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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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  • October-November 2014 National Screenings: The Delano Manongs - Forgotten Heroes

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Updates for October-November, 2014!:

    OCTOBER IS FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH!

    New US Screenings:

    THE DELANO MANONGS

    Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmworkers Movement

     

     

    OCTOBER – FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

     

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - Cupertino, CA

     

    De Anza College will be screening the film along with a discussion by director Marissa Aroy.   Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B

     

    21250 Stevens Creek Blvd Cupertino, CA 95014 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

     

    http://bit.ly/DM_DeAnza

     

     

     

    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 - San Jose, CA

     

    In honor of Filipino American History Month the “INTERSECTIONS” film series on Art, Cultural Identity and Social Justice” will be presenting a screening of DELANO MANONGS.  Sponsors are Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and the FANHS Santa Clara Valley Chapter are among several groups screening the documentary.  There will be a post-screening conversation led by filmmaker Marissa Aroy. The program will be followed by a community reception that will feature a light Filipino fare and music.

     

    7:30 PM Issac Newton Auditorium Santa Clara County Government Building 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 Parking on the County parking lots is available and free to the public anytime after 5 p.m. http://bit.ly/DMScreeningSJ  

     

    Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - Cupertino, CA

     

    Second screening by DeAnza College and talk with Johnny Itliong, son of Larry Itliong.

     

    1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

     

    Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B.

     

    http://bit.ly/DM_DeAnza

     

     

     

    Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - San Francisco, CA

     

    Positively Filipino and The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco will screen the film.

     

    A discussion with director Marissa Aroy will follow.

     

    6:00 pm

     

    Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

     

    447 Sutter St, 5th Floor Social Hall San Francisco, CA 94108

     

    RSVP by emailing pfpublisher@yahoo.com by October 13, 2014

     

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

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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

  • 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...

  • Commentary: Writers Richard Jean So and Hua Hsu on Donald Sterling's Racism and Asian Americans

    Posted by: AC Team

    May 8, 2014

     

    Racism is not all black and white. In the May 6, 2014 edition of Slate.com, writers Hua Hsu and Richard Jean So wrote an op-ed about Donald Sterling and his connection to Korean Americans.

    As of May 8, their commentary has attracted 641 comments online.  

    Read the full version at Slate.com "What Donald Sterling's Love of Koreans Reveals About Racism In America."

    About the authors:

    Hua Hsu teaches in the English department at Vassar College and is completing his first book, A Floating Chinaman.

    Richard Jean So is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago.

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