• Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!
    January 7, 2015 HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY BEN! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jann Wenner, publisher and co-founder of Rolling Stone who is 69 today! Best wishes for many happy and healthy years to come! Ben and Jann are looking at photos of themselves from the early days when Rolling Stone started in San Francisco. As super busy as Ben is, he has graciously contributed commentary to our pages...

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  • Rising Tohoku Food Fair August 20-23, 2015 in Torrance, CA

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Los Angeles –


    Rising Tohoku Food Fair comes to Torrance, California 

    August 20-23, 2015 


    Food, dance, craft workshops including origami, Japanese lantern-making, and writing of wishes on tanzaku are among the exciting offerings at the Rising Tohoku Food Fair, which celebrates the Tohoku region of Japan at the 4 day event.


    Mascots such as Fukushima City's Momorin rabbit will be available for photos with Fair attendess. Momorin, one of four city mascots to appear at the Fair, represents Fukushima's momo (peaches) and ringo (apples)


    “We are so pleased that the Rising Tohoku Food Fair helps to draw attention to the seriousness of the Japanese earthquake and brings awareness to the ongoing recovery of the culturally rich Tohoku region which has so much to offer in terms of flavorful and refined cuisine, beautiful crafts, and goodwill,” says Hiroshi Kamata, Chairman of the Federation of Six Tohoku Prefecture Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


    Mitsuwa Marketplace is located at 21515 Western Avenue in Torrance. Fair hours are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. The full schedule of dance and festival presentations, crafts workshops, photo sessions with mascots and food fair can be found at the website.


  • LA Area College Students - Apply Now for a $2,500 AAJA-LA Journalism Scholarship

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    August 12, 2015

    The Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles is pleased to announce the opening of its annual scholarship competition. 

    The chapter will award several scholarships of $2,500 each to full-time college students in the Greater Los Angeles Area.    If you are a student, we hope you will take part. We are here to support your studies and career advancement. If you are not a student but know of one, please forward this information.  Applications deadline is Sept. 25, 2015.  

    From its inception in 1981 as our organization’s founding chapter, AAJA-LA has been committed to supporting the next generation of journalists. Through the years, the chapter has made the scholarship program the centerpiece of its fundraising efforts.

    The program also serves as a way to connect our past and future. In addition to several general awards, the chapter gives two scholarships in memory of early members of our chapter: the Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship, given to a promising broadcast student, and the Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, with preference given to a student who is from the Inland Empire or who demonstrates special financial need.

    Our 2014 scholarship winners included students with varied experiences in audio, print, multimedia and web: Karin Chan (UCLA), Jennifer Crane (UCLA), Anastassia Olmos (USC), Cameron Quon (USC), Kevin Tsukii(USC) and Vivian Vu (Chapman University).


    Students who are committed to AAJA’s mission and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career. Full-time students who are enrolled in colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties and taking journalism or related courses and pursuing careers in journalism. Membership in AAJA is encouraged for all applicants and required for those selected to receive scholarships. For membership...
  • A Misty August Night in Nikko, Japan by Photographer Linh Phung

    Posted by: AC Team

    The Mystical Energy of Toshogu Shrine

    Travels by Linh Phung

    On a humid and misty August day, I traveled to Nikko, Japan, a small town where nobody goes out after 11 PM. I remember being out a little past 11 with a friend and the owner of the hostel drove to look for us because he was worried.

    It’s a tourist town where everyone goes to visit the Toshogu shrine (東照宮) during the summer or ski during winter.

    There’s something undeniably mysterious about the shrine area - an odd, inexplicable energy that made my hair stand up when I was hiking by myself up some off-beaten trail surrounded by soft moss and graceful cedar trees. 





  • Its Official! Jeremy Lin says he's joining the Charlotte Hornets

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    July 8, 2015

    It's Official! Jeremy Lin has announced on his website and on his Facebook page that he's joining the Charlotte Hornets. 

    Jeremy posted: "Going into my first true free agency as an NBA player this off-season, the one thing that mattered to me the most was finding a team that would be a good fit for me.

    I wanted to be on a team where I would be able to play freely and truly play the game I love with joy again.

    That has always been the most important thing to me. After a LOT of prayer and long discussions with family and friends,

    I wanted to personally let you guys know I'll be joining the Charlotte Hornets. 

    My journey has never looked the way I (or anyone else) thought it would, but God has always worked things out for my good and I am confident that he will continue to do so.

    I want to thank Coach Clifford and the Hornets organization for this opportunity - for taking the time to talk to me, understanding my game, and most importantly, making it clear they believe in me.

    For those of you who have been patiently waiting for news, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for joining me on this journey.

    To the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles, thank you for your support this past season. 

    I have no idea what is coming next, but I promise I will do everything in my power to contribute to this team and to improve as a player and as a person. Here’s to the next chapter!" ‪#‎audienceofOne‬ ‪#‎BuzzCity‬

  • V3con Honors Actor Randall Park, Yahoo Style's Joe Zee and Buzzfeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Los Angeles

    by Suzanne Joe Kai, board member

    Photo: Dao Nguyen Publisher, Buzzfeed

    The fourth annual V3con, presented this Friday evening and all-day Saturday by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, recognizes the “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media. An awards reception will take place Friday evening June 26, 2015 and an all day conference the following day June 27 with a full schedule of panels and workshops at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 

    Honorees recognized at this year's awards reception Friday evening are Dao Nguyen, the publisher of Buzzfeed (photo), actor Randall Park of ABC TV's “Fresh Off the Boat,” and Joe Zee, Yahoo Style Editor in Chief.

    More than 500 attendees from around the nation and Canada are expected to participate in the events this year. The packed day of seminars on Saturday boasts a wide range of interests. Here are a few highlights:

    A morning session includes a workshop on the tools and best practises of podcasting led by podcast writers and producers Tanzila Ahmed, Host, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast; Ann Friedman, Co-host, Call your Girlfriend; and Andrew Ti, Creator, Yo, Is This Racist?

    A seminar on covering emerging communities will be led by panelists Amna Nawaz, Managing Editor, NBC News Asian America; Suevon Lee, Editor in Chief, KoreAmJournal; and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times.

    Two writing coaches will host training sessions. Steve Padilla, assistant national editor at the Los Angeles Times, will give tips on how to write better. Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, The Dallas Morning News will coach writers and storytellers on how to get to the heart of a story. 

    ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono, a board member of, will host a conversation with two executives who have broken the glass ceiling, Jeanne Mau, Vice President, CBS Diversity and Joe Zee, Editor in...

  • What happened to "Aloha?"

    Posted by: AC Team

    June 1, 2015

    After reading the reviews, a few of us still bravely ventured out on Monday, after the opening weekend curious to see what all the bashing and yammering was all about.

    We sat in a theater that was unexpectedly full of moviegoers who also bought tickets to see "Aloha."

    Surprise - We thought the movie was entertaining. So that puts us in RottenTomatoes' 40% positive audience score and 18% positive critics ratings. Despite some reviewers saying the film was hard to follow, we got it, including the 'surprise' twist at the end.

    Ok, we like Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, and John Krasinski, but would have loved to see Asian faces on the screen in lead roles. Come on - even just one! (Sigh) The fact that Cameron Crowe intended one of his lead characters to be half-Asian in his script - that was promising - but that was only on paper. Not enough.

    So, what happened? A perfect storm of critics, revealing email leaks from the Sony hack, and the unfortunate casting of Emma Stone to play a half Asian character, and in Hawaii no-less, a land where the majority population is comprised of Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Asian Pacific Islanders.

    Unfortunate because Emma Stone is one of the hottest bankable actresses in Hollywood today, but she was cast in a no-win role that is an easy target to illustrate the continuing underrepresentation of Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander actors in leading roles in Hollywood movies.

    Just think of the missed opportunities to cast actors from diverse ethnic backgrounds in Hollywood movies. Latinos, for example, buy at least 20% of the opening-weekend audience for the highest-grossing summer movies according to data compiled by Nielsen and Univision. Asians, comprise 7% of frequent U.S. moviegoers in 2013 according to the MPAA. Internationally, and specifically in China, the potential market is huge. 


    AsianConnections: December 30, 2014 Still Few Leading Roles...

  • JANM Announces Acquisition of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    May 2, 2015


    JANM Announces Acquisition of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts


    Public auction of the items averted through aligned interests of museum, Japanese American community, auction house, consignor.

    Painting by Estelle Peck Ishigo - Photo by Rago Arts and Auction Center


    The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) tonight announced it has acquired a collection of more than 400 pieces of historical art and artifacts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.  The announcement was made by JANM president and CEO Greg Kimura, during JANM’s annual Gala, which also honored actor and activist George Takei with the museum’s Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service.



    LOS ANGELES —The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) announced today that it has acquired a collection of more than 400 pieces of historical art and artifacts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. JANM’s acquisition ensures these artifacts will be properly preserved and honors the interests of Japanese Americans across the country who expressed concern for the future of these items.


    JANM worked through Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey and the consignor to acquire the private collection, which includes artifacts and photographs collected by Allen Hendershott Eaton who wrote a book in 1952 publicizing the injustice of America’s concentration camps for Japanese Americans, where more than 120,000 men, women, and children were kept behind barbed wire by their own country.

    “The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to share this story,” said JANM President and CEO Greg Kimura. “We honor the sacrifice of our forebears who suffered to prove their loyalty to the U.S. by ensuring that such Constitutional violations never happen again. I’m very pleased that our museum, Rago Arts and Auction Center, and the John Ryan family of Connecticut, which...

  • Eddie Huang Tweets "I don't watch #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork"

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    April 8, 2015

    Eddie Huang, whose life and memoir inspired the ABC TV show Fresh Off the Boat went on Twitter last night to say, "For the record I don't watch #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork."  In separate messages, he continued to Tweet:

    "I'm happy people of color are able to see a reflection of themselves through on @ABCNetwork but I don't recognize it."

    "My only goal was to represent my Taiwanese-Chinese-American experience & I did that. We also proved viewers want diverse content so make it!

    "I had to say something because I stood by the pilot. After that it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life. I don't think it is helping us to perpetuate an artificial representation of Asian American lives and we should address it."

    Eddie Huang has a point. Maybe this is a good launching point for a discussion - again - on stereotypes of Asian Americans in the media.

    Writer for, E. Alex Jung poses the question, "how do we make it better, more real, more "true"? For his full story go here to



  • Actor Ken Jeong talks about his darkest moment in Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall"

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Community actor Ken Jeong learned about his wife Tran's diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer just as he was close to winning a part in The Hangover. Click here to and view Jeong's deeply personal story which was filmed as part of Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall" an accompaniment to this month's three-part PBS documentary series Cancer:The Emperor of All Maladies

    Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event on PBS presented by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C.

    Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made.

    This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence.

    The series also features the current status of cancer knowledge and treatment —the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.


  • Happy 70th Birthday to Ben Fong-Torres!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    January 7, 2015

    HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY BEN! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jann Wenner, publisher and co-founder of Rolling Stone who is 69 today! Best wishes for many happy and healthy years to come!

    Ben and Jann are looking at photos of themselves from the early days when Rolling Stone started in San Francisco. As super busy as Ben is, he has graciously contributed commentary to our pages here at since 2000. Thank you!

    This photo was taken at Rolling Stone's offices in New York by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and former staff photographer for the New York Times, Marilynn K. Yee for our feature documentary currently in production LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The LIfe & Times of Ben Fong-Torres.






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