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

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    San Francisco

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

    On Saturday March 19 at 2:30pm meet the student finalists, teachers and special guests for a screening and awards ceremony as part of the events of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFEST 2016.

    For details for tickets and location click here.

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


    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:



    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!  

    The 1990 Institute is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3)...
  • OSCARS - Chris Rock's Asian Joke ignites Backlash

    Posted by: AC Team

    April 21, 2016

    Saturday, April 235:00 pm – 6:30 pmJapanese American National Museum100 N. Central AvenueADMISSION IS FREESince the slights against Asians at the Oscars, producers, directors and actors have mobilized to find solutions – and the Academy is listening. Asia Society Southern California and Visual Communications are presenting a town hall discussion at the C3 Conference during the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Speakers include:George Takei, a path-breaking actor and prominent advocate for inclusivenessJanet Yang and Arthur Dong, two of the Academy members who helped spearhead the letter campaign and are in current talks with Academy leadersDaniel Mayeda, Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media CoalitionEmerlynn Lampitoc, Manager, Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, DisneyKiko Washington, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. EntertainmentMarc Bernardin, Film Editor, Los Angeles TimesPhil Yu (Moderator) | Angry Asian ManThe town hall discussion is sponsored by IW Group.

    March 18, 2016

    PRI's The World reporter Ada Tseng writes that It wasn't until the protest letter signed by 25 members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences became public that AMPAS' CEO Dawn Hudson issued a swift apology. And it wasn't until George Takei called AMPAS's apology "patronizing" and "a bland, corporate response" that Hudson scheduled a future meeting with the 25 members to show them that the Academy leaders were serious about these issues.

    Tseng writes, that it was filmmaker Freida Lee Mock who wrote the first draft of the protest letter. Documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong and Hollywood public relations executive David Magdael were also penning letters, but joined with others on Mock's letter.



    PRI's The World story by Ada Tseng:

  • CAAMFEST 2016 March 10 - 20 San Francisco and Oakland

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai


    The Center for Asian American Media presents CAAMFThe Center for Asian American Media presents CAAMFest 2016, a celebration of Asian American film, music, and food, Thursday-Sunday, March 10th-20th in San Francisco and Oakland.

    CAAMFest, now in its 34th year features a diverse showcase of 100 narrative films, documentaries, and special events, where you can meet emerging and veteran filmmakers and artists from around the world.

    Find the complete list of film screenings and events and buy your tickets today at

  • 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, a website powered by Humana, one of the nation’s largest carriers of Medicare plans. Maximize Your Medicare is available at

    Related: - Official U.S. government site for Medicare



  • #OscarsSoWhite - Few Asian Americans honored with Oscar Nominations - Chris Rock Hosts the Oscars

    Posted by: AC Team


    February 29, 2016

    Congratulations to South Asian Canadian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. She won an Oscar for her short documentary, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness." It is her second Oscar for the Pakistani Canadian filmmaker.


    February 28, 2016

    Whether you decide to skip viewing the Oscars this year or not, let's celebrate the few Asian Americans who won Academy Award nominations this year. (click the top headline for the full article)

    Despite the lack of nonwhite nominees in the acting categories, hooray - several Asian Americans are nominated for Oscars for their work on animated films: Sanjay Patel (nominated for Best Animated Short Film. Sanjay directed Pixar's Sanjay's Super Team), Ronnie del Carmen (Ronnie co-directed, and is credited with Peter Docter for the original story of Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out." Ronnie and several others on Disney/Pixar's team were nominated for Best Original Screenplay for "Inside Out"), and Rosa Tran (Rosa, picture to the left, is the producer of the stop-motion Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson film "Anomalisa" which is nominated in the Best Animated Feature category), and Canadian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is nominated in the short docoumentary category for her short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness."

    In just hours from now, Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards which is expected to reach upwards of 40 million viewers domestically, and millions more in 225+ countries worldwide. For years he's been outspoken about race and the entertainment industry. 

    I will also be searching for presenters of color and look forward to Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones), who will be one of the presenters with Pharrell (@Pharrell).

    The uproar (#OscarsSoWhite) over the absence of nonwhite Oscar nominees in the acting categories for the second year is part of a long-running problem that runs deep in Hollywood. 

    Let's hope the industry finally changes with the times - the demographic profle of movie goers is...

  • 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




  • 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

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

    Save the date! June 24-25, 2016 

    Japanese American National Museum 

    100 North Central Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    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. 

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