• 1915 - 2015 Grace Lee Boggs Writer, Activist, Philosopher

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    1915 - 2015 Grace Lee Boggs Writer, Activist, Philosopher
    Detroit Memorial services are planned October 31, 2015 in Detroit for Grace Lee Boggs, an activist and philosopher who relentlessly fought for civil rights, black power, feminism, labor and environmental justice. Ms. Boggs passed away peacefully October 5, 2015 at her home in Detroit at the age of 100. Boggs, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and her late husband James were involved...

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  • Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to late Minoru Yasui by President Obama

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    November 16, 2015

    President Obama will award the late civil rights pioneer Minoru Yasui with the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House's highest civilian honor on November 24, 2015. 

    "A posthumous award to Minoru Yasui would close the circle of honor that surrounds the three men (Minoru Yasui, Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi) who, in 1942, challenged the forced removal and imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry," Holly Yasui, Minoru Yasui's daughter and co-chair of the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee told NBC News. 

    Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Gordon Hirabayashi was awarded posthumously in 2012. 

    Photo credit: 1983 Coram Nobis Litigants (LtoR) Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu Courtesy of Holly Yasui and Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee.jpg

    For more on the story:

    NBC News Asian America - Minoru Yasui

    NBC News Asian America - Crowdfunding campaign for Minoru Yasui film

    Minoru Yasui - Wikipedia

    Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee




  • 1915 - 2015 Grace Lee Boggs Writer, Activist, Philosopher

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai


    Memorial services are planned October 31, 2015 in Detroit for Grace Lee Boggs, an activist and philosopher who relentlessly fought for civil rights, black power, feminism, labor and environmental justice.

    Ms. Boggs passed away peacefully October 5, 2015 at her home in Detroit at the age of 100. Boggs, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and her late husband James were involved in advocacy, notably helping organize a 1963 march in Detroit by Martin Luther King Jr. Ms. Boggs earned a Ph.D. degree at Bryn Mawr College in philosophy. Ms. Boggs founded community organizations, and wrote books on her vision of a revolution in America.

    The photo with Ms. Boggs in conversation with MSNBC's Richard Lui was taken at V3 the Asian American Journalists Association Los Angeles chapter's sponsored conference on June 15, 2014.

    The memorial service planned for October 31, 2015 at 11:00am to 2:00pm in Detroit, Michigan is sponsored by IBEW Local 58. The Grace Lee Boggs Memorial Committee organizers are requesting attendees to RSVP via

    IBEW Local 58

    1358 Abbott Street

    Detroit, MI 48226


    Books by Grace Lee Boggs:

    The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, authored with Scott Kurashige.

    Living for Change: An Autobiography.

    Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century

    A documentary about her life and work - American Revolutionary: The Grace Lee Boggs Story.

    POV is streaming the film by filmmaker Grace Lee for free until November 4, 2015

    The Los Angeles Times

    The Guardian

    The New York Times 

  • A Father's three decade search for his kidnapped son - an amazing story by writer Scott Herhold

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    September 27, 2015

    Glendale, California

    Journalist Scott Herhold working for the San Jose Mercury News has uncovered a story of a father who never gave up hope searching for his son who was 5 months old when he was kidnapped aboard a Thai fishing boat 31 years ago.

    The family was escaping Vietnam to find a better life.

    Herhold learned about the father's three-decade efforts to find his son through friends of the father's daughter who lives in San Jose, California.

    Even though the father, Viet Vam Ngo lived 350 miles away in Southern California, Herhold decided to follow through and go beyond the San Jose Mercury News' local readership region to chronicle the story.

    Scott Herhold's report transcends time and place, and is a must read here. 

  • Watch Tuesdays at 8:30pm/7:30c Season 2 Premiere of FRESH OFF THE BOAT

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Now that the season is open - Watch the show Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c!

    ABC's FRESH OFF THE BOAT returns for its Season 2 Premiere Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30/7:30c. and report that Shaquille O/Neal will be a guest star in Season 2.

    Here is the Season 2 premiere poster inspired by artist Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks."

    You can catch up on the show here at

    Related articles:

    February 4, 2015 8 Reasons we need Fresh Off the Boat to succeed by TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen 

    March 10, 2015 ABC TVs Fresh Off the Boat commentary by State's Jennifer Lai, Angry Asian Man's Phil Yu, and performance poet and social activist Bao Phi.

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

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    August 12, 2015

    Don't miss this great opportunity! The deadline is September 25, 2015!

    The Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles is pleased to announce 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.  

    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...
  • 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. 





  • 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...

  • 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.


  • 8 Reasons We Need Fresh Off the Boat to Succeed by TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 4, 2015

    Update! Ok! Now that "Fresh Off the Boat" has officially made its debut tonight, here are 8 reasons from TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen why we need this network sitcom to succeed.

    Nguyen writes, "Fresh Off the Boat is an imperfect comedy, but that doesn't stop me for fiercely, passionately wanting it to succeed." On Nguyen's list: "It's time Asians stopped being "The Other" Please read her full article at here. 

    “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network sitcom about an Asian-American family in 20 years. The last was Margaret Cho’s short-lived “All-American Girl” in 1994 and 1995. Randall Park (The Interview) plays the father of a Taiwanese immigrant family. The cast includes children Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, and Forrest Wheeler, and the mother is played by Constance Wu. 


    Why We Need Fresh Off the Boat to Succeed by Hanh Nguyen,

    Wall Street Journal by Don Steinberg February 4, 2015


  • Still Few Leading Roles for Asian Actors in Hollywood Movies - But the Star is Rising for Randall Park and Miyavi

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai


    Asian American actors are still largely missing from the big screen in major roles. A year-end wrap up shows small gains for major movie roles for Asian American actors in Hollywood.

    Even for Asian actors who are not American, major roles in a current Hollywood movie are scarce.

    First time actor Takamasa Ishihara from Japan made the most of his opportunity.

    Ishihara, a 33 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer known to his fans as Miyavi gave a chilling break-out performance as the brutal sergeant in Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken."

    Ishihara's role as Sergeant Matsuhiro Watanabe was so intense, he told Vanity Fair's Natalie Finn "It's a story that is still painful for my country," ... "But she (Director Angelina Jolie) told me she wanted to make a bridge between all countries that had conflict. She was very persuasive." And after filming some of the more violent scenes, "I couldn't stop crying," he admitted.

    Ishihara has two daughters with American-born wife, Melody Ishihara, a fashion designer, who was a former TV show host and J-Pop singer known as Melody Miyuki Ishikawa.

    One notable win to be celebrated for an Asian American actor in a Hollywood movie is Randall Park's role in "The Interview." 

    While the hacking scandal at Sony has grabbed international headlines for the comedy "The Interview" and its stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, some writers in the Asian American blogosphere have been abuzz about American actor Randall Park, praising his performance in the movie as Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader.  

    Park, 40, said there was very little footage of Kim Jong-un available to research his role. He reviewed video of Kim Jong-un from HBO's show "Vice" about basketball star Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea. 

    Prior to "The Interview" Park was previously best known for his role on the HBO comedy series "Veep," as Minnesota Govenor Danny Chung, and has made a number of guest appearances on other television...

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