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  • ROSE PAK (1947 - 2016) San Francisco's Tireless Leader

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    September 18, 2016 

    San Francisco

    by Suzanne Joe Kai

    Its not fair, Rose. You left us way too soon. This portrait of you looking good was taken just a week ago on September 9 by photographer Frank Jang, another San Francisco treasure. 

    So many stories are running through my mind... We shared some great, crazy times. I will miss you dearly. 

    I'll never forget the evening decades ago I was driving with you through a narrow, dark alley in San Francisco Chinatown at the height of that period when gang wars were terrorizing and murdering people.  

    We were going out together just the two of us, and we could see youth blocking the alley and hear what sounded like a war zone between feuding gangs.

    As we got closer we could see their faces - Rose you grabbed and lit cherry bombs I had in my car leftover from the Chinese New Year, and threw them back at them yelling 'get out of our way!' They did. 

    Rose, you then waved and smiled at the youth, we both giggled, as they stepped back from our car. I sped out of the alley. I'll never forget that.  

    I was a 22 yr old TV news reporter for KRON TV (NBC). You wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. Chinatown was your beat, and no one was going to mess with your home.

    Those days are long over, thanks to you and other community leaders. You stayed and devoted your life to make the community a better, safer place and you were still on a mission with many new improvement projects.

    We can see that in the sparkle in your eyes, as captured in photographer Frank Jang's portrait of you.

    Rose - Thank you for being brave and relentless all these years, fighting for the underdog, for the voiceless, the forgotten, the poor, for immigrants, for women, for youth, and for all the good you have done looking after all of us. May you rest in peace.

    Rose Pak portrait photographed by Frank Jang on September 9, 2016

    Rose worked briefly for the New York Times, and spent eight years as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle...

  • RIP Edward Albee - American Playwright 1928 - 2016

    Posted by: AC Team

    Playwrights Edward Albee and David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

    RIP Edward Albee, American Playwright

    1928 - September 16, 2016

    Albee was last photographed by Lia Chang on our pages here in 2013, and is re-posted below. Albee was with playwright David Henry Hwang:

    New York City

    by Lia Chang

    The Dance and the Railroad is extended through March 24, 2013.

    Click on the title link above to go to the full story.

    Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) celebrated Signature Theatre’s revival of The Dance and The Railroad starring Ruy Iskandar as Ma and Yuekun Wu as Lone, and directed by May Adrales, which opened February 25, 2013.

                         Edward Albee and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

    Renowned playwright and multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") was among Hwang's honored guests to attend the opening night performance. The play is at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York. 

    Ruy Iskandar, David Henry Hwang and Yuekun Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

    The Dance and The Railroad premiered as part of a commission by the New Federal Theatre in 1981, and had its professional debut on July 16, 1981 Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. It was directed by John Lone, with Lone and Tzi Ma in the cast. The Dance and The Railroad is set on a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad where two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a 1982 Drama Desk Award. The Dance and The Railroad follows the twice-extended Golden Childas the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series.

    Ruy Iskandar, David Henry Hwang and Yuekun Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

    The design team includes Mimi Lien (Scenic Design), Jennifer Moeller (Costume Design), Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Design), Broken Chord...

  • Constance Wu on 'Whitewashing' - Our Heroes don't look like Matt Damon

    Posted by: AC Team

    August 1, 2016

    Once again, another case of 'Whitewashing' - this time its Matt Damon who plays a warrior defending the Great Wall of China.

    The movie is director Zhang Yimou's English-language debut, "The Great Wall."

    Actress Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat"), writes on Twitter that this perpetuates a 'ractist myth - that only a (sic) white man can save the world.' 

    "It's not based in actual fact. Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela.

    Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time."

    CNN writer Sandra Gonzalez provides 20 images in her story of examples of White actors cast as ethnic characters. 

     

     

     

  • Jeremy Lin signs $36M 3 Year Deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Posted by: AC Team

    July 11, 2016 

    Jeremy LIn is back in New York - actually Brooklyn playing starting guard for the Brooklyn Nets.

    Is there pressure to make Linsanity happen again?

    In a report by Zach Harper at CBSSports.com quoting the Nets Daily, Lin says he's "far past that" and won't let the pressure of comments, stories, and possible attention get int he way of concentrating on his play on the court.

    Here's a video of a press conference with Jeremy Lin on Nets Daily filmed by Popo Chung. https://youtu.be/KwWY5yTuV3I

    All good, Jeremy. Go - Jeremy - Go!

     

    Related: 

    Nets Daily - Jeremy Lin: Attracted by Brooklyn Nets "blank slate"

    CBSSports.com - Jeremy Lin not worried about replicating 'Linsanity' in Brooklyn

  • The Academy Invites 70 Asian and Asian Americans to Join

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    July 1, 2016

    Asian and Asian Americans received 70 of the 683 invitations issued June 29 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

    While it is one small step forward, we celebrateevery single invitation to an Asian or Asian American. One invitation which was long overdue, is to veteran actor James Hong, 87, who has been acting, producing and directing in Hollywood since the 1950s.

    Our 3 part candid interview with James Hong on the dismal state of Asian Americanacting opportunities in Hollywood was filmed by our interview team on December 2, 2008. Hong told AsianConnections.com, "We're still the gimmick people...we're still the waiters...it doesn't feel right...we've waited too long for (this) to happen." He told us that nearly eight years ago.

    Congratulations Mr. Hong, and Congratulations All.  Click here for AsianConnections' 3 part interview with James Hong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6D2HTed5Q

    While it is a record number of invitations to new members to join due to the Academy's efforts to increase diversity among its membership, Minh Nguyen writes in her report for NBC News Asian America titled "Asian-American Representation in the Academy: Has Much Changed?" the addition to this year's class only pushes the Academy's demographicsfrom 8 percent to 11 percent people of color.

    The Los Angeles Times' Glenn Whipp writes, "It's a first step. And an exceptional one, provided its not the only one. 

    AsAmNews writer Ed Diokno says "the needle towards inclusivenessand diversity has barely moved..." "Hardly enough to make a significantchange in the Academy’s voting patterns."

  • Leroy Chiao former NASA Astronaut reports on State of U.S. Space Program

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

     

    LEROY CHIAO FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT

    Former NASA astronaut and ISS commander Leroy Chiao, and Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation issued a report "LOST IN SPACE" on the state of the U.S. space program on May 19, 2016. Read the entire report at The Mark News website.    Chiao and Pulham's report says, "The U.S. space program is handicapped by a lack of funding – and, even more crucially, a lack of clear direction. So much so that the U.S. now risks watching from the sidelines as other world powers – notably Russia and China – take the lead in establishing a base on the moon as a stepping stone for a human mission to Mars.    As the race for president of the United States moves closer to Election Day, the candidates’ near silence on space-related issues becomes more conspicuous – and more unsettling."

    Read more by Dr. Leroy Chiao at his website LeroyChiao.com

    RELATED:

    November 13, 2014

    Leroy Chiao former NASA Astronaut: Philae's comet landing is "Amazing"

    Philae's historic comet landing today is 'amazing' says former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao. Read his commentary at CNN.com

    Chiao was Commander of the International Space Station during ISS Expedition 10 where he lived on board from October 13, 2004 to April 23, 2005. During his 15 years at NASA, he flew four space missions, performed six spacewalks and has logged nearly 230 days in space.

    In 2004 and 2005, Chiao communicated from space to editor Lia Chang to post here at AsianConnections. Today, Chiao is busy working in space technology research and ventures, and is a popular motivational speaker and educator.   

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    In 2004 and 2005 Astronaut Leroy Chiao transmitted blog posts and Q&A with editor Lia Chang for AsianConnections. Most of the communication was conducted beginning with the Expedition 10 mission pre-launch period and continued to transmit from space beginning in October, 2004 while he was Commander of the International Space Station for six and a half...

  • John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu are 2016 Honorees at V3

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    2016 V3 Honorees!:

    John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu

    Actor John Cho, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and blogger Phil Yu were honored at this year’s V3 Digital Media Conference special awards ceremony on June 24 to kick off the full day V3 conference on June 25, 2016.

    Cho received the Visibility Award. He has starred in a number of film and television shows, including successful franchises such as “Star Trek” and “Harold & Kumar,” and was recently featured in #StarringJohnCho, a viral social media campaign promoting the need for Asian American leads in Hollywood. 

    Yuh Nelson, the director of Dream Works Animation’s  “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 3,” was honored with the Vision Award for being at the forefront of the animation space. She is the winner of two Annie Awards for her work on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.”

    Yu is the founder and editor of Angry Asian Man, the host of the Sound and Fury podcast and co-host of “Angry Asian America” on ISAtv. He was recognized with the Voice Award for his contributions in pushing forward the online dialogue.

    The fifth annual V3con was presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and took place at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo with an opening reception sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal on June 24 and a full day conference on June 25. 

    V3con highlights and expands multi-platform Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communications by gathering thought-provoking AAPI online journalists, creative social media communicators, seasoned bloggers and those interested in engaging on digital platforms. In this unique, one-day conference setting, attendees can share their experiences, knowledge, endeavors, and visions with others during interactive panels and workshops.

    To see a full list of our past honorees, please click HERE .

    See more at:

  • Helping to fix the Academy's Diversity Problem - Los Angeles Times

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Hollywood

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership decides who gets to win the Oscars and up to now the members are 94% white and 77% male.

    The Los Angeles Times has issued its own tip sheet on 100 potential member candidates to help diversify the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership. Lisa Nishimura, NETFLIX's VP Original Documentary/Comedy and Alex Cabellero, NALIP's Executive Director are two executives on the Los Angeles Times' list. (image left) 

    As we write this, industry professionals are meeting this weekend in a private 'summit' on what should be the next steps to take after the initial protest letter signed by 25 members was sent to the Academy.

    The #OscarsSoWhite and ongoing Whitewashing - white actors playing Asian characters are topics that have been going on for decades, but the recent backlash has reached a tipping point of activism with well-established industry insiders now starting to stand up, speak up and and fight for change.  

    At 2pm today, June 4, 2016 there is a panel on the topic at the Producers Guild of America's annual conference at Sony Studios in Culver City, "Produced By LA 2016."

    The Los Angeles Times list is here:

    http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-et-mn-academy-diversity-candidates/

  • SF - 1990 Institute's 2016 "Youth Voices on China" CAAMFEST Video Finalist Screenings

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    San Francisco

     

    The 1990Institute.org awarded $30,000 in prizes to winners of its Videograms to the White House contest and the best cultural exchange ideas for US & China youth.

     

    The event, as part of 2016 CAAMFEST was a big success - go to 1990Institute.org for future dates and events!

     

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    On March 19, 2016 student finalists, teachers and special guests gathered for a screening and awards ceremony as part of the events of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFEST 2016.

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    Sat March 19 |  Youth Voices on ChinaAwards Bash + CAAMFest Screening

    MEET OUR 2016 STUDENT FINALISTS & SOCIAL AWARD NOMINEES!

    2:30pm  CAAMFest Premier Screening + Awards 4:00pm  Gala Reception & Special Social Media Panel Tickets:  $8 students under 18 | $15 adults

    Join our YVOC Awards Bash & Screening with Joan Chen, our student finalists, teachers, special guests.  It'll be a fun afternoon with a great CAAMFest premiere in Japantown's New People Theater, followed by delectable Hawaiian food!  

    Come meet some of our judges (who had tough judging criteria), including Alibaba's Annie Xu, Tonia Hsieh, Stephanie Yang, George Lucas Educational Foundation's Milton Chen, New York Times' Katie Brenner, plus Assemblymember David Chiu's staff!

    Plus a special panel:

     

    BONUS -- CALLING ALL JEREMY LIN FANS!

    Don't miss our reception's special 30-minute  "Power of Video and Social Media Panel:" featuring  experts who will discuss their video and social media strategy work for the White House, the Olympics, Tencent, and Jeremy Lin, and their US-China careers:

     Edward Lee Jan Lin with Patricia SunJeremy Lin's Business Manager.  This engaging, interactive session is mainly geared to our student audience, who will also come away with video-making and social media tips...and how to win Youth Voices next year!

    Get your YVOC Awards Bash Tickets Today!...

  • Author Jae W. Oh Demystifies Medicare

    Posted by: AC Team

    If you are one of the 10,000 people turning 65 everyday in the United States, you are eligible to apply for Medicare but you might want to wait, or apply three months before the month you turn 65. Confusing? Yes.

    Medicare expert Jae Oh recently published a valuable resource, Maximize Your Medicare, 2016 Edition.  

    Medicare currenly has 55 million beneficiaries. Many Americans eligible for Medicare have no idea how Medicare works and the many choices that each individual must make can be confusing or easily misunderstood.

    Maximize Your Medicare explains how to choose and why. What you can choose may be very different from what you should choose. The book provides analysis and advice in plain-spoken English with NEW, UPDATED 2016 Premiums, and cost-sharing details.

    The book offers tips on how to get extra benefits and explains benefits that you may not have known existed. There are sections which describe some specific groups of beneficiaries, from veterans to governmental employees to the seriously ill.

    Special attention is devoted to those that are part of employer-sponsored group plans.

    Given the rapid changes to retiree healthcare benefits, it means that those who believed that they were "all set," will be required to learn the new language of Medicare. 

     

    Jae W. Oh, MBA, CFP®, CLU® ChFC® is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant, a licensed insurance producer, and a contributor on www.mymedicareanswers.com, a website powered by Humana, one of the nation’s largest carriers of Medicare plans. Maximize Your Medicare is available at Amazon.com.

    Related: 

    Medicare.gov - Official U.S. government site for Medicare

     

     

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