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  • Are Asian Americans fleeing Hollywood for Asia?

    Posted by AC Team

    Are Asian Americans fleeing Hollywood for Asia?
    September 20, 2014 Are Asian Americans seeking careers in entertainment fleeing Hollywood for Asia? Writer Dana Ter presents compelling evidence in her article for Arts.Mic.com. Andrew Lam wrote early this year about the "Bamboo Ceiling" in Hollywood.  For decades, Asian Americans have faced an uphill battle to secure major starring roles in feature films and television....

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  • Chinese government news editorial uses racist slur against outgoing US Ambassador Gary Locke

    Posted by: AC Team

    February 28, 2014

    A report that a major Chinese government news service has used a racist slur in an editorial slamming outgoing American ambassador to China Gary Locke has stirred up controversy.

    The outgoing ambassador left Beijing today after two and a half years as the first American ambassador of Chinese descent to the country. 

    Photos went viral in his early days as the American ambassador to China showing his lifestyle as a man who carries his own backpack, doesn't mind waiting in line at Starbucks, and takes economy class flights.

    Photos also showed Locke and his family arriving at a Chinese airport carrying their own bags.

    As U.S. ambassador to China, Locke was critical of China's human rights record and released air pollution data of Beijing's air pollution to the public. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has more on the editorial pubished by the Chinese state media outlet, China News.

     

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    Associated Press

    South China Morning Post 

    FoxNews.com

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  • Happy Birthday James Hong!

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 22, 2014

    Happy Birthday James Hong!

    Our favorite actor James Hong celebrated his 85th birthday February 22, 2014!

    All of us at AsianConnections.com wish you a very Happy Birthday!

    Here are our favorite interviews we have done with Mr. Hong over the years. 

    If you view this on our homepage, click on the blue headline title above to the full story and our interviews with him!

    or click here to our video interviews.

    Part 1 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong:On APAs in Hollywood - Urges Cooperation and Support of organizations like CAPEUSA.org.

    Part 2 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong: James Hong shares his famous lines from his role as Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda

    Part 3 of 3: AsianConnections' interview with James Hong and daughter April Hong

    James Hong sighting! Mr. Hong attended a CAPE event with Film Independent in Los Angeles back in February 1, 2012. I had a chance to visit with him and personally wish him Happy Birthday, in advance of his real birthday that month!  He was born February 22, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied civil engineering at the University of Southern California. As a road engineer for Los Angeles County for 7-1/2 years, he would act during his vacations and sick days, eventually quitting to go full time as an actor. Mr. Hong has played in more than 500 television and film roles, including his award-winning role as "Mr. Ping" in Kung Fu Panda, and Kung Fu Panda 2.  

    - Suzanne Joe Kai, Publisher/Editor AsianConnections.com 

     

  • Its a wrap! for 2014 CAAMFEST

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Grace Lee Boggs Photo credit: American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

    San Francisco - Berkeley - Oakland

    Update:

    Its a wrap for CAAMFEST 2014. This year's 11-day festival screened more than 120 films from 19 countries, and food, music and digital media events.  

    Check back for the dates for CAAMFEST 2015!

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    CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA PRESENTS CAAMFEST 2014!

    March 13-23 2014

    Last year's CAAMFEST was terrific - What was originally founded as a film festival has now grown to become much more - its expanded to include music, food and digital media. So there is so much to do, so much to see!

    This year there will be more than 120 works in a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world's most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

    Its best to check out the CAAMFEST.com website and create your own schedule of events from huge array of food, music and film events.

    On March 8, 2014, Chef Martin Yan and Chocolatier Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolates will be making an appearance at CAAMFEST's event "Stories, Food & You" honoring Asian Americanculinary achievement.

    CAAMFeast: Stories, Food & You CAAMFEAST / PARTY Join us as we honor Asian American culinary achievement by featuring pioneering Chef Martin Yan, and award-winning Chocolatier Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolates. CAAMFeast: Stories, Food & You

    One Kearny ClubMarch 8, 2014 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

     

     

     

     

    There are so many films, food and music events, you will need to consult the line-up on the CAAMFEST website to create your own schedule.

    Here are just a few of the 120+ films presented at CAAMFEST 2014:

     

        GALA PRESENTATIONS

    This year’s Gala Presentations explore the strength and resilience of the human spirit, from the spiked heels of the fashion world to the underground world of Korean organized crime to the fight in the streets and fields to secure social justice, this year’s Gala Presentations are sure to inspire.

    Closing Night Party GALA...
  • 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, ...

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