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LIU WEI'S TRYOUT WITH SACRAMENTO KINGS
The NBA's Sacramento
Kings have invited China's national team point guard Liu Wei to their
fall training camp, a move that could make Liu the first Chinese guard
to join the world's elite basketball league.
KOREAN SOAPS DRAW UNLIKELY AUDIENCES
On a recent Saturday night a group of white, middle-class TV fans gathered at a Northwest Side cafe to watch the final episode of their favorite show and to say goodbye to a cast of ethnically homogenous characters who had come to feel like friends.
FLYING DAGGERS TOPS HERO
Director Zhang Yimou's heavy-hitter "House of Flying Daggers" has high-kicked its way to a record Chinese box office taking 33 million yuan, or about 4 million US dollars, for the first three days.
ZATOICHI - TAKE ON BLIND SWORDSMAN
What separates "Zatoichi" from other swordfight movies is that the eponymous hero, played, of course, by Kitano himself, is blind.
ZHANG ZIYI LEAD IN "MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA"
Two darlings of Hong Kong cinema, Maggie Cheung and former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, have lost out on the lead role in Steven Spielberg's next movie to China's Zhang Ziyi.
ASIANS LACK POLITICAL CLOUT
Asian Americans are the country's second fastest-growing minority behind Hispanics. But unlike Latinos, they have virtually no national political clout.
ERIC OWYOUNG & SOMETHING LIKE SILAS
On the surface, "Divine Invitation" could be labeled a postmodern worship album, but that would sell it short. It's more like a fine painting, reflecting the pleas of the psalmists using shades of light and dark.
INDIANS RETURN TO INDIA WITH U.S. JOBS
Six years ago, Mrs. Dhar and her husband, Subhash, a vice president at Infosys Technologies, the Indian software giant, migrated like thousands of Indians before them, to America's Silicon Valley and its suburban good life. Like growing numbers of professional Indians who once saw their only hope for good jobs and good lives in the West, the Dhars have returned home to India.
HAROLD & KUMAR - A DUMB STONER COMEDY?
In some ways, Mr. Leiner, Mr. Hurvitz and Mr. Schlossberg and their stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, (read Kal and John Cho's interview) are broadening a venerable tradition of ethnic humor, trafficking in stereotypes and sending them up with equal verve. But what is the film's future?
INTERVIEW: M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Like his previous films, "The Village" isn't a special effects film. Shyamalan uses visual and audio details to get the story across.
CHO UNINVITED AT GAY EVENT
The 35-year-old quip queen was "uninvited" to perform at Unity 2004, a benefit that was staged by gay and lesbian groups to coincide with the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
R.I.P.: Yoko Watanabe
"Watanabe was the first Japanese ever to have performed lead roles in the world's four major opera houses," Tsubaki said, referring to La Scala in Milan, Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Opera House in London.
LAND OF LINKIN (PARK)
How does the biggest-selling rock band in the land get pumped up for a roof-raising, tour-ending, homecoming concert before nearly 20,000 fans? If you're Linkin Park's Brad Delson, it's not with groupies and drugs.
NO MANCHURIANS IN "MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE"
Don't look for any Manchurians in "The Manchurian Candidate" remake. The only Manchurian is in the name of the villain an evil multinational conglomerate. Don't look for Manchuria, either the action stems from the first Gulf War. But you won't find any wacky Iraqis. The mad scientist/brainwasher is a white South African.
In the National Asian American Theater Company's "Antigone," the central tragic figure is Creon, not his wife, Eurydice, or his son, Haemon, or even Antigone — all sent to their deaths by his blind insistence on law and order. Not one is even an antagonist here; the real resistance to Creon, and judgment on him, comes from the chorus, with prophetic witness from Tiresias.
HISTORY OF BLACKFACE
The blackface minstrel act was a very popular form of entertainment in 19th-century America. It was also a highly racist depiction of African Americans. So why are so many black artists so infatuated with the minstrel legacy?
THE REAL TAKESHI KITANO
Sure, he's won some fancy international awards and has a worldwide reputation as a gifted auteur for such films as "Hana-Bi" and now "Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman." But in Japan, few people here think of Takeshi Kitano as a director. Or, in fact, as Takeshi Kitano. Instead, he's "Beat" Takeshi. Standup comedian. Variety show host.
INTERVIEW: OPEN WATERS' LAURA LAU & CHRIS KENTIS
When did you first have the idea to make a movie (Open Waters) based on diving and sharks?
Chris: Well, you know, we were aware of the story because Laura and I are divers. I read about it when it happened in the 1990's, but it was about three or four years ago, with the advent of all those real affordable digital technologies that now exist, and the success with the Dogme '95 films.
KOREAN AMERICAN WRITERS FIND THEIR VOICE
And he will be overtly self-conscious of his lack of ethnic ties. He can't speak Korean, and knows very little about Korean culture. Serena says he is a gyupo, an Americanized Korean. Serena, however, speaks the language and actually studied in Seoul for two summers, and this mere fact puts Allen at a disadvantage with her parents. He is starting in negative territory. He is an ethnic dunce."
A WORD, A FILM, A SLUR
About a decade back, Bangladeshi and Pakistani teenagers in England began re-appropriating the dreaded "Paki" word. Once a vicious epithet flung on London streets by white skinheads, the word was now a symbol of an assertive brown community. "Paki Power" graffiti appeared, a clothing label called "Pak1" did the rounds and Aki Nawaz of punk-asian band Fun^Da^Men^Tal told the press, "We're not Pacifists, we're Pakifists!"
JUSTIN LIN MAKING "OLDBOY"
Justin Lin will be heading the "Oldboy" project. He'll be working on an English script with his Better Luck screenwriters Ernesto Foronda and Fabian Marquez. Lin is currently working on Annapolis, the story of a wannabe Naval officer with James Franco.
MICHELLE MALKIN'S BOOK ON INTERNMENT CAMPS
My aim is to kick off a vigorous national debate on what has been one of the most undebatable subjects in Amerian history and law: President Franklin Roosevelt's homeland security policies that led to the evacuation and relocation of 112,000 ethnic Japanese on the West Coast, as well as the internment of tens of thousands of enemy aliens from Japan, Germany, Italy, and other Axis nations. This volatile issue has provided heated dialogue within many people within the APA communities.
MCLANE & WONG / RAISING MONEY
Many struggling artists have the need to record some music or finance a tour, only they lack a necessary element: money. This article will explain different ways to raise capital in order to finance a project.
WILLIAM HUNG IN CHINA/HK/MACAU
His 15 minutes may be up in the United States, but William Hung of Berkeley, arguably "American Idol's" most popular reject, is getting his second wind in Asia.
THAI FILM: LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
Allusive and enigmatic, with hallucinations that vie with reality in the characters' minds, the Thai film "Last Life in the Universe" is a wistful mood piece whose contemplative tone is periodically punctured by eruptions of violence.
R.I.P.: TIZIANO TERZANI
Tiziano Terzani, an Italian journalist and writer who won international fame as he chronicled Asia's race toward modernity with the curiosity of a travel writer and a deep cultural sensitivity, died on July 28 at his home near Florence. He was 65.
IT'S KOREATOWN (L.A.) - JAKE!
Few areas in Los Angeles, if any, have as lively a night life, as many after-hours spots or as much energy in the wee hours as this ethnic enclave between Hancock Park and Echo Park, not far from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Police officials estimate there are more than 500 night-life establishments within the loosely defined boundaries of Koreatown, the highest such concentration in the city.
FILM ON JAPANESE CAMPS
The film, titled "Time of Fear," is part of a project to preserve the long-neglected history of the two Arkansas camps. It will debut Sept. 24 during a Little Rock conference, which will reunite hundreds of former camp detainees.
WHEN THE STREETS WERE LESS MEAN
Chinatown: an island within an island, where blocks stretch without a word of English heard or seen. Like the Italians before them, its population has a historical wariness of the authorities here, and residents, especially the elderly, are notorious for not reporting crimes, the police officers say.
JACKIE CHAN'S REINVENTION
is renowned for making each stunt better than his last, but he now must
face the most death-defying act of his career: reinvention.
SAN FRANCISCO'S MANILATOWN
In the wee hours of Aug. 4, 1977, more than 50 Asian immigrants, most from the Philippines, were evicted from the International Hotel on Kearny and Jackson streets in San Francisco. Many in the community say an important part of the city's history was lost that day. On Tuesday: August 5, that history was resurrected as city officials declared a two- block corridor of Kearny Street as "Manilatown," a designation that will serve as a reminder of the first but nearly forgotten Filipino community established in San Francisco.
ROSEMARY HOM'S MURDER CASE REOPENED
Rosemary Hom arrived at Amay's Bakery and Noodle Co. just after 9 on a Saturday morning 10 years ago. She had planned for a long day at the family-owned business that makes and sells fortune cookies, almond cookies and noodles. Just before pulling her Mazda van into the underground parking garage, Hom waved to a co-worker. But she never entered the shop. A short while later, witnesses told authorities, someone drove the van away.
In late June, a few days after billionaire Philip Anschutz's big-budget movie "Around the World in 80 Days" with Jackie Chan had crashed at the box office, his top two film lieutenants sent a buck-'em-up e-mail to their dispirited troops. "While the overall performance of '80 Days' is unfortunate, it will have no impact at all on our ambitious development and production plans," the executives assured Anschutz Film Group staffers. "We will learn from this experience and move on to better commercial success in the future."
Anschutz's sense of determination and destiny has made Anschutz a very rich man in such realms as real estate, pro sports and oil. But success in Hollywood is another story.
OVERSEAS B.O. BRINGS PROFITS
Bruckheimer's "King Arthur" is just the latest epic which has
performed substantially better overseas than domestically. Still in
a town which wakes up to read the domestic weekend grosses every
Monday morning, being big in Taiwan and Germany doesn't afford quite
the same victory lap.
"SEA TURTLES" PROBLEMS IN CHINA
Over the last two decades, 600,000 mainland Chinese have left to
study abroad and 160,000, lured by stories of quick employment and
fast money, have returned in search of work, government officials
estimate. For years, they have been known as sea turtles, a pun on
hai gui, which pronounced the same but written in different
characters means "returned from overseas studies."
But many have been so unsuccessful at finding work that they've
earned a new nickname: seaweed, based on a double entendre that also
means "returned from overseas and waiting for a job."
THAI FILMMAKERS' U.S. SUCCESS
In a way, the film's success in its home country against far bigger-
budgeted Hollywood imports mirrors the heroic stand of the villagers
it depicts. Visually distinctive and shot with a documentary feel
that takes audiences inside the action in an intimate, visceral way,
it also illustrates the renewed vigor of Thai filmmaking.
DEBATING THE "HONOR CRIME"
But for those who don't consent to a marriage, the results can be
tragic. Sahjda Bibi was stabbed 22 times by her cousin on her
wedding day because he was incensed by her defiance of cultural
mores by choosing to marry a divorced man.
In a case in West London, Abdalla Yones, a Kurdish Muslim, was given
a life sentence for killing his 16-year-old daughter, Heshu, after
finding out that she was dating a Lebanese Christian. He stabbed
Heshu 11 times, sliced her throat and let her bleed to death because
he disapproved of her Western lifestyle.
TURKISH/GERMAN RAP FUSION
Turkish-German fusion finds expression in rap, as noted by children of immigrants turn to hip-hop to chart the challenges that
Germany's largest minority faces as it struggles with identity.
RUTH OZEKI'S "VACATION WITH GHOSTS"
I was curious about these Japanese children. While my features
showed that I was half-Japanese, in my heart, I was all American,
and where I came from - Connecticut - no one else looked like me.
Now, here were children whose faces mirrored mine, but who were
still not at all like me. Their tongues made high staccato sounds
that my ears could not decipher. I recall one little boy calling out
to me-taah-zan! taah-zan!-as he swung from his vine. When he landed
on the ground, he thumped his chest and yodeled. I ran back into the
LITERATURE: GHOST IN THE JUNGLE
As a writer researching a book about Hiroshima, I thought that
Tinian was a must-see destination, a key link in the chain that
began at the White House and ended over Hiroshima that hot August
day. I started checking travel agencies. That's when I got my first
surprise: practically the only way to get to Tinian is from Japan.
LALAINE - PINAY FROM LIZZIE MCGUIRE
Avid followers of the popular Disney Channel lollipop show Lizzie
McGuire (with Hilary Duff in the title role, later made into a
movie) probably didn't know that the cute bubbly girl playing
Miranda Sanchez, Lizzie's feisty best friend, is a Filipina.
LOCKE, LIM, LEE & BAUTISTA
Focused on personal portraits, SEARCHING FOR ASIAN AMERICA explores
the lives of four very different individuals: Gary Locke, the
Chinese American governor of the state of Washington; Martin
Bautista and Jeffrey Lim, Filipino physicians living in rural
Oklahoma, and Lela Lee, a young Korean American actress and the
creator of the popular web comic "Angry Little Girls."
DELL'S CEO - KEVIN B. ROLLINS
Dell chose Kevin B. Rollins as its CEO. He joined Dell in 1996 as Senior V.P. and named COO in 2001. Since then, Mr. Rollins and Mr. Dell have largely shared the duties and responsibilities for running Dell.
BLACKEYE PEAS' FILIPINO VIDEO DIRECTOR
The video -- a low-budget but remarkably polished work by a young Filipino American indie filmmaker (Patricio Ginelsa) -- is for a tune called "The Apl Song," off the Black Eyed Peas' platinum-selling album Elephunk.
NARA PRESENTS CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT DATABASES
The National Archives Great Lakes Region announces the creation of two new databases for the so-called "Chinese Exclusion Act" records of the Immigration & Naturalization Service (RG 85). While these records have been available for research at the Great Lakes Regional Archives for several years, these finding aids will enable genealogists, scholars, academics and the general public to more fully explore the information contained within the files.
BOBBY YEE - PRESIDENT OF PARIS LAS VEGAS
Bobby Yee, president of Paris Las Vegas, where "We Will Rock You"
will be presented in a 1,450-seat hall with six huge plasma screens,
notes that the hall's previous Broadway-style occupant, "Notre Dame
de Paris," didn't do well. Yee wasn't there at the time, but the
accepted explanation for its failure, he says, was its downbeat
ending. Visitors to Vegas like happy endings, and "We Will Rock You"
has one. He is continuing the trend that not only are the Strip's lights brighter than those on the Great
White Way, but its marquees might soon look as if they're actually
near Times Square, judging from the Broadway-style fare that is
R.I.P.: KYI MAUNG (MYANMAR DEMOCRACY LEADER)
Kyi Maung, a former army officer who became a leading member of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement but later fell out with its leader, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 85.
DAT PHAN FIGHTS STEREOTYPES WITH JOKES
``I deal with Bruce Lee's philosophy,'' he says. ``You can't change people with your fist by fighting all the time. . . . He exposed part of his culture with his martial arts. I expose my culture with stand-up comedy. . . . I speak my truth.''
ZHANG DANG DOODLE (HERO)
Jaws will drop because "Hero" is a floating world of a different color. Few directors since Peter Brook have had Zhang's sweet tooth for intense hues, and nobody has his rainbow eye for poetically nuanced detail. Hero is a series of tales told to the prudently paranoid king (Chen Daoming) who struggled to unite China about 2,200 years ago.
QUEST USA ON DVD
With the completion of the US broadcast schedule for Quest USA, Da Tiao Zhan, the first Chinese reality show in the US, House Films, (a New York based production company) has released a DVD of all 12 episodes available immediately.
CARLY FIORINA AIMS FOR ENTERTAINMENT BIZ
Chief Executive Carly Fiorina will sell a version of Apple Computer's iPod music player and launching a package of technology products and services for the production side of the business.
ENTERTAINMENT BIZ'S STEALTH MARKETING
With savvy consumers wary and weary of the old hard sell, advertising has shifted into covert mode.
CHINA'S FILM INDUSTRY SUCCESS IN THE U.S.
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Chinese film, Zhang trying to pull off a feat that some see as the industry's best hope for survival: create a film (House of Flying Daggers) that is commercially successful both at home and abroad. His new movie is one of the very few that could hope to compete against Western blockbusters. China has a huge population but an extremely small audience for local movies.