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  • Guy Kawasaki - The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs
    UPDATE: We received alot of positive feedback to our posting of Guy Kawasaki's talk at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan). The former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures is such a good speaker that you wanted to hear more of him.  He was the keynote speaker at the first Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition at...

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  • 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 

  • Maxine Hong Kingston honored by President Obama

    Posted by: AC Team

    July 29, 2014

    Washington D.C.

    Author Maxine Hong Kingston was honored today by President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C.

    She received the National Medal of Arts. Other honorees receving the 2013 National Medal of Arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, and Hollywood studio CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

    The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government.

    Honorees were also given the 2013 National Humanitie Medal.

    Image courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov video.

    The full list of honorees.

    2013 National Medal of Arts

    Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter Joan Harris, Arts Patron Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer John Kander, Musical Theater Composer Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker Linda Ronstadt, Musician Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects James Turrell, Visual Artist

    2013 National Humanities Medal

    M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic David Brion Davis, Historian Darlene Clark Hine, Historian Anne Firor Scott, Historian William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar Johnpaul Jones, Architect Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker Diane Rehm, Radio Host Krista Tippett, Radio Host American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization

    Find out more about the recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal and the 2013 National Medal of Arts.

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  • YouTube Star Timothy DeLaGhetto surprises his parents with a $210,000 check

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    July 29, 2014

    YouTube celebrity rapper, comedian and videographer Tim Chantarangsu, 28, better known as Traphik and Timothy DeLaGhetto, surprised his parents with a $210,000 check to pay off his parent's mortgage.

    He made a promise to his parents as a kid that he would earn enough someday to do this. He didn't want his father Kongkiat Chantarangsu and his mother Sukhon Chantarangsu, owners of a Thai restaurant in California to work so hard anymore. 

    Timothy was born in Billings, Montana and raised in Paramount, California by his parents who immigrated from Thailand. 

    He attended Cal State Long Beach, majoring in art and left to pursue his career as a rapper, comedian, and director.

    Click here to popular blog Angry Asian Man and here for Timothy's YouTube video. Timothy has more than 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. 

    He is currently a cast member of MTV2's Wild 'n Out.

    Screenshots courtesy of Timothy's YouTube video.

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  • Its Live! Go to SmithsonianAPA.org! "A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America" Exhibition

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

     Update July 4, 2014

    It's Live! Check out A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICA!

    Curated by Eddie Wong for SmithsonianAPA.org!

    www.smithsonianapa.org.

    Update May 22, 2014

    Eddie Wong's bright idea to produce and guest curate an online digital exhibition "A Day in the LIfe of Asian Pacific America" is now in preparation to open on July 4, 2014 at SmithsonianAPA.org.

    Submissions are now closed, and the curators are busy making selections to include in the online exhibition.

    The ambitious exhibition is the largest open-submission project for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, which attracted 300 creatives from all over the world, contributing 1500 pieces. 

    Update May 11, 2014

    Post the images or videos you shot on May 10 by May 14! 

     The steps to upload are below. Enjoy!

    March 29, 2014

    Eddie Wong has an exciting photo and video exhibition and wants you and thousands of your friends and family to participate!

    Wong, the former executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF.org) and former executive director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAMEDIA.org) is guest curating an exciting one day photo and video shoot on May 10, 2014 called "A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America." 

    The results will become an online photo/video exhibition which will appear at the end of May on the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's website - www.smithsonianapa.org.

    THE SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CENTER + FLICKR PRESENT

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICA

    HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS EXHIBITION!:

    1. Request an invitation to the SMITHSONIAN APAC: A DAY IN THE LIFE Flickr group by sending an email to life@smithsonianapa.org. Please send the email via your registered Flickr email address, or include your Flickr username in the email. Please also include your full name, and location you plan to be* on May 10, 2014 (the day of content capture). You will receive your invitation to the group...

  • "Mozart of Math" UCLA Math Star Terence Tao wins $3 million prize

    Posted by: AC Team

    June 28, 2014

    Los Angeles

    UCLA mathematics professor Terence Tao, 38, is one of five winners of the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

    The award provides $3 million to each of the five recipients from a fund established by high-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Russia. A child prodigy, Tao earned his bachelor's degree at age 16 and finished his doctorate at Princeton University at 21. In a 2006 interview with staff writer Larry Gorden at the Los Angeles Times, Tao said that alot of mathematicians liken what they do to rock climbing. 

    “You want to get to the top of the cliff. But that's not what you focus on immediately. You focus on the next ledge just beyond your reach, because you need to do one clever thing to get up there. And then once you get there, you do it again. A lot of this is rather boring and not very glamorous. But you can't jump cliffs in a single bound.”

    Click here for the full story by Larry Gordon at the Los Angeles Times.

  • Congratulations to Michelle Wie - U.S. Open Winner!

    Posted by: AC Team

    Michelle Wie Wins US Women's Open - USGA photo by Matt Sullivan

    June 22, 2014

    Pinehurst, North Carolina

    Michelle Wie wins U.S. Women's Open - Photo by USGA - Matt Sullivan. 

    A child prodigy golfer at age 4, she was the youngest player at age 10 to qualify for a U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship, and the accolades have kept coming with more wins, publicity and sponsorships. 

    Today, at age 24, the veteran golfer and Stanford graduate won the biggest tournament of her career, the 69th U.S. Women's Open Championship - victory couldn't be sweeter. 

     

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  • Playwright David Henry Hwang appointed to Faculty at Columbia University

    Posted by: AC Team

    Associate Professor David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

    June 20, 2014

    New York City

    Playwright David Henry Hwang has been appointed to the faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts. He will be director of the Playwriting Concentration, and an Associate Professor of Theatre in Playwriting. 

    Photo by Lia Chang

    For more on this story: http://news.columbia.edu/oncampus/3465

  • Don't Miss! V3 Digital Media Conference June 20-21 in Los Angeles

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Sign-up now for V3 Digital Media Conference. Join hundreds of online journaliists, creative social media communicators and seasoned bloggers.

    In this unique, one-day conference setting, all are invited to share their experiences, knowledge, endeavors, and visions with others during interactive panels and worksops. 

    V3con 2014 is presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. (AAJA). 

    V3con Opening Awards Reception

    Friday, June 20, 2014 6:00-9:00pm

    Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Hosted by the Japanese American National Museum

    100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    See more at: http://v3con.com/about/#sthash.7VHdl8Da.dpuf

     

  • KSAN FM Radio Reunion June 4 at Yoshi's in San Francisco

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Former Rolling Stone editor and writer Ben Fong-Torres is one of the co-emcees at the KSAN FM Radio Reunion June 4 at Yoshi's in San Francisco.

    Rock and roll artists are flying in from around the country to honor KSAN, on the eve of its induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.  This rare event will feature original members of Janis Joplin's former band Big Brother and the Holding Company, Imperial Messenger Service, Country Joe McDonald, Cold Blood with Linda Pense, and more! 

     

     

     

  • Dr. Herb Wong Pioneer Jazz Journalist & Educator 1928-2014

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Dr. Herb Wong Jazz Journalist & Educator 1928-2014

    Update May 11, 2014

    Menlo Park, CA

    Memorial services announced:

    Dr. Herb Wong's Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, at Menlo Presbyterian Church: 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, at 2:00 PM

    Photo: Dr. Herb Wong at home July 18, 2012 Photo by Frank Jang.  Legendary jazz journalist, broadcaster, educator, and record and concert producer Doctor Herb Wong, 88, passed away at home in Menlo Park, California April 20, 2014. 

    He hosted his own jazz show on KJAZ radio which aired from 1959 to 1996. He interviewed many artists at the Monterey Jazz Festival and at other jazz concerts in the Bay Area. He co-founded the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, produced the Palo Alto Jazz Festival, and was a president of the International Association for Jazz Education, and elected to its Hall of Fame. In December, 2013 he was honored with the Palo Alto Excellence Award in Jazz Education. 

    An avid educator, he designed and taught more than 75 courses on jazz during his 25 years as an edicator in Palo Alto. He has also taught at University of California Berkeley and Western Washington University, and introduced jazz education into the Berkeley elementary schools curriculum. 

    Always affable and witty, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and was able to share his passion for the music in a way that anyone could understand. He knew many of the great jazz artists of the 20th/21st century personally.

    Known as a 'renaissance man' for his multiple talents, after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service, he earned a Phd from UC Berkeley in zoology and a master's degree in science education at San Jose State University. He has written many album liner notes, and co-authored several books on science for children.

    He was a dear family member, a descendant from my great-grandfather who came to America in 1852. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, brother Elwood Wong, daughters Kira and Kamberly and four grandchildren. 

    Photo: Dr. Herb Wong receives AAJA.org Pioneer...

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