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

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

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

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  • John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu are Honorees at V3 June 24-25, 2016

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    2016 V3 Honorees are announced!:

    John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu

    Tickets are available now to the 2016 V3con Digital Media Conference!

    Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Actor John Cho, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and blogger Phil Yu will be 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.

    Cho will receive 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 DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 3,” will be 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 will be recognized with the Voice Award for his contributions in pushing forward the online dialogue.

    The fifth annual V3con is presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and will take 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 will highlight and expand 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, share your experiences, knowledge, endeavors, and visions with others...

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

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    June 4, 2016

    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/

  • 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

     

     

  • 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

     

     

     

     
  • 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.    http://aaja-la.org/2015/08/2015-aaja-la-scholarship-applications-being-accepted/  

    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).

    Eligibility

    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. 

     

     

     

     

  • Chol Soo Lee Sparked Early Pan-Asian American Movement (1952-2014)

    Posted by: AC Team

    CHOL SOO LEE 1952-2014

    Korean American immigrant's struggle for justice sparked an early pan-Asian American Movement

    Koream Journal, News Report, by Julie Ha Posted: Dec 04, 2014

     

    Distributed by New America Media

     

    By Julie Ha, Koream Journal

    Chol Soo Lee, a Korean American whose wrongful conviction in a 1973 San Francisco murder case galvanized a historic pan-Asian American movement to win his freedom, died Tuesday at age 62.

     He passed away after complications related to surgery, according to friends. (Photo LtoR: Chol Soo Lee with journalist K.W. Lee, at press conference date unknown) Lee, an immigrant from South Korea who came to the U.S. around middle-school age, was arrested by San Francisco police in June 1973 for the murder of Yip Yee Tak, a local Chinatown gang leader, who was shot dead in broad daylight.

     Though Lee was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison a year later, he maintained his innocence. Thanks to a group of Asian American supporters, who rallied to his side, a Korean American journalist by the name of K.W. Lee (no relation to Chol Soo Lee) began investigating the case. Lee, then a staff writer for the Sacramento Union, would write more than 100 articles that raised questions about Chol Soo Lee’s conviction. Chol Soo was much shorter than eyewitness descriptions of the gunman and had a mustache that not a single witness mentioned to police. Notably, Lee was often identified as Chinese during his trial.

     

    For more on the this story by Julie Ha, Koream Journal:

    http://iamkoream.com/chol-soo-lee-who-sparked-early-pan-asian-american-movement-dies-at-62/

    Related:

    AngryAsianMan.com 

  • October is Filipino American History Month - Oct-Nov Screenings for THE DELANO MANONGS

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    October 21, 2014

    Updates:

    New U.S. Screenings for the groundbreaking documentary directed by Marissa Aroy.

    For news go to the official website at www.delanomanongs.com

    THE DELANO MANONGS

    Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmworkers Movement

    Tuesday October 21st, 2014 - Irvine, CA University of California at Irvine Cross-Cultural Center presents the screening as part of the contemporary social issues series.  Co-sponsored by Kababayan at UCI,  Student Life & Leadership, Student Affairs.  A discussion with director, Marissa Aroy and Mayor of Cerritos Mark E. Pulido follows. 7PM  Dr. White Room, UCI Cross-Cultural Center, 106 Gateway, Irvine, CA 92697.   ======================================================================= Thursday October 23rd, 2014 - San Marcos, CA Cal State University, San Marcos Multicultural Programs, Student Life & Leadership along with SLL Cross-Cultural Center, CSUSM Library, and Kamaylayan Alliance will hold a screening with director Marissa Aroy in attendance. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM University Student Union 2310-AB, Cal State University, San Marcos, 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078. ======================================================================== Thursday October 23rd, 2014 - Honolulu, HI 

    University of Hawaii, Manoa Office of Multicultural Student Services, Hawaii Center for Food Safety, Decolornial Pina@ys, UH Food+, Friends of Operation Manong, UHM Center for Philippine Studies and UHM Departments of Ethnic Studies and American Studies sponsor a screening of The Delano Manongs in an event titled “Growing Solidarity: Food Sovereignty, Farmworkers, and Organizing”  Featuring food, films and discussion.

    5:30-8:00PM Shidler Bus Ad D106 (corner of Maile Way & University Ave) call 956-7348 for more information http://www.hawaii.edu/calendar/manoa/2014/10/23/25014.html?et_id=33009  =============================================================================== Friday October 24th, 2014 -...
  • Sumi Sevilla Haru, SAG-AFTRA Leader 1939-2014

    Posted by: AC Team

    October 16, 2014

    Los Angeles

    AFTRA mourns the passing of national board member and former interim Screen Actors Guild President Sumi Sevilla Haru, who died October 16, 2014 at age 75.

    “It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president.

    Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”


    Haru joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations for multiple terms since 1974. She served as interim president of Screen Actors Guild in 1995, the first and only woman of color to hold the position (image to the left is of Barry Gordon passing the gavel to Sumi Haru in 1995).

    Haru also served as a delegate at both AFTRA and SAG-AFTRA conventions. In 2013, she was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board of the merged SAG-Sumi Sevilla Haru, SAG-AFTRA Leader 1939-2014

    AFTRA.

In 1995, she became the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a national vice president of the AFL-CIO, a position she filled for six years. Haru was a co-founder and national chair of SAG's Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee and Western national chair of AFTRA’s Equal Employment Opportunities Committee.

    Haru originated the EEOC Career Day and helped develop SAG's affirmative action conferences. She was a negotiator of "American Scene" language and affirmative action clauses for SAG’s national TV/Theatrical and Commercials contracts and for AFTRA’s national Network Television and Commercials agreements. She chaired SAG’s Legislative Committee and...

  • Robin Williams RIP 1951-2014

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    August 11, 2014

    Sad and shocking news about Robin Williams dying today. What a brilliant talent, gone too soon. Here's a shot from our onstage interview at the Mill Valley Film Festival, celebrating his career as an actor as well as a comedian. Thanks, Robin, for all the laughs and your good heart.  - Ben Fong-Torres 

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