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  • A Misty August Night in Nikko, Japan by Photographer Linh Phung

    Posted by: AC Team

    The Mystical Energy of Toshogu Shrine

    Travels by Linh Phung

    On a humid and misty August day, I traveled to Nikko, Japan, a small town where nobody goes out after 11 PM. I remember being out a little past 11 with a friend and the owner of the hostel drove to look for us because he was worried.

    It’s a tourist town where everyone goes to visit the Toshogu shrine (東照宮) during the summer or ski during winter.

    There’s something undeniably mysterious about the shrine area - an odd, inexplicable energy that made my hair stand up when I was hiking by myself up some off-beaten trail surrounded by soft moss and graceful cedar trees. 





  • V3con Honors Actor Randall Park, Yahoo Style's Joe Zee and Buzzfeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Los Angeles

    by Suzanne Joe Kai, board member

    Photo: Dao Nguyen Publisher, Buzzfeed

    The fourth annual V3con, presented this Friday evening and all-day Saturday by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, recognizes the “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media. An awards reception will take place Friday evening June 26, 2015 and an all day conference the following day June 27 with a full schedule of panels and workshops at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 

    Honorees recognized at this year's awards reception Friday evening are Dao Nguyen, the publisher of Buzzfeed (photo), actor Randall Park of ABC TV's “Fresh Off the Boat,” and Joe Zee, Yahoo Style Editor in Chief.

    More than 500 attendees from around the nation and Canada are expected to participate in the events this year. The packed day of seminars on Saturday boasts a wide range of interests. Here are a few highlights:

    A morning session includes a workshop on the tools and best practises of podcasting led by podcast writers and producers Tanzila Ahmed, Host, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast; Ann Friedman, Co-host, Call your Girlfriend; and Andrew Ti, Creator, Yo, Is This Racist?

    A seminar on covering emerging communities will be led by panelists Amna Nawaz, Managing Editor, NBC News Asian America; Suevon Lee, Editor in Chief, KoreAmJournal; and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times.

    Two writing coaches will host training sessions. Steve Padilla, assistant national editor at the Los Angeles Times, will give tips on how to write better. Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, The Dallas Morning News will coach writers and storytellers on how to get to the heart of a story. 

    ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono, a board member of, will host a conversation with two executives who have broken the glass ceiling, Jeanne Mau, Vice President, CBS Diversity and Joe Zee, Editor in...

  • Actor Ken Jeong talks about his darkest moment in Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall"

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    Community actor Ken Jeong learned about his wife Tran's diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer just as he was close to winning a part in The Hangover. Click here to and view Jeong's deeply personal story which was filmed as part of Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall" an accompaniment to this month's three-part PBS documentary series Cancer:The Emperor of All Maladies

    Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event on PBS presented by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C.

    Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made.

    This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence.

    The series also features the current status of cancer knowledge and treatment —the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.


  • 8 Reasons We Need Fresh Off the Boat to Succeed by TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    February 4, 2015

    Update! Ok! Now that "Fresh Off the Boat" has officially made its debut tonight, here are 8 reasons from TV Guide Executive Editor Hanh Nguyen why we need this network sitcom to succeed.

    Nguyen writes, "Fresh Off the Boat is an imperfect comedy, but that doesn't stop me for fiercely, passionately wanting it to succeed." On Nguyen's list: "It's time Asians stopped being "The Other" Please read her full article at here. 

    “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network sitcom about an Asian-American family in 20 years. The last was Margaret Cho’s short-lived “All-American Girl” in 1994 and 1995. Randall Park (The Interview) plays the father of a Taiwanese immigrant family. The cast includes children Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, and Forrest Wheeler, and the mother is played by Constance Wu. 


    Why We Need Fresh Off the Boat to Succeed by Hanh Nguyen,

    Wall Street Journal by Don Steinberg February 4, 2015


  • Still Few Leading Roles for Asian Actors in Hollywood Movies - But the Star is Rising for Randall Park and Miyavi

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai


    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 other television...

  • 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:


  • October is Filipino American History Month - Oct-Nov Screenings for THE DELANO MANONGS

    Posted by: Suzanne Kai

    October 21, 2014


    New U.S. Screenings for the groundbreaking documentary directed by Marissa Aroy.

    For news go to the official website at


    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  =============================================================================== 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


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.


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