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  • Kala Kaawa wears his Malo to accept his diploma from the University of Hawaii

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Kala Kaawa wears his Malo to accept his diploma from the University of Hawaii
    December 20, 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii 23 year-old native Hawaiian Kala Kaawa graduated from the University of Hawaii and was receiving his diploma during the winter commencement ceremony. He earned two bachelor's degrees from the School of Hawaiian Studies. He texted his Mom that he was contemplating taking his robe off to his malo when he received his diploma. Photo Credit: Lei Mahi...

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  • 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 Esquire.com 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.

     

  • CAAMFest 2015 Kicks off its 33rd Year March 12-22

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

     

    UPDATE:

    March 19, 2015

    There are so many great films, music and food events to attend at CAAMFest 2015!  First, check CAAMFest's guide here. Don't miss out. There are only a few more days of this fantastic festival!

    I attended three film premieres last weekend in San Francisco and they are a must see. 

    March 20, 2015 at 7:10pm - On Stage Conversation with Filmmaker Arthur Dong with film critic and author B. Ruby Rich takes place at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. CAAM is honoring Arthur Dong this year as its Spotlight feature for his more than four decades of inspirational filmmaking. His latest documentary debuted last Sunday March 15 at CAAMFest, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, and a digitally remastered version of his 1989 FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. debuted on March 14.http://caamfest.com/2015/itineraries/spotlight-arthur-dong/

    March 21, 2015 at 5:00pm - (Rush Only) Director Felicia Lowe's CHINESE COUPLETS made its world premiere last Saturday March 12, and is screening one more time at the New Parkway Theater, 474 - 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. http://caamfest.com/2015/films/chinese-couplets/

     

    SAN FRANCISCO

    CAAMFest March 12-22, 2015

    The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) opened CAAMFest 2015 tonight and will continue through March 22 in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.

    Rebranded in 2013, CAAMFest is an 11-day celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

    CAAMFest showcases the work of new Asian and Asian American artists and pays tribute to the pioneers who have paved the way for Asian Americans in media and entertainment from film visionary Arthur Dong, to hip-hop enthusiast Awkwafina.

    There are so many great events and screenings. Its best to check out the official CAAMFest.com website first.Here are some festival highlights.

    SPOTLIGHT: ARTHUR DONG: 

    CAAM is pleased to recognize Oscar®-nominated and...

  • Civil Rights Activist Todd Endo Remembers Selma

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    January 19, 2015

     

    Journalist Emil Guillermo features 1965 Selma voting rights protest march eyewitness Todd Endo, 74, on NBC News/Asian America today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Click here to read and view Emil's feature on Todd Endo.

     

    2015 marks the 50th anniversary year of the three voting rights protest marches, from March 7 - 26, 1965 to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. 

    Todd Endo's memories of the 1965 voting rights marches still haunt him to this day. A 24 year old graduate student at Harvard and a community church organizer, he learned on March 9, 1965 that his acquaintance Jim Reeb, a white Unitarian minister had traveled from the Boston area to Selma and was killed by white segregationists. Endlo decided to join a group from the Boston area and head to Selma.

    Endo has spent his life working to reform education, desegregate schools, teach disadvantaged students, and help as an organizer in immigrant communities. He spent the first three years of his life with his family in a World War II Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas. 

     

     

     

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

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    December 30, 2014

    Hollywood

    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...

  • Kala Kaawa wears his Malo to accept his diploma from the University of Hawaii

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    December 20, 2014

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    23 year-old native Hawaiian Kala Kaawa graduated from the University of Hawaii and was receiving his diploma during the winter commencement ceremony. He earned two bachelor's degrees from the School of Hawaiian Studies. He texted his Mom that he was contemplating taking his robe off to his malo when he received his diploma. Photo Credit: Lei Mahi

      Click here for the full story from Huffington Post writer Carla Herreria. 

    Kaawa told the Huffington Post's Carla Herreia he wanted to use the traditional Hawaiian malo garment to remind people "not to be ashamed of your culture, whether you are Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, etc." and to "know your roots, represent and perpetuate!

    Not just for yourself, but for your family, your ancestors and the future generations of your culture.

    "I was so touched by the reaction of the crowd that I stood there in complete awe for a while ... soaking in the feeling of accomplishment and pride for my culture," he told The Huffington Post.

    "It felt really good to be received that way by such an enormous crowd."

     

  • Top Chef Shirley Chung launches her exciting restaurant today in Irvine, California!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    December 10, 2014

    Chef Shirley Chung's

    TWENTY EIGHT Modern Chinese Cuisine

    Lounge and Restaurant

    19530 JAMBOREE ROAD, IRVINE, CA 

    http://TwentyEightOC.com

    Congratulations to Top Chef Shirley Chung! Today marks the launch of new, exciting cuisine in Orange County, California with the grand opening of her highly anticipated restaurant TWENTY EIGHT: Modern Chinese Cuisine.

    Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine and born and raised in Beijing, China, Chef Shirley Chung's extraordinary style of cooking "without borders" can now be showcased at her very own restaurant located in Irvine, California.

    The beautiful restaurant occupies the ground floor of a complex adjacent to Orange County's Google headquarters, and is nearby to the University of California Irvine and Newport Beach.

    Chef Chung has been featured on BravoTV's TOP CHEF show and has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali, and was also the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres which was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by James Beard in 2011. 

     

    RELATED:

    Official website TWENTY EIGHT Restaurant: http://twentyeightoc.com

    Top Chef Shirley Chung on Bravo Network

    https://www.facebook.com/twentyeightoc

    http://annewatsonphoto.com/events/top-chef-shirley-chungs-twenty-eight-modern-chinese-cuisine-menu-preview-pop-up-at-playground-2-0-in-santa-ana

     

     

     

     

  • 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...

  • Hayao Miyazaki receives Honorary Award by the Academy

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Updates

    November 9, 2014

    Last night Hayao Miyazaki was awarded an Oscar for his lifetime of contributions to the motion picture industry at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its 6th annual Governors Awards ceremony.

    John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios presented the Oscar to Miyazaki to a standing ovation.

    This was Miyazaki's first time attending an Oscars awards ceremony. Miyazaki announced in September, 2013 that he was retiring, but in recent interviews he revealed his schedule drawing manga about a 16th century samurai, and working on a play area for children in Fukushima Prefecture which has been hard hit by the nuclear crisis.

    He told The Associated Press he will continue working, but not on feature-length filmmaking, but on animated shorts to be shown at the Studio Ghibli museum. (Photo credit: Oscars.org)

     

    August 26, 2014

    Los Angeles

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will bestow Honorary Awards for lifetime achievement to Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, French novelist and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, and American actress Maureen O'Hara, and the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actor and singer Harry Belafonte. 

    “The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. 

    All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

    Director Hayao Miyazaki won an Academy Award in the Animated Feature Film category in 2002 for "Spirited Away," and has been nominated for "Howls Moving Castle" in 2005, and "The Wind Rises" in 2014.

    An artist, writer, director, producer, and co-founder of animation Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, Miyazaki, 73, announced his retirement in September, 2013. His other animated features...

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