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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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  • Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts the live KTVU-TV Telecast of the Chinese New Year Parade

    Posted by: AC Team

    February 15, 2014

    This Saturday Ben Fong-Torres co-hosts for the 18th year KTVU (Fox) TV's live telecast of San Francisco's Southwest Chinese New Year Parade.  The parade is one of the largest celebrations of the Chinese New Year outside of Asia. Photo of Ben Fong-Torres and co-host Julie Haener courtesy by Frank Jang.

    The telecast goes live this Saturday February 15, 2014 on KTVU Fox 2 and on KTSF Channel 26 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. PST.

     

     

     

  • Gung Hay Fat Choy! says Bobo the Parrot

    Posted by: AC Team

    February 10. 2014

    Bobo, the parrot says "Gung Hay Fat Choy!"

    Thanks to Youtube video channel maker "sonic1997" for sharing Bobo's greeting.

    The African grey parrot has many more videos on the channel as recently as five months ago. 

    Click here to hear Bobo's greeting.

     

  • Asians on Film Festival Feb 14-16, 2014

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 8, 2014

    Hollywood

    The second annual Asians On Film Festival is February 14 - 16, 2014 at J.E.T. Studios in North Hollywood.

    Seventy-nine films are slated to be screened. 

    Buy your tickets now to the Asians On Film Festival 2014.

    For more information:

    www.AsiansOnFilm.com

    www.facebook.com/AsiansOnFilm.com

    FRIDAY, FEB 14th 4:00PM: Picture.Perfect (Winston Titus Tao), Oh My Bag! (Seong Bong Lee) , Healthy (Gary Condes), Hsu Ji Behind the Screen (Thomas Rio)

    FRIDAY, FEB 14th 7:00PM: Entrance Exam (Boqing Tang), Made In Chinatown (Kevin Lau), Back To Innocence (Eddie Lee), Relativity (Davis Noir), Red Dirt (Arnold Chun), Rock Springs (Lewei He), HEW (Laurie Tsou)

    FRIDAY, FEB 14th 9:00PM: Why I Write (Masahiro Sugano), Burmese Refugee (Michael Tacca), Dawn (Leon Le), Two Weeks (Rodney To), Above the Waist (Tuyen Do), Shino's Show (Adam Watkins), Lil Tokyo Reporter (Jeffrey Chin)

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 11:00AM: CRIME The Animated Series (Sam Chou & Alix Lambert), Box of Hearts (Asako Ushio), Gift (Daniel Yam), Words Apart (Po-Chin Chang), Abrupt Ending (Simeon Lumgair), What Remains (Sarita Khurana), Edge of Destruction (Fei Xiang)

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 1:00PM: Stronger (Maz Zhang), Memory of Forgotten War (Deann Borshay Liem & Ramsay Liem), She is My Mom (Anqi Liu, Director), The Happiest Person In America (Sara Israel, Director), Heat (Ki Young Kang, Director)

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 3:00PM: Love Thy Neighbor (Minho Ha), Red Fog (Fan He), The Doctor of Bagram (Neil Paik), My Mother's Jade (Irene Young), The Dressmaker's Daughter (David Lim), Crossings (Amos Ezra Katz)

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 5:00PM: Handi & V (Fenway Fan), JesusCat or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult (Julia Morizawa & Shaina Vorspan) 

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 7:00PM: Impression-XPS160 (Tiyam Yabandeh Jahroumi), Redux (Matty Castano), Ms. 3PM (Alain Matz), Hit Girls (Adrian Castro & Maria Tran), Love Hurts (Albert Lopez), Honeymoon Suite (Zao Wang)

    SATURDAY, FEB 15th 9:00PM: Fat Cory (Kun Yang),...

  • Helping Tsunami victims: Win a trip to London to Downton Abbey set. The cast supports Be the Change efforts to help victims rebuild in the Philippines

    Posted by: AC Team

    February 6, 2014

    Win a trip to London to meet the Downton Abbey cast on set. Members of the cast of Downton Abbey are running a special campaign to help the Tsunami victims rebuild in the Philippines. Donations at $10 and up made by February 20, 2014 through www.omaze.com/abbey will be entered into a chance to win a day on the set in London with the cast of Downton Abbey for two people including flight and lodging. Funds donated will benefit Be the Change's efforts to create programs and partnerships to help the victims rebuild their lives. Be the Change is founded by Linda Cruse. www.lindacruse.com 

    View the video with cast members of Downton Abbey here.

    For details: http://www.omaze.com/experiences/downtonabbey

     

     

  • Bruno Mars - and Ben Fong-Torres Rock It!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 2, 2014

    Bruno Mars, aka Peter Gene Hernandez rock'd it as the 2014 NFL Super Bowl half time headliner tonight. He sang and danced into the hearts and minds of millions, despite naysayers who didn't know his name until the Super Bowl.

    Time magazine's online edition posted a story today by writer Isaac Guzman titled "Who Is This Bruno Mars Dude, and How Did He Get to the Super Bowl?"

    Guzman gives tips to his readers who have never heard of him by saying he's a "scrawny little dude with the gravity-defying haircut," although he does point out Mars is three inches taller than Prince.

    The 28 year old singer-songwriter-producer-musician and 2-time Grammy award winner with 18 nominations grew up in a musical family and hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, and is of Filipino, Puerto Rican and European Jewish descent. Mars performed with his band The Hooligans, and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers - Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    NFL.com's profile of Mars on its website reports that according to Billboard, Mars scored his first five "Hot 100" No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. 

    Talk about guys who rock'd it on-camera in front of millions. This past Monday January 27, 2014 I was in the master control room watching (and filming with a crew) Ben Fong-Torres as he did a live interview from San Francisco with CNN's Piers Morgan. We were there to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of Ben for a documentary we are producing about him. Talk about a cool Dude under pressure! He was cracking jokes all the way up to the live broadcast. More about that soon!

    Related:

    Ben Fong-Torres is interviewed on CNN's Piers Morgan Live Monday January 27, 2014

    Bruno Mars Official Website: www.BrunoMars.com

    Read more: Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl Halftime Show: Who The Heck Is This Guy? | TIME.com 

     

  • Controversy - Mirai Nagusu is denied spot on US Olympic Skating Team

    Posted by: AC Team

    January 13, 2014

    Gabrielle Bluestoneon GAWKER.com - AP Photo

    The top three finishers at the national figure skating championships have always been, barring injury, the skaters named to the US Olympic team. But not this year.

    Mirai Nagasu, a 20-year-old skater who finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, took third place at the nationals competition this weekend. The only top finisher with Olympic experience, she was also the only figure skater not to fall or make a major error.

    But when the American women's team was announced Sunday, 22-year-old Ashley Wagner, who placed fourth, took the third Olympic spot. Nagasu was named as an alternate.

    The switch seems unprecedented - click here to the story by Gabrielle Bluestone on GAWKER.com

  • Happy Year of the Wood Horse 4712! Predictions by Angi Ma Wong

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Predictions for Year of Wood HORSE 4712   1/31/14 to 2/18/15

    By Angi Ma Wong, Intercultural & Feng shui Consultant 2014             

    Hang on tight, Folks, it’s going to be a fast-paced year and not for the faint of heart. The characteristics of the Horse – headstrong, principle-driven, stubborn, inflexible, emotional and unstable,  contribute to conflict and wars. 

    But what a ride it will be - filled with opportunities and action for all if we can keep cool, stay flexible and willing to compromise.

    Second only to the Dragon, the Horse has strong, aggressive, yang fire energy that will elevate the economy as it did in 1954 when the Dow Jones hit record highs and already the trend has started.  

    The Boeing 707, bottled Coca-Cola, Texas Instrument’s first commercial transistor radio, the first nuclear-powered submarine and even Elvis’ classic “Rock Around the Clock” all made their debut in that last wood Horse year.

    This time around, businesses such as stocks, air travel, transportation, high tech, machinery, shipping, sports, spa, exercise, banking, engineering, computers, media, fashion, beauty and advertising will prosper, contributing to advancements in our working environment and lifestyles for at least two more years and even beyond.           

    On the flip side, international tensions and conflict will persist, as will events involving fire-related calamities, volcanoes, explosions, air and sea accidents, wind disasters such as Katrina, as well as environmental challenges related to air, oil and water.  

    Watch out for danger originating from the directions of south, north and northwest.

    Problems with the heart, blood, lung, skin, breathing and inflammation will dominate health concerns as well as threats to our children.

    The energy, finance, entertainment and textile industries may be flat.

    Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include Elvis Presley, Bruce Lee, Jami Hendricks, Natalie Portman, John Travolta, Warren Buffet, ...

  • Farewell to Sarah Fong-Torres Watkins by Ben Fong-Torres

    Posted by: Ben Fong-Torres

    Farewell to Sarah Fong-Torres Watkins

    We said goodbye to Sarah, my sister, on Sunday, the third of November, at Rancho Nicasio in Northern Marin County. The restaurant and club, owned by close friends, was one of her favorite hangouts.

    Sarah, the oldest of the Fong-Torres children, died in mid-October. It was cancer; she was 72. She was the third sibling I’ve lost in three years. As the last two of the kids, and with a 92 year-old mother in nursing care, we had a responsibility to take care of family matters. We had a special bond.

    But there were other reasons for our connectedness, and I noted some of them in my remarks at the memorial. Sarah was remembered for her humor, her spunk, her candor, and her heart, by best friends Annie Sampson and Ellen Blonder, husband Dave Watkins and son Jason, attorney and friend Ken Coren, and by others who stepped up to the microphone and told stories.

    Here, edited for space, are my remarks.

    On behalf of the Watkins-Fong-Torres family, welcome to this Celebration of Sarah Watkins.

    This is not a memorial service. Sarah would have none of that. She would not want us grieving, although we do. She would want this to be not about her, although it must be.

    I can see her off in the distance, smoking a cigarette, tapping her feet. Let’s go, already. And so we will.

    It seems like forever that it was the five of us. The five Fong-Torreses. Even after Barry died, too young, in 1972, I thought of us as five kids. Even after Sarah and Shirley married and had different names. We were the Fong-Torres family, five kids bound by one weird name.

    Sarah was the first born; the first who’d have to explain that name—the product of an immigration scheme. She’s the one with whom I had the longest time, and whether by circumstance, by genes, or by personalities, we had an especially strong bond.

    We were raised in Oakland’s Chinatown and spent a lot of time at the New Eastern Café, in the early to mid-‘50s. We were kept in a...

  • Chinese protest ABC, Disney and Jimmy Kimmel

    Posted by: AC Team

    Photo by Together Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez

    November 9, 2013

    Protests from San Francisco to New York City erupted over late night show host Jimmy Kimmel on October 28 after airing a segment with Kimmel asking children their thoughts on world issues. In the segment, Kimmel asks how they would handle the $1 trillion-plus bill the U.S. owes China, a child made a comment about how the U.S. should 'kill everyone in China."

    The White House condemned the sketch in an statement online November 7, after a petition against Kimmel received more than 100,000 signatures.

    Protesters in Times Square on November 9 were captured on camera by New York based photographer Anthony Eng Alvarez. (Photo credit: Togerher Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez) 

     

    Related: 

    Asian Americans Protest Jimmy Kimmel by Katy Steinmetz, Time.com

    China wants Jimmy Kimmel to Apologize...For a Third Time by Laura Stampler. Time.com

    Chinese protest ABC, Disney and Jimmy Kimmel post by Together Visuals/Anthony Eng Alvarez

    Chinese Foreign Ministry tells ABC to respond to protesters' "Reasonable Demands" over Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Bit Deadline Hollywood

     

     

     

     

  • Jackie Chan says his mission is complete with his 101st movie 'Chinese Zodiac'

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    October 27, 2013

    Rumors floating on the web say that Jackie Chan's 101st movie 'Chinese Zodiac' is his last major action comedy, but we hope those rumors are false.

    Ryan Pearson, AP Entertainment Writer sheds some hope. He reports that the 59 year old isn't quitting anytime soon, and just completed filming another installment for his "Police Story" franchise, and is in talks to do a movie with his "Rush Hour' co-star Chris Tucker. 

    Click here to the movie's trailer:

    http://youtu.be/4YtAbUU5jk8

    Chan wrote, directed and starred in his action comedy 'Chinese Zodiac' about a team trying to steal some of the bronze statues representing the twelve animals of hte zodiac from the Chinese Palace which were stolen from Beijing in the 1860s.

    The film is now in theaters in the U.S., and was released in China last year. Since the movie's release two of the statues were returned to China by the head of Gucci's parent company, Francois Pinault.

    Related:

    JackieChan.com - Jackie Chan's Official Website

    Los Angeles Times (video)

    AP Story on Jackie Chan

    The Washington Post on Jackie Chan

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