auto
sales are growing at a staggering rate, and drivers with little or no
training are hitting the roads.
ASIAN FILMS AT CANNES
pushing Cannes out of its familiar Eurocentric classicism to include more
Asian titles, many of which were also genre films — Zhang Yimou's "House
of Flying Daggers" (a swordsman epic from China), Johnnie To's "Breaking
News" (a Hong Kong policier) and Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy" (a South Korean
The last time Tian Zhuangzhuang made a feature film, it got him
blacklisted by the Chinese government. In 1992, he directed "The
Blue Kite," the tale of a spunky child and his family who are torn
asunder by Mao Tse-tung's Great Leap Forward experiment in
PROFILE: JUN JI HYUN
Jun Ji Hyun
has earned the adoration of Asian audiences by acting tough. In 2001's
blockbuster romantic comedy My Sassy Girl, she outdrank and verbally abused
her meek onscreen boyfriend, all (more or less) in the name of love.
FOX'S JOHN TERENZIO & CCTV
job (paid by News Corp) is as a part-time adviser to CCTV International's
24-hour English-language news channel - the independent producer is the
first foreigner charged with putting an internationally friendly face
on the mainland's propaganda machine.
JOHN WOO MEETS TOM CLANCY
tapped helmer John Woo to direct its adaptation of Tom Clancy's "Rainbow
Six," centered on Clancy's shadowy John Clark CIA (news - web sites) agent
BOEING WINS ETHNIC BIAS CASE
A federal jury yesterday said Boeing did not discriminate against
Asian-American and other minority employees in pay or job
WHEN WILL APA'S STAND-UP (ANGELA OH)
reason, Asian Americans in particular are absent from any organized
effort to examine the implications of the changes that are taking
place right now. What is the reason for this complacency?
HMONG WRONG FOR AMERICA
In the Hmong
culture, men are considered superior to women. Accordingly, the class
divided itself into two groups: the women sat in the first three rows
followed by two empty rows. The men sat in the back.
REVIEW: QUEST USA
About two weeks
ago the International Channel premiered a brand new show called Quest
USA: Da Tiao Zhan. Hosted by hunky David Wu of Channel V: Taiwan fame
as well as few movies and dramas here and there, the show takes us from
Boston to Florida with 4 teams representing: Hong Kong, Mainland China,
Taiwan, and the United States. Mostly it looks like the contestants are
Taiwanese/Chinese Americans who are trying to speak their best Mandarin
Chinese, with a few cute guys to help attract interest.
REVIEW: STIR TV
I'm just going
to come right out and say this, it's about time an Asian American show
made it to our airwaves. Unfortunately it has to be seen on cable and
the International Channel. I started watching the show at Episode 3 and
have been hooked since then.
APL DE AP OF BLACKEYE PEAS
"[Apl.de.Ap] (Alan Pineda) is like the Michael Jackson of the
Philippines. The dude is big." — Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am
MICHELLE KWAN RECEIVE 2004 CTSA AWARD
will be honored by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) that
pays tribute to special individuals with the highest ethical standards
in sport, whose lives and careers have reflected an enduring commitment
to citizenship, sportsmanship and community service.
CANADIAN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS
More than 3
per cent of all existing Canadian marriages or common- law unions were
between a Caucasian and a member of a visible minority. And Japanese
Canadians, although a small ethnic group, are the country's best mixers.
According to 2001 census data, of the approximately 25,100 married or
common-law couples with at least one Japanese partner, 70 per cent were
CHARLIE CHAN FILM FESTIVAL
But while the
sometimes controversial Chan character is no longer ubiquitous on television,
he's still beloved by movie buffs. That's why the 33rd Memphis Film Festival
is playing host to a sort of mini-Chan convention that has attracted Charlie
Chan actors, experts and fans from several states.
YIN is for
the young, intelligent Asian woman with a strong sense of personal style.
It will showcase fashion, beauty, celebrity, health, lifestyle, entertainment,
career, romance, travel, culture, world affairs, and everything else under
the sphere of Asian women's interest – all in a manner that is fresh,
smart, and relevant.
MARGARET CHO'S "REVOLUTION"
new film, Revolution is the centerpiece of the Sundance Channel's Out
Loud festival, a month- long celebration of gay and lesbian-themed films.
She was just on Tavis Smiley Program.)
SANDRA TSING-LOH & FATHER'S DAY
Day, a time to set cynicism aside and give thanks to our patriarchs, an
assignment I've always struggled with, I admit. Part of the problem is
cultural: Having come of age in the 1970s — a member of the Not Exactly
the Greatest Generation — irreverence and ingratitude seem literally wired
into my being. At the same age that our forefathers fought from World
War II bunkers, we slackers were lolling on therapists' couches. Our style
is to blame parents, not praise them.
KENT NAGANO & UNSUK CHIN
was the premiere of Unsuk Chin's "snagS & Snarls." The 43-year-old South
Korean composer, who is based in Berlin, is the sudden object of much
attention. Nagano is her most important champion.
DELL OPEN 20 RETAIL KIOSKS IN CALIFORNIA
reach into the California market, computer maker Dell Inc. said that it
would open 20 retail kiosks in shopping malls around the state. The 10-foot-square
kiosks will be set up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and other
cities starting next month to augment Dell's model of direct selling over
the Internet and by telephone.
After years of snubbing video games as a phenomenon not worth
researching, scholars are now frantically attempting to catch up
with an interactive media industry that is increasingly prevalent,
seemingly permanent and still so new that the people developing it
are the ones who are using it.
WON CHARLIE YI SOUGHT BY THE U.S.
say the elaborate show of success was just a cover for a fraud ring. Yi
fleeced investors of at least $36 million, according to the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
SONY STORES GOES "HIGH STYLE"
Electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. has joined
the ranks of top-tier brands opening signature boutiques at malls in
an effort to boost sales and awareness, especially among women.
Instead of haute couture, SonyStyle stores sell gadgets as varied as
$20 clock radios and $20,000 plasma-screen televisions.
GOOGLE INVEST IN CHINESE SEARCH SITE
Google is leading
a consortium that is investing at least $10 million in one of its chief
rivals in China, domestic Chinese search company Baidu. The investment
could give Google a foothold in China as it moves to expand overseas and
turn its popularity in online search into advertising revenue.
AMAZON AND IMDB
Col Needham on why he created the Internet Movie Database, which was
sold to Amazon.Com in 1998 - "I began to see so many movies that I
was losing trck of which ones I'd seen and which ones I hadn't seen."
OVERCOMING THE QUESTION OF COLOR
"That a big
movie like 'Catwoman' has two ethnic leads proves that, at a certain point,
even people of color become green," Benjamin Bratt says. "That's what
it's all about. That nobody said a thing about it was a relief to someone
like myself who's been up against walls of discrimination."
SELLING THE TASTE OF CHINATOWN
Chinatown (Los Angeles), once the center of Chinese culture in Los Angeles, has
been overshadowed for more than two decades by the San Gabriel
Valley's wealthy immigrants and the perceived authenticity of their
BELLFLOWER - DIVERSITY OF 39 LANGUAGES
A set of interactive
maps, the combined product of census data and academic curiosity,
shows that a roughly 13-square-mile area of southern Los Angeles
County from North Long Beach to Bellflower to Artesia is among the
most linguistically varied swaths of territory in the nation.
B.D. WONG IN "PACIFIC OVERTURE"
Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly) will star in the upcoming
Roundabout Theatre Company-Gorgeous Entertainment Inc. presentation
of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures at
Broadway's Studio 54.
WU VS. AMERI - AN ALL AMERICAN RACE
One of the most competitive contests in the U.S.
House of Representatives this year is also one of the most
ethnically diverse. Voters in Oregon's first congressional district
are predominately white, but this November, citizens in the Portland
suburbs will send an immigrant to Capitol Hill.
Republican Goli Ameri is challenging Democratic incumbent David Wu.
Ameri's family fled Iran during the Islamic revolution. Wu, the only
Chinese-American member of Congress, was born in Taiwan.
A MAN MORE CHINESE THAN THE CHINESE?
"Dashan" is the stage name of Mark Rowswell. Almost unknown by his
English name, Dashan is arguably the most famous foreigner in China.
He has become a regular fixture on Chinese television and a cultural
icon across the nation. Ask anyone in mainland China -- 8 out of 10
will be able to tell you who Dashan is.
CABLE'S MULTICULTURAL STUDY
Citing the growing diversity of television audiences everywhere, the
Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau has published its first-ever
resource on advertising in a multicultural marketplace, entitled
Upfront '04/05: A Multicultural Marketing Guide.
BOMBAY DREAMS - INDIA IN NEW YORK
Dreams," the musical about making it in the Indian film capital known
as Bollywood, was imported from London to Broadway this spring, it introduced
some listeners to the madcap eclecticism of filmi, the song-and-dance
numbers that punctuate Bollywood's sprawling musicals.
LIU YE IN MERYL STREEP FILM
Meryl Streep and Chinese actor Liu Ye will
star in the drama Dark Matter. Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng
will make his feature directorial debut with the film.
FILIPINOS TOP AID PATIENTS AMONG ASIANS
Filipinos in the U.S. account for the largest number of reported
Aids cases among Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) in San Francisco
and in the whole state of California, based on a study by the San
Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).
SAMANTHA CHANG SUES BILLBOARD
In the complaint,
former Billboard staffers Keith Girard and Samantha Chang are seeking
$30 million in damages under New York law for gender- and race-based discrimination
and defamation, among other charges, from a group of defendants that include
Billboard parent VNU and the publication's publisher, John Kilcullen,
and executive editor, Ken Schlager. They are being represented by Kyle
Bisceglie, a litigator with Barton Barton & Plotkin LLP.