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  • LA Area College Students - Apply Now for a $2,500 AAJA-LA Journalism Scholarship

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    LA Area College Students - Apply Now for a $2,500 AAJA-LA Journalism Scholarship
    August 12, 2015 The Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles is pleased to announce the opening of 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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 

  • 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.

    Related: 

    TimothyDelaghetto.com

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  • 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. 

     

    Related: 

    Michelle hugs her new U.S. Women's Open trophy. Photo by Ap Photo/Bob Leverone

    Article by Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer

    USOpen.com

     

     

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Awards announced! - LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    The Road to Fame documentary wins honors at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF)

    DON'T MISS THE CLOSING WEEKEND MAY 10th in Long Beach, CA! 

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

    “CICADA” and “THE ROAD TO FAME” TAKE TOP HONORS

    AT THE 30th ANNIVERSARY LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

     

    Golden Reel Award for Best Short  - “ABOVE THE SEA: by Keola Racela

    Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award to - “MILKYBOY” by Arnold Arre

    Project Catalyst Jury Prize - “THE TIGER’S CHILD” from Abel Vang and Burlee Vang

    May 8, 2014 (Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA)

     

    Photo courtesy LAAPFF: The Road To Fame documentary wins the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival       

     

    Don't miss the closing weekend!

     

    Expanding outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood, Visual Communications continues to reach out to audiences in the South Bay with the annual LAAPFF presence in Long Beach.  

     

    A program of feature films and shorts has been selected to screen during the Closing Weekend of the Festival on Saturday, May 10 at the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach. It will be a chance to see Film Festival award-winners and curated films from Pacific Islander, Filipino and Cambodian communities.  

     

    This year’s Festival in Long Beach will include: a twin-bill screening of new features from Pacific Islanders in Communications.

     

    FAMILY INGREDIENTS by Ty Sanga and HULA: MERRIE MONARCH’S GOLDEN CELEBRATION by Roland Yamamoto; Angela Sun’s PLASTIC PARADE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH; Masashiro Sugano’s CAMBODIAN SON; and Joel Quizon’s THE COTABATO SESSIONS.  

     

    The Festival’s Encore Weekend in Little Tokyo will be anchored by the Los Angeles Premiere screening of Marissa Aroy’s DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS MOVEMENT, and a special “return-engagement” of AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee.  

     

    For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on...

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